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Stack the Cats. Susie Ghahremani, $11.99 (ages 3-5)

One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!

Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!

Don't Blink! Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by David Roberts, $23.99

This interactive book may seem to be on your side, reluctant sleeper — but it's truly a bedtime book in disguise! Here's how it works: if you can avoid getting to the end of this book, you can avoid bedtime, simple as that. (It's a pretty sweet deal, actually.) But each time you blink, you have to turn a page. Those are just the rules. So whatever you do, DON'T BLINK!

Alma and How She Got Her Name. Juana Martinez-Neal, $21.99

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

This Is the Nest That Robin Built. Denise Fleming, $23.99

Robin is building a nest, and her friends are ready to help! The squirrel trims the twigs. The dog brings the string. The horse shares his straw. And then a surprise gatefold spread reveals how Robin knits them all together to make a safe and cozy home for her babies.

With My Daddy: a Book of Love and Family. Jo Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey, $21.99

Our spunky heroine loves spending time with her dad. They ride bikes and swim in the pool! They can imagine exciting adventures, or just lounge around on a hot day. Being with her dad makes her feel safe and comforted, strong and powerful. She can confront the neighbor’s dog and get thrown up in the air! And when she gets too scared, or too angry, nothing calms her down better than a big hug from dad.

Happy In Our Skin. Fran Manushkin, illustrated by Lauren Tobia, $10.99

Just savor these bouquets of babies — cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin's rollicking text and Lauren Tobia's delicious illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family — and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

Here We Are: Notes for Living On Planet Earth. Oliver Jeffers, $22.99

Insightfully sweet, with a gentle humor and poignancy, here is Oliver Jeffers’ user’s guide to life on Earth. He created it specially for his son, yet with a universality that embraces all children and their parents. Be it a complex view of our planet’s terrain (bumpy, sharp, wet), a deep look at our place in space (it’s big), or a guide to all of humanity (don’t be fooled, we are all people), Oliver’s signature wit and humor combine with a value system of kindness and tolerance to create a must-have book for parents.

Zero. Kathryn Otoshi, $26.50

Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: "1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.... !" "Those numbers have value. That's why they count," she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something? Zero feels empty inside. She watches One having fun with the other numbers. One has bold strokes and squared corners. Zero is big and round with no corners at all. "If I were like One, then I can count too," she thinks. So she pushes and pulls, stretches and straightens, forces and flattens herself, but in the end she realizes that she can only be Zero. As budding young readers learn about numbers and counting, they are also introduced to accepting different body types, developing social skills and character, and learning what it means to find value in yourself and in others.

One. Kathryn Otoshi, $26.50

Blue is a quiet color. Red’s a hothead who likes to pick on Blue. Yellow, Orange, Green, and Purple don’t like what they see, but what can they do? When no one speaks up, things get out of hand — until One comes along and shows all the colors how to stand up, stand together, and count. As budding young readers learn about numbers, counting, and primary and secondary colors, they also learn about accepting each other's differences and how it sometimes just takes one voice to make everyone count.

The Magic Garden: Take a Journey through the Magical World of Nature. Lemniscates, $21.95

Just like the passing of the seasons, or the mysterious transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly, in this garden, everything is continually changing. With gorgeous illustrations and a beautiful story of a young girl discovering the marvels of nature, The Magic Garden is sure to delight young readers. At the end, the mysteries uncovered in the story are explained, so children can get their questions about the natural world answered, including sections on how bees make honey, why some animals camouflage themselves, and how a seed grows into a tree.  Learning about nature has never been more enchanting.

Always. Emma Dodd, $12.99

One little elephant learns that a parent’s love is unconditional, in an exquisite new title from Emma Dodd.


Forever. Emma Dodd, $12.99

A little polar bear discovers that through life's ups and downs, a parent's love lasts forever.

Happy. Emma Dodd, $12.99

Exploring the loving relationship between one little owl and his mommy, this beautifully designed picture book is certain to become a bedtime favorite.

Together. Emma Dodd, $12.99

This little sea otter loves spending time with his parent — learning new things, playing together, or even just holding each other. In fact, every day this little sea otter spends with his parent is special, just because they are together.

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Wish: I Love and Wish for You. Emma Dodd, $12.99

A little wolf has someone special who always wishes the very best for them.

Sam & Eva. Debbie Ridpath Ohi, $23.99

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

My Secret Dog. Tom Alexander, $19.95

The delightful story of a young girl inviting a dog into her home to stay as her secret houseguest. Although her mother has said they don't have room to keep a dog, the girl hatches a daring plan to make sure that nobody finds out... only to discover that dogs, like secrets, are much harder to keep under wraps than she suspected!

Wild One. Jane Whittingham, illustrated by Noel Tuazon, $16.95

Can you stretch like a cat or hang like a bat? This little one can do those things and so much more as she bounds energetically through her day, from the park to the pool, to dinner and bed, with the animal companions of her imagination.

Chicken or Egg — Who Comes First? Susan Sweet & Brenda S. Miles, illustrated by Melon & Mandarina, $21.50 (ages 4-8)

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

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

The Best Dad In the World. Pat Chapman, illustrated by Cat Chapman, $19.99

What makes dads so special? Is it because they never get tired, or they love listening to music played by toddlers on pots and pans? Find out in this delightful, funny picture book that will be every child's favourite bedtime story. There's even a special page for children to draw a picture of their dad.

Shelter. Céline Claire, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.99 (ages 3-7)

As a big storm approaches, two strangers arrive in the forest. All the animal families, safe in their homes, are worried. They wonder, “What are they doing there? What do they want?” So, as the pair knocks at the door of one home after another asking for shelter, all the animals turn them away, leaving them to fend for themselves. But then an accident suddenly forces the fox family out into the snow and the wind, and the foxes find they must ask these outsiders for help. Will they find it in their hearts to give it?

Céline Claire's heartwarming picture book story delivers a timeless and timely message about the importance of kindness and generosity. With simple and evocative language, it explores how even small gestures can make a big difference to the strangers or outsiders in a community. Artist Qin Leng uses a warm, soft palette in her ink and watercolor illustrations creating a charming and inviting visual narrative that is perfect for young children. This book provides a wonderful opportunity for discussions about being welcoming and helping others in need, including how children can put this into practice by reaching out to the “new kid” or the one who seems different. It also works well for character education lessons on kindness, caring and empathy.

The Jar of Happiness. Ailsa Burrows, $18.99

How do you create happiness? In this story, one child finds a way. She mixes the smell of warm biscuits and the seaside with the taste of chocolate ice cream, apple juice and the warmth of sunshine. She fills the jar and visits her loved ones to share her invention. But one day her jar goes missing. She searches everywhere but cannot find it. As she retraces her footsteps she discovers there are many different ways to share happiness.

TWIG. Aura Parker, $14.99

Twig is a stick insect, long and thin like the twig of a tree. It's her first day at Bug School, where she hopes to learn lots and make new friends. But no one will talk to her... and no one will play with her at lunch. No one notices her at all — not even her teacher Miss Orb. Perhaps she's blending in with the branches a little too well! Finally, Twig speaks up for herself and Miss Orb comes up with a plan to help Twig stand out.

Giraffe and Bird. Rebecca Bender, $17.95

Giraffe and Bird are not friends. Not even a little bit. The bird pesters the giraffe with his face-making, feather-pruning, and disgusting eating habits. The giraffe annoys the bird with his bad breath, ear-swatting, and lack of respect for personal space. Of course they are always fighting. Of course they would be better off without each other. Except, it turns out, maybe they wouldn’t be.

Crow and the Waterhole. Ambelin Kwaymullina, $13.95

There was once a crow who lived in a tree by a waterhole. Each morning, she stared into the water, and saw another crow staring back. Crow thought Crow-in-the-waterhole was the most wonderful bird she had ever seen.

Crow and the Waterhole is an inspiring and uplifting picture book for younger readers, by author Ambelin Kwaymullina from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

How Frogmouth Found Her Home. Ambelin Kwaymullina, $12.99

Frogmouth isn’t like the other birds. She doesn’t want to live in the trees. Frogmouth is in search of something more. Frogmouth travels the land hunting for a new nesting place, but nothing feels right. On her way, she helps other animals find their true homes, but still she searches. Only when she meets Moon and hears his intriguing offer can she finally find her true home.

Author Ambelin Kwaymullina is from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

Oonga Boonga. Frieda Wishnsky, illustrated by Michael Martchenko,$9.99

Daniel's family has a little problem. Daniel's baby sister, Louise, just won't stop crying. Everyone in the family tries to soothe her. Her mother sings a lullaby; her father rocks her in his arms; Grandma gives her a bottle; Grandpa plays a tune on his harmonica. But nothing works! Little Louise just goes on crying until big brother Daniel appears on the scene and tells her, "Oonga Boonga." Like magic, Louise's tears stop. But the funny thing is, these whimsical words don't work when the grown-ups say them. Daniel has the magic touch with his little sister!

Hooray for Birds! Lucy Cousins, $22.00

From the rooster’s “cock-a-doodle-doo” at dawn to the owl’s nighttime “tuwit, tuwoo,” the cheeps and tweets of many bright and beautiful avian friends will have children eager to join in as honorary fledglings. This day in the life of birds will hold the attention of even the smallest bird-watchers, whether at storytime or just before settling into their cozy nests to sleep.

Little Snowshoe. Ellen Bryan Obed, illustrated by William Ritchie, $12.95

Set in the Arctic, this charming, beautifully illustrated story unfolds with Little Snowshoe looking for his mother. Against the whiteness of the snow he is continually fooled by other objects that he mistakes for her. Finally, exhausted from his search, he falls asleep to be awakened by his mother who has found him. Little Snowshoe is an easy-to-read book, which bases its story line on the camouflage ability of the snowshoe rabbit. Written by Ellen Bryan Obed, illustrated by William Ritchie.

