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School Age

The Truly Brave Princesses. Dolores Brown & Sonja Wimmer, $26.95 (ages 4-8)

Princess Nin is a firefighter, Princess Gilda is a supermarket cashier, Princess Agnes is retired, and Princess Liang is in a wheel chair. This gallery of princesses gives visibility to lot of women who do not fit with the traditional conception of a princess. Maybe it’s time to realize that each and every one of us could be a princess.

Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings. Francie Latour, illustrated by Ken Daley, $18.95  (ages 5-8)

Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her Auntie Luce, a painter. The moment she steps off the plane, she feels a wall of heat, and familiar sights soon follow — the boys selling water ice by the pink cathedral, the tap-tap buses in the busy streets, the fog and steep winding road to her aunt’s home in the mountains.

The girl has always loved Auntie Luce’s paintings — the houses tucked into the hillside, colorful fishing boats by the water, heroes who fought for and won the country’s independence. Through Haiti’s colors, the girl comes to understand this place her family calls home. And when the moment finally comes to have her own portrait painted for the first time, she begins to see herself in a new way, tracing her own history and identity through her aunt’s brush.

The Day You Begin. Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López, $24.99 (ages 5-8)

There will be times when you walk into a room

and no one there is quite like you.

There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. The Day You Begin reminds us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories, others will be happy to meet us halfway.

Hedy's Journey: the True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing the Holocaust. Michelle Bisson, illustrated by El Primo Ramon, $9.95 (ages 8-12)

It is 1941. Hedy and her family are Jewish, and the Jew-hating Nazi party is rising. Hedy's family is no longer safe in their home in Hungary. They decide to flee to America, but because of their circumstances, sixteen-year-old Hedy must make her way through Europe alone. Will luck be with her? Will she be brave? Join Hedy on her journey-where she encounters good fortune and misfortune, a kind helper and cruel soldiers, a reunion and a tragedy-and discover how Hedy is both lucky and brave. Hedy's Journey adds an important voice to the canon of Holocaust stories, and her courage will make a lasting impact on young readers.

How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing Squeeze Machine. Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville, illustrated by Giselle Potter, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

The inspiring story of autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin and her brilliant invention: the hug machine.

As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t like hugs. Temple wanted to be held — but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills, sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to enjoy the comfort of a hug? Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t receive a hug, she would make one... she would build a hug machine!

The Day War Came. Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb, $19.99 (ages 9-13)

Imagine if, on an ordinary day, after a morning of studying tadpoles and drawing birds at school, war came to your town and turned it to rubble. Imagine if you lost everything and everyone, and you had to make a dangerous journey all alone. Imagine that there was no welcome at the end, and no room for you to even take a seat at school. And then a child, just like you, gave you something ordinary but so very, very precious.

A moving, poetic narrative and child-friendly illustrations follow the heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful journey of a little girl who is forced to become a refugee.

Jabari Jumps. Gaia Cornwall, $21.99 (ages 3-5)

Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board. He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway, and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a determined little boy you can’t help but root for.

Ocean Meets Sky. The Fan Brothers, $21.99

Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every time he looks out his window it’s a constant reminder of the stories his grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float. Finn’s grandfather is gone now but Finn knows the perfect way to honor him. He’ll build his own ship and sail out to find this magical place himself! And when he arrives, maybe, just maybe, he’ll find something he didn’t know he was looking for.

From the creators of the gorgeous bestseller The Night Gardener, comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail to find a place his grandfather told him about... the spot where the ocean meets the sky.

Wangari's Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa. Jeanette Winter, $10.99

As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something — and starts by planting nine seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans.

This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.

Do Not Lick This Book (It's Full of Germs). Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost, $22.50 (ages 4-8)

Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact, so small that you’d need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she’s never seen before — like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle of your shirt.

Today. Julie Morstad, $23.50 (ages 4-8)

Every day is full of endless possibilities — especially TODAY!

The simplest moment has the potential to become extraordinary in this beautiful book by Julie Morstad. From getting dressed, to having breakfast, to choosing ways to go, Today has a little something to delight everyone.

Grandad Mandela. Zazi, Ziwele & Zindzi Mandela, illustrated by Sean Qualls, $23.99 (ages 4-7)

Nelson Mandela’s two great-grandchildren ask their grandmother, Mandela’s youngest daughter, 15 questions about their grandad — the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison. They learn that he was a freedom fighter who put down his weapons for the sake of peace, and who then became the President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace Prize-winner, and realise that they can continue his legacy in the world today. Seen through a child’s perspective, and authored jointly by Nelson Mandela's great-grandchildren and daughter, this amazing story is told as never before to celebrate what would have been Nelson's Mandela 100th birthday.

Jamie Is Jamie: a Book About Being Yourself and Playing Your Way. Afsanch Moradian, illustrated by Maria Bogade, $18.99 (ages 4-8)

There are so many fun things to play with at Jamie's new preschool — baby dolls to care for, toy cars to drive — and Jamie wants to play with them all! But the other children are confused... is Jamie a boy or a girl? Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren't they? Not according to Jamie!

Jamie Is Jamie challenges gender stereotypes, shows readers that playing is fundamental to learning, and reinforces the idea that all children need the freedom to play unencumbered. A special section for teachers, parents, and caregivers provides tips on how to make children's playtime learning time.

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book. Alice Kuipers & Diana Toledano, $19.99 (ages 6-9)

Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same thing! Funny and touching, this new chapter book series will entertain readers and inspire budding writers.

5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls. Sarah Howden, illustrated by Nick Craine, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls features women who have pursued their dreams, changed our world, and shown everyone what women can do. From aviation pioneers to leading scientists and gold-medal athletes to princesses, these incredible stories are perfect for bedtimes and on the go!

Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project Helps One Family and the Planet. Elizabeth Suneby & Rebecca Green, $19.99 (8-12)

It's monsoon season in Bangladesh, which means Iqbal's mother must cook the family's meals indoors, over an open fire. The smoke from the fire makes breathing difficult for his mother and baby sister, and it's even making them sick. Hearing them coughing at night worries Iqbal. So when he learns that his school's upcoming science fair has the theme of sustainability, Iqbal comes up with the perfect idea for his entry: he'll design a stove that doesn't produce smoke! With help from his teacher, Iqbal learns all about solar energy cooking, which uses heat from the sun to cook — ingenious! Has Iqbal found a way to win first prize in the science fair while providing cleaner air and better health for his family at the same time?

Ten Cents a Pound. Nhung N Tran-Davies, illustrated by Josee Bisailon, $18.95 (ages 5-9)

A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go — that there is more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.

IslandBorn. Junot Díaz, illustrated by Leo Espinosa, $23.99 (ages 5-8)

Every kid in Lola's school was from somewhere else. Hers was a school of faraway places.

So when Lola's teacher asks the students to draw a picture of where their families immigrated from, all the kids are excited. Except Lola. She can't remember The Island — she left when she was just a baby. But with the help of her family and friends, and their memories — joyous, fantastical, heartbreaking, and frightening — Lola's imagination takes her on an extraordinary journey back to The Island.  As she draws closer to the heart of her family's story, Lola comes to understand the truth of her abuela's words: “Just because you don't remember a place doesn't mean it's not in you.”

Walking In the City with Jane: a Story of Jane Jacobs. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Valérie Boivin, $19.99 (ages 6-9)

From the time she was a young girl, Jane Jacobs' curious mind made her a keen observer of everything around her. When she grew up, she moved to New York City, a place full of new wonders for her to explore. It was there she realized that, just like in nature, a city is an ecosystem. “It is made of different parts — sidewalks, parks, stores, neighborhoods, City Hall... and people, of course. When they all work together, the city is healthy.” So, when city planner Robert Moses proposed creating highways through the city that would destroy neighborhoods and much of what made New York great, Jane decided she couldn't let it happen. She stood up to the officials and rallied her neighbors to stop the plans — and even got arrested! Jane's bravery and ideas had a huge influence on urban planning that is still being felt today.

In this lively and engaging informational picture book, award-winning author Susan Hughes provides a fictionalized story of the life of Jane Jacobs, one of the world's greatest urban thinkers and activists. This book makes a terrific resource for studying civic engagement, urban life, the history of New York and Toronto (where Jane moved later in life), and the role of city planning. Jane's inspirational story is also an excellent example for character education lessons on perseverance, citizenship and initiative. Stylized illustrations by Valérie Boivin perfectly evoke the story's time and place. End matter includes a brief biography of Jane Jacobs.

Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me. David Gutnick, illustrated by Mathilde Cinq-Mars, $18.95 (ages 7-10)

Not long after arriving in Canada from China, a young girl and her father bump into a kind old man at their local park. They have no idea that he has been teaching young people music for over fifty years. Mr. Mergler can hear music in a way that most of us can’t, and he knows that this little girl has a talent that, with encouragement, will grow into something magical. He offers to give her music lessons, a gift that will tie them together forever.

This story is inspired by events in the life of Daniel Mergler—a wonderful musician who loved to teach and whose generous spirit inspires author and journalist David Gutnick to this day.

Hidden Figures: the True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race. Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden were good at math…really good. They participated in some of NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used their genius minds to change the world.

In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we 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.

What Happens Next. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff, $19.95 (ages 4-12)

What Happens Next is a raw, realistic story told by an unnamed protagonist who is made to feel different from everybody else — even invisible sometimes. Bullied by a girl at school, our narrator gives a terse script of the related facts (What Her Friends Do: Laugh. What Everyone Else Does: Nothing.) and emotions (How I Feel Sometimes: Bad. Really Bad). The narrator takes these hurt feelings home, where Mom listens and offers some ideas. At school the next day, the child confronts the bully by turning a “weirdo” fascination with science into an opportunity to find common ground, and maybe help the bully see the world in a new way.

Libba: the Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten. Laura Veirs, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, $24.99 (ages 4-8)

Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. It wasn't hers (it was her big brother's), and it wasn't strung right for her (she was left-handed). But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By age eleven, she'd written "Freight Train," one of the most famous folk songs of the twentieth century. And by the end of her life, people everywhere — from the sunny beaches of California to the rolling hills of England — knew her music. This lyrical, loving picture book from popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten — one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.

Ada Lace On the Case. Emily Clandrelli, Tamson Weston & Renée Kurilla, $8.99 (ages 6-10)

Ada Lace — third-grade scientist and inventor extraordinaire — has discovered something awful: her neighbor’s beloved Yorkie has been dognapped! With the assistance of a quirky neighbor named Nina (who is convinced an alien took the doggie) and her ever-growing collection of gadgets, Ada sets out to find the wrongdoer. As their investigation becomes more and more mysterious, Ada and Nina grow closer, proving that opposites do, in fact, attract.

Ada Lace Sees Red. Emily Clandrelli, Tamson Weston & Renée Kurilla, $8.99 (ages 6-10)

Ada Lace is building a new robot! She’s determined to beat Milton in the upcoming robotics competition. But she’s distracted — Ada finds her dad’s art class impossible, while Nina is the star of the class, basking in the glory of being Mr. Lace’s star pupil. When Mr. Lace suggests that Nina put on an art show, Ada becomes jealous and loses her temper. Now Ada isn’t speaking to her dad, she’s falling behind in art class, and she still doesn’t know how to fix her robot. As the competition looms closer, Ada starts to wonder if there might be a way to use both science and art to solve her problems.

Hop Into Bed! Nicholas Oldland, $16.99 (ages 3-5)

A bouncy, hoppy frog, full of energy, won’t go to sleep. He just wants to jump and jump and jump and jump. Finally, everyone else goes to sleep but he keeps jumping until the sun comes up. The next day, he sleeps through his whole day — even band practice and a field trip to the zoo. The only time he gets any energy back is at bedtime when his parents tell him to hop into bed. That he does, “with a triple-flip and a double-twist!”

Once Upon a Jungle. Laura Knowles, illustrated by James Boast, $18.95 (ages 5-8)

A colorful jungle of animals depicts the circle of life. Enter the jungle and follow the food chain through the jungle ecosystem, supporting life up the food chain only to start again literally at ground level. Young readers will enjoy exploring the illustrations for the many animals hiding between and under the leaves and flowers and in the treetops.

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My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts. Torill Kove, $16.95 (ages 7-10)

This tall tale of Kove's Norwegian grandmother was nominated for an Academy Award when first produced as an animated short film.

In My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts, Kove follows a thread of family history, embroidering it with playful twists along the way, imaginatively rendering her grandmother's life and work in Oslo during World War II. In Kove's retelling, her grandmother leads a Norwegian resistance to the invading German Army who had forced the King to flee for his safety. When the task of ironing the King's shirts was replaced by those of the German Army officers, Kove's grandmother and her shirt pressing sisters sabotage the enemy uniforms until morale among the Germans is so low that they lose the war and head home without a thing to wear!

Full of sharp humor and myth making, My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts is a great example of how small contributions to the greater good count for a whole lot.

Mae Among the Stars. Roda Ahmed, illustrated by Stasia Burrington, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding, and discovering. She wanted to be an astronaut. Her mom told her, "If you believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.”

Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination, matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible success at NASA. A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.

Young, Gifted and Black. Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins, $27.99 (ages 7-10)

This book brings together 52 icons of colour from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.

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The Highway Rat. Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, $4.99 (ages 4-8)

Quick! Hide all your goodies! The Highway Rat's coming, and he's going to steal your snacks. He takes clover from a rabbit, nuts from a squirrel — he even steals his own horse's hay! Can no one stop him?

You'll enjoy this fabulous new story of a wickedly loveable villain who gets his just deserts.

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I Am Loved: a Poetry Collection. Nikki Giovanni, illustrated by Ashley Bryan, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

There is nothing more important to a child than to feel loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan, he has, with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual layering that drums the most important message of all to young, old, parent, child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved. You are loved. You are loved. As a bonus, one page is mirrored, so children reading the book can see exactly who is loved — themselves!

We're All Wonders. R. J. Palacio, $24.99 (ages 4-8)

The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, now a major motion picture, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.

Over 6 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.

Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world — a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

Silent Days, Silent Dreams. Allen Say, $28.99 (ages 8-12)

Nothing stopped James Castle from becoming an artist. He could not hear and he never learned to speak — and yet he created art that speaks to us still.

He had difficulty making friends, so he made them out of cardboard. He slept in a bare attic, but he filled it with visions of the cozy bed and room he longed for. They took away his art materials, so he made art from soot and paper from the trash. From the imagination of one of America's most beloved children's book illustrators, comes a book that will inspire a new generation of artists to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter.

Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky. Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary Granpré, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Vincent van Gogh often found himself unable to sleep and wandered under starlit skies. Those night-time experiences provided the inspiration for many of his paintings, including his most famous, The Starry Night. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime — but he continued to pursue his unique vision, and ultimately became one of the most beloved artists of all time.

Little People, Big Dreams Series (ages 5-8)

In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream. These inspiring and informative little biographies come with extra facts about each subject's life and work.

Ada Lovelace. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Amelia Earhart. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Anne Frank. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Ella Fitzgerald. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Frida Kahlo. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Georgia O'Keefe. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Harriet Tubman. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Jane Goodall. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

L.M. Montgomery. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Marie Curie. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Maya Angelou. Lisbeth Kaiser, $17.99

Rosa Parks. Lisbeth Kaiser, $17.99

Simone De Beauvoir. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99

Fatima and the Clementine Thieves. Mirielle Messier, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

One morning, Fatima and her grandfather wake up to find their clementine orchard savagely ransacked. Who could be doing this? How can the culprits be stopped? A little girl faces and ENORMOUS problem. Luckily, Fatima has powerful friends: the spiders!

A wonderful story of friendship and collaboration with a Moroccan twist.

Letters To a Prisoner. Jacques Goldstyn, $18.95 (ages 5+)

Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word. Inspired by Amnesty International's letter-writing campaigns to help free people who have been jailed for expressing their opinion, the book tells the story of a man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary confinement, he begins to despair — until a bird delivers a letter of support written by somebody outside the prison. Every day more missives arrive until the prisoner escapes his fate on wings made of letters.

I Love My Purse. Belle DeMont, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, $21.95 (ages 5-8)

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite Hawaiian shirt to go to work, his friend Charlotte paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societal norms. It’s more important to be true to yourself. With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is sure to entertain young readers. It can also be used to open a discussion on gender roles.

Actual Size. Steve Jenkins, $10.99 (ages 6-9)

How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an eye that’s bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself — at their actual size.

Carson Crosses Canada. Linda Bailey & Kass Reich, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Feisty Annie Magruder and her dog, Carson, live in British Columbia, Canada, and they're setting out to visit her sister, Elsie, in Newfoundland. In their little rattlebang car, packed with Carson's favorite toy, Squeaky Chicken, and plenty of baloney sandwiches, Annie and Carson hit the road! They travel province by province, taking in each unique landscape and experiencing something special to that particular part of this vast, grand country. For example, they marvel at the beauty of the big, open sky — and grasshoppers! — in Saskatchewan and discover the gorgeous red earth and delicious lobster rolls in PEI, before finally being greeted by Elsie — and a surprise for Carson!

She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World. Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, $23.99 (ages 5-9)

Throughout American history, there have always been women who have spoken out for what’s right, even when they have to fight to be heard. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren’s refusal to be silenced in the Senate inspired a spontaneous celebration of women who persevered in the face of adversity. In this book, Chelsea Clinton celebrates thirteen American women who helped shape our country through their tenacity, sometimes through speaking out, sometimes by staying seated, sometimes by captivating an audience. They all certainly persisted.

She Persisted is for everyone who has ever wanted to speak up but has been told to quiet down, for everyone who has ever tried to reach for the stars but was told to sit down, and for everyone who has ever been made to feel unworthy or unimportant or small.

She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History. Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger, $23.99 (ages 5-9)

She Persisted Around the World is a book for everyone who has ever aimed high and been told to step down, for everyone who has ever raised their voice and been told to quiet down, and for everyone who has ever felt small, unimportant or unworthy.

Dolphin SOS. Roy Miki & Slavia Miki, illustrated by Julie Flett, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland. After the authorities fail to provide assistance, some young people take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed dolphins. A compassionate and heartfelt story about doing the right thing, and the deep connection between all living creatures.

Those Darn Squirrels! Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, $11.50 (ages 4-7)

Old Man Fookwire is a grump. The only thing he likes to do is paint pictures of the birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful birdfeeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates — until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that completely charms the old grump.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women. Elana Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, $40.00 (ages 4++)

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children's book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over the world.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2. Elana Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, $40.00 (ages 4++)

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 is an entirely new collection of 100 more bedtime stories about extraordinary women from all over the world. It boasts a brand new graphic design + 100 incredible new portraits created by the best female artists of our time.

"Having a passionate community that spans across 70+ countries is a great way to discover incredible stories. The stories in Volume 2 are 100% stories you told us about. Now, we can all share them. We can't wait because they truly are breathtaking!" — Elana Favilli & Francesca Cavallo

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Audiobook: 200 Tales of Extraordinary Women, Books 1 and 2. Francesca Cavalo & Elena Favilli, $40.00 (CD format)

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Books 1-2 is packed with 200 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past and present, from Elizabeth I to Beyoncé. Painters, scientists, dancers, chefs, astronauts, jazz singers, pharaohs, boxers, writers, political leaders... from every corner of the globe! Each short biography is written in the style of a fairy tale, filling listeners with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know more about each hero.

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is read by a star-studded fierce female cast including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marnò, Phillipa Soo, Rowan Blanchard, and Samira Wiley, and includes a PDF of two written exercises: "Write Your Story" & "Draw Your Portrait".

The Condo Kids: Adventures with Bob the Barbary Sheep. Jackie Burns, illustrated by Ana Patankar, $12.95 (ages 6-9)

The latest adventure finds the Condo Kids keeping a major secret from nosy neighbours, after Noah, desperate for a pet, sneaks a Barbary sheep named Bob home from the zoo. Will the Condo Kids manage to keep their furry friend hidden from prying eyes? Or will they be found out and lose the newest member of the Condo Kids gang?

While Bob is heaps of fun to have around, the Condo Kids soon learn keeping a secret pet is a risky game to play. Between Noah's suspicious mom and the scary superintendent on their trail, they are just one mistake away from being discovered once and for all.

You Can Read. Helaine Becker & Mark Hoffman, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do, you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Books are awesome. And so are the people who read them!

Dragons Love Tacos. Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, $22.99 (ages 4-7)

Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa... oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.

Dragons Love Tacos 2 — The Sequel. Adam Rubin, illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, $24.99 (ages 4-7)

News alert! It has just been discovered that there are NO MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you know, dragons love tacos. If only there was a way for the dragons to travel back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then they could grab lots of tacos and bring them back! It’s the perfect plan, as long as there’s no spicy salsa. You remember what happened last time...

Greetings Leroy. Itah Saduh, illustrated by Alix Delinois, $18.95 (ages 5-9)

The first day at a new school is nerve-wracking enough, never mind when it’s in a new country! In this lively picture book from award-winning storyteller Itah Sadu, Roy realizes he may come to love his new home in Canada as much as he loves his old home in Jamaica.

Written as an email to a friend back home, this picture book tells the story of Roy, whose family has just moved to Canada from Jamaica. His new home is different from his old home — in Canada, even the sun feels cold! His nerves ease, though, as welcome reminders of home follow him through his day. His neighbor gives him a button as a gift for his first day of school. The principal tells him about the soccer team and his new class makes him feel welcome. Everything is looking up until Roy goes to show his classmates his new button and he can’t find it! He rushes back to the principal’s office where they look up and down and all around for the button. Thanks to his powers of observation, Roy finds it in an unexpected place and is able to show it to his new friends. The friendly people he meets, and their shared love of Bob Marley, make for a good start at his new school. By the end of the day, Roy is happy to find a piece of his old home in his new home.

Hand Over Hand. Alma Fullerton, Illustrations by Renné Benoit, $16.95 (ages 5-8)

When Nina asks her grandfather to take her fishing with him on his old banca boat, his answer is always the same: “A boat is not the place for a girl.”

But Nina is determined to go. She knows that if her lolo will show her how to jig the lines, to set the hook, and to pull in a fish, hand over hand, she can prove to everyone in their Filipino fishing village that she deserves her turn in the boat, girl or no!

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged. Jody Nyasha Warner & Richard Rudnicki, $18.95 hardcover, $9.95 paper (ages 5-9)

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. After all, she was the only black person downstairs. All the other black people were up in the balcony. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules. She refused to accept that being black meant she couldn't sit where she wanted.

Viola's determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of the North American struggle against injustice and racial discrimination whose story deserves to be widely known.

Short Stories for Little Monsters. Marie-Luoise Gay, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Should you make funny faces on a windy day? Do worms rule the world? Do mothers always tell the truth? Do snails have nightmares? This hilarious collection of illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about every day.

Where Will I Live? Rosemary McCarney, $19.95 (ages 5-9)

Every child needs a home. They need somewhere safe where they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and go to sleep at night feeling unafraid. But many children all over the world have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them life is hard and full of questions. In spite of everything, they find time to laugh, play, and make friends. And most importantly, they have hope that somewhere, someone will welcome them to a new home.

Written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations, Where Will I Live? will help children whose lives are not directly affected by this crisis think about the importance of home, and what life is like for a child refugee who does not have a permanent, safe home to shelter them and their family. The beautiful photographs in this book were taken by the UNHCR — the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — and include images of children on the move and in refugee camps in countries such as Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece.

An Inuksuk Means Welcome. Mary Wallace, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

An inuksuk is a stone landmark that different peoples of the Arctic region build to leave a symbolic message. Inuksuit (the plural of inuksuk) can point the way, express joy, or simply say: welcome. A central image in Inuit culture, the inuksuk frames this picture book as an acrostic: readers will learn seven words from the Inuktitut language whose first letters together spell INUKSUK. Each word is presented in English and in Inuktitut characters, with phonetic pronunciation guides provided.

The words and their definitions give a sense of the traditions and customs of Inuit life in the Arctic: nanuq is the powerful polar bear of the north; kamik is a warm seal- and caribou-skin boot; and siku is sea ice. Stunning paintings with deep color and rich texture evoke a powerful sense of place and show great respect for the Arctic's indigenous people. Extra informational text features include an introductory note about the significance of inuksuit in Inuit culture and a nonfiction page that profiles seven different types of inuksuit.

In the Red Canoe. Leslie Davidson & Laura Bifano, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges and lily pads — a multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tender, beautifully illustrated picture book. A tribute to those fragile, wild places that still exist, In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.

Cinderstella: a Tale of Planets Not Princes. Susan Sweet & Brenda Myles, illustrated by Valeria Docampo, $22.50 (ages 5-8)

Cinderstella has plans for her own happily ever after. A future princess she is not. Her calculations and equations are simple enough — she'd rather be an astronaut!

Read along in this modern retelling of a beloved fairy tale, as Cinderstella challenges what is expected of her to pursue her true passion and find a universe of opportunity in planets and stars.

The Matatu. Eric Walters, illustrations by Eva Campbell, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

Kioko has been watching the matatus come and go for as long as he can remember. On his fifth birthday, he gets the chance to climb aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market, several village dogs chase after it. Kioko wonders why the dogs always bark and chase after matatus. When he asks his grandfather about it, his grandfather tells Kioko an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East Africa and inspired by a Kamba folktale, The Matatu is a colorful story filled with unexpected twists and turns.

The Moccasin Goalie. William Roy Brownridge, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

Danny and his friends, Anita, Petou and Marcel, are typical youngsters — hockey mad. Danny's disability means that he can’t wear skates, but his leather moccasins work just fine and earn him the name “Moccasin Danny.” When a town team is formed, the friends are overjoyed, but only Marcel is picked for the team. Will Danny get the chance to prove that even though he can’t wear a pair of skates, he can still play the game?

Stepping Stones: a Refugee Family's Journey. Margaret Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr, $20.00 (ages 4-9)

Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story.

The Darkest Dark. Chris Hadfield & Kate Fillion, Illustrated by Eric Fan & Terry Fan, $22.99 hardcover, $11.99 paper (ages 4-9)

Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem — at night, Chris doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark. But when he watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is — and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.

French Toast. Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by François Thisdale, $19.95 (ages 4-7)

Phoebe — half Jamaican, half French-Canadian — hates her school nickname of “French Toast.” So she is mortified when, out on a walk with her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can Phoebe describe the colour of her skin to someone who has never seen it? “Like tea, after you’ve added the milk,” she says. And her father? “Like warm banana bread.” And Nan-Ma herself? She is like maple syrup poured over... well ...

In French Toast, Kari-Lynn Winters uses descriptions of favourite foods from both of Phoebe’s cultures to celebrate the varied skin tones of her family. François Thisdale’s imaginative illustrations fill the landscape with whimsy and mouthwatering delight as Phoebe realizes her own resilience and takes ownership of her nickname proudly.

Adrift at Sea: a Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival. Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, with Tuan Ho, Illustrated by Brian Deines, $22.95 (ages 6-9)

It is 1981. In the middle of the South China Sea, a fishing boat overloaded with 60 Vietnamese refugees drifts. The motor has failed; the hull is leaking; the drinking water is nearly gone. This is the dramatic true story recounted by Tuan Ho, who was six years old when he, his mother, and two sisters dodged the bullets of Vietnam’s military police for the perilous chance of boarding that boat. Illustrated with sweeping oil paintings and complete with an expansive historical and biographical section with photographs, this non-fiction picture book is all the more important as the world responds to a new generation of refugees risking all on the open water for the chance at safety and a new life.

Lila and the Crow. Gabrielle Grimard, $12.95 (ages 5-9)

Lila has just moved to a new town and can’t wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: “A crow! A crow! The new girl’s hair is black like a crow!” Lila’s heart grows as heavy as a stone. The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow that seems to want to tell her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won’t go away.

Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching. While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila’s eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self.

A Child of Books. Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, $22.00 (ages 6++)

A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him... but who will be next?

Six Dots: a Story of Young Louis Braille. Jen Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, $23.99 (ages 6-9)

Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own alphabet — a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.

The Branch. Mireille Messier, Pierre Pratt, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

When an ice storm snaps a small girl's favorite branch from the tree in her yard, she's crestfallen. The girl's mom says it's just a branch. But not to her! “That was the branch I sat on, jumped from, played under. It was my castle, my spy base, my ship...” Luckily, her neighbor Mr. Frank understands. He says the branch has “potential.” “What's potential?” she asks. “It means it's worth keeping.” And so, with imagination and spirit, and Mr. Frank's guidance and tools, the girl transforms the broken branch into something whole and new, giving it another purpose, and her another place to treasure.

Ada's Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer. Fiona Robinson, $21.95 (ages 6-9)

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron, a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer. This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman who saw the potential for numbers to make art.

Iggy Peck, Architect. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials — who could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere, and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.

Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects: 40+ Things to Create, Draw, and Make. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $17.99 (ages 5-9)

Iggy Peck takes readers through more than forty exciting STEM and design projects, from drafting and doodling to building and blueprints. Aspiring architects and young dreamers will get a sense of the unique mix of science, technology, and art skills used to create lasting structures. Packed with the same quirky humor and gorgeous illustrations that made Iggy Peck, Architect a favorite with kids, parents, and educators, the project book will appeal to fans who crave more from Miss Lila Greer’s clever class.

