2010 Book of the Year Award Finalists

ForeWord Reviews announced the finalists in the 2010 Book of the Year Awards. We would like to congratulate the following authors and illustrators on their nominations!

Children’s Picture Book Category

Humpty Dumpty and Friends: Nursery Rhymes for the Young at Heart
Illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko
ISBN 978-1-77049-205-9
24 Pages | Hardcover
“…inventive, sophisticated artwork…. Lipchenko’s style is a mix of textured retro with fancifully baroque illusions … this one will have illustration mavens intrigued.” – Kirkus Reviews

Which Way?
By Marthe Jocelyn
Art by Tom Slaughter
ISBN 978-0-88776-970-2
24 Pages | Hardcover
“Although aimed at the very young, this new picture book from Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter is not simplistic. …While the image seems simple enough, there is obviously a highly sophisticated design and colour sense behind its creation….” – Quill & Quire

Juvenile Fiction Category

Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures
By J. Torres
Illustrated by J. Bones
ISBN 978-0-88776-935-1
96 Pages | Trade Paperback
“Normal just isn’t her thing. The 12-year-old daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and masked hero the Blue Scarab, Alison has a craving for danger, and it has ways of finding her…. Be it magic genies, angry mummies, or a baron bent on world domination, Alison Dare is ready to take them on! … kids will love reading about her and her wacky adventures.” – Good Comics for Kids, School Library Journal

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
By Susin Nielsen
ISBN 978-0-88776-977-1
eBook 978-0-88776-978-8
240 Pages | Hardcover
“Nielsen (Word Nerd) has created a narrator as sassy and candid as this memorable novel’s title…. Nielsen skillfully balances her story’s keen humor … with poignancy. Especially affecting are Violet’s struggles to accept her father’s new family….” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Mrs. Katpuniks Pool Hall and Matzo Ball Emporium
By Rona Arato
ISBN 978-0-88776-967-2
eBook 978-1-77049-211-0
192 Pages | Trade Paperback
“With fantasy, farce, and also a strong sense of realism…. The kvetching and quarrels, the wry Yiddish idiom, and the search for the father will bring the coming-to-America story to young grade-schoolers, who will also enjoy the little dragon’s defeat of the crooks….” – Booklist

No Moon
By Irene N. Watts
ISBN 978-0-88776-9719
eBook 978-0-88776-972-6
240 Pages | Trade Paperback
“…Watts provides a fascinating account of what the great unsinkable ship was like. The catastrophe is rendered in a heartbreakingly graceful style, and Lou performs heroically in shepherding her two little girls to safety on a lifeboat in this uniquely engaging and satisfying coming-of-age historical adventure tale.” – Starred Review, Booklist

Rude Stories
By Jan Andrews
Illustrated by Francis Blake
ISBN 978-0-88776-921-4
88 Pages | Hardcover
“…they are rude stories of the highest order: wonderfully inventive, delightfully told, and charmingly illustrated…. They are tailor-made for reading aloud, and Andrews does a masterful job of linking disparate yarns…. Part of Andrew’s gift is making young readers feel as though she’s in cahoots with them … these stories will no doubt be the starting point for countless thought-provoking and entertaining discussions. Francis Blake’s lively illustrations just add to the sense of fun.” – Starred Review, Quill & Quire

Juvenile Nonfiction Category

All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine
By Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
ISBN 978-0-88776-945-0
32 Pages | Hardcover
“An engaging biography of the African-American inventor…. The narrative includes fictionalized dialogue and clear explanations about how the machinery works and concludes with an inspiring message…. Expressive watercolors, some full page and some full spread, capture the time period, allowing readers to imagine what life was like in this era, and add energy and touches of humor.” – School Library Journal and Black History Month 2011: SLJ‘s Picks

