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Lili Macaroni is the Winner of the 2020 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Picture Book Award!

Posted on July 9th, 2020 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is proud to announce that Lili Macaroni (978-1-77278-093-2) by author Nicole Testa and illustrator Annie Boulanger is the winner of the 2020 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award in the Children’s Picture Book category.

Lili Macaroni by Nicole Testa and illustrator Annie Boulanger

Lili Macaroni was translated into English from the French original Lili Macaroni: je suis comme je suis!, published by Dominique et compagnie, which was nominated for the 2018 Governor General’s Literary Award. The English edition has also been selected as a 2019 Bank Street Best Children’s Books of the Year, and for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s Best Books for Kids & Teens.

The Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award program aims to recognize “artistic excellence in Canadian children’s literature” and presents two awards annually, one for picture books and the other for middle-grade and young adult books. Other Pajama Press titles that have been nominated for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award in previous years include Moon at Nine by Deborah Ellis, My Beautiful Birds by Suzanne Del Rizzo, and A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison by Katherine Gibson and Margriet Ruurs. Learn more about the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Awards here: https://www.ontarioartsfoundation.on.ca/pages/ruth-sylvia-schwartz-awards

Pajama Press extends our congratulations to Nicole Testa and Annie Boulanger. Our sincerest thanks go to the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Ruth Schwartz Foundation for their support of Canadian children’s authors, illustrators, and publishers.

Pajama Press Celebrates Two Books on the 2020 USBBY Outstanding International Books List

Posted on February 7th, 2020 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is proud to announce that two of our books have been selected by the United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY) for their 2020 Outstanding International Books List, including: Girl of the Southern Sea, written by Michelle Kadarusman, and The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women, written by Ailsa Ross and illustrated by Amy Blackwell.

Cover: Girl of the Southern Sea Author: Michelle Kadarusman Publisher: Pajama Press
Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman
Cover: The Girl Who Rode A Shark: And Other True Stories of Daring Women Author: Ailsa Ross Illustrator: Amy Blackwell Publisher: Pajama Press
The Girl Who Rode a Shark: And Other Stories of Daring Women by Ailsa Ross and illustrator Amy Blackwell

Michelle Kadarusman was in attendance at the 2020 presentation, held at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia. Committee member Amy McClure spoke about how the protagonist Nia from Girl of the Southern Sea embodied resilience during challenging times.

Michelle Kadarusman with USBBY committee members. From left to right: Amy McClure, Michelle Kadarusman, Anamaría Anderson, and Patrick Gall. Absent from the photograph is committee member Doris Gebe.

The USBBY is “a nonprofit organization devoted to building bridges of international understanding through children’s and young adult books.” The Outstanding International Books List began in 2006 and aims to honor international books that are published and distributed in the United States and deemed the most outstanding of those published during the calendar year. Learn more at www.usbby.org/outstanding-international-books-list.

Pajama Press extends our congratulations to our talented creators. Our sincerest thanks go to the USBBY for their support of international books through this incredible program for young readers.

Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez is included in The New York Times Book Review article "Helping Children Understand Death"

Posted on December 29th, 2019 by pajamapress

“At the end of a long day when I was nine months pregnant, my 4-year-old, Winter, asked, ‘Is Daddy going to die?’…

Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez cover by Christiane Duchesne and illustrator François Thisdale

Death is one of the most difficult subjects to talk about with a child. It’s so vast, so many things to so many people that, like wandering Macy’s the week before Christmas, it’s hard to know where to start and you’re tempted to avoid it altogether. There is the obvious fear of traumatizing your child, giving her too long a look into the abyss. There is also the self-conscious suspicion that whatever you end up saying will ultimately reveal more about who you are than it will about the subject itself. Thankfully, a host of new picture books tackle ‘taking the ferry,’ staring down that overtly thwarting subject, and making it personal, peaceful and approachable.

In Christiane Duchesne and Francois Thisdale’s bewitching Bon Voyage, Mister Rodriguez, set in a small seaside town, a group of kids watch the mysterious comings and goings of a man who wears a bright red scarf and looks as if he has ‘clouds under his coat.’ His solitary meanderings through the cobblestone streets and his eccentric love of animals — he attaches wings to a cat’s back, strolls with a goldfish bowl on his head — go unnoticed by the adults. But to the children he is a fascination and delight.

When he abruptly disappears…his absence prompts a strong sense of community as [the children] band together to say their goodbyes…Thisdale’s realistic yet dreamlike illustrations, windswept with mist and surreal painted skies, add to the sense of wonder….

As these four books illustrate and I have come to realize, the conversation about death is alive, shifting and fading, bobbing to the surface and just as swiftly sinking below. It is not one thing for us or for children. When I asked Winter again what she thought about death, there was no memory of my parental wipeout. She simply announced with great confidence: ‘You don’t need a phone.’ She had worked it out just fine.”
—Marisha Pessl

Click here to read the full review

Also featured in the December 29, 2019 Sunday New York Times paper.

An Ottawa Book Launch for Our New Kittens and My Puppy Patch

Posted on November 18th, 2019 by pajamapress

Information poster about the book launch for My Puppy Patch and Our New Kittens by Theo Heras and Alice Carter. These picture books for children ages 3–7 are being celebrated in Ottawa at the Dovercourt Recreation Centre on Saturday, December 14th at 2pm. All ages are welcome. The afternoon will include storytime, book signings, crafts, and treats.

