2016 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

Winners

If Kids Ruled the World

Linda Bailey

A small child's idea of utopia where every day would be your birthday! Birthday cake would be good for you. You could go to any kind of school you like.

Shortlists

Butterfly Park

Elly MacKay

A young girl discovers a vacant park next door to her new house that is intended for butterflies, but when she has trouble getting butterflies to stay there, her new neighbors help her plant flowers to attract them.

The Cardinal and the Crow

Michael Moniz

All the birds tease poor old Crow for his scraggly feathers and harsh call, especially proud Cardinal. But when Cardinal gets into trouble, there is only one creature smart enough to get him out.

Fisherman Through and Through

Colleen Sydor

Peter, Santiago and Ahab are fishermen through and through. Still, they have dreams of other places and when the sea is gentle the fishermen talk of those fantasies.

Henry Holton Takes the Ice

Sandra Bradley

Henry Holton comes from an ice hockey-obsessed family, but despite his comfort on the ice, his aspirations lead him to pursue another sport--ice dancing.
Also Available in eBook

In a Cloud of Dust

Alma Fullerton

Beautifully illustrated and simply told, this is a joyful account of what it might be like for children who benefit from bicycle libraries around the world.

Sam’s Pet Temper

Sangeeta Bhadra

Sam, has to wait for everything on the playground one day, and this makes him mad. At first, having a pet Temper is fun. But before long, the Temper starts causing trouble for Sam.
Also Available in eBook

Stop, Thief!

Heather Tekavec

Max is out to catch the thief who is stealing all the produce from farmers fields.
Also Available in eBook

Super Red Riding Hood

Claudia Dávila

Ruby loves red berries, her red boots and especially the red cloak her grandma made for her. When Ruby puts on her red cloak, she becomes ... SUPER RED RIDING HOOD!?
Also Available in eBook

We’re All Friends Here

Nancy Wilcox Richards

Sonny and Arthur couldn't be more different, but when Arthur is not on the school bus one day, Sonny realizes it's pretty boring without his usual seatmate.

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