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Letter from the Publisher
2020 Books You May Have Missed
Social-Emotional Learning Books
Small Things paperback Mel Tregonning
A Good Day for Ducks Board Book Jane Whittingham
Easter Morning, Easter Sun Rosanna Battigelli
Cuckoo’s Flight Wendy Orr
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The Egyptian Mirror Michael Bedard
Thrilling Novels for Young Readers
Music for Tigers paperback Michelle Kadarusman
Harvey Comes Home paperback Colleen Nelson
Outside, You Notice Erin Alladin
Giraffe Meets Bird Board Book Rebecca Bender
The Giraffe and Bird Collection
Sunny Days Deborah Kerbel
If Only Mies van Hout
No More Plastic Alma Fullerton
Ballewiena Rebecca Bender
Harley the Hero Peggy Collins
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For our Spring 2021 list, Pajama Press is making the world a brighter place with a collection of optimistic books for young people. Sunshine is the order of the day in new picture books Sunny Days, Easter Morning, Easter Sun, and If Only. You’ll be uplifted by some loveable dogs in Harley the Hero and Ballewiena. And even when matters are dire, No More Plastic reminds us that our ecological future is in our own hands. In nonfiction, embrace your own sensory experiences in Outside, You Notice and celebrate the senses of animals in When Elephants Listen with Their Feet. If you’re looking for a more fantastical experience, try the Bronze Age novel Cuckoo’s Flight. We’re also pleased to be publishing new formats of several of our popular backlist titles: Toddler Tough board book editions of Giraffe Meets Bird and A Good Day for Ducks, and a paperback edition of the bestselling Small Things. Two of our middle grade novels, Harvey Comes Home and Music for Tigers— both nominated for the 2021 Silver Birch Fiction Award—will be available in new paperback editions. Our dedicated staff are all hanging in there as we work through these challenging times. We are particularly grateful for the efforts of our distributors, University of Toronto Press Distribution and Ingram Publisher Services, who continue to make sure our books reach their readers in spite of every challenge and change the supply chain has presented. Gail Elizabeth Winskill, Publisher
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for our publishing program. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for our publishing activities, and of Ontario Creates for key marketing initiatives.
2020 Books You Might Have Missed A Family for Faru
Anitha Rao-Robinson Illustrated by Karen Patkau Picture Book Ages 5–8 ISBN: 978-1-77278-096-3 HC List Price: $18.95 USD / $23.95 CAD HC
Sara Leach Illustrated by Rebecca Bender Juvenile Fiction Ages 7–10 ISBN: 978-1-77278-148-9 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Peter Carnavas Picture Book Ages 4–7 ISBN: 978-1-77278-122-9 HC List Price: $18.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC Starred SLJ Review
From 1 to 10
A World of Mindfulness The Editors & Illustrator of Pajama Press Picture Book Ages 4–7 ISBN: 978-1-77278-138-0 HC List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Giraffe and Bird
Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night
The Library Bus
Music for Tigers Michelle Kadarusman Juvenile Fiction Ages 8–12 ISBN: 978-1-77278-054-3 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC 4 Starred Reviews!
Sue Macartney Picture Book Ages 4–7 ISBN: 978-1-77278-111-3 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC
My Beautiful Birds
The Dog Patrol
Victoria Allenby Picture Book Ages 1–3 ISBN: 978-1-77278-134-2 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC Starred SLJ & Kirkus Reviews
Bahram Rahman Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard ISBN: 978-1-77278-101-4 List Price: $18.95 / $21.95 CAD HC • Reviewed by The New York Times Starred SLJ Review
This Is My Daddy!
Sky of Bombs, Sky of Stars: A Vietnamese War Orphan Finds Home
Mies van Hout Picture Book Ages 1–4 ISBN: 978-1-77278-112-0 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Juvenile Nonfiction Ages 8–12 ISBN: 978-1-77278-094-9 List Price: $14.95 USD / $16.95 CAD PB
Tickled Pink: How Friendship Washes the World with Color
Colleen Nelson Illustrated by Tara Anderson Juvenile Fiction Ages 9–12 ISBN: 978-1-77278-114-4 List Price: $18.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC
Benjamin’s Blue Feet
Rebecca Bender Picture Book Ages 3–6 ISBN: 978-1-77278-105-2 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC Starred Booklist Review
Harvey Holds His Own
Rob Laidlaw Nonfiction Picture Book Ages 8–12 ISBN: 978-1-77278-108-3 PB List Price: $15.95 USD / $17.95 CAD PB • 2019 Green Earth Book Award Honor Book
Rob Laidlaw Nonfiction Picture Book Ages 8–12 ISBN: 978-1-77278-103-8 List Price: $19.95 USD / $23.95 CAD HC
Mies van Hout Board Book Ages 1–3 ISBN: 978-1-77278-140-3 BB List Price: $11.95 USD / $13.95 CAD BB 3 Starred Reviews!
