About

Mission

Pajama Press is a small literary press with high editorial and production standards. We endeavour to publish titles of exceptional quality that will receive wide critical acclaim and awards; our books are designed to successfully appeal to children, young adults, librarians, teachers, and parents. We produce many formats popular in children’s publishing across a fairly broad range of genres: picture books, our new sturdy books for the very young, early chapter books for new readers, middle grade novels, young adult novels for pre-high school audiences, and literary non-fiction.

Company Overview & General Information

Pajama Press was established in early 2011. Our first list of three books was announced in May 2011 and published in the Fall of 2011. The core of our company is a group of highly experienced industry veterans. Gail Winskill, Publisher, has more than 40 years experience with a focus on excellence in children’s publishing. Gail’s long-term editor and collaborator, Ann Featherstone, who has been editing for over 25 years, brings an outstanding experience in all children’s book genres. Richard Jones, President, has a 50 year history in the industry with an exceptional knowledge of institutional sales. Pat Thornton Jones, Administration, has a brilliant and lengthy career in the library wholesale business.

Catherine Mitchell, Rights Manager, comes from a distinguished career in Marketing, Sales and International Rights Sales at Tundra Books. Our talented Art Director, Rebecca Buchanan, has been designing for several years now and her fresh new approaches to all aspects of design for our company give us a modern and upbeat look and beautiful books. Ellen Nodwell, our Contracts Manager, also addresses all permissions requests and assists with publicity. Erin Alladin is our Managing Editor and Laura Bowman is our Publicist and eBook Production Manager.

The publisher gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for its publishing program. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book fund (CBF) for our publishing activities.

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Awards and Honours:

A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • OLA Silver Birch Express Award Honour Book
  • Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • Canadian Living Editor’s Pick
  • 2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison by Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson

  • 2016 Crystal Kite Award winner
  • 2016 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award nominee
  • 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • 2015–2016 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2015 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award winner
  • 2015 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award nominee
  • 2015 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award nominee
  • 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 OLA Best Bet

A Good Trade by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau

  • 2015 Kentucky Bluegrass Awards nominee
  • 2014 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2014 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee
  • 2013 White Ravens Choice
  • 2013 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • 2013 OLA Best Bet
  • 2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

A World of Kindness by the Editors & Illustrators of Pajama Press

  • 2018 ILA Literacy Daily “Conflict: Awareness, Understanding, and Resolution” selection
  • 2018 49th Shelf “Kids Books on Kindness” selection
  • 2018 49th Shelf “Back to School Books” selection

A Year of Borrowed Men by Michelle Barker, illustrated by Renné Benoit

  • 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award nominee
  • 2017 Chocolate Lily Book Award nominee
  • 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist
  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Acts of Courage: Laura Secord and the War of 1812 by Connie Brummel Crook

  • 2013 Word Guild Historical Fiction Award finalist
  • 2013 World Guild Young Adult Award finalist
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Adrift at Sea by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • 2019 Louisiana Young Readers’ Choice Award: Grade 3-5 nominee
  • 2018 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award Winner
  • 2018 The Booklist Reader “The Refugee Experience for Children and Young Adults” selection
  • 2018 School Library Journal “Collaborating on High-Interest Topics | The Refugee Experience” selection
  • 2018 Canadian School Libraries Journal “Resource Links Highlights: Refugees and Immigrants” selection
  • 2017 Cybils Award: Elementary/Middle-Grade Non-Fiction finalist
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award Honour Book selection
  • 2017 Red Cedar Information Book Award nominee
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2016 NECBA Hot Titles selection
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2017 Stacked BooksMonthly Giving: International Refugee Assistance Program” selection

All the World a Poem by Gilles Tibo, illustrated by Manon Gauthier

  • 2017 Cybils Award: Poetry nominee
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Baby Cakes by Theo Heras, illustrated by Renné Benoit

  • 2018 Shelf Awareness “Dogs Days” round up selection

Bad Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters and Dean Griffiths

  • 2017 Chocolate Lily Book Award nominee
  • 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award winner

Bat Citizens: Defending the Ninjas of the Night by Rob Laidlaw

  • 2019 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award nominee
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2018 Northeast Harbor Library June Staff Pick: Junior Nonfiction

Bear on the Homefront

  • 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Ben and the Scaredy-Dog by Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Kim La Fave

  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Ben Says Goodbye by Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Kim La Fave

  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Cat Champions: Caring for our Feline Friends by Rob Laidlaw

  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book selection
  • 2015 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award honour book
  • 2014/2015 Hackmatack Award nominee
  • 2014 Red Cedar Information Book Award nominee
  • 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Community Soup by Alma Fullerton

