Monday, April 30, 2012

Secret Life Of Money

This is a book everyone could use...and how great is it to have a book for kids on the ins and outs of money. The Secret Life of Money has been published by OWLKids who also produced this super cool video.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

My Kind of Poetry

Monday, April 23, 2012

Seen Reading

Julie Wilson aka "the Book Madam" has taken the best parts of her blog Seen Reading into the book Seen Reading. She describes herself as a literary voyeur. Matt Galloway interviewed her about this very unique book and talks about how it is a book about Toronto and its love of reading. The interview starts around the 8 minute mark.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Hana's Suitcase Anniversary

Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is also the day that Hana's Suitcase Anniversary Album by Karen Levine will be launched celebrating ten years since it's publication. Hana's Suitcase has had an incredible is the most awarded Canadian children's book in the past 30 years, has been translated into dozens of languages used by the UN in 100's of outposts and made into several films. The CBC did a feature on Hana Ten Years Later. The 10th Anniversary edition includes:
• Commemorative letters from Karen, Fumiko, and George
• Reaction from readers around the world
• Letters and art from children
• Photographs of events and ceremonies
• Scenes from the play adaptation
• Posters from the staging of the play in over ten countries
• Awards and Tributes – lists, emblems, photos, and quotable quotes from juries and the media
• Covers from the international editions
• Images from the documentary film
and much more.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Calling All Authors and Illustrators

The Canadian Children's Book Centre has sent out their call for submissions for authors a illustrators for the TD Canadian Children's Book Week.  The Canadian Children's Book Centre is looking for authors and/or illustrators with new children’s books being released in the fall of 2012 and/or spring 2013 who are interested in touring schools, libraries, bookstores and community centres, outside of their home province, during TD Canadian Children’s Book Week 2013.
The next Book Week tour will run from Saturday, May 4 to Saturday, May 11, 2013. Click here for more information.
The deadline for applications is Friday, May 25, 2012.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Doug Wright Awards 2012

With 5 of the 6 nominations, Drawn & Quarterly has pretty much swept the Doug Wright Award nominations for Best Book.
The list of nominated books is below:
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton (Drawn and Quarterly)
Lose #3 by Michael Deforge (Koyama Press)
Mid-Life by Joe Ollmann (Drawn and Quarterly)
Paying for It by Chester Brown (Drawn and Quarterly)
Reunion by Pascal Girard for (Drawn and Quarterly)
The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists by Seth (Drawn and Quarterly)
For more information click here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012


The hottest book of the Spring season is going to be INSURGENT by Veronica Roth, follow up to the much acclaimed DIVERGENT. It goes on sale MAY 1st and people have been dying to read it. Advance reading copies for INSURGENT were few and far between, but I've managed to secure a copy for a contest! It's a great prize- not only do you get an ARC of INSURGENT (and the chance to read it before your friends and colleagues), you'll also get an autographed copy of DIVERGENT!

Contest rules:

  • Contest is open to librarians and teachers in CANADA only
  • To enter please send an e-mail to with the subject 'Insurgent Contest'. You must provide the full mailing address of your library or school.
  • Contest begins today (April 10th) and I'll collect entries until 5pm (EST) on Monday April 16th and notify the winner via e-mail.
  • Only one entry per person please. However, I'm running a simultaneous contest on the HarperCollins Canada Library blog HCCLibraryLove (yes, that's right- two identical but separate prizes!), so you may want to enter both contests to increase your chances of winning!
  • Odds of winning are dependent on the number of entries, but still MUCH better than winning the 6/49. :)
Good luck!-Rosalyn (@rozsteele)

UPDATE- The winners of both contests have been notified, but if you'd like another chance to win, you may want to check out the HarperCollins Canada Facebook page. They are currently giving away THREE ARCs of Insurgent (ends April 22nd)...

Monday, April 2, 2012

Barbara A Genco, "Public Library Power Patrons Are Your Best Customers"

From this year's Tools of Change....some pretty amazing stats.