A new Stella and Sam iPad app is available now!

Are you and your kids fans of Marie-Louise Gay’s adorable Stella and Sam books? Have you been watching Disney Junior’s TV adaptation of the books, the Stella and Sam TV show?


Inspired by the TV show, the Stella and Sam Adventures for the iPad launched earlier this year and are an exciting new way for families to get together and play with Marie-Louise Gay’s beloved characters from the Stella and Sam books and TV show.

INTO THE SNOW WE GO, RAINY DAYS, and the newest app — BACKYARD AT TWILIGHT — take children on a quest with Stella and Sam, featuring an animated story and integrated games that are intuitive and fun for young children.

Each adventure features:

  • Four original animated story chapters
  • Three open-ended, age-appropriate games
  • Ten minutes of continuous storytelling
  • Game replay
  • Quick navigation by chapter and game

Check out cutie-patootie Grady’s video review of the iPad apps on LoudMommy:

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The Stella and Sam Adventures for the iPad are created by zinc Roe Design.

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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