Celebrate Pride with Morris Micklewhite

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress is a story about the courage it can take to be yourself, and it is a celebration of the joy that comes from being exactly who you want to be. If you haven’t already shared this picture book with a child in your life, then Pride Month is the perfect time to pick it up.


 “Baldacchino treats the tricky and controversial subject of expected gender behaviors and bullying with care and compassion, employing language and tone that avoid histrionics or preaching.” – Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

 “The message here – that it is not only okay but important to be yourself, and to support others in doing likewise – is of great significance.” – Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

“Baldacchino’s gentle story sensitively depicts gender nonconforming children, offering them reassurance and, one hopes, acceptance by introducing other children to the concept.” – Booklist


Morris likes lots of things about school. He likes to paint. He likes to do puzzles. He likes the apple juice at snack time and singing the loudest during circle time.

Most of all, Morris likes the dress-up center.
And the tangerine dress.
Morris likes the color of the dress.
It reminds him of tigers, the sun and his mother’s hair.

He likes the noises the dress makes — swish, swish, swish when he walks and crinkle, crinkle, crinkle when he sits down. He takes turns wearing all the different shoes but his favorite ones go click, click, click across the floor.


Morris Micklewhite


Morris Micklewhite

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressAbout Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are for girls. And Morris certainly isn’t welcome in the spaceship some of his classmates are building. Astronauts, they say, don’t wear dresses.

One day when Morris feels all alone, and sick from the taunts of his classmates, his mother lets him stay home from school. Morris reads about elephants, and puts together a puzzle, and dreams of a fantastic space adventure with his cat, Moo.

Inspired by his dream, Morris paints the incredible scene he saw, and brings it with him to school. He builds his own spaceship, hangs his painting on the front of it and takes two of his classmates on an outer space adventure.

With warm, dreamy illustrations, Isabelle Malenfant perfectly captures Morris’s vulnerability and the vibrancy of his imagination. This is a sweetly told story about the courage and creativity it takes to be different.

Happy First Day of Summer!

Ahh, summer. Weekends at the cottage, campfires, swimming… there is just so much to do! Why not spend it reading This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki? Today, on this beautiful first day of summer, we have some illustrations to get you excited for the warm days to come.

This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

 This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki About This One Summer
Rose and Windy are summer friends whose families have visited Awago Beach for as long as they can remember. But this year is different, and they soon find themselves tangled in teen love and family crisis. From the creators of Skim comes an investigation into the mysterious world of adults.

Sure, Rose’s dad is still making cheesy and embarrassing jokes, but her mother is acting like she doesn’t even want to be there. Plus, being at the cottage isn’t just about going to the beach anymore. Now Rose and Windy are spending a lot of their time renting scary movies and spying on the teenagers who work at the corner store, as well as learning stuff about sex no one mentioned in health class.

Pretty soon everything is messed up. Rose’s father leaves the cottage and returns to the city, and her mother becomes more and more withdrawn. While her family is falling to pieces, Rose focuses her attention on Dunc, a teenager working at the local corner store. When Jenny, Dunc’s girlfriend, claims to be pregnant, the girls realize that the teenagers are keeping just as many secrets as the adults in their lives.

No one seems to want to talk about the things that matter. When the tension between Dunc and Jenny boils over, Jenny makes a desperate and destructive move and Rose’s mother is galvanized into action. In the aftermath, nothing is completely resolved, but secrets have been aired, which means that things are at least a bit better for everyone. For Rose and Windy, the end of summer brings the realization that, while Awago Beach might always be the same, they have both been changed forever.

From Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, creators of the multi-award-winning graphic novel Skim, comes a stunning and authentic story of friendship, illustrated with subtly heart-breaking moments and pure summer joy.

Have a Perfect Day with Pinny in Summer

Have a perfect day by checking out these stunning spreads from Pinny in Summer, written by Joanne Schwartz and illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. What’s Pinny’s idea of a perfect day, you ask? Pinny and her friends spend their day watching clouds, picking wild blueberries and enjoying a picnic.

Pinny in Summer
Pinny in Summer
Pinny in Summer


Pinny in Summer

This engaging story, told in chapter-like episodes, follows Pinny on a long, lazy summer day. As sunshine turns to rain and back to sun again, Pinny searches for a wishing rock, watches clouds, picks wild blueberries, feeds a seagull, and bakes a cake to share with her friends.

An ideal book for children beginning to make the jump to independent reading, Pinny in Summer demonstrates the joy young people find in nature and an unstructured life. Pinny is allowed to explore her world freely, and her small setbacks and triumphs will be familiar to every child.

With charming illustrations by Isabelle Malenfant and a spare, poetic text from author Joanne Schwartz, Pinny in Summer is a bright and inviting picture book that captures all the delight of a perfect summer day.

