First and Best 2013

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

The Dark

Lemony Snicket

The universal theme of fear of "The Dark" is treated,with respect, sympathy and wit, as Laszlo comes to understand that the dark is benign, and sometimes even friendly.
Also Available in eBook

I Dare You Not to Yawn

Hélène Boudreau

To avoid bedtime you must stay away from soothing stories, songs, pajamas, cuddly toys, blankies and, most importantly, do not look at anyone who yawns, because yawns are sneaky!

I Know A Lot!

Stephen Krensky

The words and the pictures in this delightful board book combine to present the confident observations of a perceptive little girl who has learned many important things..

Loula is Leaving for Africa

Anne Villeneuve

Loula, feeling neglected decides she is leaving for "Africa". Her sympathetic friend Gilbert, (the family chauffeur) sees that she makes her "journey" there and back in comfort and safety.
Also Available in eBook

The Man with the Violin

Kathy Stinson

The beautiful music being played in the subway is illustrated in full colour through the eyes of a listening child, while the rest of the colourless world bustles by in shades of gray.

My Blue is Happy

Jessica Young

A young girl explores how colours mean different things to different people.

Once Upon a Northern Night

Jean Pendziwol

As a child sleeps, the creatures of the wild northern night scamper and play under the northern lights.
Also Available in eBook

Read Me a Story, Stella

Marie-Louise Gay

Even with her nose always in a book, Stella still has time for her younger brother Sam.

Welcome, Baby

Barbara Reid

A new baby is welcomed in rhymes and pictures showing all they have to look forward to.

Where Do You Look?

Marthe Jocelyn

"Where do you look for a letter? In the mailbox ? Or on the page?" A light-hearted look at homonyms.

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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