Rosie Revere, Engineer. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal — to fly — Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you quit. Rosie Revere, Engineer is a charming, spirited picture book about believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams

Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $17.95 (ages 5-9)

Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills crucial to STEM fields while also providing opportunities for its readers to try new things and, sometimes, to fail. As the picture book so brilliantly showed hundreds of thousands of young readers, flops are an inevitable part of success and something to be celebrated rather than feared.

Room on the Broom. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, $12.99 (ages 5-9)

The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before... SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the witch's animal pals better think fast!

My Dad Used to Be So Cool. Keith Negley, $26.50 (ages 4-8)

Playful and emotional,  My Dad Used to Be So Cool tells the story of a father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. His son looks wistfully at his dad's crazy times playing in a band, riding a motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.

Swatch the Girl Who Loves Color. Julia Denos, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

In a place where color ran wild, there lived a girl who was wilder still. Her name was Swatch, and color was her passion. From brave green to in-between gray to rumble-tumble pink... Swatch wanted to collect them all. But colors don’t always like to be tamed!

The Way to School. Rosemary McCarney, with Plan International, $18.95 (ages 6-9)

Minimal text and stunning photographs from around the world describe the remarkable, and often dangerous, journeys children make every day on their way to and from school. No simple school bus picks them up each day, but rather children travel through disaster zones, cross rapids, climb mountains, and maneuver on ziplines daily to get to the classroom. Some of them even carry their desks!

In this beautiful picture book for young readers, every image and spread speaks to the desire for an education and the physical commitment the children make each day as they journey to school.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl Fund.

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox. Danielle Daniel, $16.95 (ages 4-7)

In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.

In a brief note, Métis artist and author Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves and others.

Life Without Nico. Andrea Maturana & Francisco Javier Olea, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Maia and Nico are best friends. They never get tired of playing together. Unexpectedly, though, Nico and his family have to move far away for a while. Maia is devastated. She makes her way through the dark days, bored and alone. Slowly, things begin to change, and Maia meets an unexpected companion,  makes a new friend — she even discovers a new passion. Her life has become so happy and full, in fact, that she worries there will no longer be enough room for Nico. Of course, when he returns, she discovers there is. As Maia learns, “There is always space in your heart for friendship.”

The Dead Bird. Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Christian Robinson, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

One day, some children find a bird lying on its side with its eyes closed and no heartbeat. They are very sorry, so they decide to say good-bye. In the park, they dig a hole for the bird and cover it with warm sweet-ferns and flowers. Finally, they sing sweet songs to send the little bird on its way.

This heartwarming classic picture book by beloved children’s book author Margaret Wise Brown is beautifully re-illustrated for a contemporary audience by the critically acclaimed, award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson.

Going for a Sea Bath. Andrée Poulin & Anne-Claire Delisle, $17.95 (ages 4-7)

Leanne’s bath time is boring. It’s annoying. It’s a pain. Luckily, her father has some excellent, terrific, and spectacular ideas to make it more interesting. He runs down to the sea and brings back one turtle. Then two eels. Then three clown fish. Soon Leanne’s bath time is fun! It’s amusing! It’s exciting! But when the ten octopi arrive, could it be too much of a good thing?

Bloom: a Mud Fairy, an Extraordinary Ordinary Girl, and a Castle in Peril. Doreen Cronin & David Small, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

A glass kingdom is no place for a Mud Fairy. Bloom and her mud fairy magic might be able to turn weeds into flowers and spin sand into glass, but the people of the kingdom ceaselessly complain about the trails of dirt and puddles of mud that seem to follow her every step, and finally they cast her out.

But when the glass castle begins to crack, then cracks some more, the King and Queen in a panic search for the long-banished fairy, but they can’t find Bloom anywhere. Desperate to save their home, they send their meekest, most ordinary subject, a girl named Genevieve, whose sole task until now has been to polish the Queen’s crystal sugar spoon — to coax any worthy fairy to come and save the kingdom. Genevieve finds Bloom exactly where the king and queen failed to see her, and Bloom knows exactly how to save the kingdom. But it will take the two girls working together, along with a mighty dollop of self-confidence — and some very messy hands — to accomplish the extraordinary.

Oscar Lives Next Door: a Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood. Bonnie Farmer & Marie LaFrance, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When a bout of childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation. Oscar Lives Next Door is a fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next-door neighbor for Oscar named Millie, who gets into mischief with him but also appreciates his talents: Oscar hears music in everything, and Millie calls him a magician for the way he can coax melodies from his trumpet. Millie writes to Oscar during his long stay in the hospital for tuberculosis, and she encourages his earliest notes on the piano.

Set in Oscar’s true childhood neighborhood of St-Henri — now known as Little Burgundy — the book provides a wonderful sense of this 1930s neighborhood where most of Montreal’s Black working class population lived. Detailed digital illustrations make the community’s culture and music almost tangible.

The book concludes with a page of informational text about the author’s own connection to Little Burgundy and a short biography of the jazz legend.

Simple Machines: Wheels, Levers, and Pulleys. David Adler, illustrated by Anna Raff, $24.95 (ages 4-8)

This lively introduction to physics will get kids excited about how simple machines simplify our lives. Kids use simple machines every day without realizing it. Teeth are wedges and so are knives, forks, and thumbtacks. Many toys such as slides, which are inclined planes, and seesaws, which are levers, are also simple machines. Two appealing kids and their comical cat introduce levers, wheels, pulleys, inclined plains, and more, and explain how they work.

The Adventures of Miss Petitfour. Anne Michaels, $12.99 (ages 6-9)

Miss Petitfour enjoys having adventures that are "just the right size — fitting into a single, magical day." She is an expert at baking and eating fancy iced cakes, and her favorite mode of travel is par avion. On windy days, she takes her sixteen cats out for an airing: Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutarde, Hemdela, Earring, Grigorovitch, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Cothespin, Your Shyness and Sizzles. With the aid of her favorite tea party tablecloth as a makeshift balloon, Miss Petitfour and her charges fly over her village, having many little adventures along the way.

Join Miss Petitfour and her equally eccentric felines on five magical outings — a search for marmalade, to a spring jumble sale, on a quest for "birthday cheddar", the retrieval of a lost rare stamp and as they compete in the village's annual Festooning Festival. A whimsical, beautifully illustrated collection of tales that celebrates language, storytelling and small pleasures, especially the edible kind!

The Good Dog. Todd Kessler, illustrated by Jennifer Gray Olson, $22.95 (ages 6-9)

The Good Dog follows the adventures of Tako, a puppy who is adopted by 8 year-old Ricky without his parents’ permission. Mom and dad agree to let Tako stay, under one condition: he must be a good dog and always follow the rules. Tako wants to stay with the family more than anything; but when a competing businessman sets out to secretly sabotage the family’s bakery, the only way Tako can protect them is to break the rules. Ultimately, Tako and Ricky’s family discover small people can accomplish big things and sometimes you have to be a little bit bad to be very good.

Mayann's Train Ride. Mayann Francis, illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo, $22.95 (ages 4-9)

Nine-year-old Mayann Francis and her family are travelling from their home in Cape Breton to New York City by train. Everything is exciting to young Mayann, from the beds that fold down to the stop in Montreal to visit friends. Most exciting of all is the chance to show off her brand new purse.

When the Francis family arrives in big, bustling New York City, Mayann visits with relatives, goes to the zoo, and rides the subway. She even receives a beautiful black doll, something she has never seen before. But one subway ride, she loses her beautiful purse. At first she’s heartbroken, but she just might learn a lesson that makes the whole trip worthwhile.

Penelope Perfect. Shannon Anderson, $14.99 (ages 6-9)

This encouraging story told in cheerful rhyme will speak to kids who deal with perfectionism or other forms of anxiety. The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about overcoming perfectionism and coping when things don’t go according to plan.

Circles of Round. Signe Sturup, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

Despite the odd bump in the road, all the Circles in the town called Round live happy lives. Until, one day, an obtuse stranger comes to visit, with an even stranger machine. Called the Corner Transformer, the stranger boasts that it will give them all a new angle on life, and a better shape, too. All the circles eagerly try it out, but changing from Circles to squares and triangles isn't quite what they expected. Simply yet strikingly illustrated with photos of three-dimensional shapes made of paper, this story is a great way to introduce children to the powers of advertising.  

Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. Vera B. Williams, $9.75 (ages 8-12)

Essie is smart. She can read hard library books and make cocoa. Amber is brave. She isn't afraid of the rat in the wall or of climbing up in high places. Amber and Essie are sisters and best friends. Together, they can do anything.

Today is the Day. Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, $19.99 (ages 5-9)

Mutanu is excited. As she goes about her chores, she thinks about the day to come and what surprises it might bring. For today is no ordinary day at the orphanage she lives in. Every year, the orphanage honors its newest arrivals by creating a birthday day especially for them. From that moment forward, the orphans have a day that they know is theirs — a day to celebrate, a day to enjoy, a day to remember. And today is the day! 

Based on real children in an orphanage in Kenya, this lovely story shows how something as simple as a birthday, something most of us take for granted, can mean so much in another part of the world.

My Two Blankets. Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Cartwheel moves to a new country with her auntie, and everything is strange: the animals, the plants — even the wind. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort when she’s sad — and a new blanket just might change her world. This multicultural story of friendship is about leaving home, moving to a foreign and strange place, and finding a new friend. It's a story for all who have experienced change. 

Ketzel, the Cat Who Composed. Leslea Newman, $20.00 (ages 5-8)

Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind. Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten! “Come on, little Ketzel,” Moshe said, “I will take you home and we will make beautiful music together.” And they did — in a most surprising way. Inspired by a true story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way.

Please, Louise. Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

A library card unlocks a new life for a young girl in this picture book about the power of imagination, from the Nobel Prize–winning author Toni Morrison. 

On one gray afternoon, Louise makes a fateful trip to the library. With the help of a new library card and through the transformative power of books, what started out as a dull day turns into one of surprises, ideas, and fun, fun, fun! 

The Specific Ocean. Kyo Maclear & Katty Maurey, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

In this gently told picture book, a young girl is unhappy about having to leave the city for a family vacation on the Pacific Ocean (which she used to call the Specific Ocean). As the days pass, however, she is drawn to spend more time in and near the water, feeling moved by its beauty and rhythms. By the end of the vacation, the girl has grown to love the ocean and now feels reluctant to leave it behind. But as she soon realizes, it doesn't ever have to leave her.

Painted Skies. Carolyn Mallory, illustrated by Amei Zhao, $16.95 (ages 5-7)

Leslie is new to the Arctic, and no one told her there would be so much snow, and so many interesting things to see. Along with her new friend Oolipika, Leslie soon discovers one of the Arctic’s most unique and breathtaking natural wonders, the northern lights.

This contemporary narrative introduces young readers to an Inuit legend about the northern lights, followed by an epilogue that explains the science behind this amazing phenomenon.

A Morning to Polish and Keep. Julie Lawson, illustrated by Sheena Lott, $9.95 (ages 6-8)

When Amy goes fishing and loses her first big catch, the day is spoiled. Or is it? By the end of the day, Amy has a real fish story to tell as well as a lasting memory. A Morning to Polish and Keep is the classic children's picture book set on the beautiful Pacific Coast. It is a story of adventure, togetherness, and, ultimately, the comforting memory of family.

Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message. Chief Jake Swamp & Erwin Printup, Jr., $13.95 (ages 5-11)

A simple prayer of gratitude to Mother Earth, beautifully illustrated.

On the Shoulder of a Giant: an Inuit Folktale. Neil Christopher & Jim Nelson, $16.95 (ages 5-9)

Inukpak was big, even for a giant. He loved to travel across the tundra, striding over the widest rivers and wading through the deepest lakes with ease. He could walk across the Arctic in just a few days. But being so big, and travelling so far, Inukpak was often alone. Until one day, when he came across a little hunter on the tundra. Thinking that the hunter was a little boy, alone on the land, Inukpak decided to adopt him as his son. And so, from the shoulder of one of the biggest giants to ever roam the Arctic, this hunter embarked on a series of adventures only a giant could enjoy!

Rosario's Fig Tree. Charis Wahl, illustrated by Luc Melanson, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

Every spring the little girl who lives next door to Rosario helps him plant vegetables. One spring, Rosario plants a fig tree, which soon bears sweet purple fruit. But when fall comes, he bends it over and buries it in the ground. What kind of magic is Rosario performing? The next spring, on planting day, the little girl and Rosario make holes for tomato plants, push in stakes for beans and plant other vegetables. Then Rosario begins to unearth the buried fig tree. It looks dead, for sure. But one hot sunny day, a fresh green leaf appears.

Toad Weather. Sandra Markle, illustrated by Thomas Gonzalez, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

There's nothing to do on a rainy day — or so Ally thinks. But Mama says she's seen something amazing, so despite Ally's misgivings, she sets out on an adventure with her mother and grandmother. On her journey, she sees all sorts of things: dripping awnings, wet cardboard, splashing cars... but also earthworms, storm drain geysers, and oil slick patterns. And then they turn the corner, just in time to see a big crowd. What's happening?

Music is for Everyone. Jill Barber, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

Music is for Everyone is sure to get you excited about making music! Singer-songwriter Jill Barber takes her young readers through many different kinds of music — hip hop, jazz, classical, folk — and instruments in an energetic, rhyming tour. Sydney Smith’s gleeful illustrations capture all the joy that comes from making music — in all its forms!

In a Cloud of Dust.  Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

In a Tanzanian village school, Anna struggles to keep up. Her walk home takes so long that when she arrives, it is too dark to do her homework. Working through the lunch hour instead, she doesn’t see the truck from the bicycle library pull into the schoolyard. By the time she gets out there, the bikes are all gone. Anna hides her disappointment, happy to help her friends learn to balance and steer. She doesn’t know a compassionate friend will offer her a clever solution — and the chance to raise her own cloud of dust.

Inspired by organizations like The Village Bicycle Project that have opened bicycle libraries all across Africa, In a Cloud of Dust is an uplifting example of how a simple opportunity can make a dramatic change in a child’s life.

Welcome to the Family. Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith, $19.99 (ages 5-9)

How did you arrive in your family? Have you got a mom and a dad, or a step-mom, or foster parents, or maybe two dads or two moms? Find out about the many different ways of making a family. Maybe you can find one just like yours.

This book takes one element of The Great Big Book of Families — the arrival of new members into a family — and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex families and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family. This is a unique information book, with an important and positive message — every family is different and every family is equally valid and special, no matter how or when the children arrive.

