2009 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards

The finalists for the 2009 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards has been announced. Congratulations to Nicolas Debon, Cary Fagan, Jack Mitchell, Susin Nielsen, and Shane Peacock! The winners will be announced on November 3, 2009.

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE TD CANADIAN CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AWARD:

Death in the AirDeath in the Air: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Second Case
Written by Shane Peacock
ISBN 978-0-88776-851-4
Ages 10-14

“This second installment of ‘The Boy Sherlock Holmes’ series maintains tension from beginning to end… Pacing is superb, great character development, breath-taking from beginning to end.” – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)

Thing-ThingThing-Thing
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Nicolas Debon
ISBN 978-0-88776-839-2
Ages 4-7

“A fresh and charming book about a spoiled child and an unloved toy thrown out the window… The quirky gouache and collage illustrations offer a sense of speed and uncanny stories on each floor… A book to fall for.” – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)

Word NerdWord Nerd
Written by Susin Nielsen
ISBN 978-0-88776-875-0
Ages 9+

“A humourous and cleverly written novel with likeable, unusual characters from the wrong side of the tracks… An original novel about regaining self confidence and trust.” – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE MARILYN BAILLIE PICTURE BOOK AWARD:

Thing-ThingThing-Thing
Written by Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Nicolas Debon
ISBN 978-0-88776-839-2
Ages 4-7

“This unique story of Thing-Thing’s fall from the sixth floor of the Excelsior Hotel becomes a slow-motion vehicle for a touching and funny contemplation of life and love from a host of characters inspired by his fleeting image.” – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)

SHORT-LISTED FOR THE GEOFFREY BILSON AWARD FOR HISTORICAL FICTION FOR YOUNG PEOPLE:

The Ancient Ocean BluesThe Ancient Ocean Blues
Written by Jack Mitchell
ISBN 978-0-88776-832-3
Ages 10-13

“A fast-paced spoof on Greek tales… Laugh-out-loud funny with great characters… A new take on the old classics… This book is original, delightful and engaging.” – The Canadian Children’s Book Centre (CCBC)

ABC Our Country Contest Winner

As promised, the winner of the ABC Our Country giveaway will be announced today! We went to trusty Random.org to generate a random number.

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Number 5 means that Rebecca from A little bit of Momsense has won!

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A perfect Canada Day contest as this alphabet series pays homage to the nation’s vast landscape! These books will be available at your favourite bookstores on October 13, 2009! Congratulations to Rebecca who has won an advance set of our newly re-packaged alphabet series:

Thank you to everyone who entered, stay tuned for future giveaways!

ABC Our Country Contest

There’s nothing like finding a bit of home between the pages of a good book. In ABC Our Country, travel from coast to coast – drive up the winding road of a mountainside, stroll through the prairie grassland, or sit by the seashore – and experience how people live very different lives across our nation. In each Tundra classic, you will find alliterative text coupled with dynamic illustrations.

A Big City Alphabet A Mountain Alphabet A Northern Alphabet
A Pioneer Alphabet A Prairie Alphabet A Seaside Alphabet

To celebrate Canada Day, we are giving away one advance set of this re-packaged alphabet series:

Leave a comment telling us your favourite Canadian destination or where you would love to visit in Canada with your name and email address before Sunday, July 5th, 2009. We will be randomly drawing a winner for the book set on Monday, July 6th, 2009. Good luck!

Canada Day with Tundra Books!

Canada Day with Tundra books!
July 1, 2009

The Big Book of Canada

The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories
By Christopher Moore
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
ISBN 978-0-88776-457-8
Ages 9+

“The Big Book moves…across the continent from east to west… Bill Slavin’s inimitable watercolours, supplemented by black-and-white and colour photographs, add their own touch of whimsy to this excellent addition to school or home bookshelf.”

– The Globe and Mail

Building Canada

Building Canada
By Bonnie Shemie
ISBN 978-0-88776-504-9
Ages 9+

“Bonnie Shemie’s beautifully illustrated Building Canada invites children to discover the architecture that surrounds them and that is as much a part of their heritage as the Maple Leaf…a useful reference as well as a treasure to explore.”

– Kitchener-Waterloo Record

The Day I Became a Canadian

The Day I Became a Canadian: A Citizenship Scrapbook
By Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang
ISBN 978-0-88776-892-7
Ages 7-9

“… author Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet and illustrator Song Nan Zhang capture the excitement and solemnity of the ceremonial process… With its touching story and information on citizens’ rights and responsibilities, this book is a wonderful introduction to the topics of community and national identity.”

– Montreal Review of Books

The RCMP Musical Ride

The RCMP Musical Ride
By Maxwell Newhouse
ISBN 978-0-88776-683-1
All Ages

“Kids will thrill to the tale of Canada’s equestrian ballet.”

– Canadian Living