Pokko and the Drum. Matthew Forsythe, $23.99 (ages
The biggest mistake Pokko’s parents ever made was giving
her the drum. When Pokko takes the drum deep into the forest it is so quiet, so
very quiet that Pokko decides to play. And before she knows it she is joined by
a band of animals — first the raccoon, then the rabbit, then the wolf — and soon
the entire forest is following her. Will Pokko hear her father’s voice when he
calls her home?
Pokko and the Drum is a laugh-out-loud story about
art, persistence, and a family of frogs living in a mushroom.
I Am Enough. Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah
Bobo, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
This is a gorgeous, lyrical ode to loving who you are,
respecting others, and being kind to one another.
We are all here for a purpose. We are more than enough.
We just need to believe it.
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden. Heather
Smith, illustrated by Rachel Wada, $19.95 (ages 6-8)
When the tsunami destroyed Makio's village, Makio lost
his father... and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and
the young child's anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr.
Hirota, begins a mysterious project — building a phone booth in his garden. At
first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn't connected to anything. It just sits
there, unable to ring. But as more and more villagers are drawn to the phone
booth, its purpose becomes clear to Makio: the disconnected phone is connecting
people to their lost loved ones. Makio calls to the sea to return what it has
taken from him and ultimately finds his voice and solace in a phone that
carries words on the wind.
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden is inspired
by the true story of the wind phone in Otsuchi, Japan, which was created by
artist Itaru Sasaki. He built the phone booth so he could speak to his cousin
who had passed, saying, "My thoughts couldn't be relayed over a regular
phone line, I wanted them to be carried on the wind." The Tohoku
earthquake and tsunami in 2011 destroyed the town of Otsuchi, claiming 10
percent of the population. Residents of Otsuchi and pilgrims from other
affected communities have been traveling to the wind phone since the tsunami.
And Then the Seed Grew. Marianne Dubuc, $18.99
In an ordinary garden full of flowers and plants, little
Jack and Mr. Gnome live above the ground, while Yvonne the mole, the Field
Mouse family, Paulie the earthworm and Colette the ant live below the ground.
Everybody is happy in the garden. Until one day, a new seed arrives, which soon
sprouts into a plant. As the plant begins to grow (and grow, and grow), its
stalk and leaves get in the way of those aboveground, and its roots disrupt the
homes and passageways of those underground. Before long, the plant has gotten
so large, it has become a huge problem for the garden's residents. So, the
friends decided they must chop it down. Unless... wait! What's that growing on
In this multilayered (and multilevel!) picture book,
international award-winning author-illustrator Marianne Dubuc humorously
explores the concept of change as the characters resist but eventually accept
the new addition, an excellent example of a growth mindset. The story also
highlights the interconnectivity of living things and, thus, the concept of
community. Animal habitats and the growth cycle of plants — from seed to
fruit-bearing — are presented here with easy-to-understand, child-friendly
visuals. The winsome illustrations are full of clever details, offering peeks
into the animals' fantastical homes, promising something new to discover with
every look, and encouraging visual literacy.
My Footprints. Bao Phi, illustrated by Basia Tran,
$23.95 (ages 5-9)
Every child feels different in some way, but Thuy feels
"double different." She is Vietnamese American and she has two moms.
Thuy walks home one winter afternoon, angry and lonely after a bully's taunts.
Then a bird catches her attention and sets Thuy on an imaginary exploration.
What if she could fly away like a bird? What if she could sprint like a deer,
or roar like a bear? Mimicking the footprints of each creature in the snow, she
makes her way home to the arms of her moms. Together, the three of them imagine
beautiful and powerful creatures who always have courage — just like Thuy.
The Sound of Silence. Katrina Goldsaito,
illustrated by Julia Kuo, $24.99 (ages 4-8)
"Do you have a favorite sound?" little Yoshio
asks. The musician answers, "The most beautiful sound is the sound of ma,
But Yoshio lives in Tokyo, Japan: a giant, noisy, busy
city. He hears shoes squishing through puddles, trains whooshing, cars beeping,
and families laughing. Tokyo is like a symphony hall! Where is silence?
Join Yoshio on his journey through the hustle and bustle
of the city to find the most beautiful sound of all.
Hello, Crow! Candace Savage, illustrated by
Chelsea O'Byrne, $22.95 (ages 4-8)
Franny has a new friend — a crow who brings her presents in
its beak. Like a red button! And a silver heart! Franny’s dad doesn’t believe
her. He says crows and kids can’t be friends. But Franny knows better. How will
Franny prove her new playmate is real? And what will the crafty crow bring
Award-winning author Candace Savage, whose crow expertise
is lauded in popular books such as Bird Brains, motivates families to be
present when exploring parks, backyards, balconies, city streets, beaches, and
SPUR: a Wolf's Story. Eliza Robertson, illustrated
by Nora Aoyagi, $22.95 (ages 5-9)
This captivating tale will inspire children across the
world to build compassion for an iconic yet vulnerable animal.
In award-winning author Eliza Robertson’s stunning debut
children’s book, a young, brave wolf named Spur is looking for food with her
brother when, suddenly, a flying beast appears in the sky. What was that thing?
And where did her brother go? The next time the helicopter appears, Spur knows
just what to do to save her wolf pack and reunite with her brother.
Stirring, gorgeous illustrations of wolves, snow, and
trees illuminate this uplifting and empowering story, which offers a gentle message
for protecting wild wolves in North America and beyond. Just like us, wolves
have brothers, sisters, parents, and friends — and they very much need our help.
Paper Son: the Inspiring Story of Tyrus Wong,
Immigrant and Artist. Julie Leung, illustrated by Chris Sasaki, $23.99
Before he became an artist named Tyrus Wong, he was a boy
named Wong Geng Yeo. He traveled across a vast ocean from China to America with
only a suitcase and a few papers. Not papers for drawing — which he loved to
do — but immigration papers to start a new life. Once in America, Tyrus seized
every opportunity to make art, eventually enrolling at an art institute in Los
Angeles. Working as a janitor at night, his mop twirled like a paintbrush in
his hands. Eventually, he was given the opportunity of a lifetime — and using
sparse brushstrokes and soft watercolors, Tyrus created the iconic backgrounds
Julie Leung and Chris Sasaki perfectly capture the
beautiful life and work of a painter who came to this country with dreams and
talent — and who changed the world of animation forever.
Get Up, Stand Up. Bob Marley, Adapted by Cedella
Marley, illustrated by John Jay Cabuay, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
Bob Marley's music has inspired millions of listeners
around the world with messages of peace, love, and truth. This third picture
book adaptation of one of his beloved songs has a timely message for children:
To counter injustice, lift others up with kindness and courage. As a young girl
goes on with her day in school, she comes across several instances of teasing
and intimidation. But with loving action and some help from her friends, she's
able to make things right for herself and others. With exuberant pictures by
John Jay Cabuay accompanying Marley's iconic lyrics, Get Up, Stand Up is
a vibrant testament to the power we all have to make a difference.
The Wonders of Nature. Ben Hoare, $25.99 (ages
This collection of amazing animals, plants, rocks and
minerals, and microorganisms will wow children and adults alike. With 100
remarkable items from the natural world, from orchids to opals and lichens to
lizards, everyone will find something to be captivated by. Each plant, animal,
and rock is shown both photographically and illustrated, and children will love
poring over the detailed close-up images.
Discover how the dragon blood tree got its name, why a
sundew means big trouble for insects, and what on Earth a radiolarian is. The
storybook descriptions let you discover the myths and legends surrounding both
organisms and gemstones, as well as key facts about their natural history. From
orchids to opals and lichens to lizards, this beautiful treasury lets you find
the things that interest you and uncover new favorites along the way. Explore
some of the myths and stories surrounding both organisms and gemstones, as well
as key facts about their natural history. With reference pages packed with
information you'll go away knowing something you didn't before, even if you
return time and again.
The Proudest Blue: a Story of Hijab and Family. Ibtihaj
Muhammad, with SK Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly, $23.49 (ages 4-8)
With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows
the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new
year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab — a
hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not
everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words,
Faizah will find new ways to be strong.
Paired with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic
medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an
uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between
siblings, and of being proud of who you are.
Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market. Huda
Essa, illustrated by Mercè Tous, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Adam and his family spend an exciting day at the colorful
and bustling Eastern Market. But when Adam gets briefly separated from Mom and
Dad, he mistakes a friendly, diverse cast of characters for his parents in
their traditional Muslim clothing — and shows that we all have more in
common than you might think. This nearly-wordless picture book celebrates
diversity and community in vibrant, dynamic art.
A Boy Like You. Frank Murphy, illustrated by Kayla
Harren, $21.99 (ages 4-7)
There's more to being a boy than sports, feats of daring,
and keeping a stiff upper lip. A Boy Like You encourages every boy to embrace
all the things that make him unique, to be brave and ask for help, to tell his
own story and listen to the stories of those around him. In an age when boys
are expected to fit into a particular mold, this book celebrates all the
wonderful ways to be a boy.
The Invisible String. Patrice Karst, illustrated
by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff, $12.99 (ages 4-8)
The Invisible String is the perfect tool for
coping with all kinds of separation anxiety, loss, and grief. In this relatable
and reassuring contemporary classic, a mother tells her two children that
they're all connected by an invisible string. "That's impossible!"
the children insist, but still they want to know more: "What kind of
string?" The answer is the simple truth that binds us all: An Invisible
String made of love.
Recommended and adopted by parenting blogs, bereavement
support groups, hospice centers, foster care and social service agencies,
military library services, faith groups, and educators, The Invisible String offers a very simple approach to overcoming loneliness, separation, or loss
with an imaginative twist that children easily understand and embrace, and
delivers a particularly compelling message in today's uncertain times.
The Promise Basket. Bill Richardson, illustrated
by Slavka Kolesar, $17.95 (ages 4-8)
A stone when it’s thrown can damage, can break,
but nothing can shatter the promise I make.
So begins the poem a mother writes on a scrap of paper.
She wraps the paper around a stone and places it in a basket to give to her
daughter on her first birthday. They are poor, but the mother is determined
that gifts will be given when gifts need giving. She keeps her promise, and the Promise Basket, too.
Every time there is a need for gifts, the mother finds a
pretty stone to tie up with paper and ribbon, and gives it to her daughter in
the basket. She continues the tradition over the years until her daughter has a
baby of her own.
Fall Walk. Virginia Brimhall SnNow, $12.99 (ages
With beautiful illustrations and a lyrical narrative,
Virginia Snow takes children on a fun and educational adventure. Take a stroll
through the woods and learn to identify 24 different kinds of leaves by their
shapes and autumn colors. At the end of the day, learn how to press the
gathered leaves and how to make a leaf rubbing.
Spring Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages
After a long winter’s sleep, the soil is springing to
life. Spring flowers break through the ground to welcome warmer days. Come with
Grammy and her grandchildren as they explore and learn all about 24 different
flowers. Once home, she teaches them how to plant their own flowers from seeds
and make beautiful bouquets.
Summer Walk. Virginia Brimhall Snow, $12.99 (ages
Ramble through the woods, as you join Grammy and her
favorite grandkids on a summer walk. Beautiful illustrations and clever rhymes
will guide readers as they learn to identify twenty-six different bugs, from
grasshoppers to moths, snails to katydids. At day’s end, discover how to create
a caterpillar habitat; observe over time as your caterpillar turns into a
beautiful butterfly you can then release on your next summer walk.
A Likkle Miss Lou. Nadia Hohn, illustrated by
Eugenie Fernandea, $18.95 (ages 5-8)
Jamaican poet and entertainer Louise Bennett Coverley,
better known as “Miss Lou,” played an instrumental role in popularizing
Jamaican patois internationally. Through her art, Miss Lou helped pave the way
for other poets and singers, like Bob Marley, to use patois in their work.
Despite criticism from one teacher, Louise finds a way to weave the influence
of the music, voices, and rhythms of her surroundings into her poems.
A vibrant, colorful, and immersive look at an important
figure in Jamaica’s cultural history, this is also a universal story of a child
finding and trusting her own voice. End matter includes a glossary of Jamaican
patois terms, a note about the author’s “own voice” perspective, and a brief
biography of Miss Lou and her connection to Canada, where she spent 20 years of
Our Big Little Place. James Conan, illustrated by
Nicole Lalonde, $21.95 (ages 4-7)
Big or small, apartment or house, they’re all home. Come
inside one boy’s high-rise apartment complex, where his backyard is the space
between his neighboring apartment buildings, and his basketball net is tucked
into a bedroom. His parents sometimes complain their home is too small, but the
boy’s balcony view of the city and the extended play space of the hallways are
a few ways that make the boy’s house feel just the right size.
Our Big Little Place is a charming
child’s-eye-view tribute to the power of imaginative play and the diversity of
the living spaces we call home.
The Stone Thrower. Jael Ealey Richardson,
illustrated by Matt James, $18.95 (ages 5-9)
The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up poor,
in a racially segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio, but his mother
assured him that he wouldn’t stay in Portsmouth forever. Education was the way
out, and a football scholarship was the way to pay for that education.
Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback.
But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never
play professional football in the United States. Instead, he moved to Canada
and became a quarterback with the Canadian Football League, leading his team
the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to victory, and the Grey Cup, his first year there.
This inspirational story is told by Chuck Ealey’s
daughter, author and educator Jael Richardson, with striking and powerful
illustrations by award-winning illustrator Matt James.
Stories for Kids Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales
of Amazing People Who Stood Up and Stood Out. Ben Brooks, $22.49 (ages
Boys will be boys and girls will be girls? Not in this
The follow-up to Ben Brooks's New York Times bestselling Stories
for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, this book offers more extraordinary true
stories of amazing people who broke the mold and changed the world for the
better. The resulting message? Be yourself, and your dreams might come true.
With the help of Quinton Winter's striking full-color
illustrations, Brooks offers an accessible compilation of 76 famous and
not-so-famous influencers from the past to the present day, every single one of
them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his or her own way. Entries
include Emma Gonzalez, Andy Warhol, Bjork, Hans Christian Andersen, Sally Ride,
and so many more — heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.
LOON. Susan Vande Griek, illustrated by Karen
Reczuch, $12.95 (ages 4-7)
This lyrical story follows the life cycle of two loon
chicks. We see them breaking out of their eggshells, then learning to swim,
find food and avoid predators such as snapping turtles and big bass fish. After
they learn to fly, they migrate to the ocean. And when their striking black-and-white
feathers finally emerge, they fly inland, each to find a new lake territory and
Accompanying Susan Vande Griek’s poetic text are Karen
Reczuch’s gorgeous illustrations, which show the loons as they grow from tiny
downy chicks to majestic adult birds. An afterword provides more information on
loons, including their amazing diving ability, the meanings of their calls, and
the environmental threats that they face. Also illustrated are five different
types of loons and other animals that can be found in their lake habitat.
EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street. Sheree
Fitch, illustrated by Emma Fitzgerald, $22.95 (ages 4-8)
Sheree Fitch's playful words lead you into this beautiful
children's book and invite you to celebrate our gifts, our weaknesses, our
differences, and our sameness. Fitch displays her wit and mastery of words in
quick, rollicking rhymes that are complemented by Emma Fitzgerald's lively
illustrations. EveryBody's Different on EveryBody Street was originally
produced as a fundraiser to commemorate the Festival of Trees in support of the
Nova Scotia Hospital and to raise awareness for mental illness and addiction.
The Only Child. Guojing, $23.99 (ages 5-9)
A little girl — lost and alone — follows a mysterious stag
deep into the woods, and, like Alice down the rabbit hole, she finds herself in
a strange and wondrous world. But... home and family are very far away. How
will she get back there?
In this magnificently illustrated — and
wordless — masterpiece, debut artist Guojing brilliantly captures the rich and
deeply-felt emotional life of a child, filled with loneliness and longing as
well as love and joy.
Gittel's Journey: an Ellis Island Story. Lesléa
Newman, illustrated by Amy June Bates, $22.99 (ages 5-8)
Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to
America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector,
Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in
New York on a piece of paper. However, when Gittel arrives at Ellis Island, she
discovers the ink has run and the address is illegible! How will she find her
family? Both a heart-wrenching and heartwarming story, Gittel’s Journey offers
a fresh perspective on the immigration journey to Ellis Island. The book includes
an author’s note explaining how Gittel’s story is based on the journey to
America taken by Lesléa Newman’s grandmother and family friend.
A Ticket Around the World. Natalie Diaz &
Melisa Owens, illustrated by Kim Smith, $9.95 (ages 5-8)
Join a young boy as he hops around the globe, visiting
friends in 13 different countries spanning all 6 populated continents. Along
the way, he introduces us to each friend’s environment and customs, and shares
interesting facts about each country’s culture, language, food, geography,
wildlife, landmarks and more. Each country has a dedicated spread with a small map
that shows geography and landmarks, letting readers imagine they are traveling,
too. This informational picture book brings engaging nonfiction content to
younger readers by showing them how other children just like them live around
the world. Playful, realistic illustrations done with stylized realism lend
warmth and whimsy to the book, making each locale feel welcoming. A Ticket
Around the World will leave readers feeling like they’ve toured the globe
without ever having left home.
When I Found Grandma. Saumiya Balasubramaniam
& Qin Leng, $17.95 (ages 4-7)
When Maya’s grandma makes a surprise visit from thousands
of miles away, Maya is delighted. But her excitement doesn’t last long. When
Grandma picks her up from school, she wears fancy clothes and talks too loudly.
Grandma’s morning prayer bells wake Maya up, and she cooks with ingredients
Maya doesn’t usually eat. Plus, Maya thinks cupcakes taste better than
Grandma’s homemade sweets. Maya and Grandma try to compromise, and on a special
trip to the island Grandma even wears an “all-American” baseball cap. But when
Maya rushes off to find the carousel, she loses sight of her mother, father and
grandmother. She is alone in a sea of people — until she spots something
bobbing above the crowd, and right away she knows how to find her way.
Saumiya Balasubramaniam’s story is an insightful and
endearing portrayal of a grandparent-grandchild relationship that is evolving
and deeply loving, as Maya and Grandma navigate cross-cultural contexts and
generational differences. Qin Leng’s sweet, evocative illustrations complement
the story and illuminate Grandma and Maya’s growing closeness.
10 Reasons to Love a Bear. Catherine Barr, illustrated
by Hanako Clulow, $17.99 (ages 3-6)
Bears are incredible creatures! Did you know that they
can sleep for months on end? Or that they hum when they are happy? Discover
ten reasons why bears are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in
this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a
fantastic introduction to environmental issues.
10 Reasons to Love a Penguin. Catherine Barr,
illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $16.99 (ages 3-6)
Penguins are the cutest birds! Did you know that they go
on incredible journeys? Or that they toboggan on their stomachs? Discover ten
reasons why penguins are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in
this gorgeous picture book. A must for any young animal enthusiast and a
fantastic introduction to environmental issues.
10 Reasons to Love a Turtle. Catherine Barr,
illustrated by Hanako Clulow, $16.99 (ages 3-6)
Turtles are amazing creatures! They go on incredible
journeys, have beautiful shells, can hold their breath for hours and even cry
salty tears. You can show you love them by not dropping litter on the beach and
NEVER buying anything made of tortoiseshell. Discover ten reasons why turtles
are amazing and five ways you can show they love them in this delightful
Auntie Luce's Talking Paintings. Francie Latour,
illustrated by Ken Daley, $18.95 (ages 5-8)
Every winter, a young girl flies to Haiti to visit her
Auntie Luce, a painter. The moment she steps off the plane, she feels a wall of
heat, and familiar sights soon follow — the boys selling water ice by the pink
cathedral, the tap-tap buses in the busy streets, the fog and steep winding
road to her aunt’s home in the mountains.
The girl has always loved Auntie Luce’s paintings — the
houses tucked into the hillside, colorful fishing boats by the water, heroes
who fought for and won the country’s independence. Through Haiti’s colors, the
girl comes to understand this place her family calls home. And when the moment
finally comes to have her own portrait painted for the first time, she begins
to see herself in a new way, tracing her own history and identity through her
The Day You Begin. Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated
by Rafael López, $24.99 (ages 5-8)
There will be times when you walk into a room
and no one there is quite like you.
There are many reasons to feel different. Maybe it's how
you look or talk, or where you're from; maybe it's what you eat, or something
just as random. It's not easy to take those first steps into a place where
nobody really knows you yet, but somehow you do it. The Day You Begin reminds
us that we all feel like outsiders sometimes-and how brave it is that we go
forth anyway. And that sometimes, when we reach out and begin to share our stories,
others will be happy to meet us halfway.
