The Magic Boat. Kit Pearson, Katherine Farris
& Gabrielle Grimard, $19.95 (ages 3-5)
Every summer morning, Ellie and her Nonna go to the
beach. They swim and build sandcastles, and while Nonna reads, Ellie watches
the other children play. One day Ellie builds up the courage to approach an
older girl playing on her own in a beached rowboat. Piper has a gift, an
imagination so great that she whisks Ellie off on grand adventures, going high
in the air, deep below the ocean and everywhere in between in their little blue
boat, their magic boat. When Piper has to leave, Ellie discovers she has her
own vivid imagination.
Kitten and the Night Watchman. John Sullivan,
illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, $23.99 (ages 3-5)
A stray kitten changes the way the watchman sees
night-time in this tender book based on a true story.
The night watchman hugs his wife and kids and drives to
work. All night he is alone. Every hour he makes his rounds. When he is joined
by a stray kitten, the night suddenly seems different. Has the kitten found a
My Tree and Me: a Book of Seasons. Jo Witek,
illustrated by Christine Roussey, $21.99 (ages 3-7)
One little girl has a very special friend, the tall
ancient tree in her backyard. Through the seasons, she grows along with the
tree, playing in its branches and basking in its shade. She can swing and have
a picnic, draw the tree and play hide and go seek. Through her time with her
tree, the girl learns to appreciate the natural world as something to be
savored and protected and acknowledges her place within it.
Birds. Lemniscates, $21.00 (ages 2-5)
Birds come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. They like to
chat with one another as they fly high and low in the sky. Birds make music,
with songs that are like the loving words of a friend, and we are lucky enough
to enjoy those sweet melodies. But best of all, birds are capable of flying
wherever they please — they just let their hearts guide them. And we can do
that, too, if we use our imaginations. In a lyrical ode to our winged friends,
the creator of Trees turns her eye to a diverse class of creatures that has
much to teach about transcending the barriers that lie between us.
Trees. Lemniscates, $21.00 (ages 2-5)
Trees change through the seasons — springing to life,
bearing fruit, and losing their leaves before a period of sleep. They clean the
air we breathe, provide seeds and homes for creatures, and extend their shade
to everyone equally. Throughout all these changes, trees are constant,
patiently learning to grow and flourish wherever they might be. Trees is a
reverent and poetic homage that invites the reader to take a closer look at
these magnificent beings.
Zen Happiness. Jon Muth, $11.99 (ages 5-7)
This beautiful, small format gift book contains 12
inspiring and affirmational sayings that take on deeper meaning when paired
with the profoundly beautiful artwork from Jon J Muth's award-winning Zen
books, many featuring the beloved panda bear, Stillwater. This is a book to
cherish. Every saying inspires delight, and each picture is worth a thousand
Moon Wishes. Guy & Patricia Storms,
illustrated by Milan Pavlović, $17.95 (ages 4-7)
“I wish I were the moon,” says the speaker in this
timeless bedtime story, “so that I could shine on you.” The moon shines to
guide a journey home, glistens beautifully on icy snow, and wishes peace and
safety for travelers, friends and troubled hearts.
A Plan for Pops. Heather Smith & Brooke
Kerrigan, $19.95 (ages 3-5)
Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They
walk to the library hand in hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad
reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou
bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall.
That night there is terrible news: Pops will be confined to a wheelchair, not
just for now, but for always. Unable to cope with his new circumstances, he
becomes withdrawn and shuts himself in his room. Hearing Grandad trying to
cheer up Pops inspires Lou to make a plan. Using skills learned from Grandad,
and with a little help from their neighbors, Lou comes up with a plan for Pops.
Animalphabet. Julia Donaldson, illustrated by
Sharon King-Chai, $30.99
Each cleverly cut flap draws you further into a
beautifully vibrant world of huge elephants, slithery snakes, and growling
tigers. Sharon King-Chai's bold colours and shapes make Animalphabet a rich
delight for children of all ages, while Julia Donaldson's rhythmic text is a
pleasure to read aloud. The cleverly written, simple text invites children to
compare one animal to another, and clever hints and peep-through holes within
the artwork make this book an entertaining guessing game, as well as a gorgeous
book to treasure.
I Am Small. Qin Leng, $18.99 (ages 3-6)
Mimi is so little. Everyone is taller than her, even the
family dog! She can barely reach the bottom of the blackboard at school and
isn't tall enough to see all the pretty cakes in the display case at the
bakery. Though her friends try to tell her there are lots of advantages to
being her size (like fitting into the best hiding places and easily scooting to
the front of the cafeteria line) to Mimi, being small is the worst. But then
one day, she hears that there's a surprise waiting for her at home. A very
little surprise. And Mimi is about to discover a little something about being
My Friend Is Sad. Mo Willems, $10.99 (ages 3-5)
In My Friend is Sad, elephant Gerald is down in
the dumps. Piggie is determined to cheer him up by dressing as a cowboy, a
clown, and even a robot! But what does it take to make a sad elephant happy?