There's a Cat in Our Class! A Tale about Getting Along. Jeanie Franz Ransom, illustrated by Bryan Langdo, $20.95

Max, Rusty, Ginger, and Tanner assume without question that their new classmate is just like them... a DOG. Guess what? Samantha is NOT a dog, which leads to whole heap of questions. But in little time, all the tails in Miss Biscuit's classroom start wagging, and Samantha is celebrated for the CAT she is, just in time for another new student!

There's a Cat in Our Class! is a kid-friendly exploration of diversity, teaching kids the value of not only accepting but embracing the differences of those around us. Includes a Note to Readers that discusses how parents, teachers, and other adults can talk with children about diversity in a way that's meaningful and effective.

Waiting for the Whales. Sheryl MacFalane & Ron Lightburn, $10.95

In this timeless classic set on the West Coast, an old man lives alone on a bluff overlooking the sea, tends his garden and waits. Only when the whales return each year to the bay in front of his cottage is his loneliness eased. One day his daughter and her baby return home to live with the old man, bringing a renewed sense of purpose to his life. As his granddaughter grows, the old man passes on a wealth of knowledge and wisdom as well as his passion for the whales. And each year they wait together for the whales to appear.

Waiting for the Whales illuminates the unique friendship between grandparent and child and celebrates the restorative power of the natural world.

Almost a Full Moon. Hawksley Workman, Illustrated by Jensine Eckwall, $21.99

Almost a Full Moon is a warm-hearted story of family, community, food and home. A boy and his grandmother host a gathering in their small cabin in the middle of winter. Friends travel from near and far, and some new friends even turn up. The walls of the cabin are elastic and the soup pot bottomless; all are welcome.

Based on the lyrics of Hawksley Workman’s song from his holiday album Almost a Full Moon, this book evokes both the cold and the coziness of a winter’s night: crisp clean air, sparkling snow, the light of the moon, welcoming windows, glowing candles, family and friends. The spare text is beautifully complemented with the rich illustrations of Jensine Eckwall. She brings beauty and a hint of magic to Workman’s evocative lyrics; together, they create a world and a night that will enchant readers of all ages.

Fiona's Little Lie. Rosemary Wells, $21.00

It’s Felix’s birthday tomorrow! His best friend, Fiona, has promised to bake cupcakes to celebrate, and Felix can’t wait. But the next morning, Fiona arrives at the party with no cupcakes... and a tall tale that’s as colorful as raspberry icing with lemon sprinkles. Fiona’s little lie points the finger at three likely suspects, but Felix has a feeling that she might be getting in deeper and deeper. Now Fiona doesn’t know which is worse — forgetfulness or a queasy conscience. Luckily she has a friend like Felix to whisper some advice into her ear!

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

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

We Found a Hat. Jon Klassen, $21.99

Two turtles have found a hat. The hat looks good on both of them. But there are two turtles. And there is only one hat!

Hold on to your hats for the conclusion of the celebrated hat trilogy by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen, who gives his deadpan finale a surprising new twist.

I Want My Hat Back. Jon Klassen, $23.00

The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear’s memory and renews his search with a vengeance.

This Is Not My Hat. Jon Klassen, $23.00

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it’s a good thing that enormous fish won’t wake up. And even if he does, it’s not like he’ll ever know what happened.

Little Fox, Lost. Nicole Snitselaar, Illustrated by Alicia Padrón, $16.95

Little Fox’s paw prints make such beautiful pictures in the newly fallen snow. Left here, right there, around that fallen branch — he scatters them throughout the forest until, too late, he finds he can’t retrace his steps back home. Lost and afraid, Little Fox wants to agree when a kind, old owl offers to fly ahead and guide him. But Mama Fox has warned him often: “If ever you are lost, my child, / don’t let a stranger guide you. / Be still and I will search the wild / until I am beside you.”

In gentle, expressive text, Nicole Snitselaar spins a tale that goes far beyond a simple “stranger danger” warning. Her Little Fox, equipped with his own ingenuity as well as his mother’s wisdom, cleverly finds a way for the other animals to attract Mama Fox’s attention while keeping himself safe.

A Squiggly Story. Andrew Larsen, illustrated by  Mike Lowery, $18.95

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words. “Every story starts with a single word and every word starts with a single letter,” his sister explains patiently. “Why don't you start there, with a letter?” So the boy tries. He writes a letter. An easy letter. The letter I. And from that one skinny letter, the story grows, and the little boy discovers that all of us, including him, have what we need to write our own perfect story.

This Is Not a Book. Jean Jullien, $15.95

This is not a book — it's a laptop, a pair of hands to clap, a toolbox! Each spread of this book is actually something else entirely, challenging young readers to see things quite differently! Turning the page and finding a full-sized image of piano keys will invite children to swing the book on its side for imaginative play; turning the page again to find a monster with its mouth wide open will prompt children to use the book to chomp everything around them! The result stretches beyond the pages of this book, prompting readers to think creatively about other objects in their daily lives.

Before & After. Jean Jullien, $15.95

Graphic artist Jean Jullien insightfully and comically depicts a set of clever and surprising before-and-after two-frame narratives, each progressed by a page turn. From pale skin to sunburned skin, dirty to clean, long hair to short hair (to long again), Jullien masterfully builds anticipation and a satisfying resolution with each pairing. Striking the perfect balance of predictability and unexpectedness, this book will leave readers in wonder as they flip back and forth.

Everybody Feels Angry! Moira Butterfield & Holly Sterling, $17.95 (ages 2-5)

Everybody Feels Happy! Moira Butterfield & Holly Sterling, $17.95 (ages 2-5)

Everybody Feels Sad! Moira Butterfield & Holly Sterling, $17.95 (ages 2-5)

Everybody Feels Scared! Moira Butterfield & Holly Sterling, $17.95 (ages 2-5)

Each book focuses on a different emotion, looking at why children may feel a certain way and how they can deal with their feelings. These sensitive stories reassure young readers and provide them with a vocabulary which helps them to express and understand their feelings as they grow up and encounter different situations. 'Story words' in each book explain words simply and gently.

Malaika's Costume. Nadia Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, $18.95

It’s Carnival time. The first Carnival since Malaika’s mother moved to Canada to find a good job and provide for Malaika and her grandmother. Her mother promised she would send money for a costume, but when the money doesn’t arrive, will Malaika still be able to dance in the parade?

Disappointed and upset at her grandmother’s hand-me-down costume, Malaika leaves the house, running into Ms. Chin, the tailor, who offers Malaika a bag of scrap fabric. With her grandmother’s help, Malaika creates a patchwork rainbow peacock costume, and dances proudly in the parade.

Malaika's Winter Carnival. Nadia Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, $18.95

Malaika is happy to be reunited with Mummy, but it means moving to Canada, where everything is different. It’s cold in Québec City, no one understands when she talks and Carnival is nothing like the celebration Malaika knows from home!

When Mummy marries Mr. Frédéric, Malaika gets a new sister called Adèle. Her new family is nice, but Malaika misses Grandma. She has to wear a puffy purple coat, learn a new language and get used to calling this new place home. Things come to a head when Mummy and Mr. Frédéric take Malaika and Adèle to a carnival. Malaika is dismayed that there are no colorful costumes and that it’s nothing like Carnival at home in the Caribbean! She is so angry that she kicks over Adèle’s snow castle, but that doesn’t make her feel any better. It takes a video chat with Grandma to help Malaika see the good things about her new home and family.

Grumpy Pants. Claire Messer, $26.99

We all have grumpy days. Sometimes the best thing to do is wash it off!

Tell Me a Tattoo Story. Alison McGhee, illustrated by Eliza Wheller, $23.99

A bestselling author-illustrator duo join forces to create a modern father-son love story. The father tells his little son the story behind each of his tattoos, and together they go on a beautiful journey through family history. There's a tattoo from a favorite book his mother used to read him, one from something his father used to tell him, and one from the longest trip he ever took. And there is a little heart with numbers inside — which might be the best tattoo of them all. Tender pictures by New York Times bestselling illustrator Eliza Wheeler complement this lovely ode to all that's indelible — ink and love.

Apples and Robins. Lucie Félix, $23.99

All you need for apples... are circles and the color red. In this extraordinary book, one thing transforms into another as each page turns — a circle becomes an apple, an oval becomes a bird, winter becomes spring. Constantly surprising and brilliantly constructed, Lucie Félix's Apples and Robins is full of the magic of shape, color, and imagination. All you need to do... is turn the page.

Little Elephant Listens. Michael Dahl, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal, $8.95

Little Elephant uses his big ears to listen to his parents.

Little Lion Shares. Michael Dahl, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal, $8.95

Little Lion does not like to share, but he must learn so he can share something extra special with his mom.

Little Monkey Calms Down. Michael Dahl, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal, $9.95

Little Monkey is having a bad day. After a major melt down, he goes to his room and uses some coping techniques to calm down.

Penguin Misses Mom. Michael Dahl, Illustrated by Oriol Vidal, $8.95

Sometimes Moms have to leave their little ones at home for a short time. It can be a challenge – especially for Penguin!  There are tears and sadness, but Penguin likes the babysitter, Mrs. Duck. They have fun together reading and playing and hugging Penguin’s favorite pillow. And soon, someone’s at the door – Mom is back! This sweet new board book confides that missing Mom is hard for everyone, but little listeners will delight in the happy ending.

Look at the Sky. Rhéa Dufresne & Jacinthe Chevalier, $9.95

Feel the Wind. Rhéa Dufresne & Guillaume Perreault, $9.95

Hear the Sea. Angèle Delaunois & Mylène Henry, $9.95

A playful look at the wonders of nature in three delightful board books.

