This month’s favourites.

I am so fortunate to get fabulous books from generous people. I have liked almost everything I received, but I think my favourites would have to be:

Edmund Unravels
Kolb Andrew
Penguin Books, penguinrandomhouse.ca
Edmund is a ball of yarn and from the time he was little he would roll away, but his parents always brought him back. The older he got, the further he travelled until one day he realized something was missing.
Editor’s Note: What a beautiful book. I, too, feel the call of adventure, but there is nothing like coming home.

The Book With No Pictures
BJ Novak
Penguin Books, http://www.penguin.com/youngreaders
$19.99
This book looks serious, but it is actually COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS. If a kid is trying to make you read this book, the kid is playing a trick on you. You will end up saying silly things and making everybody LAUGH AND LAUGH. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
Editor’s Note: What a fun book. It reminds me of Press Here and Mix It Up in regards to the interaction, but in The Book With No Pictures you are reacting to the words and the pictures those words create. I like that you are being told what to do and even though the reader is questioning it, she is still forced to read “My only friend in the whole wide world is a hippo named BOO BOO BUTT.” You can imagine the reaction from my six-year-old – myself, too. There are many other parts that made us both laugh out loud. I can’t wait to read it to other little people in my life.

The Flat Rabbit
Bardur Oskarsson, translated by Marita Thomsen
Ages four and up
Owl Kids, http://www.owlkidsbooks.com
When a dog and a rat come upon a rabbit flattened on a road in the neighbourhood, they contemplate her situation, wondering what they should do to help her. They decide it can’t be much fun to lie there. She should be moved? But how and to where?
Editor’s Note: Why would a book about death be fun read? Because it’s hilarious. Yes, poor rabbit has been flattened, but dog and rat show kindness and the story made me – and my eight-year-old niece – laugh out loud. Just thinking about this book makes me smile, and laugh.

Based only on the number of times we have read them, these are my six-year-old’s favourites:

Gracie, The Public Gardens Duck
Judith Meyrick
Nimbus Publishing, http://www.nimbus.ca
$10.95
Gracie has a nice, comfortable life in the Halifax Public Gardens. Her days are full of swimming and eating from the park’s visitors. Then one day a sign goes up telling people not to feed the birds.
Editor’s Note: Despite the length of this book, my six-year-old son was interested right up to the end and we have read it several more times. Way to go Gracie.

Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
Chieri Uegaki and Qin Leng
Kids Can Press, http://www.kidscanpress.com‎
$18.95
When Hana announces she’ll be playing violin in the school talent show, her brothers vow it will be a disaster. But Hana doesn’t let that stop  her – she practises and practises, inspired by memories of the time she spent in Japan with her grandfather, a professional violinist. But when the day of the performance arrives, will she be able to overcome a sudden case of nerves?
Editor’s Note: What a beautiful book. You can picture Hana falling in love with the sounds her grandfather’s violin makes and you can imagine those sounds yourself. Cheers for Hana.

Red, A Crayon’s Story
Michael Hall
HarperCollins, http://www.harpercollinschildren.com
$21.99
This is a story about a crayon I know. I wrote it for you.
Editor’s Note: This story about a red crayon who tries hard, but always ends up being blue. My son really liked this book, reading it several times in a row and often requesting it for his bedtime story. He knows the secret of red.

There Were Monkeys in my Kitchen
Sheree Fitch
Nimbus Publishing, http://www.nimbus.ca
$12.95
This re-release shows one little girl and her fight to get monkeys out of her kitchen.
Editor’s Note: We felt for this little girl and her frustration with monkeys, gorillias and orangutans in her kitchen. Even the mounties couldn’t seem to help.

