#Tundra50 Tote Bag Auction

Tundra Books is turning 50! To celebrate we asked some of our illustrators to decorate the back of our limited edition #Tundra50 tote bags. Now you can own a one-of-kind work of art from your favourite picture book artist!

All proceeds from the auction will be donated to IBBY, a non-profit organization representing a network of people committed to bringing books and children together all over the world. For more information about IBBY please visit www.ibby.org.

This auction will run from Friday, June 23 to Friday, July 28th 2017. Minimum bid is $10 and all bids must be made in $5 increments.

Visit www.Tundra50.com to view the entire collection and to make your bids!

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2016 Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration Winner

The Lillian Shepherd award for excellence in illustration is given to an illustrator residing in or from Atlantic Canada, or who has illustrated a book written by an Atlantic Canadian or a book that is set in the region. This year, we have the pleasure of congratulation Ron Lightburn for winning the award for Frankenstink!

FrankenstinkFrankenstink!
Garbage Gone Bad
Written by Ron Lightburn
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-694-1
“This fantastic tale of what could happen if we don’t clean up our garbage…. The rhyming text, which should be read aloud to achieve the full effect of the story, provides an opportunity for early readers to have fun playing with juicy words … guaranteed to garner a giggle. Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad will appeal to children who hate to clean up as well as those who love all things disgusting. The comic book style illustrations do a good job at punctuating the horrific fun of the story, and a glow in the dark cover is a bonus available in the print version of the book.” – Recommended, CM Magazine

Lillian Shepherd, a long-time buyer for The Book Room in Halifax and life-long lover of books, died suddenly in 1997. Customers and authors visiting The Book Room were always put at ease by Lillian’s ready smile and laughter, but her love of life shone through most clearly when she spoke of her husband Fred and their two daughters, Lynn and Cynthia. In 2002, Lillian’s legion of friends and colleagues from Halifax, Lunenburg, and Bermuda created the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award to applaud the book that combines Lillian’s love for illustrated children’s books and her affinity for locally produced work. The prize is now funded by the Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association and the Atlantic Provinces Publishers’ Representatives.

Authors for Indies Day

authorsforindiesCanadian Authors for Indies Day is happening on Saturday, May 2, 2015, and several of our authors are popping into independent bookstores across the country!

British Columbia:

Edie's Ensembles  We Are All Made of Molecules If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur

Newfoundland:

The Swallow

Nova Scotia:

Frankenstink

Ontario:

Julia Child  Nancy Knows  Millhouse  Best Friends through Eternity Audrey-cow For Those About to Write  The Pocket Mommy

For a full list of participating authors and bookstores, please check out the Authors for Indies website.

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Help stop Frankenstink this Earth Day!

StopFrankenstink

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 is Earth Day and we have some helpful discussions and activities to help you stop Frankenstink from crawling into your life:

  1. What are some objects around your home or the classroom that might “stink”?
  2. Do you have anything accumulating under your bed? Describe the “garbage” you might find there.
  3. Do you know where your community recycling center is located? Or your community garbage dump? Have you ever visited either of these locations?
  4. What do you know about Earth Day? Find out more here: earthday.ca and earthday.org.
  5. Collect different materials around your home or classroom that are unwanted and ready to be disposed of. Create your very own Frankenstink sculpture out of these found materials. Describe your monster orally or in writing. Alternatively, use scrap pieces of paper and material, markers, crayons and paint to create a two dimensional Frankenstink.
  6. Share a picture of your Frankenstink to rlight@eastlink.ca – and tell us how you will dispose of its different parts responsibly.
  7. Consider your own home or classroom. Where might a Frankenstink grow? From what?
  8. Design a poster warning of the dangers of slobby behavior and how it may lead to the creation of a dreaded Frankenstink!
  9. Download and print this Frankenstink! draw-and-color booklet on recycled paper.
  10. Hang this Frankenstink! poster in your home or classroom to remind you to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

FrankenstinkFrankenstink!
Garbage Gone Bad
Written by Ron Lightburn
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-694-1
“This fantastic tale of what could happen if we don’t clean up our garbage…. The rhyming text, which should be read aloud to achieve the full effect of the story, provides an opportunity for early readers to have fun playing with juicy words … guaranteed to garner a giggle. Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad will appeal to children who hate to clean up as well as those who love all things disgusting. The comic book style illustrations do a good job at punctuating the horrific fun of the story, and a glow in the dark cover is a bonus available in the print version of the book.” – Recommended, CM Magazine

RonLightburnComicAuthor and illustrator RON LIGHTBURN began his artistic career in elementary school with his handmade comic books, like the one featured on the right. He has since won many awards and honors, including the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Illustration. He has created artwork for book covers, magazines, calendars, posters and advertisements across North America and has become internationally renowned for his range of illustration styles and his storytelling skills. Ron lives in Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, and his picture books have been published in nine countries. Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad harkens back to the monster movies and comics of his youth. Visit his website at www.thelightburns.com.

