Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Thursday, July 23, 2015
This is a somewhat dubious yet somehow flattering list that Toronto Public Library has put together; our very own Robert Munsch tops the list of authors most likely to be stolen, never returned or simply misplaced. "I am happy to see that thieves like my books and will continue to try to serve the needs of the reading underworld,” said Munsch, taking the news rather well. For more on this check out the Star's article.
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Dinosaurs—The Grand Tour (779212) Jurassic World had the highest-grossing box office opening weekend in US history and has continued strong at the box office—and that’s driving strong sales of our book. Sales anecdote: Jack Horner, who contributed field notes for the book (super-helpful for anyone who wants to go dino-hunting in North America), was the inspiration for the character of Dr. Alan Grant in the original Jurassic Park.
Friday, July 10, 2015
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Saturday, June 27, 2015
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Monday, June 8, 2015
If you enjoyed GONE GIRL, you will enjoy reading this Dewey Pick from my spring list -
The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlor
Publication date: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Algonquin BooksReviewed in Toronto Star, “A Love, and Woman, Lost”, May 31, 2015
FUN HOME - a favourite backlist title from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - won big last night at the Tonys, taking home five awards, including Best Musical! Author Alison Bechdel was on stage to share in the glory!
Tony Awards for FUN HOME
BEST DIRECTION OF A MUSICAL – SAM GOLD
BEST PERFORMANCE BY A LEADING ACTOR IN A MUSICAL – MICHAEL CERVERIS
BEST BOOK OF A MUSICAL – LISA KRON
BEST ORIGINAL SCORE – JEANINE TESORI AND LISA KRON
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
The Little Prince has been adapted to FILM and will release in December. Here is some advance media coverage.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Publication date: Oct. 6, 2015
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
First reports from Cannes on The Little Prince movie are in, and the response overall have been very good.
- The Playlist: http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/cannes-review-the-little-prince-is-a-visually-glorious-and-extremely-moving-adaptation-of-the-childrens-classic-20150522
- Hollywood Reporter: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/little-prince-le-petit-prince-797581
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
An Unlikely Story opens on May 30th. The NYT did an awesome profile of the store and the work behind it. I did not know that a number of other authors such as Larry McMurtry and Louise Erdrich had also taken the same path. Click here for the full story!
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 4, 2015
Really interesting behind-the-scenes video of how twin brothers Jack and Holman Wang created the felt characters and scenery from the super fun Star Wars Epic Yarns books!
Friday, May 1, 2015
Authors For Indies has a complete listing of who is where. Kidsbooks has a food truck from Vij's! Susan Juby, Dav Pilkey, Dennis Lee...over 400 authors will be out and about...what are you waiting for?
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
In the age of social media we, as a society, have become obsessed with sharing our experiences with the world. But when we're trying to capture that perfect instagrammable moment, we tend to miss out on truly experiencing that moment for ourselves.
Christina Cook, author of The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World, was recently on CBC's The Current to discuss the benefits of "unplugging" from social media and experiencing life from beyond a phone screen.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The folks at Kirkus have given Wild Ideas a starred review, calling it "a work that will be read and examined again and again, with something new to be discovered at every turn. Profound and entirely wonderful."
You can head on over to the Owlkids website to check out podcasts on the science behind the book, learn more about the creators, and watch cool videos!
Friday, April 10, 2015
Personally I am a big fan of lists; normally they come at the end of the year with everyone's round ups and my reading pile grows ever so much bigger. The BBC asked a number of critics, authors and those who know to come up with the greatest children's books of all time. There really are not any surprises here; I think we should assume that these are 11 of the greatest kids books and I personally think it would be more interesting to see what the next 11 are...I bet they are a more diverse selection.
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
Rob Biddulph has won the 2015 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize with his debut picture book Blown Away. The book, which also won the best illustrated book category, is only the second picture book to take home the £5000 Waterstones prize.
It's the perfect book for spring, featuring a windy day, a brand-new kite and an unexpected flight that leads a penguin off on an adventure! Check out this fun short video that introduces some of the new friends this fearless penguin meets along the way!
Friday, March 20, 2015
Why? Here's what he has to say: "Bookstores have always been such a big part of my life and my wife’s life, and we wanted to do something about it. We wanted to provide our kids and our community with a place where they could be exposed to new ideas, cultural events, and other people who love to read. This is not a vanity project. I think a lot of people are expecting me to create a Wimpy world, but we don’t want that. That wouldn’t serve the community very well. The reason that we wanted to create a bookstore in our town of Plainville is because, quite frankly, I feel angry that so many bookstores have gone away."
Read the full story over on The Telegraph!
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
British illustrator Johanna Basford's whimsical adult colouring books, Secret Garden and Enchanted Forest, have sold over one million copies worldwide! ONE. MILLION. COPIES. These colouring books have been so successful that they've been translated in 14 languages all across the world. Check out the full story over at The Daily Mail.