The Bear's Sea Escape. Benjamin Chaud, $24.99 (ages 3 and up)

Adventures await Little Bear and Papa Bear. When the bears seek warmth from their chilly perch atop the Paris Opera House, Little Bear is mistaken for a toy bear and whisked away... to a tropical island! Children and parents alike will savor Chaud's lush, detail-rich illustrations and the sweet story as well as the book's bonus seek-and-find elements.

The Bear's Song. Benjamin Chaud, $24.99 (ages 3 and up)

Sweet has new meaning in this richly illustrated, immersive picture book about two bears on a big-city adventure. Papa Bear is searching for Little Bear, who has escaped the den. Little Bear is following a bee, because where there are bees, there is honey!

The Bear's Song Matching Game. Benjamin Chaud, $21.50 (ages 3 and up)

Where is Little Bear? Come find him!

The Bear's Song Puzzle. Benjamin Chaud, $21.50 (ages 4 and up)

Two scenes from Benjamin's Chaud's beloved books, The Bear's Song and The Bear's Sea Escape, are ready to be assembled and enjoyed. The 24 large, sturdy, double-sided puzzle pieces are perfect for small hands.

Goodnight, Good Dog. Mary Lyn Ray, Illustrated by Rebecca Malone, $23.99

Say goodnight to a good dog — who isn't ready to go to sleep just yet.

The Goodbye Book. Todd Parr, $23.49

Through the lens of a pet fish who has lost his companion, Todd Parr tells a moving and wholly accessible story about saying goodbye. Touching upon the host of emotions children experience, Todd reminds readers that it's okay not to know all the answers, and that someone will always be there to support them. An invaluable resource for life's toughest moments.

The Very Best Bed. Rebekah Raye, $11.95

In The Very Best Bed a bushy gray squirrel is ready for bed, but where will he sleep tonight? He finds a cozy den, but a big black bear is already sleeping there. On his way up a tree, he sees a family of bats, but sleeping upside down doesn’t suit him. A beaver slaps his tail on the pond before he dives down to his bed in his lodge, but the squirrel doesn’t want to get his feet wet. Here’s a snug hole in a tree, but it’s overflowing with raccoon babies. Rebekah Raye’s wonderful watercolor paintings take us along on the gray squirrel’s search for just the right bed. Where, oh where, will he sleep tonight?

Llama Llama Red Pajama. Anna Dewdney, $9.99

Llama llama, red pajama

Reads a story, with his mama...

Look and Be Grateful. Tomie De Paola, $23.95

In this meditative and joyful book by Caldecott Honor and Newbery Honor winner Tomie dePaola, a young boy awakens with the dawn, opens his eyes and looks closely at his world. He admires all that surrounds him, large and small, from the radiant sun to a tiny, but exquisite, lady bug.

Job Site. Nathan Clement, $9.95

Bring in the big rigs! Shiny, huge, heavy machinery rolls onto the job site. At the command of the Boss, the work beings, Digging, lifting, carrying, dumping, moving, and shaping are important tasks to accomplish.

Panda Kindergarten. Joanne Ryder, photos by Katherine Feng, $8.50

Follow a day in the life of the panda cubs at China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong Nature Preserve, the largest research facility for giant pandas in China. Cubs are raised together in a protected setting — dubbed panda kindergarten — where they grow strong and learn skills that will help prepare them to be released into the wild when they are older. With spare text by veteran nonfiction writer Joanne Ryder and irresistible full-color photographs by Katherine Feng, whose work has appeared in National Geographic, Panda Kindergarten will delight young readers as they learn more about these amazing creatures.

Bubblegum Delicious. Dennis Lee, illustrated by David McPhail, $19.99

This boisterous collection of schoolyard and street rhymes surprises the reader at every turn of the page, veering from silly, bouncy rhymes to poignant bedtime verse. The illustrated adventures of a boy, his beloved dog, and a winsome collection of bugs create cohesion and a satisfying visual narrative.

Home. Carson Ellis, $19.00

Home might be a house in the country, an apartment in the city, or even a shoe. Home may be on the road or the sea, in the realm of myth, or in the artist's own studio. A meditation on the concept of home and a visual treat that invites many return visits, this loving look at the places where people live marks the picture-book debut of Carson Ellis, acclaimed illustrator of the Wildwood series and artist for the indie band The Decemberists.

A+ for Big Ben. Sarah Ellis, illustrated by Kim LaFave, $9.95

His sister is a big kid in grade five. His brother is a big kid in grade three. Ben is a little kid in preschool. He can’t swim; he can’t use chopsticks; he can’t even see out of the car window. If only he could bring home a real report card like the older kids do, then Ben would be happy. But there are no report cards in preschool. Sometimes older siblings remember what it was like to be little, however, and Ben’s brother and sister are about to present Ben with his very own report card, grading him on all the activities that little brothers do best.

Wild Berries. Julie Flett, $21.95

Celebrate the tradition of picking wild blueberries in this beautiful book, set in English and Cree, by Julie Flett.

Vegetables in Underwear. Jared Chapman, $16.95

A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varieties — big, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funny — demonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the “big kid” attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind!

Sidewalk Flowers. Jon Arno Lawson & Sydney Smith, $16.95

In this wordless picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. Sidewalk Flowers is an ode to the importance of small things, small people and small gestures.

Alligator Pie Board Book. Dennis Lee, $12.99

A slice of Alligator Pie-sized for little ones! One of the best loved Canadian poems of all time, "Alligator Pie" established Dennis Lee's reputation as "Canada's Father Goose" when it appeared in his classic poetry collection of the same name in 1974. Now Lee's timeless rhyme is paired with striking artwork by Sandy Nichols, winner of a nationwide competition to find the perfect illustrator for the iconic poem. This special 40th anniversary board book will stand up to re-readings for years to come and is a must-have for every baby and preschooler's library.

Kumak's House: a Tale of the Far North. Michael Bania, $14.50

At the edge of a great frozen river, Kumak and his family lived in their house by the willows. Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy. His wife was not happy. His sons and daughters were not happy. His wife's mother was not happy. "Too small, this house," said Kumak. "I will go to see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do." Set in an Inupiat village in the northwest Arctic, Kumak treks again and again to elder Aana Lulu for advice. The book's charming illustrations incite laughter and introduce children to traditional Inupiat activities and animals of the Arctic.

Hands Say Love. George Shannon, illusrated by Taeeun Yoo, $19.00

Hands touch, hold, and hug. Hands feed, give, and share. Hands create, mend, and heal. Hands say love! Every day, our hands show the most important people in our lives how we care about them, from parents helping children learn to walk to families playing and working together to friends waving hello and good-bye. This perfect read-aloud for toddlers celebrates the many hands-on moments we share and reminds us that even the simplest gesture can be a profound expression of love.

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck. Stella Partheniou Grasso & Scot Ritchie, $7.99

This perfectly silly story follows the twists and turns of this outrageous hockey version of the classic rhyming song.

Let's Count to 100! Masayuki Sebe, $8.95

A riot of brightly coloured characters and action-packed scenes make the number 100 more accessible for young children, while attention-grabbing search-and-find elements add another level of fun!

Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You. Nancy Tillman, $8.99

Love is the greatest gift we have to give our children. It's the one thing they can carry with them each and every day.

If I Wrote a Book about You. Stephany Aulenback, illustrated by Denise Holmes, $18.95

A mother's love for her child is beautifully and eloquently depicted in this simple, yet powerful book.

The Flea. Laurie Cohen & Marjorie Béal, $16.95

The Flea is a tale of perspective that shows there's more than one way to look at someone!

Animal Fun for Everyone! Marjorie Pitzer, $15.95

Share the delight and wonder of kids enjoying their animal friends!

Share. Sally Anne Garland, $16.95

When Bunny’s little cousin visits, her mother tells her over and over that she must share. But her cousin wants to do everything Bunny does. He wants to play with Bunny’s bear, but he pokes and pulls little Ted. He wants to play dress-up, but he spills Bunny’s beads all over the floor. Bunny tries to watch TV, but he blocks her view of the screen, and when Bunny tries to paint, he scribbles all over her artwork!

Grandmother Ptarmigan. Qaunaq Mikkagak & Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Qin Leng, $13.95

It’s bedtime for baby ptarmigan, but he will not go to sleep. So his grandmother decides to tell him a bedtime story that he will never forget.

Animal Masquerade. Marianne Dubuc, $17.95

All the animals are getting ready for a masquerade party. Can you guess what they will dress up as?

ABC of Toronto. Per-Henrik Gürth, $15.95

From the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Zoo, follow the alphabet on a colourful tour of Toronto!

How Far Do You Love Me? Lulu Delacre, $13.95

Travel the world and see how far love goes.

The Trail Game. Hervé Tullet, $12.95

Are you ready? Place your finger on ‘start’ and then follow the trail with the tip of your finger. You have to turn the pages and find the matching shapes in order to follow the right trail and get to the end. Off you go!

Say Zoop! Hervé Tullet, $21.99

Make some noise! Shout "OH!" Whisper "oh!" Say "Zoop"? Yes! "Zoop!" "Zoop!" "Zoop!" The newest book from Hervé Tullet magically responds with bursts of color and moving shapes, empowering children by letting their imaginations liberate and direct each page's reaction.

The Game of Light. Hervé Tullet, $12.95

You'll need a grown-up's help to play this magical light-game. In the dark, use your torch to make flowers bloom of the ceiling and fish swim across the walls!

The Game of Shapes. Hervé Tullet, $12.95

Highly interactive book with die-cuts throughout that are ideal for developing visual awareness, creativity, and imagination. Featuring thick board pages that are perfect for little hands to hold and turn. Encourages young ones to exercise fine motor skills in the context of humour and play. From the hand and mind of Hervé Tullet, author of Press Here. 

