Orca Launches New Spring Books – May 8th, 2019

Robin Stevenson is launching two books this Spring: a board book, PRIDE COLORS, and a book of teen non-fiction, MY BODY MY CHOICE: THE FIGHT FOR ABORTION RIGHTS.

Robin is celebrating with four other Orca authors: Alex Van Tol, Sean Rodman, Jillian Roberts, and Melanie Jackson, who are launching a wonderful variety of new books for kids and teens!

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 | 7 pm
Munro’s Books | 1108 Government Street, Victoria

— Robin Stevenson


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Salon du livre de Vancouver – 26 au 28 avril 2019

All of you who read, write or understand French might be interested in the Salon du livre de Vancouver – a cross between a book fair and writers’ festival – coming up this week-end. This three day salon is entirely free; it offers French books for sale and an array of literary activities in French for both children and adults. It takes place at the French cultural center, 1551 West 7th near Granville.

All are welcome, even if, as an Anglophone parent or grandparent of immersion kids, you just want to find some books for a French student or a friend. This free event hosts some 18 multicultural writers from BC and Canada and more than twenty publishing houses. More details at https://salondulivrevancouver.com/

Danielle Marcotte

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Book launch: Cooking with Bear – April 11th, 2019

Lisa Cinar and Deborah Hodge are having a Kidsbooks launch on April 11 to celebrate their new book, Cooking with Bear, a combination cookbook and story for young children. They’d love to have you join them to celebrate!

Thursday, April 11 | 7-9 pm
Kidsbooks | 2557 West Broadway, Vancouver

Cooking with Bear: A Story and Recipes from the Forest
Lisa Cinar • Deborah Hodge

“When Bear wakes up after a long, cold winter, he makes a special spring lunch and invites Fox to join him. The food is delicious, and Fox asks Bear to teach him how to cook.

They walk through the forest collecting honey, nuts and other wild ingredients, and they greet their friends along the way. With an armload of tasty foods, Bear and Fox return to Bear’s den and cook up a feast to share.

Afterwards, Bear writes down his recipes so that Fox (and you!) can enjoy many marvelous meals. His cookbook — Best of Bear — offers a selection of kid-friendly, forest-themed recipes, including nut burgers, wild greens pita pizza, hazelnut–chocolate chip cookies and a wild strawberry smoothie.

Readers can revisit the animal friends from Bear’s Winter Party and try out fifteen fun recipes in this playful story/cookbook from award-winning author Deborah Hodge, featuring exuberant art by Lisa Cinar.”

If you think you might attend, you can follow this link to register so that Kidsbooks has an idea of numbers: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/cooking-with-bear-book-launch-tickets-57744231551

Deborah Hodge

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Take off with Baggage!

baggage_wendyphilips.jpgAuthor Wendy Phillips is launching her second novel-in-verse, Baggage, with a number of events. Here are the details . . .

Event #1
When: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 ~ 11 am
Where: Richmond Public Library (Brighouse Branch)

This event will be geared for high school-aged readers and includes an author talk, a reading, and a story creation activity. Contact Kate Adams if you’d like to attend.

Event #2
When: Thursday, May 9th, 2019 ~ 7 pm
Where: Chapters on Robson Street, downtown Vancouver

This event will include a public reading and book signing.

Event #3
When: Saturday, May 25th, 2019 ~ 11 am
Where: Gabriola Library, Gabriola Island

This event will include a book signing, book sale, and author reading. More information here.

About Baggage
A mysterious young African turns up abandoned at the Vancouver airport. He speaks no English, but would he tell his whole story even if he could? An enthusiastic young woman throws herself into working for a cause. But whose cause is it that she’s actually working for? Her “boyfriend” finds a growing connection happening with her sister.

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Eileen Holland book launch: Sophie Trophy – April 6th, 2019

Eileen Holland will be holding a book launch for her children’s book Sophie Trophy on

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 | 2 to 4 p.m.
Coquitlam Public Library, City Centre Branch | Room 136 (Coquitlam Foundation Room)
1169 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam, B.C.

Eileen’s presentation, reading, and PowerPoint will start at 2:30 p.m. A number of children’s activities will occur both before and after the presentation and refreshments will be available. This humorous but heartwarming chapter book is best suited to ages 7 to 9.

“Sophie is thoughtful and funny and full of ideas. When her friend Brayden brings a spider to school in a jar, Sophie’s excited to study it. But then a classmate frees the spider in the Grade 3 classroom.

Their teacher, Miss Ruby, is terrified of spiders. Sophie wants to save her teacher from the eight-legged intruder without getting Brayden into trouble for bringing it to school. That means getting the spider out of the classroom without letting Miss Ruby know what’s going on.

This is no easy task, and soon Sophies wacky ideas and wild imagination land her in the principal’s office—and hanging upside down outside his window.

Young readers will love Sophie’s antics, her loyalty to her friends and her determination to do the right thing at any cost.”

— Eileen Holland

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Oy Vey! Announcing the short list for the funniest children’s book award!

The Joan Betty Stuchner—Oy Vey!—Funniest Children’s Book Award committee has finally stopped laughing long enough to release this hilarious news: they have a shortlist!


The received 60 very funny books, which kept the jury the most “buckled over with guffaws, incapacitated with giggles, and/or rib-ticklingly, side-splittingly, thigh-slappingly entertained.”

 The shortlisted books in the picture or board book category are:

 You Can Read, written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Mark Hoffmann (Orca)

Sterling, Best Dog Ever, written and illustrated by Aidan Cassie (Farrar,Strauss and Giroux)

Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament, written by Anne Renaud, illustrated by Felicita Sala (Kids Can)

 The shortlisted books in thechapter book category are:

 Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney (Puffin)

Mort Ziff Is Not Dead by Cary Fagan (Puffin)

Dog Night at the Story Zoo by Dan Bar-El, illustrated byVicky Nerino (Tundra)

Congratulations to the finalist! The winners of each category will win $752.81 and will be announced June 19, 2019, at a special, giggle-filled celebration at Slickety Jim’s Chat ‘n’ Chew in Vancouver, 7-9 pm, 3475 Main Street.

Attend for a chance to win a collection of :

  1. All the Oy Vey submissions,
  2. A $500 collection of books by BC authors and illustrators, which is part of the BC Book Prizes “Adopt a Library” program. 

About Joan Betty Stuchner:

joan-tutu1Joan Betty Stuchner, beloved children’s author and teacher, passed away unexpectedly in 2014.  Joan was many things—brave, gracious, warm, generous, kind and absolutely hilarious to boot.  (“Oy vey!” she’s probably saying now . . .)With this award, the committee honours Joan’s life-affirming humour and encourages other children’s writers to laugh it up on the page the way she did.

You can find out more about the award at the official website:

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