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Finalist for the 2014
John Spray Mystery Award

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The Spotted Dog Last Seen

written by Jessica Scott Kerrin

Groundwood Books, 2013 | 978-1-55498-387-2 (hc) $14.95 | for Grades 3 to 6

“In The Spotted Dog Last Seen, author Jessica Scott Kerrin has created a uniquely touching and informative book. A mysterious locker, a cast of endearing characters and fascinating tidbits about the ancient art of gravestone carving make this sensitive work about the grieving process more approachable… Each laugh and every tear is earned in this tale filled with twists, turns, growth and self-forgiveness.”

Reviewed by Aliki Tryphonopoulos

Recent News


Make a Book Day with Marie-Louise Gay and Friends (November 8, 2014)

Make a Book Day Event (Nov 2014)

Groundwood Books and Small Print Toronto are joining forces to present Make a Book Day, an afternoon of presentations and activities for bibliophiles ages 4 to 9 featuring renowned Montreal-based creator Marie-Louise Gay, as well as Groundwood creators Irene Luxbacher, Qin Leng, Matt James and Kellen Hatanaka. Everyone is welcome to this free, kid-friendly, fun-filled afternoon.


Nominees for the 2015 Forest of Reading® Program Announced

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The Ontario Library Association has announced the nominees for the 2015 Forest of Reading® Program. The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers seven reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. The Forest helps celebrate Canadian books, publishers, authors and illustrators. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their School and/or Public Library. All Ontarians/Canadians are invited to participate via their local public library, school library, or individually.

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Hurricane Hazel: 60th Anniversary

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October 15, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. The storm swept from North Carolina to Southern Ontario. Young readers can learn all about Hazel in Rain Tonight: A Story of Hurricane Hazel by Steve Pitt and Heather Collins (illus.), published by Tundra Books.

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October 14: Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Celebrate with these Canadian books about or written by women in STEM.

Find out more about Ada Lovelace and Ada Lovelace Day at FindingAda.com.


CCBC nominated for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award

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Frankfurt (October 9, 2014) - The list of nominees for the 2015 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (ALMA) was announced today at the Frankfurt Book Fair by Boel Westin, the incoming chair of the ALMA jury. The list includes 50 first-time nominees among a total of 197 candidates from 61 countries. The Canadian Children's Book Centre is among the nominees, thanks to a nomination made by IBBY Canada.