First and Best 2014

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

Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend

Ruth Ohi

Squirrel meets Yellow Bird while frolicking high in the trees, but on the ground, Fox feels abandoned by his best friend. This simple story expresses well the need to appreciate all of our unique gifts.

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Chieri Uegaki

Hana's memories of her grandfather playing violin motivate her to play in her own original style.
Also Available in eBook

I Am So Brave!

Stephen Krensky

A young boy finds excitement and fun in things he had previously feared.

Mama's Day with Little Gray

Aimee Reid

Strolling through the grasslands, a young elephant imagines what life would be like if he was the parent and his mother was the calf. A gentle story enhanced by soft pastel artwork.
Also Available in eBook

Music is for Everyone

Jill Barber

Filled with fantastic illustrations and great tempo, this ode to music brings together different styles, instruments, movements and vibes.

Over There

Stephen Pilcher

A curious shrew named Shredder leaves his safe home only to find danger. Luckily, he meets a mole who helps him return home and becomes a new friend. The beautiful illustrations wonderfully capture Shredder's experiences.

Peach Girl

Raymond Nakamura

This delightful story follows Momoko and her new friends as they go on an adventure to seek out an ogre. A feisty heroine, Momoko shows young readers that with a little courage, anyone can make the world a better place

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole

Mac Barnett

Sam and Dave want to find something amazing during their dig but keep missing impressive jewels. Readers will love being in on the joke with plenty of visual gags.

Toronto ABC

Paul Novello

Toronto is bustling with activity in this colourful ABC book full of familiar downtown sights and features.
Also Available in eBook

Who's Next Door?

Mayuko Kishira

Chicken is determined to meet his mysterious new neighbour. Underlying this cute story is a clever reminder about the importance of the written word.

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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