The answer will make even pessimistic elephants smile.
Anna at the Art Museum. Hazel Hutchins & Gail
Herbert, illustrated by Lil Crump, $21.95 (ages 4-6)
Going to the Art Museum with her mom is no fun at all for
Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t Touch! Do
Not Enter! Quiet! A vigilant guard keeps a close eye on the energetic little
girl, but even so, Anna manages to set off an alarm and almost tip over a vase.
Filled with representations of paintings from many
world-class galleries, this charming book is the perfect prelude to a child’s
first visit to an art museum.
Out of the Blue. Wallace Edwards, $19.99 (ages
Ernest is flying his kite when it gets stuck in a tree.
At the same moment, there's a flash in the sky, followed by a loud crash! He
sets out on a difficult journey up a mountain to find out what happened.
When he discovers a strange being has landed at the top,
Ernest hides in fear. But he soon realizes that this creature needs his help.
As they find ways to understand each other, it becomes clear that solving their
problems together means they are no longer strangers — they are friends!
My Feelings and Me. Holde Kreul, illustrated by
Dagmar Geisler, $25.99 (ages 3-6)
Sometimes, we're happy, so we laugh and shout with glee.
Other times, we're angry, and want to rage and roar. It is not easy to deal
with our many contradictory emotions. To recognize our own feelings and deal
with them responsibly is an important learning process for children, and a
trial of limits.
Hats of Faith. Medeia Cohan, illustrated by Sarah
Walsh, $13.99 (ages 3-5)
Hats of Faith is a simple and striking
introduction to the shared custom of religious head coverings. With bright
images and a carefully researched interfaith text, this thoughtful book
inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world.
Grumpy Monkey. Suzanne Lang, illustrated by Max
Lang, $23.99 (ages 3-7)
Jim the chimpanzee is in a terrible mood for no good
reason. His friends can't understand it — how can he be in a bad mood when
it's SUCH a beautiful day? They encourage him not to hunch, to smile, and to do
things that make THEM happy. But Jim can't take all the advice... and has a BIT
of a meltdown. Could it be that he just needs a day to feel grumpy?
In this lively picture book about dealing with
unexplained feelings — and the danger in suppressing them — Suzanne and
Max Lang demonstrate to kids that they are allowed to feel their feelings.
All about Families. Felicity Brooks, $18.95 (ages
Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts
of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live
in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of
ways. This book lets children explore questions such as ‘What is a family?’,
‘What different sorts of families are there?’ and more. A entertaining and
gently informative book that portrays diverse families and helps children
think, talk about and understand difference.
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed. Margaret Chodos-Irving,
$10.99 (ages 3-6)
Ella Sarah may be little, but she has a BIG sense of
style — and it isn't at all like that of her mother, father, or older sister. Yet
they all want her to dress just like them! Ella Sarah will have none of it — and
when her flamboyantly dressed friends arrive, it's clear that Ella Sarah's
favorite outfit is just right for her.
How to Be a Big Kid. $16.99 (ages 2-5)
Being little is hard work. There's so much for children
to learn: tying their shoelaces, finding the right hole for each arm in a
sweater, remembering to say "please" and "thank you,"
sharing toys with other children, and a whole bunch of other things, too. Then
they're expected to go to school and learn even more. How to be a Big Kid is here to help children learn the skills they need to take care of themselves,
get along with others, and be ready to go on their first day of school.
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
Balance the Birds: a Book of Weight, Balance, and
Logic. Susie Ghahremani, $18.99 (ages 3-5)
A follow-up to Stack the Cats, Balance the Birds is about balance and relative size. When birds spot a tree and decide to land
on its branches, the readers can help them find the perfect balance.
Don't Blink! Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated by
David Roberts, $23.99 (ages 3-7)
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
Why I Love Quebec: Celebrating Quebec, In Children's
Very Own Words. Daniel Howarth, $12.99 (ages 3-5)
Featuring children’s own words and heart-warming
pictures, this board book, this is the perfect book for children living in, or
This Is the Nest That
Robin Built. Denise Fleming, $23.99 (ages 2-7)
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
With My Daddy: a Book of Love and Family. Jo
Witek, illustrated by Christine Roussey, $21.99 (ages 2-4)
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 (ages 3-6)
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.
Lost and Found. Oliver Jeffers, $11.99 (ages 3-5)
There once was a boy... and one day a penguin arrives on
his doorstep. The boy decides the penguin must be lost and tries to return him.
But no one seems to be missing a penguin. So the boy decides to take the
penguin home himself, and they set out in his row boat on a journey to the
But when they get there, the boy discovers that maybe
home wasn’t what the penguin was looking for after all.
Here We Are: Notes for Living On Planet Earth. Oliver Jeffers, $22.99 (ages 3-7)
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
Zero. Kathryn Otoshi, $26.50 (ages 3 +)
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
One. Kathryn Otoshi, $26.95 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 2-5)
One little elephant learns that a parent’s love is
unconditional, in an exquisite new title from Emma Dodd.
Forever. Emma Dodd, $12.99 (ages 2-5)
A little polar bear discovers that through life's ups and
downs, a parent's love lasts forever.
Happy. Emma Dodd, $12.99 (ages 2-5)
Exploring the loving relationship between one little owl
and his mommy, this beautifully designed picture book is certain to become a
Together. Emma Dodd, $12.99 (ages 2-5)
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.
Wish: I Love and Wish for You. Emma Dodd, $12.99 (ages 2-5)
A little wolf has someone special who always wishes the
very best for them.
My Secret Dog. Tom Alexander, $19.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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.
The Best Dad In the World. Pat Chapman,
illustrated by Cat Chapman, $19.99 (ages 3-6)
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
The Jar of Happiness. Ailsa Burrows, $18.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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, $22.50 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3-5)
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!
We Found a Hat. Jon Klassen, $21.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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
A Squiggly Story. Andrew Larsen, illustrated by
Mike Lowery, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
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
This Is Not a Book. Jean Jullien, $15.95 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-6)
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.
Malaika's Costume. Nadia Hohn, illustrated by
Irene Luxbacher, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 2-4)
Little Elephant uses his big ears to listen to his
Little Lion Shares. Michael Dahl, Illustrated by
Oriol Vidal, $8.95 (ages 2-4)
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 (ages 2-4)
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 (ages 2-4)
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
The Bear's Sea Escape. Benjamin Chaud, $24.99
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
The Bear's Song. Benjamin Chaud, $24.99 (ages 3+)
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+)
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
Goodnight, Good Dog. Mary Lyn Ray, Illustrated
by Rebecca Malone, $23.99 (ages 2-5)
Say goodnight to a good dog — who isn't ready to go to
sleep just yet.
The Goodbye Book. Todd Parr, $23.49 (ages 2-6)
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
The Very Best
Bed. Rebekah Raye, $11.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 2-6)
Llama llama, red pajama
Reads a story, with his mama...
Look and Be Grateful. Tomie De Paola, $23.95 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 2-5)
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, $9.99 (ages 2-5)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3-7)
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
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Puck. Stella
Partheniou Grasso & Scot Ritchie, $7.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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, $15.50
Share the delight and wonder of kids enjoying their
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 (ages 3-7)
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.
ABC of Toronto. Per-Henrik Gürth, $15.95 (ages 2-6)
From the Art Gallery of Ontario to the
Zoo, follow the alphabet on a colourful tour of Toronto!
The Trail Game. Hervé Tullet, $12.95 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3+)
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
Mix It Up! Hervé Tullet, $21.99 (ages 3+)
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 9ages 3-6)
Love waves are coming your way… flying
through the air, around the corner, down the street — even from around the
I’m Bored. Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi, $19.99 (ages 3-7)
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!
Jeffers, $11.99 (ages 3-7)
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?
A Little Stuck. Oliver
Jeffers, $12.99 (ages 2-5)
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?
In a Minute. Tony Bradman & Eileen Browne, $9.99 (ages 3-6)
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) (ages 2-4)
Lots of fun with rhyming riddles that
take young readers from coast to coast.
Tickle Time! Sandra Boynton, $8.95 (ages 2-4)
If you're feeling blue and don't know
what to do, there is nothing like tickle time to make you feel like new!
Van Hout, $20.50 (ages 3-6)
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.
Crankenstein. Samantha Berger, illustrated Dan
Santat, $9.99 9ages 3-7)
Beware of Crankenstein — a cranky kid who's a real grumpy
Alfie's Feet. Shirley Hughes, $12.95 (ages 3-6)
Splish, splash, splosh! Alfie has new
yellow boots that are perfect for walking through puddles and stomping in mud.
My New Preschool. Moira Butterfield & Estelle Corke, $11.99 (ages 3-5)
George feels shy on his first day of school but his friends soon help him to feel at home.
Stella, Fairy of the Forest. Marie-Louise Gay, $7.95 (ages 3-6)
Stella and her little brother Sam venture across the meadow and into the forest, in search of fairies and adventure.
The Busy Beaver. Nicholas Oldland, $8.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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.
Was Very, Very Small. Marie-Louise
Gay, $18.95 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-5)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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.
Ian Falconer, $19.95
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.
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 (ages 3-7)
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
day, Olivia was riding a camel in Egypt…" So begins the
latest adventure of that most wonderful, imaginative pig,
Olivia and the Fairy Princesses. Ian Falconer, $23.99 (ages 3-7)
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
Olivia the Spy. Ian Falconer, $21.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
Look where Olivia is headed now! Ciao, bella!!
