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It’s like Christmas in August when I find a box of brand new picture books from the outstanding Canadian Publishing Company Kids Can Press on my doorstep! I’m excited to share the first post featuring some of their new books for fall 2017! This week I will be focusing on fiction picture books – next week nonfiction!
No Room for Baby! – Emile Jadoul
A perfect fit for new big brothers and sisters. Full of reassurance that there will always be room in our home and our hearts for a new addition. Simple text and adorable penguin characters. A great connect book for K’s and 1’s who may be “expecting” a new sibling.
Goodnight Hockey, Fans! – Andrew Larsen
Bedtime comes at the worst times – especially in the middle of a hockey game! Of course, when this young hockey fan is told to go to bed, he can’t sleep! After his parents tuck him in, he shines his flashlight on his hockey equipment and trophies and listens to the hockey announcer on the radio. As he drifts off to sleep, he dreams his is playing hockey on his favorite team. This is a must have book for young hockey fans and would make a perfect connect book for having kids share what they do when they can’t fall asleep!
Middle Bear – Susanna Isern
Being “middle-sized” is not very fun – too young to hang with your older brother and too old to play baby games with your younger one. This middle child is longing to feel special and be noticed. I love the message that no matter what size or age, we all have our own unique gifts. Heartwarming story and unique illustrations.
Captain Monty Takes the Plunge – Jennifer Mook-Sang
A delightful tale of adventure and courage on the high seas! Captain Monty is a scary pirate – and he also STINKS because he never takes a bath. And he never takes a bath because he can’t swim! A frolicking story with a great message about overcoming your fears. Vibrant illustrations, lots of action and a sweet love story with a Mermaid named Meg!
Me, Me, Me – Annika Dunklee
I was excited to see this follow up to Annika Dunklee’s book Me, Too! This book continues the relationship of a delightful trio of multicultural friends – Annie, Lillemor and Lilianne. In this story, problems arise when the girls enter a school talent show as a singing group and Annie starts making all the decisions about song choice, dance moves and costumes. This is a wonderful connect book for talking about friendship issues, cooperation and teamwork. I love the authentic dialogue and the snippets of other languages in the text. Great read-aloud!
The Elephant Keeper: Caring for Orphaned Elephants in Zambia – Margriet Ruurs
This is a beautiful book based on a true story about a young boy named Aaron who rescues a baby elephant. Gorgeous illustrations and with facts included about elephants and the dangers from poaching and destroying their habitat and information at the back about how we can help endangered animals. Engaging story of compassion and hope for intermediate students. The book is longer than most picture books and could be read over several days. Great for inspiring passion projects or a study of endangered animals.
Mr. Crum’s Potato Predicament – Anne Renaud
In case you have ever wondered where the potato chip came from – this book has the answer! Based on the true story of a chef who accidentally invents potato chips when a customer keeps returning his potatoes and asking for them to be thinner and crispier. Clever, funny, entertaining! Love the tongue-in-cheek humour. (Be warned – you will crave potato chips after reading!)
The Tiny Tale of Little Pea – Davide Cali
“Even the littlest among us can make a big mark.” I loved this book and the adorable character of Little Pea! Little Pea is very small, but very happy. He doesn’t realize that his small stature makes him different from others until he gets to school (Think Will Farrell in Elf!) and discovers the world is not very inclusive of small people. In the end, Little Pea remains true to himself and learns there is always something we can find that we are good at. Great for discussion as there are many themes you could infer from this book.
Shelter – Celine Claire
If I could pick a favorite from the pile, this would be it! Such a beautiful illustrated book (reminded me of my childhood illustrated copy of Winnie the Pooh) with a meaningful message of kindness, compassion and community. As animals prepare for a coming storm, two lone bears are searching for shelter, but no one offers to help, including the fox family. When the storm arrives, the fox family must leave their den to find a safer shelter – and the turn to the two bears for help. A perfect book for the start of the year with the message of “treat others how you would like to be treated”. Gentle and heartwarming. With older students you could compare this story to Stone Soup and discuss the different ways the community acts.
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