EVENT REMINDER: Ron Lightburn will be at Wolfville Memorial Library on Saturday, April 18th, 2015 at 2:00 pm!

Tuesdays with Tundra 46

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

Catch You Later TraitorCatch You Later, Traitor
Written by Avi
Hardcover | 304 Pages | Ages 9-12
ISBN: 978-1-101-91765-7
eBook: 978-1-101-91767-1
“Set in 1951 Brooklyn, Newbery Medalist Avi’s (Crispin: The Cross of Lead) suspenseful novel shows how seventh-grader Pete Collison deals with persecution and paranoia as he searches for answers about his family’s history…. Deciding to find out the truth about his father and the informant who turned him in, Pete follows the methods of his favorite gumshoe, Sam Spade, but the clues Pete uncovers are more confusing than enlightening, and the discoveries he makes about certain relatives could hurt his father’s cause…. An excellent introduction to the frenzy of the McCarthy era.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The Pirates BedThe Pirate’s Bed
Written by Nicola Winstanley
Illustrated by Matt James
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 3-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-616-3
A pirate is sleeping snug in his bed, dreaming pirate dreams, when a great storm comes up at sea. The pirate sleeps on, but his bed is awake and scared of the thunder and the angry waves. Tossed this way and that, the ship finally crashes, sending the pirate to a tropical island and his bed off to sea. At first, the bed is overjoyed. It’s free from smelly feet, snoring and scratchy wool. It floats in the now peaceful water, meeting friendly gulls and playful dolphins and basking in the sun. But soon the little bed begins to feel like something is missing…. This fanciful tale of a bed lost at sea will capture the hearts of little pirates everywhere and send them off to sleep with dreams of tropical birds, swooshing waves and chattering monkeys.

FrankenstinkFrankenstink!
Garbage Gone Bad

Written by Ron Lightburn
Hardcover | 32 Pages | Ages 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-694-1
With a glow-in-the-dark cover and zany art, this is a book about “garbage” that transforms and mutates into a grotesque, greedy monster devouring everything in its path, Frankenstink is sure to be a hit with kids who do not like to clean up. Is the monster who feeds on “a mountainous salad of plastic and goo, fast-food leftovers and Styrofoam stew,” real, a dream, or a warning of what is to come if we don’t compost and recycle? Complemented by playful illustrations in a comic-book style.

Little Red Lies_paperbackLittle Red Lies
Written by Julie Johnston
Trade Paperback | 352 Pages | Ages 10+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-807-5
“Johnston has crafted a beautifully written, low-key, yet emotional story of a family dealing with the return of a son at the close of war. Jamie is wracked with survivor’s guilt…. His letters to Rachel … are painfully realistic, the antithesis of the glamour that teens too often assign to war….” – Starred Review, Booklist

Pub Date Giveaway: In the comments below, please tell us which new March 2015 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, March 16, 2015!

Update: Congratulations to Stephanie, winner of The Pirate’s Bed!

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013

tdbw-banner-2013The TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013 tour runs Saturday, May 4 to Saturday, May 11, 2013. TD Canadian Children’s Book Week is a national event celebrating Canadian children’s books and the importance of reading. Over 25,000 children, teens and adults participate in activities held in every province and territory across the country. Hundreds of schools, public libraries, bookstores, and community centres host events as part of this major literary festival.

The following Tundra and Fenn/Tundra authors will be touring next week:

  • Marthe Jocelyn
  • Ron Lightburn
  • Richard Scrimger
  • Lorna Schultz Nicholson

You can check to see which authors and illustrators will be touring in your province by clicking here.

The theme of this year’s Book Week is All the Bookshelf’s a Stage: Celebrating the Performing Arts. And more great news! Marthe Jocelyn and daughter Nell Jocelyn have been chosen to illustrate the TD Children’s Book Week promotional materials, which will be distributed to the hundreds of participating venues across Canada. Learn a bit more about them in this interview.

You can read about the experience from our authors, Jan Andrews and Karen Patkau, who toured in 2012.

Guest Post: Ron Lightburn

On Monday, June 11, StoryWalk launched at Jubilee Park in Bridgetown! Ron Lightburn, the illustrator of Juba This, Juba That by Helaine Becker, went to celebrate:

Ron Lightburn: Juba this, Juba that, Juba spies a yellow cat…

Juba is just waking up. Can you stretch your arms high over your head, all the way to the next sign?

Can you reach high up to the sky, then crouch into a ball, then reach high up to the sky, then crouch into a ball, all the way to the next sign?

Everybody crouch all the way to the next sign!

Everybody run in big zig-zags all the way to the next sign!

Hooray for Angela Reynolds of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library! Thank you for making a StoryWalk in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia!

Don’t forget to check out this interview about Ron Lightburn, he goes into more details about StoryWalk too!