Hand Over Hand. Alma Fullerton, Illustrations by Renné
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
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
Short Stories for Little Monsters. Marie-Luoise
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
Where Will I Live? Rosemary McCarney, $19.95
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
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
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, $20.95
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
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.
Henrietta. Lucy Rose, illustrated by Shawna Lee
Henrietta is a modest and whimsical story about
that crucial moment in childhood, when reality collides with fantasy. As
Henrietta is growing older, she begins to lose faith in magic. With the help of
Finnius and his friends, a magical pod of flying dolphins, Henrietta realizes
that magic can still exist when you are older. While magic can always be found
in the nooks and crannies of your imagination, you can also find it by
travelling the world and seeking adventures. Embark on a magical adventure and
travel the universe with Henrietta, Finnius and friends.
The Moccasin Goalie. William Roy Brownridge,
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
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
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
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
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.
The Story of Canada. Janet Lunn & Christopher
Moore, Illustrated by Alan Daniel, $39.99
Award-winning writer Janet Lunn and historian Christopher
Moore tell our country’s story through rich narrative, recreations of daily
life, folk tales and intriguing facts. Coupled with Alan Daniel’s evocative
original paintings, as well as dozens of historical photographs, maps,
paintings, documents and cartoons, The Story of Canada is as splendid to
look at as it is fascinating to read. Includes new material to bring us to the
150th anniversary of Confederation.
Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food. Shelley
In a book filled with bright and enticing photographs and
an accessible text, Shelley Rotner offers a breakdown of the farm-to-table
process that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten students.
Who grows our juicy fruits and yummy vegetables? Who
raises animals for our tasty eggs, milk and meat? Who catches fresh fish for
our table? Farmers and fishermen show off their bounty in this lively look at
the people who produce the food on which we all rely.
Lila and the Crow. Gabrielle Grimard, $21.95
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
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
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
Six Dots: a Story of Young Louis Braille. Jen
Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, $23.99
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
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
Ada's Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's
First Computer Programmer. Fiona Robinson, $21.95
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.
Rosie Revere, Engineer. Andrea Beaty, illustrated
by David Roberts, $21.95
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
Room on the Broom.
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, $12.99
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
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
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.
Where's the Elephant? Barroux, $20.00
A simple game of hide-and-seek quickly takes a new twist
as a growing city encroaches on the jungle the animals call home. A thoughtful
introduction to the topic of deforestation and conservation.
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox. Danielle Daniel,
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
Life Without Nico. Andrea Maturana & Francisco
Javier Olea, $18.95
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.”
Toshi's Little Treasures. Nadine Robert,
illustrated by Aki, $18.95
In this appealing search-and-find informational picture
book, readers join a little boy named Toshi as he and his grandmother explore
six of their favorite places — the riverbank, the town, the forest, the
country, the park and the beach. At each location, Toshi finds treasures to add
to his collection, from a dragonfly wing to a glittery rock to a guitar pick.
Best of all, his grandmother always knows what everything is!
Mixing fiction and nonfiction, this book is the perfect
resource for life science lessons on habitats and the environment. It
encourages observation skills, curiosity and critical thinking — building
blocks for studying science. This book would be a terrific inspiration for a
trip around the neighborhood in which children can find, identify and draw
treasures of their own. It could also be used as a starting point for
storytelling, in which children imagine the story of a treasure — Toshi's or
their own — before it was found.
The Dead Bird. Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by
Christian Robinson, $21.99
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
Going for a Sea Bath. Andrée Poulin &
Anne-Claire Delisle, $17.95
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
Bloom: a Mud Fairy, an Extraordinary Ordinary Girl,
and a Castle in Peril. Doreen Cronin & David Small, $22.99
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
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
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, $27.95
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,
$21.99 (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
The Good Dog. Todd Kessler, illustrated by
Jennifer Gray Olson, $22.95
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.
Hiawatha and the Peacemaker. Robbie Robertson,
illustrated by David Shannon, $23.95
Hiawatha was a strong and articulate Mohawk who was
chosen to translate the Peacemaker’s message of unity for the five warring Iroquois
nations during the 14th century. This message not only succeeded in uniting the
tribes but also forever changed how the Iroquois governed themselves — a
blueprint for democracy that would later inspire the authors of the U.S.
Born of Mohawk and Cayuga descent, musical icon Robbie
Robertson learned the story of Hiawatha and his spiritual guide, the
Peacemaker, as part of the Iroquois oral tradition. Now he shares the same gift
of storytelling with a new generation. Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator
David Shannon brings the journey of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker to life
with arresting oil paintings. Together, Robertson and Shannon have crafted a
new children’s classic that will both educate and inspire readers of all ages. Includes
a CD featuring a new, original song written and performed by Robbie Robertson.
Mayann's Train Ride. Mayann Francis, illustrated by
Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo, $19.95
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
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.
Brave as Can Be: a Book of Courage. Jo Witek, $19.95
The life of a toddler can be full of
frightening things: the dark, the neighbor’s dog, and thunderstorms, just to
name a few. As children get older, they begin to feel braver around these
everyday events, but how do they build this newfound confidence? In this
lyrical, insightful picture book, an older sister explains to her younger
sister all the things she used to be afraid of, along with some tricks to help,
whether it’s a special blanket for bedtime or singing during a storm. Now, big
sister assures little sister, the fears that once felt as big as a mountain
feel as minuscule as a speck of dust.
