Monday, September 28, 2009

Word on the Street Wrap-up

Although a few dark clouds lingered over downtown Toronto on Sunday morning, the sun soon fought them off and provided a beautiful day worthy of the annual Word on the Street festival. (I even had to break out the sunscreen! Not that I'm complaining.)

Queen's Park was buzzing with people of all ages checking out the various booths, events, and food. From author readings (including one by Margaret Atwood) to live music to games, crafts, and cooking demos, there was something for everyone. I also loved seeing the whole spectrum of people involved in the book business: from authors and illustrators to writers' groups, magazines, publishers, wholesalers, booksellers, and, of course, readers!

The Annick booth was a busy place to be: we enjoyed both introducing our books to new readers and hearing from people who were already familiar with our titles (for example, our Robert Munsch display elicited many happy cries of, "Oh, I remember reading that as a kid!"). It was especially touching to see parents introducing the books they'd loved as kids to their own children.

Along with offering a 20% discount on our books, we also ran our popular String Pull game (photo below), in which kids pull one end of a string and then win books based on the color of the token on the other end. It costs just $1 to play and all proceeds go to this year's Reading Summit (Nov. 11-13).

Ruth Ohi (pictured below) dropped by in the afternoon to sign her books and chat with fans; she especially enjoyed signing her books with cartoon sketches of the child who the book was for!

I've uploaded our photos to our Flickr account, and you can also find more wrap-ups of Word on the Street in Toronto on the following blogs: BlogTO; Another Day, Another Thought... or Two; Talking with Tundra, and Debbie's Blatherings. I'm already looking forward to next year!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Word on the Street Update

Just a reminder that Annick will be at booth Book KS 15 (on Wellesley Street) at the Word on the Street festival in Toronto this Sunday, Sept. 27! Drop by and say hi... and if you mention our blog, we'll give you a free hardcover book, while supplies last! (Which book? It's a surprise!)

Also, author/illustrator Ruth Ohi will be at the Children's Reading Tent from 1-1:30 pm, and then she'll be at the Annick booth to sign books from 1:30-2:30! Come meet Chicken, Pig, and Cow!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Telling Tales Festival and Word on the Street

Last weekend was the Telling Tales festival in Rockton (just north of Hamilton, Ontario), and Annick set up a colourful booth to join in the fun!

There were 32 children's authors, illustrators, and performers attending, including our very own Loris Lesynski (Dirty Dog Boogie; I Did It Because...) and Ruth Ohi (Chicken, Pig, Cow; Chicken, Pig, Cow on the Move). Great weather, wonderful books: what a perfect family outing! For a great blog post (with pictures of Ruth doing her drawing demonstration!), check out the Papertrails Family Blog.

Loris Lesynski with her books:

If you missed Telling Tales this year, don't despair: you're not too late for The Word on the Street festival on Sunday, September 27! There are four venues: Vancouver, Kitchener, Toronto, and Halifax.

Join us at the Toronto location (Queen's Park) as we celebrate reading and literacy. There are tons of activities for adults and children, including performances, readings, signings, crafts, and more. There's a lot going on, but don't worry: the editors at Chirp, chickaDEE, and OWL have put together a great Kidstreet Activity Guide so you can plan your day. You can also follow the Toronto Word on the Street Twitter account for updates, contests, trivia, and photos.

Ruth Ohi will be at the Children's Reading Tent from 1-1:30 pm, and then she'll be signing books at the Annick booth, so come on by! Also, if you visit the Annick booth and mention that you've read our blog, we'll give you a FREE hardcover book while supplies last. (Which title? It's a surprise!) Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 18, 2009

Toilet Tales: Perfect Bathroom Reading!

Our marketing manager Brigitte passed along this story and I just had to share!

The G. Willikers Toy Store in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, thought up a novel way to decorate their in-store washroom: they took apart a copy of the classic picture book Toilet Tales and used the pages as posters! Apparently their customers love the new look, and demand for the book has increased, too! Check out the pictures below:

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Book of Life Podcast About The Apprentice's Masterpiece

We're pleased to announce that Melanie Little's award-winning verse novel The Apprentice's Masterpiece is now available in paperback!

At Book Expo America in 2008, Heidi Estrin of The Book of Life podcast interviewed our associate publisher, Colleen MacMillan, about the book, which had just been released in hardcover. Click below to hear more about what it was like to develop a book for young adults set during the Spanish Inquisition! (This clip is part of a longer podcast of interviews about Jewish books for kids and teens; click here for the original podcast in its entirety.)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Charis Cotter on CBC

Charis Cotter (author of Born to Write, Kids Who Rule, and Wonder Kids) gave a great interview on CBC about how she's promoting her new book A World Full of Ghosts. She explains how she gathered ghost stories from around the world for her book, and reveals that one of the ghost stories comes from the cemetery she grew up next to! You can also find out how Charis gets kids' attention during classroom visits, and how you can book her for your class.