Teacher and Librarian Update -- March 2010
In This Issue Latest and Greatest | Recent Awards | Book News | Featured Reviews
My Fave KCP Book | Event Listings | Curriculum Spotlight | Extras: Free Downloads
LATEST AND GREATEST
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.
 
RECENT AWARDS
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program, Nominee – Chester
Society of School Librarians International Book Awards Program, Honor Book – Dracula Madness
Westchester Fiction Award, Winner – Pieces of Me
USBBY Outstanding International Books Honour List
The Imaginary Garden
USBBY Outstanding International Books Honour List
Pieces of Me
Wisconsin’s Golden Archer Children’s Book Award,
Winner – Chester
Grand Canyon Reader Award,
Nominee – Looking Closely Across the Desert
Grand Canyon Reader Award, Nominee – Robots
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
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
BOOK NEWS
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.
Actor Jerry Stiller selects Bagels from Benny
On January 20th, actor Jerry Stiller read Bagels from Benny by Aubrey Davis to a group of 100 children assembled at the Jewish Community Centre in New York City. Jerry Stiller was at the Jewish Community Centre, along with his wife, Ann Meara, to raise awareness for the upcoming launch of The PJ Library® branch in New York City.
FEATURED REVIEWS
“There are plenty of giggles along the way, and the author’s revenge (not to mention Chester’s hiding place for her supplies) will elicit gales of laughter. A must purchase, especially where the first two are loved.”
      — Kirkus starred review of Chester’s Masterpiece
“Simply put, I would’ve loved this book when I was a kid. It would have made me want to be a scientist.”
      — Discover magazine’s blog “Bad Astronomy” review of Evolution
“You don't need to reinvent the wheel for a great detective story, but you do need a terrific sense of style. Jack Lime's got it in spades.”
      — Booklist starred review of The Adventures of Jack Lime
“A nondidactic approach to playing nicely with animals.”
      — Publisher’s Weekly review of Mattoo, Let’s Play!
MY FAVE KCP BOOK
My favourite KCP book is The Imaginary Garden
The Imaginary Garden inspires, informs, and educates through meaningful text and rich, expressive illustrations. There are many ways to use and share the beauty of this stellar picture book. As a bookseller, I recommend it to teachers because it can be used as a springboard for creative Math and Botany units. I recommend it to parents and grandparents because it sensitively addresses the connections shared between generations. A gem.”

Wendy Mason Geoghegan, B.A., M.Ed.
Children's Specialist, Toronto Yorkdale location
Indigo Books & Music Inc.
EVENT LISTINGS
Kids Can Press will be exhibiting at these upcoming conferences.
Public Library Association Conference
Booth #1006
Portland, OR
March 24-26, 2010

Texas Library Association Annual Conference
Booth #2226
San Antonio, TX
April 15-17, 2010

BookExpo America
Booth #2965
New York, NY
May 26-27, 2010

For a complete list of KCP authors in your town click here to visit our most up-to-date event listings.

CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT
The Looking Closely series takes children on a journey of discovery
The Looking Closely series takes children on a journey of discovery through natural environments. Readers are first challenged to guess the identity of each close-up photograph. The next page reveals the entire photography of the plant, animal or natural object accompanied by a simple but detailed description.


Click here for more information about the Looking Closely series .
EXTRAS — FREE DOWNLOADS
Check out the latest FREE downloads:

SCAREDY SQUIRREL EXTRAS
Scaredy Squirrel Stickers
Scaredy Squirrel Storytime Activities
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend Poster
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach Storytime Activities
Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach Poster
Scaredy Squirrel at Night Storytime Activities
Scaredy Squirrel at Night Poster

CITIZENKID TEACHING MATERIALS
How to Build Your Own Country
If the World Were a Village
If America Were a Village
One Hen
Ryan and Jimmy
One Well
Tree of Life

READING LISTS
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.