New Releases
A Bedtime Story

L.C. Moon
A Bedtime Story is available in paperback at Ben McNally’s Book Store, 366 Bay St., and online through Amazon for $13.99. The self-titled soundtrack is available on iTunes, Facebook, Spotify, Amazon, Shazam and CD Baby.
Adults with an appreciation for fantasy and the duality of human nature are going to fall out of their beds for A Bedtime Story, the debut novel by Canadian author L.C. Moon.
“I wanted to create a unique and innovative experience for readers,” said L.C. Moon, author of the dark erotic thriller in a press release. “By combining a three-part novel with a soundtrack and video, we’ve been able to immerse our readers completely into the emotional experience of the book, which focuses on our inner struggles with a dose of intrigue, human tragedy and sexuality, all with a Russian mafia background.”
The novel revolves around Laura Spencer, a young, pretty and introverted woman who becomes deeply entangled with the Russian mafia.
Inspired by the novel, the soundtrack was created by Moon’s sister and musical composer, Lana Chacra, along with her sister’s husband and songwriter, Camille Azzi. The musical voice of the project was found in the singer and actress Selena Moreno, a contestant in Seasons 12 and 13 of American Idol.
A Bedtime Story is the first part of a trilogy titled The BTS Project. Visit TheBTSproject.com or follow @realBTSproject #BTSproject on Twitter for more information.
Editor’s Note: I just started the book. The first dozen pages brings you right into Laura’s life and leaves you wanting to read more.

Gardening
Canadian Gardener’s Guide, second edition, Revised and Expanded

Lorraine Johnson
DK Books, http://www.dk.com
$24.95
A one-stop practical handbook for Canadian gardeners. It includes everything you want to do in the garden from choosing your tools and designing your plot to filling your beds with flowers and vegetables.
Editor’s Note: As with all DK books, this one is full of information. You can learn how to plant and grow (and store) and common problems about everything from pumpkins and globe artichokes to kohlrabi and the again popular kale as well as learning what to do with the excess amount of fruit you get at once from your peach tree. There is information on plant care, planting style and instructions on how to create a path. A great resource to flip through when you want to dream about gardens or need information on what is attacking your roses.

Complete Hydrangeas
Glyn Church
Firefly Book, http://www.firefly.ca
$24.95
Hydrangeas are wonderfully versatile. These hardy plants can be enjoyed as formal shrubs in a courtyard, as a splash of colour in a woodland garden as a container plant on a patio or as a source of exceptionally long-lasting cut flowers.
Editor’s Note: My mom has a full garden of these beautiful plants and after this book, I might need to get myself one as well particularly the quadricolour one, or maybe the blue. The white one is nice, too. From best sites to plant them to drying tips and container gardening, this book contains everything you need to know about these balls of colour.

Garden Design, A Book of Ideas
Heidi Howcroft and Marianne Majerus
A Firefly Book, http://www.firefly.ca
$49.95
This book contains more than 600 photographs, 24 case studies and, according to the book, “is a must-have source book for garden owners, architects and designers.”
Editor’s Note: At my dream house, I have a dream garden and it is featured in this book. This book is why March is a wonderful month. You can take this book and dream of hot days and beautiful flowers to come. Sigh.

Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet
DK Books, dk.com
$24.95
No matter how small your space, get every inch of growing with tasty fruit and vegetables.
Editor’s Note: We went from a large backyard garden to a 5×8 plot. This book is absolutely fantastic. There are so many ideas on how to get the most from small spaces, including ideas of what to plant and when. There are also variety of easy-to-make containers including using bicycle wheels, wall pockets, ladders and more. I suspect we will have a bounty of vegetables this year.

Other gardening books
It’s Our Garden, From Seeds to Harvest in a School Garden
George Ancona
Penguin RandomHouse Canada, http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/221191/its-our-garden#9780763653927
Ages five to eight
At an elementary school in Santa Fe, the bell rings for recess and kids fly out the door to check what’s happening in their garden. As the seasons turn, everyone has a part to play in making the garden flourish. From choosing and planting seeds in the spring to releasing butterflies in the summer to harvesting in the fall to protecting the beds for the winter. Even the wiggling worms have a job to do in the compost pile. On special afternoons and weekends, neighbourhood folks gather to help out and savour the bounty (fresh toppings for homemade pizza, anyone?). Part celebration, part simple how-to, this close-up look at a vibrant garden and its enthusiastic gardeners is blooming with photos that will have readers ready to roll up their sleeves and dig in.

Peppa Pig and the Vegetable Garden
Candlewick Press, http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/236493/peppa-pig-and-vegetable-garden#9
Ages two to five
Peppa and her little brother, George, love to help Grandpa Pig in the garden. They discover that everything grows from seeds planted in the dirt, and that even the apple that falls on Grandpa Pig’s head has seeds inside. Join the amiable Peppa and her spirited family as they shoo away birds and “monsta” snails, imitate butterflies and worms, make a scarecrow and gather ingredients for a fresh salad — and Granny Pig’s delicious blackberry pie.

What Plant Where Encyclopedia
DK Books, http://www.dk.com
Never before has it been so easy to put the right plant in the right place. Featuring more than 3,000 plants organized by size and situation and thousands of recommendations for Canadian gardeners.

Children’s books
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School
Davide Cali
http://www.chroniclekids.com
US$12.99
Excuses, excuses or are they? First some giant ants steal breakfast, then there are evil ninjas, massive apples, mysterious mole people and other daunting detours on the way to school.
Editor’s Note: My six-year-old son looked and listened to the entire story (didn’t make a comment), but said he didn’t believe any of it really happened.

A Nest is Noisy
Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long
Chronicle Kids, http://www.chronicalkids.com
$16.99
From tiny bee hummingbird nests to the towering nests of dusky scrubfowl, an incredible variety of nests is showcased here in all their splendor.
Editor’s Note: There is so much information tucked into this book. Animals are amazing creatures.

Baby What’s That? (board book)
DK Books, http://www.dk.com
With familiar first objects and sparkly pages, this book is the perfect start to baby’s learning.
Editor’s Note: I know many little people who would love the sparkly pages and colourful pictures.

Bedtime Math: The Truth Comes Out

Laura Overdeck
Our mission is to make math a fun part of kids’s everyday lives.
Editor’s Note:  Unlike his mother, my six-year-old son loves math and his skills are almost stronger than mine. But what a great book. Each page has a story about something – the start of crayola, bananas, astronaunt’s ice cream and then there are several questions for different ages of children including a bonus one, which is way over my head, even with pencil and paper. We do one almost every night.

Finding Spring
Carin Berger
HarperCollins, http://www.harpercollinschildren.com
$21.99
Spring is all a little bear named Maurice can think about. Where is it? What is it? When will it arrive?
Editor’s Note: I like the paper used to create this book looks like it has been used before. It makes for really unique pictures. And I feel for Maurice; I wonder when spring is coming, too.

Goodnight Darth Vader
Jeffrey Brown
http://www.chroniclebooks.com
$14.95
Episode Bedtime. Darth Vader’s parenting skills are tested as young Luke and Leia won’t go to sleep.
Editor’s Note: For a parent who is a Star Wars fan, this is a pretty fun bedtime story. Many of Star Wars’ favourite people are included in this rhyming book.

Look Where We Live! The First Book of Community Building
Scot Ritchie
Kids Can Press, http://www.kidscanpress.com
$16.99
Come along as five friends find adventure close to home. Their community is having a street fair to raise money for the library. As the children check out the activities, they learn about the businesses and spaces that make up their community.
Editor’s Note: It’s a great look at what makes a community – both the people, the stores and the working together to get things done.

Loula and the Sister Recipe
Anne Villeneuve
Kids Can Press, http://www.kidscanpress.com
$18.95
When Loula’s terrible triplet brothers are up to their usual mischief, Loula asks her moma and papa to make her a sister. But it’s not that simple, her father explains. It needs certain ingredients so Loula and her mother’s driver, Gilbert, do a little shopping.
Editor’s Note: My eight-year-old niece loved this book. She was quite pleased to be able to take it home. She laughed out loud and paid attention through the entire book. She said she didn’t like the illustrations, she loved the story. She also liked the book’s design, a blue fabric binding with gold letters. We read it twice in a row and she read it herself on the drive home. I am pleased to see there are other Loula books.

My Family Tree and Me
Dusan Petricic
Kids Can Press
$17.95
Come explore a boy’s family tree one side at a time starting from the front of his photo album and then starting from the back and see how they come together.
Editor’s Note: I was recently trying to explain how family trees work to my six year old. It became a little confusing. We needed to write it down. This will be very helpful in explaining.

Music is for Everyone
Jill Barber
Nimbus Publishings, nimbus.ca
$19.95
From hip hop to country tang, every type of music gets its day in this book.
Editor’s Note: My six year old sat on my lap and listened to every type of music available. He loved the illustration at the end.