Theo Heras Illustrated by Renné Benoit Picture Book Ages 1–3 ISBN: 978-1-77278-095-6 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Sue Farrell Holler Illustrated by Jennifer Faria Picture Book Ages 4–7 ISBN: 978-1-77278-136-6 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC Starred PW Review
Shape Up, Construction Trucks! A Quiet Girl
Raven, Rabbit, Deer
Suzanne Del Rizzo Picture Book Ages 6–10 ISBN: 978-1-77278-121-2 PB List Price: $13.95 USD / $16.95 CAD PB • A 2017 New York Times Notable Starred Quill & Quire Review
Andrée Poulin Illustrated by Lucile Danis Drouot Picture Book Ages 4–7 ISBN: 978-1-77278-104-5 List Price: $18.95 USD / $23.95 CAD HC
Deborah Kerbel Illustrated by Miki Sato Picture Book Ages 2–5 ISBN: 978-1-77278-135-9 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Teaching Mrs. Muddle Colleen Nelson Illustrated by Alice Carter Picture Book Ages 3–6 ISBN: 978-1-77278-131-1 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
The Elephant Peter Carnavas Juvenile Fiction Ages 8–12 ISBN: 978-1-77278-102-1 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC © Alice Carter
Social-Emotional Learning This is My Daddy!
by Mies van Hout Picture Book for Ages 1–4 Rights held: NA & Open World English ISBN: 978-1-77278-112-0 List Price: $$17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC • Reviews: SLJ & Youth Services Book Review
by Victoria Allenby illustrated by Tara Anderson Picture Book for Ages 2–4 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-927485-96-5 List Price: $14.95 USD / $16.95 CAD HC •R eviews: SLJ, Booklist, Publishers Weekly, Resource Links & Midwest Book Review
The Night Lion
by Sanne Dufft Picture Book for Ages 3–5 Rights held: English for North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-041-3 List Price: $15.95 USD / $17.95 CAD HC
• 2019 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Winner • 2018 Foreword INDIES: Picture Book Award finalist Starred Foreword Review • Reviews: SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, School Library Connection, Resource Links & Winnipeg Free Press
A World of Kindness
by Ann Featherstone illustrated by 9 Pajama Press Illustrators Picture Book for Ages 3–6 Rights available: World ex. North America HC ISBN: 978-1-77278-050-5 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD PB ISBN: 978-1-77278-109-0 List Price: $12.95 USD / $14.95 CAD
by Theo Heras illustrated by Renné Benoit Picture Book for Ages 1–3 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-095-6 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC •R eviews: Youth Services Book Review & Canadian Children’s Book News
• A Canadian Bestseller for over 20 weeks! © Manon Gauthier • 2018 ILA Today, “Conflict: Awareness, Understanding, and Resolution” selection • 2018 CBC Books The Next Chapter “7 great book recommendations for young readers” selection • Reviews: Kirkus, ILA Today, Resource Links & Manhattan Book Review
A World of Mindfulness
by Theo Heras illustrated by Renné Benoit Picture Book for Ages 1–3 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-030-7 List Price: $13.95 USD / $15.95 CAD HC
by Nicole Testa illustrated by Annie Boulanger Picture Book for Ages 4–7 Rights held: English for North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-093-2 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
by Erin Alladin illustrated by 14 Pajama Press Illustrators Picture Book for Ages 3–6 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-138-0 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Starred Kirkus review • Reviews: Kirkus, Booklist & PW • R eviews: SLJ, Foreword, ILA, Resource Links & Midwest Book Review
• 2018 Shelf Awareness “Dogs Days” round up selection • Reviews: SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus, Resource Links & Midwest Book Review
Raven, Rabbit, Deer
by Sue Farrell Holler illustrated by Jennifer Faria Picture Book for Ages 4–7 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-136-6 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess
by Peter Carnavas Juvenile Fiction for Ages 7–12 Rights held: NA & Open World English ex. Aus & NZ ISBN: 978-1-77278-102-1 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Starred Publishers Weekly Review
• R eviews: SLJ, Kirkus & Youth Services Book Review
by Shari Green Juvenile Fiction for Ages 8–12 Rights available: World ex. North America, Simplified Chinese & Iran HC ISBN: 978-1-77278-033-8 List Price: $16.95 USD / $17.95 CAD PB ISBN: 978-1-77278-017-8 List Price: $12.95 USD / $15.95 CAD • • • • •
© Jennifer Faria
© Peter Carnavas
2017 ALA Schneider Family Book Award Winner Nominated for 5 US State Reading Awards 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Book 2017 Junior Library Guild selection R eviews: SLJ, Booklist, Horn Book, Kirkus, ILA & Resource Links www.pajamapress.ca
New Paperback Format!
A Good Day for Ducks
s m a l l t h i n gs Mel Tregonning Having captured thousands of hearts with its wordless honesty about childhood anxiety, the USBBY Outstanding International Book and Foreword INDIES Bronze Winner with an exceptional three starred reviews returns in a paperback format. Talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning created Small Things in the final year of her life. In her emotionally rich illustrations, the boy’s worries manifest as tiny beings that crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround everyone, even those who seem to have it all together. This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry. “More than a moving portrayal of one boy’s struggle, this is also a magnifying lens through which to identify and discuss mental illness with readers of all ages....Small Things’ effects are monumental.”—Booklist Starred Review “A sympathetic examination of anxiety that never assigns blame.”—School Library Journal Starred Review
Also avail able in hardco ver
Graphic Picture Book for Children Ages 8–12 Free classroom reading guide available Rights held: Exclusive English NA ISBN: 978-1-77278-132-8 (PB) Trim Size: 8.25 x 11 in / 20.96 x 27.94 cm | Pages: 40 List Price: $14.95 USD / $16.95 CAD Paperback with French flaps Publication Date: February 9, 2021 Ship Date: January 15, 2021 JUV039240 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Depression & Mental Illness JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings JUV008000 JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / General
“A boy struggles to fit in at a new school in this wordless story with a big message about childhood anxiety and the power of kindness and acceptance.”—Foreword Reviews Starred Review
New Board Book Release! New Release in Paperback!