Cyclist BikeList: The Book for Every Rider
By Laura Robinson
Illustrated by Ramón K. Pérez
ISBN 978-0-88776-784-5
64 Pages | Trade Paperback
“… The book is packed with information and fun facts, covers everything from the history of bicycles, to choosing a bike and fueling yourself up for long rides. The illustrations are lively and the writing informative and engaging, communicating a deep knowledge and passion for the sport….” – Momentum Magazine

Hudson
By Janice Weaver
Illustrated by David Craig
ISBN 978-0-88776-814-9
48 Pages | Hardcover
“Failure is not usually at the heart of an exciting adventure story, but this dramatic picture-book biography about Henry Hudson … makes the explorer’s lack of success a gripping read…. Craig’s glowing period portraits, landscapes, and watercolors of the ship in dangerous seas intensify the drama….” – Starred Review, Booklist

Talking Tails: The Incredible Connection Between People and Their Pets
By Ann Love and Jane Drake
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
ISBN 978-0-88776-884-2
80 Pages | Hardcover
“…These factoids, fictional or otherwise, about the intersection of animal and human lives provide the structure upon which sisters Ann Love and Jane Drake build another of their interesting and informative books…. Written in what might be described as an infectiously friendly fashion … and plentifully illustrated with witty watercolours by the irrepressible Bill Slavin, Talking Tails will appeal to those who are contemplating have a pet in their lives….” – The Globe and Mail

Young Adult Nonfiction Category

Yes You Can! Your Guide to Becoming an Activist
By Jane Drake and Ann Love
ISBN 978-0-88776-942-9
eBook 978-1-77049-235-6
144 Pages | Trade Paperback
“Young people who want to effect change are guided by a sequence of nine steps and inspirational examples of grassroots activism…. The style is conversational and the tone offers realistic encouragement to teens looking to solve problems. Teachers will approve of the focus on the importance of developing writing and speaking skills, being mindful of one’s online reputation, and learning how to evaluate project efforts. This title will primarily serve as a how-to, although the time lines, an accessible index, and factual information about anti-smoking campaigns, recycling, and children’s rights make it a useful historical perspective of activism.” – School Library Journal

The winners will be determined by a panel of librarians and booksellers selected from our readership. Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners, as well as Editor’s Choice Prizes for Fiction and Nonfiction will be announced at a special program at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans this June.

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Holiday List of Lists

There are a lot of lists circulating out there. Best-of lists, gift ideas, and reading suggestions for the holidays. Why don’t we make it easier for you? We compiled some of our books that were featured in lists this year!

A Northern Alphabet
By Ted Harrison
Trade Paperback | 32 pages
Ages 6+
ISBN 978-0-88776-960-3

Listed in: Best children’s books for under the tree (CTV British Columbia)

All Aboard!
Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine

By Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
Hardcover | 32 pages
Ages 5-8
ISBN 978-0-88776-945-0

Listed in: The best of the current crop (The Globe and Mail)

Alison Dare, Little Miss Adventures
Alison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden
By J. Torres
Illustrated by J. Bone
Paperback
Ages 8+
ISBN 978-0-88776-934-4
ISBN 978-0-88776-935-1

Listed in: Books For Everybody

Avalanche Dance
By Ellen Schwartz
Trade Paperback | 192 pages
Ages 12+
ISBN 978-0-88776-958-0

Listed in: Books For Everybody, British Colombia Edition

 

 

 

Counting on Snow
By Maxwell Newhouse
Hardcover | 24 pages
Ages 2-5
ISBN: 978-0-88776-985-6

Listed in: Great gift books for kids (The Toronto Star), The best of the current crop (The Globe and Mail), Books For Everybody

Dear George Clooney, Please Marry My Mom
By Susin Nielsen
Hardcover | 240 pages
Ages 11-14
ISBN 978-0-88776-977-1

Listed in: Best children’s books for under the tree (CTV British Columbia), Put these under a young reader’s tree (The Times Colonist), Open Book’s Holiday Book Guide: Stage, Screen & Song (Open Book), Books For Everybody