Princess Pistachio. Marie-Louise Gay, $12.95 (ages 5-8)

Pistachio has always known she was a princess. When a mysterious gift turns up on her birthday, she’s sure it’s only a matter of time before her real parents, the king and queen of Papua, arrive to take her away. In the meantime, though, she still has to eat her spinach and get up for school. Her friends still laugh when she wears her new gold crown to class. And her annoying baby sister insists on pestering her. When Pistachio’s angry wish makes Penny disappear, she will need the courage of a true princess to get her back.

Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent. Marie-Louise Gay, $12.95 (ages 5-8)

Pistachio is worried about her dog. All he does is sleep... and eat... and sleep. What a boring life! An audition call for a theater production seems like the perfect answer. When Dog is chosen for the role, his life is abruptly transformed with a new job and a new name: Maurice the Magnificent, star of Sleeping Beauty! Unfortunately, Maurice is not the only one being swept up in the excitement. Pistachio can talk about nothing else, until her best friend Madeline is completely fed up. Then disaster strikes: Maurice is dog-napped! Pistachio is distraught, and Madeline will not even lift a finger to help. Can Pistachio save both her dog and her friendship?

Princess Pistachio and the Pest. Marie-Louise Gay, $12.95 (ages 5-8)

It’s the first day of the summer holidays and Pistachio Shoelace has big plans. Plans that involve a compass, a cave, and a buried treasure. Plans that do not involve a troublemaking little sister wearing bunny ears and a Superman cape. Forced to take baby Penny to the park, Pistachio prepares for a dull day. But between fruit thefts, a witch’s garden, and an angry park warden with a rulebook, a day with Penny is anything but boring.

Princess Pistachio Treasury. Marie-Louise Gay, $18.95 (ages 5-8)

A grand collection for early readers transitioning to chapter books, this treasury gathers three madcap Princess Pistachio titles into one divine volume. New fans will cheer for Pistachio as she "discovers" she may be kidnapped royalty in Princess Pistachio, navigates a disastrous day of minding her baby sister in Princess Pistachio and the Pest, and gets caught up in fame when her dog becomes a theater star in Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent.

A Good Trade. Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

In a small Ugandan village, Kato wakes early to start the long, barefoot trek beyond his village and along fields dotted with cattle and guarded by soldiers. His destination is the village well, where he will pump a day’s supply of water into two jerry cans. Like every day, Kato lets the water splash over his hot, tired feet before carrying his heavy load back home, where his chores await him. But this is no ordinary day. The aid-worker’s truck has come to the village square, and in the back is a gift so special, the little boy rushes home to look for something to repay the aid-worker.

The Invisible Boy. Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Patrice Barton, $18.95 (ages 5-9)

Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party... until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives, Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.

This gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource. 

Take Away the A. Michael Escoffier, illustrated by Kris Di Giacomo, $26.50 (ages 4-8)

Take Away the A is a fun, imaginative romp through the alphabet. The idea behind the book is that within every language there are words that change and become a different word through the simple subtraction of a single letter. In other words, without the A," the Beast is Best.

Discovering all of the words in the book is a lot of fun, and then there's the wild, exciting adventure that follows while readers try to find more!

Peach Girl. Raymond Nakamura, illustrated by Rebecca Bender, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

When the farmer and her husband find a giant peach at their door, they can’t imagine how it got there. But they are even more surprised when the skin bursts open and out leaps... a girl!

Feisty Momoko declares that she is here to make the world a better place, and what better way to start than by investigating the rumours about a fearsome local ogre? Everyone says the ogre is taller than a tree, has teeth like knives, shoots flames from his eyes, and eats small children. The villagers won’t go near him. But Momoko wants to find out for herself, and her new friends Monkey, Dog, and Pheasant might just be able to help her — as long as she’s willing to share those tasty peach dumplings.

Diary of a Fly. Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss, $12.50 (ages 5-9)

Diary of a Spider. Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss, $21.00 (ages 5-9)

Diary of a Worm. Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss, $21.00 (ages 5-9)

Follow the day-to-day lives of some unusual friends, as they play, learn new things, and even get into (just a little!) trouble.

IF... a Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers. David Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

"Some things are so huge or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. But what if we took these big, hard-to-imagine objects and events and compared them to things we can see, feel and touch? Instantly, we'd see our world in a whole new way." So begins this endlessly intriguing guide to better understanding all those really big ideas and numbers children come across on a regular basis. Author David Smith has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls). Accompanying each description is a kid-friendly drawing by illustrator Steve Adams that visually reinforces the concept.

Alexander, Who's Trying His Best to Be the Best Boy Ever. Judith Viorst, illustrated by Isidre Monés, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Last night somebody ate a whole box of jelly donuts. That somebody woke up with a terrible bellyache, and that somebody’s mom found the empty box and told that somebody that there are going to be consequences. That somebody is Alexander, and Alexander really hates consequences. So from now on, he is going to try his best to be the Best Boy Ever. For the complete and entire rest of his life. Starting right this very minute.

DRAW! Raúl Colón, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

A boy alone in his room. Pencils. Sketchbook in hand. What would it be like to on safari? Imagine. Draw...

Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity and imagination.

Pyjama Day. Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-8)

Can pyjamas be TOO perfect???

Bubbles in the Bathroom: Discover the Fascinating Science in Everyday Life. Susan Martineau, $9.99 (ages 6-9)

Have some bath time fun with squirty squeezers, boats, bubbles and a bending toothbrush.

Julia, Child. Kyo Maclear, Illustrated by Julie Morstad, $9.99 (ages 5-8)

Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you can never use too much butter — and that it is best to be a child forever. Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing and staying young. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a good time, Julia, Child is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child — a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.

Our Flag: the Story of Canada's Maple Leaf. Ann-Maureen Owens & Jane Yealland, $9.95 (ages 7-10)

Discover the fascinating play-by-play of how today's beloved maple leaf flag design came to be — including how some government leaders took a personal interest in the design, as well as how ordinary Canadians were given the opportunity to weigh in with their own ideas!

We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Who is in your family? Let's share and celebrate what makes each family special!

I Want to Go to the Moon. Tom Saunders, illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, $19.50 (ages 4-8)

Although everyone told Neil Armstrong his dream of travelling to the moon was impossible, he never gave up. Tom Saunders' song tells the story of Neil’s life, step-by-step, until he reaches that world-changing "small step" and "giant leap." In this book, the inspiring lyrics are brought to life by the illustrations of award-winning Cynthia Nugent.

How to Knock Out Nightmares. Catherine Leblanc & Roland Garrigue, $18.95 (ages 4-9)

They come at night and disturb our slumber... filled with creepy crawlers and daunting demons, nightmares inspire fear in even the best and bravest. Luckily, this book is filled with tricks and tips to finally banish all those bad dreams. Created to help kids sleep better at night, How to Knock Out Nightmares is packed with fun, colorful illustrations and witty text that will encourage children to overcome their bad dreams.

MINGAN My Village: Poems by Innu Schoolchildren. Illustrated by Rogé, $14.95 (ages 6-10)

Illustrator Rogé visited a school in Mingan, an Innu village in northeastern Quebec. He spent a few days taking the time to photograph each child. Once he returned home to his studio, brush in hand, he revisited the eyes of these children and drew their portraits.

MINGAN my village is a collected of fifteen faces, and fifteen poems written by young Innu. Given a platform to be heard, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature.

A Happy Hat. Cecil Kim, illustrated by Joo-Kyung Kim, $13.50 (ages 4-8)

A HAPPY HAT is a sweet and upbeat tale of resilience, optimism, and hope. The life story of a hat — a very happy hat — and its various owners illustrates how dealing with disappointments and stressful situations is crucial to one’s well-being.

A Glass. Etienne Delessert, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

Children's author and illustrator Etienne Delessert tells the story of Eglantine Besson, the woman who became his mother, and of the glass that came to represent their relationship.

Be Positive! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Bounce Back! A Book about Resilience. Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $14.99(ages 4-8)

Feel Confident! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Forgive and Let Go! A Book about Forgiveness. Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Have Courage! A Book about Being Brave. Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 (ages 4-8)

Stand Tall! A Book about Integrity. Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99(ages 4-8)

Upbeat and true-to-life, these books inspire and guide preschool and primary-age children to accept and believe in themselves, ask for what they need, solve problems, show kindness to others, and make good decisions. Each book includes an activity guide for parents and teachers to use, with discussion questions, activities, games, and tips that reinforce the lessons from the book.

Peer Pressure Gauge. Julia Cook, illustrated by Anita Dufalla, $14.95 (ages 5-9)

Young Norbert learns to listen to his inner voice and to stay strong — even in the face of pressure and taunts from his friends.

Time to Sign: Sign Language for Kids. Kathryn Clay, $9.95 (ages 5-9)

This helpful kid-friendly guide teaches the basics of American Sign Language (ASL). Kids will learn hundreds of words and phrases to help them communicate in everyday situations. Instructions on how to fingerspell the alphabet provides a good base to get started. It's time to sign!

Swamp Water. Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-8)

Victoria’s grandmother takes her out for a very special, fancy birthday lunch. But how special can a restaurant be if it doesn’t serve the food Victoria likes?

When I Was Eight. Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton & Gabrielle Grimard, $9.95 (ages 6-9)

Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things, but she does not know how to read. To learn, she must travel to school far from her Arctic home, ignoring her father’s warnings. The nuns at the school take away her Inuit name and call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair, and force her to do chores. But Margaret is more determined than ever to read. Based on the true story of author Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.

Not My Girl. Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, $9.95 (ages 6-9)

Margaret leaps off the boat and races toward her family. It's been two years since she left her Arctic home for the outsider's school, and she can barely contain her excitement. But the years at school have changed her, and Margaret's mother takes one look at her and says "Not my girl". Now Margaret must relearn her people's ways, and find her place in the world once again.

The Art of Miss Chew. Patricia Polacco, $19.00 (ages 4-8)

Trisha knew she wanted to be an artist. The trouble was — everything else she had to do at school! Reading, tests, projects — Trisha needed so much time to complete these than any of the other kids. With the help of a caring home room teacher, and a wonderful, outspoken art teacher, Trisha realizes her dream.

Grace & Family. Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch, $10.50 (ages 5-8)

To Grace, family has always meant her Ma, her Nana, and her cat Paw-Paw. She hasn’t seen her father since she was a little girl, and he lives far away in another country.

When Papa invites her to visit him, she dreams of finding a different kind of family — and learns that families are what you make them.

In Lucia’s Neighborhood. Pat Shewchuk & Marek Colek, $18.95

After learning about urban visionary Jane Jacobs, seven-year-old Lucia takes a closer look at what makes her city neighborhood special. Is it the park where people jog, play with their dogs, practice Tai Chi? Is it the shops along the main street? Or is it the festivals, the people, the front yards with their flowers, the neighbors, the farmers’ market?

Illustrating the many ways people work together to make their communities vibrant and thriving, IN LUCIA’S NEIGHBORHOOD will inspire readers to join the performance of “the ballet of the good city sidewalk” in their own neighborhoods.

My Mother is Weird. Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Brenda Jones, $9.95

A view of a mother’s bad day through the eyes of a child — a funny and loving story for children and parents.

It’s a Book. Lane Smith, $15.99 (ages 6-9)

A mouse, a monkey and a jackass. And a book.

Put Me in a Book! Robert Munsch, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

Hailey is really excited when a writer puts her in a book. But being in a book isn’t as much fun as it sounds — how is Hailey going to get OUT??

ROAR! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

When Isaac and Elena read a book about lions, all they want to do is RRRRRRROOOOOOOOAARRRRRRRRR!!

Too Much Stuff! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

One backpack full of toys plus one airplane ride equals a crazy adventure for Temina and her Mom.

Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

If you ask her, Alma Sofia Esperanza José Pura Candela has way too many names: six! How did such a small person wind up with such a large name? Alma turns to Daddy for an answer and learns of Sofia, the grandmother who loved books and flowers; Esperanza, the great-grandmother who longed to travel; José, the grandfather who was an artist; and other namesakes, too. As she hears the story of her name, Alma starts to think it might be a perfect fit after all — and realizes that she will one day have her own story to tell.

They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki, $19.95 (ages 4-7)

They Say Blue follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t seen one. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture book from a highly acclaimed artist.

Sam & Eva. Debbie Ridpath Ohi, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

When Sam starts drawing a super cool velociraptor, Eva decides to join in. But Sam isn’t too happy about the collaboration. Soon Eva and Sam are locked in an epic creative clash, bringing to life everything from superhero marmots to exploding confetti. But when their masterpieces turn to mayhem will Sam stay stubbornly solo or will he realize that sometimes the best work comes from teamwork?

Hey Black Child. Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier, $23.49 (ages 4-8)

Hey black child,
Do you know who you are?
Who you really are?
Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be?

This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.

Chicken or Egg — Who Comes First? Susan Sweet & Brenda S. Miles, illustrated by Melon & Mandarina, $22.50 (ages 4-8)

Chicken and Egg are best friends who love playing together but don't like losing. In the end, Chicken and Egg learn to appreciate having fun — no matter who wins!

With minimal words and vibrant illustrations, Chicken or Egg is a sweet and simple introduction to the concepts of good sportsmanship and losing gracefully. Also included is a Note to Parents & Other Caregivers with strategies to encourage children to focus on fun, not who comes first.

Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

It’s OK to make a mistake! In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing — not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator. Beautiful Oops! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even an accordion “telescope” — each demonstrating the magical transformation from blunder to wonder, as the smudge becomes the face of a bunny, a crumpled ball of paper turns into a lamb’s fleecy coat — celebrate the oops in life. 

My Book of Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

Every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful. This is the central idea of Beautiful Oops!, Barney Saltzberg’s beloved bestseller — and now My Book of Beautiful Oops!, an interactive journal for young artists, takes that principle into unexpected new directions.

My Book of Beautiful Oops! champions imagination, play, and the courage to express oneself. It’s about self-forgiveness, about turning off that inner critic that clamors for perfection. And it’s about freedom — the freedom to be creative and follow your curiosity wherever it goes. That’s a lesson to celebrate.

Gaston. Kelly DiPucchio & Christian Robinson, $19.99 (ages 4-8)

Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips — never slobbers! He yips — never yaps! And he walks with grace — never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters. But a chance encounter with a bulldog family in the park — Rocky, Ricky, Bruno, and Antoinette — reveals there’s been a mix-up, and so Gaston and Antoinette switch places. The new families look right…but they don’t feel right. Can these puppies follow their noses — and their hearts — to find where they belong?

