Fall in Love with The King of the Birds

Love is in the air! It’s Valentine’s Day and we’re celebrating with The King of the Birds.

In The King of the Birds, inspired by the life of Flannery O’Connor, a young fan of fowl brings home a peacock to be the king of her collection, but he refuses to show off his colorful tail. The girl goes to great lengths to encourage the peacock to display his plumage — she throws him a party, lets him play in the fig tree, feeds him flowers and stages a parade — all to no avail.

Then she finally stumbles on the perfect solution. When she introduces the queen of the birds — a peahen — to her collection, the peacock immediately displays his glorious shimmering tail. This delightful story, full of humor and heart, celebrates the legacy of a great American writer.

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Natalie Nelson, illustrator behind The King of the Books and forthcoming Uncle Holland, made The King of the Birds colouring sheets that’ll make you swoon. Download both sheets below and colour to your heart’s content!

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The King of the BirdsIn The King of the Birds, inspired by the life of Flannery O’Connor, a young fan of fowl brings home a peacock to be the king of her collection, but he refuses to show off his colorful tail. The girl goes to great lengths to encourage the peacock to display his plumage — she throws him a party, lets him play in the fig tree, feeds him flowers and stages a parade — all to no avail.

This delightful story, full of humor and heart, celebrates the legacy of a great American writer.

Includes an author’s note about Flannery O’Connor.

Free eBook Preview: Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski

Watching Traffic by Jane OzkowskiJane Ozkowski works in the office at a motorcycle driving school, and although she does not have a motorcycle, she does have her license in case she needs to make a quick getaway. Watching Traffic is her first novel. Lucky for you, we have a free eBook preview, available now!

About Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski

Emily has finally finished high school in the small town where she has lived her whole life. At last, she thinks, her adult life can begin.

But what if you have no idea what you want your new life to look like? What then?

While Lincoln gets ready to go backpacking in Australia, Melissa packs for university on the east coast, and a new guy named Tyler provides welcome distraction, Emily wonders whether she will end up working forever at Pamela’s Country Catering, cutting the crusts off party sandwiches and stuffing mushrooms. Is this her future? Being known forever as the local girl whose mother abandoned her in the worst way possible all those years ago? Visiting her spacey grandmother, watching nature shows on TV with her dad and hanging out with Robert the grocery clerk? Listening to the distant hum of the highway leading out of the town everyone can’t wait to leave?

With poetic prose and a keen eye for the quirks and ironies of small-town life, Jane Ozkowski captures the bittersweet uncertainty of that weird, unreal summer after high school — a time that is full of possibility and completely terrifying at the same time.

Watching Traffic is forthcoming from Groundwood Books on August 1st, 2016.

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Bear’s Honey Ginger Cookies Recipe by Deborah Hodge

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy some nice homemade cookies, right? And why would you want to wait for the September 1st release of Bear’s Winter Party to make a batch of Bear’s Honey Ginger Cookies? Luckily for you, we have the recipe by Deborah Hodge available a little early.

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Bear's Winter Party by Deborah HodgeAbout Bear’s Winter Party
Bear loves his forest home, but sometimes he gets lonely. It’s hard being the biggest animal around. As the days grow shorter and autumn turns to winter, Bear springs into action and comes up with a festive plan to make friends with all the other forest creatures.

Bear makes invitations for all the other forest animals, inviting them to a winter party in his den. He decorates his home and lights a roaring fire, and bakes delicious treats for the creatures he hopes will soon become his friends. But as the night grows dark, Bear worries that his forest neighbors may be too frightened to come. Just when he is about to give up hope, Bear spots Deer peeking out from behind a tree…

Written by award-winning author Deborah Hodge, Bear’s Winter Party is brought to life with exuberant illustrations by Lisa Cinar. Together they have created a story that is at once timeless, tender and true.

Free eBook Preview: A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy

A Boy Named Queen eBook Preview In honour of pride month, we have a free eBook Preview for A Boy Named Queen, the latest novel from Sara Cassidy, available for download.

About A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy

Evelyn is both aghast and fascinated when a new boy comes to grade five and tells everyone his name is Queen. Queen wears shiny gym shorts and wants to organize a chess/environment club. His father plays weird loud music and has tattoos.

How will the class react? How will Evelyn?

Evelyn is an only child with a strict routine and an even stricter mother. And yet in her quiet way she notices things. She takes particular notice of this boy named Queen. The way the bullies don’t seem to faze him. The way he seems to live by his own rules. When it turns out that they take the same route home from school, Evelyn and Queen become friends, almost against Evelyn’s better judgment. She even finds Queen irritating at times. Why doesn’t he just shut up and stop attracting so much attention to himself?

Yet he is the most interesting person she has ever met. So when she receives a last-minute invitation to his birthday party, she knows she must somehow persuade her mother to let her go, even if it means ignoring the No Gifts request and shopping for what her mother considers to be an appropriate gift, appropriately wrapped with “boy” wrapping paper.

Her visit to Queen’s house opens Evelyn’s eyes to a whole new world, including an unconventional goody bag (leftover potato latkes wrapped in waxed paper and a pair of barely used red sneakers). And when it comes time for her to take something to school for Hype and Share, Evelyn suddenly looks at her chosen offering — her mother’s antique cream jug — and sees new and marvelous possibilities.

A Boy Named Queen is forthcoming from Groundwood Books on August 1st, 2016.

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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.

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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.

Arr! Celebrate International Talk Like A Pirate Day with Buddy and Earl!

Ahoy, mateys!

It’s that special day of the year when all the the land lubbers at Groundwood are in full-on pirate mode. On Talk Like a Pirate Day — and every day — there is nothing like a good friend with a great imagination to make any adventure especially fun.

But a nice hat doesn’t hurt either. Which is why we’ve partnered up with our favourite dog-and-hedgehog team to put together a free guide to help you make a special pirate hat all your own.

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Draw a Cat with Qin Leng!

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9781554984930_largeQin 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 Song For a Summer Night, written by Robert Heidbreder.

Make a Magical Comic with Willow Dawson

This weekend the Groundwood crew and some of our creators will be at the Toronto Comics Arts Festival. TCAF is a week-long celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators, which culminates in a two-day exhibition and vendor fair featuring hundreds of comics creators from around the world. Other festival events include readings, interviews, panels, workshops, gallery shows, art installations and much more.

In 2003, TCAF’s first year, 600 members of the public attended. Last year, just over a decade later, 22,000 people filed through the Toronto Reference Library to meet their favorite artists.

If you can’t be in Toronto this weekend, there’s no reason why you can’t celebrate comics too. That’s why Willow Dawson (illustrator of Avis Dolphin) made a special printable workbook just for you! Click on the cover to download it.

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We have lots of downloadable goodies on our website for parents, teachers, and librarians. Check out all our downloadables here.

Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday — download this desktop background

In honour of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, we are happy to offer you this glimpse of the Promised Land, along with our sincere hope that 2014 will bring us all a bit closer to the mountaintop.

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Download this Desktop Background

Illustration copyright © Manu Chitrakar from I See the Promised Land: A Life of Martin Luther King Jr., written by Arthur Flowers.

 

 

 

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