Ghost Trackers
The Unreal World of Ghosts, Ghost-Hunting, and the Paranormal
By Chris Gudgeon
Trade Paperback | 80 pages
Ages 9+
ISBN 978-0-88776-950-4

Listed in: Books For Everybody

Humpty Dumpty and Friends
Nursery Rhymes for the Young at Heart
Illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko
Hardcover | 24 pages
Ages 3-6
ISBN 978-1-77049-205-9

Listed in: Books For Everybody

Lulu’s Piano Lesson
By Arlene Alda
Illustrated by Lisa Desmini
Hardcover | 32 pages
Ages 4-7
ISBN 978-0-88776-930-6

Listed in: The best of the current crop (The Globe and Mail)

Rude Stories
By Jan Andrews
Illustrated by Francis Blake
Hardcover | 88 pages
Ages 6-9
ISBN 978-0-88776-921-4

Listed in: The best of the current crop (The Globe and Mail)

The Secret Fiend
The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 4th Case

By Shane Peacock
Hardcover | 256 pages
Ages 10-14
ISBN 978-0-88776-853-8

Listed in: Open Book’s Holiday Book Guide #3: City Living (Open Book)

Splinters
By Kevin Sylvester
Hardcover | 40 pages
Ages 6-8
ISBN 978-0-88776-944-3

Listed in: Open Book’s Holiday Book Guide #5: Work & Play (Open Book), Books For Everybody, Hockey. Christmas. Hockey books. Perfect (TheSpec.com)

Winter Shadows
By Margaret Buffie
Hardcover | 336 pages
Ages 11+
ISBN 978-0-88776-968-9

Listed in: Books For Everybody, Open Book’s Holiday Gift Guide #6: Canadiana (Open Book)

Zero Kisses for Me
By Manuela Monari
Illustrated by Virginie Soumagnac
Hardcover | 24 pages
Ages 4-7
ISBN 978-1-77049-208-0

Listed in: Open Book’s Holiday Book Guide #5: Work & Play (Open Book)

Launch of: Humpty Dumpty and Friends

Last night, we celebrated the launch of Oleg Lipchenko’s Humpty Dumpty and Friends at Nicholas Hoare Books in Toronto.

The event also included a presentation of the 2009 Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award to Oleg Lipchenko for his illustrations in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The annual IBBY Canada Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, honours outstanding artistic talent in Canadian picture books.

IBBY Canada president, Patricia Ocampo presented Oleg Lipchenko with the award.

This is what the jury had to say:
“Oleg Lipchenko has turned this classic story into a rich experience for readers greeting Alice for the first time, as well as for those who know the original…Lipchenko’s illustrations are more than images on a page; they are an homage to the surreal quality and humor of Lewis Carroll’s text.”

Oleg Lipchenko signing copies of his books and posters.

Throughout the evening, guests were invited to look through Oleg Lipchenko’s portfolio containing the original artworks for the books.

Many thanks to everyone at Nicholas Hoare Books, IBBY Canada, to the family, and friends who came out to show their support for Oleg Lipchenko!

Tuesdays with Tundra 4

Tuesdays with Tundra is a monthly post on our new releases. The following books are available today in stores and online!

Curtain Up!
A Book for Young Performers

By Dirk McLean
Illustrated by France Brassard
ISBN 978-0-88776-899-6
US $17.95 / CAN $19.99
Ages 6-8
“…the illustrator gives Amaya… distinctive features and an appropriately big personality….” – Kirkus Reviews

Dear Toni
By Cyndi Sand-Eveland
ISBN 978-1-77049-249-3
US $9.95 / CAN $11.99
Ages 8-11
Now in paperback!
“Gene dreads the 100-day journal-writing assignment her teacher has given the class. Mr. Mackenzie wants to lock the journals in the town’s museum vault for 40 years for future sixth graders to read. Gene has trouble writing to someone who isn’t even born yet, but little by little, Dear Nobody becomes Dear Somebody, who evolves into Dear Toni.” – Best Books for Kids & Tweens 2009, Junior Fiction, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Gunner
Hurrican Horse
By Judy Andrekson
ISBN 978-0-88776-905-4
US $7.95 / CAN $8.99
Ages 8-11
PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin’s herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. Gunner’s story is a testament to love and to determination.