A Little Bit of Oomph! Barney Saltzberg, $20.95(ages 4-8)

A triumph of imagination, vibrant, colorful art, and paper engineering, A Little Bit of Oomph! is filled with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, spinning circles and gatefolds — and, underlying every page, a timeless message that creativity is for everyone. Just add a little bit of oomph.

See our Parenting 6-12 booklist for adult titles. For CDs and DVDs for children, please go to our Audio/Video Just for Kids list.

How Dog Became a Friend. Paul O'Neill, illustrated by Cynthia Colosimo, $11.95 (ages 5-10)

Today dogs are considered man’s best friends, but thousands of years ago the world was a very different place and dogs were animals to be feared. This all changes one autumn day when a young brother and sister wander too far from home and are captured by the Old Hag of the Wilderness. The terrified young children beg passing animals for help, yet none will come to the rescue. But then Dog comes along...

Accompanied by charming watercolour illustrations, How Dog Became a Friend tells an enchanting story of how Dog left his cold and barren home to come and live among people.

The Color Monster: a Story about Emotions. Anna Llenas, $22.49  (ages 4-8)

One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused. His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.

The Lost Words. Robert Macfarlane & Jackie Morris, $40.00 (all ages)

In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary — widely used in schools around the world — was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions — he outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual — became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world.

Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book — work that has already cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across Britain, Europe, and North America.

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons. Ben Brooks, $22.49 (ages 8-12)

This timely book joins and expands the gender-role conversation and gives middle-grade boys a welcome alternative message: that masculinity can mean many things.

You won't find any stories of slaying dragons or saving princesses here. In Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, author Ben Brooks-with the help of Quinton Wintor's striking full-color illustrations-offers a welcome alternative narrative: one that celebrates introverts and innovators, sensitivity and resilience, individuality and expression. It's an accessible compilation of 75 famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his own way. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei, Jesse Owens, and so many more-heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

Holes In the Sky. Patricia Polacco, $24.99 (ages 6-9)

There will never be anyone like her grandmother, Trisha thinks, when her grandmother passes away. But when she and her family move to California — in the middle of a drought — she meets a new friend, the irrepressible Stewart, and his amazing grandmother, Miss Eula, who not only takes Trisha under her wing, but, with Trisha and Stewart, steps up to lead their entire extraordinarily diverse neighborhood to help a hurting neighbor — and her once lush garden — survive the drought.

Trisha's grandmother's old saying about the stars being Holes in the Sky turns out to be Miss Eula's, too, convincing Trisha that she has miraculously discovered another unforgettable grandmother.

HERSTORY: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World. Katherine Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh, $26.99 (ages 8++)

Throughout history, girls have often been discussed in terms of what they couldn’t or shouldn’t do.

Not anymore.

It’s time for herstory — a celebration of not only what girls can do, but the remarkable things women have already accomplished, even when others tried to stop them. In this uplifting and inspiring book, follow the stories of fifty powerhouse women from around the world and across time who each managed to change the world as they knew it forever. Telling the stories of their childhood, the challenges they faced, and the impact of their achievements, each lavishly illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power in its many forms. From astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians, these women are sure to motivate young readers of all backgrounds to focus not on the can’ts and shouldn’ts, but on what they can do: anything!

AFRICVILLE. Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva Campbell, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like — the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits the present-day park and the sundial where her great- grandmother’s name is carved in stone, and celebrates a summer day at the annual Africville Reunion/Festival.

Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

Bitter and Sweet. Sandra Feder, illustrtated by Kyrsten Brooker, $17.95 (ages 4-7)

When Hannah’s family has to move, her grandmother tells her how she felt leaving the old country — it was both bitter and sweet. As Hannah leaves her friends behind and tries to get used to a new house, she only feels bitterness. Was her grandmother wrong about the sweetness? Hannah starts to feel better about the move when she sees her new house in the soft light of the Shabbat candles. When a new friend reaches out with a special gift, Hannah realizes that sweetness can come from unexpected places and that she can even create some herself.

This charming story subtly conveys a universal message — while life can be full of challenging moments, sweeter ones can be found and created. An author’s note is included on the concept of bitter and sweet in Jewish culture.

Meet Chris Hadfield: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $14.99 (ages 6-10)

Meet Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space — and make a music video while in orbit!

When Chris Hadfield was a boy, growing up on a farm in Milton, Ontario, Canada didn’t have a space program. But from the moment he saw a man first walk on the moon, young Chris decided he would somehow get to space. And with everything Chris did, from learning to fix farm machinery and joining the Air Cadets to flying fighter planes and becoming a test pilot, he prepared himself to get there. Chris Hadfield has rocketed into space three times, been on two space walks and was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. And nobody plays a guitar in space or rocks a mustache better!

Meet Viola Desmond: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $14.99 (ages 6-10)

Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!

On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre.... and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola’s legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola’s inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.

Nothing Stopped Sophie: the Story of Unshakable Mathematician Sophie Germain. Cheryl Bardoe, Illustrated by Barbara McClintock, $23.50 (ages 4-8)

The true story of eighteenth-century mathematician Sophie Germain, who solved the unsolvable to achieve her dream.

When her parents took away her candles to keep their young daughter from studying math...nothing stopped Sophie. When a professor discovered that the homework sent to him under a male pen name came from a woman... nothing stopped Sophie. And when she tackled a math problem that male scholars said would be impossible to solve... still, nothing stopped Sophie.

For six years Sophie Germain used her love of math and her undeniable determination to test equations that would predict patterns of vibrations. She eventually became the first woman to win a grand prize from France's prestigious Academy of Sciences for her formula, which laid the groundwork for much of modern architecture (and can be seen in the book's illustrations).

All of Us. Carin Berger, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

With a universal message and stunning paper collage art, this striking book celebrates the power of community, family, and most of all, love. Her beautiful collage art and lyrical text offer a message of hope in the face of adversity.

Square. Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, $22.00 (ages 5-9)

The beguiling second entry in the innovative shape trilogy by multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen.

This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But is he really? With the second story in a trilogy of tales about Triangle, Square, and Circle, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen nudge readers toward a more well-rounded way of looking at things. Understated and striking in its simplicity, this funny, thoughtful offering from two of today’s most talented picture-book creators emphasizes the importance of keeping your eyes — and your mind — open to wonder where others see only rubble and rocks.

Triangle. Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, $22.00 (ages 5-9)

Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks.

With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust in a richly imagined world of shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humor, here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of today’s most irreverent — and talented — picture book creators.

Gordon: Bark to the Future. Ashley Spires, $8.99 (ages 7-10)

It's all up to Gordon now. His partner has been captured. His superior officer has been neutralized. And his distress calls to P.U.R.S.T. (Pets of the Universe Ready for Space Travel) have gone unanswered. That means he must fight the aliens alone! But Gordon's not a fighter — his deadliest weapon is his mind. So what's a genius dog to do? Time travel, of course! He'll use his new time machine to travel back in time, then he can stop the invasion before it happens.

With only his wits to depend on, can Gordon get back to the future in time to save his friends and his humans?

The Promise. Margie Wolfe & Pnina Bat Zvi, illustrated by Isabelle Cardinal, $18.95 (ages 7++)

The night that Rachel and Toby’s parents are taken away by the Nazis, they give their young daughters three gold coins with the instructions to “use these wisely to help save your lives.” They also ask the girls to promise that they will always stay together. This compelling true story follows the sisters as they confront the daily horrors of Auschwitz, protecting one another, sharing memories, fears, and even laughter — always together. But when Rachel becomes ill and is taken away by Nazi guards, likely forever, Toby risks her own life and uses the well-hidden gold coins to rescue her little sister.

Wallpaper. Thao Lam, $19.95 (ages 4-7)

Wallpaper is a wordless picture book that tells the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can hear other kids playing, but she’s too shy to say hello. So she picks at the old wallpaper in her room — revealing an entryway to a fantastic imaginary adventure world behind the walls. There, she runs between the vibrant and varied environments — surrounded by birds, swimming in a frog pond, in a herd of art-deco sheep — as she finds herself chased by a monster. He is frightening at first, until it becomes clear he simply wants to be her friend. When it comes time to go back to reality, the girl feels inspired with the courage to approach the other kids and say hello.

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: the Woman Who Loved Reptiles. Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets... While other girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried her favorite lizard with her everywhere — she even brought a crocodile to school! When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum. She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a little girl, Joan hosted children's tea parties — with her komodo dragon as the guest of honor.

With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination.

My Hair Is a Garden. Cozbi Cabrera, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

After a day of being taunted by classmates about her unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more. On her way home from school, she seeks the guidance of her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the beautiful garden in her backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. But most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.

Fania's Heart. Anne Renaud, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki, $18.95 (ages 7-10)

Ten-year-old Sorale discovers a tiny heart-shaped book among her mother’s belongings. Its pages are shaped like four-petaled flowers, upon which are written words in languages Sorale does not understand. Who wrote these words? Where did the heart come from? Why has her mother never mentioned this tiny book before?

Fania’s Heart reveals the true story of the crafting of the heart, against all odds, within the confines of Auschwitz, and of the women of immeasurable resilience, courage, and loyalty who risked their lives for Sorale’s mother, their friend.

The Field. Baptiste Paul, illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara, $23.95 (ages 4-8)

“Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community — family, friends, and the local fruit vendor — for a pickup soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running — bearing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport. “Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?

The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar. Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sara Palacios, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

On a lively street in the lovely city of Paris, a girl named Aída glanced up and was dazzled by the sight of an airship. Oh, how she wished she could soar through the sky like that! The inventor of the airship, Alberto, invited Aída to ride with him, but she didn’t want to be a passenger. She wanted to be the pilot.

Aída was just a teenager, and no woman or girl had ever flown before. She didn’t let that stop her, though. All she needed was courage and a chance to try.

In this beautiful picture book filled with soaring words and buoyant illustrations, award-winners Margarita Engle and Sara Palacios tell the inspiring true story of Aída de Acosta, the first woman to fly a motorized aircraft.

Bloom: a Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Kyo Maclear & Julie Morstad, $21.00 (ages 5-9)

As a young girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) felt “brutta” (ugly) and searched all around her for beauty. Seeing the colors of Rome’s flower market one day, young Elsa tried to plant seeds in her ears and nose, hoping to blossom like a flower. All she got was sick, but from that moment, she discovered her own wild imagination.

In the 1920 and '30s, influenced by her friends in the surrealist art movement, Schiaparelli created a vast collection of unique fashion designs — hats shaped like shoes, a dress adorned with lobsters, gloves with fingernails, a dress with drawers and so many more. She mixed her own bold colors and invented her own signature shades, including shocking pink.

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is a stunning and sophisticated picture book biography that follows Schiaparelli’s life from birth and childhood to height of success.

Away But Never Gone. Nicky Mehta, illustrated by Kimberley Slezak, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

Away But Never Gone is a beautifully illustrated and moving book based on the author, Nicky Mehta's song of the same title, which appears on The Wailin' Jennys' 2011 CD entitled Bright Morning Stars. This gorgeous book is aimed at children from the ages of 1-8 and adults who love artful children's books. The Author hopes that the book, with its nod to the cycles of nature, will act as a grief aid for young children.

Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Susan Hood, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women — each paired with a noteworthy female artist — to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and rabble-rousers. From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, Susan Hood, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout history.

In this book, you will find Mary Anning, who was just thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the brave six-year-old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to appear before Congress to defend her right to create.

And those are just a few of the young women included in this book. Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman, Nellie Bly, Pura Belprè, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances Moore Lappè, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai — all whose stories will enthrall and inspire. This book was written, illustrated, edited, and designed by women and includes an author’s note, a timeline, and additional resources.

Lucky Me. Lora Rozler, illustrated by Jan Dolby, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Lora Rozler celebrates the concepts of luck and thanks as she explores the world with a series of evocative, one-line descriptions of situations where a child (or adult) might be inclined to be grateful —  for the ocean's calming lull ("a-dunk", Yiddish, pronounced a-dunk)... for concerts in the kitchen ("mamnumam", Persian, pronounced mam-noon-am)... for my sidekicks when I need them ("cam on", (Vietnamese, pronounced gahm-uhn)... for a mustache just like grandpa's ("salamat", Tagalog, pronounced sa-la-maht)... for moving pictures in the sky ("ay ay", Cree, pronounced hay-hay). Lucky Me shares 36 of these celebrations, each exquisitely illustrated by Jan Dolby.

Dear Girl: a Celebration of Wonderful, Smart, Beautiful You! Amy Krause Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly Hatam, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Dear Girl is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life. Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she's great just the way she is — whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops. Dear Girl encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are — inside and out.

What Do You Do with a Chance? Kobi Yamada, $23.95 (ages 5-8)

A captivating story about a child who isn’t sure what to make of a chance encounter—and then discovers that when you have courage, take chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen.

What Do You Do With a Chance inspires kids of all ages and parents alike to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way. Because you never know when a chance, once taken, might be the one to change everything.

What Do You Do With an Idea? Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

What do you do with an idea? Especially an idea that's different, or daring, or a little wild? This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. It's a story for anyone, at any age, who has ever had an idea that seemed too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it space to grow, and to see what happens next.

What Do You Do With a Problem? Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

What do you do with a problem? Especially one that follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it? Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite different than it appeared.

Problems challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us to discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we don't always want them, problems have a way of bringing unexpected gifts. So, what will you do with your problem?

The Pink Hat. Andrew Joyner, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Here is a clever story that follows the journey of a pink hat that is swiped out of a knitting basket by a pesky kitten, blown into a tree by a strong wind, and used as a cozy blanket for a new baby, then finally makes its way onto the head of a young girl marching for women’s equality.

Inspired by the 5 million people (many of them children) in 82 countries who participated in the 2017 Women’s March, Andrew Joyner has given us a book that celebrates girls and women and equal rights. With themes of empathy, equality, and solidarity, The Pink Hat is a timeless and timely story that will empower readers and promote strength in the diverse and active feminist community.

Yak and Dove. Kyo Maclear, Illustrated by Esme Shapiro, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. Yak is large and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove has feathers. Yak is polite. Dove is ill-mannered. Yak likes quiet. Dove likes noise. One day as Yak and Dove list their differences they come to the conclusion that maybe they aren’t meant to be friends. In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But when a small feathered contestant sings Yak’s favorite song, the two begin to think that maybe they are alike after all.

Yak and Dove whimsically captures the highs and lows of friendship through the three interconnected tales of two very different friends.

Read the Book, Lemmings! Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Zachariah OHara, $23.49 (ages 4-8)

Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an interesting fact: “Lemmings don’t jump off cliffs.” But Foxy can’t get the lemmings on the Cliff to read his book. They’re too busy jumping off the ship! After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB realize their naughty nautical crew isn’t being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper, Me Too, and Ditto) can’t read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to read the book, he can’t return to reading it, either!

Telling the Time Activity Book. Lara Bryan, $12.95 (ages 5+)

Children can become top at telling the time with this fun-filled book, crammed with puzzles and activities, including a practice clock to cut out and make. Learn about hours, minutes and seconds, calendars and timetables, AM and PM, and then try the challenging puzzles. Four pages of stickers and all the answers are at the back of the book.

You Hold Me Up. Monique Gray Smith & Danielle Daniel, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

This vibrant picture book encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

The Girl Who Thought In Pictures: the Story of Dr. Temple Grandin. Julia Finley Mosca, illustrated by Daniel Rieley, $17.99 (ages 5-10)

When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!

Joseph's Big Ride. Terry Farish, illustrated by Ken Daley, $12.95 (ages 4-7)

Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike, but he’s too small to ride it. When Joseph and his mother travel to America, everything is strange and new. One day, he spots a red bike that seems just right for him! It belongs to a girl with a whoosh of curly hair. When Whoosh crashes her bike, Joseph offers to fix it. His big chance has finally come, except that Joseph doesn’t know how to ride! He falls a few times, picks himself up, and tries again, until suddenly, with a shout of triumph, he’s riding the bike.

Inspired by the author’s interviews with refugee children from Sudan, this gentle story evokes the experience of a new immigrant. Vibrantly colorful paintings bring a warm and humorous portrait of friendship and diversity to life.

If You Give a Mouse an iPhone. Ann Droyd, $17.95 (all ages)

If you give in to temptation and give a bored little mouse your iPhone, even for ten minutes, he’s probably going to beam to some faraway place beyond time, space, and the sound of your pleading voice. And if he’s that far gone, he won’t have any idea what’s going on around him, and he might end up missing out on all the real fun.

From the New York Times-bestselling author of Goodnight iPad comes a delightful new commentary on the perils of our tech-obsessed lives and a fully charged romp for readers of all ages.

Ellington Was Not a Street. Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, $25.99 (ages 5-11)

In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.

Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that "changed the world." Their lives and their works inspire us to this day, and serve as a guide to how we approach the challenges of tomorrow.

This Beautiful Day. Richard Jackson, illustrated by Suzy Lee, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Why spend a rainy day inside? As three children embrace a grey day, they seems to beckon the bright as they jump, splash, and dance outside, chasing the rain away. The day’s palette shifts from greys to a hint of blue, then more blue. Then green! Then yellow! Until the day is a technicolor extravaganza that would make Mary Poppins proud. A joyous homage to the power of a positive attitude.

Over and Under the Pond. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $24.99 (ages 5-8)

In  a secret underwater world readers will discover the plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But under the pond is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, tadpoles growing. These and many other secrets are waiting to be discovered... over and under the pond.

Over and Under the Snow. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $23.99 (ages 5-8)

Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm, awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies beneath winter’s snowy landscape in this magical book.

Up In the Garden and Down In the Dirt. Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $23.99 (ages 5-8)

In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves... and down in the dirt. Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green — leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world — earthworms dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow — populated by all the animals that make a garden their home.

From Far Away. Robert Munsch & Saoussan Askar, illustrated by Rebecca Green, $23.95 (ages 5-8)

Although first published in 1995, From Far Away is more relevant today than it has ever been. This story is based on the real-life experience of Saoussan Askar, who emigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon when she was seven years old. While still in elementary school, Saoussan wrote to bestselling author Robert Munsch about her situation. Together, they turned her story into a book. This updated edition, with revised text including a note from Saoussan today and fresh, new illustrations, belongs in every classroom. Young children who themselves have arrived as immigrants will readily relate to Saoussan’s frustrations of not understanding the teacher, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a prop skeleton. From Far Away will also help sensitize other children to the difficulties experienced by their immigrant classmates.

The Barefoot Book of Children. Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma & David Dean, $24.99 (ages 5-8)

Empower tomorrow's global citizens to grasp today's critical social issues with The Barefoot Book of Children. Hand-painted illustrations and straightforward text directly engage the reader, inviting children to ask themselves: How do other children live? How are we different? And most importantly: How are we alike? The Barefoot Book of Children is a playful, powerful and thought-provoking celebration of both the big ideas and the everyday moments that reveal our common humanity and tie us all together.

  • Ignites curiosity about diverse lifestyles and cultures — The stunning artwork by bestselling Barefoot Books World Atlas illustrator David Dean entices young readers to pore over the detailed illustrations and 15 pages of informational endnotes.
  • Accommodates a range of literacy levels — By addressing the reader directly, the simple text prompts caretaker-child interaction, while empowering independent readers to consider the social issues on their own.
  • Indispensable for raising global citizens — The creative team worked with diversity, inclusivity and early childhood specialists to accurately portray a wide range of shapes, sizes, races, abilities and lifestyles from countries and cultures all over the world.
  • Timely and topical — The Barefoot Book of Children facilitates important conversations with children about diversity and inclusivity.

Town Is By the Sea. Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $21.95 (ages 5-9)

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather’s grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig.

What Does It Mean to Be Kind? Rana DiOrio, illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch, $13.99 (ages 4-8)

A girl in a red hat finds the courage to be kind to the new student in class. Her kindness spreads, kind act by kind act, until her whole community experiences the magical shift that happens when everyone understands — and acts on — what it means to be kind.

If You Could Wear My Sneakers! A Book about Children's Rights. Poems by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Darcia Labrosse, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

A Sheree Fitch classic, If You Could Wear My Sneakers is now available for a new generation of young readers. A series of humorous poems, paired with timeless illustrations, interprets 15 of the 54 articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Mr. Maxwell's Mouse. Frank Asch & Devin Asch, $9.95 (ages 5-9)

Mr. Maxwell is one contented cat. He has just been promoted. And what better way to celebrate than by going to his favorite restaurant, the Paw and Claw? He decides to live a little and order the house specialty — a live mouse. When the headwaiter asks if they should kill the mouse, Mr. Maxwell says that isn't necessary. He knows the Paw and Claw's mice are bred for politeness!

But this particular live mouse can't keep quiet — would Mr. Maxwell like to add a little salt? Or order a glass of wine? Would he mind saying a little prayer before eating? My, what a bold and wordy mouse! Mr. Maxwell hopes the mouse doesn't give him indigestion.

Mrs. Marlowe's Mice. Frank Asch & Devin Asch, $19.95 (ages 5-9)

Meet Mrs. Eleanor Marlowe, a young widow who lives in an apartment by herself — not counting the extended family of mice who secretly live with her. Harboring mice is a very serious offense in Cat City. Why would a mild-mannered widow run such a risk? The neighbors wonder why Mrs. Marlowe never invites anyone over for catnip tea. Her secret little friends are beginning to wonder about their host, too. So fine is the cheese she serves that some of Mrs. Marlowe's mice wonder if she's fattening them up for the kill.

One day, officers from the Department of Catland Security show up at Mrs. Marlowe's door, demanding to search the premises. Can this crafty feline outwit the police and save her mice from certain doom? Is Mrs. Marlowe the mouse-sympathizer she appears to be? Or is she really a mouse-hungry monster stocking her larder with fresh mice?

The Banana Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World. Katie Smith Milway & Shane Evans, $19.95 (ages 6-9)

Separated from his family when they were forced to flee their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources, bullies have formed gangs to steal what they can, and one leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. But when a coach organizes the children to play soccer, everything begins to change for Deo. And for Remy. By sharing the joy of play, no one feels so alone anymore. Readers everywhere will be inspired to read how play can change lives.

Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the First Lunar Landing. Dean Robinson, illustrated by Lucy Knisley, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.

Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.

The Snail and the Whale. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, $12.99 (ages 5-8)

One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail's big plan that saves the day.

Away. Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother and child don’t always get to spend as much time together as they’d like. Add to that a child’s fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp departure date gets closer, Mom does her best to soothe her child’s nerves. Camp ends up being a wonderful adventure — but nothing is sweeter than a back-at-home reunion.

This nuanced story about a parent and child’s unconventional way of connecting is full of humor and affection. Young readers will enjoy spotting Lester the cat as he paws his way into the story.

A Trio of Tolerable Tales. Margaret Atwood, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, $22.99 (ages 7-10)

Wordplay and outrageous adventures rule the day in these three humorous stories from Margaret Atwood, with illustrations by Dušan Petričić.

In Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes, Ramsay runs away from his revolting relatives and makes a new friend with more refined tastes. The second tale, Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda, features Bob, who was raised by dogs, and Dorinda, who does housework for relatives who don’t like her. It is only when they become friends that they realize they can change their lives for the better. And finally, to get her parents back, Wenda and her woodchuck companion have to outsmart Widow Wallop in Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop’s Wunderground Washery.

The Wolves Return: a New Beginning for Yellowstone National Park. Celia Godkin, $19.95 (ages 6-9)

In 1995–96 twenty-three Canadian gray wolves were released in Yellowstone National Park where, due to over-hunting, there had been no wolves at all for almost seventy years. This reintroduction project was an overwhelming success. Over twenty years later we can still see the changes the gray wolves brought to Yellowstone. Now that the elk graze higher ground to escape the wolves, tree seedlings in the valley are growing tall. Rivers change as beavers use the trees to build dams, and thriving wetlands have been established. This true story offers an important lesson about the difference one creature can make in creating a healthy, thriving world.

The Wolves Return features Godkin’s evocative, full-spread pencil crayon and watercolour illustrations and is further enhanced by extensive information on the Yellowstone Wolf Project, including maps and statistics that will delight young animal lovers and inquisitive minds.

Anna Carries Water. Olive Senior, illustrated by Laura James, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she can’t carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters. In this charming and poetic family story set in Jamaica, Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna achieves her goal and overcomes her fear.

My Beautiful Birds. Suzanne Del Rizzo, $19.95 (ages 6-9)

Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons — will they escape too? He can’t forget his birds and what his family has left behind. Until, one day a canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing process at last.

A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil war, My Beautiful Birds illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its children. It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to pick up their lives and carry on. And it reveals the hope of generations of people as they struggle to redefine home.

Malala: Activist for Girls' Education. Raphaële Frier, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty, $21.99 (ages 6-9)

Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and fought for the right for all girls to receive an education. When she was just fifteen-years old, the Taliban attempted to kill Malala, but even this did not stop her activism. At age eighteen Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for her work to ensure the education of all children around the world. Malala’s courage and conviction will inspire young readers in this beautifully illustrated biography.

The Journey. Francesca Sanna, $25.95 (ages 5-7)

“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us. They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long, but they don’t have to cross any borders.”

What is it like to have to leave everything behind and travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but also great hope.

Based on her interactions with people forced to seek a new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our time.

The White Cat and the Monk. Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn, Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.

The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Bán.” With Jo Ellen Bogart’s simple and elegant narration and Sydney Smith’s classically inspired images, this contemplative story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural world.

OUT. Angela May George & Owen Swan, $14.99 (ages 4-8)

I'm called an asylum seeker, but that's not my name.

We came here on a boat. Our trip took so long, sometimes I wondered if I would ever walk on grass again.

A brave little girl and her mother escape a war-torn land. On the difficult sea voyage there is little to eat, but there is abundant love and caring. Her adopted country offers a safe place to live, a new school, and supportive friends. There are also hurtful labels, flashbacks, and the ever-present ache of a missing father. Over time there’s a new job for her mother, time for play, music — even dancing! — and hope for the future.

Timely, powerful and moving, Out celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the darkest times, and the many paths people take to build a new life.

What Matters. Alison Hughes & Holly Hatam, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we can all make a big difference.

Under a Northern Moon. Mike Norris, illustrated by Shawna Lee Campbell, $16.00 (ages 4-6)

Once a year if the night is clear, on the night of the Northern moon, all of the animals in the forest have a big party to celebrate life, before having to hibernate for the winter. On this particular night a traveller just happens to set up his camp on the very spot where the celebration takes place.

Amelia's Road. Linda Jacobs Altman & Enrique Sanchez, $14.95 (ages 4-8)

Amelia Luisa Martinez hates roads. Los caminos, the roads, take her migrant worker family to fields where they labor all day, to schools where no one knows Amelia's name, and to bleak cabins that are not home. Amelia longs for a beautiful white house with a fine shade tree in the yard, where she can live without worrying about los caminos again. Then one day, Amelia discovers an "accidental road." At its end she finds an amazing old tree reminiscent of the one in her dreams. Its stately sense of permanence inspires her to put her own roots down in a very special way.

When the Rain Comes. Alma Fullerton, Illustrated by Kim La Fave, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

It is time to plant the rice in Malini’s Sri Lankan community, and the little girl is both excited and nervous to help for the first time. What if she does it wrong? Will she be responsible if the crop fails? When the oxcart rumbles in loaded with seedlings, she reluctantly agrees to watch the big, imposing animal while the driver takes a break. Suddenly, the skies go dark with monsoon rain. A flash flood pours down the road, separating Malini from the driver and her family. They are shouting for her to run for higher ground, but what about the rice? Summoning up courage she never dreamed she possessed, Malini resolves to save ox, cart, and seedlings, no matter what it takes.

Buddy and Earl Go Exploring. Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff, $16.95 (ages 4-7)

Buddy and Earl are safely tucked in for the night; Buddy on his blanket and Earl in his cage. But just as Buddy settles in for a nice, long sleep, Earl says it’s time to say “Bon voyage.” Soon these mismatched pals are at it again, exploring the wilds of the kitchen and defending a lovely lady hedgehog — who may or may not be Mom’s hairbrush — from imminent danger. When they’ve finally vanquished the greatest monster of all — the vacuum cleaner — it’s time for some well-earned shut-eye.

Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby. Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff, $16.95 (ages 4-7)

Mom’s friend Mrs. Cunningham is coming for a visit, and she’s bringing her baby! While Buddy tries to explain the ins and outs of babydom to Earl, neither of them is prepared for the chaos the small and adorable creature brings with him. When the baby manages to escape from his cage — which Buddy gently suggests is really just a playpen — it’s up to our favorite odd couple to save the day.

Buddy and Earl. Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff, $16.95 (ages 4-7)

Buddy does not know what is in the box that Meredith carries into the living room. But when the small, prickly creature says he is a pirate — and that Buddy is a pirate too — the two mismatched friends are off on a grand adventure. In this first book in the Buddy and Earl series, a dog who likes to play by the rules meets a hedgehog who knows no limits. Their friendship is tender and loyal, and their adventures are funny and imaginative.

