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The Party

  • ISBN 9781443113090, Paperback
  • 32 Pages | Ages 4 to 8

A timeless Governor General's Award-winning classic!

In this timeless story, Barbara Reid explores the simple fun and wonderful family togetherness that is inspired by a lively backyard party.

Through the eyes of the children in attendance, she muses on the glorious childhood pleasures of running around freely, as parents are preoccupied with conversation and food. In gorgeous colour and Plasticine detail, she invites us all to enjoy the games, the cake, the conversation and to endure kisses from Aunt Joan! Truly a perfect rendering of a chaotic but loving family event.

Originally published in 1997, this Governor General's Award-winning classic has won the admiration of all who have read it.

Rights Sold

Chinese Simplified – Huaxia, French (N. Amer.) – Éditions Scholastic, Korean – Daekyo, Portuguese – Siciliano

Selling Points

• The Party has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, Children’s Illustration and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for illustration. It was also shortlisted for the Ruth Schwartz and Mr. Christie awards. • Barbara Reid is one of Canada’s best-loved and best-selling children’s book illustrators. • Family parties are something that everyone can relate to. • The rhythmic, rhyming text and wacky illustrations will be a favourite with kids and adults.


  • Winner, Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator's Award, 1997
  • Winner, Governor General's Award for Children's Literature - Illustration, 1997
  • Short-listed, CNIB, Tiny Torgi Award, 1998
  • Short-listed, Mr. Christie's Book Award, 1998
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, 1997
  • Commended, Today’s Parent, 100 BEST Canadian kids’ books of all time, 2015
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Great Books of the Year, 2001
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Our Choice, 1997
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets, 1997