Jane Whittingham Illustrated by
Noel Tuazon Now in a high-quality board book format with raised tactile effects, a picture book for very young readers celebrating the joys of rainy days From the acclaimed creators of Wild One, A Good Day for Ducks is a child-centered celebration of the joy that can be found in any rainy day. Jane Whittingham’s spare but sensory-laden text and Noel Tuazon’s energetic and endearing illustrations are packaged in a sturdy board book format for little hands.This sweet story will make even the weariest of parents nostalgic for their own puddle-jumping days. “This charming story captures the joy of a rainy day....A comforting and appealing choice for storytimes and oneon-one sharing.”—School Library Journal “A sweet story...The watercolor and ink illustrations add charm and energy to this everyday weather adventure.” —The Horn Book Guide “The simple plot, short length, and rich vocabulary make this a fine choice for toddlers just beginning to listen to real stories, but there’s enough interest and action for older preschoolers as well. Just right to enjoy after a rainy-day outing.”—Kirkus Reviews
Also avail able in hardco ver
Board Book for Children Ages 1–3 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-188-5 Trim Size: 8.5 x 7.5 in / 21.59 x 19.05 cm | Pages: 26 List Price: $11.95 USD / $14.95 CAD BB with Raised Tactile Effects Publication Date: February 9, 2021 Ship Date: January 15, 2021 JUV029020 JUVENILE FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Weather JUV048000 JUVENILE FICTION / Clothing & Dress JUV002280 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Ducks, Geese, etc. JUV013070 JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Siblings JUV003000 JUVENILE FICTION / Art & Architecture
“The gorgeous watercolor illustrations by Noel Tuazon seem to be washed by the stormy day, and they are the perfect complement to this enchanting story.” —Seattle Book Review
© Mel Tregonning © Noel Tuazon
Easter Morning, Easter Sun Rosanna Battigelli Illustrated by
Tara Anderson A family of cats’ spirited celebration of Easter traditions from the creators of Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round Easter morning, Easter sun, Easter breakfast, Easter bun. What would Easter be without family traditions like hot cross buns for breakfast, a gleeful egg hunt, and a special dinner with loved ones? In infectious rhyme, a family of cats celebrates the holiday with feline fun. The festive bonnets are out, the meadow is alive with spring, and even a tumble and an emptied basket can’t dampen the joy this family of charming cats share.
From the creators of Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round, this buoyant picture book is perfect for read-alouds and lap sharing. An egg-decorating activity on the endpapers will add extra fun for little hands. With Rosanna Battigelli’s bouncing rhyme and Tara Anderson’s cozy art, Easter Morning, Easter Sun is sure to become a tradition of its very own.
Rosanna Battigelli was born in Calabria, Italy and immigrated to Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, where she still resides. She is a former award-winning teacher and an alumna of the Humber School for Writers. Her work has been published in seventeen anthologies and she has read at conferences and literary festivals in Sudbury, Toronto, Montreal,Vancouver, New York City, and in Italy. Rosanna has received international awards and acclaim across several genres. Her first picture book was the adorably festive Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round. A folk artist and award-winning illustrator who trained at the Ontario College of Art and Design, Tara Anderson is known for her lively and humorous illustrations of animals. Her books include That Stripy Cat, Rhino Rumpus, and the award-winning Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That. Tara shares a farmhouse in Tweed, Ontario, with her husband, her young daughter, and several cats.
Picture Book for Children Ages 3–6 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-177-9 Trim Size: 9 x 9 in / 22.86 x 22.86 cm | Pages: 24 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket Publication Date: March 16, 2021 Ship Date: February 19, 2021 JUV017020 JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Easter & Lent JUV002050 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Cats JUV057000 JUVENILE FICTION / Stories in Verse Pumpkin Orange, Pumpkin Round HC ISBN: 978-1-77278-092-5 BB ISBN: 978-1-77278-125-0 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD List Price: $12.95 USD / $14.95 CAD “Cozy, repetitious autumn fun for toddlers and younger preschoolers.” —Kirkus Reviews “Battigelli’s text...possesses a jaunty rhythm and a fun-to-pronounce quality.”—Publishers Weekly “A safe bet for libraries looking for autumnal and Halloween-themed picture books for the youngest patrons.”—School Library Journal
Wendy Orr A new gripping Bronze Age story from Wendy Orr, internationally acclaimed author of Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance Clio can’t remember a time when she didn’t share a bond with the mare Grey Girl. On the whole island of Crete, she and her Trojan-born father are the only people who raise and ride horses—and she couldn’t live without it. Between the freedom of the pasture and the safety of her grandmother Leira’s pottery studio, Clio has always had everything she needed. Then an accident stole Clio’s ability to ride, or even to walk without a crutch.The weather changed and summers grew drier. Now raiders are preying on nearby towns. As anxiety builds, a terrible pronouncement is issued by the palace: at the spring festival, a girl between the ages of
twelve and fourteen will be chosen to save the town from disaster. She will be sacrificed as an offering to the mother goddess.
“As mesmerizing as a mermaid’s kiss, the story dances with emotion, fire, and promise.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
In Cuckoo’s Flight, internationally bestselling author Wendy Orr returns to the Bronze-Age setting of her critically acclaimed novels Dragonfly Song and Swallow’s Dance. With her signature blend of striking prose and emotionally taut verse, she immerses readers in a thrilling coming-of-age story as Clio battles the political power of the palace and her own feelings of inadequacy to save her town, her horses, and perhaps even herself.
Award-winning author Wendy Orr was born in Edmonton, Alberta.The daughter of an Air Force pilot, she has since lived around the world, including several years in Colorado, France, and England. She now lives in Melbourne, Australia, but returns to North America yearly to visit her family. Wendy’s many books for children have been published in 27 countries and won awards around the world. Prominent among them is Nim’s Island, which was made into the 2008 film of the same name; a 2013 sequel, Return to Nim’s Island, was loosely based on Orr’s book Nim at Sea. Orr’s 2017 novel Dragonfly Song is a Junior Library Guild Selection and a Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books selection, and a finalist for the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, among others. Its 2018 companion Swallow’s Dance earned three starred reviews and was a USBBY Outstanding International Book and a School Library Journal Best Middle Grade Book.
Dragonfly Song ISBN: 978-1-77278-037-6 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
“Hand-sell this unusual tale to fans of Shannon Hale’s historical fantasies.” —School Library Journal
Juvenile Fiction Ages 10–14 Rights held: Exclusive NA English ISBN: 978-1-77278-190-8 Trim Size: 5.5 x 8 in / 13.97 x 20.32 cm | Pages: 288 List Price: $17.95 USD / $21.95 CAD Hardcover with laminated case Foil Stamping / Map Publication Date: March 30, 2021 Ship Date: February 26, 2021 JUV016090 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Prehistory JUV002130 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Horses JUV039150 JUVENILE FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs JUV022020 JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Greek & Roman
Swallow’s Dance HC ISBN: 978-1-77278-062-8 List Price: $17.95 USD / $21.95 CAD PB ISBN: 978-1-77278-107-6 List Price: $14.95 USD / $16.95 CAD “[Orr’s] mixture of prose and free verse to tell Leira’s story is lyrical and magnetic...” Starred Review —Kirkus Reviews “Beautiful writing and a fast-moving plot will give young historical fiction fans much to love.”—School Library Journal Starred Review “Immersive historical fiction.” —Booklist Starred Review www.pajamapress.ca
When ELEPHANTS Listen with THEIR FEET
Discover Extraordinary Animal Senses
Emmanuelle Grundmann Illustrated by
Clémence Dupont Explore the wild and wonderful world of animal senses with a dynamic work of children’s nonfiction. Humans experience the world through sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. But what if you had the compound eyes of a fly, the whiskers of a cat, or a whale’s ability to sense magnetic north? There’s a whole world of surprising senses out there, and fascinating adaptations that have allowed animals to make use of them. We can’t interpret the faint vibration of an elephant’s faraway stomp, but learning how they keep in touch with family across the wide savanna helps us understand that we are more alike than different.
Featuring accessible text from Emmanuelle Grundmann, inviting art from Clémence Dupont, and a table of contents, glossary, and index, When Elephants Listen with their Feet is a lively nonfiction book that encourages curiosity about—and respect for—the animals with which we share our planet.
When she was little, Emmanuelle Grundmann dreamed about the Amazon, about monkeys, and about flying above the canopy on feathered wings. Since then she has become an author and speaker with a doctorate in ethology (the science of animal behavior) and conservation. Emmanuelle writes and travels the planet for biodiversity-themed conferences and exhibits, with a particular interest in primates, forests, oceans, amphibians, and kakapos. She also presents children’s workshops. Clémence Dupont graduated from the École des beaux-arts d’Épinal in 2015. She is an author and illustrator who lives and works in Strasbourg, France, and specializes in children’s nonfiction. Clémence is passionate about space, polar exploration, and the history of the earth. Her favorite subjects to illustrate are dinosaurs and animals, which she renders using both accuracy and engaging color.
Nonfiction Picture Book for Children Ages 8–12 Rights held: Exclusive NA English; non-exclusive world English ISBN: 978-1-77278-123-6 Trim Size: 9.75 x 9.75 in / 24.77 x 24.77 cm | Pages: 40 List Price: $19.95 USD / $23.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket Publication Date: March 30, 2021 Ship Date: March 5, 2021 JNF013060 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Concepts / Senses & Sensation JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General JNF051150 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / Zoology
Thrilling Novels for Young Readers
New Paperback Novel!
