The White Cat and the Monk named a Best Illustrated book by the New York Times!

White Cat & the Monk

Last year Sidewalk Flowers by JonArno Lawson and illustrator Sydney Smith was named a Best Illustrated Children’s Book by The New York Times Book Review… and one year later Sydney Smith is back on the list! The White Cat and the Monk by Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith was just named a Best Illustrated Book by the New York Times!

Sydney’s “distinctive art . . . falls partway between modernist fairy tale and graphic novel, opening an inviting portal between past and present,” notes Maria Popova.

Congratulations, Jo Ellen and Sydney!


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Written by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Sydney Smith

A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Bán.” With Jo Ellen Bogart’s simple and elegant narration and Sydney Smith’s classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.

 

THREE GROUNDWOOD TITLES SHORTLISTED FOR GOVERNOR GENERAL’S LITERARY AWARDS

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We’re thrilled to announce that three Groundwood authors have been shortlisted for the 2016 Governor General’s Literary Awards! Congratulations to:

Young People’s Literature Calvin, Martine Leavitt

Young People’s Literature— The White Cat and the Monk, Jo Ellen Bogart and Sydney Smith and Tokyo Digs a Garden, Jon-Erik Lappano and Kellen Hatanaka


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Written by Martine Leavitt

In the town of Leamington, Ontario, a seventeen-year-old boy is suddenly stricken by a schizophrenic episode and wakes up in hospital. The boy’s name is Calvin, and he is plagued by hallucinations.

As the hallucinations persist, Calvin comes to believe that the answer lies in performing one grand and incredible gesture.

And so he decides to walk across Lake Erie. In January. The temperatures have been below freezing for weeks. The ice should hold…

The lake, it turns out, is more marvelous, and more treacherous, than Calvin had ever imagined — populated by abandoned cars (joy ride!), ice-fishing eccentrics, psychokiller snow beings, and a not-so-mythical sea witch named Jenny Greenteeth.

Not to mention the man-eating tiger that looms just out of his sight lines as he treks.

But the biggest surprise of all is that Calvin finds himself accompanied by Susie, the girl of his dreams. Or is it his dreams that have conjured up Susie?

Part romance, part adventure story, part quest novel, Martine Leavitt brings her inimitable gentle wit, humor and compassion to a story about a teenaged boy struggling to gain control of his own mind and destiny.


Groundwood Logos Spine The White Cat and the Monk
Written by Jo Ellen Bogart and illustrated by Sydney Smith

A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Bán.” With Jo Ellen Bogart’s simple and elegant narration and Sydney Smith’s classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.


Groundwood Logos Spine Tokyo Digs a Garden
Written by Jon-Erik Lappano and illustrated by 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.


Throwback Thursday: TD Book Award Edition

Fall is always an exciting time for us. It means hot apple cider at our desks, kids heading back to school, and watching some of the books we’ve been working so hard on get released into the wild. And along with all of these wonderful things, fall is also when the Canadian Children’s Book Centre Awards finalists are announced.

This year we are thrilled that two of our books, Any Questions? and Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress, are finalists for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Not only that, but Morris Micklewhite and From There To Here are finalists for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award as well!

You can see the whole list (and it’s a pretty incredible one!) on the Canadian Children’s Book Centre website. We’d like to send out a big congratulations to Marie-Louise Gay, Christine Baldacchino, Isabelle Malenfant, Laurel Croza and Matt James, as well all the other nominees!

All of this excitement reminds us of times when we’ve had the honor of celebrating the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People in the past. In the spirit of Throwback Thursday, here’s a round-up of our award-winning books!


 

TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award

The TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award aims to find the two most distinguished Canadian books of the year for children ages 1 through 12 (in English and French.)

One Year in Coal Harbour by Polly Horvath WINNER 2013
WINNER 2013

Shin-chi's Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell & illustrated by Kim Lafave WINNER 2009
WINNER 2009

Odd Man Out by Sarah Ellis WINNER 2007
WINNER 2007

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WINNER 2006

 

Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction

Canada’s non-fiction books for young people are internationally renowned for the superb quality of their text, illustration and design. The Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction was established by the Fleck Family Foundation and the Canadian Children’s Book Centre on May 17, 1999 to recognize and raise the profile of these exceptional non-fiction books.