The Game of Shadows. Hervé Tullet, $12.95

With a grown-up’s help and a flashlight, embark on a magical night-time adventure, where mysterious shadows appear on the dark walls!

Let's Play! Hervé Tullet, $19.99

It's only a yellow dot... but what a dot it is! Readers won't be able to resist this jaunty, adventurous dot, nor its invitation to play along. Thus begins a spectacular ride of color, motion, shape, and imagination, filled with the artistry and delight that we know and love so well from Press Here and Mix It Up! But on this journey, prepare to leap headlong into a completely new dimension: emotion. Connecting not only to the mind but also to the heart, this dot expresses an extraordinary sense of humor, fear, joy, and more as it pushes, lurches, wiggles, and slides its way through-and even off the pages of this glorious companion to Press Here and Mix It Up!

PRESS HERE. Hervé Tullet, $21.99

This joyful and imaginative book is an absolute delight — for kids and adults alike!

Press Here: the Game.  Hervé Tullet, $27.99 (ages 3 to adult, 2 to 6 players)

The magic of the New York Times bestseller Press Here is now available in game form! Hervé Tullet has re-imagined his groundbreaking book in an entirely new dimension. Players take turns completing color sequences by placing red, blue, and yellow playing pieces on one of twenty-five fabulously designed game boards. What seems like a simple choice is likely to lead to animated discussion as players come to understand the visual logic at the heart of the game. With two levels of play to choose from-so that it's easy enough for a toddler to grasp, but also complex enough to challenge older siblings and adults, this engaging game delivers hours of entertainment for the whole family.

Mix It Up! Hervé Tullet, $21.99

Accept Hervé Tullet's irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist's simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader's imagination. Tullet prompts plenty of giggles in addition to a profound understanding of colors, and once again displays his unique genius and vision in a work that is a glorious and richly satisfying companion to Press Here.

Love Waves. Rosemary Wells, $10.00

Love waves are coming your way… flying through the air, around the corner, down the street — even from around the world!

It’s a Pain to be a Princess! Carmen Gil & Daniel Montero Galan, $19.95

Rhythmic verse and bright, fantastical illustrations tell the story of a princess with the courage to be herself, rather than what others expect her to be.

I’m Bored. Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, $19.99

Just when a little girl thinks she couldn’t possibly be more bored, she stumbles upon a potato who turns the tables on her by declaring that children are boring. But this girl isn’t going to let a vegetable tell her what’s what, so she sets out to show the unimpressed potato all the amazing things kids can do. Too bad the potato is anything but interested!

Stuck. Oliver Jeffers, $9.99

Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that got stuck, along with... a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orangutan and a whale, amongst other things! Will Floyd ever get his kite back?

In a Minute. Tony Bradman & Eileen Browne, $9.99

Jo is eager to get to the playground in the park with her friend Sita and Patch the dog. But Mum and Dad take so long she thinks they’ll never get there!

Little Canada. Matt Napier, $11.95 (boardbook)

Lots of fun with rhyming riddles that take young readers from coast to coast.

Tickle Time! Sandra Boynton, $8.95

If you're feeling blue and don't know what to do, there is nothing like tickle time to make you feel like new!

Up and Down. Oliver Jeffers, $19.99

"Once there were two friends, one of whom wanted to fly…".

Up and Down is an endearing story of what it means to stick by your friends.

Happy. Mies Van Hout, $20.50

Dive into this beautiful book and be swept along with some remarkable fish; from curious to sad; from shy to proud, and from angry to happy.

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing. Judi Barrett & Ron Barrett, $9.99

This classic story is full of the troubles that animals would get into if they wore clothing! Guaranteed to make parents and kids giggle.

The Vole Brothers. Rosalyn Schwartz, $16.95

From the creator of the Mole Sisters comes an irresistible take about the Vole Brothers, two tiny ravenous rodents, with HUGE appetites for life!

The Complete Adventures of the Mole Sisters: Ten Stories. Roslyn Schwartz, $19.95

"The irrepressible Mole Sisters turn any situation into pure fun. From their moonlit nights to their rainy days, rediscover the irresistible enthusiasm of this lovable pair in this complete collection of all ten Mole Sisters tales."

Alfie's Feet. Shirley Hughes, $12.95

Splish, splash, splosh! Alfie has new yellow boots that are perfect for walking through puddles and stomping in mud.

I’ll Be There. Ann Stott, illustrated Matt Phelan, $17.00

A warmhearted portrayal of a child taking those first, gentle steps toward independence.

My New Preschool. Moira Butterfield & Estelle Corke, $11.99

George feels shy on his first day of school but his friends soon help him to feel at home.

Jeremy Draws a Monster. Peter McCarty, $18.99

Jeremy draws a monster… but he doesn’t expect it to get hungry! Or bored! Jeremy’s  monster turns into a monster of a problem. Will it ever leave?

Stella, Fairy of the Forest. Marie-Louise Gay, $7.95

Stella and her little brother Sam venture across the meadow and into the forest, in search of fairies and adventure.

Every Little Thing. Cedella Marley, Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, $22.99

Bob Marley’s songs are known the world over for their powerful message of love, peace, and harmony. Now a whole new generation can discover one of his most joyous songs in this reassuring picture book adaptation written by his daughter Cedella and exuberantly illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. This upbeat story reminds children that the sun will always come out after the rain and mistakes are easily forgiven with a hug. This cheerful book will bring a smile to faces of all ages — because every little thing’s gonna be all right!

Kiki’s Blankie. Janie Bynum, $16.50

Kiki adores her blankie — she never goes anywhere without it. But when a wind blows her blankie away, Kiki must figure out how to get it back!

Me and You. Geneviève Côté, $16.95

Two very different friends explore what it would be like to be like each other … and discover that they are both just perfect the way they are!

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Virginia Lee Burton, $10.99

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has been read to generations of children. Delighted by the inseparable duo and their friendship, children continue to love this classic story of ingenuity and hard work.

I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! Linda Davick, $19.99

Our wonderful bodies — aren’t they amazing? Come celebrate all the things that make us who we are — from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes, to our tummies, our freckles, our dimples, our skin, and everything in between! With silly, rhyming text and bold, simple illustrations, this fun and frank approach to exploring body parts provides factual information that is just right for the young reader.

Hey, Daddy! Animal Fathers and Their Babies. Marg Batten, illustrated by Higgins Bond, $21.95

In this new natural science book for children, award-winning writer Mary Batten offers a fascinating and entertaining look at paternal behavior in the animal world.

The Busy Beaver. Nicholas Oldland, $8.95

This light-hearted contemporary tale highlights the importance of taking care with others and the world around us.

Up the Creek. Nicholas Oldland, $16.95

Bear, Moose and Beaver are the best of friends, though they often disagree. One day they decide to go canoeing and it’s one argument after another. That is, until they run into a series of rapids and have to work together in order to stay out of trouble!

Making the Moose Out of Life. Nicholas Oldland, $8.95

This is the story of a mild-mannered moose who learns how to take life by the antlers. This moose may live in the wild, but he doesn't act it — he watches from the sidelines as his friends have fun. Every now and then, he wonders if he's missing out on anything. When the moose finally takes a chance and goes on a solo sailing trip, a raging storm carries him far from everything he knows. Will he curl up in a ball and cry, or make the most of it?

Walk On the Wild Side. Nicholas Oldland, $16.95

There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who loved adventure. But sometimes their competitive natures got in the way of having fun!

Without You. Geneviève Côté, $16.95

After a falling out, two friends explore all the things they can do without each other … and discover that life is much sweeter when it’s shared with a friend.

When Stella Was Very, Very Small. Marie-Louise Gay, $18.95

Marie-Louise Gay has gone back in time to answer the questions often asked by the children who read and love her Stella books. Although she didn’t know what she would find when she started to explore Stella’s early years, Marie-Louise Gay soon realized that when Stella was very, very small, she saw the world in her own unique way — with wonder, curiosity and magic.

Homemade Love. bell hooks, illustrated by Shane Evans, $23.99

"Always loved, Girlpie is the sweet, sweet centre of her parents' heart."

This Little Light of Mine. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis, $24.50

E.B. Lewis has taken This Little Light of Mine, an African-American spiritual and illustrated it with warm, loving drawings of a young boy who lets his light shine for his neighbours, friends and family. The score is included so you can learn to play and sing and shine your light for everyone to see.

KATY and the Big Snow. Virginia Lee Burton, $9.99

Katy the snowplow loves to work so when a big blizzard blankets her little city, Katy comes to the rescue in this classic tale of determination and heart.

Lola Loves Stories. Anna McQuinn & Rosalind Beardshaw, $7.95

Lola and her Daddy love to go to the library together. Each night Lola reads a story and the next she acts it out. Lola becomes a fairy princess, a pilot, a farmer and a tiger!

Absolutely ONE Thing. Lauren Child, $24.00

Sometimes, as a treat, Mom takes Charlie and Lola to the store and says they may choose one thing. “One thing to share?” Lola asks. No, it’s one thing each, explains Charlie, or two actual things between two. Lola is nine minutes late getting ready, and on the way, there are ladybugs and birds to count and maybe a squillion leaves on a tree. At the store, Lola says she’ll choose three things, or possibly two. “How about no things?” asks Mom. With Lola hilariously bending everyday numbers to her will, the math goes down easy in this charming picture book loaded with visual appeal. Count on Absolutely One Thing for a singularly funny look at simple math as encountered by Charlie and Lola.

Olivia. Ian Falconer, $19.95

Olivia is a pig with attitude! Follow Olivia through her day, as she dresses up, dances, sings, paints on walls and takes a nap - sort of. Her exuberance is contagious. The illustrations are delightful and the story will leave everyone laughing. Also in board book format, $11.99.

