First and Best 2007

Our top picks of the best Canadian children's books for building reading readiness in kids under five. Because the first books you share with your child should also be the best!

Ages: 0-5 years


Marthe Jocelyn

The simple text and colourful images of animals and their favourite foods make this an excellent choice for young babies.

Goodnight, Sweet Pig

Linda Bailey

What's a sleepy pig to do when it seems like the whole world is traipsing through your bedroom.

Grumpy Bird

Jeremy Tankard

Bird is grumpy, very grumpy. Will anything help to shake his bad mood?


Robert Heidbreder

The wacky rhyming phrases and the hilarious cartoon images make this title a must have for the older preschooler.

Out Came the Sun: A Day in Nursery Rhymes

Heather Collins

Familiar nursery rhymes depict a day in the life of Collins' very cute and cuddly characters.

Please, Louise!

Frieda Wishinsky

Jake wishes that his ever-present younger sister, Louise, would just leave him alone. Or better yet, turn into a dog! Oops! Has his wish come true?

Shoe Shakes

Loris Lesynski

Preschoolers will love this collection of wild and wacky poems about the endless possibilities of uncontrollable feet.

Sing a Song Of Mother Goose

[illustrated by] Barbara Reid

Babies, toddlers and preschoolers will love Reid's comical, plasticine images of their favourite nursery rhymes in this collection of Mother Goose favourites.

Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns

Richard Van Camp

The gentle, lyrical refrain along with the captivating images of newborns will make this board book a certain hit with parents and babies.

What Am I?

Linda Granfield

A guessing game for the youngest readers. Granfield's title poses simple questions, while offering many visual clues.

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