CBC Salutes our Award Nominees!

Hannah Sung of CBC Book Club presents the five nominees for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature – Illustration, which included Tundra’s book, Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog by Tim Beiser and Rachel Berman.

Congratulations to Jirina Marton, illustrator of Bella’s Tree, who was announced as the winner in this category on Tuesday, November17th.

Hannah also interviewed Shane Peacock, Susin Nielsen, and Cary Fagan on their books’ nominations for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the biggest prize in Canadian Children’s Lit! We’ll be cheering them on at the ceremony at the Carlu in Toronto this Thursday, November 19th.

Other Tundra authors and books up for awards Thursday evening include:

  • Thing-Thing by Cary Fagan (again!), nominated for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award.
  • The Ancient Ocean Blues by Jack Mitchell, nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People.

Sigh. What to do when you have so many nominated books in one evening?!

Vlog courtesy of www.cbc.ca/bookclub

Storytime with Nan Forler

McNally RobinsonLast Saturday, Nan Forler and her family went to visit McNally Robinson Booksellers at Don Mills.

Signing TableThis was a special visit because Nan discussed, sang, read, and signed her debut picture book, Bird Child.

Here is a short clip where Nan brought out her guitar and taught the children a song.

Then, she read from Bird Child to show how Eliza helped Lainey get her own wings to fly.

Craft MaterialNan even came prepared with a craft! She brought in foam birds, ribbons, googly eyes, markers, glue, glitter, jewels, and feathers. The children made holiday bird ornaments.

Bird OrnamentHere is one of the glittery bird ornaments. This one is only half finished. The artist proceeded to add lots of pretty little jewels.

If you were not able to make it to the event, Nan did sign copies of Bird Child that will be available at McNally Robinson Booksellers on a first come, first serve basis. Thank you once again to Nicola and to the staff for making the event a success!

Upcoming Bird Child Events:

  • On November 17th, Nan Forler will be reading from Bird Child at the Locke Branch from 2:00-3:00pm for the Toronto Public Library’s Canadian Children’s Book Week.
  • On November 19th, Nan Forler will be reading from Bird Child at the Elmira Public Library from 1:15-2:00pm.
  • On December 6th, Nan Forler will be reading from Bird Child at Chapters Waterloo from 1:00-2:00pm.

Top 10 Great Books For Children 2010

Congratulations to our authors and illustrators! Here are the top books picked for 2010 as chosen by the Canadian Toy Testing Council:

Bradley McGoggBradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog
Written by Tim Beiser
Illustrated by Rachel Berman
ISBN 978-0-88776-864-4
Ages 2-5
“This book presents a fun story told in rhyme about Bradley McGogg, who lives in a bog, where there are plenty of bugs for a frog like Bradley to eat. When Bradley runs low on food, he visits his neighbours, and soon discovers that rabbits, cows and bears east some ‘pretty strange things.’ Children enjoy the clever rhymes and the engaging full-colour illustrations in this lively book.” – The Canadian Toy Testing Council

The Little Toy ShopThe Little Toy Shop
Written and illustrated by Frances Wolfe
ISBN 978-0-88776-865-1
Ages 3-6
“At Kringle’s Toy Shop, the owner helps every customer find just the right toy. When a box arrives at the shop with a stuffed bunny inside, Mr. Kringle determines to find him a home. Bunny soon makes fast friends with Teddy, a toy bear. Children enjoy this lovingly illustrated, sweet story about friendship and a little girl whose heart is big enough to cherish both toys.” – The Canadian Toy Testing Council

Good-bye MarianneGood-Bye Marianne
Written by Irene N. Watts
Illustrated by Kathryn E. Shoemaker
ISBN 978-0-88776-830-9
Ages 8-11
“This 124-page graphic novel tells the quiet but moving tale of 11-year-old Marianne, a Jewish girl living in Germany in 1938. She finds herself barred from school because of her religion, and the story follows her necessary flight from Berlin to England. The black-and-white pencil drawings in this book capture the both the desperate times and the spark of hope as Marianne flees pre-War Nazi Germany.” – The Canadian Toy Testing Council

The other books on this year’s list are:

  • Dance Baby Dance by Andrea Spalding
  • Saffy by Paola Opal
  • Chicken, Pig, Cow by Ruth Ohi
  • Tulipe: Mon pyjama à moi by Lucie Papineau, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch
  • A Royal Little Pest by Anita Reynolds MacArthur, illustrated by Karen Roy
  • Savais-tu? Les serpents by Alain M. Bergeron, Michel Quintin and Sampar, illustrated by Sampar
  • Inside Hockey! The Legends, Facts and Feats That Made The Game by Keltie Thomas

Remembering Our Veterans

Introduce the very young to Remembrance Day and Veterans’ Day and what it means:

Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a LionProud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion
Written by Jane Barclay
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
ISBN 978-0-88776-951-1
Ages 4-7 | 24 Pages | Hardcover

A gentle, lyrical, new book about war and remembrance. Proud as a Peacock, Brave as a Lion is a special book that will put very young readers on the path to remembrance and lasting appreciation for those who sacrificed and risked their lives in service to their country.