All the World a Poem. Gilles Tibo, illustrated by Manon Gauthier, $18.95 (ages 5-12)

In Gilles Tibo’s wonder-filled tribute to poetry, poems bloom in fields, fly on the wings of birds, and float on the foam of the sea. They are written in the dark of night, in the light of happiness, and in the warmth of the writer’s heart. Each poem is illustrated with Manon Gauthier’s whimsical paper collage art, which is both child-like and sophisticated.

Rhymed or unrhymed, regular or irregular, the verses bring not just poems but the very concept of poetry to the level of a child, making them accessible to all. If all the world is a poem, then anyone can be a poet!

The Boy & the Bindi. Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

In this beautiful children's picture book by Vivek Shraya, a five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother's bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

Beautifully illustrated with hand paintings by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference. 

A Family is Family is a Family. Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

When a teacher asks the children in her class to think about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has a new baby in the family. As her classmates describe who they live with and who loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.

Ada Twist, Scientist. Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by David Roberts, $22.95 (ages 5-9)

Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!

So Much Snow! Robert Munsch, $7.99 (ages 4-8)

A blizzard is coming, but Jasmine loves snow — and she doesn't want to miss out on Pizza Day at school. So off she goes — even as the snow get deeper, and deeper, and ...deeper...

Babushka Baba Yaga. Patricia Polacco, $8.50 (ages 4-7)

Baba Yaga is a witch famous throughout Russia for eating children, but this Babushka Baba Yaga is a lonely old woman who just wants a grandchild to love.

Rosie the Raven. Helga Bansch, $12.95 (ages 4-7)

There’s something very different going on in the raven’s nest. When the eggs hatch, a little girl emerges from one of the shells, along with her black raven siblings. Loving raven parents take their little Rosie just the way she is.

In the beginning, Rosie tries to do everything her siblings do. She opens her mouth to receive worms from her parents, tries to caw until she is hoarse, and wildly flaps her arms in an attempt to fly. The neighbors offer encouragement. “Rub it with birch leaves. That will make its feathers grow!” Rosie finally realizes she is different. Maybe she can’t caw or fly, but a world of discovery awaits her nonetheless.

Helga Bansch’s exquisite artwork of collages and colored images bring humor, mood, and emotion to Rosie’s story. The reader is drawn to Rosie from the instant she pushes herself from the egg, smiling and happy to greet her family, oblivious to her differences.

The Man with the Violin. Kathy Stinson, illustrated Dušan Petričić, $9.95 (ages 5-8)

Who is playing that beautiful music in the subway? And why is nobody listening?

Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn’t. So try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can’t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.

This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a minute. In The Man with the Violin, bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.

The Artist and Me. Shane Peacock, illustrated by Sophie Casson, $18.95 (ages 5-9)

Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed, incomparable Post-impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept painting.

Inspired by these events, The Artist and Me is the fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a young boy who adopted the popular attitude of adults around him. It’s not until the boy faces his victim alone that he realizes there is more than one way to see the world. The lyrical text carries the emotional weight of the subject and will leave readers with the understanding that everyone’s point of view is valuable.

The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds, $20.00 (ages 5-9)

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you." Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw — she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery.

Happy Dreamer. Peter H. Reynolds, $21.99 (ages 5-9)

While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the rules, and to colour inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to become our own true dreamer maximus! This empowering picture book reminds children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and downs, he enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big!

ISH. Peter H. Reynolds, $20.00 (ages 5-9)

Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though, his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to something a lot more valuable than getting things just "right."

Playing from the Heart. Peter H. Reynolds, $20.00 (ages 5-9)

When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano, reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart?

The Word Collector. Peter H. Reynolds, $21.99 (ages 5-9)

Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins. Some people collect art. And Jerome? Jerome collected words... Jerome discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words, two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words that connect, transform, and empower.

Art's Supplies. Chris Tougas, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

In this delightful tale of the power of the imagination, Art's supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic — and art! Pastels, pencils, paints, crayons, brushes and markers... everything gets in on the act of creating a mess-terpiece of fun. Chris Tougas's brilliant illustrations and clever text explore the essence of the creative process in a way that children will understand.

The Night Gardener. Terry Fan & Eric Fan, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

One day, William discovers that the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William — and his town — are changed forever.

With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text, this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an instant classic.

Paul the Pigeon. Jane Mullis, $11.95 (ages 4-8)

Beautifully illustrated, this is the funny and engaging story of a street-wise pigeon who decides to do some travelling... by subway.

Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, $19.99 (ages 4-8)

The remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

During World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick recounts their incredible journey, from a northern Canadian town to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England... and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made a new friend: a boy named Christopher Robin.

Gentle yet haunting illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Sophie Blackall bring the wartime era to life, and are complemented by photographs and ephemera from the Colebourn family archives.

The Angry Little Puffin. Timothy Young, $23.99 (ages 4-7)

This is the story of a puffin who is upset that he’s constantly mistaken for a penguin. He finally reaches his breaking point and goes on a rant about the many differences between the two. A little girl stops him in mid-speech because she does know the differences, and he listens as she explains to her father why puffins are her favorite. When you are feeling alone and misunderstood, sometimes it only takes the understanding of one small person to turn things around. A charming picture book with 18 fun colorful spreads showing children what frustration and feeling alone looks like from the outside, how to get over anger, and how to reach out to others when they are frustrated.

Kenya's Art: Recycle! Reuse! Make Art! Linda Trice, illustrated by hazel Mitchell, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

Kenya’s class is on spring vacation and their teacher asked them to write a report about how they spent their time. But vacation is almost over and Kenya hasn't done anything worth noting. A late visit to a museum's recycling exhibit and a walk through her neighborhood with her daddy inspire Kenya to use her old, broken toys and other items to make art with her family. Now she's prepared to teach her whole class how to Recycle! Reuse! Make Art!

Library Day. Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzie Rockwell, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Beloved author Anne Rockwell celebrates books, the love of reading, and of course, libraries, with a gorgeous new picture book about a child’s first visit to the library!

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk. Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Jess Golden, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

This picture book brings an international twist to the beloved nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, by bringing you aboard a busy three-wheeled taxi in India! Anything can happen as the tuk tuk rolls through town — from an elephant encounter to a tasty treat to a grand fireworks display. And in the midst of all the action, one thing’s for sure: passengers young and old love every minute of their exciting ride as the wheels of the tuk tuk go round and round.

Stella Batts: None of Your Business. Courtney Sheinmel, illustrated by Jennifer Bell, $5.99 (ages 6-9)

Can you keep a secret? Stella Batts has a lot of secrets to keep these days. There's the secret of what really happened to her little sister's pet fish, and there's the secret school project she's working on with her friend Lucy, and there's the secret on the second floor of her family's candy store. Actually, Stella doesn't know the candy store secret yet, because her dad won't tell her. Even though she's eight years old, and that's old enough to be trusted! Stella hasn't told any of her other secrets all week, and some of her other friends are feeling left out. But that's the problem with being told a secret: You have to keep it!

Stella Batts: Something Blue. Courtney Sheinmel, illustrated by Jennifer Bell, $5.99 (ages 6-9)

The Batts family has arrived at a hotel in Los Angeles and everything is all set for Aunt Laura’s wedding weekend. Stella and Penny are going to be getting a new uncle, and a new cousin! Plus, they get to be flower girls, and wear fancy dresses, and walk down the aisle throwing rose petals. It’s going to be perfect, just the way Aunt Laura has imagined it. Just the way Stella has imagined it, too. But sometimes a wedding doesn’t happen the way anyone thinks it will, including the bride. Things are starting to go wrong, and Stella is worried that it’s all her fault!

Imagine a World. Rob Gonsalves, $22.99 (ages 4-9)

Imagine a world where the sky becomes the Earth; where a waterfall freefalls to become dancing women; where you can cut mountains out of curtains, and ships sail into the sky.

Raymond’s Perfect Present. Therese On Louie, $13.95 (ages 4-8)

One day Raymond sees a young woman smile with pleasure when she is given a gift of flowers. Maybe I could buy Mom some flowers, Raymond thinks, to help her feel better now that she is home from the hospital. When Raymond realizes he doesn't have enough money to buy flowers, he decides to grow them from seeds, but his mother has to return to the hospital before the flowers bloom. As the flowers grow and then begin to wilt, Raymond fears his mother will never see his present after all. The gift she receives instead is a total surprise, and more perfect than anything Raymond has planned. 

Awesome Is Everywhere. Neil Pasricha, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Are you ready? With the simple touch of your fingers go on a stunning interactive journey to see the world as you never have before. Fly through wispy clouds, dive deep into the sparkling ocean, feel wet grains of sand on a hot and sunny beach. You will discover you can fly your mind to anywhere on Earth. And by the time you reach the surprise ending in this unforgettable journey you'll learn that awesome truly is everywhere.

The Good Little Book. Kyo MacLear, $18.99 (ages 6-9)

While banished to a dusty study one day "to think things over," a boy pulls a book off a shelf and with great reluctance begins to read. As the afternoon passes, the story nabs him and carries him away. Before long, this good little book becomes his loyal companion, accompanying him everywhere... until, one day, the book is lost. Will this bad little boy get back his good little book? Will the good little book survive on its own without a proper jacket? A quirky, enchanting tale of literary love and loss, and love found again, that will win the heart of even the most reluctant reader.

I’m New Here. Anne Sibley O’Brien,$9.99 (ages 4-7)

Maria is from Spain, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity. 

Bug in a Vacuum. Mélanie Watt, $24.99 (ages 5-9)

A bug flies through an open door into a house, through a bathroom, across a kitchen and bedroom and into a living room... where its entire life changes with the switch of a button. Sucked into the void of a vacuum bag, this one little bug moves through denial, bargaining, anger, despair and eventually acceptance — the five stages of grief — as it comes to terms with its fate. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel? Will there be dust bunnies in the void? A funny, suspenseful and poignant look at the travails of a bug trapped in a vacuum.

Alphabet School. Stephen Johnson, $22.99 (ages 4-8)

Imagine a school. Any school. Be it your school, one from memory, or even a dream school. Then enter and embark on a journey of wonder and delight. Look closely. There’s a letter C in the curve of a globe, a little L in the handle of a pencil sharpener, or at recess, a vibrant yellow V in a geodesic climbing dome. Can you find the letters on every page?

An ‘A’ from Miss Kehler. Patricia Polacco, $19.99 (ages 5-8)

Trisha is nervous about being chosen for Miss Keller’s writing class. “Killer Keller” demands that her students dazzle her with their writing, and rumor has it that she has never given an A. The rumors turn out to be all too true — there’s just no pleasing Miss Keller. Then an unexpected loss leaves Trisha heartbroken. Thoughts of teachers and grades forgotten, she pours out her soul in a personal narrative. And when Miss Keller reads it, she tells Trisha, “You’ve given your words wings.”

Ready, Set, Go! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

Miranda's dad is running in his very first big race. She goes to get him a drink of water, but when she gets back the race has already started. What is she going to do?

The Day the Crayons Came Home. Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, $21.99 (ages 5-8)

Maroon crayon has been marooned. Pea Green crayon wants to see the world. Neon Red crayon is just, well, lost. What happens when all the lost and forgotten crayons write home?

The Day the Crayons Quit. Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, $23.99 (ages 5-8)

The battle lines have been drawn …

The New Kid. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, $10.99 (ages 4-7)

Ellie's not like the other children on her street. She hides inside her grey coat and the children tease her. But with her powerful imagination and talent for making up games, and Ellie soon shows everyone what a wonderful friend she can be. 

Under Your Nose: a Book about Nature's Gifts. Judith & Shandley McMurray, foreword by Robert Bateman, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

Chloe and Zachary reluctantly join their grandparents for a trip to the cottage. Equipped with their digital devices, they feel ready for a relaxing week playing games. However, as they soon discover, Nature has a different plan. This vividly illustrated book portrays the beauty and mystery of the natural world through their eyes, in this adventure of fun and discovery.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, $8.99 (ages 7-10)

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely. And then, one day, he was lost. 

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hobo camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

My Name is Blessing. Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, $19.99 (ages 6-9)

Based on the life of a real boy, this warm-hearted, beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Baraka, a young Kenyan boy with a physical disability. Baraka and eight cousins live with their grandmother. She gives them boundless love, but there is never enough money or food, and life is hard — love doesn't feed hungry stomachs or clothe growing bodies, or school keen minds. Baraka is too young, and, with his disability, needs too much, and she is too old. A difficult choice must be made, and grandmother and grandchild set off on a journey to see if there is a place at the orphanage for Baraka. The story begins by looking at Baraka's physical disability as a misfortune, but ends by looking beyond the disability, to his great heart and spirit, and the blessings he brings.

Layla's Head Scarf. Miriam Cohen, illustrated by Ronald Himler, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

Layla is a shy new girl in first grade and her classmates wonder why she wears a head scarf. As the school day progresses, the first graders learn about Layla's culture and help make her feel more at ease in her new school.

Bright Sky, Starry City. Uma Krishnaswami, illustrated by Aimée Sicuro, $17.95 (ages 6-9)

Phoebe helps her dad set up telescopes on the sidewalk outside his store. It’s a special night — Saturn and Mars are going to appear together in the sky. But will Phoebe be able to see them with all the city lights? Raindrops begin to fall, followed by lightning and thunder. Phoebe is filled with disappointment as she and her father hurry inside to wait out the storm. But suddenly the power fails and then, amazingly, the rain and clouds disappear. Phoebe and her dad and all kinds of people spill into the street. And there, in the bright night sky, the splendor of the planets and a multitude of stars are revealed for all to see.

An illustrated afterword includes information about the solar system, planetary conjunctions and rings, moons, telescopes and light pollution. A glossary and recommended further reading are also included.

More Pies! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

Samuel has woken up hungry and it seems nothing can satisfy him. For breakfast he eats huge bowls of cereal, milk shakes, stacks of pancakes, and two fried chickens, but it's not enough. Luckily, there's a pie eating contest in the park, where Samuel eats not one, not two, but SIX pies — CHUKA CHUKA CHOMP! To everyone's surprise, he wins the contest without turning green and falling under the table. But what will happen when he discovers his mother has made him yet another pie for lunch?! 

Just a Walk. Jordan Wheeler, Illustrated by Chris Auchter, $10.95  (ages 4-7)

In Just a Walk, a young boy named Chuck goes for a simple walk that turns into a day of crazy adventure. Chuck encounters animals, fish and birds that lead him on a wild journey through their various habitats.

Jordan Wheeler's whimsical rhyming will capture the young readers attention and Chuck’s hilarious predicaments will keep all ages laughing for more.

Jacob's New Dress. Sarah & Ian Hoffman, illustrated by Chris Case, $25.95 (ages 4-8)

Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can’t wear “girl” clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.