Contemporary Fiction by Deborah Ellis
Moon at Nine
by Deborah Ellis YA Fiction Ages 13+ Rights available: World ex. North America, Australia & New Zealand; Korean; German; Japanese HC ISBN: 978-1-927485-57-6 List Price: $15.95 USD / $19.95 CAD PB ISBN: 978-1-927485-59-0 List Price: $12.95 USD / $14.95 CAD
Michael Bedard A darkly fantastic middle-grade mystery with the ominous atmosphere loved by fans of Jonathan Auxier and Jonathan Stroud Thirteen-year-old Simon’s life has been knocked askew ever since his family moved into his deceased grandfather’s house. First there’s his eccentric neighbor Mr. Hawkins, who is laid up with a broken leg. Simon’s mother begins sending him over there with dinner for the elderly man, and soon Mr. Hawkins is depending on Simon to fetch old books and manuscript pages from all over his eerie, mirror-filled house. There’s one mirror in particular, an ancient Egyptian piece, that keeps showing Simon visions of a disturbing figure emerging from its depths. No one else sees the figure, though—just like they don’t see the huge, gaunt dog lurking in Mr. Hawkins’ bushes. As Simon himself becomes increasingly plagued by a mysterious illness, he is powerless to help as his neighbor descends into paranoia about dark forces encircling his house. The terrible part is, Mr. Hawkins is right. Everything is about to get much, much worse. With an eerie atmosphere perfect for fans of Jonathan Auxier and Jonathan Stroud, The Egyptian Mirror is a deliciously unsettling mystery from Michael Bedard, the author of The Green Man, A Darker Magic, and the Governor General’s Award-winning Redwork.
• 2015 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award nominee • 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List selection Starred Quill & Quire Review • Reviews: SLJ, Booklist, Horn Book, PW, Kirkus, Smithsonian BookDragon, ILA & Midwest Book Review
by Deborah Ellis YA Fiction Ages 12+ Rights available: World ex. North America, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal; Marathi; World Spanish ex. Spain; Spain; Italian; German ISBN: 978-0-9869495-0-0 List Price: $11.95 USD / $14.95 CAD PB •2 012 Hamilton Literary Children’s & Young Adult Award Winner • 2012 John Spray Mystery Award shortlist • 2013 MRYCA nominee • Reviews: SLJ, Booklist, Kirkus & Resource Links
Climate Fiction by Mardi McConnochie
The Flooded Earth
The Flooded Earth Series Book 1 Juvenile Fiction for Ages 9–12 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-110-6 Trim Size: 5.5 x 8 in / 13.97 x 20.32 cm | Pages: 288 List Price: $12.95 USD / $14.95 CAD Paperback Publication Date: March 23, 2021 Ship Date: February 26, 2021 JUV012050 JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / African JUV058000 JUVENILE FICTION / Paranormal, Occult & Supernatural JUV028000 JUVENILE FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories JUV067000 JUVENILE FICTION / Thrillers & Suspense
by Mardi McConnochie Juvenile Fiction Ages 9–12 Rights held: English for North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-049-9 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
Paperbac k edition a vailable Fall 2021
• 2019 Green Earth Book Award Winner • 2018 Booklandia List & Shout: “Twins Peak” roundup selection • 2018 Junior Library Guild selection • Reviews: Booklist, SLJ, SLC, Horn Book, Kirkus, VOYA, Foreword & Tulsa Book Review
The Castle in the Sea
The Skeleton Coast
by Mardi McConnochie Juvenile Fiction Ages 9–12 Rights held: English for North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-083-3 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
by Mardi McConnochie Juvenile Fiction Ages 9–12 Rights held: English for North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-099-4 List Price: $18.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC
The Flooded Earth Series Book 2
The Flooded Earth Series Book 3
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New Format! NewPaperback Release in Paperback!
New Paperback Format!
Music FOR Tigers
Michelle Kadarusman Kadarusman’s award-nominated Tasmanian conservation story with four starred reviews, now in a quality paperback edition
Colleen Nelson Illustrated by
• A 2020 Washington Post KidsPost Summer Book Club selection! • 2021 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award Shortlist • 2020 Junior Library Guild selection “Kadarusman masterfully creates a lush, magical world where issues associated with conservation, neurodiversity, and history intersect in surprising and authentic ways.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review “Kadarusman creates a story straight out of adolescent daydreams....Compassionate and endearing, Music for Tigers hits all the right notes.”—Shelf Awareness Starred Review “A stirring tale that will inspire young readers to take to heart our collective responsibility as stewards of the planet...” —Foreword Reviews Starred Review “In her third outstanding middle-grade novel...Kadarusman continues to be a clear, insightful, and humourous guide to unfamiliar experiences and settings, and in this case species.” —Quill & Quire Starred Review “Author Michelle Kadarusman deftly incorporates Australian history into this middle-grade book that reads like a love letter to the unique flora and fauna of the Tasmanian Tarkine.” —Booklist “A solid choice for middle grade collections providing a balanced and comprehensible voice to the environmental discussion for young people.”—School Library Journal
Now in paperback, the awardwinning story of a lost West Highland Terrier warming hearts and bringing generations together Also avail able in hardco ver
Juvenile Fiction Ages 8–12 Free classroom reading guide available Rights held: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-189-2 Trim Size: 5.5 x 8 in / 13.97 x 20.32 cm | Pages: 192 List Price: $13.95 USD / $15.95 CAD Paperback with French flaps Publication Date: March 23, 2021 Ship Date: February 26, 2021 JUV029010 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment JUV030080 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Australia & Oceania JUV031040 JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Music JUV039020 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Adolescence & Coming of Age JUV002340 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Jungle Animals
• 2019 Northern Lights Book Award: Pre-Teen Fiction Winner • 2021 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award Shortlist • 2021 Rocky Mountain Book Award—Fiction Shortlist • 2020 SYRCA Diamond Willow Award Finalist • 2020 Bank Street Best Book “[T]his gently paced, character-driven narrative captivates on every level, transforming a ‘lost dog’ story into a deeper reading experience....Nelson’s first middle grade novel is heartwarming and inspirational; a first purchase.” —School Library Journal Starred Review “Affecting, riveting, and evocative, this character-driven tale within a tale…[is] much more than a lost-dog story.” —Kirkus Reviews
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Juvenile Fiction Ages 9–12 Free classroom reading guide available Rights held: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-198-4 Trim Size: 5.5 x 8 in / 13.97 x 20.32 cm | Pages: 224 List Price: $12.95 USD / $15.95 CAD Paperback Publication Date: April 6, 2021 Ship Date: March 12, 2021 JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs JUV039020 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Adolescence JUV016180 JUVENILE FICTION / Historical / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
“Dog lovers will drool over this multi-generational story.” —Booklist “Mid-grade readers will enjoy this story of love, loyalty and endurance, in which Tara Anderson shows her versatility by supplying charming black-and-white illustrations.” —Winnipeg Free Press
© Tara Anderson
Outside, You Notice
Erin Alladin Illustrated by
Andrea Blinick A lyrical nonfiction celebration of the outdoors pairing childlike observation with facts about the natural world Outside, you notice things. Time spent in the outdoors stirs a child’s imagination. Nature sparks wonder, wonder leads to curiosity, and curiosity brings about a greater knowledge of the world and one’s self. In Outside,You Notice, a meditative thread of child-like observations (How after the rain / Everything smells greener) is paired with facts about the habits and habitats of animals, insects, birds, and plants (A tree’s roots reach as wide as its branches).