Olivia Forms a Band. Ian Falconer, $19.95

Everyone's favorite piglet is back! There are going to be fireworks tonight, and Olivia can hardly wait to hear the band. But then she finds out that there isn't going to be a band. How can there be fireworks without a band?! So Olivia decides to put a band together herself...all by herself.

Olivia Saves the Circus. Ian Falconer, $24.50

Olivia remembers her trip to the circus very well…because all the performers were sick so she had to do everything herself!

Olivia…and the Missing Toy. Ian Falconer, $19.99

"One day, Olivia was riding a camel in Egypt…" So begins the latest adventure of that most wonderful, imaginative pig, Olivia.

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Ian Falconer, $19.99

Olivia likes to stand out, and she definitely marches to the beat of her own drum. So how will Olivia manage to be different from all her friends?

Olivia the Spy. Ian Falconer, $21.99

Olivia’s birthday is days away. Plans must be made. Who makes plans? Moms! Who simply must know the plans? Olivia, who is NOT above eavesdropping. But when she not-so-accidentally-but-kinda overhears her mom talking about her not-so-squeaky-clean-and-possibly-very-bad-behavior, Olivia’s imagination runs wild... because it sounds like not only will there be no birthday, but Mom might just be sending her to military school instead. What a BAD birthday that would be!

OLIVIA Goes to Venice. Ian Falconer, $19.99

Look where Olivia is headed now! Ciao, bella!!

See our Parenting 2-6 booklist for adult titles. For CDs and DVDs for children, please go to our Audio/Video Just for Kids list.

Daddy, Me, and the Magic Hour. Laura Kraus Melmed, illustrated by Sarita Rich, $25.99 (ages 3-6)

After getting home for the day and having dinner, a young boy is ready for some special time outside with his father. It's the Magic Hour, when the sun is going down and day meets night. As Daddy and son walk to the playground for some lively fun, they see their neighbors going through their evening rituals — watering plants, walking dogs, going for a run. As darkness sets in, Daddy and son quiet down and find fireflies, then make their way home to Mommy and bedtime.

Gentle art with a soft color palette perfectly complements the text and captures the in-between time of day. Dads and kids will love this sweet celebration of time spent together.

The Bagel King. Andrew Larsen, $18.99 (ages 3-7)

Every Sunday morning, no matter the weather, Eli could count on Zaida to bring bagels from Merv's Bakery. Eli loved the time they spent together enjoying their favorite treats. Eli thought bagels were the best thing about Sunday. But one Sunday, Zaida didn't come. He had fallen at Merv's and hurt his tuches, and the doctor said Zaida had to rest at home for two whole weeks!

Award-winning author Andrew Larsen's picture book story offers a gently humorous take on the special bond between a boy and his grandfather and the simple ritual that looms so large in their lives. It also highlights a terrific character education lesson about how a young child can take responsibility and, with a little initiative, help a family member in need.

Forever or a Day. Sarah Jacoby, $22.99

This gorgeous picture book is a conversation between parent and child across the course of a single day, a celebration of cherished moments with loved ones that is at once simple, profound, and truly beautiful.


Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: a Muslim Book of Shapes. Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini, $24.99 (ages 3-6)

From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes — and traditions — of the Muslim world. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets is equally at home in a classroom reading circle and on a parent's lap being read to a child.

I Really Want to See You, Grandma. Taro Gomi, $22.99

Yumi and her grandmother have the same great idea: They want to see each other. So they each head out to do just that, only to completely miss each other along the way! No problem — they'll just head back home and wait for the other to return. The trouble is that they have the same great idea — again — resulting in the ultimate missed connection! Will this duo ever find each other? An action-packed story that sweetly, and humorously, celebrates the powerful grandparent-child bond.

Zoom. Istvan Banyai, $9.99

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

Little Brothers & Little Sisters. Monica Arnaldo, $18.95

Little sisters and little brothers all long for the same few things when it comes to their older siblings: a turn to play, a place on the team, a chance to shine. This book starts with four pairs of siblings in and around an apartment complex, each expressing through play and daily life the many gripes and pitfalls of younger siblings.

Subtly, the narrative shifts to reflect the good things that come with having an older sibling: a helping hand, a partner in crime, a friend for life. The book ends on a high note — when it comes to brothers and sisters, the good outweighs the bad, and both big and little siblings have a special place in each others’ hearts. Minimal text paired with impressionistic, full-spread illustrations creates weight and emotion in this lovely book that will help kids feel understood in all the pains and joys of siblinghood.

I Like Me

I Am Enough. Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah Bobo, $23.99

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

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

BLUE RIDER. Geraldo Valério, $19.95

On a gray and crowded city sidewalk, a child discovers a book. That evening, the child begins to read and is immediately carried beyond the repetitive sameness of an urban skyscape into an untamed natural landscape. The child experiences a moment of true joy, and as if in response to that single blissful moment, people seem to come alive in all the other rooms of the apartment block. Thanks to the power of one book, an entire society is transformed.

They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki, $19.95

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

The Rabbit Listened. Cori Doerrfeld, $23.99

When something terrible happens, Taylor doesn't know where to turn. All the animals are sure they have the answer. The chicken wants to talk it out, but Taylor doesn't feel like chatting. The bear thinks Taylor should get angry, but that's not quite right either. One by one, the animals try to tell Taylor how to process this loss, and one by one they fail. Then the rabbit arrives. All the rabbit does is listen, which is just what Taylor needs.

Whether read in the wake of tragedy or as a primer for comforting others, this is a deeply moving and unforgettable story sure to soothe heartache of all sizes.

Harry and Walter. Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Qin Leng, $12.95

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

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

Sugar and Snails. Sarah Tsiang & Sonja Wimmer, $21.95

Who says that little girls are made of “sugar and spice and everything nice”? Or that boys are made of “frogs and snails and puppy dog tails”? What if girls were made of “boats and snails and dinosaur tails”? And little boys of “flowers and swings and bumblebee wings”?

When the traditional rhyme just doesn’t seem to fit the boy and girl visiting their grandpa, he comes up with a list of unusual alternatives. Soon the children are coming up with their own versions that challenge the old stereotypes with a whimsical list of ingredients. To add to the new quirky version are lively illustrations that beautifully capture the children’s imaginative flights of fancy.

I Spy ABC: Totally Crazy Letters! Manuela Ancutici, $14.95

I Spy 123: Totally Crazy Numbers! Manuela Ancutici, $14.95

These colorful search books are hiding a cornucopia of toys, sweets, foods, wooden beads, natural items and much more, all hidden within a letter or a number. Searching while learning the alphabet, colors, numbers and counting, vocabulary, memory and attention is a fun experience of surprise and achievement.

On each page are short rhyming verses setting the reader's task to find specific items and providing hints of where those might be found. But of course, there are hundreds more items which are not hinted at, so the challenge and fun are endless. The answers to the rhymes are at the back of the book. This is a great book for sharing, alone time and bedtime.

Sonya's Chickens. Phoebe Wahl, $10.99

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

Numbers. Katie Wilson, $12.99

Count from one to ten as you lift the flaps to explore the ocean and discover fun sea animal facts along the way. Little ones adore reading and interacting with this experiential book made just for them.

Seasons. Katie Wilson, $12.99

Explore the seasons and some of the unique features each one has to offer. Little hands will love turning the interactive wheel to learn more about spring, summer, fall, and winter in this charming early learning guide. Applying the tactile features of Montessori teaching, this innovative board book is a unique addition to an early learning collection.

The Boy Who Lost His Bumble. Trudi Esberger, $9.99

The boy in this debut picture book is fascinated by the bees in his garden, and is puzzled and saddened when they disappear one rainy day. What can have caused them to leave, and is there anything he can do to get his bumble back? Nothing he tries is successful, but things start to look a little brighter with the arrival of Spring. A gentle, quirky introduction to the cycles of nature, with an important and highly topical message about the value of bees to our world.

Hey Black Child. Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier, $23.49

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

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

A Bear Hug at Bedtime. Jana Novotny Hunter, illustrated by Kay Widdowson, $9.99

This is a delightful picture book with appealing illustrations and a gentle story about the power of the imagination and the fun of play. Featuring a highly inclusive cast of characters, including an extended, mixed race family and a protagonist who uses a hearing aid.

Middle Bear. Susanna Isern, illustrated by Manon Gauthier, $18.99

He was the second of three brothers. “He was not big, but he was not small, either. Neither strong nor weak, neither tall nor short, neither a lot nor a little... He was the middle one.” Everything about life with his brothers was middle-sized. And when you're always in the middle, sometimes it's hard to feel special. But then, one day the cubs' parents fell ill, and their mother asked them to fetch some medicinal bark from a willow tree on the top of a mountain. When it turned out that this very important task could only be done by a cub of his middle size, he finally realized how special it was to be the middle one.

Love the World. Todd Parr, $23.49

A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity.

Picture the Sky. Barbara Reid, $19.99

There is more than one way to picture the sky. The sky tells many stories: in the clouds, in the stars, in the imagination. In lyrical text and brilliantly coloured illustrations, renowned artist Barbara Reid brings her unique vision to the sky above us and around us, in all its moods. Picture the sky. How do you feel?

Federica. Scot Ritchie, $16.95

Federica’s busy family can’t keep their house clean! To get away from the buzzy, buggy mess, she escapes to the peaceful park where she can spend time with her animal friends…which gives her an idea. She brings home sheep and goats, spiders and dragonflies, a toad, an owl, and some raccoons. Then she takes her family to the park for a picnic, and while they’re gone, the animals chomp the overgrown grass in the backyard, eat the garbage and catch the pesky bugs overrunning the house. After a peaceful afternoon at the park, Federica’s family comes home to a clean house — and raccoons doing the dishes!

