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2013 Forest of Reading: The Blue Spruce™

The Blue Spruce™ Award program brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children ages 4 to 7 in kindergarten through to grade two.

Ages: 4-7 years


Kate and Pippin

Martin Springett

The unlikely relationship between a dane and a deer.


The Busy Beaver

Nicholas Oldland

One day the beaver finds himself on the wrong side of a falling tree, which as it turns out, is just the thing to knock some sense into him. Soon, the now wiser and gentler beaver is getting down to the business of making things right.
Also Available in eBook

Don’t Laugh at Giraffe

Rebecca Bender

Giraffe and Bird spat, squabble, and get on each other's nerves. When giraffe's feelings are hurt, bird learns a lesson about hurting feelings and friendship.

Ella May and the Wishing Stone

Cary Fagan

When Ella May finds a stone with a line going all the way around it, she decides a stone so special must grant wishes, but when her friends want to join in the fun she must use her imagination to make everyone's wishes come true.

Here Comes Hortense!

Heather Hartt-Sussman

What could be more fun for a 6-year-old than having your Nana and her new husband take you to a theme park? But the fun is spoiled when Nana and Bob announce that they've planned a surprise.

JoJo the Giant

Jane Barclay

A young diminutive boy discovers that size doesn't really matter when you have a whole lot of determination. He learns he can even ignore the bullies who call him 'shrimp'.


Ashley Spires

No one believes Larf exists, and he likes it that way. But everything changes one morning when Larf discovers that another sasquatch is scheduled to make an appearance in the nearby city of Hunderfitz.
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Really and Truly

Émilie Rivard

Charlie's grandpa doesn't recognize Charlie. A disease has stolen grandpa's memories, his appetite, and even his smile. Charlie wants so much to make his grandpa smile again that he comes up with a plan to tell him stories.


Kevin Sylvester

Cindy loves to play hockey. But her happiness doesn't last long. The horrible Blister Sisters make her life miserable. Cindy's luck changes when her Fairy Goaltender appears and saves the day.

You Are Stardust

Elin Kelsey

You Are Stardust introduces the idea that every tiny atom in our bodies came from a star that exploded long before we were born.
Also Available in eBook

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