Friday, May 25, 2012

Spring Awards for Annick Authors

It's almost summer, but our authors were busy piling up a few more awards and nominations first. A round of applause (and some cool lemonade) for our talented authors and illustrators!

Held by Edeet Ravel

Beyond Bullets by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter

Spy, Spy Again by Tina Holdcroft

  • Shortlisted for the Red Cedar Award, British Columbia's Young Readers' Choice book award

Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

A Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Forest of Reading Awards 2012

May 15-16 was the Festival of Trees event, at which the winners of the Forest of Reading awards were announced. Marketing Manager Brigitte Waisberg got swept up in the fun:

The 2012 Forest of Reading festivities were as exciting as ever as thousands of schoolchildren from across Ontario gathered at Harbourfront Centre to cheer for their favorite authors. These lucky students had participated in the program, sponsored by the Ontario Library Association, by reading a number of books in different genres and voting for the ones they liked best.

Author Kevin Sylvester on stage at the Festival of Trees event. He was nominated in several categories and took home a Silver Birch Non-Fiction prize for Don't Touch That Toad!

The sun shone brightly off the lake on the first day when three Annick authors were celebrated: Sarah Tsiang for A Flock of Shoes, Kate Scowen and Peter Mitchell for i.d.: Stuff That Happens to Define Us, and Sharon McKay for Thunder over Kandahar. On the second day, Annick had five authors nominated in the Silver Birch non-fiction category: Richard Lee and Bathseba Opini for Africans Thought of It, Keltie Thomas for Animals That Changed the World, Kevin Sylvester for Game Day, and Tanya Lloyd Kyi for 50 Poisonous Questions. As many of the authors said, seeing so many kids excited about books and reading was the best reward they could ever hope for.

Authors Eric Walters and Sharon McKay with students at the awards reception

Congratulations to all the nominated authors and illustrators! Click here for a list of all winners.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Storytime for Mother's Day

Carolyn Hart at Storytime Standouts recently recommended a few picture books that celebrate mothers. One was our book Bright Red Kisses, about a daughter helping her mom get ready to go out for a night on the town.

We thought picture books for Mother's Day was a great idea, so here's another: A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It, in which a young girl discovers the magic of everyday things. A barn can have a horse in it. A pond can have a boat in it. "Can a blanket have a wiggle in it?" she asks when her parents return home from the hospital. The answer is "yes!"--and it's a brand new baby.
So go ahead and get Mom two books for Mother's Day: one for herself and one to read with the little ones. And if you're a dad, Today's Parent has a great article for you: 10 ideas for dads to plan the perfect Mother's Day.

Friday, May 4, 2012

IPPY Award for A Stranger At Home!

We're proud to share that A Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton (and illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes) has won the Gold award in the IPPY (Independent Publishers) Book Awards! (Category: Multicultural Non-Fiction Juvenile, Teen, YA.) Congratulations to the authors, illustrator, and everyone who helped to craft this moving sequel to Fatty Legs!