  • 2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Dance of the Banished by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Book selection
  • 2015 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People winner
  • 2015 White Ravens selection
  • 2015 Junior Library Guild selection
  • 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Don’t Laugh at Giraffe by Rebecca Bender

  • 2014 Rainforest of Reading nominee
  • 2013 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award honour book
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

  • 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award finalist
  • 2018 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year – Ages Twelve to Fourteen selection
  • 2018 CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens Spring selection
  • 2018 Maine Student Book Award nominee
  • 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: Children’s Literature Award Winner (Australian edition)
  • 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award: Children’s category Joint Winner (Australian edition)
  • 2017 Children’s Council of Australia Book of the Year, Younger Readers Award Honour Book selection (Australian edition)
  • 2017 Kirkus Best Middle-Grade Books selection
  • 2017 Junior Library Guild selection

Elliot by Julie Pearson, illustrated by Manon Gauthier

  • 2017 OLA Best Bets selection
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2016 Books with a Message” selection
  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid-Year Summary)” selection

Elephant Journey by Rob Laidlaw, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • 2017 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • 2016–2017 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2016 Red Cedar Book Award nominee
  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Evie Brooks is Marooned in Manhattan

  • 2015 Literacy Association of Ireland Children’s Book Award shortlist

French Toast by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by François Thisdale

  • 2018 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce nominee
  • 2017 Shining Willow Award finalist
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2016 Books with a Message” selection

Giraffe and Bird by Rebecca Bender

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Giraffe Meets Bird by Rebecca Bender

  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Going for a Sea Bath by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Anne-Claire Delisle

  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Good Pirate by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2018 Chocolate Lily Picture Book Award nominee
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Graffiti Knight by Karen Bass

  • 2016 Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book selection
  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book selection
  • 2014 CLA Young Adult Book Award winner
  • 2014 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People winner
  • 2014 R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature winner
  • 2014 CAA Exporting Alberta Award winner
  • 2014/2015 B.C. Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award nominee
  • 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 OLA Best Bets selection
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Hat On, Hat Off by Theo Heras, illustrated by Renné Benoit

  • 2017 Jbrary “2017 Favourite Storytime Picture Books” selection
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2016 Great Board Books” selection

Hoogie in the Middle by Stephanie McLellan

  • 2014 Crystal Kite Award finalist
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2013 TVO Parents “Books to Read as a Family” selection

How Do You Feel? by Rebecca Bender

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

In a Cloud of Dust by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines

  • 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist
  • 2016 OLA Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee
  • 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award winner
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Kiss, Kiss by Jennifer Couëlle, illustrated by Jacques Laplante

  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan’s Rescue from War by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • 2018 The Booklist Reader “The Refugee Experience for Children and Young Adults” selection
  • 2015-2016 Children’s Crown Award nominee
  • 2013 Red Cedar Information Book Award winner
  • 2013 OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Non-Fiction Award honour book
  • 2013 Top-5 Finalist for the CYBILS Award
  • 2013 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
  • 2013 Bank Street Best Book selection
  • 2012 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • 2012 Hamilton Literary Award finalist
  • 2012 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2012 OLA Best Bets selection

Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess by Shari Green

  • 2018 ALA Schneider Family Book Award – Middle School Book Winner
  • 2018 IODE Violet Downey Book Award shortlist
  • 2018 OLA Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award finalist
  • 2019 Great Stone Face Children’s Book Award nominee
  • 2019 William Allen White Children’s Book Award nominee
  • 2019 Chocolate Lily Award: Novel category nominee
  • 2018 SYRCA Diamond Willow Award finalist
  • 2018 The Horn Book, “August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Intermediate” selection
  • 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books List – Grades 6-8 selection
  • 2017 Cybils Award: Poetry Book nominee
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2017 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2018 NCTE “Spring Into New Book Recommendations” selection

Missing Mike by Shari Green

  • 2019 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Fiction Award nominee
  • 2019 NCTE Notable Poetry Books selection
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2018 Forest of Reading Kid Committee Summer Reading List selection

Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis

  • 2016 Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award nominee
  • 2015–2016 BC Teen Readers’ Choice Stellar Award nominee
  • 2015 Ruth & Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award nominee
  • 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project selection
  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book selection
  • 2015 Cooperative Children’s Book Center best-of-the-year Choice
  • 2015 Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award shortlist
  • 2015 SYRCA Snow Willow Award nominee
  • 2014 Quill & Quire Book of the Year
  • 2014 OLA Best Bets selection
  • 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo

  • 2018 SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for Canada winner
  • 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award shortlist
  • 2018 CCBC Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award finalist
  • 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Book Award nominee
  • 2018 Children’s Literature and Reading Special Interest Group of the ILA’s “Notable Books for a Global Society” selection
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2017 New York Public Library “The Best Picture Books for Kids of 2017” selection
  • 2017 Quill & Quire Books of the Year selection
  • 2017 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2017 Picture Books with a Message” selection
  • 2017 New York Times Notable Children’s Books selection
  • 2017 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children’s Literature winner
  • 2017 Foreword INDIES: Picture Book Award finalist
  • 2017 Cybils Award: Fiction Picture Book nominee
  • 2017 Middle East Book Award: Picture Book category honourable mention
  • 2017 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2017 One Book for Kids, One San Diego selection
  • 2017 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “The Refugee Children’s Books of 2017 and an Ode to The Arrival” selection
  • 2017 NECBA Windows & Mirrors Fall selection
  • 2017 Junior Library Guild selection
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2017 Books I’m Really Looking Forward To” selection
  • 2018 Canadian School Libraries Journal “Resource Links Highlights: Refugees and Immigrants” selection
  • 2017 Stacked Books “Monthly Giving: International Refugee Assistance Project” selection
  • 2018 SLJ Blog The Classroom Bookshelf “Global Literature to Teach Global Understanding” selection

Namesake by Sue MacLeod

  • 2014 National Chapter of Canada IODE Violet Downey Book Award shortlist
  • 2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Nat the Cat Can Sleep Like That by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Tara Anderson

  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2014 Preschool Reads Award winner
  • 2014 SYRCA Shining Willow Award nominee
  • 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2015 Learning Partnership “Welcome to Kindergarten” selection

Next Round: A Young Athlete’s Journey to Gold by John Spray

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award nominee
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • CBC Books’ pick “15 Books for Young Readers During the Rio 2016 Olympic Games”
  • 2017 Stacked BooksMonthly Giving: International Refugee Assistance Program” selection

Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean

  • 2014 White Ravens selection
  • 2014 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature winner
  • 2014 CLA Young Adult Book Award finalist
  • 2014 SYRCA Snow Willow Award nominee
  • 2014 OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award nominee
  • 2014 Bank Street Best Book selection
  • 2013 OLA Best Bets selection
  • 2013 Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 Publishers Weekly “Best New Books” selection
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs by Rob Laidlaw

  • 2015 Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2013 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award winner
  • 2013 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award winner
  • 2013 Bank Street Best Book selection
  • 2012 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award Finalist
  • 2012 OLA Best Bets selection

Once Upon a Line by Wallace Edwards

  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

One Step at a Time: A Vietnamese Child Finds Her Way by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • 2018 The Booklist Reader “The Refugee Experience for Children and Young Adults” selection
  • 2014 OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award winner
  • 2014 Bank Street Best Book selection
  • 2013 Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award finalist
  • 2013 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Peach Girl by Raymond Nakamura, illustrated by Rebecca Bender

  • 2015 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Toronto Public Library “First & Best” List

Princess Pistachio by Marie-Louise Gay, translated by Jacob Homel

  • 2014 OLA Best Bets selection

Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent by Marie-Louise Gay

  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Princess Pistachio and the Pest by Marie-Louise Gay, translated by Jacob Homel

  • 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Revenge on the Fly by Sylvia McNicoll

  • 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
  • 2015 Kerry Schooley Book Award nominee
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Rhino Rumpus by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Tara Anderson

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Road Signs That Say West by Sylvia Gunnery

  • 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Book Week: BC Interior selection
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre “Road Trip Reading List” selection

Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green

  • 2018 Chocolate Lily Book Award: Novels nominee
  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award for Fiction nominee
  • 2018 MYRCA Award nominee
  • 2017 White Ravens selection
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2017 SCBWI Crystal Kite nominee
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Skydiver: Saving the Fastest Bird in the World by Celia Godkin

  • 2016 Rainforest of Reading Award nominee
  • 2015 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2015 Green Earth Book Award nominee
  • 2015–2016 Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Sky Pig by Jan. L. Coates, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo

  • 2017 Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration winner
  • 2017 Shining Willow Award finalist
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “The Best Picture Books of 2016” selection
  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “Some of the Best Picture Books of 2016 Thus Far (Mid-Year Summary)” selection

Slug Days by Sara Leach, illustrated by Rebecca Bender

  • 2018 ALA Schneider Family Book Award nominee
  • 2018 The Horn Book, “August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Intermediate” selection
  • 2018 Huffpost “17 Children’s Books That Promote Understanding of Autism” selection
  • 2018 A Mighty Girl, “A Different Way of Thinking: 20 Books About Autistic Mighty Girls” selection
  • 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books Award – Grades 3-6 selection
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2017 Foreword INDIES: Juvenile Fiction Award finalist