Hedy's Journey: the True Story of a Hungarian Girl Fleeing
the Holocaust. Michelle Bisson, illustrated by El Primo Ramon, $9.95 (ages
It is 1941. Hedy and her family are Jewish, and the
Jew-hating Nazi party is rising. Hedy's family is no longer safe in their home
in Hungary. They decide to flee to America, but because of their circumstances,
sixteen-year-old Hedy must make her way through Europe alone. Will luck be with
her? Will she be brave? Join Hedy on her journey-where she encounters good
fortune and misfortune, a kind helper and cruel soldiers, a reunion and a
tragedy-and discover how Hedy is both lucky and brave. Hedy's Journey adds an important voice to the canon of Holocaust stories, and her courage will
make a lasting impact on young readers.
How to Build a Hug: Temple Grandin and Her Amazing
Squeeze Machine. Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline Tourville, illustrated by
Giselle Potter, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
The inspiring story of autism advocate Dr. Temple Grandin
and her brilliant invention: the hug machine.
As a young girl, Temple Grandin loved folding paper
kites, making obstacle courses, and building lean-tos. But she really didn’t
like hugs. Temple wanted to be held — but to her, hugs felt like being stuffed
inside the scratchiest sock in the world; like a tidal wave of dentist drills,
sandpaper, and awful cologne, coming at her all at once. Would she ever get to
enjoy the comfort of a hug? Then one day, Temple had an idea. If she couldn’t
receive a hug, she would make one... she would build a hug machine!
The Day War Came. Nicola Davies, illustrated by
Rebecca Cobb, $19.99 (ages 9-13)
Imagine if, on an ordinary day, after a morning of
studying tadpoles and drawing birds at school, war came to your town and turned
it to rubble. Imagine if you lost everything and everyone, and you had to make
a dangerous journey all alone. Imagine that there was no welcome at the end,
and no room for you to even take a seat at school. And then a child, just like
you, gave you something ordinary but so very, very precious.
A moving, poetic narrative and child-friendly
illustrations follow the heartbreaking, ultimately hopeful journey of a little
girl who is forced to become a refugee.
Jabari Jumps. Gaia Cornwall, $21.99 (ages 3-5)
Jabari is definitely ready to jump off the diving board.
He’s finished his swimming lessons and passed his swim test, and he’s a great
jumper, so he’s not scared at all. “Looks easy,” says Jabari, watching the
other kids take their turns. But when his dad squeezes his hand, Jabari
squeezes back. He needs to figure out what kind of special jump to do anyway,
and he should probably do some stretches before climbing up onto the diving
board. In a sweetly appealing tale of overcoming your fears, newcomer Gaia
Cornwall captures a moment between a patient and encouraging father and a
determined little boy you can’t help but root for.
Ocean Meets Sky. The Fan Brothers, $21.99
Finn lives by the sea and the sea lives by him. Every
time he looks out his window it’s a constant reminder of the stories his
grandfather told him about the place where the ocean meets the sky. Where
whales and jellyfish soar and birds and castles float. Finn’s grandfather is
gone now but Finn knows the perfect way to honor him. He’ll build his own ship
and sail out to find this magical place himself! And when he arrives, maybe,
just maybe, he’ll find something he didn’t know he was looking for.
From the creators of the gorgeous bestseller The Night
Gardener, comes a stunning new picture book about a young boy who sets sail
to find a place his grandfather told him about... the spot where the ocean meets
Wangari's Trees of Peace: a True Story from Africa. Jeanette Winter, $11.99
As a young girl growing up in Kenya, Wangari was surrounded
by trees. But years later when she returns home, she is shocked to see whole
forests being cut down, and she knows that soon all the trees will be
destroyed. So Wangari decides to do something — and starts by planting nine
seedlings in her own backyard. And as they grow, so do her plans.
This true story of Wangari Maathai, environmentalist and
winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, is a shining example of how one woman’s
passion, vision, and determination inspired great change.
Today. Julie Morstad, $23.50 (ages 4-8)
Every day is full of endless possibilities — especially
The simplest moment has the potential to become
extraordinary in this beautiful book by Julie Morstad. From getting dressed, to
having breakfast, to choosing ways to go, Today has a little something
to delight everyone.
Grandad Mandela. Zazi, Ziwele & Zindzi
Mandela, illustrated by Sean Qualls, $23.99 (ages 4-7)
Nelson Mandela’s two great-grandchildren ask their
grandmother, Mandela’s youngest daughter, 15 questions about their grandad — the global icon of peace and forgiveness who spent 27 years in prison. They
learn that he was a freedom fighter who put down his weapons for the sake of
peace, and who then became the President of South Africa and a Nobel Peace
Prize-winner, and realise that they can continue his legacy in the world today.
Seen through a child’s perspective, and authored jointly by Nelson Mandela's
great-grandchildren and daughter, this amazing story is told as never before to
celebrate what would have been Nelson's Mandela 100th birthday.
Jamie Is Jamie: a Book About Being Yourself and
Playing Your Way. Afsanch Moradian, illustrated by Maria Bogade, $18.99
There are so many fun things to play with at Jamie's new
preschool — baby dolls to care for, toy cars to drive — and Jamie wants
to play with them all! But the other children are confused... is Jamie a boy
or a girl? Some toys are just for girls and others are just for boys, aren't
they? Not according to Jamie!
Jamie Is Jamie challenges gender stereotypes,
shows readers that playing is fundamental to learning, and reinforces the idea
that all children need the freedom to play unencumbered. A special section for
teachers, parents, and caregivers provides tips on how to make children's
playtime learning time.
Polly Diamond and
the Magic Book. Alice Kuipers & Diana Toledano, $19.99 (ages 6-9)
Polly loves words. And she loves writing stories. So when
a magic book appears on her doorstep that can make everything she writes happen
in real life, Polly is certain all of her dreams are about to come true. But
she soon learns that what you write and what you mean are not always the same
thing! Funny and touching, this new chapter book series will entertain readers
and inspire budding writers.
5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls. Sarah Howden,
illustrated by Nick Craine, $17.99 (ages 4-8)
5-Minute Stories for Fearless Girls features women
who have pursued their dreams, changed our world, and shown everyone what women
can do. From aviation pioneers to leading scientists and gold-medal athletes to
princesses, these incredible stories are perfect for bedtimes and on the go!
Iqbal and His Ingenious Idea: How a Science Project
Helps One Family and the Planet. Elizabeth Suneby & Rebecca Green, $19.99
It's monsoon season in Bangladesh, which means Iqbal's
mother must cook the family's meals indoors, over an open fire. The smoke from
the fire makes breathing difficult for his mother and baby sister, and it's
even making them sick. Hearing them coughing at night worries Iqbal. So when he
learns that his school's upcoming science fair has the theme of sustainability,
Iqbal comes up with the perfect idea for his entry: he'll design a stove that
doesn't produce smoke! With help from his teacher, Iqbal learns all about solar
energy cooking, which uses heat from the sun to cook — ingenious! Has Iqbal
found a way to win first prize in the science fair while providing cleaner air
and better health for his family at the same time?
Ten Cents a Pound. Nhung N Tran-Davies,
illustrated by Josee Bisailon, $18.95 (ages 5-9)
A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her
family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and
discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl
insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go — that there is
more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the
struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the
young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her
wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.
Walking In the City
with Jane: a Story of Jane Jacobs. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Valérie Boivin, $19.99 (ages 6-9)
From the time she was a
young girl, Jane Jacobs' curious mind made her a keen observer of everything
around her. In this lively and engaging
informational picture book, award-winning author Susan Hughes provides a
fictionalized story of the life of Jane Jacobs, one of the world's greatest
urban thinkers and activists. This book makes a terrific resource for studying
civic engagement, urban life, the history of New York and Toronto (where Jane
moved later in life), and the role of city planning. Jane's inspirational story
is also an excellent example for character education lessons on perseverance,
citizenship and initiative. Stylized illustrations by Valérie Boivin perfectly
evoke the story's time and place. End matter includes a brief biography of Jane
Mr. Mergler, Beethoven, and Me. David Gutnick,
illustrated by Mathilde Cinq-Mars, $18.95 (ages 7-10)
Not long after arriving in Canada from China, a young
girl and her father bump into a kind old man at their local park. They have no
idea that he has been teaching young people music for over fifty years. Mr.
Mergler can hear music in a way that most of us can’t, and he knows that this
little girl has a talent that, with encouragement, will grow into something
magical. He offers to give her music lessons, a gift that will tie them
This story is inspired by events in the life of Daniel
Mergler—a wonderful musician who loved to teach and whose generous spirit
inspires author and journalist David Gutnick to this day.
Hidden Figures: the True Story of Four Black Women and
the Space Race. Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and
Christine Darden were good at math…really good. They participated in some of
NASA's greatest successes, like providing the calculations for America's first
journeys into space. And they did so during a time when being black and a woman
limited what they could do. But they worked hard. They persisted. And they used
their genius minds to change the world.
In this beautifully illustrated picture book edition, we
explore the story of four female African American mathematicians at NASA, known
as "colored computers," and how they overcame gender and racial
barriers to succeed in a highly challenging STEM-based career.
What Happens Next. Susan Hughes, illustrated by
Carey Sookocheff, $19.95 (ages 4-12)
What Happens Next is a raw, realistic story told
by an unnamed protagonist who is made to feel different from everybody
else — even invisible sometimes. Bullied by a girl at school, our narrator gives
a terse script of the related facts (What Her Friends Do: Laugh. What Everyone
Else Does: Nothing.) and emotions (How I Feel Sometimes: Bad. Really Bad). The
narrator takes these hurt feelings home, where Mom listens and offers some
ideas. At school the next day, the child confronts the bully by turning a
“weirdo” fascination with science into an opportunity to find common ground,
and maybe help the bully see the world in a new way.
Libba: the Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth
Cotten. Laura Veirs, illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, $24.99 (ages 4-8)
Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked
up a guitar for the first time. It wasn't hers (it was her big brother's), and
it wasn't strung right for her (she was left-handed). But she flipped that
guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By
age eleven, she'd written "Freight Train," one of the most famous
folk songs of the twentieth century. And by the end of her life, people
everywhere — from the sunny beaches of California to the rolling hills of
England — knew her music. This lyrical, loving picture book from popular
singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh tells
the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten — one of the most
celebrated American folk musicians of all time.
Ada Lace On the Case. Emily Clandrelli, Tamson
Weston & Renée Kurilla, $8.99 (ages 6-10)
Ada Lace — third-grade scientist and inventor
extraordinaire — has discovered something awful: her neighbor’s beloved Yorkie
has been dognapped! With the assistance of a quirky neighbor named Nina
(who is convinced an alien took the doggie) and her ever-growing collection of
gadgets, Ada sets out to find the wrongdoer. As their investigation becomes
more and more mysterious, Ada and Nina grow closer, proving that opposites do,
in fact, attract.
Ada Lace Sees Red. Emily Clandrelli, Tamson Weston
& Renée Kurilla, $8.99 (ages 6-10)
Ada Lace is building a new robot! She’s determined to
beat Milton in the upcoming robotics competition. But she’s distracted — Ada
finds her dad’s art class impossible, while Nina is the star of the class,
basking in the glory of being Mr. Lace’s star pupil. When Mr. Lace suggests
that Nina put on an art show, Ada becomes jealous and loses her temper. Now Ada
isn’t speaking to her dad, she’s falling behind in art class, and she still
doesn’t know how to fix her robot. As the competition looms closer, Ada starts
to wonder if there might be a way to use both science and art to solve her
Hop Into Bed! Nicholas Oldland, $16.99 (ages 3-5)
A bouncy, hoppy frog, full of energy, won’t go to sleep.
He just wants to jump and jump and jump and jump. Finally, everyone else goes
to sleep but he keeps jumping until the sun comes up. The next day, he sleeps
through his whole day — even band practice and a field trip to the zoo. The only
time he gets any energy back is at bedtime when his parents tell him to hop
into bed. That he does, “with a triple-flip and a double-twist!”
My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts. Torill
Kove, $16.95 (ages 7-10)
This tall tale of Kove's Norwegian grandmother was
nominated for an Academy Award when first produced as an animated short film.
In My Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts,
Kove follows a thread of family history, embroidering it with playful twists
along the way, imaginatively rendering her grandmother's life and work in Oslo
during World War II. In Kove's retelling, her grandmother leads a Norwegian
resistance to the invading German Army who had forced the King to flee for his
safety. When the task of ironing the King's shirts was replaced by those of the
German Army officers, Kove's grandmother and her shirt pressing sisters
sabotage the enemy uniforms until morale among the Germans is so low that they
lose the war and head home without a thing to wear!
Full of sharp humor and myth making, My
Grandmother Ironed the King's Shirts is a great example of how small
contributions to the greater good count for a whole lot.
Mae Among the Stars. Roda Ahmed, illustrated by
Stasia Burrington, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
When Little Mae was a child, she dreamed of dancing in
space. She imagined herself surrounded by billions of stars, floating, gliding,
and discovering. She wanted to be an astronaut. Her mom told her, "If you
believe it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.”
Little Mae’s curiosity, intelligence, and determination,
matched with her parents' encouraging words, paved the way for her incredible
success at NASA. A beautiful picture book for sharing, inspired by the life of
the first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison.
Young, Gifted and Black. Jamia Wilson, illustrated
by Andrea Pippins, $27.99 (ages 7-10)
This book brings together 52 icons of colour from the
past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. Meet
figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela
and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including
Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. Strong, courageous, talented
and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a
new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.
The Highway Rat. Julia Donaldson, illustrated by
Axel Scheffler, $4.99 (ages 4-8)
Quick! Hide all your goodies! The Highway Rat's coming,
and he's going to steal your snacks. He takes clover from a rabbit, nuts from a
squirrel — he even steals his own horse's hay! Can no one stop him?
You'll enjoy this fabulous new story of a wickedly
loveable villain who gets his just deserts.
I Am Loved: a Poetry Collection. Nikki Giovanni,
illustrated by Ashley Bryan, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
There is nothing more important to a child than to feel
loved, and this gorgeous gathering of poems written by Nikki Giovanni
celebrates exactly that. Hand-selected by Newbery honoree Ashley Bryan, he has,
with his masterful flourish of color, shape, and movement, added a visual
layering that drums the most important message of all to young, old, parent,
child, grandparent, and friend alike: You are loved. You are loved. You are
loved. As a bonus, one page is mirrored, so children reading the book can see
exactly who is loved — themselves!
We're All Wonders. R. J. Palacio, $24.99 (ages 4-8)
The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, now a major motion
picture, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and
educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with
this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original
adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.
We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into
every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s
the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness
with young children.
Little People, Big Dreams Learning Cards. Isabel
Sánchez Vegara, $23.99 (ages 5-12)
The stylishly illustrated Little People Big Dreams
Learning Cards bring to vivid life 20 outstanding women from this
internationally best-selling series — including famous scientists, writers,
activists, artists, and adventurers. The set includes 40 colorfully illustrated
cards — 2 for each woman — containing intriguing facts about the women’s lives.
With the personal details and biographical facts from these cards, gain a
deeper understanding of these incredible influencers: Maya Angelou, Jane
Austen, Josephine Baker, Coco Chanel, Agatha Christie, Marie Curie, Simone de
Beauvoir, Amelia Earhart, Ella Fitzgerald, Anne Frank, Jane Goodall, Audrey
Hepburn, Frida Kahlo, Ada Lovelace, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Geogia O’Keefe,
Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Mother Theresa, and Harriet Tubman.
The first card features details about each woman’s
childhood. The front shows an illustration of the little dreamer with facts
about where and when she was born, grew up, and died. The back tells you what
she was like as a child, with details about her family life, favorite things,
personality, and aspirations.
Little People, Big Dreams Matching Game. Isabel
Sánchez Vegara, $25.99 (ages 3-10)
Featuring 20 outstanding women from the internationally
best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series — including famous scientists,
writers, activists, artists, and adventurers — this stylishly illustrated
matching game is an entertaining way to inspire and sharpen the minds of little
dreamers everywhere. With three different ways to play, this game offers
endless hours of fun and learning.
Little People, Big Dreams Series (ages 5-8)
In the Little People, Big Dreams series, discover
the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All
of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a
little child with a dream. These inspiring and informative little biographies
come with extra facts about each subject's life and work.
Ada Lovelace. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Amelia Earhart. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Anne Frank. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Ella Fitzgerald. Isabel Sanchez Vegara, $17.99
Emmeline Pankhurst. Lisbeth Kaiser, $17.99
Frida Kahlo. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Georgia O'Keefe. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Harriet Tubman. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Jane Goodall. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
L.M. Montgomery. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Marie Curie. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Maya Angelou. Lisbeth Kaiser, $17.99
Muhammad Ali. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Rosa Parks. Lisbeth Kaiser, $17.99
Simone De Beauvoir. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Stephen Hawking. Isabel Sánchez Vegara, $17.99
Fatima and the Clementine Thieves. Mirielle
Messier, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
One morning, Fatima and her grandfather wake up to find
their clementine orchard savagely ransacked. Who could be doing this? How can
the culprits be stopped? A little girl faces and ENORMOUS problem. Luckily,
Fatima has powerful friends: the spiders!
A wonderful story of friendship and collaboration with a
Letters To a Prisoner. Jacques Goldstyn, $18.95 (ages 5+)
Told entirely through illustrations, Letters to a
Prisoner is a wordless story about the power of hope and the written word.
Inspired by Amnesty International's letter-writing campaigns to help free
people who have been jailed for expressing their opinion, the book tells the
story of a man who is arrested during a peaceful protest. In solitary
confinement, he begins to despair — until a bird delivers a letter of support
written by somebody outside the prison. Every day more missives arrive until
the prisoner escapes his fate on wings made of letters.
I Love My Purse. Belle DeMont, illustrated by
Sonja Wimmer, $21.95 (ages 5-8)
Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother
let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then
his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange”
choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before
long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him. His
father puts on his favorite Hawaiian shirt to go to work, his friend Charlotte
paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks
to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to
conform to societal norms. It’s more important to be true to yourself. With its
humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is sure to entertain young
readers. It can also be used to open a discussion on gender roles.
Actual Size. Steve Jenkins, $10.99 (ages 6-9)
How big is a crocodile? What about a tiger, or the
world’s largest spider? Can you imagine a tongue that is two feet long or an
eye that’s bigger than your head? Sometimes facts and figures don’t tell the
whole story. Sometimes you need to see things for yourself — at their actual
Carson Crosses Canada. Linda Bailey & Kass
Reich, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Feisty Annie Magruder and her dog, Carson, live in British
Columbia, Canada, and they're setting out to visit her sister, Elsie, in
Newfoundland. In their little rattlebang car, packed with Carson's favorite
toy, Squeaky Chicken, and plenty of baloney sandwiches, Annie and Carson hit
the road! They travel province by province, taking in each unique landscape and
experiencing something special to that particular part of this vast, grand
country. For example, they marvel at the beauty of the big, open sky — and
grasshoppers! — in Saskatchewan and discover the gorgeous red earth and
delicious lobster rolls in PEI, before finally being greeted by Elsie — and a
surprise for Carson!
Dolphin SOS. Roy Miki & Slavia Miki,
illustrated by Julie Flett, $17.95 (ages 4-8)
Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the
story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of
Newfoundland. After the authorities fail to provide assistance, some young
people take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed
dolphins. A compassionate and heartfelt story about doing the right thing, and
the deep connection between all living creatures.
Those Darn Squirrels! Adam Rubin, illustrated by
Daniel Salmieri, $11.99 (ages 4-7)
Old Man Fookwire is a grump. The only thing he likes to
do is paint pictures of the birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they
fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them
to stay by putting up beautiful birdfeeders filled with seeds and berries.
Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on
the feeders. The conflict escalates — until the birds depart (as usual), and the
squirrels come up with a plan that completely charms the old grump.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of
Extraordinary Women. Elana Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, $45.00 (ages 4++)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is a children's
book packed with 100 bedtime stories about the life of 100 extraordinary women
from the past and the present, illustrated by 60 female artists from all over
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2. Elana
Favilli & Francesca Cavallo, $40.00 (ages 4++)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls 2 is an
entirely new collection of 100 more bedtime stories about extraordinary women
from all over the world. It boasts a brand new graphic design + 100 incredible
new portraits created by the best female artists of our time.
