First and Best 2009

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

Boo Hoo Bird

Jeremy Tankard

Can Bird's friends help him when he gets hurt?

Farley Follows His Nose

Lynn Franks Johnston

There are such good smells everywhere.

Off We Go

Beverley Abramson

Running, jumping, spinning, children play.

Same Same

Marthe Jocelyn

Can you find what makes these object alike?

Wiggle Giggle Tickle Train

Nora Hilb

Short rhymes and drawings of children at play mimic photographs on the opposite page.

Crocodiles Play!

Robert Heidbreder

Hockey, golf, soccer, baseball - there are so many games to play at the same time!

Mother Goose

[illustrated by] Canadian artists.

Favourite rhymes illustrated by Canadian artists.

Perfect Snow

Barbara Reid

What could be better than a day outside after a snowfall?

When Stella Was Very Very Small

Marie-Louise Gay

Stella remembers way back when she was little.

You're Mean, Lily Jean

Frieda Wishinsky

Young Carly learns how to deal with a bully.

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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