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

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!