100 Hungary Monkeys!
Masayuki Sebe
Kids Can Press, http://www.kidscanpress.com
$16.95
When 100 monkeys go hungry, they set off into the jungle to find something delicious to eat. But as soon as they are full, a huge monster sets upon them. Are they about to become lunch? Things are not always what they seem.
Editor’s Note: My six year old loves to count, but he wasn’t interested in counting the 100 monkeys. Each double-page spread had the 100 monkeys plus tiny writing near the monkeys asking you to find other things within the pages. It was even too much for me. I simply read the main part of the story. Every once in a while I would ask my son to find something else within the pages, but he wasn’t that interested in doing so. It wasn’t until the end when 99 monkeys were asleep, did my son want to find the one was still awake.

Once Upon A Balloon
Bree Galbraith and Isabelle Malenfant
Orca Book Publishers, http://www.orcabooks.com
$19.95
Theo is heartbroken when he lets go of the string on his balloon and it floats away. Luckily, his other brother Zeke explains all balloons end up in Chicago, the Windy City. He then tells Theo about Frank who is responsible for collecting all the balloons in the word.
Editor’s Note: My son lost his balloon when he was younger and was as heartbroken as Theo was in this story, so I felt for Theo. My son, who is now six, doesn’t remember the heartbreak, but he listened intently to the story and asked if balloons really ended up in Chicago.

Our Hereos, How Kids Are Making A Difference
Janet Wilson
Second Story Press, http://www.secondstorypress.ca
A powerful collection of real-life child activism stories from around the world.
Editor’s Note: From eight-year-old Hannah Taylor from Canada who started to help the homeless after discovering a person eating out a dumpster to Kesz Valdez from the Philippines who started Caring Children, but giving gifts to underprivileged kids, this inspirational book can help children understand they can help others.

Plesiosaur Peril, Tales of Prehistoric Life
Daniel Loxton
Kids Can Press, http://www.kidscanpress.com
$16.95
Plesiosaur Peril takes readers underwater into the Jurassic seas of Europe by state-of-the-art, computer-generated images. Thoroughly researched and scientifically accurate, Plesiosaur Peril is a story of ancient undersea world.
Editor’s Note: I gave this book to a dinosaur-obsessed seven year old who happily sat on my lap and listened to the story – twice in a row. You get lots of information about the dinosaur and what its life might have been like.

Rafa Was My Robot
Alexandra Dellevoet
Annick Press, http://www.annickpress.com
Rafa the robot goes everywhere with Jacob, but one day Rafa doesn’t feel well so Jacob takes him to the doctor. Despite Jacob’s best efforts, Rafa dies, but Jacob finds a way to honour his friend so he is always close by.
Editor’s Note: I should have read the back of this book (or thought about the title) before I read it to my six-year-old son. So one night I am reading away about this lovely friendship between Rafa and Jacob and then Rafa dies. Oops. My son was fine with the story and seems to handle the subject of death well. He actually enjoyed the story so much, he requests it.

Sleeping Dragons All Around
Sheree Fitch
Nimbus Publishing, http://www.nimbus.ca
Poet Sheree Fitch helps the little girl through the house full of sleeping dragons. This is a re-release.
Editor’s Note: The little girl has an interesting mix of dragons sleeping in her house. I am a fan of dragons and think they get a bad rap. I like how each dragon was described by the little girl looking for mocha chocolate cake.

Sometimes We Think You Are a Monkey
http://www.puffinbooks.caohanna Skisbsrud and Sarah Blacker
Puffin Books
$19.99
When you are awake, you move your little arms and legs just like you are a baby monkey climbing into the leafy branches of a tree. But you are not a monkey.
Editor’s Note: What a cute book. I read it to my six year old even though the story is for babies. Each page describes why the narrator thinks the reader is a type of animal and offers a pretty good reason why. My son kept guessing what animal coming next and it wasn’t until a couple pages in did I realize his guesses were educated – the upcoming animal is hidden in the page before. It’s a lovely story and fun pictures.

The 175 Best Camp Games, A handbook for Leaders
Kathleen, Laura and Mary Fraser
The Boston Mills Press, http://www.bostonmillspress.com
$19.95
Games for kids four to 16 pus tips on keeping play fun and fair for all.
Editor’s Note: What a great book, which is divided into chapters from Break the Ice to Get Them Moving and Wet and Wild. I am looking forward to trying out (water) battleship at this summer’s family reunion.

