Monday, September 26, 2011

Annick Goes to Word on the Street

The weather couldn't have been better for this year's Word on the Street. The warm, sunny day brought out thousands of people to the annual book festival in downtown Toronto. This year, Annick displayed mostly board books and picture books, which were very popular. Visitors with small children were particularly drawn to the board book versions of Red is Best and the Robert Munsch titles. And a signing by Andrea Wayne von Königslöw resulted in many happy kids walking away with their own copy of How Do You Read to a Rabbit? and Toilet Tales. Thanks to the wonderful people at Mabel's Fables for hosting us and making everything run so smoothly.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Judie Oron on the Anna Aidoo Show

Last week, Judie Oron appeared on the Anna Aidoo Show to talk about Cry of the Giraffe. If you missed it, never fear: we've got the video!

Judie Oron with Anna Aidoo from David Grossman on Vimeo.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Happy Book Blogger Appreciation Week (BBAW)!

This week was Book Blogger Appreciation Week, and it was great to see all the giveaways, interviews, and awards. Visit the BBAW website for a full re-cap!

At Annick Press, we love book bloggers--especially when they review our books! Read through our Meet a Book Blogger archives to get to know some of the excellent avid readers we work with. Or check out some of our recent reviews from bloggers:

In honor of BBAW, we're giving away a signed copy of Kate Cayley's new historical YA fiction The Hangman in the Mirror. Leave a comment about your book blog--or your favorite, if you don't have your own!--for a chance to win!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Back to School with Picture Books

There's no denying it: school is back in season. And not just for the kids: this fall, Ruth Ohi's popular characters Chicken, Pig, and Cow go to school for the first time in Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Class Pet. What will they do without their best friend Dog? And how will they save their beloved Popsicle stick barn when the class pet mistakes it for lunch? This is the perfect book for kids starting school for the first time, or for curious preschool children who want a sneak peek.

If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting Chicken, Pig, and Cow yet, Ruth just posted a lovely video introducing them (spoiler: it includes pictures of the real Chicken, Pig, and Cow!):

What do your kids enjoy most about school? Do they have class pets? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fried Book on a Stick?

We're on the cusp of the Labor Day long weekend, which is also the last weekend to visit the CNE (Canadian National Exhibition). One reporter made a video detailing 30 food-on-a-stick items she found at the CNE, so if that's your thing, drop on by. A warning for avid readers: you won't find fried-book-on-a-stick, so better bring your own reading material.

If you're heading back to school, this may also be your last weekend to fit in some non-required reading. Fans of historical fiction should pick up The Hangman in the Mirror by Kate Cayley. Set in 18th century Montreal, this suspenseful book follows a teen maid who is arrested for stealing a pair of gloves. Sentenced to death, her only hope lies in a law that pardons male prisoners if they become the hangman, and female prisoners if they marry the hangman. Luckily for her, the post of hangman is empty... now if she can only convince the young man in the next cell to become the hangman and marry her. But how can she persuade him if they can't even see each other?

Watch the book trailer:

Happy long weekend!