All My Treasures: a Book of Joy. Jo Witek,
illustrated by Christine Roussey, $19.95
When a girl receives a beautiful porcelain box from her
grandmother, she immediately wants something special to put inside it. But what
could it be? What does she love best? She loves jumping in puddles on rainy
days, blowing bubbles in the park, and watching her little sister’s first
steps. As it turns out, life’s most precious treasures cannot be contained in a
box! With a gentle message about the immateriality of happiness, this story
reminds us to take pleasure in everyday moments. The book is beautifully
packaged with a sparkly die-cut star on the cover, and flaps throughout reveal
In My Heart: a Book of Feelings. Jo Witek,
illustrated by Christine Roussey, $19.95
Happiness, sadness, bravery, anger, shyness... our
hearts can feel so many feelings! Some make us feel as light as a balloon,
others as heavy as an elephant. In My Heart explores a full range of
emotions, describing how they feel physically, inside. With language that is
lyrical but also direct, toddlers will be empowered by this new vocabulary and
able to practice articulating and identifying their own emotions.
Circles of Round. Signe Sturup, $22.95
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
Awesome Is Everywhere. Neil Pasricha, $21.99
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.
Today is the
Day. Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie
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
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
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.
Cat Who Composed. Leslea Newman, $20.00
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.
Louise. Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison, $10.99
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,
The Little Book of Big Fears. Monica Arnaldo, $17.95
What are the things that scare you? This curious little collection turns fears into surprisingly delightful moments that can be braved by anyone!
The Specific Ocean. Kyo Maclear & Katty
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
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
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
Giving Thanks: a Native American Good Morning Message.
Chief Jake Swamp & Erwin Printup, Jr., $13.95
A simple prayer of gratitude to Mother Earth, beautifully
I Wish You More. Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated
by Tom Lichtenheld, $19.99
Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about
three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of
endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and
strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones,
sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments,
this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.
On the Shoulders of a Giant: an Inuit Folktale.
Neil Christopher & Jim Nelson, $16.95
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
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
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
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
In a Cloud of Dust. Alma
Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines, $10.95
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
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.
The Kids' Book of Questions. Gregory Stock, $13.95
Kids love to be asked questions almost as much as they
love to ask them. And asking is important — parents know the value of having
meaningful conversations with their kids, especially as family time is under
continuous assault from gadgets and devices. Now the book that solves those
needs is back — announcing a fresh new edition of The Kids’ Book of
Questions. Including subjects like the Internet, school violence, and
climate change, the book remains a timeless treasure.
Here is a collection of questions designed to challenge, entertain, provoke,
and expand young minds. These are the questions that let kids discover how they
feel; let people know what they think; raise issues that everyone loves to
- Thorny dilemmas: Would you rather have a job you didn’t like
that paid a lot or a job you loved that paid just enough to get by?
- Embarrassing challenges: Would you kiss someone in front of
your whole class for $250?
- Provocative ideas: What things do you think your parents do
just to set an example for you?
- Intriguing fantasies: If you could text any famous person
and be sure they’d read and answer your text, who would you write to and what
would you say?
Princess Pistachio. Marie-Louise Gay, $12.95
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
Princess Pistachio and the Pest. Marie-Louise Gay,
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.
A Good Trade. Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen
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
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
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
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,
Diary of a Spider. Doreen Cronin & Harry
Diary of a Worm. Doreen Cronin & Harry Bliss,
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
"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
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.
Nancy Knows. Cybèle Young, $19.99
Nancy Knows is the charming story of an elephant
who remember lots of things, except the very thing she is trying to remember.
Each spread of this whimsical, arresting picture book features fantastic
miniature paper sculptures within expressive outlines of a puzzled pachyderm.
It's a book not to be forgotten.
DRAW! Raúl Colón, $21.99
A boy alone in his room.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari?
Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning
artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the
Letters. Oliver Jeffers, $26.99
The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words
that in turn make stories, but what is there was a story FOR each of the
letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out... Here you
will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters
(plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward
fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative due of the Owl and the
Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer
to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous
and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter of the
Sam's Pet TEMPER. Sangeeta Bhadra & Marion
Arbona, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
The hero of this picture book, Sam, has to wait for
everything on the playground one day, and this makes him mad. Suddenly, an
unusual thing appears. It runs around, shoving and tripping and pinching and
stomping, until all the other children have run away. It was a Temper. At first,
having a pet Temper is fun. But before long, the Temper starts causing trouble
for Sam. And eventually, Sam comes to the realization that his Temper is
something he needs to learn to control.
Pyjama Day. Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael
Can pyjamas be TOO perfect???
Bubbles in the Bathroom: Discover the Fascinating
Science in Everyday Life. Susan Martineau, $9.99
Have some bath time fun with squirty squeezers, boats,
bubbles and a bending toothbrush.
We're All Friends Here. Nancy Wilcox Richards
& Tom Goldsmith, $7.99
Arthur is messy and noisy. Sonny is careful and quiet.
Can two boys who are so different ever be friends?
Julia, Child. Kyo Maclear, Illustrated
by Julie Morstad, $19.99
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
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!
Super Red Riding Hood. Claudia Dávila, $18.95
Never mind the stereotypes! Wolves don't have to be scary
— and girls can be super heroes!
We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina,
Who is in your family? Let's share and celebrate what
makes each family special!
