First and Best 2011

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

Along a Long Road

Frank Viva

Follow the cyclist cruising along the road.

Better Together

Sheryl Shapiro

Mix anything together and who knows what you’ll get. You may create something wonderfully different! 13 fun and bouncy poems illustrates the concept of combining things.

Caramba and Henry

Marie-Louise Gay

Caramba's troublesome little brother Henry learns to fly and breaks free from the string Caramba has tied around his waist, and it is dark when Caramba and his friend Portia finally find the little boy.

Cinnamon Baby

Janice Nadeau

After a baby is born to the happy couple, all is blissful until their bundle of joy begins crying. Only when the two are almost at wit's end does Miriam suddenly know, exactly what she must do.

Cookiebot! A Harry and Horsie Adventure

Katie Van Camp

When Harry and his best friend Horsie build a robot that can reach the cookie jar for them, it goes out of control and wreaks havoc around the city.

Ones and Twos

Marthe Jocelyn and Neil Jocelyn

Explore numeracy, sorting, and pairing with familiar objects ranging from kites to socks, from one nest to the two birds sitting in it.

Picture a Tree

Barbara Reid

Picture a tree, from every season, and from every angle. These wondrous beings give shade and shelter. They protect, and bring beauty to, any landscape. Now look again. Look closer.

Red Wagon

Renata Liwska

When Lucy gets a new red wagon she wants to play with it immediately, but first she must use it to bring vegetables home from the market for her mother.
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What Are You Doing?

Elisa Amado

Before he leaves on his first day of school, Chepito plays outside and encounters many different people in his neighborhood who are all reading, and each person has a different response when Chepito asks them "Why?"

Without You

Geneviève Côté

After falling out over a spilled wagon of toys, a fussy bunny and an exuberant piggy explore all the things they can do without each other ... and gradually realize that life is much sweeter when it's shared with one another.
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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