The Bus Ride
Marianne Dubuc
Kids Can Press
$16.99
Clara is excited to be taking the bus to her grandmother’s house today, the first time going on her own.
Editor’s Note: This book was more pictures than story and there was lots to look at and point out. My son asked to read it again the next night.

The Heaven of Animals
Nancy Tillman
Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of MacMillan, http://www.mackids.com
$19.99
With all my heart, I believe it’s true there is a heaven for animals, too.
Editor’s Note: What a beautiful book about what heaven would look like, and be like, for our animal friends.

The Littlest Bunny in Toronto, an Easter adventure
Raincoast Books
$14.99
The Littlest Bunny in Toronto has a big secret; he’s the Easter Bunny. Follow his adventure as he hides his eggs with a final stop at your house.
Editor’s Note: I like that I recognize different Toronto landmarks, including Casa Loma and signs that point to High Park with stops at a Blue Jay’s game and the Toronto Public Library. The mention of different Toronto neighbourhoods including Regent Park, Scarborough and Mississauga (ha, ha) made me smile, too. My son liked finding the hidden eggs.

The Lonely Pumpkin
Nicole Monroe
Westbow Press
US $10.95
The Lonely Pumpkin is a story about finding out we are not alone. There is someone out there who loves us and accepts us as we are.
Editor’s Note: The poem is simply written and the illustrations are cartoon-like. The book captured the attention of my six year old.

The Mermaid and the Shoe
KG Campbell
Kids Can Press,  http://www.kidscanpress.com
$18.95
King Neptune had 50 daughters and all of them exceptional except for Minnow. The only exceptional thing about Minnow is the questions she asks. When a curious object floats into her life, she is certain it has a purpose so she follows her questions into an unknown world. There she makes several remarkable discoveries.
Editor’s Note: My almost four-year-old nephew and six-year-old son asked me to stop reading the story as it was too long. My eight-year-old niece said it was OK.

The Queen’s Shadow, A Story About How Animals See
Cybele Young
Kids Can Press
$18.95
It’s a night of royal revelry and the Queen’s Ball is in full swing. Suddenly a bolt of lightening flashes, followed by complete darkness. The lights return and an audacious robbery is discovered. Someone has stolen the Queen’s shadow. Fortunately Mantis Shrimp, the Royal Detective, is in attendance to question the guests. Each suspect’s unique perspective provides an important piece of the puzzle so that by the end, a complete picture of the night’s events are formed.
Editor’s Note: I was curious to see how the author would present the information on how the sea creatures see. It was very interesting to learn about the vision of each of the suspects and how they cleared their name.

The Red Bicycle, The Extraordinary Story of One Ordinary Bicycle
CitizenKid, http://www.CitizenKidCentral.com
Jude Isabella
Kids Can Press
$19.95
As soon as Alisetta sees the red bicycle, she knows it’s the one for her. But she doesn’t know that Big Red has travelled across the ocean from North America, where it once belonged to Leo, who rode it everywhere until he outgrew it and donated it to someone who could really use it. Now Big Red helps Alisetta haul goods to market and watch over her family’s sorghum field. But the red bicycle still has another purpose to fulfill. Who will ride it next?
Editor’s Note: There is some great information about how other people live, and how you can help.

Trash Talk! Moving Toward a zero-waste world
Michelle Mulder
Orca Footprints, http://www.OrcaFootprints.com
$19.95
Waste not, want not. With some creative thinking, stuff we once threw away becomes a collection of valuable resources just waiting to be harvested.
Editor’s Note: Some creative people are profiled in this book creating some pretty fantastic things. The small picture of a dead bird with it’s organs filled with plastic gave my son and I lots to talk about.

True or False
DK Books, dk.com
Editor’s Note: My only complaint is I would like to know if it’s true or false. Each page asks a question, then gives the answer. But my problem is I am sometimes unclear, based on the answer, whether it’s true or false. I would like them to say: The Big Bang was Loud. False, before delving into the answer. But so much information is provided on each page, put in short, easily digested bits.

Walk on the Wild Side
Nicholas Oldland
Kids Can Press
$16.95
There once was a bear, a moose and a beaver who loved adventure, though sometimes their competitive nature got in the way of fun. When the three friends set out on a mountain hike one day, they soon grow restless an decide to race to the summit to add some excitement.
Editor’s Note: There are some laugh-out-loud parts and it seems like a real Canadian adventure.

Winnie, The True Story of the Bear Who Inspired Winnie-the-Pooh
Sally M Walker
When Harry Colebourn saw a baby bear for sale at the train station, he knew he could care for it. But he was also a soldier in training for the First World War.
Editor’s Note: It’s beautiful book, but I just think a bear and children are a bad idea.

Other books
And Two Boys Booed
Judith Viorst
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
$19.50
On the day of the talent show, a boy is ready to sing his song and he isn’t one bit scared because he has practised a billion times. But as all the other kids perform before him, he gets nervous. How the boy overcomes his fear of performing in front of the class makes for a charming and funny read complete with 10 flaps.

Baby Steps (3 Book Set)
Carol McDougall, Shanda LaRamee-Jones
Nimbus Publishing Board book, http://www.nimbus.ca/Baby-Steps-3-Book-Set-P7000.aspx
$21.95
Baby Steps is a series of three board books: Baby Play, Baby Look and Baby Talk. These are perfect “starter books” for baby’s first year and are offered in one package. Based on developmental research, the books encourage playful interaction between parent and child. The series features bright, bold images that will grab baby’s attention, bouncy text that parents will love to read aloud, and great information on how parents can connect with their baby.

Coming Home
Greg Ruth
Feiwel and Friends
$19.50
A boy waits. A dog waits. Is today the day their loved ones will come home? Readers everywhere will treasure these powerful reunions of families and their heroes.

Emily Rose’s Day at the Farm
Simone Da Costa
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore
Emily Rose’s Day at the Farm introduces children to a variety of farm animals and the work that goes into caring for the rambunctious bunch. This playful book takes its young readers on an exciting adventure – feeding pecking chickens, being slopped on by walloping pigs, encountering a galloping horse, being chased by crazy ducks and milking a cow.
With this stirring escapade, children will come to realize that Emily Rose’s Day at the Farm is also about respecting elders through the love and wisdom of Emily Rose’s grandmother. Get ready for a fun and exciting day at the farm.

How to Bake a Book

Ella Burfoot
Sourcebooks
$19.99
Discover the secret the secret ingredients to crafting a truly delicious story.

Jack the Jack Pine: A Mindful Discovery
Jennifer Brighton
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Archway Publishing
An advocate of mindfulness meditation, Oakville resident Jennifer Brighton tells a story of a young girl’s special relationship with nature, and in particular with a beautiful pine tree in her book Jack the Jack Pine: A Mindful Discovery.
The colourfully illustrated book offers a story that guides children to mindfully observe and discover the wonders of the world, and also provides mindfulness exercises designed for them and their parents to further cultivate mindfulness in their lives.
Visit http://www.jenniferbrighton.com or https://www.facebook.com/brightoncounselling

Kisses Kisses Baby-O!
Sheree Fitch
Nimbus Publishing Board book, http://www.nimbus.ca/Kisses-Kisses-Baby-O-P4980.aspx
$6.50
Kisses Kisses Baby-O! is a story for newborns told from the point of view of a parent or caregiver, but with high interaction with baby’s world and tuned to events in baby’s day. Using rhythm and onomatopoeia, Fitch’s bubbly text begins with baby waking and follows through eating, bathing, playing and finally sleeping. Repetition, rhythm and active verbs create a lively story that can be read again and again.

List for Santa, List for Life!
T.E. Corner
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Lulu Publishing
Children first begin documenting their desires when they write holiday wish lists for Santa. But Corner explains the power of writing life goals and aspirations, too.
List for Santa, List for Life! turns the annual process of writing Christmas lists into a lifelong habit of setting and maintaining goals. In this new inspirational children’s book, the main character writes her list for Santa, plus a list of her goals and desires for the rest of the year.

