Black History Month - Children Literature

As you can see from our bestseller lists, Drawn & Quarterly customers actively seek out, support and love writers from diverse backgrounds. It's a great source of pride to us to be able to recognize the needs and interests and voices of different communities, LGBTQ groups, disabled people, and other experiences, so that children recognize themselves in books and understand their voices are essential and important. Since February is Black History Month we have rounded up a table of our favourite black authors and put it in the centre of the store. There are wonderful titles that explore the breadth of the black experience and its contributions throughout history and modern times, and in your own happy household, and prove that black history is vital every day of the year.

Here are some of our must reads from our children bookstore, La Petite Librairie, and come in the store to discover even more riches!

Our Top Picks 

Picture Books

Last Stop on Market Street, by Matt de La Peña and Christian Robinson

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty—and fun—in their routine and the world around them.

Haïti, mon pays : poèmes d'écoliers haïtiens, de Rogé

Les poèmes des écoliers de Camp-Perrin en Haïti et la série de "portraits" que réalise l'illustrateur Rogé en vu d'une exposition à Montréal. L'auteur haïtien Dany Laferrière a signé la préface de l'album.

Chicken in the Kitchen, by Nnedi Okorafor

When Anyaugo follows a giant chicken into her kitchen one warm night in Nigeria, she embarks on a fun-filled adventure where nothing is quite as it seems. Is the mischievous giant chicken a friend or a foe? More importantly, will Anyaugo be able to save the food for the New Yam Festival the next day?

Chapter Books

Akata Witch / Akata Warrior, by Nnedi Okorafor

We are clearly big fans of Okorafor. This is a sequel to Akata Witch which was released in 2011. Both can be found in our store.

Twelve-year-old Sunny lives in Nigeria, but she was born American. Her features are African, but she's albino. She's a terrific athlete, but can't go out into the sun to play soccer. There seems to be no place where she fits in. And then she discovers something amazing—she is a "free agent" with latent magical power. Soon she's part of a quartet of magic students, studying the visible and invisible, learning to change reality. But will it be enough to help them when they are asked to catch a career criminal who knows magic too?

The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

This book was also on our best seller list for 2017.

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed.

American Street, by Ibi Zoboi

After they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.
Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Graphic Novels

Akissi, Histoires pimentées, de Marguerite Abouet, et Mathieu Sapin

We are all huge fans of Aya by Marguerite Abouet. Akissi is Aya's younger sister and is written for a younger audience. Akissi is a true adventurer, full of silliness and fun, and nothing will scare her for long! 

Goldie Vance, by Hope Larson, and Brittney Williams

Illustarted by the wonderful Brittney Williams, Goldie Vance is a huge success. 
Goldie has an insatiable curiosity, which explains her dream to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery. 
March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

March, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis' lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis' personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.



Little Leaders, Bold Women in Black History, by Vashti Harrison

Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things - bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come.

Hidden Figures, The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race, by Margot Lee Shetterly and Laura Freeman

We all saw the movie! In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, they explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.

From the heart of Africa, A Book of Wisdom, by Eric Walters

A simply stunning book. It is a collection of African wisdom gorgeously illustrated by artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and more.

Thank you!

Graphic Novels Bestsellers 2017

Next up: a category that is a store favourite: our 2017 graphic novel bestsellers!

Boundless by Jillian Tamaki, Mooncop by Tom Gauld, Rolling Blackouts by Sarah Glidden

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele (not pictured) 
Monstress Volume 1  by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Baking with Kafka by Tom Gauld

Mile End by Michel Hellman 
Louis Riel by Chester Brown
You Are a Cat! by Sherwin Tjia

Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero by Michael DeForge
The Unquotable Trump by R. Sikoryak

Zonzo by Joan Cornella (not pictured)
Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
Hostage by Guy Delisle
Pyongyang by Guy Delisle

SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki
Wendy's Revenge by Walter Scott

