Posted on December 1st, 2013 by pajamapress
Pajama Press is thrilled to announce that every book in our Spring 2013 list has been recognized in the Canadian Children’s Book Centre‘s Fall 2013 edition of Best Books for Kids & Teens. Those books are:
Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean—Starred Selection
Namesake by Sue MacLeod
Hoogie in the Middle by Stephanie McLeallan, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
Community Soup by Alma Fullerton—Starred Selection
Congratulations to Jill, Sue, Stephanie, Dean, and Alma!
Posted on November 28th, 2013 by pajamapress
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of great children’s books for the 2013 holiday season. They include two books published by Pajama Press.
Community Soup by Alma Fullerton
Kioni loves her goats but they can be big trouble! On soup day, when all the other children are gathering vegetables from the community garden, Kioni is gathering goats! Luckily the kids have a great idea, and soon Kioni’s four-legged are helping to make the soup a delicious success…
Kenya / Community Gardens / Community Kitchen
Nix Minus One by Jill MacLean
Quiet, out of shape, and bold only around the neighbourhood’s neglected dog, Nix is the polar opposite of his vibrant sister Roxy. But he’d do anything for her, even hide her late-night partying from their parents. When Roxy goes too far, Nix feels like it’s his life that’s spiralling out of control.
Death / Grief / Bullying / Healing
Click here to see the full Great Reads for the Holidays 2013.
Posted on May 6th, 2013 by pajamapress
Two Pajama Press authors begin their TD Canadian Children’s Book Week tours today: Alma Fullerton in Alberta and Sylvia Gunnery in Manitoba. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre interviewed both of these wonderful authors before they left.
Click here to find out why Alma struggled to read as a child
Click here to find out what famous writer’s hometown Sylvia is excited to visit.
And then click here to learn more about the TD Canadian Children’s Book Week!
Alma Fullerton is the author of two Pajama Press books: A Good Trade (2012) and the upcoming Community Soup (June 1, 2013). Her novels Libertad, Burn, Walking on Glass and In the Garage have earned her many awards.
Sylvia Gunnery is the author of Emily For Real (Pajama Press, 2012) and more than fifteen other novels for young people. A recipient of the Prime Minister’s Minister’s Teaching Award, she regularly gives presentations and writing workshops young people, inspiring them to write just as they have inspired her.
Posted on January 25th, 2013 by pajamapress
“Every morning at dawn, Kato leaves his Ugandan village to begin his challenging barefoot hike to fetch water. Carrying two jerry cans, the boy traverses through grass, down hills, and past cattle in fields guarded by soldiers. When he reaches the village well, he fills the cans with a day’s supply of water. After splashing his weary, dusty feet, Kato begins his long trek home, conveying the heavy containers on his head and in his hand. An aid worker’s truck near the village square catches his attention. The child becomes so excited by what he spots inside the vehicle that he dashes home to look for something special to present to the aid worker in exchange for the life-altering gift… a single white poppy from his garden for brand new shoes!
Alma Fullerton introduces us to the life of a young boy living in a war-torn country. Readers will quickly deduce that Kato’s days are fraught with hardship and danger as well as joy. The text is brief and subtle, yet descriptive enough so that we can feel Kato’s energy as well as his weariness, hear the splash of water and the laughter of the children, and sense the menacing presence of the watchful soldiers. Witness Kato’s elation when he finds the perfect gift to give to the aid worker: “Rushing through his chores, Kato runs to the garden and stops when he spies the single white poppy. Tenderly, he kneels to pick it. Between bouncy children, Kato weaves, cradling the poppy, careful not to crush it.”
Karen Patkau’s evocative digital illustrations provide further illuminating details about Kato’s environment: the Ugandan village where he lives, the territory traversed en route to get water, the changing hues of the sky, the brilliant colours of the children’s clothing, the friend with the artificial leg, the exquisiteness of the white poppy. The artwork is a perfect match for Fullerton’s understated text. Together they provide an enriching insight into one boy’s life in a distant country, and the preciousness of peace and goodwill.”
—Senta Ross is a former elementary teacher and teacher-librarian in Kitchener, Ontario.
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Posted on July 16th, 2012 by pajamapress
When I was a kid I loved libraries and bookstores. I could walk in, find the shelves of juvenile fiction, and pull off a dozen books I wanted to read. Just like that.
It’s harder these days. I don’t know if it’s my age, or the literary snobbiness I contracted during my undergraduate studies, or the overwhelming abundance of books, but I just can’t seem to decide what I want to read anymore. Even in the juvenile fiction section, which – let’s face it – I will never outgrow.
Luckily, there are institutions for people like me. Literary ones, that is – not mental ones. The one that’s closest to my heart is the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, which is dedicated to promoting Canadian books for young readers. One of their projects is a publication called Best Books for Kids and Teens. It’s a guide in magazine form to the best books, magazines, and audio and video products published for kids in Canada. Here’s what you need to know about it:
- Entries in the guide are selected, not sponsored
- The guide is directed at parents and adults who work with small children, teenagers, and every age in between
- The selection committee is composed of educators, booksellers, and librarians from across the country
- New in 2012: this is now a twice-a-year publication, with both spring and fall issues
How can I get this publication?
I’m glad you asked. The easiest way is to follow this direct link to the products section of the CCBC website. There you can purchase individual copies, subscriptions, and memberships. With a membership you also get a subscription to another CCBC publication, Canadian Children’s Book News.
Best Books for Kids and Teens is also available in select stores and newsstands across the country.
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre administers a number of awards that recognize excellence in Canadian young people’s literature. Check out their links on the Amazon and Indigo online stores!