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New Picture Books for Spring

by Kerry Clare

A selection of gorgeous new picture books celebrating new life, hope, nature, and mindfulness.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Celebrating STEM

by Julie Booker

This list includes all kinds of STEM’ers—science enthusiasts, builders, inventors, real life engineers—in both fiction and non-fiction texts.

Seeds of a Story: 2020 Canadian Children's Book Centre Awards

by Kerry Clare

Kazakh eagle hunters, Muslim love stories, Grade 7 science class and more! Canada's most celebrated children's writers tell all about how their acclaimed …

Notes from a Children's Librarian: The "I Am Canada" Series

by Julie Booker

"These first-person narratives are so compelling that a reader doesn’t even notice that they’re actually learning history."

Launchpad: THE BARREN GROUNDS, by David A. Robertson

by Kerry Clare

"David A. Robertson has written such a fine, beautiful novel. He manages to combine hard truths about our history with a Narnia-like fantasy, sweeping …

Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2020 Books for Young Readers Preview

by 49th Shelf Staff

New books for young readers...and readers of all ages!

Kid Sterling: Books on Jazz and Justice

by Christine Welldon

Christine Welldon introduces her debut novel, Kid Sterling, and she marks its release with a list of inspiring books that addresses the problems of racism …

Ann Eriksson Launches BIRD'S EYE VIEW

by Kerry Care

"Anyone, young or old, who wants to learn more about the birds that live in their neighbourhood or on the other side of the planet will love this book." …

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Bird Books

by Julie Booker

A flock of tales to get young readers into birding.

Launchpad: Grandmother School, by Rina Singh and Ellen Rooney

by Kerry Clare

"How great a treat it will be to read this book in a grandmother’s lap."

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