Community Soup. Alma Fullerton, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse, children are working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a soup for everyone to share. But Kioni is having trouble: her herd of mischievous goats followed her to school today and they are trying to eat all the vegetables. The ensuing chaos caused by the goats is cleverly resolved by the children, making their vegetable soup very tasty while saving Kioni’s four-legged intruders at the same time.

Dreams of Freedom in Words and Pictures. Amnesty International, $20.99 (ages 6-9)

This inspirational book contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of Freedom, from the freedom to have an education to the freedom not to be hurt or tortured, the freedom to have a home and the freedom to be yourself. All the quotations have been chosen to be understood and appreciated by children.

The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Oliver Jeffers, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

The mouth-watering new book from acclaimed author illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. Henry loves books... but not like you and I. He loves to EAT books! This exciting new story follows the trials and tribulations of a boy with a voracious appetite for books. Henry discovers his unusual taste by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new-found passion — gorging on every delicious book in sight! And better still, he realises that the more books he eats, the smarter he gets. Henry dreams of becoming the Incredible Book Eating Boy; the smartest boy in the world! But a book-eating diet isn't the healthiest of habits, as Henry soon finds out.

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin. Chieri Uegaki & Qin Leng, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist she isn't good enough. "It's a talent show, Hana," they tell her. "You'll be a disaster!" Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determined to play her best. When Hana's confidence wavers on the night of the show, however, she begins to wonder if her brothers were right. But then Hana surprises everyone once it's her turn to perform — even herself!

Gustave. Rémy Simard, Pierre Pratt. $18.95 (ages 4-7)

A little mouse and his friend, Gustave, go out to play one afternoon in this darkly comic story about the sadness of losing a friend and the joy of making a new one.

The mouse’s mother has always warned the young friends not to stray too far from home. There is a cat, she says, and it is dangerous to go far away. But danger doesn’t stop this curious pair, and soon they find themselves face-to-face with their big blue-eyed enemy. In a feat of bravery, Gustave allows his friend the chance to escape — but is gobbled up by the cat in the process. Heartbroken, the little mouse must return home — without his friend — and tell his mother what has happened.

A sweet surprise ending turns this melancholy tale of friendship into a strangely funny book.

Hope Springs. Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, $19.99 (ages 6-9)

A drought has settled in the area around the orphanage where Boniface lives. There are long line-ups at the tiny spring where all the local people get their water, and suddenly the orphans are pushed to the back of the line, unwelcome. Boniface's houseparent, Henry, tells him that the people were mean out of fear — they feared there would not be enough water for their families. When the building of the orphanage's well is completed, Boniface has an idea to help the villagers. A lovely story of kindness and heart, this story shows that, through compassion and understanding, true generosity can spring from unexpected places.

Earth to Audrey. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Stéphane Poulin, $6.95 (ages 5-8)

Audrey comes into Ray's life like an earthbound star. Everything about her is a bit far-out. And she's always in her own little world. So Ray decides that this unusual girl who has dropped into his neighborhood for the summer must be an alien. As they become friends, Audrey takes Ray on a journey of discovery — one that enables him to see his own planet in a new light. Soon, Ray can't imagine life on Earth without her. 

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, $19.00 (ages 4-8)

Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find... nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.

Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It. JoAnn Deak, illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, $26.95 (ages 5-9)

This innovative and timely picture book teaches children that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains. It also delivers the crucial message that mistakes are an essential part of learning. The book introduces children to the anatomy and various functions of the brain in a fun and engaging way.

Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece. Patricia Polacco, $19.99 (ages 5-9)

In this book, Patricia Polacco addresses a common fear — speaking in front of an audience. Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece celebrates the lifelong impact of a great teacher, and how a moment of courage can change everything.

I Am Mixed. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastien Jones, illustrated by James Webster, $17.95 (ages 4-7)

Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds, and as they will discover, they can enjoy the best of both. From Mommy's jazz beats to Daddy's classical piano, we will dance with the twins through a book that explores what it is to be of mixed ancestry, proving that a child is more than the sum of their parents.

Here I Am. Patti Kim, $8.95 (ages 5-9)

Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way. How will he once again become the happy, confident kid he used to be? Walk in his shoes as he takes the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world. A poignant and affirming view of the immigrant experience.

HAITI My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren. Illustrated by Rogé, $14.95 (ages 6-10)

For several months, Quebec illustrator Rogé prepared a series of portraits of Haitian children. Students of Camp Perrin wrote the accompanying poems, which create, with flowing consistency, Haiti, my country. These teenaged poets use the Haitian landscape as their easel. The nature that envelops them is quite clearly their main subject. While misery often storms through Haiti in the form of earthquakes, cyclones, or floods, these young men and women see their surrounding nature as assurance for a joyful, confident future.

Thanks for the Feedback. Julia Cook, illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd, $14.95 (ages 5-8)

A story about accepting criticism and compliments —– the right way!

This Moose Belongs to Me. Oliver Jeffers, $9.99 (ages 4-7)

Wilfred owned a moose … or at least — he THOUGHT he did…

Ink-Blot. Maria Eugenia, $15.95 (ages 6-8)

Some girls think they are badly drawn. They worry about their height, their hair, their size. Some worry about everything. That’s a lot of stress. But Ink-Blot? She doesn’t care how she’s drawn — she’s too busy having fun!

Desmond and the Very Mean Word. Desmond Tutu & Douglas Carlton Abrams, illustrated by A.G. Ford, $18.00 (ages 6-9)

When Desmond takes his new bicycle out for a ride through his neighborhood, his pride and joy turn to hurt and anger when a group of boys shout a very mean word at him. He first responds by shouting an insult, but soon discovers that fighting back with mean words doesn’t make him feel any better. With the help of kindly Father Trevor, Desmond comes to understand his conflicted feelings and see that all people deserve compassion, whether or not they say they are sorry. Brought to vivid life in A. G. Ford’s energetic illustrations, this heartfelt, relatable story conveys timeless wisdom about how to handle bullying and angry feelings, while seeing the good in everyone.

There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen. Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $12.95 (ages 4-8)

Willa Wellowby's house has been overrun by monkeys. They're ballet dancing, playing the bagpipes, listening to the Beatles, and causing mayhem and destruction all over the house and yard. And the more Willa asks them to leave, the more havoc they wreak. She calls the police, the RCMP, the FBI, and Scotland Yard to get rid of these monkeys...but when the Mounties finally show up, it's Willa who's in trouble!

The Blessing Cup. Patricia Polacco, $19.99 (ages 4-8)

As a young Russian Jewish girl in the early 1900s, Anna and her family lived in fear of the Czar’s soldiers. The family lived a hard life and had few possessions — their treasure was a beautiful china tea set. A wedding gift to Anna’s parents, the tea set came with a wish that “Anyone who drinks from this will have blessings from God. They will never know a day of hunger. Their lives will always have flavor. They will know love and joy and they will never be poor.”

When Anna’s family leaves Russia for America, they bring the tea set and its blessings. A source of heritage and security, the tea set helps Anna’s family make friends and find better lives in America. A cup from the tea set — The Blessing Cup — became an anchor of family history, and it remains a symbol of lasting love more than a century later. This tender tribute to the importance of loving lineage is a prequel and companion to the perennial bestseller The Keeping Quilt and is told and illustrated with authenticity and tremendous heart.

The Stone Hatchlings. Sarah Tsiang & Qin Leng, $9.95 (ages 4-7)

With a crick and a crack, the pretend eggs Abby found in the backyard hatch to reveal two colourful chicks. Abby has great fun caring for and playing with them, until one day Abby decides it’s time to set them free.

Victor’s Pink Pyjamas. Laura Alary, Illustrated by William Kimber, $12.95 (ages 4-7)

Victor loves his accident-in-the-washing-machine pink pyjamas. They make him feel joyous. His father and his sister think pink is just for girls — and so do his friends and his classmates. But Victor knows lots of things that are pink and aren’t just for girls, like strawberry ice cream and the insides of seashells!

Toes in My Nose and Other Poems. Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $19.95 (ages 4-8)

Silly, funny, and outrageous, from Popcorn Pete and Mabel Murple to Zelba Zinnamon, these are some of the best-loved poems and characters in Canadian children’s literature.

In this 25th anniversary edition, award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith’s new illustrations hilariously portray a neighbourhood of kids flying to the moon, playing banjo with orangutans, and bathing with submarines. TOES IN MY NOSE will introduce a whole new generation to Sheree Fitch’s magnificent feat of imagination.

The Boy Who Grew Flowers. Jen Wojtowicz, Illustrated by Steve Adams, $10.99 (ages 4 to 9)

Rink is a very unusual boy who grows beautiful flowers all over his body whenever the moon is full. Rink and his family are treated as outcasts even though no one knows his strange botanical secret. But one day a new girl arrives at school, and Rink discovers she has some unique qualities of her own.

Something from Nothing. Phoebe Gilman, $8.99 (ages 5-8)

When Joseph was a baby, his grandfather made him a wonderful blanket to keep him warm and cozy. But Joseph grew older, and the blanket grew older too …

The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. William Joyce & Joe Bluhm, $19.99 (ages 4-8)

Morris Lessmore loved words. He loved stories. He loved books. Then one day, everything in Morris’s life, including his own story, is scattered to the winds and what follows is a story Morris could never have imagined. Visually stunning, this captivating story is destined to become a classic.

Up Home. Shauntay Grant & Susan Tooke, $12.95 (ages 4-10)

Happy memories sparkle in this journey through poet Shauntay Grant's childhood visits to North Preston, Nova Scotia. The sights, sounds, rhythms and people of one of Canada's most important black communities are captured in the warm and vibrant illustrations of by Susan Tooke.

Virginia Wolf. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Aresnault, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

A story of two sisters — one blue, one sunny — both brimming with imagination.

MOOSE! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

There’s a moose in the backyard! Luke’s Mom and Dad want to shoo it away, but the moose has other plans …

Seeing Red. Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)

Alex wants his hair to be just like his best friend Arie’s. Arie promises to teach him the secret for turning black hair to red… But what kind of a trick is it?

Oy Feh So? Cary Fagan, illustrated by Gary Clement, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

In this hilariously written and illustrated story, three children turn their family's weekly Sunday visit from Aunt Essy, Aunt Chanah and Uncle Sam on its head. And in the end, they all have a ball.

Give Me Back My Dad! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-8)

Cheryl and her dad know the very best spot for ice fishing. But they’d better watch out — because the fish have other plans!

Building Our House. Jonathan Bean, $19.99 Who’s In My Family?

In this unique construction book for kids who love tools and trucks, readers join a girl and her family as they pack up their old house in town and set out to build a new one in the country. Mom and Dad are going to make the new house themselves, from the ground up. From an empty lot to a finished home, every stage of their year-and-a-half-long building project is here. And at every step their lucky kids are watching and getting their hands dirty, in page after page brimming with machines, vehicles, and all kinds of house-making activities!

As he imagines it through the eyes of his older sister, this is Jonathan Bean’s retelling of his own family’s true experience, and includes an afterword with photographs from the author’s collection.

It's My Room! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99

Matthew is thrilled to find out that he is getting his own bedroom and won't have to share with anyone. Then all Mom's relatives come to stay and Matthew has to think of a way to get his room back. It isn't going to be easy.

A Hen for Izzy Pippik. Aubrey Davis & Marie LaFrance, $18.95 (ages 4-8)

When Shaina finds a magnificent hen, she knows that Izzy Pippik, the hen's owner, is sure to return for her. In the meantime, Shaina decides she will care for the animal. But when dozens of eggs hatch and rowdy chickens scatter throughout the village, Shaina must fight the entire town if she has any hope of protecting the birds. Inspired by Jewish and Islamic traditional texts, this is a beautiful tale about doing the right thing, even in the face of adversity. 

The Enemy: a Book about Peace. Davide Cali, illustrated by Serge Bloch, $19.99 (ages 4-8)

There is a battlefield. In the battlefield there are two holes. In each hole there is a soldier.

Simple, direct and powerful, this is a timeless story about the pointlessness of war.

The Book with No Pictures. B.J. Novak, $23.99 (ages 5-8)

An intensely serious irresistibly silly book with a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, and a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY — wait! WHAT??

Just try reading this with a straight face. Go on, try it!

Zoom. Istvan Banyai, $9.99 (ages 5-9)

Open this wordless book and zoom from a farm to a ship to a city street to a desert island. But if you think you know where you are, guess again. For nothing is ever as it seems in Istvan Banyai's sleek, mysterious landscapes of pictures within pictures, which will tease and delight readers of all ages. This book has the fascinating appeal of such works of visual trickery as the Waldo and Magic Eye books.

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I Am Enough. Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah Bobo, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are, respecting others, and being kind to one another.

We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough. We just need to believe it.

Harry and Walter. Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Qin Leng, $12.95 (ages 4-7)

Harry may be four and three-quarters and Walter may be ninety-two and a half, but that doesn't stop them from being best friends. Harry loves to go next door to play games with Walter and draw pictures together. And when the snow falls, Walter clears a path to Harry's house so that they can visit every day.

But one day, a For Sale sign appears on Harry's lawn. Harry is devastated that he and Walter will no longer be neighbors. Harry's new house is bigger and better than his old one, but without Walter to share things with, nothing seems to be much fun.

Sonya's Chickens. Phoebe Wahl, $10.99 (ages 4-8)

Sonya raises her three chickens from the time they are tiny chicks. She feeds them, shelters them and loves them. Everywhere Sonya goes, her chicks are peeping at her heels. Under her care, the chicks grow into hens and even give Sonya a wonderful gift: an egg! One night, Sonya hears noises coming from the chicken coop and discovers that one of her hens has disappeared. Where did the hen go? What happened to her? When Sonya discovers the answers, she learns some important truths about the interconnectedness of nature and the true joys and sorrows of caring for another creature.

My People. Langston Hughes, photography by Charles R. Smith Jr., $25.99 (ages 4-9)

Langston Hughes’ classic, simple poem My People is brought to life with the beautiful portrait photography of poet, writer, activist and photographer Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Blackflies. Robert Munsch, Illustrations by Jay Odjick, $7.99 (ages 4-8)

One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes carry her away, Helen tells her dad, who rushes outside and is carried away himself. Now Helen needs to rescue BOTH of them, along with a wolf and a very clever bear.

Friend or Foe? John Sobol, illustrated by Dasha Tolstikova, $18.95

Each night the mouse gazes up at the cat in the palace tower. Is the cat my friend? he wonders. Determined to find out, he bravely makes his way into the palace through a tiny hole and climbs all the way up to the tower, where the cat sits on the windowsill. "Hello, are you friend or foe?" he squeaks.

How Far Do You Love Me? Lulu Delacre, $13.95 (ages 5-8)

Travel the world and see how far love goes.

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