Fashion Friday: A Pattern for Pepper

Today, we’re celebrating Fashion Friday with a little pattern-obsessed girl!

Pepper is getting a dress made for a special occasion. It’s the first dress that has ever been made just for her, and she wants it to be perfect. But what pattern is right for her? Pepper is particular, and nothing works at first. Dotted Swiss? Too plain. Houndstooth? Not enough color. Pinstripe? Too glum. As Pepper learns about each fabric, she finds a reason why it’s just not the one. Will Pepper ever be able to find the perfect pattern?

We’ve paired Mr. Taylor’s patterns with real-life dresses in shades of blue that would make Pepper proud. Which pattern is your favorite?

Herringbone

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); HighHatCouture [etsy](right)

Seersucker

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); ShopFlourishVintage [etsy](right)

Tartan

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); KateDiNataleVintage [etsy](right)

Houndstooth

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); RustBeltThreads [etsy](right)

Ikat

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); DreamingOfAvonlea [etsy](right)

Argyle

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); FASHIONRERUN [etsy](right)

Pinstripe

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); FASHIONRERUN [etsy](right)

Dotted Swiss

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); AvionVintage [etsy](right)

Toile

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); laucreations [etsy](right)

Paisley

Credit: Julie Kraulis (left); TrunkofDresses [etsy](right)

A Pattern for Pepper
Written by Julie Kraulis
Hardcover | 40 Pages | Ages 5-9
ISBN: 9781101917565
eBook: 9781101917589
“All that information about textiles could have been dry and didactic, but Kraulis keeps it lively and filled with giggle-inspiring double meanings and puns. The oil-and-graphite illustrations in varying tones of blues and browns are perfectly suited to the tale, which has an old-fashioned sensibility that will charm modern young readers.” – Kirkus Reviews

Congratulations to our illustrators in The Original Art Show 2017

The Museum of Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is proud to present The Original Art, an annual exhibit celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration, on display from November 1 through December 30, 2017.

The Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony will be held at the Society of Illustrators (128 East 63rd Street, NYC) at 6:00 pm on Thursday, November 2. Tickets are on sale via their website.

Tundra Books would like to congratulate our illustrators who have been selected for The Original Art Show:

Can You Find My Robot's ArmCan You Find My Robot’s Arm?
By Chihiro Takeuchi
Hardcover | Ages 2 to 5
ISBN 9781101919033

“Young readers … will pore over the intricately detailed black-on-cream cut-paper illustrations…. Striking geometric silhouetted images invite long, happy perusal (gears and wind-up keys abound)…. Chihiro Takeuchi is a well-known cut-paper artist in Osaka, Japan. Can You Find My Robot’s Arm? is her debut English-language picture book, although she has written and illustrated several books in Japanese. Readers will surely be asking librarians, ‘Can you find more books by Chihiro Takeuchi?'”
– Starred Review, Shelf Awareness

Yak and DoveYak and Dove
By Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Esme Shapiro
Hardcover | Ages 4 to 8
ISBN 9781770494947

“Odd-couple friendships are nothing new in children’s literature, but seldom is one portrayed with the grace and sly humor Maclear and Shapiro bring to this story…. Maclear (The Liszts) divides the story into three chapters, all told in spare but emotionally rich dialogue…. Shapiro (Ooko) fills her watercolor, gouache, and pencil illustrations with subtle comedy … and excels at depicting the quiet pleasures of being simpatico, when a look between friends says it all.”
– Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

The FogThe Fog
By Kyo Maclear
Illustrated by Kenard Pak
Hardcover | Ages 4 to 8
ISBN 9781770494923

“Pak’s digitally worked pencil-and-watercolor illustrations support and enhance this simple parable…. Humor is to be found in the extensive human identifications that grace the endpapers and early pages of Warble’s story, a nod to the habits of bird-watchers like the author…. Reaching out lifts both fog and spirits; it brightens days and nights. A song about sharing that’s sure to lift readers’ spirits as well.”
– Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews

Little Blue ChairLittle Blue Chair
By Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Madeline Kloepper
Hardcover | Ages 3 to 7
ISBN 9781770497559

“Illustrator Madeline Kloepper works in a soothing, muted palette and her tender ink-and-pencil style is part Ruth Krauss and part Julie Morstad, with a vintage tinge. But Kloepper also infuses her style with several modern touches: there are diverse characters and families, everything is suspended in clean, crisp white space, and adult Boo sports a hipster beard and baseball tee. The result is a very sweet little marriage between old and new, with magic officiating the ceremony.”
Quill & Quire

How to Make Friends with a GhostHow to Make Friends with a Ghost
By Rebecca Green
Hardcover | Ages 4 to 8
ISBN 9781101919019

“With rosy cheeks, wide eyes, and childlike interests, this ghost is not just not-scary but utterly endearing. A cozy, muted autumnal palette; plenty of visual humor; and relaxed hand-lettering further lighten the punny text, making for a tongue-in-cheek but strangely sweet picture book about enduring friendship.”
The Horn Book Magazine

Window Wednesday

#WindowWednesday: We are incredibly fortunate to have stores create window features of our books. We want to highlight their amazing work here on our blog for you to see (and perhaps you’ll discover a new local bookstore).

Page & Panel
789 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
Window design: Chihiro Takeuchi

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Many Thanks to our #Tundra50 Reps

If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that we had social media reps for each season this year to help us celebrate our 50th anniversary. We just wanted to take a moment to thank them and highlight some of their wonderful posts!

Spring 2017:

Summer 2017:

Fall 2017:

Thank you to each and every one of you for championing our books this year!

Please give them a follow and check out their posts by searching #Tundra50 on Instagram or Twitter!

2017 ALA Annual Conference

ala-ac-2017Dear book lovers,

Tundra Books is exhibiting at ALA Annual this year with a very special anniversary in mind. Paired with the great city of Chicago and all its art, we’re bringing something special to the exhibit floor on opening night!

Please say hello to our wonderful marketing and publicity colleagues, Sylvia and Vikki, along with our esteemed publisher, Tara at booth #3826. They will be happy to tell you about our new and upcoming books or to answer any questions you may have. Here is our schedule of booth events:

Friday, June 23, 2017
#Tundra50 Pop-Up Gallery
We asked our illustrators to craft something on the back of our #Tundra50 anniversary tote bags. What they came up with blew us away! As a special treat to ALA Annual attendees, we are having a pop-up gallery from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, June 23, 2017. Join us at booth 3826 for our original art showcase, it’s for one-night only!
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
REBECCA GREEN will be signing How to Make Friends with a Ghost art cards from 10:00 am to 10:30 am in the morning and 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm in the afternoon.
ASHLEY SPIRES will be signing Over-Scheduled Andrew and Edie’s Ensembles from 4:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

Sunday, June 25, 2017
MARTHE JOCELYN will be signing Sam Sorts from 11:00 am to 11:30 am.

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Saturday to Monday only: If you’ve got your aisle-by-aisle coupon filled out, you can exchange it for our #Tundra50 Anniversary tote bag (while supplies last)!
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Follow @TundraBooks and @alaannual on twitter or instagram. You can also follow #alaac17 for the latest news and updates! We’ll be posting reminders using the ALA hashtag.