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2014 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



Dave Whamond

Oddrey is a little bit different from everybody else, but she never lets that get her down in spite of the teasing of her classmates.


A Good Trade

Alma Fullerton

The aid worker's truck has come to the village square, and in the back is a gift so special, Kato rushes home to look for something to repay the aid worker.

I Dare You Not to Yawn

Hélène Boudreau

To avoid bedtime you must stay away from soothing stories, songs, pajamas, cuddly toys, blankies and, most importantly, do not look at anyone who yawns, because yawns are sneaky!

If You Hold A Seed

Elly MacKay

A young boy plants a seed that, with water, sunlight, care, and patience, grows into a strong, tall tree.

In The Tree House

Andrew Larsen

An evocative story about two brothers who are growing up (one faster than the other), an unusual summer night and a special tree house that proves childhood is not just a time but also a place.
Also Available in eBook

Mr. Zinger's Hat

Cary Fagan

A bored little boy meets a man, and together they build a story.

Sky Color

Peter H. Reynolds

Marisol loves to paint. So when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can't wait to begin! But wait-how can Marisol ever make a sky without blue paint?

This is Not My Hat

Jon Klassen

A tiny minnow wearing a pale blue bowler hat has a thing or two up his fins in this underwater light-on-dark chase scene.

Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe

Wallace Edwards

Uncle Wally's Old Brown Shoe follows the course of one very unusual shoe as it travels through a fascinating, imaginative world to encounter an assortment of quirky characters.
Also Available in eBook

Willow Finds A Way

Lana Button

Invited to Kristabelle's birthday party with her entire class, young Willow is dismayed when the bossy birthday girl begins crossing guests off the invitation list if they do anything she doesn't like.

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