"Having a passionate community that spans across
70+ countries is a great way to discover incredible stories. The stories in
Volume 2 are 100% stories you told us about. Now, we can all share them. We
can't wait because they truly are breathtaking!" — Elana Favilli &
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls Audiobook: 200
Tales of Extraordinary Women, Books 1 and 2. Francesca Cavalo & Elena
Favilli, $40.00 (CD format)
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, Books 1-2 is packed
with 200 bedtime stories about the lives of extraordinary women from the past
and present, from Elizabeth I to Beyoncé. Painters, scientists, dancers, chefs,
astronauts, jazz singers, pharaohs, boxers, writers, political leaders... from
every corner of the globe! Each short biography is written in the style of a
fairy tale, filling listeners with wonder and with a burning curiosity to know
more about each hero.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls is read by a
star-studded fierce female cast including Alicia Keys, Ashley Judd, Danai
Gurira, Esperanza Spalding, Janeane Garofalo, Mozhan Marnò, Phillipa Soo, Rowan
Blanchard, and Samira Wiley, and includes a PDF of two written exercises:
"Write Your Story" & "Draw Your Portrait".
You Can Read. Helaine Becker & Mark Hoffman,
$19.95 (ages 4-8)
In this fun and funny celebration of literacy, kids of
all ages will discover that the act of reading is a daring adventure that can
take you anywhere! You can read at the playground, under the sea, at the opera
and even in outer space! It turns out you can read everywhere! And when you do,
you open yourself to a universe of adventure. Books are awesome. And so are the
people who read them!
Dragons Love Tacos. Adam Rubin, illustrated by
Daniel Salmieri, $22.99 (ages 4-7)
Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos,
great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. So if you want to lure a bunch of
dragons to your party, you should definitely serve tacos. Buckets and buckets
of tacos. Unfortunately, where there are tacos, there is also salsa. And if a
dragon accidentally eats spicy salsa... oh, boy. You’re in red-hot trouble.
Dragons Love Tacos 2 — The Sequel. Adam Rubin,
illustrated by Daniel Salmieri, $24.99 (ages 4-7)
News alert! It has just been discovered that there are NO
MORE TACOS left anywhere in the world. This is a huge problem because, as you
know, dragons love tacos. If only there was a way for the dragons to travel
back in time, to before tacos went extinct. Then they could grab lots of tacos
and bring them back! It’s the perfect plan, as long as there’s no spicy salsa.
You remember what happened last time...
Greetings Leroy. Itah Saduh, illustrated by Alix
Delinois, $18.95 (ages 5-9)
The first day at a new school is nerve-wracking enough,
never mind when it’s in a new country! In this lively picture book from
award-winning storyteller Itah Sadu, Roy realizes he may come to love his new
home in Canada as much as he loves his old home in Jamaica.
Written as an email to a friend back home, this picture
book tells the story of Roy, whose family has just moved to Canada from
Jamaica. His new home is different from his old home — in Canada, even the sun
feels cold! His nerves ease, though, as welcome reminders of home follow him
through his day. His neighbor gives him a button as a gift for his first day of
school. The principal tells him about the soccer team and his new class makes
him feel welcome. Everything is looking up until Roy goes to show his
classmates his new button and he can’t find it! He rushes back to the
principal’s office where they look up and down and all around for the button.
Thanks to his powers of observation, Roy finds it in an unexpected place and is
able to show it to his new friends. The friendly people he meets, and their
shared love of Bob Marley, make for a good start at his new school. By the end
of the day, Roy is happy to find a piece of his old home in his new home.
Hand Over Hand. Alma Fullerton, Illustrations by Renné
Benoit, $16.95 (ages 5-8)
When Nina asks her grandfather to take her fishing with
him on his old banca boat, his answer is always the same: “A boat is not the
place for a girl.”
But Nina is determined to go. She knows that if her lolo
will show her how to jig the lines, to set the hook, and to pull in a fish,
hand over hand, she can prove to everyone in their Filipino fishing village
that she deserves her turn in the boat, girl or no!
Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged. Jody Nyasha Warner
& Richard Rudnicki, $18.95 hardcover, $9.95 paper (ages 5-9)
In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre told
Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused
to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. After
all, she was the only black person downstairs. All the other black people were
up in the balcony. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to
jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her
struggle against such unfair rules. She refused to accept that being black
meant she couldn't sit where she wanted.
Viola's determination gave strength and inspiration to
her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of the North American struggle
against injustice and racial discrimination whose story deserves to be widely
Short Stories for Little Monsters. Marie-Luoise
Gay, $19.95 (ages 5-8)
What do cats really see? What do trees talk about? Should
you make funny faces on a windy day? Do worms rule the world? Do mothers always
tell the truth? Do snails have nightmares? This hilarious collection of
illustrated stories gives us a glimpse into the things children wonder about
Where Will I Live? Rosemary McCarney, $19.95 (ages 5-9)
Every child needs a home. They need somewhere safe where
they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and
go to sleep at night feeling unafraid. But many children all over the world
have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war
and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them life is
hard and full of questions. In spite of everything, they find time to laugh,
play, and make friends. And most importantly, they have hope that somewhere,
someone will welcome them to a new home.
Written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada's Ambassador to the
United Nations, Where Will I Live? will help children whose lives are
not directly affected by this crisis think about the importance of home, and
what life is like for a child refugee who does not have a permanent, safe home
to shelter them and their family. The beautiful photographs in this book were
taken by the UNHCR — the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — and
include images of children on the move and in refugee camps in countries such
as Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece.
An Inuksuk Means Welcome. Mary Wallace, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
An inuksuk is a stone landmark that different peoples of
the Arctic region build to leave a symbolic message. Inuksuit (the plural of
inuksuk) can point the way, express joy, or simply say: welcome. A central
image in Inuit culture, the inuksuk frames this picture book as an acrostic:
readers will learn seven words from the Inuktitut language whose first letters
together spell INUKSUK. Each word is presented in English and in Inuktitut
characters, with phonetic pronunciation guides provided.
The words and their definitions give a sense of the
traditions and customs of Inuit life in the Arctic: nanuq is the powerful polar
bear of the north; kamik is a warm seal- and caribou-skin boot; and siku is sea
ice. Stunning paintings with deep color and rich texture evoke a powerful sense
of place and show great respect for the Arctic's indigenous people. Extra
informational text features include an introductory note about the significance
of inuksuit in Inuit culture and a nonfiction page that profiles seven
different types of inuksuit.
In the Red Canoe. Leslie Davidson & Laura
Bifano, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
Ducks and frogs, swallows and dragonflies, beaver lodges
and lily pads — a multitude of wonders enchant the child narrator in this tender,
beautifully illustrated picture book. A tribute to those fragile, wild places
that still exist, In the Red Canoe celebrates the bond between grandparent and
grandchild and invites nature lovers of all ages along for the ride.
Cinderstella: a Tale of Planets Not Princes. Susan
Sweet & Brenda Myles, illustrated by Valeria Docampo, $22.50 (ages 5-8)
Cinderstella has plans for her own happily ever after. A
future princess she is not. Her calculations and equations are simple enough —
she'd rather be an astronaut!
Read along in this modern retelling of a beloved fairy
tale, as Cinderstella challenges what is expected of her to pursue her true
passion and find a universe of opportunity in planets and stars.
The Matatu. Eric Walters, illustrations by Eva
Campbell, $10.95 (ages 4-8)
Kioko has been watching the matatus come and go for as
long as he can remember. On his fifth birthday, he gets the chance to climb
aboard one with his grandfather. As the matatu pulls away from the market,
several village dogs chase after it. Kioko wonders why the dogs always bark and
chase after matatus. When he asks his grandfather about it, his grandfather
tells Kioko an entertaining tale about a dog, a goat and a sheep. Set in East
Africa and inspired by a Kamba folktale, The Matatu is a colorful story
filled with unexpected twists and turns.
The Moccasin Goalie. William Roy Brownridge,
$10.95 (ages 4-8)
Danny and his friends, Anita, Petou and Marcel, are
typical youngsters — hockey mad. Danny's disability means that he can’t wear
skates, but his leather moccasins work just fine and earn him the name
“Moccasin Danny.” When a town team is formed, the friends are overjoyed, but
only Marcel is picked for the team. Will Danny get the chance to prove that
even though he can’t wear a pair of skates, he can still play the game?
Stepping Stones: a Refugee Family's Journey. Margaret
Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr, $20.00 (ages 4-9)
Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and
her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the
ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they
can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother,
Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone
images illustrate the story.
The Darkest Dark. Chris Hadfield & Kate
Fillion, Illustrated by Eric Fan & Terry Fan, $22.99 hardcover, $11.99 paper (ages 4-9)
Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a
brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem — at night, Chris
doesn't feel so brave. He's afraid of the dark. But when he watches the
groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark
there is — and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big
dreams to keep you company.
Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris
Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.
French Toast. Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by
François Thisdale, $19.95 (ages 4-7)
Phoebe — half Jamaican, half French-Canadian — hates her
school nickname of “French Toast.” So she is mortified when, out on a walk with
her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make
things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can
Phoebe describe the colour of her skin to someone who has never seen it? “Like
tea, after you’ve added the milk,” she says. And her father? “Like warm banana
bread.” And Nan-Ma herself? She is like maple syrup poured over... well ...
In French Toast, Kari-Lynn Winters uses
descriptions of favourite foods from both of Phoebe’s cultures to celebrate the
varied skin tones of her family. François Thisdale’s imaginative illustrations
fill the landscape with whimsy and mouthwatering delight as Phoebe realizes her
own resilience and takes ownership of her nickname proudly.
Adrift at Sea: a Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival. Marsha
Forchuk Skrypuch, with Tuan Ho, Illustrated by Brian Deines, $22.95 (ages 6-9)
It is 1981. In the middle of the South China Sea, a
fishing boat overloaded with 60 Vietnamese refugees drifts. The motor has
failed; the hull is leaking; the drinking water is nearly gone. This is the
dramatic true story recounted by Tuan Ho, who was six years old when he, his
mother, and two sisters dodged the bullets of Vietnam’s military police for the
perilous chance of boarding that boat. Illustrated with sweeping oil paintings
and complete with an expansive historical and biographical section with photographs,
this non-fiction picture book is all the more important as the world responds
to a new generation of refugees risking all on the open water for the chance at
safety and a new life.
Lila and the Crow. Gabrielle Grimard, $12.95 (ages 5-9)
Lila has just moved to a new town and can’t wait to make
friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: “A
crow! A crow! The new girl’s hair is black like a crow!” Lila’s heart grows as
heavy as a stone. The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy
points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now
every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat.
And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow that seems to want to tell
her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won’t
Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching.
While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than
ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens
Lila’s eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to
proudly embrace her true self.
A Child of Books. Oliver Jeffers & Sam
Winston, $22.00 (ages 6++)
A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words,
arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure.
Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two
travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination.
Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him... but who will be
Six Dots: a Story of Young Louis Braille. Jen
Bryant, illustrated by Boris Kulikov, $23.99 (ages 6-9)
Louis Braille was just five years old when he lost his
sight. He was a clever boy, determined to live like everyone else, and what he
wanted more than anything was to be able to read. Even at the school for the
blind in Paris, there were no books for him. And so he invented his own
alphabet — a whole new system for writing that could be read by touch. A system
so ingenious that it is still used by the blind community today.
The Branch. Mireille Messier, Pierre Pratt, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
When an ice storm snaps a small girl's favorite branch
from the tree in her yard, she's crestfallen. The girl's mom says it's just a
branch. But not to her! “That was the branch I sat on, jumped from, played
under. It was my castle, my spy base, my ship...” Luckily, her neighbor Mr.
Frank understands. He says the branch has “potential.” “What's potential?” she
asks. “It means it's worth keeping.” And so, with imagination and spirit, and
Mr. Frank's guidance and tools, the girl transforms the broken branch into
something whole and new, giving it another purpose, and her another place to
Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants. Andrea Beaty,
illustrations by David Roberts, $16.99 (ages 6-9)
Ada Twist is full of questions. A scientist to her very
core, Ada asks why again and again. One question always leads to another until
she’s off on a journey of discovery! When Rosie Revere’s Uncle Ned gets a
little carried away wearing his famous helium pants, it’s up to Ada and friends
to chase him down. As Uncle Ned floats farther and farther away, Ada starts
asking lots of questions: How high can a balloon float? Is it possible for
Uncle Ned to float into outer space? And what’s the best plan for getting him
In Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants, Ada must rely
on her curious mind, her brave spirit, and her best pals Rosie Revere and Iggy
Peck to solve a mystery in her own backyard.
Ada Twist, Scientist. Andrea Beaty, Illustrated by
David Roberts, $22.95 (ages 5-9)
Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie,
scientist Ada has a boundless imagination and has always been hopelessly
curious. Why are there pointy things stuck to a rose? Why are there hairs
growing inside your nose? When her house fills with a horrific, toe-curling
smell, Ada knows it’s up to her to find the source. What would you do with a
problem like this? Not afraid of failure, Ada embarks on a fact-finding mission
and conducts scientific experiments, all in the name of discovery. But, this
time, her experiments lead to even more stink and get her into trouble!
Iggy Peck, Architect. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by
David Roberts, $22.95 (ages 5-9)
Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of
his fabulous creations, though they’re sometimes surprised by his materials — who
could forget the tower he built of dirty diapers? When his second-grade teacher
declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building
too much to give it up! With Andrea Beaty’s irresistible rhyming text and David
Roberts’s puckish illustrations, this book will charm creative kids everywhere,
and amuse their sometimes bewildered parents.
Iggy Peck's Big Project Book for Amazing Architects:
40+ Things to Create, Draw, and Make. Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David
Roberts, $17.99 (ages 5-9)
Iggy Peck takes readers through more than forty exciting
STEM and design projects, from drafting and doodling to building and
blueprints. Aspiring architects and young dreamers will get a sense of the
unique mix of science, technology, and art skills used to create lasting
structures. Packed with the same quirky humor and gorgeous illustrations that
made Iggy Peck, Architect a favorite with kids, parents, and educators, the
project book will appeal to fans who crave more from Miss Lila Greer’s clever
Rosie Revere, Engineer. Andrea Beaty, illustrated
by David Roberts, $23.95 (ages 5-9)
Rosie may seem quiet during the day, but at night she’s a
brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great
engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit
and mentions her one unfinished goal — to fly — Rosie sets to work building a
contraption to make her aunt’s dream come true. But when her contraption
doesn’t fly but rather hovers for a moment and then crashes, Rosie deems the
invention a failure. On the contrary, Aunt Rose insists that Rosie’s
contraption was a raging success: you can only truly fail, she explains, if you
quit. Rosie Revere, Engineer is a charming, spirited picture book about
believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters. Andrea
Beaty, $16.99 (ages 6-9)
Rosie Revere and the Raucous Riveters, is a
spirited story about the power of teamwork and the true meaning of home. Rosie
Revere is no stranger to flops and fails, kerfuffles and catastrophes. After
all, engineering is all about perseverance! But this time, Rosie has a really
important project to tackle — one that feels much bigger than herself.
Rosie’s beloved Aunt Rose and her friends, the Raucous
Riveters — a group of fun-loving gals who built airplanes during World War
II — need help inventing something new. And Rosie is just the engineer for the
job! After one flop... then another ... and another... Rosie starts to
lose hope. But thanks to some help from her fellow Questioneers Iggy Peck and
Ada Twist, Rosie gets the job done. And, along with the Riveters, she
rediscovers the meaning of home.
Rosie Revere's Big Project Book for Bold Engineers.
Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts, $18.95 (ages 5-9)
Embark on an adventure of personal creativity and
invention with fan favorite Rosie Revere! This activity book features art from
the picture book Rosie Revere, Engineer and will inspire young readers
with activities of all kinds. Kids will have the chance to design a better
bicycle, build a simple catapult, construct a solar oven, and more! This
empowering activity book will teach problem-solving and creative-thinking skills
crucial to STEM fields while also providing opportunities for its readers to
try new things and, sometimes, to fail. As the picture book so brilliantly
showed hundreds of thousands of young readers, flops are an inevitable part of
success and something to be celebrated rather than feared.
Room on the Broom.
Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler, $12.99 (ages 5-9)
The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers
and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's
hat, bow and wand. Luckily, they are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, who
are all keen for a ride on the broom. It's a case of the more, the merrier, but
the broomstick isn't used to such a heavy load and it's not long before... SNAP! It breaks in two! And with a greedy dragon looking for a snack, the
witch's animal pals better think fast!
The Way to School. Rosemary McCarney, with Plan
International, $18.95 (ages 6-9)
Minimal text and stunning photographs from around the
world describe the remarkable, and often dangerous, journeys children make
every day on their way to and from school. No simple school bus picks them up
each day, but rather children travel through disaster zones, cross rapids,
climb mountains, and maneuver on ziplines daily to get to the classroom. Some
of them even carry their desks!
In this beautiful picture book for young readers, every
image and spread speaks to the desire for an education and the physical
commitment the children make each day as they journey to school.
Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to
Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl Fund.
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox. Danielle Daniel,
$16.95 (ages 4-7)
In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of
totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different
creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the
children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of
text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.
In a brief note, Métis artist and author Danielle Daniel
explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they
can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves
Oscar Lives Next Door: a Story Inspired by Oscar
Peterson's Childhood. Bonnie Farmer & Marie LaFrance, $17.95 (ages 4-8)
Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz
pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When a bout of childhood
tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved
instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become
an international jazz piano sensation. Oscar Lives Next Door is a
fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next-door neighbor
for Oscar named Millie, who gets into mischief with him but also appreciates
his talents: Oscar hears music in everything, and Millie calls him a magician
for the way he can coax melodies from his trumpet. Millie writes to Oscar
during his long stay in the hospital for tuberculosis, and she encourages his
earliest notes on the piano.
Set in Oscar’s true childhood neighborhood of St-Henri —
now known as Little Burgundy — the book provides a wonderful sense of this
1930s neighborhood where most of Montreal’s Black working class population
lived. Detailed digital illustrations make the community’s culture and music
The book concludes with a page of informational text
about the author’s own connection to Little Burgundy and a short biography of
the jazz legend.
The Adventures of Miss Petitfour. Anne Michaels,
$12.99 (ages 6-9)
Miss Petitfour enjoys having adventures that are
"just the right size — fitting into a single, magical day." She is an
expert at baking and eating fancy iced cakes, and her favorite mode of travel
is par avion. On windy days, she takes her sixteen cats out for an airing:
Minky, Misty, Taffy, Purrsia, Pirate, Mustard, Moutarde, Hemdela, Earring,
Grigorovitch, Clasby, Captain Captain, Captain Catkin, Captain Cothespin, Your
Shyness and Sizzles. With the aid of her favorite tea party tablecloth as a
makeshift balloon, Miss Petitfour and her charges fly over her village, having
many little adventures along the way.
Join Miss Petitfour and her equally
eccentric felines on five magical outings — a search for marmalade, to a
spring jumble sale, on a quest for "birthday cheddar", the retrieval
of a lost rare stamp and as they compete in the village's annual Festooning
Festival. A whimsical, beautifully illustrated collection of tales that
celebrates language, storytelling and small pleasures, especially the edible
Mayann's Train Ride. Mayann Francis, illustrated by
Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo, $22.95 (ages 4-9)
Nine-year-old Mayann Francis and her family are
travelling from their home in Cape Breton to New York City by train. Everything
is exciting to young Mayann, from the beds that fold down to the stop in
Montreal to visit friends. Most exciting of all is the chance to show off her
brand new purse.
When the Francis family arrives in big, bustling New York
City, Mayann visits with relatives, goes to the zoo, and rides the subway. She
even receives a beautiful black doll, something she has never seen before. But
one subway ride, she loses her beautiful purse. At first she’s heartbroken, but
she just might learn a lesson that makes the whole trip worthwhile.
Penelope Perfect. Shannon Anderson, $14.99 (ages 6-9)
This encouraging story told in cheerful
rhyme will speak to kids who deal with perfectionism or other forms of anxiety.
The book concludes with tips and information to help parents, teachers,
counselors, and other adults foster dialogue with children about overcoming
perfectionism and coping when things don’t go according to plan.
Amber Was Brave, Essie Was Smart. Vera B. Williams,
$9.75 (ages 8-12)
Essie is smart. She can read hard library books and make
cocoa. Amber is brave. She isn't afraid of the rat in the wall or of climbing
up in high places. Amber and Essie are sisters and best friends. Together, they
can do anything.
