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.