Hudson
By Janice Weaver
Illustrated by David Craig
ISBN 978-0-88776-814-9
US $22.95 / CAN $24.99
Ages 8-12
“Failure is not usually at the heart of an exciting adventure story, but this dramatic picture-book biography about Henry Hudson … makes the explorer’s lack of success a gripping read…. Craig’s glowing period portraits, landscapes, and watercolors of the ship in dangerous seas intensify the drama….” – Starred Review, Booklist

Humpty Dumpty and Friends
Nursery Rhymes for the Young at Heart
Illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko
ISBN 978-1-77049-205-9
US $17.95 / CAN $19.99
Ages 3-6
“The highly detailed and surreal nature of Lipchenko’s illustrations will keep readers poring over the pages.” – Publishers Weekly

Splinters
By Kevin Sylvester
ISBN 978-0-88776-944-3
US $17.95 / CAN $19.99
Ages 6-8
“Whether you are adding to your Cinderella story collection or looking for a story with a strong female role-model, snap this one up. Author, illustrator, and sports broadcaster Kevin Sylvester has created a winner…. Sylvester’s playful watercolour and pencil illustrations are full of action and emotion, adding just the right amount of detail to support the story line for young readers…. All of the archetypes are cleverly illustrated in this version of Cinderella on ice. Splinters may become a Canadian classic. Highly Recommended.” – CM Magazine

Pub Date Giveaway: Which book would you love to get your hands on? Leave us a comment below and one lucky reader will receive a copy of their requested book, courtesy of Tundra! One request per person please. This offer ends on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010!

BlogFest 2010

Welcome and thank you for joining us for BlogFest 2010! From our host and organizer, A Journey of Books:

What is BlogFest?
BlogFest is a massive carnival of giveaways with a great collection of participating blogs. Each blog has a giveaway and the idea is to hop from blog to blog, entering all the giveaways your little heart desires. Hopefully you might even come across a few blogs you might want to bookmark and continue visiting.

How do I enter to win?
Each blog has their own giveaway and their own rules. The giveaways will start at midnight EST on the morning of September 10th and run through 11:59pm on the night of the 12th. That’s a whole 72 that you get to visit as many blogs as you want and enter their amazing giveaways.

Are you ready for our giveaways? This is what you could win:

Prize Pack of Novels!
Word Nerd by Susin Nielsen
Me & Death by Richard Scrimger
No Moon by Irene N. Watts
Lucy Unstrung by Carole Lazar
Avalanche Dance by Ellen Schwartz

    

Prize Pack of Picture Books!
All Aboard! by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Bill Slavin
Splinters by Kevin Sylvester
Lulu’s Piano Lesson by Arlene Alda, illustrated by Lisa Desimini
A Night on the Town by Caroline Merola
Humpty Dumpty and Friends illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko

    

To enter our BlogFest Giveaway:

  • Please leave a comment telling us which prize pack you’re hoping to win! Yes, you can enter for both!
  • Let us know if you do the extra ballots in your comment.
  • We will ship to Canada and the U.S.A. – so keep in mind you will need a Canadian or American mailing address to receive the prize.
  • The giveaway closes on September 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.
  • Tundra Books is not responsible for entries that are lost or misdirected.
  • The winner will be chosen by random draw and notified by e-mail.

Extra ballots:

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  • In your comment, remember to tell us if you subscribed, followed, or liked.