The Tiny Tale of Little Pea. Davide Cali & Sébastien Mourrain, $18.99

When he was born, Little Pea was tiny. Teeny-tiny. His clothes were hand sewn by his mother and his shoes were hand-me-down doll shoes. As he grew older, Little Pea enjoyed climbing tomato plants, driving around in his wind-up car and riding on the backs of grasshoppers. But then Little Pea started school. And he suddenly realized just how small he was. Too small for his chair. Too small to play the flute. Too small for gym class. What would become of wee Little Pea?

Baking with Dad. Aurora Cacciapuoti, $9.99

When dad decides it's baking day, be prepared for creative chaos! From choosing the recipe and sorting the ingredients, to storing the mix and baking in the oven, each moment is full of surprises! Follow this comical, culinary adventure to discover what they are baking and who will be there to eat it!

Up and Up. Shirley Hughes, $14.99

Follow the adventures of a little girl whose dream of flying comes true in this stunning story by Shirley Hughes. The illustrations are packed with detail and wordless pages encourage children to engage with the story in a different way.

You're Here for a Reason. Nancy Tillman, $20.50

You're Here for a Reason, from national-bestselling and beloved author Nancy Tillman, takes a universal truth and makes it accessible for readers young and old. Not only are we loved, but we also matter. In this tender and timeless read-along book, Tillman reminds us of this message in beautiful illustrations as children and animals interact with acts of kindness.

I Am Canada: a Celebration. Heather Atkinson, $19.99

I Am Canada: A Celebration is a beautiful picture book featuring artwork by Canada’s finest illustrators — a true-north tribute to our nation and its children, from coast to coast to coast!

Simple text describes the ample space available to our children in this country, and the freedom they have to grow and dream and share. With artwork from 13 of Canada’s finest illustrators, each page is a celebration and a reminder of the infinite variety of our home and native land.

Many Moons. Rémi Courgeon, $21.95

Many Moons explores the different phases of the moon, from the new moon to a waning crescent, through beautiful, bright illustrations. Each spread features a specific phase of the moon, and compares it to different shapes, such as a cat's tail, a banana, and a brilliant smile. Many Moons introduces young children to basic astronomy, and is sure to instill a sense of curiosity about the world and the universe.

Little Blue Chair. Cary Fagan, illustrated by Madeline Kloepper, $22.99

Boo’s favorite chair is little and blue. He sits in it, reads in it and makes a tent around it... until the day he grows too big for it. His mother puts the little blue chair out on the lawn where a truck driver picks it up. The truck driver sells it to a lady in a junk store where it sits for many years until it’s sold and put to use as a plant stand. In the years that follow, the little blue chair is used in many other ways — on an elephant ride, in a contest, on a Ferris wheel, in a tree... until the day it flies away, borne aloft by balloons, and lands in a garden of daffodils where a familiar face finds it.

Triangle. Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, $22.00

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

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

Blackflies. Robert Munsch, Illustrations by Jay Odjick, $7.99

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

Good Morning Grumple. Victoria Allenby, illstrated by Manon Gauthier, $15.95

Not every child greets the new day with enthusiasm. Those who don’t are called Grumples, and they must be dealt with carefully. Sing very softly, tickle one pinky toe, kiss the scrunched-up forehead. And then a big hug and a singing rhyme to see in the day. Even Grumples cannot resist.

Today I Feel... an Alphabet of Feelings. Madalena Moniz, $17.95

Today I Feel... follows a child through a whole range of emotions, from adored to curious to strong. Not all of the emotions are positive and not all of them are simple, but they are all honest and worthy of discussion with a young child.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be. Emily Winfield Martin, $21.00

With beautiful, and sometimes humorous, illustrations, and a clever gatefold with kids in costumes, this is a book grown-ups will love reading over and over to kids — both young and old. A great gift for any occasion, but a special stand-out for baby showers, birthdays, and graduation. The Wonderful Things You Will Be has a loving and truthful message that will endure for lifetimes.

Our Very Own Dog. Amanda McCardie, illustrated by Salvatore Rubbino, $22.00

If you have a new dog companion — or want to adopt one — here’s a story full of facts that tells you everything you need to know.

There’s nothing more exciting than getting a dog! Join Sophie’s new human family as they prepare their home for her and introduce her to life as a beloved pet. Follow along as they learn about bedding and bowls, treats and training, walks and washing — and even an unexpected dog show! Factual notes run alongside the simple story, offering tips that will help turn tentative dog adopters into doting experts.

Best In Snow. April Pulley Sayre, $23.99

With gorgeous photo illustrations, award-winning author April Pulley Sayre sheds sparkly new light on the wonders of snow. From the beauty of snow blanketing the forest and falling on animals’ fur and feathers to the fascinating winter water cycle, this nonfiction picture book celebrates snowfall and the amazing science behind it.

Max and the Tag-along Moon. Floyd Cooper, $9.99

Max loves his grandpa. When they must say good-bye after a visit, Grandpa promises Max that the moon at Grandpa’s house is the same moon that will follow him all the way home. On that swervy-curvy car ride back to his house, Max watches as the moon tags along. But when the sky darkens and the moon disappears behind clouds, he worries that it didn’t follow him home after all. Where did the moon go — and what about Grandpa’s promise?

Raindrops Roll. April Pulley Sayre, $21.99

Raindrops drop. They plop. They patter. They spatter. And in the process, they make the whole world feel fresh and new and clean. In this gorgeously photo-illustrated nonfiction picture book, celebrated author April Pulley Sayre sheds new light on the wonders of rain, from the beauty of a raindrop balanced on a leaf to the amazing, never-ending water cycle that keeps our planet in perfect ecological balance.

School's First Day of School. Adam Rex, illustrated by Christian Robinson, $24.99

It's the first day of school at Frederick Douglass Elementary and everyone's just a little bit nervous, especially the school itself. What will the children do once they come? Will they like the school? Will they be nice to him? The school has a rough start, but as the day goes on, he soon recovers when he sees that he's not the only one going through first-day jitters.

ABC DREAM. Kim Krans, $21.99

This stunning and innovative alphabet picture book will dazzle little ones and engage the adults who share it with them! Each page is dedicated to a letter, and clever alliterations are packed into each ink-and-watercolor spread.

123 DREAM. Kim Krans, $21.99

In this companion to ABC Dream, Kim Krans elevates the simple activity of counting with pen-and-ink drawings of unusual animals and scenes of natural beauty. Delicate watercolor accents, an infusion of all-embracing spirituality, and an engrossing search-and-find element make this enchanting book a collectible for all ages.

Look Up! Jung Jin-Ho, $26.50

A girl in a wheelchair looks down from her balcony and calls to passersby below: "Look up!"

Dog walkers, a bike rider, a kite flier and dozens of commuters walk by without taking any notice. Then a boy stops and looks up. He lies on the sidewalk so the girl can see him better. A woman joins him. Soon nine people and one dog are lying down and looking up. The girl looks up at the reader and smiles.

King Baby. Kate Beaton, $22.99

All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can't quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.

A modern, funny, and (let's be honest) realistic take on life with a new baby, and the perfect gift for anyone with an adorable little ruler in their life.

Lucy & Company. Marianne Dubuc, $17.95

This compilation of three, short, cozy stories features a little girl named Lucy and her four animal friends: Marcel the mouse, Henry the rabbit, Dot the turtle and Adrian the snail. (Anton the bear also makes two surprise appearances!)

A Little Stuck. Oliver Jeffers, $12.99

In this specially adapted board book edition of Oliver Jeffers’ laugh-out-loud classic, Stuck, Floyd gets his kite stuck up a tree. He throws up his shoe to shift it, but that gets stuck too. So he throws up his other shoe and that gets stuck, along with... a ladder, a pot of paint, the kitchen sink, an orang-utan and a whale, amongst other things! Will Floyd ever get his kite back?

Chocolate Me! Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane Evans, $8.99

A boy is teased for looking different than the other kids. His skin is darker, his hair curlier. He tells his mother he wishes he could be more like everyone else. And she helps him to see how beautiful he really, truly is.

Are You a Boy or a Girl? Karleen Pendelton Jiménez, $11.95

Kids spend a lot of time debating with each other over what makes a boy a boy and a girl a girl. It's a time of choices. It's a time of creating themselves. It could be a time for blending and embracing the many ways they express themselves, but it is too often a time of narrowing the possibilities of who they can be. Are You a Boy or a Girl? enters into this conversation and opens it up. It is the story of a child thinking through who she is, a child learning through her mother's love how to be both strong and soft.

The Hue In You. Sarah Kraftchuk, illustrated by Sari Richter, $18.95

The Hue In You is a story about a star in the universe who feels alone in the dark. Hue takes us on a journey to explore the radiant beauty all around. Soon Hue realizes that the light he admires so much is also within himself.

Everyone. Christopher Silas Neal, $21.00

Everyone has feelings. Everyone laughs, cries, feels happy, feels sad.

Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Being Different Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $21.00 (ages 2-5)

Join Nellie, Gus, baby Jake, and their parents at Funland as they go on rides, watch performers, and play games along with many other children and grown-ups. As they enjoy their excursion, they — and young readers — notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways too. Accessible, humorous, family-filled illustrations; conversations between Gus and Nellie; and straightforward text come together to help children realize why it’s important to treat others the way they want to be treated and the way you want to be treated — whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time.

One Day on Our Blue Planet in the Antarctic. Ella Bailey, $23.95

From breakfast to dinner, dusk to dawn, children will love spending the day with this curious penguin chick.

