Pre-School

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.


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, $18.00

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, $19.00

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.


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?


This Is Not a Book. Jean Jullien, $12.95

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.


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 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, $19.00

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, $9.99

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!


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, $29.99 (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!


Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes. Eric Litwin & James Dean, $18.99

Pete the Cat goes walking down the street wearing his brand-new white shoes. Along the way, his shoes change from white to red to blue to brown to WET as he steps in piles of strawberries, blueberries, and other big messes! But no matter what color his shoes are, Pete keeps movin' and groovin' and singing his song . . . because it's all good.


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!


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.


First the Egg. Laura Vaccaro Seeger, $16.95

Which came first — the chicken or the egg? 

Acclaimed children’s author and illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger gives an entirely fresh and memorable presentation to the concepts of transformation and creativity.  Seed becomes flower, paint becomes picture, word becomes story — and the commonplace becomes extraordinary as children look through and turn the pages of this novel and beautifully illustrated book.


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.


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!


ARCTIC A to Z. Wayne Lynch, $7.95

Each page of this beautiful book tells the story of a different plant, animal or natural wonder found in the arctic — one for each letter of the alphabet.


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.


Augustine. Mélanie Watt, $7.95

Moving from the South Pole to the North Pole isn’t easy for the young penguin Augustine. She misses her friends, her grandma and grandpa and her old bedroom. But with the help of a few colored pencils and some inspiration from Picasso, this shy, artistic young penguin discovers a way to break the ice with her classmates and feel at home on the other end of the world.

Augustine’s “penguinized” versions of van Gogh, Munch, Picasso and others are a delightful way to introduce children to art. A clever, charming story told from a penguin’s eye view, in a language everyone understands.


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.


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.


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!


Cinnamon Baby. Nicola Winstanley & Janice Nadeau, $18.95

A deliciously told, enchantingly illustrated fable that celebrates the special bond between mother and child and the power of the senses — even from our earliest days.


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.


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.


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.


My Two Grannies. Floella Benjamin, illustrated by Margaret Chamberlain, $8.95

Alvina has two grannies she loves with all her heart. So when her parents go on vacation, Alvina can’t wait for her two grannies to take care of her. But the two grandmothers like difference food, music and stories — and they are competing for Alvina’s affection! Can clever Alvina think of a way to help her two grannies to get along?


Un Deux Trois: First French Rhymes. Opal Dunn, illustrated by Patrice Aggs, $11.95

Un Deux Trois takes young children on a fun-filled journey in French. With a host of delightful children, animals and birds illustrating the simple rhymes and songs, this introduction to hearing and speaking French will delight parents and children alike.


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.


ABC of Canada. Per-Henrik Gürth & Kim Bellefontaine, $8.95

Discover Canada through the alphabet on this colourful coast-to-coast tour.


My First Book of Tagalog Words: Filipino Rhymes and Verses. Liana Romolo & Jaime Laurel, $15.95

Bold and bright illustrations accompany this fun rhyming ABC book.


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 Goes to Venice. Ian Falconer, $19.99

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


See our Parenting 2-6 booklist for adult titles.

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.


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.


Little Hoot. Amy Krause Rosenthal, illustrated by Jen Corace, $10.99 (boardbook)

It's not fair! All Little Owl wants is to go to bed at a reasonable hour, like his friends do. But Mama and Papa say little owls have to stay up late and play. So Little Owl spends all night jumping on his bed, playing on the jungle gym, and doing tricks on his skateboard — but he's hooting mad about it! Children who have a hard time going to bed will love this fun twist on the universal dilemma.


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, $24.95

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!


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’!


SNAP!  Hazel Hutchins, illustrated by Dušan Petričić

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!


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. 


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.


Bravo, Chico Canta! Bravo! Pat Mora & Libby Martinez, illustrated by Amelia Lau Carling, $17.95

In this sweetly funny picture book, a tiny mouse, Chico Canta, saves his entire family from the clever kitten, Little Gato-Gato, when he uses his quick wits and ability to speak another language.


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.


The Day My Mom Came to Kindergarten. Maureen Fergus & Mike Lowery, $18.95 (ages 4-6)

When Mom comes to kindergarten for the day, she’s so excited that she completely forgets her manners. She barges in line. She talks all through story time. She shouts out answers. It’s going to take some time for her to get used to something new!


Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes. Eric Litwin & James Dean, $18.99

Pete the Cat is back — and this time he’s rocking in his school shoes. Pete discovers the library, the lunchroom, the playground, and lots of other cool places at school. And no matter where he goes, Pete never stops moving and grooving and singing his song... because it’s all good.


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?


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!


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

A sweet and playful story about giving up a pacifier.


Old MacDonald Had Her Farm. JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Tina Holdcroft, $9.95

Old MacDonald whips her farm into shape in this zany and delightful twist on an old rhyme.


A Wild Day with Dad. Sean Callahan, illustrated by Daniel Howarth, $8.99

Let's hop like kangaroos, stretch like cats and swing like monkeys. Let's go WILD!


Five Minutes' Peace. Jill Murphy, $7.99

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


The Bump. Mij Kelly, illustrated by Nicholas Allan, $15.95

The story of your mom's love for you began even before you were born.


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?


Too Princessy! Jean Reidy, illustrated by Geneviéve Leloup, $15.00

For cooped-up kids everywhere, here's a great tale about a boring, rainy day.


Picture a Tree. Barbara Reid, $19.99

A tree can be so many things...


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, $14.99 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.


Mad at Mommy. Komako Sakai, $19.99

Meet a little rabbit with BIG feelings, and a Mommy who loves him — no matter what.


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.


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

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


Shoe Shakes. Loris Lesynski, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $9.95

Funny and melodious poems that will have kids and grownups reading — and laughing — out loud.


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.


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.


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.


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.


I Will Never NOT EVER Eat a Tomato. Lauren Child, $12.00

Lola is a fussy eater. A very fussy eater. She won't eat her carrots (until her brother Charlie reveals that they're orange twiglets from Jupiter). She won't eat her mashed potatoes (until Charlie explains that they're cloud fluff from the pointiest peak of Mount Fuji). There are many things Lola won't eat, including — and especially — tomatoes. Or will she?


I Am NOT Sleepy and I Will NOT Go to Bed. Lauren Child, $8.00

Night owl Lola likes to stay up coloring and scribbling and wriggling and bouncing and chattering. Lola never gets tired. How can big brother Charlie convince her it's time for bed?


I Am Too Absolutely Small for School. Lauren Child, $8.00

"I am absolutely not big, I am really still quite small... and I do not have time to go to school. I am extremely busy doing important things at home." So says young Lola, when faced with the prospect of starting school.


You Read to Me, I'll Read to You: Very Short Stories to Read Together. Mary Ann Hoberman, illustrated by Michael Emberley. $23.95

This unique book uses traditional reading techniques like rhythm, rhyme and repetition and delivers them in two voices — for beginner reader and adult or reading companion. Full of delightful humor, wordplay and illustrated with a liveliness that catches the spirit of the text, You Read to Me, I'll Read to You is an exuberant and clever way to celebrate the wonders of reading together.


Giraffes Can't Dance. Giles Andrede & Guy Parker-Rees, $18.99

"With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness."

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