The following are blogs participating in BlogFest 2010. Each should have an amazing giveaway in store for you:
1 Karissa’s Reading Review
2 Kritters Ramblings
3 From the Shadows
4 At Home With Books
5 icefairy’s Treasure Chest
6 Enna Isilee
7 I’d So Rather Be Reading
8 The Unread Reader
9 Tynga’s Reviews
10 Manga Maniac Cafe
11 Insane Hussein
12 Broken Teepee
13 Alisha’s World
14 JoJos Book Corner
15 Good Choice Reading
16 CMash Loves To Read
17 The O.W.L.
18 Leksi Designs
19 Blog de Suck
20 Every Last Page
21 Paperback Dolls
22 Creatively Green
23 Helen Smith
24 Smash Attack Reads
25 Mundie Moms
26 My Reading Room
27 Little Yayas
28 The Hiding Spot
29 Late Bloomer Online
30 From the TBR Pile
31 You Have How Many Kids??
32 Geeky Bloggers Book Blog
33 Confessions of a California Cheer Mom
34 Diabetic Snacker
35 Natural Diet Solutions, Healthy Recipes
36 Diva’s Bookcase
37 Reading Angel
38 Jodibee Designs
39 Book of Secrets
40 denise weber
41 A Little Hope…Amidst the Chaos
42 Dream For Your Life
43 To Read or Not To Read
44 Page Turners
45 DebsHere
46 Niki’s Book Reviews
47 KMN Books
48 Rae Summers
49 Play Smart Blog
50 Simply Ali
51 Books, According to Nicole
52 Wicked Readings by Tawania
53 Blkosiner’s Book Blog
54 Booksnob
55 Michelle and Leslie’s Book Picks
56 Among The Muses
57 Love To Read For Fun
58 Musings of an All Purpose Monkey
59 Arena Blake
60 Say it Rah-shay
61 Young Adult Books Reviewed
62 Chronic Bookaholic-Strictly Happy Endings!
63 Once Upon a Twilight
64 The Hidden Haven
65 Baba’s Farm Life
66 Let’s Just Give It Away
67 Boo’s and rawr’s
68 Elephants On Trapezes
69 A and C Book Junkies
70 Oh My Books!
71 Cate Masters
72 Seductive Musings
73 true media solutions
76 Dream Books LLC
77 Crochetize world
78 Leontine’s Book Realm: A Naughty Romance Reader At Play
79 Candace’s Book Blog
80 Fang-tastic Books
81 Roxanne’s Realm
82 Si, se puede
83 Confessions of a Bookaholic
84 Tiffany’s Bookshelf
85 The Book Worm’s Library
86 vvb32 reads
87 Lovin’ & Livin’ Life Reviews
88 World According to Books
89 Chubby Cheeks Thinks
90 Survey Junkie
91 Surviving Motherhood
92 One Big Adventure
93 I Heart Monster
94 Review Retreat
95 Edgy Inspirational Romance
96 Lale on Lit
97 My Place by the Sea
98 Bitten by Books
99 Family Volley
100 Books with a Cup of Coffee
101 bitten by paranormal romance
102 Chrissy’s World Of Books
103 Farmgirl Writes
104 Being Tazim
105 Ex Libris
106 Ex Libris
107 Earl’s Daughter
108 The Many Thoughts of A Reader
109 Reading At The Beach
110 Gelati’s Scoop
111 Gelati’s Scoop
112 Country Bookshelf
113 Vampire Book Club
114 Supernatural Snark
115 Genre Reviews
116 Saving Obsession
117 Leeswammes’ Blog
118 The Bookkeeper
119 Tethered Mommy
120 Mom vs. the Boys
121 today & everyday
122 Writing is a Blessing
123 Dr. Bill’s Book Bazaar
124 Reader Girls
125 Still Blonde after all these YEARS!
126 I Just Wanna Sit Here and Read!
127 A Moment With Mystee
128 noodleBubble niceBlog
129 Dark Faerie Tales
130 a book adventure
131 Ten Cent Notes
132 Patiently Waiting Books
133 Happy Birthday Author