One Day on Our Blue Planet in the Savannah. Ella Bailey, $24.95

Minding his mother and playing with his father, this little lion can’t help chasing trouble and fun as he explores the little corner of that big blue planet he shares with us.

A Beetle is Shy. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $23.99

From flea beetles to bombardier beetles, an incredible variety of these beloved bugs are showcased here in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this carefully researched and visually striking book is perfect for sparking children's imaginations in both classroom reading circles and home libraries.

A Rock is Lively. Dianna Hutts Aston, Sylvia Long, $10.99

A gorgeous and informative introduction to the fascinating world of rocks. From dazzling blue lapis lazuli to volcanic snowflake obsidian, an incredible variety of rocks are showcased in all their splendor. Poetic in voice and elegant in design, this book introduces an array of facts, making it equally perfect for classroom sharing and family reading.

How to Mend a Heart. Sara Gillingham, $21.99

A charming arts-and-crafts approach to dealing with first moments of heartbreak. Be it caused by a lost pet, a friend’s moving away, or even simple childhood injustice, Sara Gillingham (How to Grow a Friend) understands the gentle touch needed to soothe a sore heart. Her fresh and whimsical design makes an enticing vehicle for her advice.

Families. Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly, $11.95

Celebrate diversity with a picture book for very young children about the many faces of contemporary families. Big or small, similar or different-looking, there are all kinds of families. Some have one parent, some have two, and many include extended family. This inclusive look at many varieties of families will help young readers see beyond their own immediate experiences and begin to understand others.

Chu's Day. Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Adam Rex, $21.99

Chu is a little panda with a big sneeze. When Chu sneezes, bad things happen. But as Chu and his parents visit the library, the diner, and the circus, will anyone hear Chu when he starts to feel a familiar tickle in his nose? Chu's Day is a story that reflects upon how young children aren't always listened to… sometimes to calamitous effect.

What the Ladybird Heard. Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks, $9.95

With all the MOOing and HISSing and BAAAing and CLUCKing, the farmyard is full of noise. But when Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len hatch a plot to steal the fine prize cow, it's the quietest animal of all who saves the day!

Beautiful Hands. Kathryn Otoshi & Bret Baumgarten, $26.50

This colorful concept book reveals an illustrative surprise and reading delight with every turn of the page. Children will revel in the spectacular art created using thumb- and hand-prints. The book's uplifting message will rouse and motivate, leaving no heart untouched.

ZOG. Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, $9.99

What do dragons learn at Madam Dragon's school? Zog is the most eager student in the class, but he's also the most accident prone. With each test (and each bump, bruise, or scrape), his dream of earning a gold star seems further away than ever. But a mysterious girl keeps coming to his rescue. And when Zog faces his toughest test yet, she may be just the person to help Zog win classroom glory!

Zog and the Flying Doctors. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, $22.99

Who's that calling for help? A sunburned mermaid? A sneezy lion? A unicorn in distress? Quick! Send for the Flying Doctors! They'll swoop to the rescue on Zog, their trusty dragon-ambulance. But when the king himself falls ill, can even the Flying Doctors save him?

Tabby McTat. Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, $9.99

Tabby McTat loves his life on the streets with his owner, Fred, singing (and caterwauling) for coins that people throw in Fred’s hat. But one day, Fred is in an accident, and the two are separated! Will Tabby and Fred find their way back to each other?

Tiddler the Story Telling Fish. Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, $9.99

Tiddler is late to school every day, and he always has an elaborate excuse for his teacher. One day, as Tiddler is thinking up his next story, a net sweeps him up and hauls him far away from his school. How will Tiddler find his way home? All he has to do is follow the trail of his biggest, fishiest story yet!

The Gruffalo. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, $11.95

Who is the fiercest creature in the woods? The fox, the owl, the snake? Or is it the mysterious Gruffalo?

No!! I can’t tell you who it is, but I’ll give you a hint: he’s teeny tiny, and his name rhymes with ‘house’!

The Gruffalo's Child. Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, $12.99

"The Gruffalo said that no gruffalo should ever set foot in the deep dark wood."

But one wild and windy night the Gruffalo's child disobeys her father's warnings and ventures out into the snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse doesn't really exist... does he?

The Princess and the Wizard. Julia Donaldson & Lydia Monks, $12.99

"The princess may try seven times to escape, By changing her colour and changing her shape."

But each time Princess Eliza changes — into a blue fish, a yellow chick, a red fox or a black cat — the wicked wizard finds her and sets her another horrible task. Will this plucky princess be able to outwit him and escape back to the palace in time to cut her birthday cake?

SNAP!  Hazel Hutchins, illustrated by Dušan Petričić, $12.95

What could be more perfect than a brand new set of crayons? Evan can’t wait to use them, until Snap!, the brown one breaks in two. Then one by one, the others break, get crushed, are blown away, or simply disappear. How can he possibly draw when there’s no green, purple, or even black?

Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site. Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, $23.99

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest — so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. Sherri Duskey Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, $23.99

All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there's nothing they can't do! The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in for a mighty good time!

I Can't Wait! Amy Schwartz, $22.99

Don’t wait to read this picture book about three friends who are each waiting for something worthwhile — and practicing patience while they’re at it! William was waiting on his front porch. 

Annie was waiting in her backyard. And, in his house on the corner, Thomas was waiting, too. But what are they each waiting for? When will it arrive? These three stories of three eagerly waiting friends come together in the end, where everything — especially friends and family — is worth the wait.

Say it! Charlotte Zolotow, $21.00

When a little girl and her mother take a lovely autumn walk together, Mom’s small observations — and gentle humor — convey a big, special sentiment.

All Year Round. Emilie Leduc, $16.95

From January through December, experience a world of color, wonder and silliness. March is for celebrating a birthday, July is for swimming upside down, September is for crunchy piles of leaves and December is for a kingdom all in white. Experience a whole year to play and celebrate!

When Sophie’s Feelings Are Really, Really, Hurt. Molly Bang, $21.99

Sophie is hurt when the other children laugh at her and tell her she's wrong. Sophie's face gets hot, and tears begin to flow. Then she questions herself and the value of the choices she's made. At issue is Sophie's colorful, expressive painting of her favorite tree. Sophie loves it, but her picture is different from the paintings done by the other students. "The sky isn't orange! Trees aren't blue! Your picture is wrong!" they tell her.

In addition to the book's subtle art lesson (imagine the skies of Vincent van Gogh, for example), readers have the opportunity to compare and contrast all the paintings done in Sophie's class. In the end, the students learn there are many different ways to interpret the world - and each other. Here is a simple story that tackles the common issue of hurt feelings as it gently helps us to be more kind.

Happy in Our Skin. Fran Manushkin, $19.00

Just savor these bouquets of babies — cocoa-brown, cinnamon, peaches and cream. As they grow, their clever skin does too, enjoying hugs and tickles, protecting them inside and out, and making them one of a kind. Fran Manushkin’s rollicking text and Lauren Tobia’s delicious illustrations paint a breezy and irresistible picture of the human family — and how wonderful it is to be just who you are.

Waiting. Kevin Henkes, $21.99

Five friends sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?

Waiting is a big part of childhood — waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen — but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes's extraordinary career.

Oi Frog! Kes Gray & Jim Field, $10.99

Cats sit on mats, hares sit on chairs, mules sit on stools and gofers sit on sofas, but Frog does not want to sit on a log! Jam-packed with animals and silliness, this original rhyming story will have young children in fits of laughter.

Imaginary Fred. Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers, $23.99

Did you know that sometimes, with a little electricity, or luck, or even magic, an imaginary friend might appear when you need one? An imaginary friend like Fred. Fred floated like a feather in the wind until Sam, a lonely little boy, wished for him and, together, they found a friendship like no other.

Garbage Delight. Dennis Lee, illustrations by Sandy Nichols, $12.99

A delightful serving of classic poetry — just right for pint-sized fans!

My First Book of Hindi Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Hindi Language and Indian Culture. Liana Romolo & Jaime Laurel, $15.95

My First Book of Japanese Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Japanese Language and Indian Culture. Michelle Haney Brown & Aya Padrón, $14.95

My First Book of Korean Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Korean Language and Indian Culture. Henry Amen IV & Aya Padrón, $14.95

My First Book of Tagalog Words: Filipino Rhymes and Verses. Rina Singh & Farida Zaman, $17.95

By learning a few words in another language, young children can appreciate the culture and beauty of  cultures different from their own. Bold and bright illustrations accompany these fun rhyming ABC books, and a helpful glossary at the end of each book makes it easy for readers — including parents and teachers — to review what they've learned!

Friendshape: an Uplifting Celebration of Friendship. Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, $20.99

Friends shape who we are. They make us laugh. They fill us with fun. They stand by us during life's up and downs. And even when we disagree with our friends, if they're tried-and-true, they don't stay bent out of shape for long. That's the beauty of a good buddy. This joyous book rejoices in the simple beauties of friendship, and reminds readers of all ages that it's good to have a group of pals.

If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, DON'T!. Elise Parsley, $19.00

Your teacher does NOT want you to bring an alligator to school. And you don't want to, either. TRUST ME.

The Book with No Pictures. B.J. Novak, $23.99

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

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

Up and Down. Oliver Jeffers, $9.99

Once there were two very good friends — one of whom wanted to fly...

Friends at School. Rochelle Bunnett, photos by Matt Brown, $9.95

This photo essay shows mixed-ability preschoolers busily working and playing at school, illustrating the true meaning of 'inclusion.'

Stop Kissing Me, Mommy! Nadine Chevolleau, illustrated by Georgia Stylou, $8.99

When Bryce was a little baby his mommy loved to kiss him. She kissed his forehead, his cheeks, his lips and his nose. She even kissed his fingers and toes. It was a lot of kisses. And he liked it — most of the time. When Bryce decides to tell his mommy to STOP kissing him, the story takes a surprising turn when Bryce finally gets his wish. But then something very strange happens...

