The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories
By Christopher Moore
Illustrated by Bill Slavin
“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
By Bonnie Shemie
“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: A Citizenship Scrapbook
By Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
Illustrated by Song Nan Zhang
“… 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
By Maxwell Newhouse
“Kids will thrill to the tale of Canada’s equestrian ballet.”
Open 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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
Thank you to Nicola, Carla, and to the wonderful staff at McNally Robinson!
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).
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.
This is Joanne and I on the day of our book launch. We look like we just had a freezie.
Here I am at a Hillcrest school doing an activity with kids. They coloured and pasted up their own corner store picture.