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Silly Wonderful You  

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By Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrator Patrick McDonnell

The bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site has captured the essence of the love a parent feels toward her giggly, climby, grimy, splashy child. This is a funny and tender love letter from a parent to her child. Although it’s recommended for older children, anyone with a toddler will relate to this wonderful picture book.  Ages 4 to 8 – 

Publisher Harper Collins Canada – $21.99 hardcover

 

The Bear Who Went Boo! 

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By David Walliams, illustrator Tony Ross

This amusing adventure was created by bestselling picture book partners, David Walliams and Tony Ross. You may know Walliams as half of the British comedy duo that star in the television show Little Britain. He turns his comedic talent to telling a tale of “a very cheeky polar bear cub who loves to go…BOO!” filled with surprises and a gentle lesson. Set in the snowy Arctic and featuring many of its creatures, this is a great winter read. Ages 3 to 6 – Publisher Harper Collins Canada – $21.99 hardcover

 

Over-Scheduled Andrew

By Ashley Spires 

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While this topic could inspire a preachy approach, the author lets Andrew demonstrate the pitfalls of piling too much on his plate. It’s not his parents who push him, it’s Andrew’s own desire to succeed in the school drama club that propels him to get involved in activities like dance, karate, tennis, the school newspaper, French film club along with bagpipe and Spanish lessons. Andrew doesn’t have time for anything or anyone else, not even his best friend Edie. What results is a hilarious, over-the-top look at an issue common to many kids. Ages 4 to 8 – Publisher Tundra Books – $19.99 hardcover

 

An Armadillo in New York 

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By Julie Kraulis

Arlo is an armadillo that is always ready for adventure and this time his travels take him from his native Brazil to New York City. Inspired by his grandfather and guided by his travel journals about his favourite places, Arlo discovers the joys of the city: gazing at the skyline, visiting the Guggenheim, walking across the Brooklyn Bridge and meeting the amazing Lady Liberty. Readers will find hints about her history sprinkled throughout the pages ripe with revealing illustrations. You’ll enjoy strolling the streets of this storied city with this sweet little guy. Publisher Tundra Books – $19.99 hardcover

 

A Boy Asked the Wind 

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By Barbara Nickel, illustrator Gillian Newland

This is one of those books that you finish with a satisfied sigh and a desire to read it all over again. It’s the beautifully composed four-line stanzas and how they link together like a subtle breeze that sets this book apart. Travelling around the world with the wind, readers are carried from the Canadian west, off the coast of Central America, Capetown, and the Middle East and learn who the wind is in those places. Nickel wrote this book in response to her young son’s question “where does the wind come from” and the resulting story answers even more. Ages 4 to 8 – Publisher Red Deer Press – $19.95 hardcover

 

Raymie 

Nightingale 

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By Kate DiCamillo

There are plenty of novels geared to pre-teen girls and many are worthy of a read. This novel is one of them, even though it deals with the common theme of friendship, peppered with drama, conflict and humour. What makes this offering stand out is its protagonist, Raymie Clarke and the intriguing supporting cast of Beverly Tapinski and Louisiana Elefante. The three eventually form an unlikely friendship during the approach of the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition that has brought them together. Two-time Newbery Medalist Kate DiCamillo has returned to her roots with this moving and masterful story. Age 10 and up – Publisher Candlewick Press –$20 paperback

 

 

The Nest

By Kenneth Oppel, 

illustrator Jon Klassen 

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When it comes to an author like Kenneth Oppel, expectations are high. His fans are rewarded with this menacing yet beautiful novel in which an anxious boy becomes convinced that angels will save his sick baby brother. But these are creatures of a very different kind, and their plan for the baby has a twist. This psychological thriller explores insecurities, fears and love within a family in an unforgettable and often spine-chilling fashion. Ages 10 and up – Publisher Harper Collins Canada – $16.99


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