Mama Built a Little Nest. Jennifer Ward, illustrated by Steve Jenkins. $19.99

There are so many different kinds of birds — and those birds build so many different kinds of nests to keep their babies cozy. With playful, bouncy rhyme, Jennifer Ward explores nests large and small, silky and cottony, muddy and twiggy — and all the birds that call them home!

The Party. Barbara Reid, $8.99

Everybody loves a party — and this big family party is even more fun than most!!

Hug Machine. Scott Campbell, $22.99

Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale. 

A Day in Canada. Per-Henrik Gürth, $16.95

This sweet picture book takes readers on a sunrise-to-sunset tour across Canada, showcasing all kinds of fun adventures to be had from coast to coast to coast. Each colorful spread shows a different time of day and location with a corresponding activity. Using vibrant, bold colors, the artwork features a variety of lovable Canadian animal characters — familiar from Gürth's other titles — this book is an appealing, heartfelt celebration of all that is beautiful and special in Canada.

Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg, $22.95

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

My Book of Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg, $22.95

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

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

A Little Bit of Oomph! Barney Saltzberg, $20.95

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

Melvis and Elvis. Dennis Lee, Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard, $19.99

Melvis the monster And Elvis the elf Were hunting for books On the library shelf…

Dennis Lee is back with a lively new collection. From noisy daytime chants to soothing bedtime verses, this irresistible medley of story poems, schoolyard rhymes, and pure nonsense is vividly captured in whimsical and energetic art by celebrated illustrator Jeremy Tankard.

My Village: Rhymes from Around the World. Danielle Wright & Mique Moriuchi, $19.99

In a new edition of this special book, 22 nursery rhymes from Iran to Iceland and Samoa to Switzerland have been carefully chosen and beautifully illustrated by Mique Moriuchi. A celebration of cultural diversity, each poem appears in its original language (19 languages are included) next to an English translation so young children can delight in quirky, touching and funny verses from all over the world. 

Grandma Comes to Stay. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $10.99

In this book set in Ghana, Stephanie is getting everything ready because Grandma is coming to stay. Grandma shows Stephanie how to wear traditional dress, reads her favourite book, and takes her to see real-life dancers at a festival. In return, Stephanie shows Grandma how to kick a ball, ride a bike and play the drum.

Deron Goes to Nursery School. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $10.99

Deron and his mum get ready for his first day at a Ghanaian nursery school described and shown in photographs.

Look at This! CLOTHES. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $21.95

Hats, shorts, long skirt and top, wrapper … all kinds of things to wear, photographed in this vibrant mix of Western and traditional African clothing.

Look at This! FOOD. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $21.95

So many delicious things to eat! Mango, rice, plantain, okra!

Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend. Ruth Ohi, $14.99

Fox and Squirrel are the best of friends. But when Yellow Bird comes along, he and Squirrel frolic high up in the treetops where Fox can't reach. Fox feels like Squirrel doesn't need him anymore. Can Squirrel help Fox see that there's room in their friendship for another?

Ruth Ohi delivers another irresistible story about the adventures of two lovable friends, told through the same spare text and expressive watercolour illustrations as Fox and Squirrel. The simple text and joyful art together deliver a heart warming tale with a subtle but profound message about the strengths of friendship, loyalty, and acceptance.

Crankenstein. Samantha Berger, illustrated Dan Santat, $9.99

Beware of Crankenstein — a cranky kid who's a real grumpy monster!

Gaston. Kelly DiPucchio & Christian Robinson, $19.99

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

Bring On the Birds. Susan Stockdale, $8.95

Can you imagine dancing birds? Diving birds? Hiding birds? Or birds that drum, drill, or run?

Big Bear Hug. Nicholas Oldland, $8.95

There once was a bear filled with so much love and happiness that whenever he came across another living thing, he would give it a hug. The bear spent his days wandering the forest meeting (and hugging) friends — including his favourite trees — with big bear hugs. Then one day the bear crossed paths with a man wielding a tree-cutting axe — and suddenly the bear didn't feel much like hugging...

Scaredy Kate. Jacob Grant, $8.99

Kate has a problem. She’s terrified of her aunt’s big bulldog, Cookie. One day, after fleeing the apartment to escape Cookie, Kate takes the strangest elevator ride ever — complete with a mysterious package and floor after floor of real-life monsters! On the top floor, all the monsters exit the elevator for an unexpected treat. But they’re missing one special ingredient… guess who has it? Kate has just the thing to top off the monster’s favorite snack. It takes all of her courage, but she manages to share with the monsters, and finds that they aren’t so scary after all! Kate makes some new friends, and she discovers the perfect way to tame her own personal beast.

Hugs. Robert Munsch, $9.99

Thea and Tate need a hug. But not just any hug will do...

NO, NO, NO! Marie-Isabelle Callier, illustrated by Annick Masson, $11.95

Jeanne loves to say "No!" Whenever her mom asks her to do anything — such as pick up her toys, turn off the TV, or get ready for dinner — Jeanne answers, "no, no, NO!" A charming portrayal of childhood defiance, that stresses the normalcy of this developmental stage and encourages patience, humor, and understanding in both the child and the parent.

I Can Do It Myself! Diane Adams, illustrated by Nancy Hayashi, $8.95

Emily Pearl can do lots of things by herself. But sometimes even resourceful little girls need help.

I Can’t Do Anything! Thierry Robberecht, Illustrated by Annick Masson, $10.95

A story about manners, family rules, and what to do when you feel like acting like a monkey!

It’s a Tiger! David LaRochelle, illustrated by Jeremy Tankard, $19.99

Have you seen a tiger around here?

I Love You, Nose! I Love You, Toes! Linda Davick, $19.99

Our wonderful bodies — aren’t they amazing? Come celebrate all the things that make us who we are — from the tops of our heads to the tips of our toes, to our tummies, our freckles, our dimples, our skin, and everything in between! With silly, rhyming text and bold, simple illustrations, this fun and frank approach to exploring body parts provides factual information that is just right for the young reader.

Noisy Poems for a Busy Day. Robert Heidbreder & Lori Joy Smith, $18.95

From sun up to sun down, this lively and lyrical collection of playful poems captures the big and small adventures of a child’s day.

Wait and See. Tony Bradman & Eileen Browne, $10.50

It’s Saturday and Jo has some money to spend, so she and her mum go shopping. But what should she spend her money on? Wait and see!

How to Catch a Star. Oliver Jeffers, $9.99

There once was a boy who loved stars so much that he wished he had one of his very own. Every night he watched the stars in the sky from his bedroom window and dreamed of how he could be their friend and how they could play hide-and-go-seek together. So, one day, he decided to set about catching a star for himself.

The Way Back Home.  Oliver Jeffers $10.99

One day a boy finds an aeroplane in his cupboard. Up, up, up and away he flies, high into the sky. He whizzes past clouds and stars until suddenly, phut, phut phut, the plane runs out of petrol. Miles from earth, the boy crash lands on the moon. Just as he is beginning to get cold and lonely, a Martian appears from the darkness — could this be the start of an unlikely friendship? And will the boy ever manage to get home again?

No More Pacifier for Piggy! Bernette Ford & Sam Williams, $7.95

A sweet and playful story about giving up a pacifier.

Five Minutes' Peace. Jill Murphy, $7.99

Mom wants just a few minutes' peace from her energetic children — but they have very different ideas!

Birthday Suit. Olive Senior, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, $8.95

Johnny loves to splash and crash in the ocean waves — naked. Then one day Mom says he's too old to run around without clothes on. What will it take to get Johnny to start wearing clothes?

Picture a Tree. Barbara Reid, $19.99

A tree can be so many things...

Victoria’s Day. Maria de Fatima Campos, $11.99

Four-year-old Victoria is going to school, playing with friends, dancing at ballet class, helping Mummy with dinner and reading a story … This is a day in the life of Victoria, a young girl with Down syndrome.

Thomas' Snowsuit. Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $6.95 (Boardbook)

Thomas refuses to wear his snowsuit — no matter what!

Being the Best of Me Series, Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 each (ages 4-8)

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

Be Positive!

Bounce Back! A Book about Resilience.

Feel Confident!

Forgive and Let Go! A Book about Forgiveness.

Have Courage! A Book about Being Brave.

Stand Tall! A Book about Integrity.

Chicken, Pig, Cow's First Fight. Ruth Ohi, $6.95

Chicken, Pig and Cow were best friends. They had never had a fight. Then one day Pig is in a bad mood and the best of friends have a big, bad fight. Can everyone still be friends?

Chicken, Pig, Cow  Horse Around. Ruth Ohi, $6.95

Chicken, Pig and Cow do everything together — just the three of them. So not everyone is happy when one day Horse arrives, until they realize that the more friends they have, the more fun the can have.

Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem.  Ruth Ohi, $6.95 (ages 4-6)

Who ever heard of a purple cow? Fed up with being different, Cow sets of to change how she looks.

My Mother’s Sari. Sandhya Rao, illustrated by Nina Sabnani, $9.50

A young child’s connection to her mother is observed through the colors and textures of her mother’s saris.

Wemberly Worried. Kevin Henkes, $7.99

Wemberly worried about spilling her juice, about shrinking in the bathtub, even about snakes in the radiator. She worried morning, noon and night. Most of all she worried about her first day of school.

Ella’s Umbrellas. Jennifer Lloyd, illustrated by Ashley Spires, $18.95

Ella loves umbrellas, but she has too many! Does her mom really expect her to give them away?

Up and Down. Oliver Jeffers, $19.99

"Once there were two friends, one of whom wanted to fly …".

Up and Down is an endearing story of what it means to stick by your friends.

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