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

A Roundup of Ten Questions with…

Open Book Toronto logoOpen Book Toronto is a great literary resource about publishing, books, authors, illustrators, and events. The wonderful team at Open Book Toronto interviewed some of our Spring 2009 authors and illustrators. Many, many, many thanks to Clelia, Amy, and Shannon for their hard work! Click on the links below to read Open Book Toronto’s Ten Questions with:

Stay tuned for interviews from our Fall 2009 authors and illustrators!

Storytime with Jo Ellen Bogart

This past Saturday, Jo Ellen Bogart came to Toronto for a reading at McNally Robinson Booksellers. I found her at the front door pointing to her event poster with delight. She walked in and was jaw-dropping amazed at how beautiful everything was.

McNally Robinson Booksellers

Second Floor of McNally RobinsonEvent Poster

Happily, we made our way to the second floor’s event space where tables and chairs were being set up for Jo Ellen’s reading. Aside from reading Big and Small, Room for All, Jo Ellen also made a presentation on her laptop. Look how innovative she is! I have to say, I learned a few things during her reading too!

Reading Big and Small, Room for All

Laptop Presentation

Following her reading, Jo Ellen Bogart signed books and posters. If you weren’t able to make it to the event, Jo Ellen did sign a few copies of Big and Small, Room for All that will be available at McNally Robinson on a first come, first serve basis.

Jo Ellen Bogart signing

After the reading, I decided to have lunch at Prairie Ink, the restaurant and bakery in McNally Robinson. It was such a beautiful day to sit on the patio, listen to all the happy book chatter, and have a cupcake.

Cherry Soda Cupcake

Thank you to Nicola, Carla, and to the wonderful staff at McNally Robinson!

Tundra celebrates Father’s Day!

Don’t forget that Father’s day is June 21st this year. Share a great book with Dad:

The Hockey SweaterThe Hockey Sweater

Written by Roch Carrier
Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
Translated by Sheila Fischman
Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-88776-169-0

“…not only sweet and funny, but a wise parable about Quebec and English Canada.” – The Toronto Star

Let's Go for a RideLet’s Go for a Ride

Written and illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse
Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-88776-748-7

“…a clever work … a good jumping-off point for projects and discussions, or just plain fun.” – The Hamilton Spectator

Car SmartsCar Smarts
Hot Tips for the Car Crazy

Written by Phil Edmonston and Maureen Sawa
Illustrated by Gordon Sauve
Paperback
ISBN 978-0-88776-646-6

“…could and should be essential reading for anyone who hopes to drive a car or buy a car, and anyone who wants to know what makes a car tick….” – The Globe and Mail

VroomVroom!
Motoring into the Wild World of Racing!

Written by Tim Miller
Paperback
ISBN 978-0-88776-755-5

“‘The must-have players’ guide.’ The book combines action photographs with descriptive dialogue geared towards the newest fans.” – School Library Journal

IceTime
Ice Time
The Story of Hockey

Written by Michael McKinley
Hardcover
ISBN 978-0-88776-762-3

“…a great gift for your hockey enthusiast … lots of great photos, trivia and images of old memorabilia.” – Canadian Living Magazine

Guest Post: Laura Beingessner

Today’s guest post is from Laura Beingessner! Laura is the illustrator of Our Corner Grocery Store, written by Joanne Schwartz. Her illustrations have been described as: “folksy” (starred review, School Library Journal), “charming” (CM Magazine), “wonderfully detailed” (Kirkus Reviews), and “glow[s] warmly” (Booklist).

Our Corner Grocery Store

Laura Beingessner: Our corner Grocery Store was a joy to draw. It took me back to my own childhood. Going to the Corner Store for a freezie was always a highlight for me on a hot summer day.

Laura Beingessner and Joanne SchwartzThis is Joanne and I on the day of our book launch. We look like we just had a freezie.

Arts and Craft with Laura BeingessnerHere I am at a Hillcrest school doing an activity with kids. They coloured and pasted up their own corner store picture.