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The Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery

by Rebecca Eckler & Erica Ehm, illustrated by Carrie Hartman
edition: Hardcover
tagged: humorous stories

Finally — a picture book for the Starbucks-armed, BlackBerry-checking, gym-going working mother. The high-octane duo of Rebecca Eckler and Erica Ehm have cooked up The Mischievous Mom at the Art Gallery, featuring a thoroughly modern mother who makes a point of including her two children in her always hectic life. At five o’clock, when Mom …

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Black Bottle Man

Manitoba's Buried History

by Craig Russell
edition: Paperback
  • Grade: 8
tagged: literary

Forced to move every twelve days, what would happen to your life?

1927. Rembrandt is the only child in the tiny community of Three Farms. Soon his two aunts grow desperate for babies of their own. A man wearing a black top-coat and a glad-ta-meet-ya smile arrives with a magic bottle and a deadly deal is made. Determined to undo the wager, Rembrandt, …

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Monkeyface Chronicles

by Richard Scarsbrook
edition: Paperback
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Philip Skyler learned early in his life that his face would get him into trouble and there was nothing he could do about it. Born with an extreme facial deformity, he became the object of attention. Though medical scientists named his condition Van der Woude syndrome, his classmates, especially the bullies, just called him "Monkeyface". Monkeyface …

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The Kayak

by Debbie Spring
edition: Paperback
tagged: special needs

An accident leaves a teen in a wheelchair and her only freedom comes with kayaking. Meeting a wind surfer who she has saved triggers feelings of wanting to belong and be accepted, and her life begins to change as she starts to look at herself not just as a victim in a wheelchair.

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The Dot Com Leprechaun

by Caroline Stellings
edition: Paperback
tagged: fantasy & magic

When Lucy discovers a leprechaun has been ensorcelled into the Internet by a disgruntled witch, it is up to her to help him return to his home in the old rootcellar. This is a modern fairy tale, set in Elliston, Newfoundland, the root-cellar capital of the world. Scenic watercolours of the Bonavista peninsula colour this lively story.

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Sail Away with Me

by Jane Collins-Philippe, illustrated by Laura Beingessner
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: bedtime & dreams, poetry (see also stories in verse), boats, ships & underwater craft

Jane Collins-Philippe loves the sea – after all she has spent many years living on a sailboat – and she has collected verses old and new to share her understanding and affection. Some of the poems will be familiar, like Eugene Field’s “Wynken, Blynken and Nod.” Others are from Collins-Philippe’s own pen and are sure to become favorites. …

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Caillou: Training Wheels

illustrated by Eric Sevigny, adapted by Sarah Margaret Johanson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: new experience

Caillou would like to remove the training wheels on his bike, but he soon learns that there is a proper time for everything.

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Stella, Star of the Sea

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: siblings, imagination & play

Stella and her little brother are spending the day at the sea. Stella has been to the sea before and knows all its secrets, but Sam has many questions: "Does a catfish purr? Does a seahorse gallop?" Stella has an answer for them all. The only thing she isn't sure of, and neither are we, is whether Sam will ever come into the water.
Exquisite, evoca …

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Stella, Fairy of the Forest

illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 2 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: siblings, imagination & play

Stella's little brother Sam wonders whether fairies are invisible. Stella assures him that she has seen hundreds of them and that if she and Sam venture across the meadow and into the forest, they are likely to find some.

So begins another adventure in the Stella and Sam series about the irrepressible red-head, and her slightly apprehensive little b …

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Roar! (Tell Me A Story!)

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narrator Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
edition: Mixed media
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
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A brand-new book by Robert Munsch that is sure to awaken the lion within!

After their father reads them a story about lions, Elena and Isaac decide to become lions too. Growling their way through breakfast, and gnawing on "bones", they soon trot off to school. But it's only when one of their teacher decides to take both of their classes outside to …