Friday, December 28, 2012

Drawn & Quarterly on CBC-An Odd Corner

If you are interested in Graphic Novels and or Canadian Publishing you will enjoy this 20 minute radio documentary about Drawn & Quarterly on the CBC called Chicken Soup for the Graphic Soul. It gives a great history of the company and of graphic novels in general.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Toronto Public Library's First and Best

Here's another great list....the best books for 5 and under as chosen by Toronto Public Library. One of my Dewey Pick's: Animal Masquerade was one of them. So pick one of these up and go snuggle with your favourite 5 year old!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

More Scaredy

Kids Can did an awesome promo with the new Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas. They sent out Gingerbread House kits to various peeps and asked them to create a Scaredy Squirrel gingerbread house. Here are a few results including Team Ampersand and the Property Brothers!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Less than a month to Season 3 of Downton Abbey!!!

And for those who can't wait until January 6th, The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era is out now and would make a great Christmas present.
I can't wait to see Shirley MacLean go head to head with Maggie Smith!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Totally Adorable

There are hundreds if not thousands of adaptations/retellings of Pride and Prejudice...and with good reason. Simply Read has recently released a board book version. I have seen a couple of these board books already, but these are amazing. Jack and Holman Wang are two brothers who created these amazing felted characters in their version of Pride and Prejudice. The other books in the series include Moby Dick, and of course Les Miserables.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Merry Christmas Scaredy!

There is a fun interview with Melanie Watt on CBC about her new book Scaredy Squirrel Prepares for Christmas.
The writers at the Daily Show love Scaredy!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

It's Never Too Early!

This is what happens at our office when I'm away at sales conference!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Beautiful Book Blog

EPILOGUE: the future of print from EPILOGUEdoc on Vimeo.
This comes courtesy of fellow Diva Margot Stokreef.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Calling all Writers & Illustrators!

The Canadian Children’s Book Centre invites you to join in the fun!
Applications are now open to host an author, illustrator or storyteller visit during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013.

TD Canadian Children's Book Week is the single most important national event celebrating Canadian children's books and the importance of reading.Thirty authors, illustrators and storytellers will be visiting schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres in every province and territory across the country. Over 25,000 children, teens and adults will take part in the readings and workshops that will be given by the Book Week touring authors, illustrators and storytellers.

Invite an author, illustrator or storyteller to your school, library or community centre today and share the magic of books and reading! Applications to host an author, illustrator or storyteller during TD Book Week 2013 are now open.

Click here to learn more about the authors, illustrators and storytellers who will be touring in your province or territory in May 2013.

Visit to apply today! Deadline for applications is December 15, 2012.
Questions? Please contact the Book Week Coordinator in your province or territory.
Book Week Writing Contest for Kids & Teens

Each year the Canadian Children’s Book Centre runs a writing contest for students in Grades 4 to 12. Young writers from across Canada are invited to submit their stories and/or poems to the Book Week 2013 Writing Contest for Kids & Teens. Judging is done by noted writers from across Canada and one winner from each grade will receive a $250 gift certificate for the bookstore of his or her choice. Two honourable mentions from each grade category will also receive $50 gift certificates.
The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2013. Winning entries will be posted on the Book Week website on May 8, 2013 during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013.

Click here for more information.

For more information, please contact:
Shannon Howe Barnes | Program Coordinator
T: 416 975-0010 x 227 | F: 416 975-8970 |

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nobody Does it Better

The British singer, Adele, performs the theme song for the latest James Bond movie, which opened on Friday. Since the first Bond film hit theatres 50 years ago a lot of big stars have recorded songs for the movies – singers like Madonna, Tina Turner, Louis Armstrong, Gladys Knight, and Tom Jones. In the 1960s, songs like Goldfinger - sung by Shirley Bassey - battled it out with the Beatles for the spot at the top of the music charts. Big hits like Live and Let Die by Paul McCartney & Wings and Nobody Does it Better, by Carly Simon, took on lives of their own apart from the movies.

The Music of James Bond gives the back story on the songs from 22 different movies, offers interesting anecdotes from behind the scenes, and is a lot of fun to look at because it features over 100 b&w movie stills.

“Both casual fans and 007 aficionados will find this book to be enlightening, informative, and great fun to read” – Leonard Maltin

Monday, November 12, 2012

Canadian Children's Book Centre Calendar of Events

The paint isn't quite dry on this tool but the Canadian Children's Book Centre has just launched a very cool calendar of events. The CCBC Book EventsCalendar is a place to list and promote ALL children’s book events in Canada. Users – anyone, not just CCBC members – can peruse the site and find readings, festivals, book signings, and more. Only CCBC members can post events, but anyone can share them via email and on Facebook and Twitter.
For more information on how to become a CCBC member click here.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Tis the season! Here come the lists!

PW has announced it's best of 2012 for Picture Books, Kids + YA Fiction, and Kid's Non-Fiction. They have also posted their Top 10 Books of 2012 for adults. Nice to see lots of Dewey picks on here!

Worst Book Reviews of all Time.

"The final blow-up of what was once a remarkable, if minor, talent." -The New Yorker, 1936, on Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner...ouch!
Publishers Weekly has selected the best worst reviews of classic books from Rotten Reviews Redux.