New Releases

Spring 2015


Distribution Announcement: Cottage Door Press & Flowerpot Press

Thomas Allen & Son is pleased to announce that, effective November 1, 2015, we become the exclusive Canadian distributor for Cottage Door Press and Flowerpot Press.

This is the first time that Cottage Door Press is available in Canada. Cottage Door Press is an independent publisher of high-quality children’s books and was founded in 2014 by Richard G. Maddrell, who has nearly forty years of experience as a business executive and corporate officer, many of which were spent in the publishing industry. Based in the Chicago area Cottage Door Press produces fresh, high quality books for the infant and toddler market.

Based in both Oakville and Nashville, Flowerpot Press is a family-owned publisher of children’s titles for age ranges 0-12, producing early learning board books, picture books, and illustrated non-fiction reference titles with accompanying parent and educator resources to enhance the reading experience.

BOREDOM BUSTERS Nominated for a 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award!

Congratulations to Caroline Fernandez, whose book Boredom Busters: 50+ Awesome Activities, Recipes, Experiments, and More has been nominated as a 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award, part of the Forest of Reading® Program through the Ontario Library Association (OLA).

The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program, and is meant to:
- Develop recognition for Canadian authors and Canadian books,
- Contribute to the financial stability of the Canadian publishing industry,
- Provide teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians, library staff, and parents with a meaningful tool for improving literacy in schools and libraries, and
- Respond to community interest and needs.

This initiative of the OLA offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in young people of all ages. More than 250,000 readers participate annually from their school or public library.

The full list of nominated titles for the 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award can be found here.

Niki Jabbour wins the Gold Award for Best On-Air Talent!

Niki Jabbour, author of the bestselling, award-winning books The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and Groundbreaking Food Gardens, has been awarded the 2016 Gold Award for Best On-Air Talent from the Garden Writers Association for her work on "The Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour," which celebrates eight years in 2015. This international award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications.

Niki, who lives just outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has produced and hosted "The Weekend Gardener with Niki Jabbour" for the past eight years. The live show airs every Sunday on News 95.7FM in Halifax and 1310 News in Ottawa, as well as online at She is also one of the personalities behind, the popular site that features four unique gardening voices. Niki is currently working on her third book, which will be published by Storey Publishing in 2016.

Distribution Notice: Schiffer Publishing

Thomas Allen & Son is proud to announce that it is the exclusive Canadian distributor for Schiffer Publishing. Schiffer is a family-owned publisher of illustrated and photographed non-fiction, specializing in books on antiques, architecture and design, arts and crafts, collectibles, lifestyle, pop culture, pin-up, tattoos, military and aviation history, and children’s titles. This will be the first time Schiffer has been distributed in Canada.