Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Annick Goes to Washington

While the weather outside was sweltering, thousands of librarians were enjoying the air-conditioned comfort of the Washington Convention Center while checking out all the latest books that publishers had on display. Judging by the number of attendees streaming by the Annick booth, the 2010 ALA (American Library Association) Annual Conference was a great success. Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello. We loved hearing how much you enjoy the Annick titles in your library, and appreciated your feedback on our publishing program. Thank you for sharing your stories about Annick books that have been particular favorites of teen visitors to your libraries: The Bite of the Mango, In Ecstasy, Chanda's Secrets, Leslie's Journal, and The Little Black Books. And how wonderful it was to see you embrace the Single Voice series as perfect material for reluctant readers. As for our Fall titles, it was great to hear your enthusiasm for so many of our upcoming books such as Fatty Legs, Thunder Over Kandaher, Cry of the Giraffe and A Flock of Shoes.

But the highlight of the conference came when two young visitors stopped by our booth on the last day of the show. Nothing beat the 7-year-old boy whose parents couldn't pull him away from Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem as he read the story out loud, or the 6-year-old girl who giggled her way through How Do You Read to a Rabbit? It was a great reminder of why we love the business we're in.

Friday, June 25, 2010

A Sports Book That's Perfect for Fall

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been giving a sneak peek at what our fall list will bring. I've posted about books set in Afghanistan (Thunder over Kandahar) and Ethiopia (Cry of the Giraffe), and now it's time to move to North America and the wide world of sports.

In Game Day: Meet the People Who Make it Happen, Kevin Sylvester takes young readers on a tour of behind-the-scenes jobs in sports. From timekeepers to coaches, and from Zamboni drivers to organ players, there are many careers in sports beyond being an athlete. For more examples, click here to listen to Kevin's podcast about the book (podcasts are in alphabetical order by title), or watch this interview with him:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Classic Children's Books to Read with Dad

This Sunday is Father's Day, so I've put together a quick list of classic children's books featuring dads. What's your favorite dad-themed book? Did you have a favorite book to read with your dad when you were little? Tell us all about it in the comments!

50 Below Zero (Robert Munsch/Michael Martchenko): A little boy gets to play the role of parent when dealing with his sleep-walking father.

Angela's Airplane (Robert Munsch/Michael Martchenko): A man takes his daughter to the airport... but she gets lost and ends up flying a plane!

I'd Know You Anywhere (Hazel Hutchins/Ruth Ohi): A young boy thinks up lots of good disguises, but somehow his father always knows it's him.

Muddle Cuddle (Laurel Dee Gugler/Vlasta van Kampen): Dad has settled into his comfy armchair with the paper, but his son insists that dad needs company. Like a teddy. Or a kitty. Or a clown. Or...

My Dad (Debbie Bailey/Susan Huszar): This classic board book for younger children shows a variety of dads interacting with their kids. It will also be coming out as an Annikin edition this fall!

Something Good (Robert Munsch/Michael Martchenko): Ever tried grocery shopping with sugar-crazed kids? A harried dad tries to make it through the supermarket without buying all the "good" stuff his three children clamor for.

If you need more inspiration, the blog Hot Guys Reading Books has been posting pictures of dads reading with their kids since last week, and will continue until Father's Day. Enjoy!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More Fall Sneak Peeks!

Last week I posted about Sharon McKay's new book Thunder over Kandahar, which is set in Afghanistan. Now let's move a little to the west and talk about another exciting new fall title: Cry of the Giraffe by Judie Oron. This novel is based on the true story of Wuditu, a 15-year-old Ethiopian Jewish girl (note: her name has been changed to protect her privacy). As members of a Beta Israel community, Wuditu and her family face persecution in their native Ethiopia, and so they plan to secretly move to Jerusalem. However, things go horribly wrong and Wuditu becomes separated from her family. How will she survive completely on her own, let alone make it from Ethiopia to Jerusalem?

Listen to Judie's podcast to find out more about her experiences in Ethiopia and what inspired her to write this book. And check out this gripping book trailer:

Friday, June 11, 2010

Looking Forward to Fall

I know it's only June, but in the publishing world that means that we're finishing off our Fall 2010 list! We've got some exciting titles coming up, which I'll profile over the next few weeks.

Today, let's talk about Afghanistan. In 2009, Sharon McKay became the first children's author to participate in the Canadian War Artists program. She asked to be sent to Darfur, but was told it was too dangerous--so instead, she visited Afghanistan! Her latest novel, Thunder over Kandahar, is about two teenage girls in Afghanistan called Tamanna and Yasmine. Each girl is struggling with her own problems, but together, they come up with a very daring solution...

Here's an interview with Sharon as she talks about the book and about her experience as a Canadian War Artist:

And here's a trailer for Thunder over Kandahar:

Friday, June 4, 2010

Early Summer Updates from Annick

Summer is just starting, but our authors have been very busy!

Ruth Ohi has recorded a great audio clip about her picture book Chicken, Pig, Cow for click here to listen! There are now three Chicken, Pig, cow books in print, and another one will be published this fall.

Henning Mankell, author of the Detective Wallander series as well as young adult titles such as Secrets in the Fire and Shadow of the Leopard, was recently on board a flotilla of boats bound for Gaza that were intercepted by Israeli troops. He gave an interview to the Guardian about the experience.

Allan Stratton was interviewed by Follett Library Resources's Behind the Book program, and he also posted some official production stills from the set of Life, Above All (the award-winning film based on his novel Chanda's Secrets). Here's one of the stunning pictures: you'll have to visit his blog for the rest! You can also buy the ebook of Chanda's Secrets on Kobo.