Friday, February 26, 2016

Karen Boersma and Telling Great Stories

At the Spring launch of Owlkids Books, the folks at Type Books sat down with Karen Boersma, publisher at Owlkids to chat about the history of Owlkids and the importance of telling great stories.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

History of Kobo

Michael Tamblyn knows he has his work cut out in the e-reader market. (Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail) 
The Globe had a good piece this weekend on the history of Kobo.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Fun Friday!

Sick of the cold....are you kid's going out of their mind  with cabin fever? Owlkids has a fun activity kit available for download inspired by A Dog Day For Susan. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

CBC Books Future Canadian Classics

What a fabulous idea! CBC has come up with a list of 20 books that are due to become the next Canadian Classics; books like Fifteen Dogs, The Orenda, etc. I think I now have my summer reading list. :)

Friday, February 12, 2016

A Good Book Drive Arrives in Toronto!

A Good Book Drive was created by Cory Ashworth and Lizzy Karp in 2012. I first came across them in the lobby of the Listel Hotel where we stay during sales conference. The concept is pretty cool: drop off a new kid's book at a number of locations across Toronto this month and they will be donated to The Children's Book Bank. Norm Kelly, George Strombo and a whole bunch of other Torontonians have already participated. Here's where you can drop them off in Toronto:

  • The Children’s Book Bank - 350 Berkeley Street
  • The Scullery - 200 Carlton Street
  • Tiny Record Shop - 804 Queen Street East
  • Dark Horse Espresso - 630 Queen Street East
  • Love Me Do - 50 Lynn Williams Street
  • Type Books - 883 Queen Street West
  • Indie88 -  20 Hanna Avenue
  • Betty’s - 240 King St. East
  • Analogue Gallery - 673 Queen Street West 
  • Doll Factory my Damzels - 394 Roncesvalles Ave & 1122 Queen Street East
  • Reunion Island Coffee Bar - 385 Roncesvalles Ave
  • Town Barber - 1114 Dundas Street West
  • Ella Minnow - 991 Kingston Road
  • Capital Espresso -1349 Queen Street West
What are you waiting for!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

We Have Diverse Books

9781554516865_cover49th Shelf has but together an awesome resource of Canadian Diverse Books.
This is a great resource if you are looking to add to your collections; it has adult as well as kid's books.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Friday Funny!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Be My Bookish Valentine

HarperClassroom, our educator and librarian-focused marketing site, just revealed what might be the cutest Valentine cards ever, featuring the duo from Melvis & Elvis, the Silver Birch Express Award-nominated poetry collection written by Dennis Lee and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard. 

You can download a printable page with all four cards here to share with all the book lovers in your life this Valentine's Day! 

If you need even more bookish Valentine Day card ideas or printable activity sheets, here's a few more links: 

Splat the Cat Valentine Cards


Monday, February 1, 2016

Waterhouse Press

Here is a fascinating article from the NYT, about a VERY successful self published author making it BIG!