Monday, January 31, 2011


Each year the Ontario Library Association Best Bets committee chooses the top 10 Canadian books for children and teens in the categories of picture books, junior fiction, junior non fiction and teen fiction. The titles are featured in the OLA store at the conference. Congratulations to Rie Charles, author of No More Dragons, for making the grade!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Lucy Lemay Cellucci’s debut novel True Colours celebrated its official launch on Friday, November 26th, 2010. The Ottawa, Ontario author entertained an audience of 150 with amusing stories about her process of writing and journey to publication. Cellucci, who has been a Dance Educator in the nation’s capital for over a decade, also had her students present to perform dances that had been specifically choreographed for the launch. One, a “cheerleader-style” routine, complete with a ridiculously over-sized alligator mascot, represented a character’s fascination with being accepted into the cheerleading squad, and another, a contemporary choreographic work, was set to the song “True Colours” (Glee Cast recording) to highlight the novel’s message to teens about the value of self-empowerment and standing up for one’s beliefs, no matter how unpopular.
Also on the roster was a brief presentation from the Ottawa Humane Society (OHS). A portion of book sales for the evening was donated to the OHS, as the social issue of animal rights is one of the novel’s predominant themes. The night was a tremendous success, resulting in a complete sellout of books!

Thursday, January 13, 2011


An update about Patty Gallinger, a fine illustrator who has done a lot of work for Napoleon:

As a professional children's book illustrator for over 19 years, Patty brings a keen eye for detail and expression to her renderings, whether its for a picture book or a biography or pet theme Christmas cards. Her career began as a fine artist, award winning wildlife artist and book designer. She has taught children's editorial workshops at Dundas Valley School of Art and drawing classes for adults in her own home town.

Patty lives with her husband, two children and Jack Russell Terrier, in Burlington, Ontario. Her work includes:

Book Illustration Published Works (Children's Anthologies)
Many Windows, Napoleon Publishing 2008
Muslim Child, Napoleon Publishing and Albert Whitman & Co.

Book Illustration Published Works (32 page picture books)
Yesterday’s Santa and the Chanukah Miracle, Napoleon Publishing 2002
My Mannequins, Napoleon Publishing 2000

Book Illustration Published Works (Children's Biographies)
Believing In Books, Napoleon Publishing 2002

Book Illustration Published Works (Covers for Children's novels)
Finding My Own Way
Hiding In Hawk’s Creek
The Path Through The Trees
Running Scared
Finding My Own Way
A Circle in Time
Dream Dad

Chryslers Search for Canadian Wildlife Artists
First Place and Overall Best in Birds Division

Outstanding Achievement Award
Sheridan College
Available For:
Library and school presentations in the Halton area
Sheridan College alumni
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2009, 2010 Burlington, Ontario
Art In The Mews: A Diverse group of 7 artists celebrating their passion for paint, pottery and fabric
(20% of show proceeds donated to the Burlington Art Centre)

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Rie Charles in Penticton

Rie Charles, author of the fall 2010 title "No More Dragons", pictured at Hooked on Books in Penticton, BC, during a promotional appearance.