Two publishers, two best sellers!

It’s always nice to get a bit of good news.  Just heard  through a writer friend, the wonderful Marsha Skrypuch,  that A Pod of Orcas is Fitzhenry and Whiteside’s number  one selling title…and that includes both adult and  children’s books!  Hurray!  Not only that, but Orca Books  number one seller is another one of my picture  books, Jessie’s Island, which has been a continuous best  seller for the last 19 years!

Check out the 2011 Chocolate Lily Short-List for a good summer read

Yes, summer is starting to wind down.  If your children are starting to complain about being bored, here’s some great titles to keep them busy the for the rest of the summer… BC’s Chocolate Lily short-list for children’s books.

Hannah and the Spindle Whorl by Carol Anne Shaw (Ronsdale Press)
Silver Rain by Lois Peterson (Orca Book Publishers)
Follow the Elephant by Beryl Young (Ronsdale Press)
Ghost of Heroes Past by Charles Reid (Ronsdale Press)
No Moon by Irene N. Watts (Tundra Books)
Dear George Clooney Please Marry My Mom by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books)
Liars and Fools by Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers)

Grade 3 to Grade 5 Chapter Books
Emily by Julie Lawson (Penguin)
The Ballad of Knuckles McGraw by Lois Peterson (Orca Book Publishers)
Ben’s Robot by Robin Stevenson (Orca Book Publishers)
Black Dog Dream Dog by Michelle Superle (Tradewind Books)
No Pets Allowed by Irene N. Watts (Tradewind Books)

Picture Books
Singing Away the Dark by Caroline Woodward, illustrated by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)
Great Lakes and Rugged Ground: Imagining Ontario by Sarah N. Harvey and Leslie Buffam, illustrated by Kasia Charko (Orca Book Publishers)
Stanley’s Little Sister by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin (Kids Can Press)
The Little Hummingbird by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas (Greystone Books)
Where are You Bear? by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Sean L. Moore (Owl Kids)
Compost Stew: an A to Z Recipe for the Earth by Mary McKenna Siddals (Tricycle Press)

Laurel Snyder’s Bigger Than A Breadbox Skype Tour

Are you a teacher looking for a great deal?  Well Laurel Snyder has one just for you…she’ll be doing a Skype tour of 100 schools in 100 days, and it’s FREE!  Yep, you read that right.  FREE!.  And, the icing on the cake is that the first 30 schools who sign up will get a free copy of her new book, Bigger Than A Breadbox.  It may sound crazy, but Laurel is serious, so don’t delay, sign up for her Bigger Than A Breadbox Skype tour” today.

An I Can Read app for Free!

Hey are you a teacher or parent in the market for a free easy read book?  HarperCollins is launching apps of their I Can Read series.  And, to kick of the celebration, they’re offering Dixie by Grace Gilman & Sarah Mcconnell as a FREE download for your i-Phone, i-Touch, or i-Pad, so check it out.



by Grace Gilman & Sarah Mcconnell

Thanks to Cynthia Nugent for the heads up on this free app.

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