On the bookshelf


Sharing stories is a wonderful bonding experience for parents and children. There are so many benefits to reading aloud and encouraging independent reading later on. Here are some recently published worthy reads.

An Occupational ABC


By Kellen Hatanaka

Learning the alphabet is a job for any pre-schooler. A good alphabet book can provide just the right training. This alphabetical tour through some amazing jobs is sure to engage little learners and the adults who share it with them. It’s an introduction to the ABCs and to a range of alternative careers. Ages 3 to 7 – Publisher Groundwood – Hardcover $16.95

Nancy knows

By Cybele Young

The writer and illustrator uses miniature paper sculptures to fill Nancy the elephant with all kinds of memories. Trouble is that Nancy can’t think of the one thing she’s trying to remember. This memorable book is all about the illustrations and an unforgettable pachyderm. Ages 3 to 7 – Publisher Tundra Books – Hardcover $19.99

Mr. Frank

By Irene Luxbacher


Understated text and expressive artwork combine to tell the tale of Mr. Frank, a tailor who has one more wonderful outfit to create on his last day before retirement. He has sewn just about everything from practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s. This last project is for a very special customer as readers discover. Ages 4 to 7 – Publisher Groundwood – Hardcover $16.95

Any Questions?

By Marie-Louise Gay

There is no question that this storybook was penned by an award-winning author. Within the story of how a story is created, dwells, in a dark, green, mossy forest a wonderful tale of a giant that is embellished by questioning little characters. Readers will learn how a tale is spun and will be inspired to become spinners themselves. Ages 6 to 9 – Publisher Groundwood – Hardcover $19.95

What in the World?

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic is famous for its incredible photographs and this version of I spy takes full advantage of this resource. The photographic game book turns cool photos into fun-filled visual games with fun facts and nuggets of information sprinkled throughout. It’s the kind of book that would make a great travel companion for back seat occupants. Ages 8 to 12 – Publisher National Geographic Children’s Books – Hardcover $19.99

The Art of Lego Design

By Jordan Schwartz


Lego fans, and there are millions of them, will be enthralled by this look at Lego magic as revealed by expert builders. Lego artist Jordan Schwartz delves into the building techniques of the Lego masters and shows how the magic happens. Dozens of colour photos support the descriptions as he teaches the tricks of Lego artists. Readers learn to think like the masters too, through interviews with 13 amazing builders. Publisher No Starch Press – $24.95

Finding Grace

By Becky Citra


Girls will be caught up in the life of Hope, a 10-year-old girl growing up in the 1950s who discovers that the imaginary friend she’s been penning letters to is actually real. More astonishing than that, Grace is her fraternal twin who was given up for adoption by their single mother as a toddler stricken by polio. Hope lives up to the book series title “Gutsy Girl” with her passion, determination and cheekiness. Ages 9 to 12 – Publisher Second Story Press – Paperback $9.95



Stay Where You Are & Then Leave

By John Boyne


The bestselling author of The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, has written another gem that will both move and uplift young readers. It’s a story of an ordinary boy's search for his missing father during the First World War. Four years after his father went off on a secret war mission, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Thus begins his attempt to rescue his long-lost father. Ages 9 to 12 – Doubleday Canada – Paperback $19.99




Kitty Hawk and the Curse of the Yukon Gold

By Iain Reading


This first installment in a young adult series of four adventure mystery stories that introduces the Kitty Hawk Flying Detective Agency series and Kitty Hawk, an intrepid teenage pilot. She’s a combination of Amelia Earhart, Nancy Drew and Pippi Longstocking, equipped with boundless curiosity and a knack for getting herself into all kinds of precarious situations. Ages 11 and up – Paperback $8.99 Kindle eBook $2.99


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