Friday, February 24, 2012

Awards & The 49th Shelf Launch!

Happy Friday! Today we received great news: four of our titles made the Ontario Library Association's Best Bets list, and one also was a Notable Books for a Global Society Book Award winner for 2012. And the winners are (drum roll, please)...

OLA Best Bets list:

Notable Books for a Global Society Book Award:
Beyond Bullets by Rafal Gerszak and Dawn Hunter

In other news, The 49th Shelf officially launched this week. It's an online community showcasing, discussing, and celebrating Canadian books. In their own words:
Think of The 49th Shelf as an interactive, intimate virtual library stocked with Canadian books by authors both world-renowned and up-and-coming, writing in every genre. But not just a library: The 49th Shelf is also a community of avid readers who share the books on the site by making reading lists and book recommendations.

To celebrate their launch, they're running lots of book giveaways: click here to enter!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Celebrate the Love of Reading and Writing This Valentine's!

Happy Valentine's Day! Although most people use February 14th to reflect on the people they love, there's no harm in looking past romantic love and also celebrating the things you love to do.

For example, author Claire Eamer loves research and writing, and her passion for both shines through in her recent interview in Arctica magazine. Click here to read about how Claire got her start in children's books, why she feels having a limited background in science can be an advantage, and what she enjoys about writing for children rather than adults (though she does write for both!).

And if you love food, you're sure to love her latest book, The World in Your Lunch Box, in which she uncovers the tasty stories behind many favorite foods (macaroni and cheese, pizza--you name it!).

Whether you love reading, writing, eating, or--like me--all three, have a lovely Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Five Things for Friday!

Happy Friday! Here's what's been going on at Annick lately...

First thing!
Ruth Ohi and Sarah Tsiang enthusiastically signed books at the OLA Super Conference last week. I hear they were quite popular.

Second thing!
The Bite of the Mango, by Mariatu Kamara with Susan McClelland, won CBC's Young Canada Reads contest. Click here to listen to the final podcast.

Third thing!
We've put our Spring 2012 titles on NetGalley--if you're a reviewer looking for children's books, please take a look.

Fourth thing!
Two of our titles have been selected as USBBY Outstanding International Books: A Stranger at Home, by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton and illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes; and Beyond Bullets, by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter. Click here to view the full list of selected titles.

Fifth and final thing!
Blogger Sugary Flower put together a delicious meal based around Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem--you really have to see it to believe it! (Warning: may cause extreme hunger.)

Have a good weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Seventieth Printing of The Paper Bag Princess!

This week, we sent off the 70th printing of The Paper Bag Princess. Originally published in 1980, The Paper Bag Princess has inspired children for 32 years with its tale of the daring Elizabeth and her journey to outwit a ferocious dragon and save her prince (who turns out to be... well... not all that princely). The final scene, with Elizabeth leaping for joy as she heads off into the sunset, later became Annick's logo.

The Paper Bag Princess is available in paperback, hardcover, Annikin edition, and board book. There's also a special 25th Anniversary Edition that contains not only the original story, but also tons of behind-the-scenes extras such as:
  • Why Robert Munsch decided to start writing picture books
  • How Annick paired up Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
  • The real Elizabeth who inspired the story: she was seven at the time and is now married with a daughter of her own
  • A step-by-step look at how picture books are created and published
  • Early sketches from Michael Martchenko, including some that didn't make it into the final book
Here's an excerpt that accompanies the original sketch for Prince Ronald's rescue:
The ending of The Paper Bag Princess is now world famous: the snotty prince doesn't want to be rescued by Elizabeth because she's a mess. In the original story, Elizabeth bops him one for being so rude and ungrateful, as you can see in this sketch. But hitting people--even arrogant princes who just might deserve it--isn't appropriate, and Bob and his publishers decided to take it out. Instead, Elizabeth tells off the so-called prince and then leaves him behind, proving that true nobility has nothing to do with appearances and everything to do with behavior.

If you have your own memories of The Paper Bag Princess to share, please leave us a comment!