HIBERNATION STATION, by Michelle Meadows, 2010.
Winter is coming, and the hibernation station is ready to roll! All aboard! Final destination: SLEEP! Some of the animals, however, aren’t quite ready to sleep … the chipmunks are chattering; the frogs are fidgeting; the snakes are slithering about, and the big black bear is grumbling about somebody snoring! Eventually, though, as first snow begins to fall, everyone drifts off into a peaceful winter’s sleep.
Ages 2 to 5 years. 34 pages.
INTERRUPTING CHICKEN, by David Ezra Stein, 2010.
When Papa read Little Red Chicken some of her favourite stories at bedtime, such as Little Red Riding Hood, Chicken Little and Hansel and Gretal, Little Red Chicken kept interrupting with her own endings, until they ran out of stories. That’s when they decided that Little Red Chicken would tell Papa one of her very own stories!
Ages 3 to 6 years. 30 pages.
LOOKING FOR CHRISTMAS, by Peggy Van Gurp, 2009.
Can you see Christmas? What does it look like? Where do you find it? One Christmas Eve, when a snowman named Lowy goes looking for his first Christmas, he can’t seem to find it – but he does find many animals in trouble to help! Perhaps helping others is a part of Christmas…
Ages 3 to 7 years. 32 pages.
TWENTY-SIX PRINCESSES, by Dave Horowitz, 2008.
Twenty-six enthusiastic princesses – one for each letter of the alphabet – attend the royal ball thrown by the prince. They include Princess Alice (who is always first and on time) and Princess Zaire (late, and last, as usual) and twenty-four dressed-up princesses in between!
Ages 4 to 7 years. 32 pages.
MOON BEAR, by Brenda Z. Guiberson, 2010.
Have you ever heard of “moon bears”? These large black bears live in Asia and they have a shape on their chest which looks just like a crescent moon. Learn about the life of a moon bear, season by season. Discover what it eats, how it plays, where it hibernates and why there are fewer moon bears every year.
Ages 4 to 7 years. 32 pages.
BOOK OF BIG BROTHERS, by Cary Fagan, 2010. CANADIAN
Big brothers really do come in handy! They can cheer you up when you’re sick or sad, play with you, protect you from bullies and people who pick on you, and teach you neat things. However, sometimes they can also tease you and play jokes on you! All in all, it’s pretty neat to have older brothers, and this book tells us why.
Ages 4 to 8 years. 32 pages.
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CLEMENTINE’S LETTER, by Sara Pennypacker, 2008.
Clementine thinks that her grade-three teacher, Mr. D’Matz is the best ever, but when he is selected as one of the finalists in an “Adventures for Teachers” contest to go to Egypt on an archaeological dig, she realizes that she may lose him as her teacher if he wins. At the same time, Clementine is supposed to write a letter to the contest committee to recommend Mr. D’Matz! What should she do?
Ages 7 to 10 years. 150 pages.
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A BOY IN WAR, by Jan De Groot, 2008. CANADIAN
When Holland was invaded by the German army in World War 2, life became very difficult for the Dutch people. Many people were imprisoned. Food was very scarce, and schools were closed. This is one boy’s story during the war – the story of Jan de Groot, author of this book.
Ages 10 years and up. 191 pages.
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TRUCE, by Jim Murphy, 2009.
In the midst of the vicious fighting between German and British soldiers in 1914 – the first year of the World War I, a miraculous event occurred. Known as the “Christmas Truce”, or the “Christmas Truces”, it was a rare time of peace when the gunfire stopped along the Western Front.
Ages 10 years and up. 116 pages.
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THE DIAMOND OF DARKHOLD, by Jeanne DePrau, 2008.
In the 4 th Book of Ember, Lina and Doon, who have escaped the dying City of Ember and moved to the town Sparks with the rest of their people, find some pages of a book that mentions a mysterious device which existed in Ember from before the Disaster. Hoping that this device might help their people – who desperately need it, Lina and Doon embark on a quest to find it – a quest which takes them underground.
Ages 11 to 16 years. 285 pages.