Reading for the Love of It 2013

RFTLOI2013Tundra Books will be exhibiting at Reading for the Love of It this year! Please visit us at booth #519, we’re all friendly and happy to chat about books. Come by to flip through our new releases for Spring 2013, we have a few advance copies of books that aren’t out yet!

Tundra Books Booth #519 – Author Signings:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • 9:00 am: Eva Wiseman will be signing The Last Song
  • 1:00 pm: Susan Laidlaw will be signing An Infidel in Paradise

Friday, February 22, 2013

  • 10:00 am: Marthe Jocelyn will be signing Where Do You Look?

The Last Song An Infidel in Paradise Where Do You Look

S&B Booth #425 – Author Signings:

Thursday, February 21, 2013

  • 10:00 am: Heather Hartt-Sussman will be signing Here Comes Hortense!
  • 11:00 am: Shane Peacock will be signing The Dragon Turn
  • 12:00 pm: Karen Patkau will be signing Who Needs a Swamp?
  • 1:00 pm: Kevin Sylvester will be signing Splinters

Friday, February 22, 2013

  • 10:00 am: Monica Kulling will be signing In the Bag!

Here Comes Hortense! The Dragon Turn Who Needs a Swamp Splinters In the Bag!

Follow @TundraBooks, @eysreading,@SusanLaidlaw1, @scissorhouse@kevinarts, @HeatherHartt, and @Shane_Author on twitter for updates and signing reminders!

OLA’s Super Conference 2013

Tundra Books will be exhibiting at the OLA’S Super Conference this year! Please visit us at booth #720 to learn about our new and upcoming books. And, we will be having author signings at our booth! With each author signing, we will be handing out complimentary copies of the title at a first come, first serve basis. So don’t forget! There’s a limited number of signed books to give away!

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Lorna Schultz Nicholson will be signing Puckster’s First Hockey Tournament at 11:00 am.

Pucksters First Hockey TournamentPuckster’s First Hockey Tournament
Written by Lorna Schultz Nicholson
Illustrated by Kelly Findley
Trade Paperback | Ages 4-8 | 24 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-457-2
Puckster is Hockey Canada’s lovable mascot and this polar bear knows everything to know about hockey. His books are perfect entertainment for young hockey fans.

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Marthe Jocelyn will be signing Where Do You Look? at 2:00 pm.

Where Do You LookWhere Do You Look?
Written by Marthe Jocelyn and Nell Jocelyn
Hardcover | Ages 2-5 | 32 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-376-6
In this playful exploration of homonyms, readers will discover the fun they can have with language. Is a wave at a beach? Or at a train station? Is a trunk in a garden? Or on an elephant? Kids will love the juxtaposition of words and meanings, and the detailed collage illustrations will have them coming back again and again.

Friday, February 1, 2013
Roy MacGregor will be signing Face-Off at the Alamo at 10:00 am.

Face-Off at the AlamoFace-Off at the Alamo
Written by Roy MacGregor
Trade Paperback | Ages 8-11 | 176 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-418-3
“How do you get reluctant boy readers interested in books? Long-time Globe and Mail columnist Roy MacGregor seems to have figured out a solution to that perennial problem with his Screech Owls series, which marries hockey with mystery and adventure. As in previous instalments, the book chronicles the adventures of a small-town Ontario hockey team as it travels around the world for tournaments. This time, Travis, Sarah, Nish, and the gang are bound for Texas. As usual, there’s more than just hockey occupying the kids, who discover a plot to destroy the titular landmark.” – Quill & Quire

Friday, February 1, 2013
Shane Peacock will be signing Becoming Holmes at 1:00 pm.

