WordFest 2013

WordFestWordFest hosts year-round literary events in Calgary, Banff and Bow Valley featuring the world’s best writers. WordFest’s main event is a literary festival that features upwards of 70 writers from the local, national and international stage. The Festival has approximately 60 separate events and attracts an audience of over 14,000.

Monica Kulling has published over thirty-five books for children, including In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up, selected by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the Ten Great Science Books for Kids. Her other two books in the series, It’s a Snap! George Eastman’s First Photograph and All Aboard! Elijah McCoy’s Steam Engine, both illustrated by Bill Slavin, were nominated for several awards. Kulling is also the author of the hilarious Merci Mister Dash! She presents Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity (Grade K-2) and Making Contact!, the latest of her biography series (Grade 1 – 3).

Monica Kulling Events

Mister Dash and the Cupcake CalamityMaking ContactOctober 16, 10:00 am – 11:30 am with Barbara Reid (Grade K – 2) — Buy Tickets
CPL – John Dutton Theatre,  616 Macleod Trail SE Calgary

October 17, 10:00 am – 11:30 am with Eric Walters (Grades 1 – 3) — Buy Tickets
Glenbow Museum – ConocoPhillips Theatre, 130 9 Ave SE Calgary

October 19, 11:00 am – Noon A Morning with Monica Kulling — Family Event – FREE
Banff Public Library, 101 Bear street

For more information about WordFest, you can visit their website, facebook page, twitter, and blog.

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Tuesdays with Tundra 33

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

Whimsy Heavy ThingsWhimsy’s Heavy Things
Written by Julie Kraulis
Illustrated by Julie Kraulis
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-6
ISBN: 978-1-77049-403-9
“[Whimsy’s] … solutions are ingenious, and the ending surprises with a mature little twist that is reassuring as well as realistic. Every page is sweetly rendered by author and illustrator Julie Kraulis’s oil and graphite artwork, which evokes a softer, gentler version of Tim Burton’s style.” — Quill & Quire

Making ContactMaking Contact!
Marconi Goes Wireless

Written by Monica Kulling
Illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-378-0
The fifth book in Tundra’s Great Idea Series, Making Contact! tells the story of Guglielmo Marconi, who became the father of wireless communication. As a boy, Marconi loved science and invention. At the age of twenty, Marconi realized that no one had invented a wireless telegraph. Determined to find a way to use radio waves to send wireless messages, Marconi found his calling. And, thanks to his persistence, on December 12, 1901, for the first time ever, a wireless signal traveled between two continents. The rest is history!

Escape from BerlinEscape from Berlin
Written by Irene N.Watts
Trade Paperback | 432 Pages | Ages 8-12
ISBN: 978-1-77049-611-8
eBook: 978-1-77049-612-5
Life for Jewish families in 1938 Berlin is increasingly difficult. Neighborhood shops and synagogues are looted and burned, homes are invaded by the Gestapo, Jewish children are expelled from school, their fathers and brothers imprisoned without cause. With even darker times on the horizon, parents are searching for an escape route for their children. On the morning of December 1st, 1938, eleven-year-old Marianne Kohn and seven-year-old Sophie Mandel meet on a train, the first Kindertransport that will take children to safety in England. But what will happen when they arrive? Who will be their guardians? Will they be able to learn the customs and language of their new country? Will they ever see their parents again? The Kindertransport saved almost ten thousand children before the outbreak of World War II. The three critically acclaimed, award-winning novels in Escape from BerlinGood-bye Marianne, Remember Me, and Finding Sophie—poignantly chronicle what happens to Marianne and Sophie as they grow up away from home. December 1, 2013, marks the 75th Anniversary of the first Kindertransport.

Pub Date Giveaway: In the comments below, please tell us which new September release of Tundra’s you would love to read and one lucky reader will receive their requested book! One request per person and please review our rules. This giveaway ends at midnight on Monday, October 1, 2013!

UPDATE: Congratulations to Susan who will be getting a copy of Whimsy’s Heavy Things.

Author Monica Kulling Joins Us – And Makes Non-Fiction Fun!

Guest Post: Monica Kulling on Non-Fiction Fun!

Random Acts of Reading

Remember all the history you studied in school? Yeah, I don’t either. But we’re in luck, because today we welcome non-fiction author Monica Kulling to the blog, with her special writing gift that makes history ,and science, interesting! Monica makes inventors and their inventions come to life for the youngest readers in her Step Into Reading Books and follows those up with more in her Great Idea Series.

Here’s Monica to tell you about her writing and her books:

I’ve written many non-fiction books in my twenty years of publishing with Random House. I’ve covered the subject of animals—specifically, elephants, alligators, bears, and horses. I’ve also written biographies for Random House’s “Step Into Reading” line. I’ve delved into the mystery surrounding Amelia Earhart and Harry Houdini, followed the courageous journeys of Harriet Tubman and Sir Ernest Shackleton, and illuminated the quiet courage of Eleanor Roosevelt and Francis Scott Key

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