First and Best 2015

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 Bus Ride

Marianne Dubuc

A young girl takes the bus to her grandmother's, makes a friend and stops a thief in a series of cleverly detailed double page spreads that show the inside of a bus.
Also Available in eBook

Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites

Kellen Hatanaka

Follow one family's long journey from the city to the forest and discover all sorts of opposites along the way.

I Don't Want to be a Frog

Dev Petty

Who wants to be a frog? A young frog takes an amusing look at some other options before deciding that maybe it's not so bad to be a frog after all.

In a Cloud of Dust

Alma Fullerton

Beautifully illustrated and simply told, this is a joyful account of what it might be like for children who benefit from bicycle libraries around the world.

Melvis and Elvis

Dennis Lee

A dynamic new collection of poems from legendary author Dennis Lee lovingly illustrated with bold artwork. It's the book we've been waiting for!
Also Available in eBook

Sidewalk Flowers

Jon Arno Lawson

This wordless book follows a child out walking with her dad who never notices her quietly brightening the world around them. Good for getting kids talking.
Also Available in eBook

So Many Babies

Lorna Crozier

This delightful board book finds so many different animal babies in all kinds of places. Adorable artwork goes well with the simple rhyming text.
Also Available in eBook

Sport-o-Rama

Benoit Tardif

Tardif presents 24 sports to children in a fun and easy to read format. From badminton to volleyball kids will get a glimpse of the spirit of sports!
Also Available in eBook

This is Sadie

Sara O'Leary

The adventures a young girl gets up to in her imagination between her bedroom and the world of make believe.

To the Sea

Cale Atkinson

Friends don't let friends down, even if no one else notices. When Tim meets Sam, a giant blue whale who has lost his way, both are surprised and happy to be noticed by the other.

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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