“… a perfect choice for read alouds on Veteran’s Day. It explains why we honor veterans very succinctly and makes perfect sense – a serious but easily understood title.” – Chasing Ray

“… a quiet, loving dialogue between the generations punctuated with vividly realized war scenes. …makes a statement about heroism. …a tight narrative, rich language, a strong story arc….” – Feature Review, Quill & Quire

“…meaningful and engaging…. Barclay has taken on an important topic in an effective and touching way.… There is a lovely rhythm to the prose that would make this a perfect choice by parents and teachers to read-aloud. The text is complemented beautifully with Benoit’s artwork rendered in watercolours and gouache…. Highly Recommended.” – CM Magazine

“Small photos in sepia shades evoke the past in images… the lively animal images in the words are also part of the pictures. …The blend of grim reality, heroic battle, and playful fantasy will speak to kids.” – Booklist

For older readers, a concise history of World War I:

The War to End All Wars - The Story of World War IThe War to End All Wars: The Story of World War I
Written by Jack Batten
ISBN 978-0-88776-879-8
Ages 10+ | 160 Pages | Hardcover

Meet the soldiers who fought the deadly battles on the Western Front. Follow the trail of flying ace Billy Bishop as he tangles in the air with the Red Baron. The War to End All Wars evokes the heroism and suffering of the men from every country, whose stories changed the face of the world forever.

“…Batten’s account is a model of lucidity, a good place for a young reader to start. Batten’s clean, intelligent prose makes this highly readable and comprehensible….” – The Toronto Star

“This superb book – with its high production values and a multitude of archival photographs, it’s as handsome as it is informative – belongs in every school library and on every family bookshelf. [Jack Batten] makes history vivid, almost palpable, for readers of any age…. Batten’s elegant prose tracks the broad sweep of the war…. The quality that makes this book the outstanding achievement that it is, though, it Batten’s detail-rich delineation of the particular, the depth of his reach into a character, an incident or a battle….” – The Globe and Mail

For middle-grade readers, a novel of danger, warmth, and dark humour:

Watching JimmyWatching Jimmy
By Nancy Hartry
ISBN 978-0-88776-871-2
Ages 9+ | 160 Pages | Hardcover

A novel of danger, warmth, and dark humour – set in 1958, Watching Jimmy is a brilliant portrait of a time past, a family of strong women, and a resourceful young girl who exudes character, resilience, and most of all, love.

“Like a steady beat that pulses louder and louder, the story unfolds against a backdrop of postwar social and political concerns and Remembrance Day. Carolyn is a passionate and feisty character, delineated with love and precision, and readers will be drawn to her. A compelling and satisfying novel.” – School Library Journal

“…this short tale of a Canadian preteen whose life centers around protecting her brain-damaged friend recalls … it’s not until she falls in with some wise and savvy adults at a new church that she gains the confidence she needs to blow the whistle—which she does in the course of a passionate Remembrance Day speech arguing for universal health care. … [an] absorbing read.” – Booklist

“…lyrical language…. The book gives a picture of what it was like living in the post-World War II Canada. Readers will be drawn into the gripping story and will worry about the safely of both Jimmy and Carolyn.” – VOYA

“Hartry… has perfectly captured this determined child’s voice and vividly recreates the setting of Toronto in 1958. It’s not hard to connect the dots … which brings the story home to modern readers. As Carolyn encounters one nearly overwhelming challenge after another, they will find her ultimately optimistic tale impossible to put down.” – Kirkus Reviews

Please take time to remember today.

Let’s Tour Medina Hill: Round-Up

Medina HillTundra’s first blog tour came and went last week! We would like to give a HUGE round of applause to all the participating bloggers and readers who left comments. Thank you for being so accomodating in hosting a stop for Trilby Kent. Thanks again to the amazing team at Open Book: Toronto for kicking off with the first stop and for posting “Where is Trilby Kent Today?” for tour followers.

We would also like to use this chance to thank some of the people behind-the-scenes! Kathryn Cole for editing Medina Hill and Kelly Hill for the fantastic cover and design. There’s also Production, Rights, Marketing, Special Sales… Go Team!

Here is a quick round-up about Trilby Kent’s debut novel, Medina Hill:

  • “…fun and eccentric but completely believable.” – Carrie Anne, Another day, another thought… or two
  • “…captivating tale…” – Lauren, Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
  • “…intriguing plot and interesting characters.” – Melanie, Melanie’s Musings
  • “…looking forward to reading more by Trilby in the future.” – Cindy, Cindy’s Love of Books
  • “After reading Medina Hill, I’ll certainly be on the look out for whatever Trilby writes next. The main reason? Originality.” – Kerry, Shelf Elf
  • “It’s incredibly heart-warming…. ” – Carrie, Carrie’s YA Bookshelf
  • “I love a book that references other books or major historical characters as a main plot point… I think that was the book’s major success.” – Janssen, Everyday Reading
  • “…a satisfying, refreshing, unique tale…” – Khy, Frenetic Reader
  • “…a glorious read, full of warmth and extraordinary, vibrant characters.” – Eve, Vulpes Libris
  • “…well-researched and interesting…. A clever, richly texture book, both for modern children and traditionalists like me” – Sally, An Awfully Big Blog Adventure
  • “Medina Hill is a clever debut novel that will appeal to fans of historical fiction….” – Jenny, Wondrous Reads
  • “This book is full of warm, well constructed characters…” – Luisa, Chicklish

With permission from Morgan at Books and Literature for Teens, here is the book trailer she created for Medina Hill:

A Note from Trilby Kent: I’m not sure that I’d have anything to add, other than to extend very sincere thanks to all the bloggers for taking part. Overall, the response seems to have been really positive, which is great!