Today is the
Day. Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie
Fernandes, $19.99 (ages 5-9)
Mutanu is excited. As she goes about her
chores, she thinks about the day to come and what surprises it might bring. For
today is no ordinary day at the orphanage she lives in. Every year, the
orphanage honors its newest arrivals by creating a birthday day especially for
them. From that moment forward, the orphans have a day that they know is
theirs — a day to celebrate, a day to enjoy, a day to remember. And today is the
Based on real children in an orphanage in Kenya, this lovely story
shows how something as simple as a birthday, something most of us take for
granted, can mean so much in another part of the world.
Cat Who Composed. Leslea Newman, $22.99 (ages 5-8)
Moshe Cotel was a composer who lived in
a noisy building on a noisy street in a noisy city. But Moshe didn’t mind.
Everything he heard was music to his ears. One day, while out for a walk, he
heard a small, sad sound that he’d never heard before. It was a tiny kitten!
“Come on, little Ketzel,” Moshe said, “I will take you home and we will make
beautiful music together.” And they did — in a most surprising way. Inspired by a
true story, Lesléa Newman and Amy June Bates craft an engaging tale of a
creative man and the beloved cat who brings unexpected sweet notes his way.
Louise. Toni Morrison & Slade Morrison, $10.99 (ages 4-8)
A library card unlocks a new life for a
young girl in this picture book about the power of imagination, from the Nobel Prize–winning
author Toni Morrison.
On one gray afternoon, Louise makes a fateful trip to the library. With the
help of a new library card and through the transformative power of books, what
started out as a dull day turns into one of surprises, ideas, and fun, fun,
The Specific Ocean. Kyo Maclear & Katty
Maurey, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
In this gently told picture book, a young girl is unhappy
about having to leave the city for a family vacation on the Pacific Ocean
(which she used to call the Specific Ocean). As the days pass, however, she is
drawn to spend more time in and near the water, feeling moved by its beauty and
rhythms. By the end of the vacation, the girl has grown to love the ocean and
now feels reluctant to leave it behind. But as she soon realizes, it doesn't ever
have to leave her.
Painted Skies. Carolyn Mallory, illustrated by
Amei Zhao, $16.95 (ages 5-7)
Leslie is new to the Arctic, and no one told her there
would be so much snow, and so many interesting things to see. Along with her
new friend Oolipika, Leslie soon discovers one of the Arctic’s most unique and
breathtaking natural wonders, the northern lights.
This contemporary narrative introduces young readers to
an Inuit legend about the northern lights, followed by an epilogue that explains
the science behind this amazing phenomenon.
A Morning to Polish and Keep. Julie Lawson,
illustrated by Sheena Lott, $9.95 (ages 6-8)
When Amy goes fishing and loses her first big catch, the day
is spoiled. Or is it? By the end of the day, Amy has a real fish story to tell
as well as a lasting memory. A Morning to Polish and Keep is the
classic children's picture book set on the beautiful Pacific Coast. It is a
story of adventure, togetherness, and, ultimately, the comforting memory of
Rosario's Fig Tree. Charis Wahl, illustrated by
Luc Melanson, $18.95 (ages 4-7)
Every spring the little girl who lives next door to
Rosario helps him plant vegetables. One spring, Rosario plants a fig tree,
which soon bears sweet purple fruit. But when fall comes, he bends it over and
buries it in the ground. What kind of magic is Rosario performing? The next
spring, on planting day, the little girl and Rosario make holes for tomato
plants, push in stakes for beans and plant other vegetables. Then Rosario begins
to unearth the buried fig tree. It looks dead, for sure. But one hot sunny day,
a fresh green leaf appears.
Music is for Everyone. Jill Barber, illustrated by
Sydney Smith, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
Music is for Everyone is sure to get you
excited about making music! Singer-songwriter Jill Barber takes her young
readers through many different kinds of music — hip hop, jazz, classical,
folk — and instruments in an energetic, rhyming tour. Sydney Smith’s gleeful
illustrations capture all the joy that comes from making music — in all its
In a Cloud of Dust. Alma
Fullerton, illustrated by Brian Deines, $10.95 (ages 4-8)
In a Tanzanian village school, Anna struggles to keep up.
Her walk home takes so long that when she arrives, it is too dark to do her
homework. Working through the lunch hour instead, she doesn’t see the truck
from the bicycle library pull into the schoolyard. By the time she gets out
there, the bikes are all gone. Anna hides her disappointment, happy to help her
friends learn to balance and steer. She doesn’t know a compassionate friend
will offer her a clever solution — and the chance to raise her own cloud of dust.
Inspired by organizations like The Village Bicycle
Project that have opened bicycle libraries all across Africa, In a Cloud of
Dust is an uplifting example of how a simple opportunity can make a
dramatic change in a child’s life.
Welcome to the Family. Mary Hoffman & Ros
Asquith, $19.99 (ages 5-9)
How did you arrive in your family? Have you got a mom and
a dad, or a step-mom, or foster parents, or maybe two dads or two moms? Find
out about the many different ways of making a family. Maybe you can find one
just like yours.
This book takes one element of The Great Big Book
of Families — the arrival of new members into a family — and explores
all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book
includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex
families and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family.
This is a unique information book, with an important and positive message —
every family is different and every family is equally valid and special, no
matter how or when the children arrive.
Princess Pistachio. Marie-Louise Gay, $12.95 (ages 5-8)
Pistachio has always known she was a princess. When a
mysterious gift turns up on her birthday, she’s sure it’s only a matter of time
before her real parents, the king and queen of Papua, arrive to take her away.
In the meantime, though, she still has to eat her spinach and get up for
school. Her friends still laugh when she wears her new gold crown to class. And
her annoying baby sister insists on pestering her. When Pistachio’s angry wish
makes Penny disappear, she will need the courage of a true princess to get her
Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent.
Marie-Louise Gay, $12.95 (ages 5-8)
Pistachio is worried about her dog. All he does is sleep... and eat... and sleep. What a boring life! An audition call for a
theater production seems like the perfect answer. When Dog is chosen for the
role, his life is abruptly transformed with a new job and a new name: Maurice
the Magnificent, star of Sleeping Beauty! Unfortunately, Maurice is not the
only one being swept up in the excitement. Pistachio can talk about nothing
else, until her best friend Madeline is completely fed up. Then disaster
strikes: Maurice is dog-napped! Pistachio is distraught, and Madeline will not
even lift a finger to help. Can Pistachio save both her dog and her friendship?
Princess Pistachio and the Pest. Marie-Louise Gay,
$12.95 (ages 5-8)
It’s the first day of the summer holidays and Pistachio
Shoelace has big plans. Plans that involve a compass, a cave, and a buried
treasure. Plans that do not involve a troublemaking little sister wearing bunny
ears and a Superman cape. Forced to take baby Penny to the park, Pistachio
prepares for a dull day. But between fruit thefts, a witch’s garden, and an
angry park warden with a rulebook, a day with Penny is anything but boring.
Princess Pistachio Treasury. Marie-Louise Gay, $18.95 (ages 5-8)
A grand collection for early readers transitioning to
chapter books, this treasury gathers three madcap Princess Pistachio titles
into one divine volume. New fans will cheer for Pistachio as she
"discovers" she may be kidnapped royalty in Princess Pistachio,
navigates a disastrous day of minding her baby sister in Princess Pistachio and
the Pest, and gets caught up in fame when her dog becomes a theater star in
Princess Pistachio and Maurice the Magnificent.
The Good Little Book. Kyo MacLear, $18.99 (ages 6-9)
While banished to a dusty study one day
"to think things over," a boy pulls a book off a shelf and with great
reluctance begins to read. As the afternoon passes, the story nabs him and
carries him away. Before long, this good little book becomes his loyal
companion, accompanying him everywhere... until, one day, the book is lost.
Will this bad little boy get back his good little book? Will the good little
book survive on its own without a proper jacket? A quirky, enchanting tale of
literary love and loss, and love found again, that will win the heart of even
the most reluctant reader.
Stella Batts: Something Blue. Courtney Sheinmel,
illustrated by Jennifer Bell, $5.99 (ages 6-9)
The Batts family has arrived at a hotel in Los Angeles
and everything is all set for Aunt Laura’s wedding weekend. Stella and Penny
are going to be getting a new uncle, and a new cousin! Plus, they get to be
flower girls, and wear fancy dresses, and walk down the aisle throwing rose
petals. It’s going to be perfect, just the way Aunt Laura has imagined it. Just
the way Stella has imagined it, too. But sometimes a wedding doesn’t happen the
way anyone thinks it will, including the bride. Things are starting to go
wrong, and Stella is worried that it’s all her fault!
A Good Trade. Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen
Patkau, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
In a small Ugandan village, Kato wakes early to start the
long, barefoot trek beyond his village and along fields dotted with cattle and
guarded by soldiers. His destination is the village well, where he will pump a
day’s supply of water into two jerry cans. Like every day, Kato lets the water
splash over his hot, tired feet before carrying his heavy load back home, where
his chores await him. But this is no ordinary day. The aid-worker’s truck has
come to the village square, and in the back is a gift so special, the little
boy rushes home to look for something to repay the aid-worker.
The Invisible Boy. Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by
Patrice Barton, $18.95 (ages 5-9)
Meet Brian, the invisible boy. Nobody ever seems to
notice him or think to include him in their group, game, or birthday party... until, that is, a new kid comes to class. When Justin, the new boy, arrives,
Brian is the first to make him feel welcome. And when Brian and Justin team up
to work on a class project together, Brian finds a way to shine.
This gentle story shows how small acts of kindness can help children feel
included and allow them to flourish. Any parent, teacher, or counselor looking
for material that sensitively addresses the needs of quieter children will find The Invisible Boy a valuable and important resource.
Peach Girl. Raymond Nakamura, illustrated by
Rebecca Bender, $19.95 (ages 5-8)
When the farmer and her husband find a giant peach at
their door, they can’t imagine how it got there. But they are even more
surprised when the skin bursts open and out leaps... a girl!
Feisty Momoko declares that she is here to make the world
a better place, and what better way to start than by investigating the rumours
about a fearsome local ogre? Everyone says the ogre is taller than a tree, has
teeth like knives, shoots flames from his eyes, and eats small children. The
villagers won’t go near him. But Momoko wants to find out for herself, and her
new friends Monkey, Dog, and Pheasant might just be able to help her — as long as
she’s willing to share those tasty peach dumplings.
IF... a Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big
Ideas and Numbers. David Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams, $19.95 (ages 8-12)
"Some things are so huge or so old that it's hard to
wrap your mind around them. But what if we took these big, hard-to-imagine
objects and events and compared them to things we can see, feel and touch?
Instantly, we'd see our world in a whole new way." So begins this
endlessly intriguing guide to better understanding all those really big ideas
and numbers children come across on a regular basis. Author David Smith has
found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of
Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world
divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as
different types of balls). Accompanying each description is a kid-friendly
drawing by illustrator Steve Adams that visually reinforces the concept.
Ready, Set, Go! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael
Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)
Miranda's dad is running in his very first big race. She
goes to get him a drink of water, but when she gets back the race has already
started. What is she going to do?
DRAW! Raúl Colón, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
A boy alone in his room.
Sketchbook in hand.
What would it be like to on safari?
Based on his own childhood, beloved and award-winning
artist Raúl Colón’s wordless book is about the limitless nature of creativity
Pyjama Day. Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael
Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-8)
Can pyjamas be TOO perfect???
Julia, Child. Kyo Maclear, Illustrated
by Julie Morstad, $9.99 (ages 5-8)
Julia and Simca are two young friends who agree that you
can never use too much butter — and that it is best to be a child forever.
Sharing a love of cooking and having no wish to turn into big, busy people who
worry too much and dawdle too little, they decide to create a feast for growing
and staying young. A playful, scrumptious celebration of the joy of eating, the
importance of never completely growing up and mastering the art of having a
good time, Julia, Child is a fictional tale loosely inspired
by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child — a story that should be
taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.
Our Flag: the Story of Canada's Maple Leaf. Ann-Maureen
Owens & Jane Yealland, $9.95 (ages 7-10)
Discover the fascinating play-by-play of how today's
beloved maple leaf flag design came to be — including how some government
leaders took a personal interest in the design, as well as how ordinary
Canadians were given the opportunity to weigh in with their own ideas!
Bright Sky, Starry City. Uma Krishnaswami,
illustrated by Aimée Sicuro, $17.95 (ages 6-9)
Phoebe helps her dad set up telescopes on the sidewalk
outside his store. It’s a special night — Saturn and Mars are going to appear
together in the sky. But will Phoebe be able to see them with all the city
lights? Raindrops begin to fall, followed by lightning and thunder. Phoebe is
filled with disappointment as she and her father hurry inside to wait out the
storm. But suddenly the power fails and then, amazingly, the rain and clouds
disappear. Phoebe and her dad and all kinds of people spill into the street.
And there, in the bright night sky, the splendor of the planets and a multitude
of stars are revealed for all to see.
An illustrated afterword includes information about the
solar system, planetary conjunctions and rings, moons, telescopes and light
pollution. A glossary and recommended further reading are also included.
We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina,
$8.95 (ages 4-8)
Who is in your family? Let's share and celebrate what
makes each family special!
A Happy Hat. Cecil Kim, illustrated by Joo-Kyung Kim, $13.50 (ages 4-8)
A HAPPY HAT is a sweet and upbeat tale
of resilience, optimism, and hope. The life story of a hat — a very happy hat —
and its various owners illustrates how dealing with disappointments and
stressful situations is crucial to one’s well-being.
Gustave. Rémy Simard, Pierre Pratt. $18.95 (ages 4-7)
A little mouse and his friend, Gustave, go out to play
one afternoon in this darkly comic story about the sadness of losing a friend
and the joy of making a new one.
The mouse’s mother has always warned the young friends
not to stray too far from home. There is a cat, she says, and it is dangerous
to go far away. But danger doesn’t stop this curious pair, and soon they find
themselves face-to-face with their big blue-eyed enemy. In a feat of bravery,
Gustave allows his friend the chance to escape — but is gobbled up by the cat
in the process. Heartbroken, the little mouse must return home — without his
friend — and tell his mother what has happened.
A sweet surprise ending turns this melancholy tale of
friendship into a strangely funny book.
A Glass. Etienne
Delessert, $22.99 (ages 4-8)
Children's author and illustrator
Etienne Delessert tells the story of Eglantine Besson, the woman who became his
mother, and of the glass that came to represent their relationship.
Here I Am. Patti Kim, $8.95 (ages 5-9)
Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his
family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in
this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits,
games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special
keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way. How will he once again
become the happy, confident kid he used to be? Walk in his shoes as he takes
the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world. A poignant
and affirming view of the immigrant experience.
Swamp Water. Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-8)
Victoria’s grandmother takes her out for
a very special, fancy birthday lunch. But how special can a restaurant be if it
doesn’t serve the food Victoria likes?
The Art of Miss Chew. Patricia Polacco, $19.00 (ages 4-8)
Trisha knew she wanted to be an artist.
The trouble was — everything else she had to do at school! Reading, tests,
projects — Trisha needed so much time to complete these than any of the other
kids. With the help of a caring home room teacher, and a wonderful, outspoken
art teacher, Trisha realizes her dream.
In Lucia’s Neighborhood. Pat Shewchuk & Marek Colek, $18.95
After learning about urban visionary
Jane Jacobs, seven-year-old Lucia takes a closer look at what makes her city
neighborhood special. Is it the park where people jog, play with their dogs,
practice Tai Chi? Is it the shops along the main street? Or is it the
festivals, the people, the front yards with their flowers, the neighbors, the
Illustrating the many ways people work
together to make their communities vibrant and thriving, IN LUCIA’S
NEIGHBORHOOD will inspire readers to join the performance of “the ballet of the
good city sidewalk” in their own neighborhoods.
My Mother is Weird. Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Brenda Jones, $9.95
A view of a mother’s bad day through the
eyes of a child — a funny and loving story for children and parents.
Put Me in a Book! Robert Munsch, $7.99 (ages 4-7)
Hailey is really excited when a writer puts her in a book. But being in a book isn’t as much fun as it sounds — how is Hailey going to get OUT??
Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages
When Isaac and Elena read a book about lions, all they
want to do is RRRRRRROOOOOOOOAARRRRRRRRR!!
Too Much Stuff! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)
One backpack full of toys plus one airplane ride equals a crazy adventure for Temina and her Mom.
The Blessing Cup. Patricia Polacco, $19.99 (ages 4-8)
As a young Russian Jewish girl in the
early 1900s, Anna and her family lived in fear of the Czar’s soldiers. The
family lived a hard life and had few possessions — their treasure was a beautiful
china tea set. A wedding gift to Anna’s parents, the tea set came with a wish
that “Anyone who drinks from this will have blessings from God. They will never
know a day of hunger. Their lives will always have flavor. They will know love
and joy and they will never be poor.”
When Anna’s family leaves Russia for America, they bring the tea set and its
blessings. A source of heritage and security, the tea set helps Anna’s family
make friends and find better lives in America. A cup from the tea set — The
Blessing Cup — became an anchor of family history, and it remains a symbol of
lasting love more than a century later. This tender tribute to the importance
of loving lineage is a prequel and companion to the perennial bestseller The
Keeping Quilt and is told and illustrated with authenticity and
Earth to Audrey. Susan Hughes, illustrated by
Stéphane Poulin, $6.95 (ages 5-8)
Audrey comes into Ray's life like an earthbound star.
Everything about her is a bit far-out. And she's always in her own little
world. So Ray decides that this unusual girl who has dropped into his
neighborhood for the summer must be an alien. As they become friends, Audrey
takes Ray on a journey of discovery — one that enables him to see his own
planet in a new light. Soon, Ray can't imagine life on Earth without her.
They Say Blue. Jillian Tamaki, $19.95 (ages 4-7)
They Say Blue follows a young girl as she
contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and
the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her
hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn’t know — she hasn’t
seen one. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture
book from a highly acclaimed artist.
Hey Black Child. Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated
by Bryan Collier, $23.49 (ages 4-8)
Hey black child,
Do you know who you are?
Who you really are?
Do you know you can be
What you want to be
If you try to be
What you can be?
This lyrical, empowering poem celebrates black children
and seeks to inspire all young people to dream big and achieve their goals.
Give Me Back My Dad! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-8)
Cheryl and her dad know the very best spot for ice fishing. But they’d better watch out — because the fish have other plans!
It's My Room! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99
Matthew is thrilled to find out that he
is getting his own bedroom and won't have to share with anyone. Then all Mom's
relatives come to stay and Matthew has to think of a way to get his room back.
It isn't going to be easy.
Desmond and the Very Mean Word. Desmond Tutu & Douglas Carlton Abrams, illustrated by A.G.
Ford, $18.00 (ages 6-9)
When Desmond takes his new bicycle out
for a ride through his neighborhood, his pride and joy turn to hurt and anger
when a group of boys shout a very mean word at him. He first responds by
shouting an insult, but soon discovers that fighting back with mean words
doesn’t make him feel any better. With the help of kindly Father Trevor,
Desmond comes to understand his conflicted feelings and see that all people deserve
compassion, whether or not they say they are sorry. Brought to vivid life in A.
G. Ford’s energetic illustrations, this heartfelt, relatable story conveys
timeless wisdom about how to handle bullying and angry feelings, while seeing
the good in everyone.
Something from Nothing. Phoebe Gilman, $8.99 (ages 5-8)
When Joseph was a baby, his
grandfather made him a wonderful blanket to keep him warm and cozy. But Joseph
grew older, and the blanket grew older too …
Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg, $22.95 (ages 4-8)
It’s OK to make a mistake! In fact, hooray for mistakes!
A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t
ruin a drawing — not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an
accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it
into the roaring mouth of an alligator. Beautiful Oops! is filled
with pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, tears, holes, overlays, bends, smudges, and even
an accordion “telescope” — each demonstrating the magical transformation from
blunder to wonder, as the smudge becomes the face of a bunny, a crumpled ball
of paper turns into a lamb’s fleecy coat — celebrate the oops in
My Book of Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg,
$22.95 (ages 4-8)
Every mistake is an opportunity to make something
beautiful. This is the central idea of Beautiful Oops!, Barney Saltzberg’s
beloved bestseller — and now My Book of Beautiful Oops!, an interactive
journal for young artists, takes that principle into unexpected new directions.
