First and Best 2012

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

Animal Masquerade

Marianne Dubuc

Come one, come all to the animal masquerade! The lion is going as an elephant, the elephant as a parrot, and the parrot as a turtle!

Canada in Words

Per-Henrik Gürth

Thirty words or phrases that cover a range of quintessentially Canadian icons and representative symbols of the country.
Also Available in eBook

Extra Yarn

Mac Barnett

With a supply of yarn that never runs out, Annabelle knits for everyone and everything in town until an evil archduke decides he wants the yarn for himself.

I Can Do It Myself

Stephen Krensky

Celebrate the feats of growing out of babyhood and starting to embrace the world on your own terms. Whether it’s being tall enough to reach a high shelf or brave enough to splash in the waves.

It's a Tiger!

David LaRochelle

A child imagines that he is in a story where he encounters a tiger at every turn.
Also Available in eBook

Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug

Susan Musgrave

Introduces facial expressions, emotions and gestures of affection.
Also Available in eBook

Mr. Zinger's Hat

Cary Fagan

A bored little boy meets a man, and together they build a story.

Noisy Poems for a Busy Day

Robert Heidbreder

Young children throughout their day celebrate all of the seemingly small, but potentially special, moments they experience.

Now I Am Big!

Stephen Krensky

A boy celebrates all of the new things that he can do now that he is a little older
Also Available in eBook

The Stone Hatchlings

Sarah Tsiang

Abby "adopts" two stones in the backyard, pretending they’re unhatched birds. Abby colors the birds and proceeds to take care of them. When they start to lose their feathers Abby realizes it is time to let them go.

Toads on Toast

Linda Bailey

Mamma Toad does everything she can think of to save her unruly brood from Fox's frying pan, and eventually persuades Fox to try her own secret recipe for Toad-in-a-Hole.

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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