Becoming HolmesBecoming Holmes
The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Final Case
Written by Shane Peacock
Hardcover | Ages 10-14 | 264 Pages
ISBN: 978-1-77049-232-5
“…What an ending to a fabulous series of books about the young Sherlock Holmes! Shane Peacock has made each of his ‘case files’ so powerful that fans will be sad to say goodbye to the young man destined to be the famous and dogged detective of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle works…. Shane Peacock has done a cracking job of sharing the brutalities of Victorian London and the early evidence of those traits and quirks that make Sherlock Holmes a storied detective…. Shane Peacock has done such a remarkable job of letting his readers know who Sherlock will become, a man worthy of admiration.” – Sal’s Fiction Addiction

Some additional events featuring our authors:

CANSCAIP Mass Book Launch
Friday, February 1, 2013 from 12:15 PM – 2:15 PM

  • Tim Beiser: Miss Mousie’s Blind Date
  • Lorna Schultz Nicholson: Puckster’s First Hockey Tournament and Puckster’s New Hockey Teammate
  • Karen Patkau: Who Needs a Swamp? A Wetland Ecosystem; Who needs a Jungle? A Rainforest Ecosystem; and Who needs an Iceberg? An Arctic Ecosystem

Follow @TundraBooks, @lornasn, @scissorhouse, @RoyMacG, @Shane_Author, and @TimBeiser on twitter! You can also follow #sc13 for the latest news and updates!

The 2013 OLA Forest of Reading® Nominees


Today, the Ontario Library Association revealed the nominated titles for the 2013 Forest of Reading® program.

Tundra would like to congratulate the nominated authors and illustrators!

Blue Spruce™ Nominee:

Ella May and the Wishing Stone
By Cary Fagan
Illustrated by Geneviève Côte
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-225-7
One day, Ella May finds a stone that has a line going all-all-all the way around it. Surely a stone this special must grant wishes, she decides. Soon she is busy making wishes and bragging about them. When her friends want to share in the fun, Ella May objects. But she learns that keeping the stone to herself is a sure way to lose friends. By using her imagination – much more powerful than any stone – she is able to grant everybody’s wishes, including her own. Cary Fagan’s witty and sharply observed story will delight young readers who are beginning to explore the pleasures and challenges of sharing and friendship.

Here Comes Hortense!
By Heather Hartt-Sussman
Illustrated by Georgia Graham
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-221-9
The feisty, irrepressible Nana we met in Nana’s Getting Married is back. And what could be more fun for a six-year-old than having your nana and her new husband take you to a theme park? But the fun is spoiled when Nana and Bob announce that they’ve planned a surprise: The three of them will be joined by Bob’s granddaughter, Hortense. It turns out to be the worst surprise ever. Nana shares her room with Hortense instead of her disgruntled little grandson. She sings her special good-night song to Hortense. She goes on all the scary rides with Hortense. And, worst of all, Hortense has a special name for Nana. A perceptive and hilarious exploration of rivalry, there’s a gentle lesson within this story, for readers, young and old alike.

JoJo the Giant
By Jane Barclay
Illustrated by Esperança Melo
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-976-4
Children are eager to grow bigger, and JoJo is no exception. He always asks his mother the same question: “How much did I grow today?” No matter how often his mother assures him that good things come in small packages, he is desperate to be bigger. After all, he wants to run in a race to win a pair of red Rocket Racer shoes. But how can he compete against bullies who are much bigger than he is? A delightful story with a surprise ending illustrates how true growth is not always measured in inches. Jane Barclay’s heart-warming story explores a theme that speaks to every child. Esperança Melo’s wonderful art complements the text to create a charming book that’s bound to become a favourite.

Splinters
Written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
Hardcover | 40 Pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-944-3
Cindy Winters loves to play hockey. When her family’s basement apartment is flooded and the floor freezes, she’s delighted to skate on the frozen concrete. Her parents are too poor to enroll her in a hockey league but Cindy’s resourceful and does odd jobs until she earns enough money to join a team. Armed with her mother’s old equipment, she is thrilled with the prospect of playing on a real life hockey team. But her happiness doesn’t last long. Among her teammates are the horrible “Blister Sisters.” They make Cindy’s life miserable. And worst of all, she’s sidelined by the coach, who just happens to be Mrs. Blister. It looks like she’ll be spending the season cleaning equipment, instead of on the ice. Cindy’s luck changes when her Fairy Goaltender appears and saves the day. With its great humour and hilarious illustrations, Kevin Sylvester’s Splinters is bound to become a favourite.

