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Across the city, we're getting ready for the best summer ever! Find details about our city-wide party on June 22 and more:

The Panda Problem

cover image of The Panda ProblemIn The Panda Problem by Deborah Underwood, an unseen narrator begins recounting a tale about "a panda who lived in a beautiful bamboo grove." When it comes time to introduce a problem, the laid-back panda denies this narrative claim. The disgruntled narrator lays down the rules and volleys a series of conflict-probing questions to no avail. While lounging on a hammock, the untroubled panda has a revelation and turns the storytelling tables. With the editorial reins now firmly in his paw, the bear riles up the narrator with annoying antics like

March Break 2019

Anna at the Art Museum

book coverIn Anna at the Art Museum, by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert, a little girl is the very picture of boredom.  With a frustrated frown on her face, and a stuffed giraffe by her side, Anna deems everything in the gallery to be “old and boring.” And then there are all the rules.  She tries to make her own experiential fun, like roaring at the Babylonian ceramic lion, but her playful efforts at engagement are dissuaded by the watchful attendant.  Anna wishes that “the museum could be turned inside out.  Or the world outside in” and this happens when

Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets

book coverIf you think "A" stands for nothing more interesting than "apple", you must read Sara O'Leary's fantastical new picture book Owls Are Good at Keeping Secrets: An Unusual Alphabet. Along with learning upper and lower case letters, you find out that "Jellyfish don't care if you think they look funny when they dance", "Raccoons are always

My Favourite Children's Picture Book Is....

Square by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

As the second book in Barnett and Klassen's Shapes series, this book is about Square and his friend Circle. Circle thinks Square is a genius as a sculptor. Square does not agree but Circle is insistent. I love Barnett and Klassen's simplicity in both the artwork and their story as they let readers interpret the story in their own way. Both children and adults will be able to enjoy the humor and see how one might not know their own strengths. 

~Julia from Crouch

My favourite children's picture book of 2018 is ...

The Day You Begin The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

This is a beautiful picture book about feeling different and belonging. With warm illustrations that are reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats in The Snowy Day, this story reveals a child-eye's view of navigating the world when you feel like you're on the outside looking in.

My favourite children's novels of 2018 are ...

Middle grade fiction was on fire this year! Here are my top picks for "Best of 2018":

book cover imageInkling by Kenneth Oppel, with illustrations by Sydney Smith - Bursting with creativity, a rogue inkblot comes to life, and this novel explores what getting unstuck means in so many ways.

 

My favourite children's picture books of 2018 are ...

These fabulous picture books top my "Best of 2018" list:

My favourite children's book of 2018 is...

Hedgehog Needs a Hug, written and illustrated by Jen Betton. Hedgehog wakes up feeling down in the dumps and he knows that a hug is what he needs to turn his day around. But being hesitant of Hedgehog's prickles, his woodland friends are not reciprocating his offer. Before too long though, Hedgehog meets another animal who may just be feeling the same way. After all, everyone needs a hug, EVEN if they're prickly!

I loved this book because everyone needs a hug sometimes, especially in today's world where tragedy, conflict, and controversy are ever so present. With hugs, we can spread kindness, compassion, and affection to those around us. The illustrations are beautiful, soft, and rich with colour. This was a wonderful read aloud story to share with toddlers and preschoolers as it features recognizable woodland animals to spread a valuable message.

- Katie H. from Bostwick