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Books for Preschoolers
May 6th, 2010 by Noodlenuts

Finally old enough to get the most out of a great story and beautiful pictures, constantly curious and wanting to learn new things,  open minded and full of imagination, 3- to 5-year-olds are the ideal age group when it comes to instilling a lifelong love of books.  But which books?  How do you find the sort of unique stories and gorgeous illustrations that will really show a preschooler what a wonder a book can be?  Easy!  Let Noodlenuts do it for you!

(left: Oak Reading Room by Naoko Stoop. For more of Naoko’s lovely nursery art, check out Naokosstoop.)

From awesome internationally-sourced books that are unlike anything you’ll see in your local bookstore, to the best of small, lesser-known North American publishers, to truly special books from bigger publishers, that may have gotten lost in the marketing crush of the “latest thing”, Noodlenuts has everything you could want for your preschooler’s library.  Beautiful, classic stories as well as bold, offbeat tales; unique subjects; exquisite language and vocabulary; stunning images—these are all things you’ll find in our Books for Preschoolers.

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Cats’ Night Out
Jul 23rd, 2014 by Noodlenuts

In the city,
windows light.
How many cats
will dance tonight?

It’s not particularly surprising that Cats’ Night Out won what is arguably the top children’s literature prize in Canada, the Governor General’s Literary Award. It’s one of those children’s books that hits all the right notes (no pun intended).

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That is NOT a Good Idea!
Jul 23rd, 2014 by Noodlenuts

“That is
REALLY
NOT
a good idea!

 It’s pretty well known at this point that picture book author/illustrator Mo Willems rarely hits a wrong note with his stories. His characters, from Knuffle Bunny to Pigeon, have become childhood favourites, and he never seems to run out of unique but incredibly reader-friendly ideas. That is NOT a Good Idea! is no exception.

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I Dare You Not to Yawn
Jun 5th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

Before you know it, you’re tucked into bed, snug as a bug, and wondering . . .
“How did I get here?”

As a little girl, one of my absolute favourite bedtime stories was Frances Face-Maker by William Cole and Tomi Ungerer. No matter how many times my parents read it to me, I never stopped laughing at the nonsensical glee of the little girl whose parents made bedtime more appealing by playing at silly faces with her, and I never tired of making faces along with the story (and my own parents).

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A Long Way Away: A Two-Way Story
Jun 5th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

Ready . . . steady . . . down!
Ready . . . steady . . . up!

 As someone who works in children’s publishing and has been collecting picture books for over a decade, there is no higher praise I can give author/illustrator Frank Viva than to note that even with only three picture books to his name so far, anything he publishes has become a must-have for my personal collection.

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Virginia Wolf
Mar 17th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

The whole house sank.
Up became down.
Bright became dim.
Glad became gloom.

It’s difficult to write about Virgina Wolf without resorting to hyperbole. Picture books about siblings are a dime a dozen, but it’s obvious as soon as you start reading this one that it’s special . . .

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When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot
Mar 13th, 2014 by Noodlenuts

 Stravinsky inspired Nijinsky.
Nijinsky inspired Stravinsky.
Together they decided to dream of something different and new.

When I was about four or five years old, I was taken to see The Nutcracker, and like any kid, I promptly fell in love with ballet, pirouetting my way through the house for weeks afterwards. But instead of contributing to my new games of pretend by buying me a tutu, my father bought me a Tchaikovsky record, Read the rest of this entry »

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Rain!
May 4th, 2013 by Noodlenuts

“Rain!”

“Rain!”

A single word, in two different voices, prompts a heart-warming exploration of optimism vs. cynicism in Linda Ashman’s Rain!

I’ll admit it: I have a particular fondness both for intergenerational picture books and crotchety old people (at least, in writing—maybe not so much in real life). I’m not at all a fan of the treacly or saccharine in children’s literature, but I do love a story that reflects the real-life magic that often happens when the very young connect with the elderly. Read the rest of this entry »

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Interrupting Chicken
May 4th, 2013 by Noodlenuts

“Chicken.”

“Yes, Papa?”

“You interrupted the story. Try not to get so involved.”

Bedtime stories are a cherished tradition for most families, and one I wholeheartedly endorse. There are few better times to share a great story than when you’re snuggled up with your sleepy kids at the end of the day. And most of the time, a gentle, quiet, calm-inducing story is exactly what’s called for in that situation. But every once in a while, the usual bedtime stories get a bit tedious, and that’s where Interrupting Chicken comes in. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Do You Wokka-Wokka?
Mar 3rd, 2013 by Noodlenuts

Do your funky wokka,
get your dance on.

Some picture books are about stories—fantastic tales you can get lost in. Other picture books are about concepts—new ideas for kids to wrap their hungry minds around. But some of my favourite picture books, like Elizabeth Bluemle’s How Do you Wokka-Wokka?, are really just all about the sound effects.

Sound effects? Really?

Yup. Sound effects. Read the rest of this entry »

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