Sidewalk Flowers Now Translated in 15 Different Languages

Sidewalk Flowers, conceived by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith, has now been translated into fifteen different languages. While impending translations (Simplified Chinese, Farsi and Vietnamese) have yet to arrive at the office, we wrangled together the twelve we had on hand at Groundwood HQ:

ENGLISH (Special Edition for Syrian refugees)
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CZECH
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FRENCH (Québécois)
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ENGLISH (UK)
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GERMAN
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PORTUGUESE
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CHINESE (Complex)
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JAPANESE
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FRENCH (Parisian)
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DUTCH
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KOREAN
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MEXICAN SPANISH
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You’ll want to read this classic 101 times

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Celebrating its 30th year in print, now back in hardcover, a classic picture book from renowned author and illustrator Jan Ormerod.

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What do you do with a new baby? An imaginative older sister and her parents explore this question in this sweet and authentic depiction of a day in the life of a young family.

Whether Big Sister is feeding, entertaining or dressing her baby brother (in Mom’s hat or Dad’s shoes!), Jan Ormerod illustrates a warm, and occasionally challenging story of family, perfect for older siblings getting to know their new brothers or sisters.

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Originally published in 1984, this book is a timeless depiction of family life and the important role older siblings play.

The big unveil: our Girls with Grit contest cover

Groundwood Books’ Girls With Grit novels share real girls’ voices, and their stories, from North America and around the world. In these books, ordinary girls overcome obstacles, make their voices heard, and stand up for what they believe in.

In 2012, Groundwood partnered  with Figment, an online community for people who love to share their writing, connect with others who like to read, and discover new stories and authors. This partnership was driven by the desire to seek out stories written by teens that reflected their view of the world — demonstrating that every girl is capable of amazing feats of grit.

Figment and Groundwood received hundreds of entries to their Girls with Grit contest, but one stood out from the rest. Told from the point of view of a young woman at odds with her own mind, Phoebe demonstrates how friendship and personal strength can be harnessed to allow a person to overcome great obstacles.

Groundwood is proud to present the cover for Maya Lannen’s Phoebe. Watch our blog for a special e-book edition of Maya’s story, available next week.

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Looking at Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2011, an Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Honour Book, and finalist for the Governor General's Award: Children's Illustration and Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards: Picture Book  <i>Migrant</i> by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Migrant by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
A New York Times Book Review choice as one of the 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2011 ∙ Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award Honour Book ∙ Finalist for the Governor General’s Award (Illustration) ∙ Finalist for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award

In a good world, I will be on vacation when you read this post. We rent a cottage near Point Pelee National Park, which is a gorgeous part of Canada. We are able to buy the most incredible produce there because of all the farms nearby, but not until I saw Migrant, written by Maxine Trottier and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, did I really think about the Mexican temporary workers who make this bounty possible. It’s something we should all think about.

— Sheila Barry, Publisher of Groundwood Books

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Northwest Passage and that new-book smell

Hot off the press: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers, illustrated with pictures and commentary by Matt James, available September 2013.

Hot off the press: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers, with pictures and commentary by Matt James, available September 2013.

When publishing people get together, we always talk about the same thing. Sure, we might start off with an analysis of world events or a friendly argument about what we’re going to order for dinner. But sooner or later, we always get around to that one really important question: what’s your favourite stage in the process of making a book?

Editors might tell people that the very best part comes early. It could be the “made your day” moment of telling an author that her book is going to be published, or the first glimpse of rough sketches that makes a picture book seem finally real. But, honestly, everyone who works in publishing agrees that nothing, simply nothing, can compare to the first time you hold a finished book in your hands. To help you experience that feeling for yourselves, here is a sneak peek of a fall 2013 title that had people in our office jumping up and down (for real!) last Friday. I’m only sorry that I can’t figure out how to share that new-book smell with you via cyberspace.

— Sheila Barry, Publisher of Groundwood Books

(Psst: for more behind-the-scenes photos, check out Groundwood on Instagram. Anansi is on Instagram too.)

Hot off the press: Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers, with pictures and commentary by Matt James, available September 2013.

Some spreads from Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers, with pictures and commentary by Matt James, available September 2013.

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