My Book of Beautiful Oops! champions imagination,
play, and the courage to express oneself. It’s about self-forgiveness, about
turning off that inner critic that clamors for perfection. And it’s about
freedom — the freedom to be creative and follow your curiosity wherever it goes. That’s
a lesson to celebrate.
A Little Bit of Oomph! Barney Saltzberg, $20.95(ages 4-8)
A triumph of imagination, vibrant, colorful art, and
paper engineering, A Little Bit of Oomph! is filled with
pop-ups, lift-the-flaps, spinning circles and gatefolds — and, underlying every
page, a timeless message that creativity is for everyone. Just add a little bit
Come Back to Earth, Esther! Josée Bisaillon,
$22.95 (ages 4-8)
Come Back to Earth, Esther! is a full-hearted
celebration of a fun-loving, space-obsessed girl who wishes, more than
anything, to build her own spaceship, liftoff into the sky, and explore the
galaxy. Featuring lively, accessible text and an exceptional protagonist with a
supportive, diverse family, this STEM-friendly book is a celebration of
imagination and making your own dreams come true.
The Sad Little Fact. Jonah Winter, illustrated by
Pete Oswald, $23.99 (ages 4-7)
There once was a fact who could not lie.
But no one believed him.
When the Authorities lock the sad little fact away, along
with other facts, the world goes dark. But facts are stubborn things. With the
help of a few skillful fact finders, they make a daring escape and bring truth
back to brighten the world. Because after all, "a fact is a fact" and
Truth be told, this spare, ingenious story reads like a
modern-day parable. reminding us of the importance of honesty and truth during
a time of lies and fake news.
Lulu Is Getting a Sister. Judith Viorst,
illustrated by Kevin Cornell, $10.99 (ages 6-10)
Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting... a
baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell you
anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling.
Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her
parents bribe — AHEM, ask — Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister
training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of
temporary little “siblings” who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become
excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp
Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu
resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts
them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their
backpacks up a mountain!
Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the
neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu’s siblings, and Lulu responds
by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those
BITs who’s boss! After all, Lulu’s siblings may be duds, but they’re her duds,
and sisters have to stick together.
The Key from Spain. Debbie Levy, illustrated by
Sonja Wimmer, $10.99 (ages 5-9)
When Flory's ancestors are forced to leave Spain during
the time of the Spanish Inquisition, they take with them their two most
precious possessions — the key to their old house and the Ladino language. When
Flory flees Europe during World War II to begin a new life in the United
States, she carries Ladino with her, along with her other precious
possessions — her harmoniku and her music. But what of the key?
How Did I Get Here? Your Story from the Big Bang to
Your Birthday. Philip Bunting, $23.49 (ages 4-8)
From the Big Bang to your birthday, and (almost)
everything in between, this funny and informative book tells your story. You
are one of the newest members of a family tree that goes way, way, way back to
the very first life on Earth. A lot of incredible things had to happen between
the beginning of the universe and today in order to make you. The fact that you
(and everyone you know) are here is nothing short of mind-boggling! Read this
book to discover how it happened, and prepare to be amazed by the awesomeness of
This clever, funny, and scientific timeline of the
journey of human existence is designed to get young readers asking questions,
finding answers, and marveling at the many wonders of our world, from the Big
Bang, to evolution, to a brand-new baby, and more.
Saturday. Oge Mora, $24.99 (ages 4-8)
Today would be special. Today would be splendid. It
was Saturday! But sometimes, the best plans don't work out exactly the way you
In this heartfelt and universal story, a mother and
daughter look forward to their special Saturday routine together every single
week. But this Saturday, one thing after another goes wrong — ruining story
time, salon time, picnic time, and the puppet show they'd been looking forward
to going to all week. Mom is nearing a meltdown... until her loving daughter
reminds her that being together is the most important thing of all.
Reading Beauty. Deborah Underwood, illustrated by
Meg Hunt, $25.50 (ages 4-8)
A repressible fairy tale retelling that is sure to charm
readers of all ages: When a fairy's curse — a deathlike sleep via paper
cut — threatens to make her kingdom barren of books, it's up to space princess
Lex to break the spell and bring books back to her people. Set in the universe
of the acclaimed Interstellar Cinderella, this empowering bedtime story
will entice young readers with its brave heroine, star-studded setting, and
hilarious, heartwarming happy ending.
Keep Up, Katmai. Barrett Hedges & Pili
Palm-Leis, $19.99 (ages 4-8)
Keep Up, Katmai is a remarkable up-close view into
an inquisitive real grizzly cub's day, with stunning photographs shot by
renowned wildlife photographer Barrett Hedges. In this unique format,
photographs give an up-close view into a very important event in a grizzly
cub's life — when she learns to fish for salmon with her brothers and sister.
Young readers will cheer for Katmai, the smallest of the cubs, as we follow her
day. The incredible collection of photos shows how wild bears eat, learn and
play, as their mother protects and feeds them. The result? A beautiful
introduction to this incredible, endangered species, and a wonderful story
celebrating the love between parents and their children.
Back of book material includes a fascinating interview
with author Pili Palm-Leis and photographer Barrett Hedges. While anyone would
look at these photos and know they are special, an experienced nature
photographer would immediately recognize that they also represent a unique
shoot. To see a grizzly mom in the wild with four live cubs is almost unheard
of. Barrett's shoot captured behaviour that is very hard to get, especially in
the same frame. Thanks to his eye and deep knowledge and respect for the wildlife
he photographs, young readers will witness magnificent scenes in nature that
most of us would never have a chance to experience.
Birdsong. Julie Flett, $22.95 (ages 3-8)
A tender, luminous portrait of art, nature, and
connecting across generations.
When a young girl moves from the country to a small town,
she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next
door, who shares her love of art and nature. Can the girl navigate the changing
seasons and failing health of her new friend?
Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flett’s textured images
of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this
powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational
relationships and shared passions. A brief glossary and pronunciation guide to
Cree-Métis words that appear in the text is provided on the copyright page.
You Should Meet: Kids Who Are Changing the World. Sheila
Sweeny Higginson, illustrated by Alyssa Petersen, $6.99 (ages 6-8)
Have you ever wondered what you could do to change the
world? Find out how kids are helping the environment, inventing incredible
medical devices, aiding the homeless, designing apps so other kids won’t ever
have to eat alone in the cafeteria, and more! Learn all about what they’ve come
up with and how their ideas are changing lives in this story of four amazing
kids. Meet the inventive kids who are coming up with ways to save the world in
this fascinating, nonfiction Level 3 Ready-to-Read, part of a series of
biographies about people you should meet!
A special section at the back of the book includes extras
such as biographies of famous young inventors and contemporary activists plus
interesting ideas for other ways that kids can change the world. With the You
Should Meet series, learning about amazing people has never been so much fun.
Here and Now. Julia Denos, illustrated E.B.
Goodale, $25.50 (ages 4-7)
A stunning celebration of mindfulness and a meditation on
slowing down and enjoying each moment.
Explore identity and connection, inspire curiosity, and
prompt engaging discussions about the here and now.
Where Are You Now? Tyler Clark Burke, $18.95 (ages
Just as the sun sets to make way for the rising moon, or
snowflakes melt only to return as fog and mist, things that disappear in nature
often reappear in different forms. This picture book uses this simple but
powerful metaphor of disappearance and reappearance as an entry point for
talking with children about death, loss, and change.
Written in accessible verse and illustrated in bright
washes of watercolor, this is a beautiful, gentle book that invites young
readers to find comfort in transformation. Built around the idea that death can
be thought of as a kind of regeneration, the narrative shows how a loved one’s
presence can be felt in meaningful and enduring ways.
You Are My Friend: the Story of Mister Rogers and His
Neighborhood. Aimee Reid, illustrated by Matt Phelan, $22.99 (ages 5-8)
Mister Rogers is one of the most beloved television
personalities, but before he was the man who brought us Mister Rogers’
Neighborhood, he was just little Freddie Rogers. Though he was often sick and
had trouble making friends as a child, his mom and grandfather encouraged him
to ask for help and explore the world. With their support, he learned how to
better say what he was feeling and see the beauty around him. As he grew up, he
realized he could spread the message of compassion, equality, and kindness
through television. You Are My Friend is a gentle homage to Fred Rogers
and shows how his simple message still resonates with us today: “There’s no
person in the world like you and I like you just the way you are.” The book
includes a short biography of Fred’s life and a bibliography.
This is a work of fiction. This book is an expression of
admiration of Fred Rogers, the man and the artist, by the author and
illustrator. This book is not associated with or endorsed by The Fred Rogers
Fairy Science. Ashley Spires, $21.99 (ages 4-7)
The award-winning author of The Most Magnificent Thing introduces the value of science and inquiry to young readers with humor and
Esther the fairy doesn't believe in magic. But fairies
are all about magic, despite Esther's best efforts to reveal the science of
their world. So when the other fairies' solution to
helping a dying tree is to do a mystical moonlight dance, Esther decides to
take it upon herself to resuscitate the tree... with the scientific method,
some hypothesizing, a few experiments and the heady conclusion that trees need
sunlight to live! But while Esther manages to save the tree, she can't quite
change the minds of her misguided fairy-mates... or can she?
The Fate of Fausto. Oliver Jeffers, $24.95 (ages 4
There was once a man who believed he owned everything and
set out to survey what was his. “You are mine,” Fausto said to the flower, the
sheep and the mountain, and they bowed before him. But they were not enough for
Fausto, so he conquered a boat and set out to sea...
Working for the first time in traditional lithography,
world-renowned talent, Oliver Jeffers, combines spectacular art with powerful
prose, to create a poignant modern-day fable to touch the hearts of adults and
PING. Ani Castillo, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
In the era of social media, communication feels both more
anxiety-producing, and more inescapable, than ever before. This clever,
comforting picture book debut explores the challenges and joys of
self-expression and social connection. Using an imaginative visual metaphor to
bring to life how we send out (ping!) and receive (pong!) communications, Ani
Castillo's words and pictures will empower and inspire anyone who has
experienced the fear of sharing themselves with the world. With an artful,
accessible package, an eloquent message, and a lot of heart, here is a new
classic to bring courage and comfort to humans of all ages.
Aunt Pearl. Monica Kulling & Irene Luxbacher,
$18.95 (ages 4-7)
Aunt Pearl arrives one day pushing a shopping cart full
of her worldly goods. Her sister Rose has invited her to come live with her
family. Six-year-old Marta is happy to meet her aunt, who takes her out to look
for treasure on garbage day, and who shows her camp group how to decorate a
coffee table with bottle caps. But almost immediately, Pearl and Rose start to
clash — over Pearl’s belongings crammed into the house, and over Rose’s
household rules. As the weeks pass, Pearl grows quieter and more withdrawn,
until, one morning, she is gone.
Acclaimed author Monica Kulling brings sensitivity to
this story about homelessness, family and love, beautifully illustrated in
Irene Luxbacher’s rich collage style.
My Grandma and Me. Mina Javaherbin, illustrated by
Lindsey Yankey, $22.99 (ages 4-8)
In a true tale of a young girl in Iran and her
grandmother, this beautiful ode to family celebrates small moments of love that
become lifelong memories.
When Molly Drew Dogs. Deborah Kerbel, illustrated
by Lis Xu, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
On the night before the first day of school, a pack of
stray dogs moves into Molly’s head. They are friendly, but a bit wild. They
scamper through her thoughts, yap at the door to her dreams, and scratch at her
brain, begging to be let out. So Molly starts to draw them. When Molly draws
dogs, she feels better — but not everyone can see the value of her strange habit.
Her teacher tells her to focus. A special tutor urges her to concentrate. But
Molly can’t erase the dogs, even if she wants to. As her anxiety peaks, Molly
runs away. Once she is found, safe and sound, people around Molly realize the
protective power of her pack and how the dogs help tame her troubled feelings.
Inspired by the Japanese folktale, "The Boy Who Drew
Cats," this story celebrates the healing powers of art and imagination
while touching on important issues of anxiety, mental health, and ways to cope
Salmon Forest. David Suzuki, Sarah Ellis, illustrated
by Sheena Lott, $12.95 (ages 5-8)
David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis's charming and informative
text, accompanied by Sheena Lott's exquisite watercolours, magically evoke the
spirit and mystery of the West Coast rain forest. Together, text and
illustrations illuminate the interconnectedness of the forest and the sea and
of all life.
The Dance of the Violin. Kathy Stinson,
illustrated by Dušan Petričić, $12.95 (ages 4-7)
Even Joshua Bell makes mistakes, but there is always a
As a young student of the violin, Joshua Bell learns
about an international competition to be held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He
chooses a piece of music, which his teacher suggests may be too difficult, but
Joshua is determined. It’s a piece of music he loves. At the competition,
Joshua experiences the usual jitters. Once his name is called, he strides to
the stage and begins to play, but almost immediately, he makes a mistake. As he
is about to walk off the stage, he asks the judges if could try again. They
agree, and this time, the playing is impeccable. Dušan Petricic’s brilliant
illustrations full of movement and color, capture the sounds made by Joshua’s
violin, from the missed notes to the swirling, uplifting strains of the
perfectly executed piece. Children will readily empathize with Joshua’s
misstep, but they will also learn that there is always a second chance.
Frog and Toad Storybook Favorites. Arnold Lobel,
$15.99 (ages 4-8)
Celebrate the power of friendship with all four of the
beloved Frog and Toad I Can Read stories by Arnold Lobel in one
volume — now with a sticker sheet! This hardcover treasury includes the complete
art and text from four classics: Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad
Together, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad.
Share the adventures of best friends Frog and Toad as
they fly a kite, resist the temptation of cookies, and search for a lost
button. No matter what kind of situation they find themselves in, one thing is
certain: Frog and Toad will always be together.
Small World. Ishta Mercurio, illustrated by Jen
Corace, $22.99 (ages 4-8)
When Nanda is born, the whole of her world is the circle
of her mother’s arms. But as she grows, the world grows too. It expands
outward — from her family, to her friends, to the city, to the countryside. And
as it expands, so does Nanda’s wonder in the underlying shapes and structures
patterning it: cogs and wheels, fractals in snowflakes. Eventually, Nanda’s
studies lead her to become an astronaut and see the small, round shape of Earth
far away. A geometric meditation on wonder, Small World is a modern classic
that expresses our big and small place in the vast universe.
Boonoonoonous Hair! Olive Senior, illustrated by
Laura James, $19.95 (ages 4-7)
In this beautifully illustrated picture book written by
Commonwealth Prize-winning author Olive Senior, a little girl learns to love
her difficult-to-manage curly hair.
Under My Hijab. Hena Khan, illustrated by Asliya
Jaleel, $25.95 (ages 4-7)
Grandma's hijab clasps under her chin. Auntie pins hers
up with a whimsical brooch. Jenna puts a sun hat over hers when she hikes. Iman
wears a sports hijab for tae kwon do. As a young girl observes the women in her
life and how each covers her hair a different way, she dreams of the
possibilities in her own future and how she might express her personality
through her hijab.
With cheerful rhyming text by the author of Golden
Domes and Silver Lanterns, and charming illustrations from a talented
newcomer, Under My Hijab provides a friendly introduction to hijabs for all
readers, and celebrates the many Muslim women and girls who choose to wear
Leila in Saffron. Rukhsanna Guidroz, illustrated
Dinara Mirtalipova, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
A colorful journey of self-discovery and identity, this
sweet, vibrant picture book follows young Leila as she visits her grandmother’s
house for their weekly family dinner, and finds parts of herself and her
heritage in the family, friends, and art around her.
Follow Leila’s journey as she uses her senses of sight,
smell, taste, touch to seek out the characteristics that make up her unique
identity, and finds reasons to feel proud of herself, just as she is.
The Not-So Great Outdoors. Madeline Kloepper,
$21.99 (ages 3-7)
What's so great about the "great outdoors"? A
grumpy urban kid begrudgingly accompanies her family on a summer camping trip,
missing all the sublime sights right under her nose as she longs for the lights
and stimulation of the city. But as she explores forests, lakes and mountains,
and encounters bears, beavers and caribou, she slowly comes to realize that the
simpler things are just as sparkly, that the sky is its own majestic light
show, and the symphony is all around. The Not-So Great Outdoors is a
humorous and richly imagined reminder of the beauty and magic that can be found
away from the city and our screens.
Bilal Cooks Daal. Aisha Saeed, illustrated by
Anoosha Syed, $23.95 (ages 4-8)
Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his
favorite food of all-time — daal. The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia
requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to
introduce his friends to daal. As the day goes on, the daal continues to
simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish.
And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as
This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming
illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community
together to share in each other’s family traditions.
Climbing Shadows: Poems for Children. Shannon
Bramer, illustrated by Cindy Derby, $18.95 (ages 5+)
The poems in Climbing Shadows were inspired by a
class of kindergarten children whom poet and playwright Shannon Bramer came to
know over the course of a school year. She set out to write a poem for each
child, sharing her love of poetry with them, and made an anthology of the poems
for Valentine’s Day.
This original collection reflects the children’s joys and
sorrows, worries and fears, moods and sense of humor. Some poems address common
themes such as having a hard day at school, feeling shy or being a newcomer,
while others explore subjects of fascination — bats, spiders, skeletons,
octopuses, polka dots, racing cars and birthday parties. Evident throughout the
book is a love of words and language and the idea that there are all kinds of
poems and that they are for everyone — to read or write.
Boy Oh Boy: From Boys to Men, Be Inspired by 30
Coming-of-Age Stories of Sportsmen, Artists, Politicians, Educators and
Scientists. Cliff Leek, illustrated by Bene Rohlmann, $25.99 (ages 7-10)
Meet 30 positive male role models from throughout
history. From activists like Mahatma Gandhi and Frederick Douglass to creative
innovators like Prince and David Hockney, these men have fought conventional
stereotypes to prove that modern-day masculinity can be defined freely.
Instead of a single model of how a boy can grow into a
man, this book offers 30 stories of people whose lives demonstrate that there
are endless possibilities — that boys and men can do and be so much more than
what we think of when we say things like “boys will be boys.” Discover a world
of inspirational change-makers, teachers, peacemakers, artists, scientists, and
more who have defied the expectations, care deeply about others, stand up for what
is right, and express themselves in creative and exciting ways.
A Different Pond. Bao Phi, illustrated by Thi Bui, $19.95 (ages 6-8)
A Different Pond is an unforgettable story about a simple event — a long-ago fishing trip. As a young boy, Bao and his
father awoke early, hours before his father's long workday began, to fish on
the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his
father fished for food, not recreation. A successful catch meant a fed family.
Between hope-filled casts, Bao's father told him about a different pond in
their homeland of Vietnam. Thi Bui's striking, evocative art paired with Phi's
expertly crafted prose has earned this powerful picture books six starred
reviews and numerous awards.
Being You. Alexs Pate, illustrated by Soud, $22.95
Award-winning author and professor Alexs Pate delivers a
message of hope and self-discovery in a time of uncertainty in our world. Being
You is a beautiful picture book celebrating every readers' individuality
and talents. With an authentic voice, this poetic message of love and optimism
for the future speaks directly to today's children. Being You helps us
to see the wonder and light within each of us.
The Great Big Book of Life. Mary Hoffman & Ros
Asquith, $22.99 (ages 4-7)
A glorious, diverse celebration of human life, from birth
to death, by Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith.
The Great Big Book of Life explores every stage of
human life. From birth to starting nursery, being a teenager to becoming an
adult, from work to relationships, homes and jobs, to aging illness and death.
A universal but challenging topic is dealt with Mary Hoffman and Ros Asquith's
trademark sensitivity and humour and inclusivity.
Roll On: Rick Hansen Wheels Around the World. Ainslie Manson, illustrated by Ron Lightburn, $12.95 (ages 6-9)
As Rick Hansen wheels around the globe on his incredible
Man in Motion World Tour, the children he meets are encouraged to dream their
own dreams and work to make them come true. In China, after meeting Rick, Lin,
who longs to be a ballerina, pictures herself leaping gracefully over a wall as
high as the Great Wall of China. Back in Canada, Jack makes great progress in
his wheelchair — even learning to do a wheelie — as he eagerly awaits his
On the eve of its twenty-fifth anniversary, Rick Hansen's
compelling journey is retold for young readers and brought to life in this
beautifully illustrated book. It is a story of triumph, adventure, and enormous
personal challenge. Readers travel with Rick, glimpsing not just the joys but
all the ups and downs and the aches and pains that he endured on the
43,000-kilometre journey. Readers also discover little-known facts of the great
journey. They learn that Rick wheeled the equivalent of three marathons a day
and went through ninety-four pairs of gloves. And they learn about the gift of
a song that Rick and his team sang or hummed kilometre after kilometre. The
lively text and enchanting illustrations combine to bring to life Rick's
amazing feat and the impact it has had on children everywhere.
