25th anniversary – White Jade Tiger


To celebrate the upcoming 25th anniversary of Julie Lawson’s White Jade Tiger, Dundurn is publishing a new edition — complete with a new cover. The text also got a makeover.

Julie reread the text with a ruthless editor’s eye, correcting typos, cutting unnecessary adjectives and deleting unnecessary space breaks. During the process she discovered how vividly she remembered the process of writing the book. Certain passages brought back hair-tearing struggles while others filled her with the same joy she’d felt when creating them.

White Jade Tiger has led to awards and nominations, hundreds of reading tours throughout BC, and thousands of letters from readers. It has been optioned for a movie, performed as a play by Victoria’s Kaleidoscope Theatre, and is still the theme of walking tours in Victoria’s Chinatown. The book that began as a title scribbled in a notebook has had a very good run so far. Long may it continue!

— Julie Lawson

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CWILL members do apps too!

After twenty years in children’s print publishing as an author and illustrator, I enrolled in UBC’s unique interdisciplinary MA in Children’s Literature program. During my degree I became interested in children’s media, particularly animating picturebooks for trailers and story apps for the iPad. I began a hybrid thesis which involved researching picturebook scholarship and how I could apply it to creating quality story apps. That academic study became a commercial project when I founded Rascal Media.

But I’m not the first CWILL member to have a story app in the iTunes Store. Check out Paola Opal’s Saffy Looks for Rain and Rebecca Kool’s Fly Catcher Boy! Rebecca’s app was developed by former CWILL president, Crystal Stranaghan. Following their leads, I’m proud to announce the completion of my story app for the iPad.

The King’s Ears is an inventive, beautifully illustrated, animation-rich, and highly interactive story app adapted from the award-winning children’s picturebook, The King Has Goat Ears, published by Vancouver’s Tradewind Books. Narrated by Terry Jones of Monty Python fame, this retelling of an ancient Greek myth by CWILL member and early childhood specialist Katarina Jovanovic shines with wisdom and wit. The King’s Ears is about accepting yourself just the way you are. The app’s meaningful and fun interactions, beautiful sounds, and child-controlled animations stimulate laughter and thoughtful discussion.

The King’s Ears story App trailer from Cynthia Nugent on Vimeo.

The beta is essentially the same as the version which will be in the App Store in November. If you would like to download it now for free in exchange for some feedback, please complete the Rascal Media contact form so I can send you a beta invitation. I am hoping to get feedback from as many people as possible during the beta period so we know the app is stable before selling it in iTunes. It works on any iPad or iPad mini except for the very first one that came on the market.

Please share with any teachers, librarians, teacher librarians and students who might be interested in story apps. The app appeals to a broad range of ages but I’d say the sweet spot is grade two.

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Dancing in the Rain


Brenna’s beloved adoptive mother has died and her birth mother doesn’t want to maintain contact with her. Overcome with grief, Brenna tries to care for her father and younger sister. The last thing she expects is to fall in love with Ryan, but he may be the only person who can help Brenna figure out what she really needs.

Dancing in the Rain continues the story that began in Shelley Hrdlitschka’s bestselling novel, Dancing Naked.

— Shelley Hrdlitschka


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New English translations: Science for Counting series

your-body solar-system





Do you like science? Do you like numbers? Do you like books? You will find all that together in two new books that Silvana Goldemberg translated from Spanish to English, especially for you. Your Body from 1 to 10 and The Solar System from 1 to 10 are part of the Science for Counting series published by Doubledutch Books. Enjoy them!

Silvana Goldemberg

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Book Launch: Forest of Secrets & Carnival of Secrets


Linda DeMeulemeester will have her first official book launch at Book Warehouse – Main Street on November 1st 2016 celebrating:

Forest of Secrets, Book Five in the Grim Hill series

“When Cat and her friends are taken hostage and find themselves stranded in Headless Valley, it’s clear they will need a miracle to get back home. Although they find an abandoned cabin for shelter, their supply of food and water is running out fast, their kidnappers are not on their heels, and a sinister threat lurks in the loft of the cabin. Cat has to make an impossible choice: risk the group’s chance of survival, or risk her sister, who may be able to summon help using her magical skills. But if Sookie opens the door to Fairy, what will be the cost?”

Carnival of Secrets, Book Six in the Grim Hill series

“In this thrilling conclusion to the Grim Hill series, Cat has lost everything she holds dear. Sookie has gone over to dark magic and is a diabolical threat. A sinister carnival has crept into town and has everyone under its thrall. Only Cat’s fairy friend Lea thinks there might be a sliver of hope that all the harm can be undone. But even she quakes at the danger. Still, Cat is determined to do whatever it takes, except this time even the gang isn’t prepared for the most harrowing adventure of all. Has Cat gone too far?”

If you’re in the area of Main Street and King Edward on November 1st  at 7:00, please drop by and join Linda. There will be treats :)

— Linda DeMeulemeester

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Magical Animal Adoption Agency: The Missing Magic

This Saturday, October 22, Kallie George is celebrating the third and final Magical Animal Adoption Agency book The Missing Magic at the beautiful store, Collage Collage.

When: 12-2, October 22, 2016
Where: Collage Collage, 3697 Main Street, Vancouver, BC

There will be a craft and things to nibble!


“A new volunteer has joined the Magical Animal Adoption Agency, and Clover’s not too happy about it! Oliver Von Hoof is supposed to be an expert on magical animals, but he’s barely older than Clover. How can he be an expert on anything? And it doesn’t help that Mr. Jams keeps turning to Oliver instead of Clover for help with the animals.

When Mr. Jams is called away from the Agency on a secret mission, Clover and Oliver are put in charge of the Agency once again. But when Picnic the invisible puppy starts turning visible, and the Agency’s green cat, Dipity, begins to look white, Clover and Oliver realize that all of the amazing creatures are becoming ordinary.

Even Oliver’s trusty magical wands aren’t enough to cure them! Will Oliver and Clover learn to work together in time to restore the animals’ magical powers? Alexandra Boiger’s delightful illustrations shine in the third book of Kallie George’s The Magical Animal Adoption Agency series where an open heart can best the nastiest of spells.”

Kallie George

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