The Night Library book
#61
The Night Library
Written by David Zeltser and illustrated by Raul Colon
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

The Polar Express meets The Night at the Museum in this fantastical picture-book adventure about the magic of books and libraries, perfect for book lovers of all ages! After a young boy goes to sleep upset that he's getting a book for his birthday, he's visited in the night by Patience and Fortitude, the two stone lions who guard the New York Public Library. Soon, he's magically whisked away from his cozy home in the Bronx, and the two mighty lions show him the wonder of the library. There, the inquisitive Latino boy discovers the power of books and their role not only in his own life, but also in the lives of the people he loves. Raul Colon's gorgeous, rich art creates an immersive world in this book about books, which is sure to capture the imaginations of kids and adults and inspire them to grab their library cards and dive into the worlds of stories.

What a Waste book
#62
What a Waste
Written and illustrated by Jess French
picture book
Recommend Ages: 6-9

Everything you need to know about what we're doing to our environment, good and bad, from pollution and litter to renewable energy and plastic recycling. This environmental book will teach young ecologists about how our actions affect planet Earth. Discover shocking facts about the waste we produce and where it goes. Did you know that every single plastic toothbrush ever made still exists? Or that there's a floating mass of garbage twice the size of Texas drifting around the Pacific Ocean? It's not all bad news though. As well as explaining where we're going wrong, What a Waste shows what we're doing right! Discover plans already in motion to save our seas, how countries are implementing schemes that are having a positive impact, and how your waste can be turned into something useful. Every small change helps our planet!

What Are You Doing, Benny? book
#63
What Are You Doing, Benny?
Written by Cary Fagan and illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-7

Benny's little brother is really good at a lot of things - making potions and paper airplanes, building forts, putting on puppet shows, even petting the neighbours cat. But whenever he tries to join in Benny's activities, all Benny ever says is 'No'. Maybe his little brother can watch him do cool stuff, if he's lucky. What is a little fox to do, except give Benny a taste of his own medicine? Totally familiar yet fresh and original, tenderly told and consistently funny, this story perfectly captures the joys (and annoyances!) of sibling relationships.

Mine. Yours. book
#64
Mine. Yours.
Written by Marsha Diane Arnold and illustrated by Qin Leng
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-6

A sweet and funny story about sharing, friendship and belonging. When Little Panda startles Big Panda awake inside his den, Big Panda crankily declares, "Mine." Then he puts Little Panda outside, "Yours." When he still won't leave, Big Panda offers Little Panda a kite. Which delights him! Until the kite's tail starts annoying the other animals in the forest by sweeping up their things. They all give him the same message: their things, "Mine;" the kite, "Yours." And soon the animals themselves get caught as they try to reclaim their stuff. Can they all learn a new word "Ours?" No "mine" allowed! This story's too fun not to share!

Grandpa's Stories book
#65
Grandpa's Stories
Written by Joseph Coelho and illustrated by Allison Colpoys
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

One young girl reflects on a year with her beloved grandpa. She remembers the fields and parks they explored in the springtime and the old toys they fixed up in the summer. She remembers the handmade gifts they exchanged in the fall and the stories Grandpa told by the fi re each winter. But this year, the girl must say good-bye to Grandpa. In the face of her grief, she is determined to find a way to honor him. She decides to record her Grandpa stories in the notebook he made for her and carry Grandpa with her as she grows. An honest and relatable depiction of loss, Grandpa's Stories celebrates life and the ways in which love lives on.

Boom! Boom! Boom! book
#66
Boom! Boom! Boom!
Written by Przemysław Wechterowicz and illustrated by Marianna Oklejak
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Take a rhythmic musical journey round the world with this fun rhyming picture book! "Two gorillas and their chum. At the sound the people come. BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!" As the trio dances to the music of the drums, moving and grooving through the jungle and into the city, they're joined by a host of other animals and people who can't resist the infectious rhythm. The delightful rhymes and lively, colorful pictures will soon have kids jumping in, too!

The Lost Star book
#67
The Lost Star
Written by Przemysław Wechterowicz and illustrated by Marcin Minor
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-9

What happens when a star falls to earth . . . and doesn't know how to get back home? A magical, mysterious story that's perfect for bedtime. One night, when the moon is shining and a dormouse is having fun with the fireflies, she spots a gentle glow in the woods. The light comes from a golden star that has fallen to Earth and needs to get back home. Dormouse and her woodland friends do their best to help the star return to the sky, but one by one they fail . . . and the star grows paler and paler. Will the mysterious Frog finally succeed? Filled with atmospheric illustrations and soothing, dreamlike text, this heartwarming picture book will enchant children.

The Gathering book
#68
The Gathering
Written by Theresa Meuse and illustrated by Art Stevens
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

Alex is attending her first Mi’kmaw spiritual gathering, or mawiomi. Though she is timid at first, older cousin Matthew takes her under his wing. Meeting Elders along the way, they learn many things about traditional Mi’kmaw culture: the sacred fire, drumming, tanning and moccasin decorating, and basket and canoe making. Most important, Alex finds her voice in the talking circle. With contemporary illustrations by bestselling illustrator Arthur Stevens, The Gathering is an inclusive story that will educate and entertain Indigenous and non-Indigenous readers alike.

A Giant Man from a Tiny Town book
#69
A Giant Man from a Tiny Town
Written by Tom Ryan and illustrated by Christopher Hoyt
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

When Angus MacAskill was still just a boy, he began to grow...and grow...and...grow! Known far and wide as the Cape Breton Giant, Angus was loved by his neighbours as much for his beautiful singing voice as for his renowned strength. But as much as Angus loved his little town of St. Ann's, Cape Breton, he decided to leave and seek fortune and adventure. With heartfelt text from critically acclaimed author Tom Ryan and meticulously researched and joyful illustrations from Christopher Hoyt (A is for Adventure), A Giant Man from a Tiny Town tells the story of a remarkable man who travelled the world performing for crowds, but never stopped longing to return to the place he loved the best: his Cape Breton home.

She Spoke book
#70
She Spoke
Written by Kathy MacMillan, Manuela Bernardi and illustrated by Kathrin Honesta
picture book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

When the world tells you to stay quiet, do you listen, or do you speak up? In She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, with the touch of a button readers can hear Maya Angelou, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Tammy Duckworth, Leymah Gbowee, Jane Goodall, Temple Grandin, Suzan Shown Harjo, Dolores Huerta, Joanne Liu, Abby Wambach, and Malala Yousafzai. Through succinct profiles, stunning portraits by illustrator Kathrin Honesta, and the original voices of these women, She Spoke will inspire readers of all ages to share their own truths and change the world.

The Gift of Ramadan book
#71
The Gift of Ramadan
Written by Rabiah York Lumbard and illustrated by Laura K. Horton
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Sophia wants to fast for Ramadan this year. She tries to keep busy throughout the day so she won't think about food. But when the smell of cookies is too much, she breaks her fast early. How can she be part of the festivities now?

Mango Moon book
#72
Mango Moon
Written by Diane De Anda and illustrated by Sue Cornelison
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

When a father is taken away from his family and facing deportation, his family is left to grieve and wonder about what comes next. Maricela, Manuel, and their mother face the many challenges of having their lives completely changed by the absence of their father and husband. Moving to a new house, missed soccer games and birthday parties, and emptiness are now the day-to-day norm. Mango Moon shows what life is like from a child's perspective when a parent is deported, and the heartbreaking realities they have to face, but Maricela learns that her love for her father is sustained even though he is no longer part of her daily life.

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