Recess at 20 Below. Cindy Lou Aillaud, $16.50
Experience from a kid's perspective what it is like
playing during recess when it is really cold: how the world sounds outside, how
it tastes outside, how it looks, and even how it smells when the thermometer
says it's 20 below. Learn about the layer after layer of clothing you have to
put on to avoid frostbite before you could hit the playground, the tiny ice
crystals you could just see in the air, the loud crunch, crunch, crunch sound
your boots make when you walked.
Ruby, Head High: Ruby Bridges' First Day of School. Irêne
Cohen-Janca, illustrated by Marc Daniau, $26.50 (ages 7-10)
Inspired by an iconic Norman Rockwell painting and
translated from an original French text, this is a story about the day a little
girl held her head high and changed the world.
Deep Snow. Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael
Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)
Ali and Kate are out snowmobiling with their dad when Ali
yells “STOP!” She can’t wait any more — she just has to jump in the snow. Her
sister Kate warns her that it’s not a good idea because this is deep, deep,
deeeeeeeep snow, but Ali stands up on the seat, gives her best yell, and jumps
out as far as she can! Ali disappears down into a deep hole in the snow, and
when her sister and dad try to get her out, things just go from worse to worst
to completely ridiculous...
This book was inspired by sisters Ali and Kate and their
dad, an air force pilot, whom he met on a visit to Goose Bay, Labrador — the
same visit where he wrote the book Give Me Back My Dad!
Spectacularly Beautiful: a Refugee's Story. Lisa
Lucas, illustrated by Laurie Stein, $16.99 (ages 4-8)
Spectacularly Beautiful tells the story of Shahad,
a refugee who has moved to a new country and started at a new school with her
new teacher, Ms. Truong. Shahad comes to school every day with perfectly
braided hair tied in ribbons. But her hair can't hide the scars on her face and
leg that are painful reminders of the country she fled, making her feel less
than beautiful, and different from her peers. When a class project proves
difficult for Shahad, Ms. Truong helps her come to see that her scars are only
part of her story, and that she is not just beautiful...she is spectacularly
beautiful. Little by little Shahad's confidence is renewed and she is able to
return the same kindness to Ms. Truong.
The Truly Brave Princesses. Dolores Brown &
Sonja Wimmer, $26.95 (ages 4-8)
Princess Nin is a firefighter, Princess Gilda is a
supermarket cashier, Princess Agnes is retired, and Princess Liang is in a
wheel chair. This gallery of princesses gives visibility to lot of women who do
not fit with the traditional conception of a princess. Maybe it’s time to
realize that each and every one of us could be a princess.
How Dog Became a Friend. Paul O'Neill, illustrated
by Cynthia Colosimo, $11.95 (ages 5-10)
Today dogs are considered man’s best friends, but
thousands of years ago the world was a very different place and dogs were
animals to be feared. This all changes one autumn day when a young brother and
sister wander too far from home and are captured by the Old Hag of the
Wilderness. The terrified young children beg passing animals for help, yet none
will come to the rescue. But then Dog comes along...
Accompanied by charming watercolour illustrations, How
Dog Became a Friend tells an enchanting story of how Dog left his cold and
barren home to come and live among people.
The Color Monster: a Story about Emotions. Anna
Llenas, $22.49 (ages 4-8)
One day, Color Monster wakes up feeling very confused.
His emotions are all over the place; he feels angry, happy, calm, sad and
scared all at once! To help him, a little girl shows him what each feeling
means through color. As this adorable monster learns to sort and define his
mixed up emotions, he gains self-awareness and peace as a result. Caregivers
will enjoy sharing this concept book that taps into both socio-emotional growth
and color concepts in a simple, friendly way.
The Lost Words. Robert Macfarlane & Jackie
Morris, $40.00 (all ages)
In 2007, when a new edition of the Oxford Junior
Dictionary — widely used in schools around the world — was published, a
sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature
had been dropped. Apparently they were no longer being used enough by children
to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these “lost words” included
acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter, and
willow. Among the words taking their place were attachment, blog, broadband,
bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions — he outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual — became seen
by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the
Ten years later, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set
out to make a “spell book” that will conjure back twenty of these lost words,
and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint,
they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories, and dreams of
children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of
everyday nature. The Lost Words is that book — work that has already
cast its extraordinary spell on hundreds of thousands of people and begun a grass-roots movement to re-wild childhood across
Britain, Europe, and North America.
Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales
of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World without Killing Dragons. Ben Brooks,
$22.49 (ages 8-12)
This timely book joins and expands the gender-role
conversation and gives middle-grade boys a welcome alternative message: that
masculinity can mean many things.
You won't find any stories of slaying dragons or saving
princesses here. In Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, author
Ben Brooks-with the help of Quinton Wintor's striking full-color
illustrations-offers a welcome alternative narrative: one that celebrates
introverts and innovators, sensitivity and resilience, individuality and
expression. It's an accessible compilation of 75 famous and not-so-famous men
from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and
stereotype-smasher in his own way. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali,
Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei, Jesse Owens, and so many more-heroes from
all walks of life and from all over the world.
Holes In the Sky. Patricia Polacco, $24.99 (ages
There will never be anyone like her grandmother, Trisha
thinks, when her grandmother passes away. But when she and her family move to
California — in the middle of a drought — she meets a new friend, the irrepressible
Stewart, and his amazing grandmother, Miss Eula, who not only takes Trisha
under her wing, but, with Trisha and Stewart, steps up to lead their entire
extraordinarily diverse neighborhood to help a hurting neighbor — and her once
lush garden — survive the drought.
Trisha's grandmother's old saying about the stars being
Holes in the Sky turns out to be Miss Eula's, too, convincing Trisha that she
has miraculously discovered another unforgettable grandmother.
Do Not Lick This Book (It's Full of Germs). Idan
Ben-Barak & Julian Frost, $22.50 (ages 4-8)
Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact, so
small that you’d need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can
simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she’s
never seen before — like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled
jungle of your shirt.
HERSTORY: 50 Women and Girls Who Shook Up the World. Katherine
Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh, $26.99 (ages 8++)
Throughout history, girls have often been discussed in
terms of what they couldn’t or shouldn’t do.
It’s time for herstory — a celebration of not only what
girls can do, but the remarkable things women have already accomplished, even
when others tried to stop them. In this uplifting and inspiring book, follow
the stories of fifty powerhouse women from around the world and across time who
each managed to change the world as they knew it forever. Telling the stories
of their childhood, the challenges they faced, and the impact of their
achievements, each lavishly illustrated spread is a celebration of girl power
in its many forms. From astronauts to activists, musicians to mathematicians,
these women are sure to motivate young readers of all backgrounds to focus not
on the can’ts and shouldn’ts, but on what they can do: anything!
AFRICVILLE. Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva
Campbell, $18.95 (ages 4-7)
When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in
Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She
imagines what the community was once like — the brightly painted houses nestled
into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the
kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her
reverie, she visits the present-day park and the sundial where her great-
grandmother’s name is carved in stone, and celebrates a summer day at the
annual Africville Reunion/Festival.
Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than
150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived
without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance
services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for
infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city
officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump
trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been
replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each
summer to remember their community.
Bitter and Sweet. Sandra Feder, illustrtated by
Kyrsten Brooker, $17.95 (ages 4-7)
When Hannah’s family has
to move, her grandmother tells her how she felt leaving the old country — it
was both bitter and sweet. As Hannah leaves her friends behind and tries to get
used to a new house, she only feels bitterness. Was her grandmother wrong about
the sweetness? Hannah starts to feel better about the move when she sees her
new house in the soft light of the Shabbat candles. When a new friend reaches
out with a special gift, Hannah realizes that sweetness can come from
unexpected places and that she can even create some herself.
This charming story subtly conveys a universal
message — while life can be full of challenging moments, sweeter ones can be
found and created. An author’s note is included on the concept of bitter and
sweet in Jewish culture.
Meet Chris Hadfield: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth
MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $14.99 (ages 6-10)
Meet Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk
in space — and make a music video while in orbit!
When Chris Hadfield was a boy, growing up on a farm in
Milton, Ontario, Canada didn’t have a space program. But from the moment he saw
a man first walk on the moon, young Chris decided he would somehow get to
space. And with everything Chris did, from learning to fix farm machinery and
joining the Air Cadets to flying fighter planes and becoming a test pilot, he
prepared himself to get there. Chris Hadfield has rocketed into space three
times, been on two space walks and was the first Canadian to command the
International Space Station. And nobody plays a guitar in space or rocks a
Meet Elsie MacGill: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth
MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $16.99 (ages 6-10)
Meet Elsie MacGill — the world's first female
aeronautical engineer, whose work on the Canadian-made Hawker Hurricane fighter
helped the Allied forces to victory in World War II.
Elsie was born in 1905 to a mother who was a feminist
pioneer in her own right. Elsie grew up fully expecting to follow her dreams.
And she did. Elsie was first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto's
electrical engineering program. Elsie went on to earn a master's in
aeronautical engineering -but contracted polio the day before her convocation.
She battled back, and a storied engineering career followed, including being in
charge of the tooling and manufacture of the famous Hawker Hurricane. Later in
her life she was a champion of women's rights and her work shaped many of the
protections we now enjoy.
Meet Tom Longboat: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $16.99 (ages 6-10)
Meet Tom Longboat, the Onondaga runner who broke world
records... on his own terms!. On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people
lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At the start of
the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom
Longboat won it in a record-breaking 2 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds. He
became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of
every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his
This picture book will introduce young readers to a brave
and fascinating man whose legacy as Canada’s foremost distance runner continues
to be recognized to this day. This new biography series features accessible
text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that
provide even more information on Tom Longboat’s background and incredible
Meet Viola Desmond: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth
MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $14.99 (ages 6-10)
Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil
On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia
businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial”
whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre.... and was arrested for
it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured
People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her
quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she
ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights
activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola’s legacy, which has
been finally honoured by Viola’s inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.
Nothing Stopped Sophie: the Story of Unshakable
Mathematician Sophie Germain. Cheryl Bardoe, Illustrated by Barbara
McClintock, $23.50 (ages 4-8)
The true story of eighteenth-century mathematician Sophie
Germain, who solved the unsolvable to achieve her dream.
When her parents took away her candles to keep their
young daughter from studying math...nothing stopped Sophie. When a professor
discovered that the homework sent to him under a male pen name came from a
woman... nothing stopped Sophie. And when she tackled a math problem that male
scholars said would be impossible to solve... still, nothing stopped Sophie.
For six years Sophie Germain used her love of math and
her undeniable determination to test equations that would predict patterns of
vibrations. She eventually became the first woman to win a grand prize from
France's prestigious Academy of Sciences for her formula, which laid the groundwork
for much of modern architecture (and can be seen in the book's illustrations).
All of Us. Carin Berger, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
With a universal message and stunning paper collage art,
this striking book celebrates the power of community, family, and most of all,
love. Her beautiful collage art and lyrical text offer a message of hope in the
face of adversity.
Circle. Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, $21.99
Multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac
Barnett and Jon Klassen deliver the final wry and resonant tale about Triangle,
Square, and Circle. This book is about Circle. This book is also about Circle’s
friends, Triangle and Square. Also it is about a rule that Circle makes, and
how she has to rescue Triangle when he breaks that rule. With their usual
pitch-perfect pacing and subtle, sharp wit, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen come
full circle in the third and final chapter of their clever shapes trilogy.
Square. Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, $22.00
The beguiling second entry in the innovative shape
trilogy by multi-award-winning, New York Times best-selling duo Mac Barnett and
This book is about Square. Square spends every day taking
blocks from a pile below the ground to a pile above the ground. This book is also
about Square’s friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is an artistic genius. But
is he really? With the second story in a trilogy of tales about Triangle,
Square, and Circle, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen nudge readers toward a more
well-rounded way of looking at things. Understated and striking in its
simplicity, this funny, thoughtful offering from two of today’s most talented
picture-book creators emphasizes the importance of keeping your eyes — and your
mind — open to wonder where others see only rubble and rocks.
Triangle. Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen, $22.00 (ages 5-9)
Meet Triangle. He is going to play a sneaky trick on his
friend, Square. Or so Triangle thinks.
With this first tale in a new trilogy, partners in crime
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen will have readers wondering just who they can trust
in a richly imagined world of shapes. Visually stunning and full of wry humor,
here is a perfectly paced treat that could come only from the minds of two of
today’s most irreverent — and talented — picture book creators.
The Promise. Margie Wolfe & Pnina Bat Zvi, illustrated by Isabelle Cardinal, $18.95 (ages 7++)
The night that Rachel and Toby’s parents are taken away
by the Nazis, they give their young daughters three gold coins with the
instructions to “use these wisely to help save your lives.” They also ask the
girls to promise that they will always stay together. This compelling true
story follows the sisters as they confront the daily horrors of Auschwitz,
protecting one another, sharing memories, fears, and even laughter — always
together. But when Rachel becomes ill and is taken away by Nazi guards, likely
forever, Toby risks her own life and uses the well-hidden gold coins to rescue
her little sister.
Wallpaper. Thao Lam, $19.95 (ages 4-7)
Wallpaper is a wordless picture book that tells
the story of a young girl whose family moves into a new house. Outside, she can
hear other kids playing, but she’s too shy to say hello. So she picks at the
old wallpaper in her room — revealing an entryway to a fantastic imaginary
adventure world behind the walls. There, she runs between the vibrant and
varied environments — surrounded by birds, swimming in a frog pond, in a herd of
art-deco sheep — as she finds herself chased by a monster. He is frightening at
first, until it becomes clear he simply wants to be her friend. When it comes
time to go back to reality, the girl feels inspired with the courage to
approach the other kids and say hello.
Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: the Woman Who Loved
Reptiles. Patricia Valdez, illustrated by Felicita Sala, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
Back in the days of long skirts and afternoon teas, young
Joan Procter entertained the most unusual party guests: slithery and scaly
ones, who turned over teacups and crawled past the crumpets... While other
girls played with dolls, Joan preferred the company of reptiles. She carried
her favorite lizard with her everywhere — she even brought a crocodile to school!
When Joan grew older, she became the Curator of Reptiles at the British Museum.
She went on to design the Reptile House at the London Zoo, including a home for
the rumored-to-be-vicious komodo dragons. There, just like when she was a
little girl, Joan hosted children's tea parties — with her komodo dragon as the
guest of honor.
With a lively text and vibrant illustrations, scientist
and writer Patricia Valdez and illustrator Felicita Sala bring to life Joan
Procter's inspiring story of passion and determination.
My Hair Is a Garden. Cozbi Cabrera, $22.99 (ages
After a day of being taunted by classmates about her
unruly hair, Mackenzie can’t take any more. On her way home from school, she
seeks the guidance of her wise and comforting neighbor, Miss Tillie. Using the
beautiful garden in her backyard as a metaphor, Miss Tillie shows Mackenzie
that maintaining healthy hair is not a chore nor is it something to fear. But
most importantly, Mackenzie learns that natural black hair is beautiful.
Fania's Heart. Anne Renaud, illustrated by Richard
Rudnicki, $18.95 (ages 7-10)
Ten-year-old Sorale discovers a tiny heart-shaped book
among her mother’s belongings. Its pages are shaped like four-petaled flowers,
upon which are written words in languages Sorale does not understand. Who wrote
these words? Where did the heart come from? Why has her mother never mentioned
this tiny book before?
Fania’s Heart reveals the true story of the
crafting of the heart, against all odds, within the confines of Auschwitz, and
of the women of immeasurable resilience, courage, and loyalty who risked their
lives for Sorale’s mother, their friend.
The Field. Baptiste Paul, illustrated by
Jacqueline Alcántara, $23.95 (ages 4-8)
“Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and
her younger brother rouse their community — family, friends, and the local fruit
vendor — for a pickup soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old,
players and spectators come running — bearing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of
the sport. “Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of
cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?
The Flying Girl: How Aida de Acosta Learned to Soar. Margarita Engle, illustrated by Sara Palacios, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
On a lively street in the lovely city of Paris, a girl
named Aída glanced up and was dazzled by the sight of an airship. Oh, how she
wished she could soar through the sky like that! The inventor of the airship,
Alberto, invited Aída to ride with him, but she didn’t want to be a passenger.
She wanted to be the pilot.
Aída was just a teenager, and no woman or girl had ever
flown before. She didn’t let that stop her, though. All she needed was courage
and a chance to try.
In this beautiful picture book filled with soaring words
and buoyant illustrations, award-winners Margarita Engle and Sara Palacios tell
the inspiring true story of Aída de Acosta, the first woman to fly a motorized
Bloom: a Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Kyo Maclear & Julie Morstad, $21.00 (ages 5-9)
As a young girl in Rome, Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973)
felt “brutta” (ugly) and searched all around her for beauty. Seeing the colors
of Rome’s flower market one day, young Elsa tried to plant seeds in her ears
and nose, hoping to blossom like a flower. All she got was sick, but from that
moment, she discovered her own wild imagination.
In the 1920 and '30s, influenced by her friends in the
surrealist art movement, Schiaparelli created a vast collection of unique
fashion designs — hats shaped like shoes, a dress adorned with lobsters, gloves
with fingernails, a dress with drawers and so many more. She mixed her own bold
colors and invented her own signature shades, including shocking pink.
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli is a stunning and sophisticated picture book biography that follows
Schiaparelli’s life from birth and childhood to height of success.
Away But Never Gone. Nicky Mehta, illustrated by
Kimberley Slezak, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
Away But Never Gone is a beautifully illustrated
and moving book based on the author, Nicky Mehta's song of the same title,
which appears on The Wailin' Jennys' 2011 CD entitled Bright Morning Stars.
This gorgeous book is aimed at children from the ages of 1-8 and adults who
love artful children's books. The Author hopes that the book, with its nod to
the cycles of nature, will act as a grief aid for young children.
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the
World. Susan Hood, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
Fresh, accessible, and inspiring, Shaking Things Up introduces fourteen revolutionary young women — each paired with a noteworthy
female artist — to the next generation of activists, trail-blazers, and
rabble-rousers. From the award-winning author of Ada’s Violin, Susan
Hood, this is a poetic and visual celebration of persistent women throughout
In this book, you will find Mary Anning, who was just
thirteen when she unearthed a prehistoric fossil. You’ll meet Ruby Bridges, the
brave six-year-old who helped end segregation in the South. And Maya Lin, who
at twenty-one won a competition to create a war memorial, and then had to
appear before Congress to defend her right to create.
And those are just a few of the young women included in
this book. Readers will also hear about Molly Williams, Annette Kellerman,
Nellie Bly, Pura Belprè, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline and Eileen Nearne, Frances
Moore Lappè, Mae Jemison, Angela Zhang, and Malala Yousafzai — all whose stories
will enthrall and inspire. This book was written, illustrated, edited, and
designed by women and includes an author’s note, a timeline, and additional
Lucky Me. Lora Rozler, illustrated by Jan Dolby,
$18.95 (ages 4-8)
Lora Rozler celebrates the concepts of luck and thanks as
she explores the world with a series of evocative, one-line descriptions of
situations where a child (or adult) might be inclined to be grateful — for the
ocean's calming lull ("a-dunk", Yiddish, pronounced a-dunk)... for
concerts in the kitchen ("mamnumam", Persian, pronounced mam-noon-am)... for my sidekicks when I need them ("cam on", (Vietnamese,
pronounced gahm-uhn)... for a mustache just like grandpa's ("salamat",
Tagalog, pronounced sa-la-maht)... for moving pictures in the sky ("ay ay",
Cree, pronounced hay-hay). Lucky Me shares 36 of these celebrations,
each exquisitely illustrated by Jan Dolby.
Dear Girl: a Celebration of Wonderful, Smart,
Beautiful You! Amy Krause Rosenthal, Paris Rosenthal, illustrated by Holly
Hatam, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Dear Girl is a remarkable love letter written for
the special girl in your life. Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly
Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she's
great just the way she is — whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a
face full of freckles, or dances on table tops. Dear Girl encourages
girls to always be themselves and to love who they are — inside and out.