Author Erin Alladin invites young scientists and daydreamers to look closely and think deeply in this lyrical nonfiction text, celebrating all the kinds of “outside” that are available to children, from backyards to city parks to cracks in the sidewalk. Illustrator Andrea Blinick portrays these spaces bursting with small wonders with a child’seye view, her naïve and nostalgic style capturing the joy of endless discovery.
Erin Alladin is an editor, a writer, and an ecology enthusiast who is always looking for ways to combine her passions. Born in Northern Ontario to a gardener and a forester, she spent most of her early life looking at and thinking about the natural world. As a young adult she spent nearly a decade immersed in Toronto’s children’s literature scene before retreating back up north. There she continues to edit while growing vegetables and writing about regenerative agriculture. Erin lives near Parry Sound with her husband, her garden, and not quite enough bookshelves. Andrea Blinick is an artist and an art educator with a passion for children’s literature. After graduating from the Ontario College of Art and Design with an illustration diploma, she went on to receive a Bachelor of Design through OCAD in conjunction with Thompson Rivers University and then pursued a Bachelor of Education at York University. Today Andrea lives in Toronto with her husband and two daughters, who often inspire the storytelling behind her art. She enjoys music, writing, comedy, trying new restaurants, and making a mess on her art table.
Nonfiction Picture Book for Children Ages 4–7 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-193-9 Trim Size: 9 x 10 in / 22.86 x 25.4 cm | Pages: 32 List Price: $18.95 USD / $22.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket Publication Date: April 6, 2021 Ship Date: March 12, 2021 JNF051000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Science & Nature / General JNF022000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Gardening JNF003000 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Animals / General
New Board Book Release!
Giraffe Meets Bird
10th Anniversa ry Edition!
An endearing prequel to the laugh-out-loud Giraffe and Bird collection by the awardwinning Rebecca Bender
“Attractive, bright acrylics give Bender’s animal characters personality, especially fuzzy, cantankerous Bird, and her friendship story is nicely modulated, with vocabulary lessons neatly tucked in. Sincerely sweet.”—Kirkus Reviews “Kids will relate as it so aptly depicts the complex beauty of friendships.”—National Reading Campaign “In contrast to many books for preschool and young readers, the author introduces a rich and varied vocabulary to express the emotions felt by both the characters...A wonderful book to share with younger children to feature unlikely friendships and explore emotions.”—Resource Links Magazine “Good for reading aloud, this vibrant picture book tells an important lesson: despite minor clashes, true friends will be there when you most need them.”—Winnipeg Free Press “An excellent addition to the Giraffe and Bird series. Highly Recommended.”—CM Magazine
Giraffe and Bird
by Rebecca Bender Picture Book for Ages 3–6 Rights available: World ex. North America & World Greek ISBN: 978-1-77278-105-2 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
“[W]arm, expressive acrylic illustrations....With or without the pithy array of synonyms, the story’s overall message is what leaves the biggest impression: relationships are hard work, requiring tolerance and understanding, but are well worth the effort.”—School Library Journal
More Giraffe and Bird Books!