Sakura's Cherry Blossoms. Robert Paul Weston &
Misa Saburi, $21.99 (ages 3-7)
A warm, gorgeous exploration of a little girl's
experience immigrating to a new country and missing her home and her
grandmother, who still lives far away.
Song On the Wind. Caroline Everson, illustrated by
Anne Marie Bourgeois, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
This poetic story has universal appeal and spans time and
distance with eloquent simplicity. In fourteen gentle stanzas, sleepy-eyed
children throughout history draw comfort from bedtime tales and tender
lullabies. Here, their innate curiosity about the world around them is
satisfied by timeless music that drifts through centuries on the wind. Loving
parents sing of white polar bears, northern lights, sea creatures, and woodland
animals that dance under the stars and visit each child on the edge of sleep.
What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk about Diversity. Jillian
Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95 (ages 3-6)
When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and
religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What
Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of
diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences
and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different.
Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.
Once Upon an Alphabet: Short Stories for All the
Letters. Oliver Jeffers, $26.99 (ages 3-5)
The letters of our alphabet work tirelessly to make words
that in turn make stories, but what is there was a story FOR each of the
letters instead? Turn the pages of this exquisite book to find out... Here you
will discover twenty-six short stories introducing a host of new characters
(plus the occasional familiar face). From Edmund the astronaut with his awkward
fear of heights, via the dynamic new investigative due of the Owl and the
Octopus, through to the Zeppelin that just might get Edmund a little bit closer
to where he needs to be, this book is packed with funny, thrilling, perilous
and above all entertaining tales inspired by every letter of the
I Wish You More. Amy Krouse Rosenthal, illustrated
by Tom Lichtenheld, $19.99 (ages 3-6)
Some books are about a single wish. Some books are about
three wishes. The infallible team of Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
have combined their extraordinary talents to create this exuberant book of
endless good wishes. Wishes for curiosity and wonder, for friendship and
strength, laughter and peace. Whether celebrating life's joyous milestones,
sharing words of encouragement, or observing the wonder of everyday moments,
this sweet and uplifting book is perfect for wishers of every age.
Sam's Pet TEMPER. Sangeeta Bhadra & Marion
Arbona, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
The hero of this picture book, Sam, has to wait for
everything on the playground one day, and this makes him mad. Suddenly, an
unusual thing appears. It runs around, shoving and tripping and pinching and
stomping, until all the other children have run away. It was a Temper. At first,
having a pet Temper is fun. But before long, the Temper starts causing trouble
for Sam. And eventually, Sam comes to the realization that his Temper is
something he needs to learn to control.
Nancy Knows. Cybèle Young, $19.99 (ages 3-7)
Nancy Knows is the charming story of an elephant
who remember lots of things, except the very thing she is trying to remember.
Each spread of this whimsical, arresting picture book features fantastic
miniature paper sculptures within expressive outlines of a puzzled pachyderm.
It's a book not to be forgotten.
The Most Magnificent Thing. Ashley Spires, $16.95 (ages 3-7)
A young girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make
the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how
it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time.
Easy-peasy! But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl
tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She
is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a
walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get
it just right.
For the early grades' exploration of character education, this funny book
offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The
girl's frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the
story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at
the same time reassuring children that it's okay to make mistakes.
SPORK. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
His mum is a spoon, his dad is a fork and he’s a bit of both … he’s SPORK!
My Cat Looks Like My Dad. Thao Lam, $19.95 (ages
Minimal text paired with bright paper-collage
illustrations create comparisons on each spread in which the narrator talks
about their family — especially the striking similarities between Dad and the
cat. Both have orange hair, love milk, start their days with stretches,
appreciate a good nap, and are brave (some of the time). The narrator is more
like Mom, with wild hair, blue eyes, and a love of dancing.
A surprising twist at the end reveals the narrator’s
unexpected identity, also hinted at with clues in the art throughout the book.
Warmth and whimsy in the illustrations add a playful balance to the story’s
deeper message about the love that makes a family a unit, no matter how unusual
it may look from the outside.
The Invisible Garden. Marianne Ferrer &
Valérie Picard, $19.95 (ages 3-6)
A young girl and her family travel from the city to the
country to celebrate her grandmother's birthday. Someone suggests that Arianne,
as the only child at the party, might enjoy exploring the garden more than
listening to the adults chat. Arianne is unsure what to do in the quiet garden,
and she soon lies down out of boredom. But then she spots a pebble... and a
grasshopper... and flies away on a dandelion seed pod into the cosmos as she
discovers the freedom of her imagination.
With very little text, this book lets the illustrations
tell the charming story of a child carried away into a world much bigger than
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: the Poetry of Mr.
Rogers. Lyrics by Fred Rogers, illustrations by Luke Flowers, $19.99 (ages
For the first time ever, 75 beloved songs from Mister
Rogers’ Neighborhood and The Children's Corner are collected in this charmingly
illustrated treasury, sure to be cherished by generations of children as well
as the millions of adults who grew up with Mister Rogers.