Small Things by Mel Tregonning

  • 2018 The Horn Book, “August 2018 Back-to-School Horn Book Herald: Intermediate” selection
  • 2018 The Children’s Book Review, “Best New Books For Tweens And PreTeens | March 2018”
  • 2017 Gold Ledger Award Winner (Australian edition)
  • 2017 Australian Book Design Awards – Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book Award shortlist (Australian edition)
  • 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Crichton Award shortlist (Australian edition)
  • 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award longlist (Australian edition)
  • 2018 NCTE “Spring Into New Book Recommendations” selection

Sun Dog by Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo

  • 2019 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce Award nominee
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Swallow’s Dance by Wendy Orr

  • 2018 CBC Books “13 Canadian middle-grade books to watch for this fall” selection

The Flooded Earth by Mardi McConnochie

  • 2018 Booklandia List & Shout: Twins Peak selection

The Hill by Karen Bass

  • 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award for Fiction nominee
  • 2017 Sunburst Award for YA longlist
  • 2017 Snow Willow Award finalist
  • 2017 Forest of Reading Red Maple Award nominee
  • 2017 OLA Best Bets Honourable Mention
  • 2016 White Ravens Selection
  • 2016 Junior Library Guild Selection
  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

The Stowaways by Meghan Marentette, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2014 Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy finalist
  • 2014 CLA Book of the Year for Children Award finalist
  • 2014 Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature finalist
  • 2014 Spring Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2013 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2013 OLA Best Bets honourable mention

The Theory of Hummingbirds by Michelle Kadarusman

  • 2019 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award nominee
  • 2019 MYRCA Sundogs Award nominee
  • 2018 SYRCA Diamond Willow Award finalist
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

The Wolves Return: A New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park by Celia Godkin

  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Literature Roundtables Information Book Award finalist
  • 2017 School Library Journal blogger Betsy Bird’s “2017 Science & Nature Books” selection
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

Timo Goes Camping by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Timo’s Garden by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2016 New York Public Library Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2016 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2015 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Timo’s Party by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

  • 2018 CBC Books “13 Canadian middle-grade books to watch for this fall” selection
  • 2018 CBC Books “12 Canadian books to commemorate Remembrance Day” selection

True Blue by Deborah Ellis

  • 2013 Bank Street Best Book
  • 2012 Hamilton Literary Award winner
  • 2012 John Spray Mystery Award nominee
  • 2012 Manitoba Young Reader’s Choice Award nominee
  • 2012 OLA Best Bets honourable mention

Tweezle into Everything by Stephanie McLellan, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection

Two Times a Traitor by Karen Bass

  • 2019 William Allen White Children’s Book Award nominee
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2017 Junior Library Guild selection

Uncertain Soldier by Karen Bass

  • 2016 Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Winner
  • 2016 IODE Violet Downey Book Award nominee
  • 2016 OLA Forest of Reading Red Maple Award nominee
  • 2015 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Under the Umbrella by Catherine Buquet, illustrated by Marion Arbona

  • 2017 Book Nerd Mommy‘s “Top Picture Books of 2017: All-Around Best 11” selection
  • 2017 School Library Journal blogger Betsy Bird’s “2017 Translated Picture Books” selection
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Waiting for Sophie by Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Carmen Mok

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

Water’s Children by Angèle Delaunois, illustrated by Gérard Frischeteau

  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection

When Emily Carr Met Woo by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths

  • 2014 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2014 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Kim La Fave

  • 2018 ALA Notable Children’s Books Discussion List selection
  • 2018 South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Book
  • 2018 USBBY Outstanding International Books List – Grades PreK-2 selection
  • 2017 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2017 Picture Books” selection
  • 2017 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection
  • 2016 Resource Links “The Year’s Best” selection
  • 2016 School Library Journal blogger Elizabeth Bird’s “2017 Books I’m Really Looking Forward To” selection

Where’s Bunny by Theo Heras, illustrated by  Renné Benoit

  • 2018 Reading Rockets “Summer Reading Guide 2018”

Wild One by Jane Whittingham, illustrated by Noel Tuazon

  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection
  • 2017 OLA Best Bets selection
  • 2017 Toronto Public Library First and Best selection
  • 2017 Jbrary “2017 Favourite Storytime Picture Books” selection
  • 2017 Fab Book Reviews “Best of 2017: Picture Books & More” Honourable Mention
  • 2017 HuffPost “Best Picture Books of 2017: Best Bedtime Book” Honourable Mention

Woodrow at Sea by Wallace Edwards

  • 2018 Kirkus Reviews “Best Wordless Picture Books of 2018” selection
  • 2018 Bank Street Children’s Book Committee Book of the Month, August
  • 2018 Canadian Children’s Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens selection

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