Reviews of Flannery by Lisa Moore

The wait is finally over. Flannery by Lisa Moore is now available for purchase at houseofanansi.com! Though she is known for her award-winning literary novels, Moore’s new venture is in YA fiction with Groundwood Books. And, similar to her past work, there has been tons of coverage and reviews leading up to the release. Here are just a few of the great things being said about Flannery:

Star Review“Smart, bold, heartbreaking—sophisticated teen readers will be wowed.” Kirkus, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“FLANNERY is perfectly planted in the sweet spot of YA writing. It’s good for the smart literary teen and the teen who plows through salacious bestsellers. It’s also for the adult who wants to remember how hard and how beautiful it was to be a teenager. This one is highly recommended.” Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“An engaging story and strong purchase with some valuable lessons about love, friendship, and growing up.” School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Star Review“More than a teen romance, this poignant, intimate novel is a thoughtful, mature exploration of the joys — and hazards — of love of all sorts.” Horn Book, STARRED REVIEW

“Moore’s vivid writing and keen understanding of interpersonal dynamics bring this to life.” Booklist

“The book will appeal to fans of contemporary romance as well as realistic fiction. The strong sense of place gives Flannery a particularly Canadian flavour, but the universal themes will make it relevant to high school students everywhere. A fast-moving, engaging novel, Flannery is a must for high school libraries. Highly recommended.” Canadian Review of Materials

“Thoughtful readers who appreciated ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell . . . will find much to love in FLANNERY.” VOYA Magazine

“Flannery remains precocious and independent, a pragmatic heroine with a fierce attitude, quiet patience, and indomitable survival instinct.” Publishers Weekly

Flannery by Lisa Moore

Sixteen-year-old Flannery Malone has it bad. She’s been in love with Tyrone O’Rourke since the days she still believed in Santa Claus. But Tyrone has grown from a dorky kid into an outlaw graffiti artist, the rebel-with-a-cause of Flannery’s dreams, literally too cool for school.

Which is a problem, since he and Flannery are partners for the entrepreneurship class that she needs to graduate. And Tyrone’s vanishing act may have darker causes than she realizes.

Tyrone isn’t Flannery’s only problem. Her mother, Miranda, can’t pay the heating bills, let alone buy Flannery’s biology book. Her little brother, Felix, is careening out of control. And her best-friend-since-forever, Amber, has fallen for a guy who is making her forget all about the things she’s always cared most about — Flannery included — leading Amber down a dark and dangerous path of her own.

When Flannery decides to make a love potion for her entrepreneurship project, rumors that it actually works go viral, and she suddenly has a hot commodity on her hands. But a series of shattering events makes her realize that real-life love is far more potent — and potentially damaging — than any fairy-tale prescription.

Written in Lisa Moore’s exuberant and inimitable style, Flannery is by turns heartbreaking and hilarious, empowering and harrowing — often all on the same page. It is a novel whose spell no reader will be able to resist.

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

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).

An amazing new book: The Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina

Written by Fatima Sharafeddine, illustrated by Intelaq Mohammed Ali

Born in Persia more than a thousand years ago, Ibn Sina was one of the greatest thinkers of his time — a philosopher, scientist and physician who made significant discoveries, especially in the field of medicine, and wrote more than one hundred books.

As a child, Ibn Sina was extremely bright, a voracious reader who loved to learn and was fortunate to have the best teachers. He memorized the Qur’an by the age of ten and completed his medical studies at sixteen. He spent his life traveling, treating the sick, seeking knowledge through research, and writing about his discoveries. He came up with new theories in the fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy and education. His most famous work is The Canon of Medicine, a collection of books that were used for teaching in universities across the Islamic world and Europe for centuries.

Ibn Sina’s story, told in the first person and beautifully illustrated, provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the great intellects of the past.

The Slippers’ Keeper: The Story of the Purdon Conservation Area


The Slippers’ Keeper by Ian Wallace tells the story of Joe Purdon, a boy who didn’t much like to work on his family farm. As soon as his chores were done, Joe would take his dog, Laddie, and explore his family’s 300 acres in Eastern Ontario.

It was on one of those walks that Joe stumbled upon a cluster of eight very rare wild orchids called the Showy Lady’s Slipper. Joe knew from studying them in school how delicate these plants were. They needed the perfect balance of sun and shade, just the right amount of water in the soil, and lots of bees to pollinate the plants in order to survive. And even if all their needs were met, it could take up to fifteen years for the plants to bloom. Joe had stumbled on a rare bit of land that was uniquely suited to growing these precious plants — and it was on his own farm.


Joe dedicated himself to caring for that patch of orchids, cutting away scrub and brush, chasing away hungry deer, and gently nudging seeds from the pods into the earth to take root. He grew up and grew old on that farm, and by the end of his life, that patch of eight orchids had grown to thousands. After his death, his family honored his wish and entrusted sixteen thousand Showy Lady’s Slippers to the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority. You can visit the Purdon Conservation Area to this day.


Ian Wallace has had a distinguished career as an author and illustrator of picture books, publishing such classics as Chin Chiang and the Dragon’s Dance, Boy of the Deeps, The Huron CarolCanadian Railroad Trilogy by Gordon Lightfoot and Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling. He has won the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award and the IODE Violet Downey Book Award. He has also been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award and the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. Ian lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife, Deb.

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