Gold-Medal Olympic Reads from Groundwood

The 2016 Rio Olympics are underway! While the athletes are going for gold on the running track, we’re taking it a bit easier and going for gold with a reading marathon. If you’re looking for Olympic-themed reads for kids, we have a few gold-medal picks worth exploring:

Swimming, Swimming by Gary Clement

Swimming, Swimming by Gary Clement

Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

The illustrations show a young boy and his friends spending a carefree day at the neighborhood pool. We see them walk to the pool together, change into their trunks and then spend hours swimming, cavorting, splashing and diving. The pool is full of moms, dads, other kids and babies, all enjoying a chance to cool off on a hot summer day. The boy returns home, tired but happy, and falls asleep holding onto his goggles in anticipation of another delightful day at the pool.

Includes a short explanation of the hand gestures for the song and a link to a video demonstration.


Jimmy the Greatest! Written by Jairo Buitrago, Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

Jimmy the Greatest! by Jairo Buitrago
Illustrated by Rafael Yockteng

Listed as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2012 by Kirkus, honored with the Horn Book Fanfare, and selected for the School Library Journal’s 100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2012

Jimmy lives in a small town by the sea where there is just one tiny gym. The owner of the gym suggests that Jimmy start training, and to inspire him, he gives Jimmy a box full of books, as well as newspaper clippings about Muhammad Ali – “The Greatest.” Jimmy is swept with admiration for Ali. He begins to read and run and box like crazy, even though someone at the gym has taken his shoes. And as he does so, he makes a great discovery: you don’t have to leave home to be “the greatest.”

Unlike many stories about emigration, Jairo Buitrago’s simple, profound text is about someone who decides to stay in his small remote town in Latin America. Combined with Rafael Yockteng’s humorous illustrations, this book will be especially appealing to boys and boxing aficionados.

Coyote Columbus — National Aboriginal History Month

For National Aboriginal History Month we’ll be dedicating our June posts to Aboriginal titles published by Groundwood Books.

Thomas King, author of the Coyote Columbus books, is of Cherokee and Greek descent. Coyote Columbus is King’s way of retelling the Christopher Columbus story from a Native point of view. Here are a few illustrations from A Coyote Columbus Story, illustrated by William Kent Monkman, and A Coyote Solstice Tale, illustrated by Gary Clement.

A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas King

A Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King

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A Coyote Columbus Story by Thomas KingAbout A Coyote Columbus Story
A retelling of the Christopher Columbus story from a Native point of view turns this tale on its ear! Coyote, the trickster, creates the world and all the creatures in it. She is able to control all events to her advantage until a funny-looking red-haired man named Columbus changes her plans. He is unimpressed by the wealth of moose, turtles and beavers in Coyote’s land. Instead he is interested in the human beings he can take to sell in Spain.

Thomas King uses a bag of literary tricks to shatter the stereotypes surrounding Columbus’s voyages. In doing so, he invites children to laugh with him at the crazy antics of Coyote, who unwittingly allows Columbus to bring about the downfall of his human friends. And he makes the point that history is influenced by the culture of the reporter.

Coyote Solstice Tale by Thomas King About A Coyote Solstice Tale
Trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a festive solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the party-goers through the snowy woods to a shopping mall — a place they have never seen before.

Coyote gleefully shops with abandon, only to discover that filling your shopping cart with goodies is not quite the same thing as actually paying for them. The trickster is tricked and goes back to his cabin in the woods — somewhat subdued — though nothing can keep Coyote down for long.

Enter to win a copy of Swimming, Swimming by Gary Clement!

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Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

This contest is open to residents of North America (excluding Quebec). We will accept entries until midnight on Sunday, July 12, and will contact the winner by email on Monday, July 13th.

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Great Moments in Swimming History: Lord Byron

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Lynne Cox

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Johnny Weissmuller

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Esther Williams

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

Great Moments in Swimming History: Edgar Allan Poe

To celebrate the launch of Swimming, Swimming, we asked illustrator Gary Clement to tell us about some of his favourite swimmers. He did us one better, and created five comics about them! We’ll be posting Gary’s comics all week. Click here to see everything posted so far.

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Swimming, Swimming by Gary ClementDrawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic “Swimming, swimming in a swimming pool,” full of fun and humor.

 

 

Swim along with Gary Clement

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Drawing on his own memories of the best days of summer in the city, Gary Clement brings us an illustrated version of the beloved classic song “Swimming, Swimming,” full of fun and humor.

The illustrations show a young boy and his friends spending a carefree day at the neighborhood pool. We see them walk to the pool together, change into their trunks and then spend hours swimming, cavorting, splashing and diving. The pool is full of moms, dads, other kids and babies, all enjoying a chance to cool off on a hot summer day. The boy returns home, tired but happy, and falls asleep holding onto his goggles in anticipation of another delightful day at the pool.

Watch this video to learn the melody and hand gestures for the song!

 


 

The Anansi/Groundwood Holiday Gift Guide is here!

Today’s December 1st, officially the day we can all start legitimately freaking out about holiday shopping. Time to join the masses and crowd the malls!

Or is it?

Does this look like fun? (Spot the guy in the football helmet below.)

From A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement

I didn’t think so.

Wouldn’t you rather be doing this? (Witness the roaring fire and cozy armchair below.)

From A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement

All of us here at House of Anansi and Groundwood Books would rather see you snuggled up at home than combating an angry crowd of shoppers at a mall. That’s why we’ve created our Holiday Gift Guide, a comprehensive online guide to finding the perfect book for everyone on your holiday shopping list this year. With suggestions for CBC listeners, novel lovers, collectors, and kids of all ages, you’re bound to find a book or two for everyone on your list. And the best part? Everything on our site (excluding audiobooks and special editions) is now 30% off!

Get started with A Coyote Solstice Tale, written by Thomas King and illustrated by Gary Clement. Now available for only $10.46 (in hardcover)!

“This witty winter tale deftly skewers the materialistic aspect of the holiday season in a humorous, trenchant way.”
Kirkus Reviews

Stay tuned for more gift recommendations on our blog throughout the holiday season!

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