Age Range: Preschool & Up Skippyjon Jones is an unforgettable character–an irrepressible faux-Spanish-spouting Siamese kitten who thinks he’s a chihuahua. Skippyjon’s overactive imagination may make his mother shake her head in disbelief, but he’ll have you and your kids laughing at his outrageous adventures.
Age Range: Four and Up Another set of stories from my own childhood, which I’ve found kids now enjoy just as much as I did. Lyle is a vaguely anthropomorphic and rather tame crocodile reluctantly adopted by the Primms after they find him living in their new house. Further adventures involve Lyle’s getting used to […]
Age Range: Preschool & Up There is a reason why the Madeline books–timeless stories of a little girl in convent school in Paris, her experiences and adventures–have been international favourites for more than half a century. Find out all over again with your kids why these were probably favourites of your own childhood!
Age Range: Toddler & Up Mercer Mayer’s “Little Critter” series has been a favourite of mine since childhood. While each book does tend to centre on a lesson learned, what I love about Little Critter is that unlike so many children in picture book series, he is far from perfect or sugary sweet in temperament. […]
Age Range: Preschool & Up These stories are about the ever-patient Charlie and his creative and patient approach to dealing with his exasperating little sister, Lola. Quirky and offbeat, the Charlie and Lola stories remind us of the humorous absurdities that are both the cause and result of sibling interactions.
Age Range: Preschool & Up These small-format, hardcover picture books are real treasures. The weather-themed stories are simple but well composed, with fantastic vocabulary. The pictures–of handcrafted tableaux created by the authors–are unique and fascinating in their textured look. And each book is full of little treats–a CD of songs at the back written especially […]
Age Range: Preschool & Up Tacky is a penguin who marches to the beat of his own internal drummer, happily oblivious to his differences from the other penguins. The nicest thing about Tacky, though, is that no matter how clumsy or confused he might be, it is his very uniqueness that usually leads to him […]
Age Range: Toddler There is a Froggy story for almost every occasion or circumstance, but unlike some other such prolific authors, Jonathan London manages to maintain the entertainment value throughout this series of familiar situations, with sound effects that will keep toddlers giggling non-stop.
Age Range: Toddler, Preschool The simple, rhyming stories of Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, his canine pals, and the mischief they get into are truly timeless and genuinely entertaining. I have yet to meet a child who doesn’t love them.
Age Range: Preschool & Up George and Martha are two lovably lumpy-looking hippopotami, and the best of friends. Their stories are told in little vignettes of a few pages each, and are both remarkable and endearing for their realistic look at friendships among children, warts and all.