From funny to sweet, silly to sincere, the lyrics of
Mister Rogers explore such universal topics as feelings, new siblings, everyday
life, imagination, and more. Through these songs — as well as endearing puppets
and honest conversations — Mister Rogers instilled in his young viewers the
values of kindness, self-awareness, and self-esteem. But most of all, he taught
children that they are loved, just as they are. Perfect for bedtime,
sing-along, or quiet time alone, this beautiful book of meaningful poetry is
for every child — including the child inside of every one of us.
The Silence Slips In. Alison Hughes & Ninon
Pelletier, $19.95 (ages 3-5)
When the party's over and the baby finally falls asleep,
when the dog is all barked out and the screens are dark, the Silence pads in on
soft, furry feet. A warm, comforting presence, the Silence curls up in a
sun-beam like a cuddly cat and helps you read, think and be still. The Silence
is friends with the Dark. Together they soothe the jagged edges left when the
Noise has rolled on and gently launch the boats of your dreams into the night.
When the day becomes overwhelming or other feelings become too big, the Silence
With soft illustrations and soothing text, this is a
quiet story about learning to find calm in the busy world around you.
Gifts. Jo Ellen Bogart & Barbara Reid, $8.99
When Grandma heads out for adventure she asks her
granddaughter what she should bring back.
The creative response and remarkable fulfillment are
delivered through clever rhyme and magical illustrations in this lovely
When You're Scared. Andrée Poulin, illustrated by
Véronique Joffre, $19.95 (ages 3-7)
It’s a bright and beautiful day at the lake where a boy
and his mother are camping. The boy is just a little scared of jumping into the
water. At the same time, not too far away, a hungry bear cub is a little scared
of diving deep into a dumpster, where tasty snacks await. Later, when the boy
encounters a distraught mama bear sniffing around the dumpster, he’s very
scared. But so is her bear cub, who is trapped inside! Parallel stories of the
mother and son, and mama and cub, come together when the campers, despite being
scared, help rescue the cub from the dumpster.
This simple, moving story invites readers to observe
expressions, body language, and details hidden in the illustrations to follow
the narrative. It’s a sweet read that normalizes fear and encourages acting
with courage and compassion—even when you’re scared.
Loving Hands. Tony Johnston, illustrated by Amy
June Bates, $21.99 (ages 4-6)
Hands wave hello, hands hold, hands heal. Hands say, I am
here for you always. In simple, stirring rhymes, author Tony Johnston pens a
timeless ode to parenthood. The small moments and quiet scenes that make up
childhood — learning to clap, planting a garden, waving good-bye on the first
day of school — fill the pages of this gentle tale, capturing the reassurance
and love that parents hand their children every day. Warm illustrations by Amy
June Bates show a young boy reaching for his mother’s hand as he grows older
and more independent... until, perhaps, he can be the one to offer love and
support with hands that say, I am here for you always. An eloquent look at the
passage of time and the power of connection and care, this book is a heartfelt
gift for loved ones at any and all milestones in life.
Little Owl's Snow. Divya Srinivasan, $22.50 (ages 3-5)
"Winter's almost here!" says Little Owl, as he
observes leaves falling, animal friends hibernating, and a chill from his
feathers to his feet. And just as he and his friend racoon are watching their
breath make fog in the cold air, it happens: Snow! Here is the perfect
follow-up to Little Owl's Night and Little Owl's Day, and a
wonderful introduction to the changing of the seasons!
Feelings: Inside My Heart and In My Head. Libby
Walden, illustrated by Richard Jones, $25.50 (ages 2-5)
Explore the world of emotions with this stunning
peek-through book. Lyrical text and enchanting illustrations bring each emotion
to life to help children understand the universal and unique nature of
More Blueberries! Susan Musgrave, illustrations by Esperança Melo, $6.95 (ages 3-5)
These young twins can't get enough of their favorite
snack — and they aren't the only ones! With playful rhyming text from
award-winning poet Susan Musgrave and gorgeous illustrations by Esperança Melo,
this exuberant book will delight little ones and have everyone happily
shouting, "More blueberries!"
Drawn Together. Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat,
$18.99 (ages 3-5)
When a young boy visits his grandfather, their lack of a
common language leads to confusion, frustration, and silence. But as they sit
down to draw together, something magical happens — with a shared love of art and
storytelling, the two form a bond that goes beyond words.
One Day, Many Ways: a Day in the Life of Over 40
Children around the World. Laura Hall, illustrated by Loris Lora, $27.99
Discover what daily life is like for kids all around the
world! Meet children from over 40 countries and explore the differences and
similarities between their daily routines. Over 24 hours, follow a wide variety
of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, talk, learn, and go about
their everyday routine in this stunning retro-style illustrated picture book
that celebrates different cultures.
