Teacher and Librarian Update -- January 2010
In This Issue Latest and Greatest | Recent Awards | Book News | Featured Reviews
My Fave KCP Book | Event Listings | Curriculum Spotlight | Extras: Free Downloads
Take a look at some of the latest and greatest books from our Spring 2010 season, available soon from Kids Can Press. Click on the links for more information.
Governor General’s Literary Award, French to English Translation, Winner – Pieces of Me
Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration, Nominee – The Imaginary Garden
Information Book Award, Honour Book –
Robots: From Everyday to Out of This World
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction – The Landing
The BC Achievement Foundation’s Time to Read Award, winner – Chester
Silver Birch Award, Nominee – You Are Weird
Blue Spruce, Nominee – Stanley’s Beauty Contest
Golden Oak, Nominee – One Hen
White Pine, Nominee –The Landing
Red Cedar Award, Nominee – Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
Red Cedar Award, Nominee – Factory Girl
Red Cedar Award, Nominee – The Kids Book of Canada at War
Cybils, Nominee – Scaredy Squirrel at Night
Cybils, Nominee – Binky the Space Cat
Cybils, Nominee – If America Were a Village
Cybils, Nominee – The Lady of Shalott
Free Scaredy Squirrel / Chester Book Bag with Purchase
Get a free Scaredy Squirrel / Chester book bag with the purchase of any Kids Can Press books totaling $39 or more. Offer available only at www.kidscanpress.com while quantities last. Enter promo code WATTBAG10 at checkout.
Two New Faces at Kids Can Press
This fall brought two new faces to Kids Can Press. Joining the marketing team are Naseem Hrab as our Institutional Marketing Manager and Erin Winzer as our Publicist. Naseem comes to us from the Canadian Children’s Book Centre where she was their librarian. Her favourite Kids Can Press book is Stormy Night. Erin comes to us from The Dundurn Group where she was their publicist since 2007. Her favourite Kids Can Press book is Binky the Space Cat. We are delighted to welcome them to Kids Can Press.
A First in Canadian Publishing — Pieces of Me Wins the Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation
Kids Can Press is proud to announce that Susan Ouriou’s translation of the children’s book Pieces of Me has won the 2009 Governor General’s Literary Award for Translation (French to English). This represents the first time a children’s book has been awarded this honour in the Translation category. This was Susan’s third nomination in the Translation category. Originally published in French as La liberté? Connais pas... by Charlotte Gingras, the original publication won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature — Text in 1999. Susan Ouriou received her award from Governor General Michaëlle Jean on Thursday, November 26 at a presentation ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

In addition to garnering this award, Kids Can Press illustrator Irene Luxbacher was shortlisted for a Governor General’s Award in the Children’s Literature — Illustration category for the book The Imaginary Garden.
Scaredy Squirrel supports the Love of Reading Foundation
On November 24, Kids Can Press and Indigo Books & Music hosted an in-store event in Toronto to celebrate their partnership to support the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation, to raise awareness and funds to help put books back into the hands of less privileged Canadian children. Children from a local Love of Reading school had the chance to hear Mélanie Watt read from Scaredy Squirrel and pose for photographs with the author-illustrator. Throughout the holidays an exclusive Scaredy Squirrel box set was available for purchase from Indigo, Chapters and select Coles stores across Canada. Proceeds from the box set, which included a 12” Scaredy Squirrel hand puppet and the first book from the Scaredy Squirrel series, went to Indigo’s Love of Reading Foundation. Click here if you would like to learn more about the Love of Reading Foundation.
An "Out of this World" Puppet Show
Join author Jacob Berkowitz for a 30-minute, interactive, theatrical-style puppet show, based on his new book Out of This World: The Amazing Search for an Alien Earth. Ambrosia the alien is lost, and needs our help to find her way home. Join the search for an alien Earth and help this ET go home! The show introduces audiences to the present-day search for exoplanets in a fun and entertaining way.

Jacob will be doing a tour of Toronto area schools and libraries the week of April 12–16. If you would like to book an appearance during this week please contact him at jb@jacobberkowitz.com.
Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Rebagliati reads Snowy Sports at Vancouver Chapters
On February 6, just in time for the world’s celebration of winter sports, Olympic Gold Medalist Ross Rebagliati will be reading from Snowy Sports (Robson & Howe location) as part of the special children’s in-store activities at Chapters in the Greater Vancouver area. Definitely a gold-medal winning combination!
“In New York City, streets are 85% of the public space — so they play a big role in the look and feel of the city. Watch This Space is a great resource for both teens and adults because it looks at and asks hard questions about what it truly means for something to be public space, and why it’s increasingly important to value our public places — whether they are streets, parks or civic buildings.”
      Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation on Watch This Space
“Just the right mix of silly and sweet, combined with crisp illustrations and a purposefully limited color palette, make this a terrific read for children and their parents.”
      — School Library Journal review of Binky the Space Cat
“In all it’s a wonderfully integrated package about friendship, competition and the celebration of difference.”
      — Kirkus starred review of The Legend of Ninja Cowboy Bear
“Oldland’s rustic-style digital artwork looks like a hip flannel pajama print ... and his pictures play sly comic foil to the earnest text.”
      — Publisher’s Weekly review of Big Bear Hug
My Favourite KCP book is If the World Were a Village
“From the moment I opened If the World Were a Village, I was won over by its simple concept of describing the world in terms children could understand and give it to every teacher who comes to the library. This beautiful book brings the world and its issues closer to children and fosters understanding and compassion. I love it!”

Theo Heras
Children's Literature Specialist
Lillian H. Smith Library
Toronto Public Library
Kids Can Press will be exhibiting at these upcoming conferences.
Reading For the Love of It
Booth #601
Toronto, ON
February 11–12, 2010

Ontario Library Association Superconference
Booth #310
Toronto, ON
February 24–26, 2010

For a complete list of KCP authors in your town click here to visit our most up-to-date event listings.
The Have You Ever Seen series uses Human–Animal Comparisons
The Have You Ever Seen series uses human–animal comparisons to teach primary-level children about animals. Each informational picture book features a variety of animals and insects familiar to children, such as ants, chimpanzees and elephants. Along with read-aloud-friendly text and bright colours, each book also contains an activity suitable for home or classroom to summarize the lessons learned.

Click here for more information about the Have You Ever Seen series.
Check out the latest FREE downloads:

Chester’s Masterpiece
A Paddling of Ducks
Willow’s Whispers
Snowy Sports

Girl in the Know
Watch This Space

Chester’s Masterpiece Poster
Snowy Sports Poster
Girl in the Know Tip Sheet for Moms

CitizenKid — discussion questions and activities
Early Chapter Books and Graphic Novels

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.

Kids Can Press acknowledges the following organizations for their ongoing financial support: