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A Boy Named Queen

By Sara Cassidy Groundwood Books Ages 8–12 Fifth grader, Evelyn, doesn’t know what to think of the new boy in school. His name is Queen and he has long hair, wears shiny shorts, and seems to attract a lot of negative attention from the other students. The two strike up an unlikely friendship and Queen […]

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The Better Tree Fort

Story by Jessica Scott Kerrin Illustrations by Qin Leng Groundwood Books Ages 4–8 When Russell asks his dad to build him a tree fort, his dad tries his best and builds him a quaint fort without all the bells and whistles Russell imagined. He also never expected a better one would be built just three […]

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Parent’s Pick: Co-Parenting from the Inside Out

By Karen L. Kristjanson Dundurn Press While separation is one of the hardest decisions parents can make, the transition from a single-family unit to two divided households is often more difficult. This is why many parents choose co-parenting, where everyday routines and holidays are shared between both parents, so they can remain equally involved in […]

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Sugar and Snails

Story by Sarah Tsiang Illustrations by Sonja Wimmer Annick Press Ages 4–7 When a boy and girl ask their grandfather what they are made of, he responds with a classic nursery rhyme. The children feel the descriptions don’t quite fit, so the grandfather comes up with numerous quirky alternatives to appease them. Putting a modern […]

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Away

Story by Emil Sher Illustrations by Qin Leng Groundwood Books Ages 5–8 Written through a series of sticky post-it notes, Away tells the story of a young girl and her mother who struggle to connect as often as they’d like. Using the notes to communicate with each other, the girl shares her fears of going […]

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If You Could Wear My Sneakers

Poems by Sheree Fitch Illustrations by Darcia Labrosse Nimbus Publishing Ages 3–7 Originally commissioned by UNICEF Canada, this 20th anniversary edition contains whimsical, tongue-twister poems by acclaimed children’s poet and author Sheree Fitch. In her signature style, she creatively explores 15 of the 54 articles from the 1989 United Nations Conventions on the Rights of […]

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Sea Glass Summer

Story and illustrations by Heidi Jardine Stoddart Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 Molly’s favourite place is her Gram’s cottage by the sea. They enjoy spending time together collecting sea glass and breathing in the salty ocean air. Then one day a moving truck appears, and Molly moves away from her Gram. Accompanied by vibrant illustrations, this […]

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My Two Grandmothers

Story by Diane Carmel Léger Illustrations by Jean-Luc Trudel Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 No two grandmothers are alike, except when it comes to their love for their grandchildren. This story follows six grandchildren in the 1960s as they compare and contrast their visits with their grandmothers Mémére and Nannie. They are as different as can […]

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The Fox and the Fisherman

Story and illustrations by Marianne Dumas Nimbus Publishing Ages 4–8 This heartwarming story follows the mundane life of a lonely fisher named Barnaby. Each day he does the same thing, goes out in his small fishing boat to catch one measly fish. When all seems hopeless, he sparks an unlikely friendship with a fox and […]

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Parent’s Pick: ParentSpeak

By Jennifer Lehr Workman Publishing “Good job!” “Give Grandma a kiss!” “Can you say, ‘Thank You’?” These are some of the most common, seemingly innocuous phrases we say to our children each day to encourage good behaviour. Although we have the best intentions at heart, what if the reflexive language we use contradicts the message […]

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