In the Middle of Fall. Kevin Henke,
illustrated by Laura Dronzek, $21.99 (ages 4-7)
In the middle of fall, it takes only one gust of wind to
turn the whole world yellow and red and orange. Kevin Henkes’s striking text
introduces basic concepts of language and the unique beauty of the fall season.
Laura Dronzek’s expressive paintings illuminate pumpkins, apples, falling
leaves, busy squirrels, and the transformation from colorful autumn to frosty
A Good Day for Ducks. Jane Whittingham, illustrated
by Noel Tuazon, $17.95 (ages 4-7)
Rain is falling, and these siblings know just how to
enjoy it: raincoats, rubber boots, puddle jumping, swimming ducks, and wiggling
worms! A thunderstorm sends the children scrambling for home and a cup of hot cocoa.
Maybe it will rain again tomorrow!
Fox and Squirrel Help Out. Ruth Ohi, $16.99 (ages
When a baby bat drops in from out of the sky, Fox is
immediately taken with the soft, sweet creature and rushes to take care of it.
Squirrel is less sure this is a welcome intrusion. The new squeaky stranger
can't keep up with all their favourite activities and doesn't seem to realize
how fun Squirrel can be. Can Fox and Squirrel come together to figure out what
First Laugh Welcome, Baby! Rose Ann Tahe, Nancy Bo
Flood, illustrated by Jonathan Nelson, $19.99 (ages 2-5)
In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby
laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this
The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome
a new member of the community. As everyone — from Baby's nima (mom) to nadi
(big sister) to cheii (grandfather) — tries to elicit the joyous sound from
Baby, readers are introduced to details about Navajo life and the Navajo names
for family members. Back matter includes information about other cultural
ceremonies that welcome new babies and children, including man yue celebration
(China), sanskaras (Hindu) and aquiqa (Muslim).
Splish, Splash, Foxes Dash! Canadian Wildlife In
Colour. Geraldo Valério, $18.95 (ages 2-5)
Here they come... orange foxes, blue whales, red cardinals,
and many more Canadian animals in colour!
From the familiar black bears breakfasting in a bed of
berries, to the more exotic purple sea stars stretching and pink prawns
pirouetting, young readers will love discovering wildlife from a mix of
environments including land, sea, and sky.
I Belong. Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Penny
Weber, $12.99 (ages 2-4)
I have a place I always belong. People in my family
listen and help me. A sense of belonging is a basic human need. This friendly,
reassuring board book shows toddlers what it means to belong at home and in a
group. I belong with my friends, too. There's a place for me to fit in.
Children see that they have safe places where they feel loved and where they
talk, play, share — and help others belong, too. Warm, realistic illustrations
illuminate the text, showing children with family and friends eating, playing,
making music, and working together. Belonging feels so good! I want to help
others feel good, too.
The Night Lion. Sanne Dufft, $17.95 (ages 3-5)
Morgan feels big and strong during the day with a tall
hat and toy sword. But at night, when Morgan dreams that a robber is coming
through the woods to take these precious possessions, all of Mom's assurances
that "there is no robber" are not enough to ease the bedtime fears.
Then Nana brings Morgan a stuffed toy lion, because everybody needs a lion sometimes.
That night, Morgan rides a life-sized Night Lion into the woods and together
they drive the robber far away.
Comforting watercolour illustrations soothe any scary
scenes, and the magical Night Lion will find an instant welcome in young
I Feel. Cheri Meiners, illustrated by Penny Weber,
$12.99 (ages 2-4)
This reassuring book helps young children identify and
understand emotions in terms of up feelings (like happy and loved) and down
feelings (like sad and afraid). With straightforward words and warm
illustrations, the book guides children to recognize that feelings change and
that their own actions can often make a difference in how they feel. When their
feelings are too big for them, children can ask for help, talk about things,
spend some quiet time... or help someone else.
Julián Is a Mermaid. Jessica Love, $22.99 (ages
While riding the subway home from the pool with his
abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair
billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills
the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all
he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous
mermaid costume: a butter-yellow curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted
fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes — land even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?
Mesmerizing and full of heart, Jessica Love’s author-illustrator debut is a
jubilant picture of self-love and a radiant celebration of individuality.
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
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
Forever or a Day. Sarah Jacoby, $22.99 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-6)
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.
Little Brothers & Little Sisters. Monica
Arnaldo, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
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
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.
The Rabbit Listened. Cori Doerrfeld, $23.99 (ages 3-5)
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.
Sugar and Snails. Sarah Tsiang & Sonja Wimmer,
$21.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
I Spy 123: Totally Crazy Numbers! Manuela
Ancutici, $14.95 (ages 3-7)
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.
Numbers. Katie Wilson, $12.99 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-6)
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.
A Bear Hug at Bedtime. Jana Novotny Hunter,
illustrated by Kay Widdowson, $9.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
A celebration of love, respect, peace, and unity.
Picture the Sky. Barbara Reid, $19.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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(ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-5)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-5)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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
ABC DREAM. Kim Krans, $21.99 (ages 3-6)
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
123 DREAM. Kim Krans, $21.99 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-5)
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 (ages 3-7)
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
Chocolate Me! Taye Diggs, illustrated by Shane
Evans, $8.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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
The Hue In You. Sarah Kraftchuk, illustrated by
Sari Richter, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 2-5)
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
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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.
Rotner & Sheila Kelly, $10.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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.
Beautiful Hands. Kathryn Otoshi & Bret
Baumgarten, $26.50 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
"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 (ages 3-7)
"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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. Sherri Duskey
Rinker, Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, $23.99 (ages 3-6)
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
All Year Round. Emilie Leduc, $16.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3-6)
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.
Fred. Eoin Colfer & Oliver Jeffers, $23.99 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 3+)
A delightful serving of classic poetry — just right for
My First Book of Hindi Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of
Hindi Language and Indian Culture. Liana Romolo & Jaime Laurel, $15.95 (ages 3-7)
My First Book of Japanese Words: an ABC Rhyming Book
of Japanese Language and Japanese Culture. Michelle Haney Brown & Aya
Padrón, $14.95 (ages 3-7)
My First Book of Korean Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of
Korean Language and Korean Culture. Henry Amen IV & Aya Padrón, $14.95 (ages 3-7)
My First Book of
Tagalog Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Filipino Language and Culture. Liana Romulo, illustrated by Jaime Laurel, $14.95
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!
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School,
DON'T!. Elise Parsley, $19.00 (ages 3-6)
Your teacher does NOT want you to bring an alligator to
school. And you don't want to, either. TRUST ME.
Up and Down. Oliver Jeffers, $9.99 (ages 3-5)
Once there were two very good friends — one of whom
wanted to fly...
Friends at School. Rochelle Bunnett, photos by
Matt Brown, $9.95 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3-5)
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
Mama Built a Little Nest. Jennifer Ward,
illustrated by Steve Jenkins. $19.99 (ages 3-5)
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!
Mama Dug a Little Den. Jennifer Ward, illustrated
by Steve Jenkins. $23.99 (ages 3-5)
This companion to the celebrated Mama Built a Little
Nest explores the many different kinds of dens animals build for their
babies. There are so many different kinds of dens that mother animals make for
their babies, from desert burrows to snow caves to elaborate underground
tunnels. Jennifer Ward introduces young readers to all sorts of animals and the
cozy burrows they call home in this bouncy, rhyming picture book, illustrated
by Caldecott Honoree Steve Jenkins.
The Party. Barbara Reid, $8.99 (ages 3-6)
Everybody loves a party — and this big family party is
even more fun than most!!
Hug Machine. Scott Campbell, $22.99 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 2-5)
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.
Melvis and Elvis. Dennis Lee, Illustrated by
Jeremy Tankard, $19.99 (ages 3+)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 2-5)
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 (ages 2-5)
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 (ages 2-5)
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(ages 2-5)
So many delicious things to eat! Mango,
rice, plantain, okra!
Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend. Ruth Ohi, $14.99 (ages 3-7)
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?
Big Bear Hug. Nicholas Oldland, $8.95 (ages 3-7)
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 (ages 2-5)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-6)
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
Noisy Poems for a Busy Day. Robert Heidbreder & Lori Joy Smith, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
From sun up to sun down, this lively and
lyrical collection of playful poems captures the big and small adventures of a
Wait and See. Tony Bradman & Eileen Browne, $10.50 (ages 3-7)
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, $11.99 (ages 3-7)
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 $9.99 (ages 3-7)
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
Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Virginia Lee Burton,
$10.99 (ages 3-7)
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.
Love. bell hooks, illustrated by Shane Evans, $23.99 (ages 3-7)
"Always loved, Girlpie is
the sweet, sweet centre of her parents' heart."
Little Light of Mine. Illustrated by E.B. Lewis, $24.50 (ages 3-7)
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.
Being the Best of Me Series, Cheri Meiners,
illustrated by Elizabeth Allen, $17.99 each (ages 3-8)
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.
Bounce Back! A
Book about Resilience.
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 (ages 3-6)
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 (ages 3-6)
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 3-6)
Who ever heard of a purple cow? Fed up with being different, Cow sets of to change how she looks.
Sari. Sandhya Rao, illustrated by Nina Sabnani, $9.50 (ages 3-7)
A young child’s connection to her mother is observed through the colors and textures of her mother’s saris.
Ben and the Scaredy-Dog. Sarah Ellis, illustrated
by Kim LaFave, $19.95 (ages 3-6)
Ben was upset when his friend Peter moved away, but now
the new neighbors are moving in across the street and Ben can’t wait to go say
hello and make friends. That is, until he notices that this family has a pet
dog; and unlike his sister and brother, Ben isn’t so sure around dogs. The big
jaws and big teeth make him nervous. But what Ben doesn’t realize is that Max
is an “old scaredy-dog” who feels nervous too. Can Ben overcome his fear and
come to see eye-to-eye with a new kind of friend?
