Friday, January 29, 2010

Read to Your Pets for Literacy?

Sure, Apple might have gotten most of the media limelight on Wednesday, January 27 with its unveiling of the iPad, but there was another important event that day: Family Literacy Day. There were lots of events across Canada to celebrate the importance of literacy, and a few more events are coming up.

The organizers remind us that literacy is not limited to books--you can sing songs with your kids, follow recipes together, play games, etc.--but as a children's book publisher, we love to see families reading together!

On that note, our own Andrea Wayne von Königslöw has come up with a delightful picture book about a child who tries to read a book to all sorts of animals, only to realize that most animals really aren't well-suited to storytime. Find out who the best animals to read to are in How Do You Read to a Rabbit?, on shelves soon!

To find out more about this book and the other titles on our Spring 2010 list, click here to browse our catalog online.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Good Times in Boston: ALA Midwinter Wrap-up

My coworker Heather and I are back from the ALA Midwinter Meeting, where we proudly displayed our Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 titles (click here for a PDF of our Spring 2010 catalog). Here's a picture Heather took of our booth (er, and me):

That big, striking banner is for our new Single Voice series, which we're very excited about. We've acquired six short young adult novels from French publisher Actes Sud, and are releasing them as three flip-books, with two stories per book. We've also brought author/editor Melanie Little on board to develop more titles with Canadian authors. (We're just finishing up a podcast with Melanie, so I'll let her tell you all about it in her own words, soon!)

As always, highlights of the show included chatting with teachers, librarians, and other book enthusiasts (a lot of people recognized our books or were familiar with our press, which is always nice); visiting other exhibits to see what's coming out in 2010 (answer: lots of good stuff); and giving away posters and catalogs. (I'd love to see a picture of one of our posters in a school or library somewhere... does anyone have one they could send me?)

I also checked out the ALA Tweetup, organized by author Mitali Perkins and book marketer and promoter Deborah Sloan. As with the BEA Tweetup last year, it was pretty packed, but I did manage to meet lots of nice people and have some good conversations. Here's a look at the tweetup from above:

I hope everyone who attended ALA Midwinter had a great trip and brought back lots of new books, ideas, and contacts. For the rest of our ALA Midwinter photos, please visit our Flickr account.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Happy New Year!

I remember when the year 2000 was a huge deal... and now it's 2010! Time is just flying by.

Annick will have a booth at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston next week from Jan. 15 to 18. If you'll be attending, please drop by booth 1463 to say hi and browse our new books. Almost all of our Spring 2010 titles are now in, so this is a great chance to get some sneak peeks.

Exhibit times:
January 15 (Fri.): 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
January 16 and 17 (Sat. and Sun.): 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
January 18 (Sun.): 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

In other news, we're starting to see some early reviews for our Spring 2010 books: Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem (third in the series!) received a starred review from Quill & Quire and our graphic narrative about adolescence, i.d.: Stuff That Happens to Define Us, appeared in the "Books for Young People" section of Q&Q's print edition. More news about our Spring 2010 books to come!