How to Draw a Pig Puppet by Qin Leng

Qin Leng has received a lot of praise for her beautiful illustrations since the release of Happy Birthday, Alice Babette. Today she is lending her talent to our blog to offer you a drawing tutorial: How to Draw a Pig Puppet, inspired by the puppet theater Alice visits during her walk in the park.

Happy Birthday AliceBabette Drawing Tutorial

 

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Happy Birthday, Alice Babette by Monica KullingQin Leng lives and works as a designer and illustrator in Toronto. She graduated from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and has received many awards for her animated short films and artwork. She has published numerous picture books in Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Sweden, Hong Kong, and South Korea. She has also illustrated for Save the Children and UNICEF. Her newest book is Happy Birthday, Alice Babette, written by Monica Kulling.

Celebrate Earth Day with Toyko Digs a Garden

Happy Earth Day, everyone! Every April 22nd, the world comes together to celebrate the planet we are lucky enough to live on. Here at Groundwood, we’re getting involved by sharing a few spreads from Tokyo Digs a Garden, a thoughtful and inspiring fable of environmentalism and imagination.

Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano & Kellen Hatanaka Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano & Kellen Hatanaka Tokyo Digs a Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano & Kellen Hatanaka
 


Tokyo Digs A Garden by Jon-Erik Lappano & Kellen Hatanaka

Tokyo lives in a small house between giant buildings with his family and his cat, Kevin. For years, highways and skyscrapers have been built up around the family’s house where once there were hills and trees. Will they ever experience the natural world again?

One day, an old woman offers Tokyo seeds, telling him they will grow into whatever he wishes. Tokyo and his grandfather are astonished when the seeds grow into a forest so lush that it takes over the entire city overnight. Soon the whole city has gone wild, with animals roaming where cars once drove. But is this a problem to be surmounted, or a new way of living to be embraced?

With Tokyo Digs a Garden, Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka have created a thoughtful and inspiring fable of environmentalism and imagination.

Enjoy Spring with the Birds from My Book of Birds

To celebrate spring and all the birds that come with it, here’s a sneak peek inside My Book of Birds by Geraldo Valério.

My Book of Birds Spring page


 

My Book of Birds by Geraldo Valério

Geraldo Valério is an artist who loves birds, from majestic Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls to brilliant cardinals and jays to the tiniest of hummingbirds. Here he presents his favorites, with beautiful collage illustrations and brief descriptions that highlight intriguing facts about each one.

The illustrations show a variety of feathered creatures in their natural habitats as they hunt for food, impress their mates, nest, and care for their young. The concise, accessible text provides information ranging from clever techniques for finding food to remarkable physical features to fascinating behaviors. But above all, Geraldo Valério shares his passion for birds in this lovingly created album, inspiring young readers with their beauty and the excitement of discovery.

Includes an introduction, glossary, index and sources for further information.

Enter to win Groundwood Favourites!

Groundwood Favorites Giveaway

We won!

In celebration of being named Best Children’s Publisher of the Year in North America by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, we’re giving away three of our favourite Groundwood titles:

  1. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
  2. Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and Sydney Smith
  3. Any Questions? by Marie-Louise Gay

The contest runs from April 6th to April 20th. A winner will be randomly chosen. Fill out the form below to enter!

New Releases from Groundwood this April

It may be April Fool’s day, but this is no joke. There are several titles coming out this month, all with fun illustrations and beautiful stories.


Super Duper Monster Viewer by Kevin SylvesterSuper Duper Monster Viewer
written and illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
Available: April 1

Imagine that you are holding a device that will allow you to see the monsters that live invisibly all around us. All you have to do is follow the simple instructions and . . . total chaos!

Technology isn’t always easy, and this monster viewer disguised as a book is no exception. If you hold the viewer too high, all you see are the tops of the monsters’ heads. Too low, and all you see are their feet. And things don’t get any better when the monsters themselves try to help out.

Full of puns and visual jokes, Super-Duper Monster Viewer pokes gentle fun at our obsession with technology and the next cool thing.

 


Happy Birthday, Alice Babette by Monica Kulling

Happy Birthday, Alice Babette
by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Qin Leng
Available: April 1

It’s Alice’s birthday! But her friend Gertrude seems to have forgotten. No matter, Alice goes out and enjoys her day just the same. A beautiful spring afternoon in Paris — what could be better? Little does she know that her dear friend has a few surprises up her sleeve.

Inspired by the lives of artist Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas, Monica Kulling’s warm and whimsical narration is perfectly balanced by Qin Leng’s bright and energetic illustrations. This is a sweetly joyful story of love, friendship and creative inspiration.


My Book of Birds by Geraldo Valério

My Book of Birds
written and illustrated by Geraldo Valério
Available: April 5

Geraldo Valério is an artist who loves birds, from majestic Golden Eagles and Snowy Owls to brilliant cardinals and jays to the tiniest of hummingbirds. Here he presents his favorites, with beautiful collage illustrations and brief descriptions that highlight intriguing facts about each one.

The illustrations show a variety of feathered creatures in their natural habitats as they hunt for food, impress their mates, nest, and care for their young. The concise, accessible text provides information ranging from clever techniques for finding food to remarkable physical features to fascinating behaviors. But above all, Geraldo Valério shares his passion for birds in this lovingly created album, inspiring young readers with their beauty and the excitement of discovery.

Includes an introduction, glossary, index and sources for further information.


Go Home Bay by Susan Vande Griek

Go Home Bay
by Susan Vande Griek, illustrated by Pascal Milelli
Available: April 5

In 1914, Tom Thomson spent the summer at a family cottage on Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, where he taught the ten-year-old daughter, Helen, how to paint. Author Susan Vande Griek and illustrator Pascal Milelli have imagined this time through Helen’s eyes, providing an intriguing glimpse into the famous painter’s life.

The story, told in lyrical free verse, has a quiet charm, while the illustrations capture the natural beauty that inspired some of Thomson’s most memorable paintings.

An author’s note provides more information about Tom Thomson’s life.


Kabungo by Rolli

Kabungo
by Rolli, illustrated by Milan Pavlovic
Available: April 5

Ten-year-old Beverly is an ordinary girl with an extraordinary best friend. Her name is Kabungo, and she lives in a cave on Main Street. No one knows where she comes from or who she really is, but life is never dull when Kabungo is around.

Beverly tries to teach her friend about the ways of the modern world — the importance of teeth brushing, understanding strange holidays like Halloween, learning how to read. But Kabungo doesn’t take well to being civilized, and she can be stubborn, bossy, and plain infuriating. Sometimes Beverly gets so mad that she just wants to move to Cincinnati.

Then, just when you least expect it, Kabungo will do something surprising (and when you’re best friends with a cavegirl, you’re not easily surprised).

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