Silver Birch® Fiction Nominee:

A Tinfoil Sky
By Cyndi Sand-Eveland
Hardcover | 224 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-277-6
Mel and her mother, Cecily, know what it’s like to live rough, whether it’s on the streets or in an abusive man’s apartment. One day, Cecily announces that they’ve had enough and that they are going to go home to her mother’s house. Mel begins to dream of security, a comfortable bed, and a grandmother’s love, and these dreams seem to be about to come true. But some mistakes cannot be easily forgiven or erased. Her grandmother is not what Mel expects, and though the local library offers sanctuary, a real home seems to be beyond her grasp. However Mel’s determination to rise above what fate has dealt her is about to change that. Cyndi Sand-Eveland’s work with homeless youth gives her characters an authenticity no reader will forget. Ultimately, a story of hope and acceptance, A Tinfoil Sky is a powerful and captivating novel.

Silver Birch® Express Nominees:

In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
By Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-239-4
Tundra’s Great Idea Series is comprised of biographies of inventors for early readers. The third book in the series introduces the fascinating Margaret Knight. Known as Mattie, she was different from most American girls living in 1850. She loved to make things with wood and made the best kites and sleds in town. Her father died when she was only three, and by the time she was twelve, she was working at the local cotton mill alongside her two older brothers. One day, she saw a worker get injured by a shuttle that had come loose from the giant loom, and the accident inspired her to invent a stop-motion device. It was the first of her many inventions. Margaret Knight devoted her life to inventing, and is best known for the clever, practical, paper bag. When she died in 1914, she had ninety inventions to her name and over twenty patents, astounding accomplishments for a woman of her day. Monica Kulling’s easy-to-read text, peppered with lots of dialogue, brings an amazing, inspiring woman to life.

Who Needs a Swamp?
Written and illustrated by Karen Patkau
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-0-88776-991-7
Tundra introduces the first three books in its important new ecosystems series. Each title celebrates the world’s diversity by presenting a different ecosystem: its land and water, its animals and plants. The art is brimming with creatures and ecological features, described in fact-filled notes at the end of each book and in a useful glossary and map. Swamps are often seen as a dangerous and useless. They are often drained to create farmland or to reduce diseases. But such measures can be disastrous. Who Needs a Swamp? explores wetlands and their importance in the food chain and in preserving our soil and clean water. Not only is each book informative and beautiful, but it is a call to action for everybody who cares about the world in which we live.

Red Maple™ Fiction Nominees

The Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 5th Case
By Shane Peacock
Hardcover | 240 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-231-8
Summer 1869, and Sherlock Holmes and his friend Irene celebrate her sixteenth birthday by attending the theater to watch a celebrated magician make a real dragon appear on stage. It is the London sensation. Sherlock and Irene meet the magician, Alistair Hemsworth – just as he is arrested for the murder of his rival, The Wizard of Nottingham. It seems that traces of the missing Wizard’s blood and his spectacles were found in Hemsworth’s secret studio. Hemsworth has a motive: not only is the Wizard his rival, but he also caused a scandal when he lured Hemsworth’s wife away. But is Hemsworth guilty? Sherlock has his doubts, and soon, so does the reader. With humor and plot turns as dizzying as a narrow London lane, Shane Peacock invites his readers into a fascinating world, and a fresh adventure with one of literature’s favorite characters. The Boy Sherlock Holmes series is an international success with readers and reviewers alike.

First Descent
By Pam Withers
Hardcover | 272 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-257-8
Montana-born Rex loves nothing more than to take his kayak out on a river, the faster and more powerful the better. When he gets the opportunity to tackle the well-named El Furioso in southwest Colombia, he is thrilled. He anticipates the river’s challenges, but finds himself in a situation where the real danger is human. In Colombia, he meets Myriam Calambás, an indígena, who has lived along the El Furioso all her life. Though she loves its rushing waters, she dreams of leaving to get an education so that she can help her people. Her dreams, and her very survival, are in the balance when she and Rex are caught up in the clash between paramilitaries, working for rich landowners, and guerrillas  who are supposed to be protecting the poor. Pam Withers’ skill at writing about extreme adventures combines with a compelling story about an endangered world and a people struggling for their very right to exist.

Golden Oak™ Nominees

In The Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps It Up
By Monica Kulling
Illustrated by David Parkins
Hardcover | 32 Pages
ISBN 978-1-77049-239-4
Tundra’s Great Idea Series is comprised of biographies of inventors for early readers. The third book in the series introduces the fascinating Margaret Knight. Known as Mattie, she was different from most American girls living in 1850. She loved to make things with wood and made the best kites and sleds in town. Her father died when she was only three, and by the time she was twelve, she was working at the local cotton mill alongside her two older brothers. One day, she saw a worker get injured by a shuttle that had come loose from the giant loom, and the accident inspired her to invent a stop-motion device. It was the first of her many inventions. Margaret Knight devoted her life to inventing, and is best known for the clever, practical, paper bag. When she died in 1914, she had ninety inventions to her name and over twenty patents, astounding accomplishments for a woman of her day. Monica Kulling’s easy-to-read text, peppered with lots of dialogue, brings an amazing, inspiring woman to life.

The Festival of Trees™ will be taking place on May 15-16, 2013 at the Harbourfront Centre. We will be there to cheer on our authors and illustrators!

TD Canadian Children’s Book Week


TD Canadian Children’s Book Week will take place from Saturday, May 5 to Saturday, May 12, 2012. Twenty-nine English-speaking authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centres in every province and territory across the country.

We are so happy to have the following authors touring, here are some of the public readings our authors will be appearing at:

ALBERTA
Rina Singh, author

  • Monday, May 7 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Airdrie Public Library
    111 – 304 Main Street, Airdrie, AB T4B 3C3
  • Wednesday, May 9 from 4:00pm – 5:00pm at the Fort McMurray Public Library
    151 MacDonald Drive, Fort McMurray, AB T9H 5C5
  • Friday, May 11 from 9:00am – 10:00am at the Hinton Municipal Library
    803 Switzer Drive, Hinton, AB T7V 1V1
  • Friday, May 11 from 10:30am – 11:30am at the Hinton Municipal Library
    803 Switzer Drive, Hinton, AB T7V 1V1

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Jan Andrews, storyteller & author

  • Thursday, May 10 from 1:15pm – 2:15pm at the Barriere Branch (TNRD Library)
    4511 Barriere Town Rd, Box 100, Barriere, BC V0E 1E0
  • Friday, May 11 from 11:00am – 12:00pm at the Chase Library (TNRD Library)
    614 Shuswap Ave, Box 590, Chase, BC V0E 1M0
  • Thursday, May 10 from 10:45am – 11:45am at the North Shore Branch (TNRD Library)
    795 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, BC
  • Friday, May 11 from 1:15pm – 2:15pm at the Art Gallery (TNRD Library)
    100 – 465 Victoria Street, Kamloops, BC

MANITOBA
Vivien Bowers, author

  • Thursday, May 10 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Springfield Public Library
    60024 Provincial Hwy. #206, Box 340, Dugald, MB R0E 0K0
  • Tuesday, May 8 from 2:15pm – 3:15pm at the Eriksdale Public Library
    c/o Eriksdale School, 1 School Road, Eriksdale, MB
  • Thursday, May 10 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Valley Regional Library
    141 Main Street S. Morris, MB R0G 1K0
  • Wednesday, May 9 from 7:00pm – 8:00pm at the Pinawa Public Library
    Vanier Avenue, Pinawa, MB R0E 1L0
  • Friday, May 11 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Red River North Library
    303 Main Street, Selkirk, MB R1A 1S7
  • Monday, May 7 from 10:10am – 11:10am at the Transcona Library
    111 Victoria Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2C 1S6

NOVA SCOTIA
Karen Patkau, author & illustrator

  • Tuesday, May 8 from 9:30am – 10:30am at the Cape Breton Regional Library
    562 Chebucto Street, Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
  • Wednesday, May 9 from 10:00am – 11:00am at the Halifax Public Library
    60 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth, NS B2Y 4P8
  • Tuesday, May 8 from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at the Eastern Counties Regional Libraries
    390 Murray Street, Mulgrave, NS B0E 2G0
  • Tuesday, May 8 from 2:30pm – 3:30pm at the Eastern Counties Regional Libraries
    390 Murray Street, Mulgrave, NS B0E 2G0

Please come out to support our authors! Details may change, please check the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week website for updates and for a full list of public events.

