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Blue Spruce Award 2020

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: forest of reading, award nominees
The Blue Spruce Award™ program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children between the ages of 4 and 7 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2). For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books. This program promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop a child’s skill in evaluating a picture book based on story, text and pictures. The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages.

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Mustafa

by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, emotions & feelings, friendship, new experience

Mustafa and his family traveled a long way to reach their new home. Some nights Mustafa dreams about the country he used to live in, and he wakes up not knowing where he is. Then his mother takes him out to the balcony to see the moon — the same moon as in their old country. In the park, Mustafa sees ants and caterpillars and bees — they are th …

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Me, Toma and the Concrete Garden

by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Anne Villeneuve
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: friendship, city & town life, environment

Vincent is staying with his aunt Mimi for the summer while his mom recuperates from surgery. Mimi's drab city neighborhood, complete with an empty dirt lot across the street, doesn't seem too promising. But then Vincent meets Toma, a boy who lives nearby, and things start looking up. Mimi has a mysterious box of “dirt balls” in her apartment. W …

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The Magic Boat

by Kit Pearson & Katherine Farris, narrator Heather Gould
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: imagination & play, friendship, environment

Every summer morning, Ellie and her Nonna go to the beach. They swim and build sandcastles, and while Nonna reads, Ellie watches the other children play. One day Ellie builds up the courage to approach an older girl playing on her own in a beached rowboat. Piper has a gift, an imagination so great that she whisks Ellie off on grand adventures, goin …

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A Plan for Pops

by Heather Smith, narrator Christian Down
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: multigenerational, imagination & play, depression & mental illness

Lou spends every Saturday with Grandad and Pops. They walk to the library hand in “hand, like a chain of paper dolls. Grandad reads books about science and design, Pops listens to rock and roll, and Lou bounces from lap to lap. But everything changes one Saturday. Pops has a fall. That night there is terrible news: Pops will need to use a wheelch …

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Giraffe and Bird Together Again

illustrated by Rebecca Bender
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: friendship, new experience, birds, giraffes

Bird lives for adventure. He wants to swoop, soar, and explore. Giraffe is perfectly happy right where he is, thank you very much. He never worries when Bird flits off for a while. But one afternoon his friend fails to return. Giraffe has a bad feeling that something has happened to Bird. Giraffe dreads the wide world full of tangly forests, craggy …

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Sleep, Sheep!

by Kerry Sparrow, illustrated by Guillaume Perreault
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: bedtime & dreams, imagination & play, humorous stories

There are lots of things Duncan likes about bedtime --- the stories, the pajamas, the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste ... The only thing he doesn't like is going to sleep. And he'll do anything he can to avoid it. Until one day, Duncan's mom has had enough of his stalling. “Try counting sheep,” she tells him. So, he does. At first, it's kind of f …

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That's Not Hockey!

by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Félix Girard
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: hockey

 

The legendary goalie who revolutionized the game of hockey

 

Young Jacques Plante’s way of playing hockey may look different from everyone else’s. Instead of a puck, he uses a tennis ball, and his shin pads are made out of potato sacks and wooden slats. But that’s not going to stop him. He loves the game.

 

Jacques is drafted by the Montreal Can …

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Reptile Club, The

by Maureen Fergus, illustrated by Elina Ellis
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: reptiles & amphibians, friendship, imagination & play

There are lots of clubs for Rory to join at his new school, but none seem quite right for him. So when his parents suggest he start his own club about something he loves, Rory knows exactly what it will be: a Reptile Club! He's positive that there are other kids out there who share his passion. He sets up his first meeting and then waits and waits …