Look at Me Now (board book)
Carol McDougall and Shanda LaRamee-Jones   Illustrated by: Carmen Mok
Nimbus Publishing, http://www.nimbus.ca/Look-at-Me-Now–P6859.aspx
$9.95
Look At Me Now! is a celebration of the many developmental milestones of toddlerhood. The book follows an 18-month-old through his day as he proudly practices new skills, like getting dressed and walking up stairs. The bouncy text has a celebratory beat that reinforces a toddler’s confidence in his new accomplishments and the charming illustrations are filled with eye-catching details that will invite lively conversation between parent and child. Toddlers will want to hear this story over and over again.

Masterminds
Gordon Korman
HarperCollins, http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/ProductDetailPage.aspx?sequence=83&group=catalog&mailingID=0&mailingGroupID=0&catalogID=319381&org=HCCA&sku=1443428736
$17.99
Eli Frieden lives in the most perfect town in the world: Serenity, New Mexico. In this idyllic place, every lawn is perfectly manicured and everyone has a pool and a treehouse. Honesty and integrity are valued above all else. The thirty kids who live there never lie-they know it’s a short leap from that to the awful problems of other, less fortunate places. Eli has never left Serenity, why would he ever want to? Then one day, he bikes to the edge of the city limits and something so crazy and unexpected happens, it changes everything.

More Blueberries
Susan Musgrave
Orca Books, http://www.orcabooks.com
These young twins can’t get enough of their favourite snack and they aren’t the only ones.

Pete the Cat’s Groovy Guide to Life    
James Dean
HarperCollins, http://edelweiss.abovethetreeline.com/ProductDetailPage.aspx?sequence=95&group=catalog&mailingID=0&mailingGroupID=0&catalogID=384639&org=HCCA&sku=0062351354
$15.99
Pete the Cat shares his groovy, glass-half-full outlook on life in this collection of all his favourite inspirational quotes. Pete adds his fun take on well-known classics, from Albert Einstein to Confucius to Abraham Lincoln to Shakespeare and more.

Read to Me – Family Reading Guide
Read to Me Foundation
Nimbus Publishing, http://www.nimbus.ca/Read-to-Me-Family-Reading-Guide-P5431.aspx
$7.95
Reading to your child from birth provides the sights, sounds and touch that will help the brain develop and also help to develop important physical and emotional bonds. Choosing books for your baby can be difficult considering the huge selection available and your babies quickly changing needs. Read to Me! provides helpful tips, book suggestions and a rhyme for each month of their first year, catered to the skills your baby is developing at the time. The cheerful photographs of babies playing with books means you can explore this guide together with your baby.
The guide was compiled by the staff of the Read to Me! Nova Scotia program. Read to Me! brings a bag of books and literacy information to the family of every baby in Nova Scotia within 24 hours of their birth.

Soapstone Signs
Jeff Pinkney
Orca Book Publishers, http://www.orcabooks.com
$6.95
One spring, a nine-year-old Cree boy is visited by a master carver named Lindy, who gives him four pieces of soapstone. Lindy explains that each piece of soapstone already holds its true form inside and the secret to carving is finding out what that form is.

The Learning World of Krystie and Thomas: Investing Starts Early
Kim Cruea and Elizabeth Benjamin
Tate Publishing and Enterprises, http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore,
In Investing Starts Early, Krystie, Thomas and friends get a healthy start by making smart decisions. They begin this path with the help of their mentors: their parents and their teacher, Mrs. Sparks. The children experience everything: from setting financial goals, conducting themselves with integrity, learning how to be safe on the Internet, and dealing with bullying and everything else in between.

The Whale in My Swimming Pool
Joyce Wan
Farra, Straus and Grioux
$20.50
One sunny day, a little boy heads outside for a swim, but his pool is already taken. There’s a big whale in the water.

The Lego Ideas Book
DK Books, http://www.dk.com
The Lego Ideas Book
Did you ever wonder what you can do with all of those LEGO bricks after you have created the project they came with?
Now with The LEGO Ideas Book, you can take what you already have and make something new! The book is divided into six themed chapters – transportation, buildings, space, kingdoms, adventure and useful makes – each with basic templates of key models and spreads to inspire you to create your own.
Hints and tips from Master Builders can help you turn your classic car into a race car or add a bridge to your castle. Don’t be concerned if you haven’t got all the bricks you need: this book also shows how to simplify details, making this a great user-friendly guide for any building ability.

This was originally published at insidetoronto.com

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