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The Pastel Planet

A Manitoulin Island Adventure

by Afsheadeh Abbasnezhad, illustrated by Norma West Linder
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: siblings

 

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 Two children from different families, are forced to live together when their parents marry. They do not like each other, but the outer space adventure they share on a holiday on Manitoulin Island changes that. A flying saucer lands on the shores of Lake Mindemoya, and they are invited aboard. They can’t wait to return to sch …

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Downside Up

by Richard Scrimger
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: death & dying, fantasy & magic

Fred is a sixth-grader reeling from the loss of his beloved dog, Casey. Every day he walks home from school bouncing Casey's old worn-out tennis ball. One day, the ball falls down a sewer grate, and Fred can't bear to leave it down there. He pries open the grate and stumbles down. Through the sewer, Fred enters a parallel universe: Casey is alive, …

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Shout Out for the Fitzgerald-Trouts

by Esta Spalding, illustrated by Lee Gatlin
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: siblings, humorous stories, homelessness & poverty

The third book in a Dahl-esque middle-grade series by award-winning poet and screenwriter Esta Spalding.

The plucky Fitzgerald-Trout siblings (who live on a tropical island where the grown-ups are useless but the kids can drive) are back! After losing the boat that had become their home, oldest Fitzgerald-Trout, Kim, has put finding a home back on …

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Ten Little Dumplings

by Larissa Fan, illustrated by Cindy Wume
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: girls & women, asia, siblings

If one son is lucky, then ten must be great luck indeed! But where does that leave an only daughter? Based on a true family story, this inspiring picture book about a different perspective tells the tale of a girl determined to be seen, who finds her own voice and makes her own luck.

In the city of Tainan, there lives a very special family -- specia …

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Sharon, Lois and Bram's Skinnamarink

by Sharon Hampson; Lois Lilienstein & Bram Morrison, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: music, alternative family, friendship

National bestseller
Based on the classic folk song made famous by a beloved trio of children's entertainers, this picture book is best sung aloud! "Skinnamarink" is a timeless anthem of love and inclusion -- now in board book format!

What does "skinnamarink" mean? You may not find its definition in a dictionary, but the meaning is clear to the gener …

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Raven, Rabbit, Deer

by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: multigenerational, native american, deer, moose & caribou, non-classifiable, country life, native canadian

In an intergenerational winter’s story full of quiet wonder, a little boy takes his grandfather for a walk down a forest trail. The boy shows Grandpa how to jump in the snow and how to make it splash into the creek. Grandpa shows the boy rabbit tracks and deer hiding among the trees. They greet their animal neighbors by name: Raven, Rabbit, Deer, …

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The Rocking Horse

by Sheryl McFarlane, illustrated by François Thisdale
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: imagination & play, horses, multigenerational, toys, dolls, puppets

When the rocking horse is first given to his boy, they imagine grand adventures together: chases in the wild west, dashes across medieval drawbridges, and daring rodeo performances. Then as the boy grows up, they play together less and less. The rocking horse begins to despair until the boy’s little sister climbs on his back and he learns he has …

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The Bee

by Becky Han & Tindur Peters
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: polar regions, native canadian, multigenerational

When the narrator of this fun and silly book—based on an award-winning song by Inuit singer-songwriter Becky Han—is startled by the buzzing of a bee, she sets off on an adventure that sees her running from community to community, trying to lose her buzzing companion. When she has run clear across Nunavut, she finally realizes that perhaps this …

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Tout un cadeau!

by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: christmas & advent, humorous stories

 

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Chaque Noël, Julie trouve les cadeaux que sa mère et son père ont caché. Sauf cette année! Ses parents ont-ils décidé de ne pas célébrer Noël? Un classique de Robert Munsch qui déborde d’illustrations merveilleuses. Les enfants ne seront jamais déçus de le trouver sous le sapin de Noël.

 

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Nutcracker Night

by Mireille Messier, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: christmas & advent, theater, new experience, parents

Now with interactive lift-a-flap features to delight and surprise!

Beep! Beep! go the taxis. Voof! go the velvet curtains. The Nutcracker ballet and New York City’s David H. Koch Theater come to life in this onomatopoeic representation of a little girl’s experience at the ballet. From the swish of her dress and the tick-tick-tick of the conducto …

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