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Take the Quiz: Choose your Fall Favourites and We'll tell you What House of One Thousand Eyes Character You Are!

CONGRATS TO THE HOUSE OF ONE THOUSAND EYES, HELLO FALL!

The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker won the Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, awarded by the CCBC. More information on the award here. We want to say congratulations to Michelle and hello to fall with this new House of One Thousand Eyes quiz! 

Watch the book trailer to learn more about The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker. Available at your local bookstore, or at one of these online sellers: Amazon | Indigo/Chapters | Barnes and Noble

Take the Quiz: What Ghost Collector Character are you? Create a Playlist and Find out!

 

The Ghost Collector: Blog Tour

 Allison Mills debut book, The Ghost Collector is going on a blog tour! See below for the stops:

 

THE GHOST COLLECTOR BLOG TOUR

SEPTEMBER 5-13 

Thursday, September 5th— Lisa Day @ Book Time

Author Guest Post and Book Review

Friday, September 6th— Lucien Welsh @ Lucien in the Stars 

Author Q&A and Book Review

Monday, September 9th— Sarah Brown @ Sarah Lillian Books 

The Ghost Collector Soundtrack and Book Review

Tuesday, September 10th— Ciarra Chavarria @ Girls Read the World (IG) 

Book Review and Excerpt

Wednesday, September 11th— Sam A @ Read with Sam 

The Ghost Collector Swag Giveaway and Book Review

Thursday, September 12th— Carly Coombe @ A Beauty & Her Books 

What Ghost Collector Character are you? Quiz and Book Review

Friday, September 13th— Ryan Jones @ Biblio Virgo

Author Guest Post and Book Review

 

The Ghost Collector delves into questions of grief, loss, and the many ways people can linger after death. Pick up your copy at your local bookstore on September 10th!

 

Take the Quiz: What Bad Boy or Girl of Fashion are you based on your preferences?

Take the Quiz below to see what historical Bad Girl or Boy of Fashion you are!



Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka Follow Your Stuff video podcast


Check out Michael Hlinka and Kevin Sylvester's cool video podcast about the subjects in their new book Follow Your Stuff: Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You?

 

Take the Quiz: Tell us what you and your sibling(s) would rather and we'll tell you what your next adventure together will be!

Everyone’s favorite moles are back, now in a sturdy board book format perfect for younger readers. Titles in this four-book set commemorating the 20th anniversary of the classic series’ original publication date have been specially selected to appeal to younger readers. Sturdy pages make them just right for reading together or for little ones reading alone.

Take the quiz below to see what new adventure you and your sibling(s) will go on next, inspired by the Mole Sisters!


 
Find the Mole Sister's new board book look in any bookstore near you or online retailer.

DIANA DANCES GIVEAWAY (and book trailer)!

 

ENTER HERE FOR A DIANA DANCES GIVEAWAY!



**Giveaway runs from Thursday, March 21st to Monday, April 1st at 11:00 PM EST. Entrants must be 18+ years of age and residents of Canada or the United States

Dr. Dave Williams interviewed on The National on CBC

 

Dr. Dave Williams has been traveling quite a bit this season, in support of his TWO books: one is Destination Space: Living on Other Planets, the fourth book in the DR. DAVE - ASTRONAUT series with Loredana Cunti, and the other is Defying Limits, his inspiring memoir for adult readers.

 

You can find all of his books on his new website, astrodavemd.ca.

 

But first, check out his fascinating interview with the CBC's Andrew Chang above, where the two discuss how collaborating across borders advances space travel, drives advancement in lifesaving technology, and helps humanity survive in other parts of our solar system.

OUR STAFF BOOK PICKS FOR 2018

OUR STAFF BOOK PICKS FOR 2018

We are huge fans of our year of books. So much so that the Annick team decided to share some of our favourite with you.


Amanda O: Classic Munsch ABC by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
“I grew up reading the classic Robert Munsch books, so sharing Elizabeth, Mortimer, and other Munsch icons with my own kids as they learn the alphabet is like a big, warm nostalgia hug! And playing “Which Munsch & Martchenko book is this character from?” while we read is also very fun.”

Katie H:
Sugar and Snails by Sarah Tsiang, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
"Love the fun and the imagination in here—the lemon dessert illustration!—and the kids taking charge by flipping old stereotypes upside down."


Heather D: One Rainy Day by Shobha Viswanath, illustrated by Ashwathy P.S. & Anusha Sundar
"I like so much about this book; the colors, the collage artwork. I like the bright pops of color on the rainy spreads, the progression to the warm colors on the indoor spreads, and the lovely bright ending. As a production geek I also just like the feel and overall look of the book."

Serah-Marie M: Beware the Monster! by Michaël Escoffier, illustrated by Amandine Piu
"Everybody needs a little guidance on how exactly to handle a monster. Plus, the cows are deeply charming, and burps are always funny."

Kaela C: Anna at the Art Museum by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert, illustrated by Lil Crump

"Anna at the Art Museum is a perfect union between text and illustration, a clever and charming introduction to art, and a reminder that no matter how bored or cranky you are, something magical could be just around the corner."


Gayna T: A Boy and a House by Maja Kastelic 
"It is the most beautiful book. Once I found it, I couldn’t resist it and then I couldn’t put it down."

Asiya A: Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones

"One of Annick’s YA novels that explores the complexities of love and family through the point of view of Shane—a young, gay Indigenous teenage boy. Shane is so young but the grievances he is forced to deal with in a world where being an Indigenous gay teen is anything but easy truly gives the reader a very powerful story."


Toni B: That’s Not Hockey! by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Félix Girard
"I love Jacques’ determination throughout his life and his willingness to try new things, even if it meant sticking out from the crowd. Félix Girard’s illustrations are warm, engaging and just right for the audience."

Claire C: The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker
"I read this tense, gripping novel in one sitting. Michelle Barker’s vivid depiction of life in East Berlin and Lena’s courage despite facing life-or-death consequences in her quest for the truth made me keep turning the pages."


Brendan O: Tree Song by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Holly Hatam
"When a friend visited from Vancouver this month, he said “I just gave my niece that Tree-La-La book.” He nodded when I asked him if he meant Tree Song. Honestly though, what could be better proof that Tiffany Stone and Holly Hatam are a great picture book-making team? The read-along actually gets you singing!"

Shayanna S: Anyone's Game (Cross Ups Book 2) by Sylv Chiang, illustrated by Connie Choi
"The sequel in the Cross Ups series tackles so many relevant issues
girls in gaming, online trolling, harassmentand it does it so well. Combined with the friendships, diverse family and spot illustrations, the whole series is incredible and a must-read for middle readers!"

 

Thanks for a great year Annick readers! We can't wait until 2019 to share more exciting things with you. 

All the best until then, 

The Annick Team


Take the Quiz: Anna at the Art Museum Trivia

Can you name the Art?

Anna at the Art Museum by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert, illustrated by Lil Crump

Anna is bored at the art museum with her mother. There's nothing there to do for little girls! Can you name the paintings she passes while looking for something fun to do? 




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Art is for everyone—even a bored little girl.

Going to the art museum with her mom is no fun at all for Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t touch! Do not enter! Quiet!

A half-open door draws Anna’s attention, but this time, a guard surprises her by inviting her to go in. Here she finds a “secret workshop” where paintings are being cleaned and repaired. Staring
out from one of the canvases is a girl who looks grumpy and bored—just like Anna herself. With the realization that art often imitates life, Anna discovers the sheer joy to be had from the paintings on the wall.

Filled with representations of paintings from many world-class galleries, this charming book is the perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.

Contains art reproductions from the Met, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the National Gallery (London UK), and more. A full listing is included.

 

Get a copy at any of your local bookstores, Indigo/ Chapters, Barnes and Nobel or Amazon affiliate. 

Take the Quiz: Eyes and Spies- Do You Know How to Stay Internet Safe?

Take the Quiz: Do You Know How to Stay Internet Safe? 

Based on the book Eyes and Spies: How You're Tracked and Why You Should Know by Tanya Lloyd Kyi; art by Belle Wuthrich

What's true and what's false about privacy and the internet? Take this quiz with your kids so that everyone is aware how to stay safe while

About the book: 
Who is watching you . . . and why? 
Social media and the internet are great for sharing information, meeting new friends, and exchanging points of view. But they also make it very easy to find out everything about you—including things you may not want others to know. This book asks three simple questions: Who’s watching, and why? Where is the line between public and private? How can you keep your secrets to yourself? Eyes and Spies looks at the way information and data is collected and used by individuals, governments, companies, and organizations. 
 
Each chapter covers one aspect of the subject, from data collection to computer surveillance and personal privacy. Arguments for both increased security and increased privacy are offered, encouraging readers to think critically about the issues. “Creepy Line” sidebars highlight controversial real-life scenarios, often involving youth. “Action Alert” entries explain how to find out more about the implications of surveillance and data mining. Other topics include how students are tracked at school, cyberbullying, and online safety.

Blog Tour: The House of One Thousand Eyes

Annick Press will be hosting our first ever blog tour for the new YA novel, The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker coming out on September 11th! How can you join in the fun? Look below to get the inside scoop on which bloggers will be participating, their dates and the content they will be putting out for you! All of this to get excited for the release date of The House of One Thousand Eyes!

 

The House of One Thousand Eyes Blog Tour—September 10-16 

 

Monday September 10

Maria @ Reading Maria – Review, Author Interview, & never before seen Book Trailer!

 

Tuesday September 11 (On Sale!)

Allison @ Sleepless Reads – Review & Excerpt

 

Wednesday September 12 

Sara @ The Paperback Pilgrim – Review & Creative Content

 

Thursday September 13

Cindy @ Cindy’s Love of Books – Review & Guest Post

 

Friday September 14

Jessica @ The Paper Trail Diary— Review & Exclusive Content 

 

Saturday September 15

Indigo @ Adventures in YA Fiction— Review & Soundtrack/Playlist 

 

Sunday September 16

Madi @ Books and Tea— Review, Author Interview & Giveaway!

 

We hope you all can join in on the fun! 

 

 

About the book:

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Who can Lena trust to help her find out the truth?

Life in East Germany in the early 1980s is not easy for most people, but for Lena, it’s particularly hard. After the death of her parents in a factory explosion and time spent in a psychiatric hospital recovering from the trauma, she is sent to live with her stern aunt, a devoted member of the ruling Communist Party. Visits with her beloved Uncle Erich, a best-selling author, are her only respite.

But one night, her uncle disappears without a trace. Gone also are all his belongings, his books, and even his birth records. Lena is desperate to know what happened to him, but it’s as if he never existed.

The worst thing, however, is that she cannot discuss her uncle or her attempts to find him with anyone, not even her best friends. There are government spies everywhere. But Lena is unafraid and refuses to give up her search, regardless of the consequences.

This searing novel about defiance, courage, and determination takes readers into the chilling world of a society ruled by autocratic despots, where nothing is what it seems.

Author/ Illustrator Interview with Tiffany Stone and Holly Hatam creators of Tree Song

Author/ Illustrator Interview with Tiffany Stone and Holly Hatam creators of Tree Song

The world keeps turning all around us, and sometimes we forget to stop and appreciate it. Tree Song by Tiffany Stone and illustrated by Holly Hatam helps us to remember. It guides us through the life cycle of a tree and reminds us that nature deserves to be appreciated for all it does. Annick sits down with this author/illustrator team and they talk a bit about how they were inspired to write this book, what their creative process is like and also how we can continue to contribute to a better earth.


TS: My name is Tiffany Stone and I wrote the picture book Tree Song that came out on April 10th. Tree Song tells the life story of a tree and all the things that happen on, under and around it in the forest.

 

ANNICK TO TS: What inspired you to write a book about nature and the life cycle of a tree?

TS: This is my backyard and it’s what inspired me to write about nature and the life cycle of a tree.

 

ANNICK TO HH: Which was your favourite season, and which season was your favourite to illustrate?

HH: My favourite season is summer. Especially since I live in Canada and we have very long, very cold winters. And what feels like I’m wearing a million layers for the millionth month, by April and May I’m ready to peel those layers off and just got frolicking in the sun. Oddly enough, my favourite season to illustrate in Tree Song was winter. Just because it was so magical. I was able to add sparkly elements for the snow, and beautiful transparent icicles falling from the trees. There’s something so fantastical about snowflakes in the air, and the wind through your hair. I guess I love to draw winter, but I don’t really love it in the real sense.

 

ANNICK TO TS: Why did you decide to write Tree Song in rhyme and song?

TS: I wrote Tree Song in rhyme and song because to me Trees are too full of life and too majestic to simply just talk. I thought that they deserve a musical language.

 

ANNICK TO HH: What medium is your favourite to use in your art?

HH: My favourite art medium is the computer. That’s how I create all my art work. I used to work traditionally using water colour and ink. But, as I became a book illustrator it was just easier to use the computer. I can work faster and it’s just easier for revisions and things like that. But with the computer there are so many options. You can make the art work look like it was traditionally done, which I try to do, and a lot of people ask me what medium I use because they can’t tell. So, I guess I’m doing a good job there.

 

ANNICK TO TS: How do you think this book will impact young readers?

TS: I hope Tree Song inspires young readers to explore nature and learn more about how living things are connected.

 

ANNICK TO HH: What are you working on next?

HH: Right now, I’m working on four books that I wrote myself, which is really exciting because they are my first four books as a author and illustrator. They will each be about a different magical creature and the first one will be about unicorns. That’s all I can say but look out for those in June 2019.

 

ANNICK TO BOTH: Earth Week just passed, do you have any tips on how to contribute towards a cleaner, greener, earth?

TS: When I was writing tree song I imagined what it was like to be a tree. Can you pretend to be a tree? How would you like to be treated? Encourage your friends and family to treat real trees this way.

HH: I only use green cleaning products. So, no products with chemicals in them. That’s my detergent, my soap, my dishwash—everything is green. I also don’t use anything plastic. No plastic bottles, no plastic bags, no plastic Tupperware. Everything is reusable. 

 

Tree Song is available in stores now!

The Day of the Hi-Fiving Cats

 The Day of the Hi-Fiving Cat 

 

By: Elizabeth MacLeod author of Super Cats and Top Dogs

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Super Cats by Elizabeth MacLeod tells the stories of lots of amazing cats, including some from long ago. But cats are constantly in the news. For instance, did you know that today is National High Five Day and that cat rescue shelters have been teaching their cats to high-five to celebrate! 

 

Teaching shelter cats to high five helps the cats a lot. Being trained to perform a trick gives a cat’s brain a workout and the feline gets some exercise, too. Learning tricks can make a shy cat more comfortable with people and teaches an excitable cat to play more gently. Cats gain confidence thanks to the training and connect with the people around them.

 

Best of all, being able to perform a cute trick such as high fiving improves a shelter cat’s chances of being adopted!

 

Want to teach your cat to high five? Go to https://greatergood.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/JGP-High-Five-Day-Instructions.pdf and check out the instructions. Work slowly and make sure you’re both having fun. If your cat’s not enjoying himself, take a break and try again later.

And to find out why owning a cat is good for you, as well as lots of other fantastic facts about fabulous felines, read Super Cats!

 

Interested in taking a Super Cat/ Top Dog quiz based on Liz MacLeod's books? Go here.

Dr. Dave launches Mighty Mission Machines at the Ontario Science Centre

Calling all astronomy enthusiasts! On April 21, the Ontario Science Centre presents a full day of space-themed programs, including a nighttime Star Party, to celebrate International Astronomy Day. Learn about space equipment from former astronaut Dr. Dave Williams, pick up stargazing basics at a planetarium show, observe the celestial objects through a telescope and make comets right here on Earth.

 

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Special guest Dr. Dave takes us on a tour of the incredible equipment that allows humans to travel, live and work in space. Hear about the different kinds of machines – right down to the nuts and bolts – that are essential to space travel from someone who's been there. Mighty Mission Machines: From Rovers to Rockets, the third book in the Dr. Dave Astronaut series, is available for purchase and signing onsite. 

 

Read more about International Astronomy Day at the Ontario Science Centre here.

Read more about the Dr. Dave Astronaut books here.

Take the Quiz: Create your ideal outfit and we'll tell you what Top Dog or Super Cat you are!

Do you see yourself as a Top Dog? How about a Super Cat? Take this personality quiz and create your ideal outfit and we'll tell you what trait you have in common with what breed! Based on the books Top Dogs: True Stories of Canines that made History and Super Cats: True Stories of Felines that made History by Elizabeth MacLeod. 

 

Catching up with Ariana Koultourides illustrator of The Big Kids Board Books: Bed Tales, Shirt Tales and Toilet Tales

Maybe your parents haven’t stopped teasing you on how long it took for you to be potty trained. What about the time you put on a shirt inside out and went to school? Or the time they stayed up with you until two in the morning because you just would not go to bed. Are you going through all of this with the toddler in your life?  Hear what advice Ariana Koultourides, illustrator of the Big Kids Board Books, has for parents and toddlers reaching milestones. Read on or watch our Instagram Story.

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ANNICK: Which was your favourite animal to draw, and why?

AK: If I had to pick just one animal throughout the entire series that I drew, that was my favouriteI think I’d have to choose the elephant. Even though its hard, because I love animals, I think I would choose the elephant because it was really fun playing with the huge dramatic perspective and scale. It was my goal to get kids to laugh and try to imagine a huge elephant in their bathroom. A giant elephant crammed in a tiny bathroom next to a little toilet…just for little kids I think it’s really fun. So, I think that would be my favourite.

 

ANNICK: When did you know you wanted to illustrate kid’s books?

AK: Ever since I was little I always loved drawing and always loved reading children’s books and looking at the art. I got really inspired and my family always drew, so I was always drawing, painting and sculpting everything. As school went by I took every art class possible and eventually I went to college for art and I majored in illustration. It has always really been with me and has been my main goal. It feels great to finally have done it with such a wonderful publishing company.

 

ANNICK: Do you think there should be a book based on your Chihuahua?

AK: Absolutely! I would absolutely love that. That would be a dream come true. If only I knew someone that could write it for me. I have a ton of content about his whole little personality. It’s just really hard for me to write. I love to evoke stories through images. So, I’m kind of working on something, but it doesn’t really have text so if that could happen in the future, that would be amazing!

 

ANNICK: What is your favourite medium to use?

AK: My favourite medium to use is a really hard thing to choose. But I think if I had to choose it would probably be just pencil and paper. I feel the most relaxed and happy when I’m just drawing and drawing and drawing. I love that traditional aspect, but at the same time I love colour, and I love digital art and I like to combine all of that in my work. It’s really hard but I guess just traditional drawing would be my favouritedoodling everything.

 

ANNICK: We see you like nail art. Which one is harder, getting the perfect nail or the perfect sketch?

AK: Even though a lot of my professional work is illustration and mostly children’s book illustrationI do love a lot of different mediums of art and expression. I have a passion for sculpture even, and nail art. I think trying to decide what’s harder with nail art and sketching I think getting the perfect nail art is definitely harder for me because of the tiny, tiny scale. I like getting every little detail perfect and intricate. I think nail art would probably be harder than sketching, its just not as fluid, but it’s definitely just as rewarding.

 

ANNICK: What animals do you think would be the most successful at 1. Using the toilet, 2. Getting dressed and 3. Sleeping in a bed?

AK: If I had to choose an animal that would reach each milestone the best throughout all three books, I think for Bed Tales it would definitely be the bear because they’re so big and cozy and they like to hibernate. For Shirt Tales I think I would choose octopus because they have all those tentacles and they have the best chances at succeeding at reaching that milestone. For Toilet Tales I think I would choose the lion because I love the idea of the lion making the toilet their throne and just being really relaxed and comfortable while taking their time. I don’t know, I think its fun to think of any of these animals reaching these milestones but if I had to choose one for each those would be the three.

 

ANNICK: What advice can you give to all those toddlers out there reaching important milestones?

AK: For all those adorable little toddlers out there reaching these milestones, the best advice I can give them is to just be patient, have fun with it, make fun memories and just have a good time! Everyone’s different, everyone reaches everything at a different pace and I hope that these books create memories with toddlers and their families and I hope everyone has a fun time with them.  

The Big Kids Board Books: Bed Tales, Shirt Tales and Toilet Tales are on sale now!

What does the Paper Bag Princess mean to you?

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What Does the Paper Bag Princess mean to you? Tell us on our social channels with the hashtag #PaperBagPrincess!
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And for inspiration, here's what some others had to say
 
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The classicist Mary Beard recommended the Paper Bag Princess in the Guardian Newspaper for the article "The book that made me a feminist" saying,
 
But can I put in a plea for a children’s book? One of my children’s favourites was always Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess, which I have read out loud hundreds of times. There is nothing more subversively empowering than reciting from memory those great last lines, when the enterprising Princess Elizabeth rescues the ghastly and feeble Prince Ronald from the dragon – and then dumps him: “‘You look like a nice guy, but guess what? You are a bum.’ And they didn’t get married after all.” There’s power for you, in a nutshell.
 


Author Francesca Segal’s "Stand Up to Dragons" in the Hairpin speaks of the subtle influence of Princess Elizabeth, that from childhood she “stayed with me, whispered to me of another empowered femininity; warning me of Ronalds.”
 


And the fantastic website A Mighty Girl puts the Paper Bag Princess first on their Ultimate Guide to the Independent Princess!
 
 
 
 

The Paper Bag Princess will be released with a beautiful new design this Spring along with four other Classic Munsch titles: Pigs, Purple, Green and Yellow, Stephanie's Ponytail, and Thomas' Snowsuit




 

Fire Song book launch at Glad Day Bookshop on Wednesday, March 21st

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Join us for the launch of FIRE SONG at Glad Day on March 21st for readings, signings, refreshments and more!

 

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/728242234049556/

 

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Annick nominated for Children's Publisher of the Year Award at the Bologna Children's Book Fair

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Annick Press has been named a finalist for this year’s Bologna Prize for the Best Children’s Publishers of the Year awarded annually by the Bologna Children’s Book Fair to the the most significant publishers in the world. Winners will be announced at this year’s 55th Bologna Children’s Book Fair which runs from March 26-29.

This will be the independent press’s second nomination for the prestigious prize since the awards were initiated in 2013, and Annick’s Director, Rick Wilks, says “the creators and staff at Annick are thrilled to receive this recognition.”

“Annick’s goal, to foster a love of reading by developing strong stories that resonate, stimulate the imagination and encourage critical thinking remain as important to us today as they did when the company was founded 43 years ago.  We’re honored to be among a group of publishers that create books that truly do have an impact,” Wilks says of the Bologna Prize nomination. 

The award nod comes on the heels of a record-breaking year of 118 distinctions for the children’s publisher, including February’s American Indian Best Young Adult book award win for #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women (2017) edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, given out by the American Indian Library Association (AILA), an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA). #NotYourPrincess was also a finalist for the ALA’s Young Adult nonfiction book top honors, the YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction, as well as being named to the ALA’s Amelia Bloomer List Top Ten title for the best feminist books for young readers.