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2015 OLA Blue Spruce Nominees

Created by 49thShelf
tagged: forest of reading 2015
Part of the OLA Forest of Reading Program

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Oddrey and the New Kid

by Dave Whamond
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: friendship, humorous stories, zoos

Ever since she averted disaster in the class production of The Wizard of Oz, Oddrey has been making new friends at school. Her classmates have come to appreciate her irrepressible charm and Oddrey, in turn, encourages them to be their own unique selves. So when Oddrey's teacher introduces a new girl, Maybelline, to the class, Oddrey, ever the opti …

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Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress

by Christine Baldacchino, illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship, clothing & dress

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center — he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

But the children in Morris’s class don’t understand. Dresses, they say, are …

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Most Magnificent Thing, The

illustrated by Ashley Spires
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play, pets, humorous stories

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she mak …

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The Highest Number in the World

by Roy MacGregor, illustrated by Geneviève Després
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: hockey, multigenerational, girls & women

9-year-old Gabe (Gabriella) Murray lives and breathes hockey. She's the youngest player on her new team, she has a nifty move that her teammates call "the Gabe," and she shares a lucky number with her hero, Hayley Wickenheiser: number 22. But when her coach hands out the team jerseys, Gabe is stuck with number 9. Crushed, Gabe wants to give up hock …

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Kenta and the Big Wave

by Ruth Ohi
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: asia

The tsunami has swept everything away—including Kenta’s most prized possession, his soccer ball.

When tragedy strikes Kenta’s small village in Japan, he does all he can to hang on to the things that matter to him most. But amidst the chaos of an emergency evacuation brought on by the tsunami, Kenta and his family must quickly leave their home, …

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Loula Is Leaving for Africa

illustrated by Anne Villeneuve
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play, africa

Loula has had ENOUGH of her TERRIBLE triplet brothers. She's leaving home and going to Africa! Though her quirky parents are too distracted to pay much attention to her plans, Loula has a good friend in the family chauffeur, Gilbert, who gently inquires, “Mademoiselle, may I ask, why Africa?” “Because!” Loula explains. “Africa is far away …

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The Man with the Violin

by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Dusan Petricic
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: music

Winner of the 2014 TD Children's Literature Award

Now in paperback! Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn't. So try as he might, Dylan can't get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the beautiful music that fills the air as crowds of oblivious people hurry past. …

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My Blue Is Happy

by Jessica Young, illustrated by Catia Chien
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: colors, emotions & feelings, opposites

What is your blue like? A lyrical ode to colors — and the unique ways we experience them — follows a little girl as she explores the world with her family and friends.

Your neighbor says red is angry like a dragon’s breath, but you think it’s brave like a fire truck. Or maybe your best friend likes pink because it’s pretty like a ballerina …