134 The Smiling Pains of Novelist Destiny Booze
135 Fangs, Wands, & Fairy Dust
136 Life With 4 Boys
137 In the Hammock Blog
138 Crazy Cat Lady’s Library
139 Stiletto Storytime
140 margaret West Paranormal Romance Author
141 Rayment’s Readings Rants and Ramblings
142 Pure Imagination
143 A Mommy In Mayhem
144 Reading Through Life
145 Mom to Bed by 8
146 Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
147 Dollycas’s Thoughts
148 Minding Spot
149 Cherry Mischievous
150 Books and Things
151 Bluerose’s Heart
152 about happy books
153 Mommy’s Minute
154 Two Little Cavaliers
155 The Bibliophilic Book Blog
156 Malevolent Dead
157 Budget Savvy Diva
158 Brain Foggles
159 Amusing Reviews
160 starmetal oak book blog
161 Happy Mom Of 5
162 What Book is That?
163 A Blog about Nothing
164 Colloquium
165 Ashley’s Bookshelf
166 Book Dads
167 TheCouponQueenBee
168 girlsinthestacks.com
169 Authors By Authors
170 BookHounds
171 Marilyn’s Romance Reviews
172 Romance Author Buzz
173 The punching bag fights back
174 Girls Just Reading
175 Bookish Delights
176 Books from Bleh to Basically Amazing
177 Wendi Zwaduk: Romance To Make Your Heart Race
178 Eating YA Books
179 Reading, Reading & Life
180 Simply Stacie
181 Just Another New Blog
182 Book Obsessed
183 Books and Needlepoint
184 Brizmus Blogs Books
185 IB Book Blogging
186 Simplify with Sybil
187 PrincessReviews
188 Bookvisions
189 Graced With Books
190 Notorious Spinks Talks
191 bookmarked
192 Roof Beam Reader
193 Curling Up By The Fire
194 The Romance Reviews
196 Reflections with Coffee
197 Odyssey Books
198 A Reader’s Adventure
199 Reading Without Restraint
200 One Book Shy of a Full Shelf
201 MoonCat Farms Meanderings
202 Girls After Dark
203 JaMonkey
204 She Reads
205 Fiction Flurry
206 Inspiring Sisters
207 Travel The Ages
208 Lille Punkin’ Reviews
209 Novels On The Run
210 Alice Audrey
211 Cuzinlogic
212 Cleverly Inked
213 Not So Ordinary Girls
214 The Bibliophilic Book Blog
215 My Disorganized Ramblings
216 Darkly Reading
217 Peaceful Reader
218 Inspired by Fiction
219 Coffeelicious Bookaholic
220 BK Walker Books Etc
221 Walker’s Muse
222 Immortality and Beyond
223 An Avid Reader’s Musings
224 Rants n’ Rascals
225 {…is a book whore}
226 The Home of the Seven Tails
227 Mia Ma Miah’s Diaries
228 Crazy-for-Books
229 Book-lover Carol’s Reviews
230 A Bibliophile’s Paradise
231 Desperado Penguin
232 Sapphire Romance Realm
233 The Neverending Shelf
234 Chew & Digest Books
235 That’s Swell!
236 Madame Perry’s Salon
237 Allison’s Attic of Books
238 Biz Mommy
239 Once Upon A Chapter
240 Reading, Writing and Waiting
241 Talking with Tundra (You’re here!)
242 Harris Channing, Author of Erotic Fiction
243 Book Bookie
244 Review Blog 101
245 Read All Over Reviews
246 Krista D Ball’s Blog (Zombie-Free)
247 DK’s Everything Romance Books
248 a thousand Books with Quotes
249 Cherry Mischievous
250 Roof Beam Reader
251 Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist
252 Dollycas’s Thoughts
253 A Little Bookish
254 Jordan Deen
255 Narratively Speaking
256 Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews