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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > July/Aug 2019 > Picture books

Picture books

Selected by Shanda Deziel

2019 Fall Preview


Small in the City

Sydney Smith

Groundwood Books, Sept.

In his first picture book as author and illustrator, Kate Greenaway Medallist Sydney Smith creates an urban setting, complete with alley shortcuts, towering office buildings, and the odd tree in need of climbing. The protagonist is looking for a lost cat in rotten weather while contemplating the way the city takes care of its inhabitants. It’s a love letter to Toronto from an East Coast native.


Julie Flett

Greystone Kids, Sept.

Julie Flett’s distinctive style of illustration anchors a quiet story about an intergenerational friendship that develops when a young girl and her family move next door to an elderly woman. The Vancouver author-artist peppers the story with Cree words and ills the pages with delicate landscapes, lowers, and birds.

The Proudest Blue: A Story of Hijab and Family

Ibtihaj Muhammad with S.K. Ali; Hatem Aly, ill.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/ Hachette Book Group Canada, Sept.

U.S. Olympic fencing medallist Ibtihaj Muhammad joins Canadian teacher turned awardwinning novelist S.K. Ali (Saints and Misits) for the story of two sisters – one on her first day of school and the other on her first day of hijab. Egyptian-born, New Brunswick–based Hatem Aly (The Inquisitor’s Tale) provides the book’s charming illustrations.

In My Anaana’s Amautik

Nadia Sammurtok and Lenny Lishchenko, ill. Inhabit Media, Sept.

Proliic Iqaluit writer Nadia Sammurtok (The Owl and the Two Rabbits) and Mississauga, Ontario, illustrator Lenny Lishchenko (The Origin of Day and Night) set their latest picture book in the pouch of an Inuit mother’s parka to tell a comforting story from the perspective of the child being carried.

And Then the Seed Grew

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