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Board Book for Children Ages 1–3 Rights available: World ex. North America, Spanish for Mexico and Central America & World Greek ISBN: 978-1-77278-194-6 Trim Size: 6.5 x 5.5 in / 16.51 x 13.97 cm | Pages: 30 List Price: $11.95 USD / $14.95 CAD Board Book Publication Date: April 13, 2021 Ship Date: March 19, 2021 JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship JUV002370 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Baby Animals JUV002320 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Giraffes JUV002040 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Birds
• 2012 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award Winner • 2011 CBA Libris Award for Children’s Book of the Year shortlist • 2011 SYRCA Shining Willow Award shortlist Starred Booklist Review • Reviews: SLJ, Kirkus, Resource Links, Midwest Book Review & Quill & Quire
Giraffe and Bird Together Again by Rebecca Bender Picture Book for Ages 3–7 Rights available: World ex. North America & World Greek ISBN: 978-1-77278-051-2 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC
• 2020 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award shortlist • 2019 IODE Jean Throop Book Award shortlist • 2011 SYRCA Shining Willow Award finalist • Reviews: Booklist, SLJ, Kirkus, Resource Links & Midwest Book Review
Don’t Laugh at Giraffe
by Rebecca Bender Picture Book for Ages 3–7 Rights available: World ex. North America & World Greek ISBN: 978-0-9869495-6-2 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC • 2013 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award finalist • 2014 Rainforest of Reading Award shortlist Starred Quill & Quire Review • Reviews: PW & Resource Links
© Rebecca Bender
sunny days Deborah Kerbel Illustrated by
Miki Sato With more enticing collage art and sparkling rhyme from the creators of Snow Days, a preschooler’s celebration of sunny weather and all the activities it makes possible Morning sun, golden skies Softly waking sleepy eyes For preschoolers, sunny days are full of possibility. A sunbeam on the ground is the perfect place to curl up with a furry friend, and warming weather means seeds in the garden, mud pies in the yard, adventures at the beach, and ice cream in the shade. Evening brings the silly fun of watching little shadows stretch out long, and there’s nothing so cozy as watching the sun set as a family.
In Sunny Days, author Deborah Kerbel once again weaves a spell of early childhood magic with couplets as bright as a summer afternoon. Illustrator Miki Sato’s textural collage art nearly rises from the page with fascinating features made from paper, felt, and embroidery silk.
Deborah Kerbel is the author of seven novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her novels have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Library Association YA Book of the Year, and the Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award. Deborah lives in Thornhill, Ontario, with her husband, two book-loving children, and a schnoodle named Alfredo. Miki Sato is a Japanese-Canadian illustrator who uses a variety of different textures and materials to create three-dimensional images. Originally from Ottawa, she moved to Toronto to complete her degree in illustration from the Ontario College of Art and Design. Her first picture books are Golden Threads written by Suzanne Del Rizzo and Snow Days written by Deborah Kerbel.
Picture Book for Children Ages 2–5 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-197-7 Trim Size: 9 x 8 in / 22.86 x 20.32 cm | Pages: 24 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD Hardcover with padded cover, rounded corners, and extra-heavy paper Publication Date: May 4, 2021 Ship Date: April 9, 2021 JUV009100 JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts / Seasons JUV029020 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Weather JUV070000 JUVENILE FICTION / Poetry JUV032170 JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Camping & Outdoor Activities Snow Days ISBN: 978-1-77278-135-9 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD HC “Sato’s deceptively simple illustrations are almost tangible in their layers, showcasing an array of stitches, paper finishes, and fabric surfaces, and depicting an inclusive cast.”—Publishers Weekly “A playful celebration of wintry weather.”—Kirkus Reviews “Snow Days walks through the magic of winter in charming rhyming couplets. Meticulous paper and fabric cutouts form illustrations that seem to leap off of the page...”—Foreword Reviews
HC ISBN: 978-1-77278-084-0 List Price: $17.95 USD / $19.95 CAD BB ISBN: 978-1-77278-140-3 List Price: $11.95 USD / $13.95 CAD
Mies van Hout
“A counting book you can count on” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review
Bestselling author-illustrator Mies van Hout employs vivid creatures in a jewel-tone natural setting to explore the longing we all feel at times to be like somebody else.
“A stand-out [counting book]” —Booklist Starred Review
What child has not daydreamed about having wings like a butterfly? But secretly, the flashy butterfly yearns for a stick insect’s privacy. And the stick insect wants to swim like a whirligig beetle. One after the other, the denizens of bestselling author-illustrator Mies van Hout’s vibrant garden landscape wish to be like somebody else. From the glowing firefly to the capable spider to the adorable ladybugs, each one brings
“Graphically sophisticated, utterly charming” —School Library Journal Starred Review
something to be admired. And when the dragonfly wishes to be like a child who can run, play, laugh, and build, a world of possibilities opens up. A gentle but effective story for social emotional learning, If Only allows children to reach their own conclusions and acknowledge that while it’s common to compare ourselves to others, it’s best to remember and celebrate what we ourselves can do.
ISBN: 978-1-77278-112-0 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD HC Mies van Hout is the author and illustrator of the picture books Happy, Friends, Surprise, and From One to Ten, among others, which have been hugely popular in Europe and North America. She studied graphic design at the Arts Academy in Groningen, the Netherlands, and has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic designer since 1989. Her distinctive paintings are cheerful and bold, and her work has been published in more than twenty countries.
“Conventions of gender, species, and race have all been rendered moot, making this a universal book for lapsitting.” —School Library Journal
Picture Book for Children Ages 4–7 Rights held: Exclusive NA English; non-exclusive World English ISBN: 978-1-77278-196-0 Trim Size: 8.67 x 10.5 in / 22.02 x 26.67 cm | Pages: 28 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket Publication Date: May 11, 2021 Ship Date: April 16, 2021 JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance JUV039050 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings JUV002140 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Insects, Spiders, etc.