Once Upon a Northern Night. Jean Pendziwol &
Isabelle Arsenault, $17.95
In this exquisite lullaby, the beauty and wonder of a
northern winter night unfold, with images of a soft snowfall, the wild animals
that appear in the garden, the twinkling stars, the gentle rhythm of the
northern lights and the etchings of frost on the window pane.
Jean Pendziwol's lyrical poem reflects a deep
appreciation of the magic of a northern winter night where, even as a child
slumbers, the world outside does not rest but continues its own natural
Isabelle Arsenault's spare, beautifully rendered
illustrations, with their subtle but striking use of color, make us feel that
we too are experiencing the enchantment of that northern night. They
simultaneously evoke winter's nighttime life and the cozy warmth and security
of a beloved child's sleep.
Imogene's Antlers. David Small, $8.99
Imogene awakens one morning to find she has grown
antlers! How much fun is that!??!
I Want to Go to the Moon. Tom Saunders,
illustrated by Cynthia Nugent, $19.50
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
How to Knock Out Nightmares. Catherine Leblanc
& Roland Garrigue, $18.95
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
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.
Numeralia. Jorge Luján, illustrated by Isol. 18.95
From the first page of this unusual and original
collaboration between Jorge Luján and Isol, readers will realize that this is
not just another counting book. Whether they are discovering that three is for
bedtime kisses, or that five is for secret creatures hiding in a glove,
children will delight in the poetic and sometimes surreal text. This is a book
that presents children with the opportunity to go beyond simply learning to
count from zero to ten. The book will encourage very young children (and older
ones as well) to create their own meanings and make their own connections
between the text and the art.
Juggling the Jitters. Deborah Fannie
Miller, illustrated by Danielle Bazinet, $12.95
When Jacob went to bed, everything got JITTERY! The
Jitters kept multiplying and Jacob couldn't sleep. With Dad's help, Jacob
learns to silly-dance and sing those jitters away.
All the Colors We Are: the Story of How We Get Our
Skin Color. Katie Kissinger, photographs by Chris Bohnhoff, $18.95
ALL THE COLORS WE ARE offers children a simple, scientifically
accurate explanation about how our skin color is determined by our ancestors,
the sun, and melanin. It's also filled with photographs that capture the
beautiful variety of skin tones. Reading this book frees children from the
myths and stereotypes associated with skin color and helps them build positive
identities as they accept, understand, and value our rich and diverse world.
Unique activity ideas are included to help you extend the conversation with
My Blue is Happy. Jessica Young, illustrated by Catia Chien, $18.00
Is red an angry kind of colour — or is
it brave? Is pink pretty or annoying? Does BLUE make you happy or sad? And what
about brown, orange, yellow, green, and black?
A Happy Hat. Cecil Kim, illustrated by Joo-Kyung Kim, $13.50
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.
Little Red Writing. Joan Holub, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, $10.99
An exuberant retelling of Little
Red Riding Hood, in which a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the
many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf
3000)... and saves the day!
A Glass. Etienne
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, $14.99
Bounce Back! A Book about Resilience. Cheri
Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $14.99
Feel Confident! Cheri Meiners, illustrated by
Elizabeth Allen, $14.99
Forgive and Let Go! A Book about Forgiveness. Cheri
Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $14.99
Have Courage! A Book about Being Brave. Cheri
Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $14.99
Stand Tall! A Book about Integrity. Cheri
Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $14.99
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
Young Norbert learns to listen to his inner
voice and to stay strong — even in the face of pressure and taunts from his
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
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?
Victor’s Pink Pyjamas. Laura Alary, Illustrated by William Kimber, $12.95
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!
! Amy Krause Rosenthal & Tom Lichtenheld, $19.99
It's not easy being seen. Especially when you're not like everyone else. Especially when what sets you apart is you. Sometimes we squish ourselves to fit in. We shrink. Twist. Bend. A friend shows the way to endless possibilities. In this bold and highly visual book, an emphatic but misplaced exclamation point learns that being different can be very exciting! Period.
When I Was Eight. Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton & Gabrielle
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
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.
Extra Yarn. Marc Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen, $21.00
A wondrous tale, about a box full of
Sometimes Just One Is Just Right. Gayle Byrne & Mary Haverfield, $15.95
Being an only child has its ups and
downs. This story, told through the eyes of an energetic boy, explores what
it’s like to be an only child. Sometimes it’s lonely, sometimes it’s fun, but
most of all it can be just right!
I Dreamt... a Book about Hope. Gabriela Olmo, $18.95
In many parts of the world, including
North America, children are living with violence. Wars, gangs, guns, crime,
bullying, harassment and fear keep many kids from living the full, free lives
that every child should enjoy. This book was created in Mexico, where for the
past six years a vicious war against drugs has brought fear and insecurity into
every child’s life. Many children’s dreams have become nightmares. Some of
Mexico’s best illustrators have donated their art to create this book, which
gives children a way to talk about their fears, a reason to hope and the
inspiration to resist falling into grief and depression.
Royalties from sales will be donated to
IBBY’s Fund for Children in Crisis, which supports bibliotherapy projects that
use books and reading to help children who have lived through wars, civil
conflicts and natural disasters to think and talk about their experiences.
Oy Feh So? Cary Fagan, illustrated by Gary Clement, $17.95
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
The Art of Miss Chew. Patricia Polacco, $19.00
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.
Seeing Red. Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99
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?
Maya Ajmera, Victoria Dunning & Cynthia Pon, $9.95
Kids around the world stay healthy when
they eat good food, have access to clean water, live in safe homes, and share a
loving community. The vibrant photographs in this book show the many ways kids
can practice healthy habits, wherever they live.
Grace & Family. Mary Hoffman & Caroline Binch, $10.50
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.
Who’s In My Family? All About Our
Families. Robie Harris, illustrated by Nadine
Bernard Westcott, $19.00
Join Nellie and Gus and their family —
plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal
families galore! Full of charming illustrations depicting families of many
configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the
siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that every
family has its own story.
Building Our House. Jonathan Bean, $19.99
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
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.
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.
Standing Up to Peer Pressure: a Guide
to Being True to You. Jim Auer, illustrated by R.
W. Alley, $10.95
This wise guide helps kids to stand up
for themselves, encouraging a strong sense of self-identity.
It’s Our Nature. Rebeca Orozo, Illustrated by Menena Cottin, $14.99
In the grasslands, the forests, the
deserts, and the seas, animals learn to get along. They tolerate each other’s
differences and embrace diversity. We are part of the same animal kingdom. We
too, can learn to live in harmony with the world around us!
Unplugged — Ella Gets Her Family
Back. Laura Pederen, illustrated by Penny Weber,
Ella is really frustrated! Lately it
seems like the whole family has forgotten how to be together. Instead of
playing Hangman or making waffles, everyone is talking on cell phones, playing
video games or using the computer. What’s it going to take for Ella to get
through to them?
Ruby's Sleepover. Kathryn White, Illustrated by Miriam Latimer, $8.99 (ages 3 to
Ruby and Mai are camping out in the
backyard. As the night draws in, all sorts of scary characters head towards
their tent. Luckily, Ruby has some magical objects in her backpack, but will
they be enough to keep the girls safe?
The Underwear Book. Todd Parr, $7.99
A surprising and silly book about
underwear, THE UNDERWEAR BOOK, features such wisdom as "DO wear fancy
underwear under your dress," and "DON'T hang upside down on the
monkey bars." Illustrated with Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors
and silly scenes!
Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a
Muslim Book of Colors. Hena Khan & Mehrdokht
capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this
breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and
traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given
special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other
important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide.
Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lantern is equally at home in a classroom
reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent’s lap.
Virginia Wolf. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Aresnault, $18.95
A story of two sisters — one blue, one
sunny — both brimming with imagination.
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.
One Love. Cedella Marley, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, $10.99
Based on Bob Marley's beloved song, ONE
LOVE is his daughter's delightful and upbeat testament to the power of love,
family and community.
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.
SPORK. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault, $18.95
His mum is a spoon, his dad is a fork and he’s a bit of both … he’s SPORK!
It’s a Book. Lane Smith, $15.99
A mouse, a monkey and a jackass. And a book.
Put Me in a Book! Robert Munsch, $7.99
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??
Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages
When Isaac and Elena read a book about lions, all they
want to do is RRRRRRROOOOOOOOAARRRRRRRRR!!
I Will Be Especially VERY
Careful! Lauren Child, $21.00
Lola’s best friend has
an extremely fabulous and very fluffy new coat — and
Lola REALLY wants to borrow it.
That Book Woman. Heather
Henson, illustrated by David Small, $19.99
That Book Woman is a
rare and moving tale that honors a special part of American
history — the Pack Horse Librarians, who helped untold
numbers of children see the stories amid the chicken
scratch, and thus made them into lifetime readers.
Mama Miti. Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, $24.99
Stunning colorful collages illustrate the story of Nobel Peace Prize recipient Wangari Maathai, who changed her country, one tree at a time.
Mélanie Watt, $8.95
Chester is a rude and self-centered
fur ball, determined to have the last word. Can author
and illustrator Mélanie Watt keep Chester from
taking over her book?
Chester’s Masterpiece, with NO help from Mélanie Watt. $18.95
Mélanie Watt and her cat Chester are at it again! This time Chester has hidden all of Mélanie’s art supplies and taken over the writing of this book.
Chester’s Back! Mélanie Watt, $9.95
That incorrigible cat Chester is back —
and he is driving his creator Mélanie Watt crazy with all his hi-jinks! Maybe
this time he has gone too far.
Black Book of Colors. Menena
Cottin, illustrated by Rosana Faria, $17.95
It is difficult for a sighted
person to imagine what it is like to be blind. This groundbreaking,
award-winning book endeavors to convey the experience
of a person who can only see through his or her sense
of touch, taste, smell or hearing.
Planting the Trees of Kenya: the Story of Wangari
Maathai. Claire Nivola, $21.99
With glowing watercolor illustrations
and lyrical prose, Claire Nivola tells the remarkable story
of one woman’s effort to change the fate of her land by teaching
many to care for it. An author’s note provides further information
about Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt Movement.
See our Parenting
6-12 booklist for adult titles.
A Trio of Tolerable Tales. Margaret Atwood,
illustrated by Dušan Petričić, $22.99
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
Superfab Saves the Day. Jean Leroy & Bérengère
Meet Superfab, the best-dressed superhero around. He's
got a walk-in closet, an extensive collection of outfits, and fabulous style to
boot. The only problem is, he can't leave his house to go fight crime until he
has the perfect outfit on and sometimes that takes awhile. Sometimes it takes
so long that by the time he arrives at the scene of a crime, another superhero
has already gotten the job done. Superfab finds himself less and less in
demand, until one day he gets called to the scene and discovers that his
exquisite sense of style is just the weapon he needs to beat (and befriend)
this particular monster.
