I’m tired of bears. Every time you read a book, it’s just BEARS BEARS BEARS . . . You don’t need BEARS for a book. There are few things I love more in a picture book than a premise that makes me laugh right off the bat. And the funny thing about No Bears is […]
“We are frogs, and we like tennis and most martial arts. Our favourite food is pizza with extra mushrooms, but with absolutely no tomatoes whatsoever.” The legendary conductor Mr. Herbert Timberteeth is thrilled to present his latest song, in concert: “What Animals Like Most.” The problem, as presented in the story of What Animals Like […]
“My NAME is ELIZABETH Alfreda Roxanne Carmelita Bluebell Jones!!” As much as I love picture books (and I do LOVE picture books), every once in a while I start to worry that there aren’t any truly original ideas out there anymore—lots of lovely stories, beautifully illustrated, written in unique ways and from new perspectives, but […]
What a hoot. You said it. Two little birds sit up on a power line in Annette Simon’s Mocking Birdies, alternately chatting companionably and driving each other nuts with teasing mockery. Sound like any siblings you know?
Jon Klassen’s I Want My Hat Back cracks me up. The story of a bear who has lost his hat and sets off to find it, I Want My Hat Back has a twist that will set kids off in fits of giggles every time you read it.
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: 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 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: Preschool & Up The adventures of the incomparably imaginative Olivia, diva-in-training, include some subtle artistic surprises that will expand your kids’ horizons without their even realizing it. And don’t forget to check out the official OLIVIA THE PIG WEBSITE and download the Olivia “Event Kit” with Colouring Pages, Games and More!