Thursday, May 30, 2013

Joshua Bell is the Man with the Violin

Author Kathy Stinson is ready to record!
Today, I was at Orange Lounge recording studio with author Kathy Stinson. She was reading her upcoming picture book, The Man with the Violin, so that we can add an audio track to the e-book edition. Both print and e-book editions of the book will be available this fall--click here for more information.

The Man with the Violin is based on a true story: in January 2007, renowned violinist Joshua Bell went undercover as a street musician and played a free concert in a Washington, D.C., subway station. At least a thousand people passed as he played, and yet no one stopped to listen, or applauded when he finished a piece. Joshua noticed that children often wanted to stop, but their parents hurried them along. The Man with the Violin imagines what the subway concert might have been like for one of those children. The picture book includes beautiful artwork by Dusan Petricic and a postscript from Joshua Bell.

If you're in Toronto, you're in luck: Joshua Bell is playing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra next week, on June 5, 6, and 8. Click here to read more in the Toronto Star, or visit the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's website.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Festival of Trees Winners!

Last week on May 15 and 16, the Harbourfront Centre was making the most of the gorgeous, sunny weather at its annual Festival of Trees event. The Festival of Trees celebrates the winners of the Forest of Reading awards with readings, book signings, workshops, and all sorts of entertainment. It's attended by thousands of students, who are themselves responsible for voting for the winning books.

We're proud to announce that 50 Underwear Questions, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Ross Kinnaird, was selected as an Honor Book for the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Another book in the series, 50 Poisonous Questions, recently won the Hackmatack Children's Choice Book Award, which prompted Ross to draw this (probably venomous) snake wiggling with glee:
(c) Ross Kinnaird

Check out the full list of Forest of Reading award winners on their website or on the Canadian Children's Book Centre website. It's the perfect place to put together a kid-approved summer reading list!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Award Announcements & Mother's Day

One of our recent award-winners!
Just two weeks ago, I posted about the award nominations pouring in for Annick authors and illustrators... and now there are more! Please join me in congratulating the authors, illustrators, and everyone else who worked on these outstanding titles:

Now, I haven't forgotten that this Sunday is Mother's Day. (And neither have you, right? Right?) I may be a little biased, but I think book-related Mother's Day gifts are sure to please. How about:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How Will You Celebrate TD Canadian Children's Book Week?

Next week, from May 4-11, 35 authors, illustrators, and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores, and community centers across Canada. Find an event near you to join the conversation! This event is put on by the Canadian Children's Book Centre, so check their handy events calendar to plan your week. You can also browse their Book Week website for more information on the history of Book Week, along with a neat interactive map of events.

This year's theme is All the Bookshelf's a Stage: Celebrating the Performing Arts. (If you want to celebrate the performing arts by acting out a classic Robert Munsch story, check out Munsch at Play and Munsch at Play Act 2!) Winners of the annual writing contest (for grades 4-12) will also see their stories appear online on May 8.

Two of our authors are among those on tour for this year's Book Week. Sarah Tsiang (poet and picture book author) will be visiting Nunavut from May 2-11, where she will give 10 school readings and four public readings. Click here for more information on her schedule. Fellow author and poet JonArno Lawson (Old MacDonald Had Her Farm) will be touring Quebec from May 6-11; click here for more information.

Whether you find an event in your community or simply settle down to read a child a new book (or an old favorite), I hope you enjoy celebrating Canadian Children's Book Week!