Picture Book Preview: More fall reads

Believe it or not, we’ve got more beautiful picture books releasing this fall.  Sweet, quirky and and tons of fun — these three reads are sure to charm readers young and old.

Boot & Shoe

An endearing story from Caldecott winner Marla Frazee, Boot & Shoe is about two adorable dogs who were born into the same litter, and now live in the same house. They eat out of the same bowl, pee on the same tree, and sleep in the same bed. Their lives are just perfect… until a crazy neighborhood squirrel arrives and everything goes topsy-turvy!

Have a look at some of the beautifully detailed illustrations:

Christmas Parade

Tried, tested and true, Sandra Boynton picture books are family favourites and this year, we’ve got a new one just in time for Christmas.  Written with the irresistible rhythm of a lively marching band and chock-full of signature Boynton characters, Christmas Parade is the perfect Christmas gift for budding readers.

Santa from Cincinnati

New from the author of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs comes the life story of Santa Claus himself.

As you might imagine, the early life of Santa Claus was a liiiiiiiittle different from the childhood of your average kid. His first words were “ho ho ho!” By five he was wearing a fake beard and mustache, and could rarely be found without his favourite stuffed reindeer. It was clear from a very young age that he was destined for uniqueness…

Full of Barrett’s quick wit, Santa from Cincinnati will delight readers young and old.

Fall picture book preview

It’s that time again!  Back to school, back to sweaters, and luckily, back to books too.     This fall, we’ve got a slew of gorgeous new picture books that are perfect for readers young and old.

Have a look at three of our story time favourites.

I’m Bored

There is NOTHING boring about being a kid, but one little girl is going to have to prove it in this anything-but-boring picture book. Fun, quirky and totally hilarious, I’M BORED is written by the one-and-only Michael Ian Black and illustrated by the very talented (and Canadian!) Debbie Ridpath Ohi.
Check out these gorgeous pages:

Bear Says Thanks

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Karma Wilson’s unforgettable character Bear is back with all his super-cute pals. Full of Jane Chapman’s beautiful illustrations and a sweet story about sharing, Bears says Thanks is a perfect bedtime read.


Meet Chiro, the CUTEST bat you’ll ever meet ( just look at him!) who is off to explore the night-time world on his own for the first time. This beautiful and touching coming-of-age story, with mesmerizing artwork from illustrator Loren Long and lyrical text from Ari Berk, conveys a heartwarming and universal message: No matter how far away you go, you can always find your way home.

Get Inspired with Earth Day Reads

In honour of Earth Day approaching, we’re bringing you reads, both for kids and adults, that celebrate nature and inspire to make the world a cleaner, brighter, better place.


The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Freshwater in the Twenty-First Century

Beginning with a discussion with his aunt Julia Child (yes, that Julia Child), author Alex Prud’homme begins to think about how France’s reliance on bottled water has spread to America. Bringing to life a narrative with a variety of vivid characters, Prud’homme explores the future of water, threats to its quality, water as a right versus commodity and more.

The Great Penguin Rescue: 40,000 Penguins, a Devastating Oil Spill, and the Inspiring Story of the World’s Largest Animal Rescue

How can you not love penguins? Better yet, how can you not love a story about rescuing penguins? In 2000, there was an oil spill off the coast of South Africa, devastating the habitat of 75,000 penguins. With 41% of the world’s African penguins at risk, conservation officials and volunteers jumped to the task of saving them. Dyan deNapoli tells the heartwarming story of the heroes behind the world’s largest wildlife rescue.

The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water

Charles Fishman brings another perspective to the water issue, tracing its importance to dinosaurs, Saturn, and dolphins in the desert. He challenges the idea that we might one day run out of water, instead, examining our relationship with water and finding ways we might use it more effectively.


Don’t Throw That Away!

Don’t Throw That Away! makes recycling and reusing fun, showing children that everyday household items that appear as trash can actually be used for something else. The book features large flaps that kids can lift to discover which throw-away items are actually treasures.

Dora Celebrates Earth Day!

In this book, Dora the Explorer teaches preschoolers things they can do at home every day to help save the environment, from turning off lights, to reusing jars, to recycling. It’s also printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy ink.

Hey, That’s Not Trash!

Hey, That’s Not Trash! is a fun and interactive read for younger kids. Accompanied by rhyming text, each page features press-outs of everyday items that children will enjoy sorting into the right bins: paper, plastic or metal.

SpongeBob Goes Green!

In this book, SpongeBob comes face to face with global warming. After producing too much carbon monoxide and forcing everyone to flee Bikini Bottom because of the hot temperature, SpongeBob must figure out what he can to do to restore it and bring everyone back home. It’s also printed on 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper with soy ink.

Read The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out!

For those who don’t know, I’m a Hayao Miyazaki fan. He is an internationally acclaimed animated film maker whose films deal with humanity’s relationship with nature and technology. Most of his animated films feature fantastical worlds with characters that don’t fall into the traditional good-evil dichotomies (which is one of the things that makes his films special).

The Secret World of Arrietty is another masterpiece (screenplay written by Miyazaki) that follows Arrietty, a four-inch tall girl living under the floorboards of a typical house, “borrowing” simple items to make her family home. Life changes for her and her family when they are discovered by Sho, an ordinary boy living in the house. This delicately hand-drawn animation embodies the dreams and longings of childhood all wrapped within a well-written, charming story. It will be sure to delight audiences of all ages!

Discover The Secret World of Arrietty before the film comes out Friday, February 17! Check out the film comic and artbook!

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Read what other people are saying about these books!

Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 1
Back to Books’ review of The Secret World of Arrietty, Volume 2

Picture Book Spotlight: Red Sled

In this almost wordless picture book by Lita Judge, a host of woodland creatures take a child’s sled for a nighttime joy ride. Their whimsical ride is gorgeously depicted in bold watercolor, complemented by humorous expressions and pitch-perfect sound effects. With a timeless tone and classic characters, RED SLED is sure to become a wintertime favorite.

It’s the perfect first picture book for your little one!