Megabat has found a home with Daniel, now you can provide a home to bats in your area!
Bats help control mosquito populations, pollinate flowers, and spread seeds. But pesticide use, a disappearing habitat, and white nose syndrome are threatening the survival of Canada’s bat population. Installing a bat house on your property benefits at-risk species by providing them with a safe, long-lasting summer home.
This bat house, generously donated by Canadian Tire, measures 20.5″ H x 12″ W x 5″ D (52 cm x 30 cm x 13 cm) and features a unique triple chamber inside that mimics the space between bark and a tree trunk. Bats like cozy spaces!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between May 13 and May 17. Open to residents of Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
We are so happy to share the winning ghost story from our writing contest. But first, here’s what some of our judges had to say about it:
The writing was strong (descriptive and evocative), the tone was genuinely eerie, it “built” very nicely, and it had a crackerjack beginning and ending. I like that it’s the piano itself that seems to be the villain.
Dark Music was a very well-structured narrative packed a lot of chills into a concise story. I really got a sense of how alone Louise felt and the idea that the one thing that brought her comfort (the piano) was ultimately dangerous was satisfyingly creepy. Also that title was perfect!
And without further ado, here is the winning story:
Congratulations to Emilia! She will also receive a letter from author Linda Bailey, a copy of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein and $50 worth of Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers books.
There were three other stories that we felt came very close — so we want to give a shout out to these aspiring writers and send them a copy of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Júlia Sardà:
“Writers dream stories, awake and asleep.” – Linda Bailey, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein
On a stormy night in Lake Geneva in 1816, poet Lord Byron challenged his friends to write a ghost story. One of those people was eighteen-year-old Mary Shelley, and the story she wrote was Frankenstein. To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein and the publication of Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein, Tundra Books is holding a ghost story writing contest for kids age 8−12.
HOW TO ENTER
Contest is open to kids age 8−12. Stories must be between 800−2,000 words in length and contain at least one ghost. They will be judged on originality and readability by an expert panel, including Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein author Linda Bailey as well as an editor and a marketing professional from Tundra Books.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY
Enter between August 28, 2018 and October 31, 2018. Open to residents of the U.S. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules at https://penguinrandomhouse.ca/tundra-ghost-story-contest for full details. DOWNLOADABLE RESOURCES
If you follow us on social media, you’ve probably seen our new rock star, Petra. If not, let us introduce you to her:
Petra is a little rock who believes she is a mighty mountain . . . until a dog fetches her for its owner, and she is tossed into a bird’s nest. A mountain? No, Petra is now an egg! An egg of the world in a world of possibility. Until she’s flung into a pond, and becomes an amazing island . . . and, eventually, a little girl’s pet rock. What will she be tomorrow? Who knows? But she’s a rock, and this is how she rolls!
The humorous adventures of an irresistible little rock who finds herself in constantly changing circumstances, Petra is a picture book that celebrates the power of perspective and believing in yourself.
And she is, without a doubt, the cutest pet rock you’ll ever see.
But that’s where you come in! We want to see what kind of pet rock you can create – will you make an elephant? A penguin? Or something else?
We want to see what kind of gems you come up with, so join us in decorating a rock and share a photo of your creation on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtags #PetraRocks #contest. We will select our favourite 10 pictures and these winners will be sent a Petra-shaped magnet. If you need inspiration, make sure to check out our Petra activity kit. Photos must be posted with the hashtags #PetraRocks and #contest between April 5-20th to be considered.
We think you’ll have some rock-solid ideas for your Petra and we can’t wait to see them.
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between April 5, 2018 and April 20, 2018. Open to residents of the US and Canada (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory of residence at time of entry. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules here for full details.
Written by Marianna Coppo
Hardcover | 48 Pages | Ages 3-7
“[S]imple, smooth, and stylish…Change may be the only constant in Petra’s peripatetic existence, but her bubbly optimism is as solid as Gibraltar.” – Starred Review, Publishers Weekly