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Up!

Families carry their little ones in many different ways all around the world. Watch the trailer for Up! and peek behind the scenes to see how some of the collage artwork was created.

Phoebe Sounds It Out

It's not easy learning to spell your name... especially when it doesn't look like it sounds. Phoebe's teacher says, "just sound it out!" But Phoebe's not so sure. How will she puzzle through it? Watch the trailer for Phoebe Sounds It Out and peek inside this book about trying new things.

Bill Bowerbird and the Unbearable Beak-Ache

Bill Bowerbird has a terrible, unbearable, lousy beak-ache! How can he shake it? Watch the trailer for Bill Bowerbird and the Unbearable Beak-Ache for a glimpse into Bill's wacky world and to see how he gets through tough times.

Me Tall, You Small

Parents and kids can seem like opposites... but they're a perfect match. Here's a sneak peek at Me Tall, You Small, which celebrates a loving parent-child relationship with humor and charm.

You Are Three

First You Are One, then You Are Two, now You Are Three! To launch this book celebrating a little one's third year, author Sara O'Leary, illustrator Karen Klassen, and Owlkids staff share glimpses of ourselves at age three.

You Are Two

Ah, the terrible twos — we were all there once upon a time. To launch You Are Two, a contemporary book celebrating baby's second year, author Sara O'Leary, illustrator Karen Klassen, and Owlkids staff share glimpses of ourselves at age two.

You Are One

Once upon a time, we were all one year old. To launch You Are One, a whimsical, artistic book celebrating baby's first year, author Sara O'Leary, illustrator Karen Klassen, and Owlkids staff share glimpses of ourselves at age one.

 

Level the Playing Field

 

It's time we talked about women's pro sports — so we did. To mark the launch of Sportsnet senior writer Kristina Rutherford's new book, Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women's Pro Sports, we asked anchors, reporters, and editors at Sportsnet some important questions. They responded in these videos:

1. What was an inspiring Team Canada moment at Rio 2016?

2. Why should we care about women's pro sports?

3. What was a defining moment in the history of women's sports?

4. If one thing could change in the world of women's pro sports, what should it be?

5. What should we do to generate positive change in women's pro sports?

Sea Otter Rescue

Introducing Sea Otter Rescue, a new adorable and informative book about how orphaned and injured sea otters are rescued and cared for at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Maya

Peek behind the scenes of the inspiration, art, and collaboration behind Maya with author Mahak Jain and illustrator Elly MacKay. Video filmed in Elly's studio in Owen Sound, Ontario.

Skunk on a String

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a... skunk?? Float along with this little skunk in the animated video trailer for wordless picture book Skunk on a String as he finds his feet in the world.

The Art of the Possible

Meet Edward Keenan, Toronto Star city politics columnist and author of The Art of the Possible: An Everyday Guide to Politics. See what a day in Keenan's life looks like, and hear his take on why kids and young people should care about politics.

The Wolf-Birds

Hear author/illustrator Willow Dawson answer 4 questions about her non-fiction picture book, The Wolf-Birds. Find out about the book's art style, inspiration, basis in scientific research, and more.

Kyle Goes Alone

Watch artist Ashley Barron create three-toed sloth Kyle from Kyle Goes Alone out of paper collage in this time-lapse video of her artistic process.

Dojo Daycare & Dojo Daytrip

Learn how to draw a ninja in the style of Dojo Daycare and Dojo Daytrip author/illustrator Chris Tougas in this fun instructional video.

The Chirp Books

See how the new Chirp TV tie-in picture books are printed in this behind-the-scenes look at print production.

Prickly Jenny

How do editorial and marketing minds work together to come up with just the right title for a book? This short film takes you behind the scenes in the quest for the title Prickly Jenny.

The Book of Languages

Owlkids staff speak lots of different languages! In honor of The Book of Languages, we share some words and phases from the languages we speak.

The Flat Rabbit

This video gives a sneak peek at the story and illustrations in The Flat Rabbit, a book for all ages about death and compassion.

GET TO KNOW OUR AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS

Petit Proust Questionnaires

We've re-imagined the famous Proust Questionnaire to give a glimpse into the lives, personalities, and childhoods of Owlkids Books authors and illustrators. Click to read their answers:

 AUTHORS

 

ILLUSTRATORS

 

Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat

Author and food journalist Sarah Elton answers questions about food choices, meatless meals, dealing with picky eaters, and more in this Q&A to accompany Meatless?

    

The Little Book of Big Fears

Author/illustrator Monica Arnaldo and editor Jessica Burgess discuss inspiration for The Little Book of Big Fears and remember some of their own childhood anxieties.

    

A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars

Author Maria Birmingham and illustrator Josh Holinaty talk about the process of creating A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars and debate whether or not they'd like to be immortal.

    

See You Next Year

Author Andrew Larsen and illustrator Todd Stewart write back and forth about ideas, inspiration, where they write and draw, and memories of childhood summers in this conversation about See You Next Year, a book for grades K to 2.

  

How to Save a Species

Meet Jonathan Baillie, conservation biologist and author of How to Save a Species, in this Q&A for grades 4 to 6. Learn about how Jonathan became a scientist, a day in the life of his job, and which conservation case needs immediate attention.

    

EXPLORE THE STORIES BEHIND THE STORIES

Wild Ideas

Explore the Wild Ideas website for podcasts on the science behind the book, author and illustrator Q&As, a behind-the-scenes video of the diorama photo shoot, and more!

    

The Wolf-Birds

Download a rich list of sources The Wolf-Birds author/illustrator Willow Dawson used to research the book, as well as some further reading suggestions.

   

Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell

In this prequel comic, Jon Berg, author/illustrator of Rosie and Rolland in the Legendary Show-and-Tell for grades 1 to 4, shows how co-adventurers Rosie and Rolland first met.

   

CLASSROOM ACTIVITY GUIDES

Phoebe Sounds It Out

It's not easy learning to spell your name... especially when it doesn't look like it sounds. Phoebe's teacher says, "just sound it out!" But Phoebe's not so sure. How will she puzzle through it? These classroom activities support learning about phonics and name-writing inspired by Phoebe Sounds It Out

    

Worms for Breakfast

What do zoo animals eat? Explore the concepts in Worms for Breakfast further with activities relating to science, nutrition, and math.

    

Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers

What's your middle school superhero name? Find out with this fun activity based on middle-grade novel Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers.

    

The Artist and Me

This letter and discussion guide from The Artist and Me author Shane Peacock extends learning from the book, covering topics such as bullying, contrast, illustration, and point of view.

    

A Dog Day for Susan

This laugh-out-loud activity inspired by A Dog Day for Susan invites kids to discover their own dog name and draw a sketch.

    

Friend or Foe

This guide extends learning from Friend or Foe for students in grades 3 to 8 with exercises in point of view, science, media literacy, and more.

    

West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher

A letter from author and educator Liam O'Donnell addresses the neurodiversity in this book, followed by discussion prompts for elementary school classrooms.

    

A Ticket Around the World

This guide extends learning from A Ticket Around the World for students in grades 2 to 5 with exercises in compare and contrast, mapping, research, languages, and more. Black-line masters provided.

    

Who's Next Door?

This activity guide for K to 2 classrooms includes discussion topics and a matching activity to invite further exploration of the concept of diurnal and nocturnal creatures, which is introduced in Who's Next Door?.

  

The Story Starts Here!

This kit leads students in grades 1 and 2 through the process of planning, drafting, revising, writing, and illustrating a mini storybook - with a twist! Along the way, students will learn about the parts of a story, including plot, characters, and more. Black-line master and detailed instructions provided.