The Wolves Return: a New Beginning for Yellowstone
National Park. Celia Godkin, $19.95
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
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
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
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
“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
The White Cat and the Monk. Jo Ellen Bogart,
illustrated by Sydney Smith, $18.95
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
OUT. Angela May George & Owen Swan, $14.99
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,
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
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
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
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
What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk about Diversity. Jillian
Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95 (ages 3-6)
When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and
religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What
Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of
diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences
and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different.
Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.
Buddy and Earl Go Exploring. Maureen Fergus,
illustrated by Carey Sookocheff, $16.95
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
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
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
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
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
A Family is Family is a Family. Sara O'Leary,
illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95
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, $21.95
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
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
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, $21.95
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
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
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
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, $16.00
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
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, $18.00
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
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?
Lucy Tries Soccer. Lisa Bowes, illustrated by
James Hearne, $12.95
Eager to try a summer sport, Lucy and her friends meet at
the soccer field for their first game of three-on-three! Thanks to Coach Nick,
Lucy and the rest of Team Blue learn a few basic skills as they prepare to face
Lucy Tries Short Track. Lisa Bowes, illustrated by
James Hearne, $12.95
Lucy is of on another speedy adventure — this time, she
laces up her skates and tries short track speed skating. It's not as easy as it
looks. When you skate really fast around tight turns, you just might crash! But
with her friends at her side, Lucy skims across the ice in a thrilling race to
Art's Supplies. Chris Tougas, $9.95
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,
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
With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text,
this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an
Paul the Pigeon. Jane Mullis, $11.95
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
The remarkable true story of the bear who inspired
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
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
Kenya's Art: Recycle! Reuse! Make Art! Linda
Trice, illustrated by hazel Mitchell, $18.95
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
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
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
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!
The Tea Party in the Woods. Akiko Miyakoshi, $18.95
When a young girl named Kikko realizes
her father has forgotten the pie he was supposed to bring to Grandma's house,
she offers to try and catch him as he makes his way through the woods. She
hurriedly follows her father's footprints in the snow and happens upon a large
house she has never seen before. Curious, Kikko peers through the window, when
she is startled by a small lamb wearing a coat and carrying a purse. Even more
surprising, the lamb speaks, asking her in a kind voice, “Are you here for the
tea party?” Suddenly, Kikko realizes her trip through the woods has turned into
Imagine a World. Rob Gonsalves, $22.99
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
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.
Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. Vera B. Williams,
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.
The Good Little Book. Kyo MacLear, $18.99
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.
The Children’s Book of Green Habits. Sophie Giles, illustrated by Kate Davies, $13.99
Help your child
to discover that the world is a happier and more sustainable place if they have
Ben Says Goodbye. Sarah Ellis, $18.95
When Ben’s best friend Peter moves away,
Ben decides that he will move, too — into a “cave” under the dining room table.
Caveman Ben doesn’t need any friends except his tame (stuffed) lion. He hunts
for his food (thoughtfully left on a plate by Mom and Dad) and communicates in
grunts. And in the safety of his cave he can imagine a world where friends
control their own destinies and distance is no obstacle.
I’m New Here. Anne Sibley O’Brien,$18.95
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
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.
School. Stephen Johnson, $22.99
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
An ‘A’ from
Miss Kehler. Patricia Polacco, $19.99
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.”
Report. Thyra Heder, $21.95
Sophie does not want to do her homework,
a research report on polar bears. Bor-ing. They’re big. They eat things.
They’re mean. What else is there to say about them anyway? As it turns out,
plenty. And when a polar bear named Olafur swoops her away to the Arctic, she
soon learns all about the playful bear’s habits and habitat — from glacier mice
to the northern lights — and, despite her first reservations, she finds herself
not just interested but excited about the Arctic. When the two are swept out to
sea on an iceberg, Sophie’s new knowledge and knack for creative thinking pay
off in a big way: she calls a whale to their aid! Inspired by her journey,
she’s ready to return home and take another swing at her assignment, this time
Ready, Set, Go! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael
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?
This is Sadie. Sara O'Leary & Julie Morstad,
Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has
been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had
adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to
the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings
that take her anywhere she wants to go, but that always bring her home again.
She likes to make things — boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. But
more than anything Sadie likes stories, because you can make them from nothing
at all. For Sadie, the world is so full of wonderful possibilities... This is
Sadie, and this is her story.
The Day the Crayons Came Home. Drew Daywalt,
illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, $21.99
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
The battle lines have been drawn …
The New Kid. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, $10.99
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
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
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
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.
Lailah's Lunchbox: a Ramadan Story. Reem Faruqi,
illustrated by Lea Lyon, $10.95
Lailah is in a new school in a new country, thousands of miles from her old
home, and missing her old friends. When Ramadan begins, she is excited that she
is finally old enough to participate in the fasting but worried that her
classmates won’t understand why she doesn’t join them in the lunchroom. Lailah
solves her problem with help from the school librarian and her teacher and in
doing so learns that she can make new friends who respect her beliefs.
My Name is Blessing. Eric Walters, illustrated by
Eugenie Fernandes, $19.99
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.
Under a Pig Tree: a History of the Noble Fruit.
Margie Palatini, illustrated by Chuck Groenik, $18.95
The publisher and author of Under a Pig Tree seem
to be having communication issues. The author has written a clear, no-nonsense
history of figs. But the publisher is sure she meant pigs. After all,
what’s the difference between two measly letters? What results is a hilarious
illustrated history of pigs, from the earliest times (“Pigs were presented as
‘medals’ to the winners of the first Olympics”) to the present day (“There is
nothing better than enjoying a cup of tea or glass of milk with one of those
famous Pig Newtons”). The author, needless to say, is not happy about this
“little mix-up” and makes her feelings very clearly known — by scrawling all over
With sticky notes from the publisher, angry scribbles
from the author, wrinkles, and pages askew, Under a Pig Tree is
a playful peek into a book in “mid-production” and a humorous look at the
consequences of small mistakes.
Layla's Head Scarf. Miriam Cohen, illustrated by
Ronald Himler, $22.95
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
Bright Sky, Starry City. Uma Krishnaswami,
illustrated by Aimée Sicuro, $17.95
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
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?!
And What If I Won't? Maureen
Fergus, illustrated by Qin Leng, $17.95
When Benny’s mother asks him to put his dirty plate in
the sink, he responds by asking: “What would you do if I said no?” Her answer
is predictable, but not enough for Benny, whose “what if?” line of questioning
continues as he dreams up increasingly naughty ideas.
Look Where We Live! A First Book of Community Building. Scot Ritchie, $16.95
In this engaging
nonfiction picture book, five young friends — Nick, Yulee, Pedro, Sally and
Martin — spend the day traveling around their neighborhood and participating in
activities designed to raise money for their local library. Along the way, they
learn about the people and places that make up their community and what it
means to be a part of one.
||Just a Walk. Jordan Wheeler, Illustrated by Chris
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
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
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.
The Great Big Green Book. Mary Hoffman & Ros
From a simple introduction to our home in Space,
the authors explain what we need for life on Earth, and show the importance of
the rainforests and the oceans; they stress the need to look after our planet
and show how some of the things we take for granted are running out, and how we
have polluted so much of our planet. The action plans include saving water,
saving energy, recycling, repairing, growing seasonal food, cooking fresh food,
saving on packing, asking questions… and thinking of new inventions and big
Community Soup. Alma Fullerton, $19.95
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.
Joey Daring Caring and Curious: How a Mischief Maker
Uncovers Unconditional Love. Marcella Marino Craver, Illustrated
by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, $11.95 (ages 4-8)
Joey is concerned that Mom prefers his siblings over him.
Joey is more rambunctious and mischievous than his studious older brother Jake
and his sweet baby sister Olivia. Is it possible that Mom loves Joey, Jake and
Olivia unconditionally, mischief and all?
Dreams of Freedom in Words and Pictures. Amnesty
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,
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
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
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.
I'm Awesome Because. Ipsita Paul, $13.99 paperback;
Gabby celebrates all of her differences and recognizes
that everyone is awesome in their own unique way! I’m Awesome Because is
an uplifting book for multiracial children and families. With eye catching
illustrations and poetic verses, your child will be building a solid foundation
of confidence and self-love.
You can create your very own Awesome List at the end of
the book so that your child can tap into their own unique awesomeness.
Hope Springs. Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie
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.
The Old Ways. Susan Margaret Chapman, illustrated
by John Mantha, $19.95
Simon enjoys school, TV, pizza, and video games. So when
his grandmother tells legends of the sea goddess, Sedna, and his grandfather
invites him to build an igloo, Simon's heart sinks. Secretly he thinks his
grandparents are stuck in their old ways. Secretly his grandparents hide their
disappointment and wait for "another time."
Soon enough, that other times comes. When he and his
grandparents prepare to visit relatives in Igloolik, Simon thinks it is
ridiculous to heap oil lamps, extra fuel, tools, food, snowshoes, and caribou
skins onto their sled. But when a blizzard closes in, and the snowmobile breaks
down, Simon begins to understand the value of traditional ways.
Earth to Audrey. Susan Hughes, illustrated by
Stéphane Poulin, $6.95
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
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.
We All Have Different Abilities. Melissa Higgins,
What can you do? Tie your shoes? Play piano? Everyone has
different talents and abilities — let's share and celebrate our many talents!
Arto's Big Move. Monica Arnaldo, $18.95
Arto has lived his whole life in the snowy, cold North.
When his mom gets a new job and the family prepares to spend a year in the
South, Arto is not happy at all. He's just going to act as if there isn't any
difference. But when Arto makes a new friend, Ana, he slowly sheds his layers
and discovers that it's not such a bad idea to adapt to your surroundings. When
his year in the South is over, Arto understands there is a way to cope with
another move while keeping the memory of his Southern adventure alive. A
relatable story with a memorable character, Arto's Big Move uses a
gentle touch to convey an important message about adapting to change.
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It. JoAnn Deak, illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, $26.95
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.
If Kids Ran the World. Leo & Diane Dillon,
All roads lead to kindness in this powerful final
collaboration between two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon. In a
colorful tree house, a rainbow of children determine the most important needs
in our complex world. Kids bring abundant food to the hungry; medicine and
cheer to the sick; safe housing, education, and religious tolerance to all; and
our planet is treated with care. Forgiveness and generosity are seen as
essential, because kids know how to share, and they understand the power of
love. A tribute to peace and a celebration of diverse cultures, this captures
the wondrous joy of all people, and the unique beauty within each one of us
If Kids Ruled the World. Linda Bailey & David Huyck,
$18.95 (ages 3-7)
This original, fun picture book delightfully describes,
in hilarious detail, a small child's idea of utopia! Recess school? Cake for
breakfast? Tree houses for everyone? If it's fun and playful, then your wish is
If My Mom Were a Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their
Mothers. Dia Michels, $13.95
The animal kingdom offers a special fascination for
children because so many of the cozy rituals they share at home are echoed in
nature. All mammal mothers feed, protect, and teach their young, tasks that
often challenge their own needs for survival. With beautiful illustrations and
inventive text, this fascinating introduction reveals how fourteen mammal babies
travel the path from helpless infant to self-sufficient adults.
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece. Patricia Polacco, $19.99
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
I Am Mixed. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastien
Jones, illustrated by James Webster, $17.95
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
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.
The Most Magnificent Thing. Ashley Spires, $16.95
A young girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make
the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how
it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time.
Easy-peasy! But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl
tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She
is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a
walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get
it just right.
For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book
offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The
girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the
story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at
the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes.
Grandpa's Girls. Nicola Campbell & Kim LaFave,
A young girl delights in a visit to her grandpa’s farm.
She and her cousins run through the fields, explore the root cellar where the
salmon and jars of fruit are stored, swing on a rope out the barn loft window,
visit the Appaloosa in the corral and tease the neighbor’s pig. The visit is
also an opportunity for this child to ask Grandpa what her grandmother, Yayah,
was like, and explore the “secret room,” with its old wooden trunk of ribbons,
medals and photos of Grandpa in uniform. There is a wonderful blend of fun and
family history in this visit to a grandparent, but also the realization that
there can be some things about the people we know and love that will always
remain a mystery.
Secrets of the Garden: Food Chains and the Food Web in
Our Backyard. Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld, illustrated by Priscilla Lamont,
One small garden holds many wonders: plants growing, bugs
nibbling, birds swooping, and so much more. Find out how they are all connected
in this fun and information-packed book. Perfect for spring planting season — an
outstanding book about backyard science the whole family will appreciate.
Naked! Michael Ian Black, Illustrated by Debbie
Ridpath Ohi, $19.99
After his bath, a little boy begins his hilarious dash
around the house... in the buff! Being naked is great. Running around, sliding
down the stairs, eating cookies. Nothing could be better. Unless he had a cape!
HAITI My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren. Illustrated
by Rogé, $14.95
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.
It's About Time: Untangling Everything You Need to
Know about Time. Pascale Estellon, $18.95
One second, one minute, one hour, one day, one week, one
month, one year... this fun book explains it all!
Daisy's Biggest Success. Harriet Zaidman,
illustrated by Sarah Neville, $21.95
Daisy the dog loves jumping on the couch, but her people
don't like the hair she leaves behind. When they start piling books on the
couch to keep her away, Daisy knocks them off — and that leads her to
adventures she never imagined!
Grappling with the Grumblies. Deborah Fannie
Miller, illustrated by Diane Jacobs, $12.95
When Jessie woke up, everything got GRUMPY! Just try
getting ready for school with a big Grumblie in your way — and with every grumpy
word and action, the Grumblie grows until there's no room for Jessie. Finally,
with Mom's help, Jessie wiggles and giggles those Grumblies away.
Thanks for the Feedback. Julia Cook, illustrated by Kelsey De Weerd, $14.95
A story about accepting criticism and
compliments —– the right way!
The Sissy Duckling. Harvey Fierstein, Illustrated by Henry Cole, $11.99
Elmer is not like the other boy
ducklings. While they like to build forts, he loves to bake cakes. While they
like to play baseball, he wants to put on the halftime show. Elmer is a great
big sissy. But when his father is wounded by a hunter’s shot, Elmer proves that
the biggest sissy can also be the greatest hero.
Acclaimed actor and playwright Harvey Fierstein has crafted a heartwarming
story, based on his award-winning HBO animated special, about learning to
embrace the special qualities we all possess. Henry Cole’s gently humorous
illustrations give it a new vitality. This is a book to share with all
children, to help them understand that each one of them is unique and valuable.
The Sky of Afghanistan. Ana Eulate & Sonja Wimmer, $16.95
Beautifully illustrated and undeniably
moving, this is the story of a little Afghan girl’s dreams of peace. As her
country is wracked by war, a girl’s imagination drifts toward the idea of peace
for her people and for her country. Her powerful dreams soon take wing and fill
the homes and hearts of those around her, uniting a people in their common
desire for peace.
This Moose Belongs to Me. Oliver Jeffers, $9.99
Wilfred owned a moose … or at least — he
THOUGHT he did…
Ink-Blot. Maria Eugenia,
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.
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.
Kenta and the Big Wave. Ruth Ohi, $9.95
When tragedy strikes Kenta’s small
village in Japan, he does all he can to hang on to the things that matter to
him most. But amidst the chaos of an emergency evacuation brought on by the
tsunami, Kenta and his family must quickly leave their home, taking with them
only the barest necessities. Climbing to safer ground, Kenta watches helplessly
as his prized soccer ball goes bouncing down a hill and gets swept away by the
waves, never to be seen again… that is until it washes up on a beach on the
other side of the world, into the hands of a child who takes it upon himself to
return the ball to its rightful owner.
There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen. Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $12.95
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
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
Mr. Zinger’s Hat. Cary Fagan, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, $17.95
Shark vs. Train. Chris Barton & Tom Lichtenheld, $19.99
If you think Superman vs. Batman would
be an exciting matchup, wait until you see Shark vs. Train. In this hilarious
and wacky picture book, Shark and Train egg each other on for one competition
after another, including burping, bowling, Ping Pong...
The ABCs of Yoga
for Kids. Teresa Power & Kathleen Rietz, $25.95
A gentle introduction to simple yoga
postures for young children, this beautifully illustrated book is as much fun
to read as it is to do the poses.
The ABCs of Yoga for Kids: 56
Learning Cards. Teresa Power & Kathleen
Rietz, $21.50 (ages 3-8)
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
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.
The Stone Hatchlings. Sarah Tsiang & Qin Leng, $9.95
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.
Willow Finds a Way. Lana Button & Tania Howells, $18.95 (ages 4-6)
Willow’s bossy classmate makes everyone
uncomfortable. Willow needs to find a way to say “NO!” to Kristabelle, once and
When I Get Older: the Story Behind
“Wavin’ Flag. K’naan, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez,
K’nann tells the story of his early life
in Mogadishu, Somalia, and of the difficulties of being a child refugee in a
land far from home. This is the story that inspired K’naan’s famous anthem
“Wavin’ Flag”, a song known the world over, that speaks of freedom and dignity.
Anderson Halperin, $19.99
Radiating tenderness and reflecting the
influence of eastern philosophies, a compilation of exquisite illustrations and
wisely chosen words reveals the heart of where peace truly must originate:
within ourselves. The beautifully intricate artwork, with tiny, precisely
rendered details of life across the globe, complements the spare and powerful
text that includes quotations from famous peacemakers. Poetic and
soothing, PEACE is a masterful exploration of the true path to world
peace and serves as a perfect springboard to discussions about bullying,
conflict resolution, and right actions.
Toes in My Nose and Other Poems. Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $19.95
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.
Kayak Girl. Monica Devine, illustrated by Mindy Dwyer, $15.50
A young girl learns to cope with loss
with the help of her grandfather, and memories of her mother.
The Magic Clothesline. Andrée Poulin, Illustrated by Marion Arbona, $10.95
Robin is sad! His dad is away on a
business trip and will miss his birthday. But then magical things start to
happen that help Robin to feel better. This delightful story is about brotherly
love, the tight bond of family and learning to deal with the challenges of
short family separations.
The Boy Who Grew Flowers. Jen Wojtowicz, Illustrated by Steve Adams, $8.99 (ages 4 to 10)
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, $7.99
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 …
Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. William Joyce & Joe Bluhm, $19.99
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
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
Take Time to
Relax! Nancy Carlson, $12.50 (ages 5-8)
Tina the beaver and her family
constantly rush off in different directions, until a storm keeps them snowbound
I Will Not Read this Book. Cece Meng, illustrated Joy Ang, $23.99
It's much more fun to read this book with someone you love!
MOOSE! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99
There’s a moose in the backyard! Luke’s Mom and Dad want to shoo it away, but the moose has other plans …
Give Me Back My Dad! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99
Cheryl and her dad know the very best spot for ice fishing. But they’d better watch out — because the fish have other plans!
Big Book of Families. Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith,
What’s your family like?
This book explores every aspect of family life with warmth, wit and sensitivity. The Great Big Book of Families is a great big treat for every family to share.
The Enemy: a Book about Peace. Davide Cali, illustrated by Serge Bloch, $19.99
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.
Too Much Stuff! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99
One backpack full of toys plus one airplane ride equals a crazy adventure for Temina and her Mom.
Princesses Dress in Pink. Jane Yolen & Heidi
Stemple, Illustrated by Anne-Sophie Languetin, $21.99
These princesses don’t let fancy clothes get in their way. They dig in the dirt, kick soccer balls and splash in muddy puddles and they’re dressed for play!
Owls See Clearly at Night: a Michif Alphabet. Julie Flett, $18.95
From Atayookee! To Lii Zyeu — an introduction to the Michif language of the Métis people.
Snow. Barbara Reid,
Barbara Reid’s beautiful
art depicts the joy and exhilaration that comes with
the first true snowfall of winter.
Who Is In Your
Family? A Celebration in Diversity. Susan Bowman, illustrated
by Poppy Moon, $21.95 (ages 4-8)
In this full-color, illustrated
book, children describe their families including what
they like to do together. The wonderfully illustrated
drawings bring out the uniqueness of each family. Children
are encouraged to describe their own families and create
some fun activities they can do together. Some of the
families described include:
Parent in the military • Single
parent • Incarcerated parent •Adoptive parents •Foster
parents • Multicultural parents •Same-sex parents •Terminally
ill parents • and others …
Bippity Bop Barbershop. Natasha
Anastasia Tarpley, illustrated by E. B. Lewis, $7.99 (ages
Delightful watercolour illustrations,
cheerful depictions of community and family – this
warm, reassuring story beautifully depicts a special
ritual between father and son.
My People. Langston Hughes, photography by Charles R. Smith Jr., $21.00
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.