Friday, August 31, 2012

Book Lists for Kids

One of the great features of 49th Shelf is that users can create book lists for any topic imaginable. Click here for a selection of recommended lists, or just start browsing. It's easy to create your own lists, too!

Here are some book lists for kids and teens that caught my eye:

And for adults, there's:

When you do your back-to-school shopping, don't forget to pick up some books, too! (And not just for the kids...)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Book Trailer for People Who Said No

With the recent uprisings in Egypt and the current civil conflict in Syria, our new title, People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression, is especially relevant. It introduces young readers to seven people (or, in some cases, groups of people) who took a stand for what they believed in, no matter what the cost. Tragically, some of those profiled in the book lost their lives as they fought to change the world they lived in.

Watch People Who Said No come to life in our new book trailer:

And if you're interested in reviewing this title, please search for it on!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Send Your Kid to Book Camp This Friday!

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Author Judie Oron is heading to camp this coming Friday! But she won't be roasting marshmallows or sleeping under the stars... instead, she’ll be leading a free workshop for kids and teens at Investing in Children’s annual Book Camp in London, Ontario.

Judie’s workshop is about the story and the process behind her novel, Cry of the Giraffe. The workshop participants are young avid readers and aspiring writers. “Forty ten- to seventeen-year-olds who love to read and write, their parents, the general public and a book signing by a local, independent bookseller--you can’t ask for a better audience or set-up,” Judie says. “I can’t wait!”

This is a free drop-in event, so if you're in London, ON, please come by! (And if you don't live nearby, you can get her book from the comfort of your own home: it's available as an e-book from Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and many other retailers!)

Date & time: Friday, August 17, 2012 / 12:30-2:00 pm
Location: Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas St, London, ON

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Happy World Cat Day!

August 8th is World Cat Day. If you're looking to add a feline to your family, check to see if any rescue or shelter organizations in your area are having a sale. (Toronto Animal Services is having a two-for-one adoption special, for example.)
If you like cats but already have one or aren't looking to adopt right now, why not check out some picture books staring funny, furry felines? Here's a selection from Annick:

Up Cat is a board book starring a mischievous cat who likes to leap up, scratch up, puff up, and generally get up to no good. But in the end, tired out from all the fun, this kitty is ready to curl up and soak up the sun.
For a tale starring a bigger cat, check out Louis the Tiger Who Came From the Sea. This whimsical tale begins with two children who awake to discover a tiger on their front lawn. They decide his name is Louis, and he must have come from the sea (obviously). When Louis takes over their house (and bathtub!), the children and their parents come up with an ingenious way to lure him back to his own home.

In A Cat in a Kayak, we meet Teelo, a black and white cat who is adopted by a kind vet and lives with him on a small island. Teelo has a bit of trouble adjusting to all the other noisy animals on the island, but eventually he learns to love them all. However, when we see Teelo again in a later book, A Cat Adrift, he has become stranded at sea after a failed rat-chase. Thankfully, a little girl and her grandfather are sailing the world together and happen to spot the seaborne cat. Will he make it back to his home on the island, or find a new one aboard the boat?
Catmagic is a delightful tale about a witch who moves into a retirement home with her cat, Izzy. Unfortunately, Izzy is always underfoot, and causes all sorts of disasters and accidents. Just when everyone thinks Izzy might have to leave, the retired witches come up with a clever solution--a magical one, of course!

The Miss Meow Pageant tells the story of Sparrow, "one of the ugliest-looking cats you would ever come across in the feline world." But kindly teacher Henrietta Jones saves Sparrow from a hard life on the streets. Her friend suggests that she enter Sparrow into a beauty contest, but she replies, "Sparrow is a liberated cat and he doesn't believe in all this beauty contest nonsense. Everyone is pretty in their own way." However, the prizes are too good to resist, so Henrietta and her friend set to work preparing Sparrow for the contest. And whether or not he wins isn't the only surprise in this tale...
What's your favorite book (picture book or otherwise) starring a cat?

Friday, August 3, 2012

Welcome to the BookOlympics!

With so much Olympic excitement going on right now, I was all set to find a way to tie that into books. What kind of sports would famous books compete in? Would it be the character or the book itself competing? Would we divide books up by subject or author nationality? Would there be different weight classes? And so on.

I took to Google to see if anyone else had thought of my brilliant idea, and lo and behold: #BookOlympics is trending on Twitter. (It appears to have been started by Text Publishing in Australia.) There are lots of hilarious mash-ups of sports and book titles; here are just three of my favorites:

If your kid loves sports but doesn't want to become a professional athlete, there are lots of other ways to have a career in sports--and maybe even go to the Olympics! Pick up Game Day to meet twenty people who did just that: from coaches and scouts to organists and race car mechanics.