Ben Says Goodbye. Sarah Ellis, $18.95 (ages 3-6)
When Ben’s best friend Peter moves away,
Ben decides that he will move, too — into a “cave” under the dining room table.
Caveman Ben doesn’t need any friends except his tame (stuffed) lion. He hunts
for his food (thoughtfully left on a plate by Mom and Dad) and communicates in
grunts. And in the safety of his cave he can imagine a world where friends
control their own destinies and distance is no obstacle.
Pikiq. Yayo, $19.95 (ages 3-6)
In the far, far north, Pikiq finds paint, paintbrushes
and a book with pictures of tropical animals and faraway places, abandoned in
the deep snow. Inspired, Pikiq draws fantastic creatures everywhere, and colour
bursts onto the snowy white landscape!
The Magic Paintbrush. Julia Donaldson, illustrated
by Joel Stewart, $13.99 (ages 3-6)
With her magic paintbrush, Shen can paint steaming pots
full of fish and oysters to feed the hungry people in her village, but when the
evil emperor hears of her gift he commands Shen to paint gold for him instead.
She is determined to keep her promise to paint only for the poor, but how can
she match the emperor's mighty power?
Toshi's Little Treasures. Nadine Robert,
illustrated by Aki, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
In this appealing search-and-find informational picture
book, readers join a little boy named Toshi as he and his grandmother explore
six of their favorite places — the riverbank, the town, the forest, the
country, the park and the beach. At each location, Toshi finds treasures to add
to his collection, from a dragonfly wing to a glittery rock to a guitar pick.
Best of all, his grandmother always knows what everything is!
Mixing fiction and nonfiction, this book is the perfect
resource for life science lessons on habitats and the environment. It
encourages observation skills, curiosity and critical thinking — building
blocks for studying science. This book would be a terrific inspiration for a
trip around the neighborhood in which children can find, identify and draw
treasures of their own. It could also be used as a starting point for
storytelling, in which children imagine the story of a treasure — Toshi's or
their own — before it was found.
This is Sadie. Sara O'Leary & Julie Morstad,
$21.99 (ages 3-7)
Sadie is a little girl with a big imagination. She has
been a girl who lived under the sea and a boy raised by wolves. She has had
adventures in wonderland and visited the world of fairytales. She whispers to
the dresses in her closet and talks to birds in the treetops. She has wings
that take her anywhere she wants to go, but that always bring her home again.
She likes to make things — boats out of boxes and castles out of cushions. But
more than anything Sadie likes stories, because you can make them from nothing
at all. For Sadie, the world is so full of wonderful possibilities... This is
Sadie, and this is her story.
Who’s In My Family? All About Our
Families. Robie Harris, illustrated by Nadine
Bernard Westcott, $19.00 (ages 3-7)
Join Nellie and Gus and their family —
plus all manner of other families — for a day at the zoo, where they see animal
families galore! Full of charming illustrations depicting families of many
configurations, this engaging story interweaves conversations between the
siblings and a matter-of-fact text, making it clear to every child that every
family has its own story.
The Underwear Book. Todd Parr, $7.99 (ages 3-6)
A surprising and silly book about
underwear, THE UNDERWEAR BOOK, features such wisdom as "DO wear fancy
underwear under your dress," and "DON'T hang upside down on the
monkey bars." Illustrated with Todd Parr's trademark bold, bright colors
and silly scenes!
Mama Lion Wins the Race. Jon Muth, $23.99 (ages 3-5)
Start your engines: the race is on! And Mama Lion and Tigey
are off — with their cool goggles and snazzy sports car!
Racing teams gather from far and wide for this madcap
race. But who will win the trophy cup? Will it be the playful Flying Pandinis?
The mischievous Knitted Monkey Crew? Or will Mama Lion and Tigey speed past the
finish line in first place? As Tigey says, winning is winning, but sometimes
the journey itself — filled with ineffable moments of mystery, beauty, and joy — is even more fun than getting the prize.
The Thing Lou Couldn't Do. Ashley Spires, $18.95 (ages 3-7)
Lou and her friends are BRAVE adventurers. They run
FASTER than airplanes. They build MIGHTY fortresses. They rescue WILD animals.”
But one day, when they're looking for a ship to play pirates in, Lou's friend
has an idea: “Up there! The tree can be our ship!” “Ummm...” says Lou. This is
something new. Lou has never climbed a tree before, and she's sure she can't do
it. So she tries to convince her friends to play a not-up-a-tree game. When
that doesn't work, she comes up with reasons for not joining them --- her arm
is sore, her cat needs a walk, you shouldn't climb so soon after eating.
Finally, she tells herself she doesn't want to climb the tree. But is that
true, or is this brave adventurer just too afraid to try?