What Do You Do with a Chance? Kobi Yamada, $23.95
A captivating story about a child who isn’t sure what to
make of a chance encounter—and then discovers that when you have courage, take
chances, and say yes to new experiences, amazing things can happen.
What Do You Do With a Chance inspires kids of all
ages and parents alike to find the courage to go for the opportunities that
come their way. Because you never know when a chance, once taken, might be the
one to change everything.
What Do You Do With an Idea? Kobi Yamada,
illustrated by Mae Besom, $22.95 (ages 5-8)
What do you do with an idea? Especially an idea that's
different, or daring, or a little wild? This is the story of one brilliant idea
and the child who helps to bring it into the world. It's a story for anyone, at
any age, who has ever had an idea that seemed too big, too odd, too difficult.
It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it space to grow, and
to see what happens next.
What Do You Do With a Problem? Kobi Yamada,
illustrated by Mae Besom, $24.95 (ages 5-8)
What do you do with a problem? Especially one that
follows you around and doesn't seem to be going away? Do you worry about it?
Ignore it? Do you run and hide from it? This is the story of a persistent
problem and the child who isn't so sure what to make of it. The longer the
problem is avoided, the bigger it seems to get. But when the child finally
musters up the courage to face it, the problem turns out to be something quite
different than it appeared.
Problems challenge us, shape us, push us, and help us to
discover just how strong and brave and capable we really are. Even though we
don't always want them, problems have a way of bringing unexpected gifts. So,
what will you do with your problem?
Silent Days, Silent Dreams. Allen Say, $28.99 (ages 8-12)
Nothing stopped James Castle from becoming an artist. He
could not hear and he never learned to speak — and yet he created art that
speaks to us still.
He had difficulty making friends, so he made them out of
cardboard. He slept in a bare attic, but he filled it with visions of the cozy
bed and room he longed for. They took away his art materials, so he made art
from soot and paper from the trash. From the imagination of one of America's
most beloved children's book illustrators, comes a book that will inspire a new
generation of artists to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter.
The Pink Hat. Andrew Joyner, $10.99 (ages 4-8)
Here is a clever story that follows the journey of a pink
hat that is swiped out of a knitting basket by a pesky kitten, blown into a
tree by a strong wind, and used as a cozy blanket for a new baby, then finally
makes its way onto the head of a young girl marching for women’s equality.
Inspired by the 5 million people (many of them children)
in 82 countries who participated in the 2017 Women’s March, Andrew Joyner has
given us a book that celebrates girls and women and equal rights. With themes
of empathy, equality, and solidarity, The Pink Hat is a timeless and
timely story that will empower readers and promote strength in the diverse and
active feminist community.
Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky. Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary Granpré, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
Vincent van Gogh often found himself unable to sleep and
wandered under starlit skies. Those night-time experiences provided the
inspiration for many of his paintings, including his most famous, The Starry
Night. Van Gogh sold only one painting in his lifetime — but he continued to
pursue his unique vision, and ultimately became one of the most beloved artists
of all time.
Yak and Dove. Kyo Maclear, Illustrated by Esme
Shapiro, $22.99 (ages 4-8)
Friends Yak and Dove are complete opposites. Yak is large
and Dove is small. Yak has fur and Dove has feathers. Yak is polite. Dove is
ill-mannered. Yak likes quiet. Dove likes noise. One day as Yak and Dove list
their differences they come to the conclusion that maybe they aren’t meant to
be friends. In the hope of finding a new best friend, Yak holds auditions. But
when a small feathered contestant sings Yak’s favorite song, the two begin to
think that maybe they are alike after all.
Yak and Dove whimsically captures the highs and
lows of friendship through the three interconnected tales of two very different
Read the Book, Lemmings! Ame Dyckman, illustrated
by Zachariah OHara, $23.49 (ages 4-8)
Aboard the S.S. Cliff, First Mate Foxy reads an
interesting fact: “Lemmings don’t jump off cliffs.” But Foxy can’t get the
lemmings on the Cliff to read his book. They’re too busy jumping off the ship!
After a chilly third rescue, exasperated Foxy and grumbly polar bear Captain PB
realize their naughty nautical crew isn’t being stubborn: The lemmings (Jumper,
Me Too, and Ditto) can’t read. And until Foxy patiently teaches his lemmings to
read the book, he can’t return to reading it, either!
Telling the Time Activity Book. Lara Bryan, $12.95
Children can become top at telling the time with this
fun-filled book, crammed with puzzles and activities, including a practice
clock to cut out and make. Learn about hours, minutes and seconds, calendars
and timetables, AM and PM, and then try the challenging puzzles. Four pages of
stickers and all the answers are at the back of the book.
You Hold Me Up. Monique Gray Smith & Danielle
Daniel, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
This vibrant picture book encourages children to show
love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in
their everyday actions.
Consultant, international speaker and award-winning
author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young
people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the
importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and
families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering
empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest
The Girl Who Thought In Pictures: the Story of Dr.
Temple Grandin. Julia Finley Mosca, illustrated by Daniel Rieley, $17.99 (ages 5-10)
When young Temple was diagnosed with autism, no one
expected her to talk, let alone become one of the most powerful voices in
modern science. Yet, the determined visual thinker did just that. Her unique
mind allowed her to connect with animals in a special way, helping her invent
groundbreaking improvements for farms around the globe!
Joseph's Big Ride. Terry Farish, illustrated by
Ken Daley, $12.95 (ages 4-7)
Joseph wants only one thing: to ride a bike. In the
refugee camp where he lives, Joseph helps one of the older boys fix his bike,
but he’s too small to ride it. When Joseph and his mother travel to America,
everything is strange and new. One day, he spots a red bike that seems just
right for him! It belongs to a girl with a whoosh of curly hair. When Whoosh
crashes her bike, Joseph offers to fix it. His big chance has finally come,
except that Joseph doesn’t know how to ride! He falls a few times, picks
himself up, and tries again, until suddenly, with a shout of triumph, he’s
riding the bike.
Inspired by the author’s interviews with refugee children
from Sudan, this gentle story evokes the experience of a new immigrant. Vibrantly
colorful paintings bring a warm and humorous portrait of friendship and
diversity to life.
Ellington Was Not a Street. Ntozake Shange,
illustrated by Kadir Nelson, $25.99 (ages 5-11)
In a reflective tribute to the African-American community
of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit
group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to
life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the
color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could
attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.
Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these
dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of
Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that
"changed the world." Their lives and their works inspire us to this
day, and serve as a guide to how we approach the challenges of tomorrow.
This Beautiful Day. Richard Jackson, illustrated
by Suzy Lee, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Why spend a rainy day inside? As three children embrace a
grey day, they seems to beckon the bright as they jump, splash, and dance
outside, chasing the rain away. The day’s palette shifts from greys to a hint
of blue, then more blue. Then green! Then yellow! Until the day is a
technicolor extravaganza that would make Mary Poppins proud. A joyous homage to
the power of a positive attitude.
Over and Under the Pond. Kate Messner, illustrated
by Christopher Silas Neal, $25.99 (ages 5-8)
In a secret underwater world readers will discover the
plants and animals that make up the rich, interconnected ecosystem of a
mountain pond. Over the pond, the water is a mirror, reflecting the sky. But
under the pond is a hidden world of minnows darting, beavers diving, tadpoles
growing. These and many other secrets are waiting to be discovered... over and
under the pond.
Over and Under the Snow. Kate Messner, illustrated
by Christopher Silas Neal, $11.99 (ages 5-8)
Over the snow, the world is hushed and white. But under
the snow exists a secret kingdom of squirrels and snow hares, bears and
bullfrogs, and many other animals that live through the winter safe and warm,
awake and busy, under the snow. Discover the wonder and activity that lies
beneath winter’s snowy landscape in this magical book.
Up In the Garden and Down In the Dirt. Kate
Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, $23.99 (ages 5-8)
In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders
that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves... and down in the dirt.
Explore the hidden world and many lives of a garden through the course of a
year! Up in the garden, the world is full of green — leaves and sprouts, growing
vegetables, ripening fruit. But down in the dirt exists a busy world — earthworms
dig, snakes hunt, skunks burrow — populated by all the animals that make a garden
From Far Away. Robert Munsch & Saoussan Askar,
illustrated by Rebecca Green, $23.95 (ages 5-8)
Although first published in 1995, From Far Away is
more relevant today than it has ever been. This story is based on the real-life
experience of Saoussan Askar, who emigrated with her family from war-torn
Lebanon when she was seven years old. While still in elementary school,
Saoussan wrote to bestselling author Robert Munsch about her situation.
Together, they turned her story into a book. This updated edition, with revised
text including a note from Saoussan today and fresh, new illustrations, belongs
in every classroom. Young children who themselves have arrived as immigrants
will readily relate to Saoussan’s frustrations of not understanding the
teacher, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a
prop skeleton. From Far Away will also help sensitize other children to
the difficulties experienced by their immigrant classmates.
Town Is By the Sea. Joanne Schwartz, illustrated
by Sydney Smith, $21.95 (ages 5-9)
A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his
grandfather’s grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with
his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal
deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the
award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking
contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the
What Does It Mean to Be Kind? Rana DiOrio,
illustrated by Stéphane Jorisch, $13.99 (ages 4-8)
A girl in a red hat finds the courage to be kind to the new
student in class. Her kindness spreads, kind act by kind act, until her whole
community experiences the magical shift that happens when everyone understands — and
acts on — what it means to be kind.
If You Could Wear My Sneakers! A Book about Children's
Rights. Poems by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Darcia Labrosse, $22.95 (ages 4-8)
A Sheree Fitch classic, If You Could Wear My Sneakers is now available for a new generation of young readers. A series of humorous
poems, paired with timeless illustrations, interprets 15 of the 54 articles of
the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Mr. Maxwell's Mouse. Frank Asch & Devin Asch,
$9.95 (ages 5-9)
Mr. Maxwell is one contented cat. He has just been
promoted. And what better way to celebrate than by going to his favorite
restaurant, the Paw and Claw? He decides to live a little and order the house
specialty — a live mouse. When the headwaiter asks if they should kill the
mouse, Mr. Maxwell says that isn't necessary. He knows the Paw and Claw's mice
are bred for politeness!
But this particular live mouse can't keep quiet — would
Mr. Maxwell like to add a little salt? Or order a glass of wine? Would he mind
saying a little prayer before eating? My, what a bold and wordy mouse! Mr.
Maxwell hopes the mouse doesn't give him indigestion.
Mrs. Marlowe's Mice. Frank Asch & Devin Asch,
$19.95 (ages 5-9)
Meet Mrs. Eleanor Marlowe, a young widow who lives in an
apartment by herself — not counting the extended family of mice who secretly
live with her. Harboring mice is a very serious offense in Cat City. Why would
a mild-mannered widow run such a risk? The neighbors wonder why Mrs. Marlowe
never invites anyone over for catnip tea. Her secret little friends are
beginning to wonder about their host, too. So fine is the cheese she serves
that some of Mrs. Marlowe's mice wonder if she's fattening them up for the
One day, officers from the Department of Catland Security
show up at Mrs. Marlowe's door, demanding to search the premises. Can this
crafty feline outwit the police and save her mice from certain doom? Is Mrs.
Marlowe the mouse-sympathizer she appears to be? Or is she really a
mouse-hungry monster stocking her larder with fresh mice?
The Banana Leaf Ball: How Play Can Change the World. Katie Smith Milway & Shane Evans, $19.95 (ages 6-9)
Separated from his family when they were forced to flee
their home, a young East African boy named Deo lives alone in the Lukole
refugee camp in Tanzania. With scarce resources, bullies have formed gangs to
steal what they can, and one leader named Remy has begun targeting Deo. But
when a coach organizes the children to play soccer, everything begins to change
for Deo. And for Remy. By sharing the joy of play, no one feels so alone
anymore. Readers everywhere will be inspired to read how play can change lives.
Margaret and the Moon: How Margaret Hamilton Saved the
First Lunar Landing. Dean Robinson, illustrated by Lucy Knisley, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew
how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying
algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the
outside world. Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on
the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to
solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo
11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.
Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal
of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.
The Snail and the Whale. Julia Donaldson &
Axel Scheffler, $13.99 (ages 5-8)
One little snail longs to see the world and hitches a
lift on the tail of an enormous whale. Together they go on an amazing journey,
past icebergs and volcanoes, sharks and penguins, and the little snail feels so
small in the vastness of the world. But when disaster strikes and the whale is
beached in a bay, it's the tiny snail's big plan that saves the day.
Away. Emil Sher, illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95 (ages 4-7)
Between work and school, homework and housework, a mother
and child don’t always get to spend as much time together as they’d like. Add
to that a child’s fears about leaving home for the first time, and the need to
stay close through handwritten notes becomes even more important. As the camp
departure date gets closer, Mom does her best to soothe her child’s nerves.
Camp ends up being a wonderful adventure — but nothing is sweeter than a
This nuanced story about a parent and child’s
unconventional way of connecting is full of humor and affection. Young readers
will enjoy spotting Lester the cat as he paws his way into the story.
A Trio of Tolerable Tales. Margaret Atwood,
illustrated by Dušan Petričić, $22.99 (ages 7-10)
Wordplay and outrageous adventures rule the day in these
three humorous stories from Margaret Atwood, with illustrations by Dušan Petričić.
In Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes, Ramsay runs away
from his revolting relatives and makes a new friend with more refined tastes.
The second tale, Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda, features Bob, who was raised
by dogs, and Dorinda, who does housework for relatives who don’t like her. It
is only when they become friends that they realize they can change their lives
for the better. And finally, to get her parents back, Wenda and her woodchuck
companion have to outsmart Widow Wallop in Wandering Wenda and Widow Wallop’s
Anna Carries Water. Olive Senior, illustrated by
Laura James, $18.95 (ages 4-7)
Anna fetches water from the spring every day, but she
can’t carry it on her head like her older brothers and sisters. In this
charming and poetic family story set in Jamaica, Commonwealth Prize-winning
author Olive Senior shows young readers the power of determination, as Anna
achieves her goal and overcomes her fear.
My Beautiful Birds. Suzanne Del Rizzo, $19.95 (ages 6-9)
Behind Sami, the Syrian skyline is full of smoke. The boy
follows his family and all his neighbours in a long line, as they trudge
through the sands and hills to escape the bombs that have destroyed their
homes. But all Sami can think of is his pet pigeons — will they escape too? He
can’t forget his birds and what his family has left behind. Until, one day a
canary, a dove, and a rose finch fly into the camp. They flutter around Sami and
settle on his outstretched arms. For Sami it is one step in a long healing
process at last.
A gentle yet moving story of refugees of the Syrian civil
war, My Beautiful Birds illuminates the ongoing crisis as it affects its
children. It shows the reality of the refugee camps, where people attempt to
pick up their lives and carry on. And it reveals the hope of generations of
people as they struggle to redefine home.
Malala: Activist for Girls' Education. Raphaële
Frier, illustrated by Aurélia Fronty, $21.99 (ages 6-9)
Malala Yousafzai stood up to the Taliban and fought for
the right for all girls to receive an education. When she was just
fifteen-years old, the Taliban attempted to kill Malala, but even this did not
stop her activism. At age eighteen Malala became the youngest person to be
awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, for her work to ensure the education of all
children around the world. Malala’s courage and conviction will inspire young
readers in this beautifully illustrated biography.
The Journey. Francesca Sanna, $25.95 (ages 5-7)
“I look up to the birds that seem to be following us.
They are migrating just like us. And their journey, like ours, is very long,
but they don’t have to cross any borders.”
What is it like to have to leave everything behind and
travel many miles to somewhere unfamiliar and strange? A mother and her two
children set out on such a journey; one filled with fear of the unknown, but
also great hope.
Based on her interactions with people forced to seek a
new home, and told from the perspective of a young child, Francesca Sanna has
created a beautiful and sensitive book that is full of significance for our
The White Cat and the Monk. Jo Ellen Bogart,
illustrated by Sydney Smith, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
A monk leads a simple life. He studies his books late
into the evening and searches for truth in their pages. His cat, Pangur, leads
a simple life, too, chasing prey in the darkness. As night turns to dawn,
Pangur leads his companion to the truth he has been seeking.
The White Cat and the Monk is a retelling of the
classic Old Irish poem “Pangur Bán.” With Jo Ellen Bogart’s simple and elegant
narration and Sydney Smith’s classically inspired images, this contemplative
story pays tribute to the wisdom of animals and the wonders of the natural
OUT. Angela May George & Owen Swan, $14.99 (ages 4-8)
I'm called an asylum seeker, but that's not my name.
We came here on a boat. Our trip took so long,
sometimes I wondered if I would ever walk on grass again.
A brave little girl and her mother escape a war-torn
land. On the difficult sea voyage there is little to eat, but there is abundant
love and caring. Her adopted country offers a safe place to live, a new school,
and supportive friends. There are also hurtful labels, flashbacks, and the
ever-present ache of a missing father. Over time there’s a new job for her
mother, time for play, music — even dancing! — and hope for the future.
Timely, powerful and moving, Out celebrates the
resilience of the human spirit in the darkest times, and the many paths people
take to build a new life.
What Matters. Alison Hughes & Holly Hatam,
$19.95 (ages 4-8)
What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece
of litter? He doesn't know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the
miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature's
connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how
we can all make a big difference.
Under a Northern Moon. Mike Norris, illustrated by
Shawna Lee Campbell, $16.00 (ages 4-6)
Once a year if the night is clear, on the night of the
Northern moon, all of the animals in the forest have a big party to celebrate
life, before having to hibernate for the winter. On this particular night a
traveller just happens to set up his camp on the very spot where the
celebration takes place.
Amelia's Road. Linda Jacobs Altman & Enrique
Sanchez, $14.95 (ages 4-8)
Amelia Luisa Martinez hates roads. Los caminos, the
roads, take her migrant worker family to fields where they labor all day, to
schools where no one knows Amelia's name, and to bleak cabins that are not
home. Amelia longs for a beautiful white house with a fine shade tree in the
yard, where she can live without worrying about los caminos again. Then one
day, Amelia discovers an "accidental road." At its end she finds an
amazing old tree reminiscent of the one in her dreams. Its stately sense of
permanence inspires her to put her own roots down in a very special way.
When the Rain Comes. Alma Fullerton, Illustrated
by Kim La Fave, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
It is time to plant the rice in Malini’s Sri Lankan
community, and the little girl is both excited and nervous to help for the
first time. What if she does it wrong? Will she be responsible if the crop
fails? When the oxcart rumbles in loaded with seedlings, she reluctantly agrees
to watch the big, imposing animal while the driver takes a break. Suddenly, the
skies go dark with monsoon rain. A flash flood pours down the road, separating
Malini from the driver and her family. They are shouting for her to run for
higher ground, but what about the rice? Summoning up courage she never dreamed
she possessed, Malini resolves to save ox, cart, and seedlings, no matter what
All the World a Poem. Gilles Tibo,
illustrated by Manon Gauthier, $18.95 (ages 5-12)
In Gilles Tibo’s wonder-filled tribute to poetry, poems
bloom in fields, fly on the wings of birds, and float on the foam of the sea.
They are written in the dark of night, in the light of happiness, and in the
warmth of the writer’s heart. Each poem is illustrated with Manon Gauthier’s
whimsical paper collage art, which is both child-like and sophisticated.
Rhymed or unrhymed, regular or irregular, the verses
bring not just poems but the very concept of poetry to the level of a child,
making them accessible to all. If all the world is a poem, then anyone can be a
My Dad Used to Be So Cool. Keith Negley, $26.50 (ages 4-8)
Playful and emotional, My Dad Used to Be So Cool tells the story of a father who is no longer the cool guy he once was. His son
looks wistfully at his dad's crazy times playing in a band, riding a
motorcycle, and getting tattoos. Those days may be behind him, but his young
son still thinks he's the coolest guy in the world.
Ada's Ideas: the Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's
First Computer Programmer. Fiona Robinson, $21.95 (ages 6-9)
Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was the daughter of Lord Byron,
a poet, and Anna Isabella Milbanke, a mathematician. Her parents separated when
she was young, and her mother insisted on a logic-focused education, rejecting
Byron’s “mad” love of poetry. But Ada remained fascinated with her father and
considered mathematics “poetical science.” Via her friendship with inventor
Charles Babbage, she became involved in “programming” his Analytical Engine, a
precursor to the computer, thus becoming the world’s first computer programmer.
This picture book biography of Ada Lovelace is a compelling portrait of a woman
who saw the potential for numbers to make art.