Check out our other sections' 2017 bestsellers here:
Overall | Fiction | Non-fiction | Jeunesse  | Childrens/YA | Art and Design | Lifestyle | Canadian | Poetry

Fiction 2017 Bestsellers

So many amazing novels passed through our bookstore this calendar year—from sprawling bildungsromans and harebrained goose-chases to quiet tales of resilience—but which works of fiction were most popular with our readers? Take a gander at the top Fiction sellers of 2017:

Swing Time - Zadie Smith

4 3 2 1 - Paul Auster

Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars - Kai Cheng Thom

The Lonely Hearts Hotel - Heather O'Neill

Islands of Decolonial Love - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

I Love Dick- Chris Kraus

My Brilliant Friend - Elena Ferrante

No One Belongs Here More Than You - Miranda July

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood

An Indoor Kind of Girl - Frankie Barnet

This Accident of Being Lost - Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Not pictured)

Hot Milk - Deborah Levy

Lincoln in the Bardo - George Saunders

The Idiot - Elif Bautiman

We wish you fruitful reading in the new year!

New D+Q: Red Winter by Anneli Furmark

Thrilled to be able to share with the world Anneli Furmark's beautiful tale of intrigue, love and politics. 

Red Winter takes place in 1970s Sweden amid political upheaval and tells the tale of Siv, her children, and Ulrik. The high-paced narrative weaves together perspectives of different characters and generations. 

Politics are ever-present. 

 The story is still very much about human experience: adolescence, companionship, longing. 

Furmark's beautifully subdued hues evoke the titular season. Full of reflection and buoyant humour, the story is a great winter read. 

Canadian Bestsellers 2017

We're are so pleased to look at this list of Canadian bestsellers and take stock of the artists and writers producing amazing work in Canada. Our customers have the best taste! There is something for everyone in this list whether you want Jillian Tamaki's ethereal short story comics, Heather O'Neill's historical tale of survival in 1930's Montreal, or a pocket anthology of local treasure Leonard Cohen's acclaimed work. Come pick up a copy of that book everyone around you is talking about. 

Lifestyle Bestsellers 2017

Check out our lifestyle bestsellers for 2017! Whether hot new titles or perennial favourites, swinging by the store and picking up one of these winners was sure to help you learn something new in the home, in the kitchen, or on vacation.

Eaten Back to Life: Essays (Jonah Campbell)

The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs (Tristan Gooley)

How to Travel Without Seeing: Dispatches (Andrès Neuman)

Bowl: Vegetarian Recipes for Ramen, Pho, Bibimbap, Dumplings, and Other One-Dish Meals (Lukas Volger)

Power Bowls (DK Editions)

Secret Montreal: An Unusual Guide (Philippe Renault)

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (Mari Kondo)

Herbarium (Caz Hildebrand)

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat (Samin Nosrat)

Food52: Mighty Salads (Food52 Editors)

Non-Fiction 2017 Bestseller

Our overall 2017 bestsellers can be found hyperlinked. Here is the Librairie Drawn and Quarterly's bestselling Non-fiction from 2017. The list includes many perennial bestsellers, new books from favorite authors and new books from new authors.  

Art & Design Bestsellers 2017

Check out our top sellers from the Art & Design section for 2017! Most of these have been perennial favourites at the store, though 2017 saw a new book from much-loved illustrator Yumi Sakagawa (The Little Book of Life Hacks), Leonard Koren's book on the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi (not new, but new to us!) was a surprise hit, and Henry Carroll's Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs joined The Photographer's Playbook among our more popular photography books.

Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su

Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One With the Universe by Yumi Sakagawa

Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity by David Lynch

Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets by Leonard Koren

The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp

Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics edition) by John Berger (not pictured)

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

The Little Book of Life Hacks by Yumi Sakagawa

Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen by Sam Kalda

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent) by George Lois

Pocket Atlas of Remote Islands by Judith Schalansky

Interaction of Color by Josef Albers

DIY Magic: A Strange and Whimsical Guide to Creativity by Anthony Alvarado

The Photographer's Playbook by Jason Fulford

Charles & Ray Eames by Gloria Koenig

Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs by Henry Carroll

Hieronymus Bosch: Complete Works by Stefan Fischer

Failed it!: How to Turn Mistakes into Ideas and Other Advice for Successfully Screwing Up by Erik Kessels (not pictured)

The Way of the Tarot by Alejandro Jodorowsky

Meilleurs vendeurs jeunesse 2017

Comme vous l'avez probablement remarqué, la section jeunesse de la librairie Drawn&Quarterly a déménagé en octobre dernier au 176 Bernard Ouest à la Petite Librairie Drawn&Quarterly. Ce nouvel emplacement nous a permis de mieux répondre à la demande littéraire de petits et grands grâce à une plus vaste collection de livres jeunesse, aux activités matinales gratuites les samedis destinées aux jeunes enfants et à la création d'un club de lecture spécialement destiné aux adolescents.

Cette liste des meilleurs vendeurs jeunesse de l'année a été créée en combinant les ventes de La Petite Librairie et celles de la Librairie Drawn&Quarterly effectuées avant le déménagement.

1. Une patate à vélo, d'Elise Gravel

2. L'abc de monsieur pizza, d'Ohara Hale

3. N'importe quoi!, d'Elise Gravel

4. Je suis terrible, d'Elise Gravel

5. Les saisons de Montréal, de Raphaelle Barbanegre

6. Olga et le machin qui pue, d'Elise Gravel

7. Les saisons, de Sylvie Bessard

8. L'oiseau de Colette, par Isabelle Arsenault

9. La Ferme, de Sylvie Bessard

10. Kidnapping Au Village Des Crottes De Nez, par Mrzyk & Moriceau

11. Le voleur de sandwichs, par Patrick Doyon

12. Comment ça va? Dessinons nos emotions, d'Elise Gravel

13. Histoire du soir pour filles rebelles, d'Elena Favilli

14. Histoire De Babar Le Petit Elephant, par Jean Brunhoff

15. Chi: une vie de chat, par Konami Kanata

16. Le Moustique (Petits Dégoutants), d'Elise Gravel

17. Je ne suis pas ta maman, de Marianne Dubuc

18. Salomé et les hommes en noir, de Francis Desharnais

19. Dans la forêt des masques, de Laurent Moreau

20. Le facteur de l'espace, de Guillaume Perreault


Children Bestsellers 2017

As you probably know, we opened a new bookstore oriented towards children's and young adult's literature in October 2017: La Petite Librarie Drawn & Quarterly. And what a wonderful experience it has been!! Every weekend we have free kids' events and it has been great getting to know all the neighbourhood families over the past three months. Last month, we started to host a young adult book club, giving young teens a safe place to hang out and discuss that month's book choice. 

For this list, we combined the sales from La Petite Librarie and those of Librarie Drawn & Quarterly before the move

2. This One Summer, by Mariko Tamaki

3. A is for  Activist, by Innosanto Nagara

4. Narwhal: Unicorn of the Seaby Ben Clanton

6. From the Stars in the Sky to the Fish in the Sea, by Kai Cheng Thom

7. I am a Bunny, by Ole Risom

8. The Gold Leaf, by Kirsten Hall

9. Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, by Elena Favilli

10. The Bad Mood and the Stick, Lemony Snicket

11. Women in Science, by Rachel Ignotofsky

12. You Belong Here, Isabelle Arsenault

13. A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel, by Hope Larson

14. Animals of the Bygone Era: An Illustrated Compendium, by Maja Safstrom

15. We Found a Hat, by Jon Klassen

16. Tree: A Peek-Through Picture Book, by Britta Teckentrup

17. The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas

18. Olga and the Smelly Thing from Nowhere, by Elise Gravel

19. Rad Women Worldwide, by Kate Schatz

20. To Be Or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure, by Ryan North


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