Join author Theo Heras and illustrator Alice Carter on Saturday, December 14th at Dovercourt Recreation Centre to celebrate the publication of their picture books My Puppy Patch and Our New Kittens!

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/581081075963060/

Giraffe and Bird Together Again and Too Young to Escape are nominees for the 2020 Forest of Reading Awards!

Posted on October 15th, 2019 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is excited to announce that two of our titles have been nominated for the 2020 Ontario Library Association Forest of Reading® Awards.

Cover: Giraffe and Bird Together Again Author: Rebecca Bender Publisher: Pajama Press

Giraffe and Bird Together Again, written and illustrated by Rebecca Bender, is a nominee for the Blue Spruce Award.

Cover: Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family Authors: Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch and Van Ho Publisher: Pajama Press

And Too Young to Escape: A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family, written by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, is a nominee for the Yellow Cedar Award.

Click here to see the full list of award nominees.

The Forest of Reading® is an initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) that helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators and promotes a love of reading among Ontario students. Every year, over 270,000 participants read a shortlist of books in their age category and vote for their favourites. Learn more at: www.accessola.org

Pajama Press extends our congratulations to Rebecca Bender, Van Ho, and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, as well as their fellow nominees. Our sincerest thanks go to the Ontario Library Association for promoting reading and Canadian books through this outstanding program. We also gratefully acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Book Fund for our publishing program.

For further information, or to request an interview with any of our authors or illustrators, please contact:
Laura Bowman, Publicity
publicity@pajamapress.ca

Pajama Press is seeking an Administrative Intern

Posted on August 12th, 2019 by pajamapress

Pajama Press is seeking an administrative intern for a placement of 4–5 months. An honorarium will be provided.

Pajama Press is an independent Canadian publisher of award-winning literary children’s books. Our interns receive one-on-one, personalized training throughout their placement and have an extremely high rate of post-internship employment, either at Pajama Press or at other companies in the industry. We are always happy to support and encourage our interns’ development in their areas of strength beyond the initial job description.

Qualifications:

  • Post-secondary certification in administration OR comparable job experience
  • Facility with Microsoft Office programs, particularly Excel
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong written English
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member in an open-concept office
  • Experience with bookkeeping software is an asset
  • Interest in children’s publishing is an asset

Duties:

  • Manage data in spreadsheets
  • Learn and update industry-specific user interfaces for metadata management
  • Manage organization of physical and digital files
  • Assist with packaging and recording shipments via post and courier
  • Compile e-newsletters
  • Assist with the execution of social media posts
  • Other duties as made possible by the applicant’s skills and interests

Pajama Press welcomes applications from individuals of all backgrounds and with various physical abilities. Physical requirements of the job include navigating a single step at the building entrance, stooping to access filing cabinets, and handling packages containing multiple books.

Applicants should email erinalladin@pajamapress.ca with a cover letter and résumé saved as attachments. Please include your full name in the attachment’s file name.

Applications will be accepted until September 10, 2019. Applicants for whom we wish to schedule an interview will be contacted by September 16, 2019.

Brigham Young University calls The Hill “riveting…”

Posted on November 12th, 2018 by pajamapress

Brigham Young University, Children’s Book & Media Reviews

“Bass tells a riveting story of survival and friendship, staying true to the real Cree legend that has been passed down for generations. The story builds a moral message of not judging others or jumping to conclusions about them as Kyle and Jared work together and learn more about the other. The protagonists were able to form a true friendship that genuinely benefited the other as they passed through their experiences together. Bass does a wonderful job of setting the scene for the novel and describing the landscape, particularly the forest. The author also adds an educational value to the book by demonstrating basic survival skills such as having water, knowing the landscape, and avoiding harmful plants while utilizing helpful ones. Overall, a wonderful story for anyone looking for a thrill and to learn something new.”

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Kirkus Reviews gives Swallow’s Dance a Starred Review

Posted on August 1st, 2018 by pajamapress

“Spiritual and cultural beliefs blossom into a celebration of life—at least until the darkness of fear and ruthlessness of the earthmother rip apart a homeland and a cherished way of life. This mesmerizing, aching tale explores ancient beliefs in gods and nature and their impact on an Aegean island society in the Bronze Age….Orr nimbly shows Leira’s imperiousness and her humanity alike as the girl witnesses the jarring shift in order when once-exalted priests and priestesses find themselves cast adrift. Her mixture of prose and free verse to tell Leira’s story is lyrical and magnetic—and devastating. Not for readers searching for a simple or happy journey, this is a beautiful song of a book that shows that life isn’t always fair, but change is always constant.”

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Booklist calls The Night Lion “a reassuring picture book”

Posted on December 8th, 2017 by pajamapress

TheNightLion_Website“First published in Germany, this picture book tells a story with universal appeal, particularly for children with night fears. The text reads aloud well, while the handsome watercolor artwork transforms elements of Morgan’s daytime experiences within the dream sequences. The most dramatic shift is the simplest: one double-page illustration shows Morgan in bed, ready for sleep, and holding the little button-eyed lion in his arms. In the next scene, they are both sleeping, and the stuffed animal has become the full-size, living lion, ready to bolster the little knight’s courage. A reassuring picture book.”
—Carolyn Phelan

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Enter to win 1 of 15 copies of Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

Posted on September 12th, 2017 by pajamapress

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