An Armadillo in Paris by Julie Kraulis
A travelling armadilo, named Arlo, from Brazil takes his grandfather’s travel journal and heads to Paris, searching out La Dame de Fer, or Iron Lady. Along the way he stops at places such as the Louvre and Champs-Elysees, among other famous Paris landmarks.
Editor’s note: This book is fairly long and full of information. I read it to my five-year-old son whose attention seemed to wander while reading it. When I offered to stop, he said he wanted to continue. He was obviously listening because he was amazed to learned who the Iron Lady was – and even more so when he realized we had been there.
Because You are Here by Carina Salva
The goal of Because You are Here encourages readers to express their love and to express gratitude. Each phrase is translated into Spanish, French, Chinese and the author’s native Tagalong.
Editor’s note: My son liked that I read in both English and French – his first French book.
Bitsy Bear by Anne M. Jenks
Bitsy Bear is a story of a young monkey who is lured away from her family by bears dressed up as monkeys, who force the girl to work in their circus act. The story is used as a tool for kidnapping prevention.
Editor’s Note: I am unsure of this book. While I have been doing stranger/kidnapping prevention with my son for years, I think this book is too much. It seems like an unlikely scenario – a child being lured away and forced to work in public in disguise, and somewhat fearmongering. However, two other editors said they thought it was quite good and opened the discussion.
Bob’s Hungry Ghost by Genevieve Cote
Bob wants a dog for his birthday, but instead he gets a ghost who can’t fetch or go for a walk, but instead flies, pops out of the TV and eats everything in his path.
Editor’s note: My son loves this book. It’s become a nightly ritual that always gets a laugh.
Hope Springs by Eric Walters
This is the story of Boniface, an orphan in an African village, which faces drought. When he tries to get water, people in the community force them to leave because of their fear of being out of water. When the orphanage digs their own well, Boniface has an idea that will help everyone.
Editor’s note: I have spoken with my son about water and the need to preserve it. It’s hard concept for a child to understand particularly when he simply turns on the tap or sees the lake. My son asked a good question – why is there no water in the valley, opening up discussions of conservation and preservation.
Julia, Child by Kyo Maclear
In a story about the spirit of Julia Child, the child Julia Child and her friend, Simca, cook a meal for adults who have forgotten what it’s like to play and who have grown up. According to the press release, Julia Child is a fictional tale loosely inspired by the life and spirit of the very real Julia Child – a story that should be taken with a grain of salt and a generous pat of butter.
Editor’s Note: It is a cute book. My son thought it was a keeper and laughed out loud at some of the funny illustrations.
101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller
101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever includes boredom busters, pranks, crafts, games, simple science experiences and other things to do.
Editor’s note: I love this book. I loved it the moment I saw the press release and had to have it. Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of kidsactivitiesblog.com are right. These are the bestest and funnest crafts ever. I immediately went through the book and bookmarked the crafts I wanted to try with my son. We did the spiderweb door between trees at a family reunion, compost soup before daycare and Shrinking Cup Flower Sculptures while camping. I can’t wait to do Milk Explosions, Hydrofoils, the Human Knot and Fizzing Sidewalk Paint. I also like that there are different ways of doing old crafts, such as the Solar Oven Crayon Art and Rubber Band Splatter. It’s true what they say – this book is an entertainment solution for parents, relatives and babysitters.
The Rat by Elise Gravel
Author Elise Gravel loves ‘disgusting critters’ including the rat, which is a great athlete, eats everything and anything, has really big teeth and is really fun.
Thanks to this book, my son thinks rats are cute and the book has become a nightly favourite at our house.
Alligator Pie, 40th anniversary board book, by Dennis Lee
The 40th anniversary book has new illustrations by Sandy Nichols.
The Charter for Children
DC Canada Education Publishing, 888-565-0262
The Charter for Children introduces kids to the basic principals in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Each story is set in a difference province or territory and addresses a different right or freedom including Anne of Green Tomatoes (the right to be safe and secure); The Greyest Tale on the Yukon Trail (the right to be treated fairly no matter what colour you are); GBario Leblieux (the right to learn French or English), among others.
Chu’s First Day of School By Neil Gaiman
Chu, a panda with a great big sneeze, is heading off for his first day of school, and he’s nervous. He hopes the other boys and girls will be nice. Will they like him? What will happen at school?
Elwood and Harvey, Brothers in … Dreaming by Laurie Figaniak
Elwood and Harvey, Brothers in… Dreaming introduces young readers to a pair of mischievous young Cardigan Welsh corgis. The brothers bring to mind human siblings in their fun with and love for each other.
A forever teacher of children turns out to learn more from her students than she could ever hope to teach them. Then, the company of many “Grands” adds to the enjoyment and companionship of more young minds. Make-believe and silly stories offer wonderful opportunities to interact with children. Youngsters benefit from happy moments, and they deserve as many as they can get. Hopefully these daft and light-hearted stories will offer a lightness and freedom to many children’s imaginations.
The Living Rainbow
The Living Rainbow unites eastern and western philosophies. The Living Rainbow teaches children as well as adults about intuition, connecting to our higher self and the importance of learning how to process life’s experiences in a healthy manner.
The Luvya Tree by by D’Wayne Robinson
The Luvya Tree is a story of how author D’Wayne Robinson and his son comforted Robinson’s wife toward the end of her battle with breast cancer and gives readers a creative way to comfort their own ailing family members.
Nancy Knows by Cybele Young
Noni is Nervous by Heather Hartt-Sussman
Toronto ABC (board book) by Paul Covello
I is for Islands, J is for The Junction and W is for Waterfront, Brockton Village’s Paul Covello creates the Toronto ABC board book.
Why Can’t Papa Remember My Name? by Dr. Juvenna M. Chang
The book teaches children about Alzheimer’s disease in a language appropriate for children.
This was originally published at insidetoronto.com