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2017 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


The Night Gardener

Terry Fan

Every night, the trees in Grimloch Lane are worked into fantastic sculptures until the entire town is transformed. A local orphan investigating, finds inspiration and a calling.


The Artist and Me

Shane Peacock

A fictional confession of one of van Gogh’s bullies — a young boy who adopted the popular attitude of adults around him.

The Good Little Book

Kyo Maclear

A boy pulls a book off a shelf and with great reluctance begins to read. Before long, this good little book becomes his loyal companion... until, one day, the book is lost.

Harry and Walter

Kathy Stinson

A For Sale sign appears on Harry’s lawn. Harry is devastated that he and Walter will no longer be neighbors. Without Walter to share things with, nothing seems to be much fun...until one day, Harry hears a familiar voice.

If I Had a Gryphon

Vikki VanSickle

Inspired by her book of mythological creatures, Sam longs for a more exciting pet. But she soon realizes that taking care of these magical beasts might not be as wonderful as she thought.


Maureen Fergus

When Bill asks for someone to, "Please pass the potatoes" at the dinnertable and no one pays any attention to him, he actually turns invisible.


Hazel Hutchins

What could be more perfect than a brand new set of crayons? Evan can’t wait to use them, until Snap!, the brown one breaks in two. Then one by one, the others break, get crushed, are blown away, or simply disappear.

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox

Danielle Daniel

In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures.
Also Available in eBook

Stanley at School

Linda Bailey

Stanley the dog is curious about what kids do in school all day, so he and his friends decide to investigate.

The Wolf-Birds

Willow Dawson

In a story set deep in the wild winter wood, two hungry ravens fly in search of their next meal. A pack of wolves is on the hunt, too. Food is scarce, but, if they team up, the ravens and wolves just might be able to help each other.
Also Available in eBook

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