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2018 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


Shark Lady

Jess Keating

At 9 years old, Eugenie Clark developed an unexpected passion for sharks after a visit to the Battery Park Aquarium in New York City.
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The Branch

Mireille Messier

A tree branch breaks and falls during an ice storm. A girl wants to keep the branch forever because she sees the branch as something more.
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The Darkest Dark

Chris Hadfield

When Chris watches the groundbreaking moon landing on TV, he realizes that space is the darkest dark there is--and the dark is beautiful and exciting, especially when you have big dreams to keep you company.

Even Superheroes Have Bad Days

Shelley Becker

A group of superheroes are having a bad day and learn to cope with their emotions.

French Toast

Kari-Lynn Winters

Phoebe--half Jamaican, half French-Canadian--hates her school nickname of "French Toast."


Glen Gretzky

Taylor is so excited when he makes the hockey team -- and not just any team, but HIS team. The boy they are already calling The Great One. Taylor wants to be great too, but he's still got a lot to learn.
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The Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain

Carolyn Huizinga Mills

Since learning that one of Baa Baa Black Sheep's three bags of wool went to the Little Boy Who Lived Down the Drain, Sally has wanted to meet him. Now, at every bath time, Sally talks with the Little Boy and discovers more about her new friend.

Milo and Georgie

Bree Galbraith

After being uprooted by his mother's new job, Milo, at the age of eight and a half, has retired from having fun. His young sister, Georgie, doesn't feel the same way; she wants to explore their new city.

The Owl and the Lemming

Roselynn Akulukjuk

As Owl swoops down on an unsuspecting lemming outside her den, he is sure that he has a tasty meal in the little animal he has cornered. But this lemming is not about to be eaten!

A Squiggly Story

Andrew Larsen

A young boy wants to write a story, just like his big sister. But there's a problem, he tells her. Though he knows his letters, he doesn't know many words.
Also Available in eBook

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