The Boy & the Bindi. Vivek Shraya, illustrated
by Rajni Perera, $17.95 (ages 4-8)
In this beautiful children's picture book by Vivek
Shraya, a five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother's bindi, the red
dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation
begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she
agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy
to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be
more fully himself.
Beautifully illustrated with hand paintings by Rajni
Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and
A Family is Family is a Family. Sara O'Leary,
illustrated by Qin Leng, $18.95 (ages 4-7)
When a teacher asks the children in her class to think
about what makes their families special, the answers are all different in many
ways — but the same in the one way that matters most of all. One child is
worried that her family is just too different to explain, but listens as her
classmates talk about what makes their families special. One is raised by a
grandmother, and another has two dads. One has many stepsiblings, and another has
a new baby in the family. As her classmates describe who they live with and who
loves them — family of every shape, size and every kind of relation — the child
realizes that as long as her family is full of caring people, it is special.
So Much Snow! Robert Munsch, $7.99 (ages 4-8)
A blizzard is coming, but Jasmine loves snow — and she
doesn't want to miss out on Pizza Day at school. So off she goes — even as the
snow get deeper, and deeper, and ...deeper...
Babushka Baba Yaga. Patricia Polacco, $8.50 (ages 4-7)
Baba Yaga is a witch famous throughout Russia for eating
children, but this Babushka Baba Yaga is a lonely old woman who just wants a
grandchild to love.
Rosie the Raven. Helga Bansch, $12.95 (ages 4-7)
There’s something very different going on in the raven’s
nest. When the eggs hatch, a little girl emerges from one of the shells, along
with her black raven siblings. Loving raven parents take their little Rosie
just the way she is.
In the beginning, Rosie tries to do everything her
siblings do. She opens her mouth to receive worms from her parents, tries to
caw until she is hoarse, and wildly flaps her arms in an attempt to fly. The
neighbors offer encouragement. “Rub it with birch leaves. That will make its
feathers grow!” Rosie finally realizes she is different. Maybe she can’t caw or
fly, but a world of discovery awaits her nonetheless.
Helga Bansch’s exquisite artwork of collages and colored
images bring humor, mood, and emotion to Rosie’s story. The reader is drawn to
Rosie from the instant she pushes herself from the egg, smiling and happy to
greet her family, oblivious to her differences.
The Man with the
Violin. Kathy Stinson, illustrated Dušan Petričić, $9.95 (ages 5-8)
Who is playing that beautiful music in the subway? And
why is nobody listening?
Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone
who doesn’t. So try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man
playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the
soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush
by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can’t forget the
violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.
This gorgeous picture book is based on the true story of
Joshua Bell, the renowned American violinist who famously took his instrument
down into the Washington D.C. subway for a free concert. More than a thousand
commuters rushed by him, but only seven stopped to listen for more than a
minute. In The Man with the Violin,
bestselling author Kathy Stinson has woven a heart-warming story that reminds
us all to stop and appreciate the beauty that surrounds us.
The Artist and Me. Shane Peacock, illustrated by
Sophie Casson, $18.95 (ages 5-9)
Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed,
incomparable Post-impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in
the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an
eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint
unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike
called him names and laughed at him. Nobody bought his art. But he kept
Inspired by these events, The Artist and Me is
the fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a young boy who adopted
the popular attitude of adults around him. It’s not until the boy faces his
victim alone that he realizes there is more than one way to see the world. The
lyrical text carries the emotional weight of the subject and will leave readers
with the understanding that everyone’s point of view is valuable.
The Dot. Peter H. Reynolds, $20.00 (ages 5-9)
Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where
it takes you." Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair
in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle
invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw — she’s no artist. To
prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable
and angry mark. "There!" she says. That one little dot marks the
beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery.
Happy Dreamer. Peter H. Reynolds, $21.99 (ages 5-9)
While the world tells us to sit still, to follow the
rules, and to colour inside the lines, Happy Dreamer celebrates all
those moments in between when the mind and spirit soar and we are free to
become our own true dreamer maximus! This empowering picture book reminds
children of how much their dreams matter, and while life will have ups and
downs, he enlists readers to stay true to who they are, to tap into their most
creative inner selves, and to never ever forget to dream big!
ISH. Peter H. Reynolds, $20.00 (ages 5-9)
Ramon loved to draw. Anytime. Anything. Anywhere. Drawing
is what Ramon does. It¹s what makes him happy. But in one split second, all
that changes. A single reckless remark by Ramon's older brother, Leon, turns
Ramon's carefree sketches into joyless struggles. Luckily for Ramon, though,
his little sister, Marisol, sees the world differently. She opens his eyes to
something a lot more valuable than getting things just "right."
Playing from the Heart. Peter H. Reynolds, $20.00 (ages 5-9)
When a young boy begins to play on his family’s piano,
reveling in the fun of plunking the keys, his father signs him up for lessons
so that he can learn to play properly. With his father’s encouragement, Raj
learns notes, then scales, then songs, and finally classical pieces that his
father can recognize and be proud of. But the more Raj practices and the more
skilled he becomes, the less he enjoys playing, until he grows up and stops
playing altogether. But when his father becomes ill and asks Raj to play for
him, will Raj remember how to play from the heart?
Say Something! Peter Reynolds, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
The world needs your voice.
If you have a brilliant idea... say something!
If you see an injustice... say something!
In this empowering new picture book, renowned author
Peter H. Reynolds explores the many ways that a single voice can make a
difference. Each of us, each and every day, has the chance to say something:
with our actions, our words and our voices. Perfect for budding activists
everywhere, this timely story reminds readers of the undeniable importance and
power of their voice. There are so many ways to tell the world who you are... what you are thinking... and what you believe. And how you’ll make it
better. The time is now: SAY SOMETHING!
The Word Collector. Peter H. Reynolds, $21.99 (ages 5-9)
Some people collect stamps. Some people collect coins.
Some people collect art. And Jerome? Jerome collected words... Jerome
discovers the magic of the words all around him — short and sweet words,
two-syllable treats, and multisyllable words that sound like little songs. Words
that connect, transform, and empower.
The Night Gardener. Terry Fan & Eric Fan,
$21.99 (ages 4-8)
One day, William discovers that the tree outside his
window has been sculpted into a wise owl. In the following days, more topiaries
appear, and each one is more beautiful than the last. Soon, William’s gray
little town is full of color and life. And though the mysterious night gardener
disappears as suddenly as he appeared, William — and his town — are changed
With breathtaking illustrations and spare, sweet text,
this masterpiece about enjoying the beauty of nature is sure to become an
Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World's Most
Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, $19.99 (ages 4-8)
The remarkable true story of the bear who inspired
During World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian
veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear
cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of
Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life
great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick recounts their incredible journey, from a
northern Canadian town to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England... and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made a new friend: a boy
named Christopher Robin.
Gentle yet haunting illustrations by acclaimed
illustrator Sophie Blackall bring the wartime era to life, and are complemented
by photographs and ephemera from the Colebourn family archives.
Kenya's Art: Recycle! Reuse! Make Art! Linda
Trice, illustrated by hazel Mitchell, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
Kenya’s class is on spring vacation and their teacher
asked them to write a report about how they spent their time. But vacation is
almost over and Kenya hasn't done anything worth noting. A late visit to a
museum's recycling exhibit and a walk through her neighborhood with her daddy
inspire Kenya to use her old, broken toys and other items to make art with her
family. Now she's prepared to teach her whole class how to Recycle! Reuse! Make
Library Day. Anne Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzie
Rockwell, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Beloved author Anne Rockwell celebrates books, the love
of reading, and of course, libraries, with a gorgeous new picture book about a
child’s first visit to the library!
The Wheels on the Tuk
Tuk. Kabir Sehgal & Surishtha Sehgal, illustrated by Jess
Golden, $22.99 (ages 4-8)
This picture book brings an international twist to the
beloved nursery rhyme, The Wheels on the Bus, by bringing you aboard a busy
three-wheeled taxi in India! Anything can happen as the tuk tuk rolls through
town — from an elephant encounter to a tasty treat to a grand fireworks display.
And in the midst of all the action, one thing’s for sure: passengers young and
old love every minute of their exciting ride as the wheels of the tuk tuk go
round and round.
Stella Batts: None of Your Business. Courtney
Sheinmel, illustrated by Jennifer Bell, $5.99 (ages 6-9)
Can you keep a secret? Stella Batts has a lot of secrets
to keep these days. There's the secret of what really happened to her little
sister's pet fish, and there's the secret school project she's working on with
her friend Lucy, and there's the secret on the second floor of her family's
candy store. Actually, Stella doesn't know the candy store secret yet, because
her dad won't tell her. Even though she's eight years old, and that's old
enough to be trusted! Stella hasn't told any of her other secrets all week, and
some of her other friends are feeling left out. But that's the problem with
being told a secret: You have to keep it!
Imagine a World. Rob Gonsalves, $22.99 (ages 4-9)
Imagine a world where the sky becomes the Earth; where a
waterfall freefalls to become dancing women; where you can cut mountains out of
curtains, and ships sail into the sky.
Awesome Is Everywhere. Neil Pasricha, $21.99 (ages 4-8)
Are you ready? With the simple touch of
your fingers go on a stunning interactive journey to see the world as you never
have before. Fly through wispy clouds, dive deep into the sparkling ocean, feel
wet grains of sand on a hot and sunny beach. You will discover you can fly your
mind to anywhere on Earth. And by the time you reach the surprise ending in
this unforgettable journey you'll learn that awesome truly is everywhere.
I’m New Here. Anne Sibley O’Brien,$9.99 (ages 4-7)
Maria is from Spain, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity.
Bug in a Vacuum. Mélanie Watt, $24.99 (ages 5-9)
A bug flies through an open door into a
house, through a bathroom, across a kitchen and bedroom and into a living room... where its entire life changes with the switch of a button. Sucked into the
void of a vacuum bag, this one little bug moves through denial, bargaining,
anger, despair and eventually acceptance — the five stages of grief — as it
comes to terms with its fate. Will there be a light at the end of the tunnel?
Will there be dust bunnies in the void? A funny, suspenseful and poignant look
at the travails of a bug trapped in a vacuum.
An ‘A’ from
Miss Kehler. Patricia Polacco, $19.99 (ages 5-8)
Trisha is nervous about being chosen for
Miss Keller’s writing class. “Killer Keller” demands that her students dazzle
her with their writing, and rumor has it that she has never given an A. The
rumors turn out to be all too true — there’s just no pleasing Miss Keller. Then
an unexpected loss leaves Trisha heartbroken. Thoughts of teachers and grades
forgotten, she pours out her soul in a personal narrative. And when Miss Keller
reads it, she tells Trisha, “You’ve given your words wings.”
The Day the Crayons Quit. Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, $23.99 (ages 5-8)
The battle lines have been drawn …
The Day the Crayons Came Home. Drew Daywalt,
illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, $21.99 (ages 5-8)
Maroon crayon has been marooned. Pea Green crayon wants
to see the world. Neon Red crayon is just, well, lost. What happens when all
the lost and forgotten crayons write home?
The New Kid. Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick, $10.99 (ages 4-7)
Ellie's not like the other children on her street. She
hides inside her grey coat and the children tease her. But with her powerful
imagination and talent for making up games, and Ellie soon shows everyone what
a wonderful friend she can be.
My Name is Blessing. Eric Walters, illustrated by
Eugenie Fernandes, $19.99 (ages 6-9)
Based on the life of a real boy, this warm-hearted,
beautifully illustrated book tells the story of Baraka, a young Kenyan boy with
a physical disability. Baraka and eight cousins live with their grandmother.
She gives them boundless love, but there is never enough money or food, and
life is hard — love doesn't feed hungry stomachs or clothe growing bodies, or
school keen minds. Baraka is too young, and, with his disability, needs too
much, and she is too old. A difficult choice must be made, and grandmother and
grandchild set off on a journey to see if there is a place at the orphanage for
Baraka. The story begins by looking at Baraka's physical disability as a
misfortune, but ends by looking beyond the disability, to his great heart and
spirit, and the blessings he brings.
Layla's Head Scarf. Miriam Cohen, illustrated by
Ronald Himler, $22.95 (ages 4-8)
Layla is a shy new girl in first grade and her classmates
wonder why she wears a head scarf. As the school day progresses, the first
graders learn about Layla's culture and help make her feel more at ease in her
More Pies! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael
Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)
Samuel has woken up hungry and it seems nothing can
satisfy him. For breakfast he eats huge bowls of cereal, milk shakes, stacks of
pancakes, and two fried chickens, but it's not enough. Luckily, there's a pie
eating contest in the park, where Samuel eats not one, not two, but SIX pies —
CHUKA CHUKA CHOMP! To everyone's surprise, he wins the contest without turning
green and falling under the table. But what will happen when he discovers his
mother has made him yet another pie for lunch?!
||Just a Walk. Jordan Wheeler, Illustrated by Chris
In Just a Walk, a young boy named Chuck goes
for a simple walk that turns into a day of crazy adventure. Chuck encounters
animals, fish and birds that lead him on a wild journey through their various
Jordan Wheeler's whimsical rhyming will capture the young
readers attention and Chuck’s hilarious predicaments will keep all ages
laughing for more.
Jacob's New Dress. Sarah & Ian Hoffman,
illustrated by Chris Case, $25.95 (ages 4-8)
Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he
wants to be. Some kids at school say he can’t wear “girl” clothes, but Jacob
wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear
what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by
boys who don’t identify with traditional gender roles.
Community Soup. Alma Fullerton, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse, children are
working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a
soup for everyone to share. But Kioni is having trouble: her herd of
mischievous goats followed her to school today and they are trying to eat all
the vegetables. The ensuing chaos caused by the goats is cleverly resolved by
the children, making their vegetable soup very tasty while saving Kioni’s
four-legged intruders at the same time.
The Incredible Book Eating Boy. Oliver Jeffers,
$10.99 (ages 4-8)
The mouth-watering new book from acclaimed author
illustrator, Oliver Jeffers. Henry loves books... but not like you and I. He
loves to EAT books! This exciting new story follows the trials and tribulations
of a boy with a voracious appetite for books. Henry discovers his unusual taste
by mistake one day, and is soon swept up in his new-found passion — gorging on
every delicious book in sight! And better still, he realises that the more
books he eats, the smarter he gets. Henry dreams of becoming the Incredible
Book Eating Boy; the smartest boy in the world! But a book-eating diet isn't
the healthiest of habits, as Henry soon finds out.
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin. Chieri Uegaki &
Qin Leng, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
In this beautifully written picture book, Hana Hashimoto
has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is,
she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Her brothers insist
she isn't good enough. "It's a talent show, Hana," they tell her.
"You'll be a disaster!" Hana remembers how wonderfully her talented
grandfather, or Ojiichan, played his violin when she was visiting him in
Japan. So, just like Ojiichan, Hana practices every day. She is determined
to play her best. When Hana's confidence wavers on the night of the show,
however, she begins to wonder if her brothers were right. But then Hana
surprises everyone once it's her turn to perform — even herself!
Hope Springs. Eric Walters, illustrated by Eugenie
Fernandes, $19.99 (ages 6-9)
A drought has settled in the area around the orphanage
where Boniface lives. There are long line-ups at the tiny spring where all the
local people get their water, and suddenly the orphans are pushed to the back
of the line, unwelcome. Boniface's houseparent, Henry, tells him that the
people were mean out of fear — they feared there would not be enough water for
their families. When the building of the orphanage's well is completed,
Boniface has an idea to help the villagers. A lovely story of kindness and
heart, this story shows that, through compassion and understanding, true
generosity can spring from unexpected places.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole. Mac Barnett,
illustrated by Jon Klassen, $22.99 (ages 4-8)
Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find
something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find... nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all.
Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of
looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.
Your Fantastic Elastic Brain: Stretch It, Shape It. JoAnn Deak, illustrated by Sarah Ackerley, $26.95 (ages 5-9)
This innovative and timely picture book teaches children
that they have the ability to stretch and grow their own brains. It also
delivers the crucial message that mistakes are an essential part of learning.
The book introduces children to the anatomy and various functions of the brain
in a fun and engaging way.
Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece. Patricia Polacco, $19.99 (ages 5-9)
In this book, Patricia Polacco addresses a common fear —
speaking in front of an audience. Mr. Wayne's Masterpiece celebrates the
lifelong impact of a great teacher, and how a moment of courage can change
I Am Mixed. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastien
Jones, illustrated by James Webster, $17.95 (ages 4-7)
Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds, and as they
will discover, they can enjoy the best of both. From Mommy's jazz beats to
Daddy's classical piano, we will dance with the twins through a book that
explores what it is to be of mixed ancestry, proving that a child is more than
the sum of their parents.
This Moose Belongs to Me. Oliver Jeffers, $9.99 (ages 4-7)
Wilfred owned a moose … or at least — he
THOUGHT he did…
Ink-Blot. Maria Eugenia,
$15.95 (ages 6-8)
Some girls think they are badly drawn.
They worry about their height, their hair, their size. Some worry about
everything. That’s a lot of stress. But Ink-Blot? She doesn’t care how she’s
drawn — she’s too busy having fun!
There Were Monkeys in My Kitchen. Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $12.95 (ages 4-8)
Willa Wellowby's house has been overrun
by monkeys. They're ballet dancing, playing the bagpipes, listening to the
Beatles, and causing mayhem and destruction all over the house and yard. And
the more Willa asks them to leave, the more havoc they wreak. She calls the police,
the RCMP, the FBI, and Scotland Yard to get rid of these monkeys...but when the
Mounties finally show up, it's Willa who's in trouble!
Toes in My Nose and Other Poems. Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $19.95 (ages 4-8)
Silly, funny, and outrageous, from Popcorn
Pete and Mabel Murple to Zelba Zinnamon, these are some of
the best-loved poems and characters in Canadian children’s literature.
In this 25th anniversary edition,
award-winning illustrator Sydney Smith’s new illustrations hilariously portray
a neighbourhood of kids flying to the moon, playing banjo with orangutans, and
bathing with submarines. TOES IN MY NOSE will introduce a whole new generation
to Sheree Fitch’s magnificent feat of imagination.
Up Home. Shauntay Grant & Susan Tooke, $12.95 (ages 4-10)
Happy memories sparkle in this journey
through poet Shauntay Grant's childhood visits to North Preston, Nova Scotia.
The sights, sounds, rhythms and people of one of Canada's most important black
communities are captured in the warm and vibrant illustrations of by Susan
Virginia Wolf. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Aresnault, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
A story of two sisters — one blue, one
sunny — both brimming with imagination.
MOOSE! Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, $7.99 (ages 4-7)
There’s a moose in the backyard! Luke’s Mom and Dad want to shoo it away, but the moose has other plans …
A Hen for Izzy Pippik. Aubrey Davis & Marie LaFrance, $18.95 (ages 4-8)
When Shaina finds a magnificent hen, she
knows that Izzy Pippik, the hen's owner, is sure to return for her. In the
meantime, Shaina decides she will care for the animal. But when dozens of eggs
hatch and rowdy chickens scatter throughout the village, Shaina must fight the
entire town if she has any hope of protecting the birds. Inspired by Jewish and
Islamic traditional texts, this is a beautiful tale about doing the right
thing, even in the face of adversity.
Sam & Eva. Debbie Ridpath Ohi, $23.99 (ages 4-8)
When Sam starts drawing a super cool velociraptor, Eva
decides to join in. But Sam isn’t too happy about the collaboration. Soon Eva
and Sam are locked in an epic creative clash, bringing to life everything from
superhero marmots to exploding confetti. But when their masterpieces turn to
mayhem will Sam stay stubbornly solo or will he realize that sometimes the best
work comes from teamwork?
My People. Langston Hughes, photography by Charles R. Smith Jr., $26.99 (ages 4-9)
Langston Hughes’ classic, simple poem My People is brought to life with the beautiful portrait photography of poet, writer, activist and photographer Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Harry and Walter. Kathy Stinson, illustrated by
Qin Leng, $12.95 (ages 4-7)
Harry may be four and three-quarters and Walter may be
ninety-two and a half, but that doesn't stop them from being best friends.
Harry loves to go next door to play games with Walter and draw pictures
together. And when the snow falls, Walter clears a path to Harry's house so
that they can visit every day.
But one day, a For Sale sign appears on Harry's lawn.
Harry is devastated that he and Walter will no longer be neighbors. Harry's new
house is bigger and better than his old one, but without Walter to share things
with, nothing seems to be much fun.