Teacher and Librarian Update • September 2009

Take a look at some of latest and greatest books from our Fall 2009 season, available now from Kids Can Press. Click on the links for more information.

“Spires's mix of sly, dry and slapstick humor in her first graphic novel is perfect.”
      — Kirkus starred review of Binky the Space Cat
“The banter of the first-person dialogue is childlike and exuberant ... Simply charming.”
      — Kirkus starred review of Me and You
“... Fergus has written a character-rich novel about teen talents and ambitions, peer pressure, friendship, and priorities ...”
      — Booklist review of Recipe for Disaster
“... an entertaining read on a subject that will interest any youngster who ever wondered what it would be like to be in charge of an entire nation.”
      — Quill & Quire review of How to Build Your Own Country

Readers will get a close look at animals in their natural habitats with
Who Lives Here?

A combination of realistic illustrations and intriguing facts makes this series a perfect additional resource for classroom units on animals and a great read for wildlife enthusiasts.

Click HERE for more information about the Who Lives Here? series.


Check out the latest FREE downloads:

The Delicious Bug
Binky the Space Cat

If America Were a Village
How to Build Your Own Country
My Name Is Henry Bibb
My Name Is Phillis Wheatley

Snowy Sports Poster
Have I Got a Book for You Poster
Have I Got a Book for You Bookmark
If America Were a Village Poster


Want more free downloads? The Kids Can Press website has teaching materials, printable sticker pages, storytime suggestions, posters and many more free EXTRAS. When searching for a book, look under the EXTRAS section (far left of the page) to see what downloads are available for that particular title.


Scaredy Squirrel Gets Plushy at ALA
MerryMakers, known for their quality toys and dolls based on beloved children’s book characters, presented the new Scaredy Squirrel plush at the American Library Association Annual Conference this past July. The new 12” hand puppet attracted the most attention of any from show attendees, in the form of excited squeals and gentle hugs. The Scaredy Squirel puppet is currently available for purchase from the MerryMakers website.

Before The Delicious Bug there was Dinner for Two
One of Kids Can Press’s new Fall books, The Delicious Bug by Janet Perlman, did not originally start out as a book idea. Its first incarnation was as an animated short called Dinner for Two that gained critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the First Prize for Best Animation Film given by both the Children’s Jury and the Adult Jury at the 1997 International Children’s Film Festival in Chicago.

Like the original animated short, The Delicious Bug presents a humorous look at the importance of peacefully resolving conflict. Click HERE to enjoy a clip of the animated short that inspired the book.

Launch of CitizenKid: Making Global Issues Kid-Sized
In June, Kids Can Press hosted an event in Toronto to celebrate the launch of CitizenKid, a collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. CitizenKid authors Katie Smith Milway (One Hen) and Rochelle Strauss (One Well, Tree of Life) were on-hand to speak with guests from the book trade, the institutional community and philanthropic organizations. Guests had a chance to learn more about this exciting new publishing initiative and meet these acclaimed authors.


Star Jumper: Journal of a Cardboard Genius

Written and illustrated by Frank Asch

Perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid ready for something a bit more out of this world, this first book in the Journals of a Cardboard Genius series is a great readalike. Packed with cosmically hilarious adventures, readers can follow the antics of genius inventor Alex and his little brother, Jonathan.


My Favorite KCP book is Chester’s Back!

“When I'm looking for the same kind of chuckle Junie B. Jones or Amelia Bedelia give me, Chester's my man. Mélanie always adds the right twist to the end of the story to put him in his place ... uh oh, Mélanie, watch out! Chester's armed (with a red marker) and dangerous!!!! Meow!”

Stephanie Bange
Educational Resource Center
Wright State University

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