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WINNER 2013

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WINNER 2012

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WINNER 2003

 

Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award

The Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award honours excellence in the illustrated picture book format for children ages three to eight, written and illustrated by Canadians and first published in Canada.

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WINNER 2011
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WINNER 2008
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WINNER 2006

 

Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People

The Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People is awarded annually to reward excellence in the writing of an outstanding work of historical fiction for young readers, by a Canadian author.

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WINNER 2006
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WINNER 2005
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WINNER 2004
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WINNER 1993

Anansi and Groundwood news update

The latest from Anansi:

  • Alison Pick’s Far to Go has been presented with the 2010 Words Worthy Award! This award is chosen by the staff of Words Worth Books to honour a book that has been overlooked by Canada’s major literary prizes. From the press release: “We are pleased to announce that in our estimation, Alison Pick’s second novel Far to Go is the finest work of Canadian fiction published in 2010.”
  • The 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award longlist has been announced — and we are proud to have two Anansi books among the 15 excellent Canadian books longlisted for the award. Congratulations to Lisa Moore (February) and Marie-Claire Blais (Rebecca, Born in the Maelstrom)!

On the Groundwood side:

  • Kirkus Reviews has released its 2010 Best Children’s Books list, and we are thrilled to be strongly represented with two Groundwood titles: Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth! (Marie-Louise Gay) and Arroz con leche / Rice Pudding (written by Jorge Argueta and illustrated by Fernando Vilela)! Congratulations to the authors and illustrators.
  • Playhouse Disney and Astral made a special announcement today: the Stella and Sam TV show, based on Marie-Lousie Gay‘s beloved books, will premiere on Sunday, January 9 at 10:30 a.m. EST! Read the full press release for more.
  • Last, but most certainly not least: today is Gordon Lightfoot’s 72nd birthday! We’re celebrating by reading Gordon’s new book, Canadian Railroad Trilogy, a picture book/gift book that is lavishly illustrated by the brilliant and award-winning illustrator Ian Wallace. Happy Birthday, Gord!

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Groundwood Books wins a Governor General’s Literary Award

Bella’s Tree, written by Janet Russell and illustrated by Jirina Marton, has won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature: Illustration!

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Congratulations to both Jirina and Janet for this well-deserved award.

From the jury: “Jirina Marton’s illustrations invite the reader to a winter landscape full of textures and subtle, earthy colour palettes. The Van Gogh-like interior and its warm tones create a holiday season mood that evokes an emotional response. The illustrations are well crafted and capture the imagination and humanity of the everyday lives they portray.”

When asked by the CBC what it took to create Bella’s Tree, Jirina Marton said: “When you are looking at one illustration, it must invite you to turn the page.”

See a sample of Jirina’s page-turning illustrations below!

(The three sample page spreads can be enlarged by clicking. The spreads are not in order of the story.)

Want to give this beautiful book as a holiday gift? Buy it now!

Groundwood/Anansi nominated for seven Forest of Reading Awards!

Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading Awards Nominees

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When Stella Was Very, Very Small by Marie-Louise Gay has been chosen for the 2010 Blue Spruce nominees program (Grade 2).

1226_silverbirch_logo_new Shin-Chi’s Canoe, written by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim LaFave, has been chosen for the 2010 Silver Birch Express nominees Program (Grades 3-4).

Children of War by Deborah Ellis has been chosen for the 2010 Silver Birch Non-Fiction nominees Program (Grades 3-6).

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The Shepherd’s Granddaughter by Anne Laurel Carter has been chosen for the 2010 Red Maple nominees program (Grades 7-8).

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Brave Deeds by Ann Alma has been chosen for the 2010 Golden Oaks nominees program (adult literacy program).

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The Outlander by Gil Adamson has been chosen for the 2010 Evergreen nominees program (adult titles).

Payback by Margaret Atwood has been chosen for the 2010 Evergreen nominees program (adult titles).

Congratulations to all of our fantastic nominees!

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