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RED KNIT CAP GIRL is a Best Illustrated 2012 Winner!

    Congrats are in order for Naoko Stoop, one of the recipients of the New York Times' coveted Best Illustrated Children's Book Awards of 2012! The ten winners were just announced over twitter feed recently by Pamela Paul from the New York Times. There should be more information on the awards apearing soon in the NY Times review section.

     Red Knit Cap Girl (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) is a book that will entertain young and old with its stunning and intricate images and touching story. From the heart of an enchanted forest, the reader follows a little girl and  her woodland friends on an mission to talk to the moon. The beauty of the natural world pops through the illustrations painted on wood grain.

Spooky Reads

In case you're looking for some books to get you in the Halloween mood, here are a few we've loved! Husk by Corey Redekop (ECW Press, $18.95) This is the latest zombie book that is an absolute must-read for anyone with a strong stomach and a fascination with flesh eating. Unlike most undead stories you come across, this one is written from the perspective of the zombie!

The Diviners by Libba Bray (Little, Brown, $21.99) Although the author is mostly known for writing YA, this book about people with supernatural powers in 1920's New York definitely transcends the age genre and is spooky from the start! Best part: Libba will be in Toronto signing copies of the book in November!

V Wars edited by Jonathan Maberry (IDW Publishing, $24.99) Told in stories by eight different authors, V Wars chronicles the modern rise of vampires. By breaking  each story into parts and intermixing them, Maberry tells how the world is fascinated, terrified and finally overwhelmed by the discovery that vampires are, and always have been, real.

So enjoy your Halloween, enjoy these awesome books, and sleep tight (if you can)!