Earth Day 2012

Today is Earth Day! Here are some beautiful books that celebrate our planet’s environment and creatures:

Cube Book
By Jessica Bruin
Board Books | 48 pages | Ages 4-7
ISBN: 978-1-77049-325-4
“The Cube Book by Jessica Bruin is a fun way to learn about endangered animals. Striking photos fill six board books designed for little hands, each with information about four animals, ranging from the giant panda to a clown fish. You can join the books together to form a puzzle panel, or create a cube….” – The Calgary Sun

Who Will Save My Planet?
By Cristina Urrutia
Hardcover | 32 pages | Ages 7+
ISBN: 978-1-77049-281-3
“Each double-page spread in this thought-provoking book pairs photos of similar subjects, letting viewers study the differences and draw their own conclusions…. Apart from the title, the book is wordless, but the environmental message is abundantly clear … the book has potential for classroom units on the environment.” – Booklist

Going Ape!
By Eduardo Bustos
Illustrated by Lucho Rodriguez
Hardcover | 24 pages | Ages 5-8
ISBN: 978-1-77049-282-0
There are more than 200 species of primates in the world. Going Ape! is a wonderful introduction to some of the most fascinating ones for children just discovering the world of animals. From Japan’s macaques to Africa’s gorillas, brilliant images and brief, informative text will capture the imagination of young children.

Creatures Great and Small
By Karen Patkau
Paperback | 32 pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-309-4
Creatures Great and Small is a book that uses every possible surface to inform and impress the reader. While author/illustrator Karen Patkau writes in short, simple sentences, her vocabulary is often rich an descriptive. Given that making comparisons is part of school curriculum and proper pedagogy, this book is a good resource to support both.” – Quill & Quire

Creatures Yesterday and Today
By Karen Patkau
Paperback | 32 pages | Ages 6-9
ISBN: 978-1-77049-310-0
“…the amazing science will engage dinosaur fans with the wonder of evolution and the evidence of fossils. A time chart and a world map showing the distribution of the prehistoric creatures and fossils wrap up the text, which will be wonderful for beginning classroom science discussions.” – Booklist

Who Needs a Swamp?
By Karen Patkau
Hardcover | 32 pages | Ages 7-10
ISBN: 978-0-88776-991-7
“Karen Patkau provides ‘just enough’ clear information on each double page spread to keep her readers interested and moving forward. She fills her collages with intense color and abundance to show a coherent view of this ecosystem and its many inhabitants. We become aware of the wildlife in her vivid descriptions of the sounds and sights in the swamp and through her carefully constructed artwork. The constantly changing page designs encourage her audience to search carefully through the text for clues to what is happening in the art, and the art is filled with details that have the child’s eyes searching for each new and delightful discovery.” – Sal’s Fiction Addiction

Who Needs an Iceberg?
By Karen Patkau
Hardcover | 32 pages | Ages 7-10
ISBN: 978-0-88776-993-1
“Nonfiction picture books are not nearly as common as they once were, but author and illustrator Karen Patkau proves that the genre is not dead. Her beautiful illustrations and maps present information in an easy to understand format for young readers…. Each book includes simple text for beginning nonfiction readers supported by detailed illustrations of the plant and animal life in each ecosystem…. All of the books in this series contain valuable information supported with illustrations that help young readers understand the content. The message in each is clear. We need to care about these different ecosystems.” – Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

Who Needs a Jungle?
By Karen Patkau
Hardcover | 32 pages | Ages 7-10
ISBN: 978-0-88776-992-4
“…Patkau offers a series of vibrant scenes … striking illustrations. The text both interprets the visual content … and offers paragraphs of diverse facts.” – Booklist