ISBN: 978-1-77278-087-1 List Price: $19.95 USD / $23.95 CAD HC “van Hout’s art takes center stage in this imaginative picture book feline aficionados especially will enjoy.”—Booklist
No More Plastic Alma Fullerton A young girl takes action against ocean pollution in a timely story with unique plastic-waste diorama art from award-winning authorillustrator Alma Fullerton. Isley loves the ocean and everything in it. Well, almost everything. Her heart sinks at the sight of her Alantic Ocean shoreline covered in trash. One day, upon discovering a beached right whale that has starved to death after swallowing plastic, Isley decides enough is enough. She steers her family into adopting a zero-waste lifestyle, inspiring others to do the same. But when the adults around her give way to apathy and routine, how can Isley make sure her whale’s memory inspires lasting change?
With diorama art made from plastic waste by award-winning author-illustrator Alma Fullerton, No More Plastic is a moving, eye-catching, and ultimately hopeful reminder that the health of our oceans—and our planet—is in our hands.
Alma Fullerton was first known for her award-winning freeverse novels for juvenile and young-adult readers, including the Governor General’s Award-nominated Libertad. Alma’s picture book A Good Trade was a White Ravens Choice, a Bank Street Best Book, and a nominee for a number of awards. In a Cloud of Dust won the Rainforest of Reading Award and was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. When the Rain Comes was a 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Book, among other honors, and Community Soup was a CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection. Alma lives in Midland, Ontario.
Picture Book for Children Ages 4–7 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-113-7 Trim Size: 10 x 9 in / 25.4 x 22.86 cm | Pages: 32 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket Publication Date: May 18, 2021 Ship Date: April 23, 2021 JUV063000 JUVENILE FICTION / Recycling & Green Living JUV029010 JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment JUV002170 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Marine Life JUV039220 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues A Good Trade HC ISBN: 978-1-77278-117-5 List Price: $18.95 USD / $23.95 CAD
PB ISBN: 978-1-77278-118-2 List Price: $14.95 USD / $16.95 CAD
“A pleasure to read aloud...Expertly crafted, Fullerton’s first picture book reminds readers of the pleasure of small things.” —Kirkus Reviews Starred Review “The large images are full of subtle details...Young readers will enjoy this sweet day-in-the-life snapshot.”—School Library Journal
Ballewiena Rebecca Bender The award-winning creator of the Giraffe and Bird books introduces Dotty the dancing dachshund to celebrate the gifts of those who struggle to “sit” and “stay” Dotty the dachshund knows she was born to dance ballet. When told to sit, she does a plié. Asked to stay, she does an assemblé. Fed up with Dotty’s lack of discipline, Mrs. Austere sends her to the Canine School of Obedience, but Dotty just can’t seem to learn. Heartbroken, the little dog flees to the park—where an unexpected new friend is waiting. Could he know the secret to helping Dotty dance out her dreams with her own style of discipline?
In Ballewiena, author-illustrator Rebecca Bender, creator of the award-winning Giraffe and Bird books, introduces a new volume of animal hi-jinks. Tucked into the witty language and amusing antics is a story about growth mindset and a perceptive note of encouragement for anyone who was made for activity in a world that expects stillness.
Author/Illustrator Rebecca Bender is best known for her award-winning Giraffe and Bird books. Her illustrations also grace the chapter books Slug Days, Penguin Days, and Duck Days. Rebecca’s awards and honors include the OLA Blue Spruce Award, a Cooperative Children’s Book Center best-of-the-year choice, and a Toronto Public Library best-of-theyear selection. Rebecca graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design at the top of her class, earning the Medal for Illustration. She lives in Burlington, Ontario, with her husband and children.
Picture Book for Children Ages 4–7 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-137-3 Trim Size: 10 x 9 in / 25.4 x 22.86 cm | Pages: 32 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket Publication Date: May 25, 2021 Ship Date: April 30, 2021 JUV031020 JUVENILE FICTION / Performing Arts / Dance JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs JUV039140 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance JUV019000 JUVENILE FICTION / Humorous Stories
An exciting picture book inspired by a real-life classroom service dog with themes of friendship, neurodivergence, and courage Harley the service dog is on the job! He goes to school every day with Ms. Prichard to make sure she feels safe. Their students are a lot of fun, but Harley can’t play with them while he’s wearing his work vest.They write him lots of letters instead, and everything is perfect in the best, most quiet class in the whole school. Until the day the old stage curtains catch fire.As the fire alarm blares and chaos erupts, Harley remembers that Ms. Prichard isn’t the only human in his class who gets upset by loud noises.
Inspired by a true story, Harley the Hero celebrates the work of service animals and the normalization of neurodivergence. Author-illustrator Peggy Collins brings Harley and his class to charming life and concludes with an Author’s Note about the real dog behind the fictional Harley.
Peggy Collins is an award-winning children’s book author-illustrator with more than 35 titles to her name, including Hungry for Math: Poems to Munch On, In the Snow, and In the Garden. She has also written and illustrated for animated apps teaching math, indigenous history, and education. Peggy lives in Newburgh, Ontario with her two children.
Picture Book for Children Ages 4–7 Rights available: World ex. North America ISBN: 978-1-77278-195-3 Trim Size: 10 x 9 in / 25.4 x 22.86 cm | Pages: 32 List Price: $17.95 USD / $22.95 CAD Hardcover with dust jacket Publication Date: July 6, 2021 Ship Date: June 11, 2021 JUV039150 JUVENILE FICTION / Disabilities & Special Needs JUV002070 JUVENILE FICTION / Animals / Dogs JUV035000 JUVENILE FICTION / School & Education
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