This One Summer

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This One Summer

written by Mariko Tamaki

illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

Age: 13+

Interests: graphic novels, adolescence, friendship, family, summer vacation, depression, sex, teenage behaviour, sexism, feminism

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Alice, I Think

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Alice, I Think

by Susan Juby

Age: 12

Interests: family, teen drama, small town life, fashion, career choices, coming of age, how lame adults can be More

Chester

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Chester

text and illustrations by Mélanie Watt

Age: 5+ (but older kids will find it funny too – 7,8)

Interests: cats, mice, artists, telling stories, bad behaviour, humour

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A Land Divided

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GOVERNOR GENERAL’S AWARD WINNER – 1951

A Land Divided

by John F. Hayes

illustrated by Fred J. Finley

Age: 10+ (independent reading)

Interests: Canadian history, war, adventure

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Starbuck Valley Winter

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CANADIAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION BOOK OF THE YEAR – 1947

Starbuck Valley Winter

by Roderick Haig-Brown

Age: 10 +

Interests: hunting, wilderness survival, winter survival, animals, canoeing, Canada, British Columbia

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The Incredible Journey

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The Incredible Journey

by Sheila Burnford

Hodder and Stoughton, 1961

127 pp. – 11 chapters

Age: read to – 7+               independent reading – 9+?

Interests: pets, cats, dogs, wilderness, adventure

Next: 1963 Disney movie The Incredible Journey

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Picture Books – Best of 2012 lists

Glazomania strikes! (love/obsession with lists)*

We all must start thinking of holiday gift ideas, I suppose, so here are a few lists of excellent children’s picture books from 2012:

Publisher’s Weekly Best Picture Books of 2012

New York Times Best Picture Books of 2012 (annoyingly, in slide show format)

American Library Association’s Best Children’s Books of 2012 (long list, all categories)

Canadian Children’s Book Centre list – for some Cancon! (scroll down for picture books)

Goodreads 2012 Picture Book Semifinalists (voted on by Goodreads members)

Amazon’s Best Children’s Picture Books 2012

How about some award-winning Science Books?

For UK titles, you can download the 2012 Best Book Guide from the Book Trust here – 10 titles in each age category (5 and under, 5-8, 9-12, Teen and Young Adult), and I also love that they give both the Reading Age (at which the child can read the book on his/her own) and an Interest Age (when the child will start to enjoy this book).

*thanks to my friend Ellen for teaching me that word yesterday!

 

 

 

Making the Moose Out of Life

BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012

Making the Moose Out of Life

by Nicholas Oldland

Kids Can Press, 2010

30 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: animals, moose, adventure, boats, islands, travel, trying new things, survival skills

Also by this author: The Busy Beaver, Big Bear Hug

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Small Saul

BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012

Small Saul

by Ashley Spires

Toronto: Kidscan Press, 2011

32 pp.

Age: 5+

Interests: pirates, adventure, travel, ships, ocean, being unique, trying to fit in

Also by this author: Binky the Space Cat

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Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth

BLUE SPRUCE nominee – 2012

Roslyn Rutabaga and the Biggest Hole on Earth

by Marie-Louise Gay

Toronto: House of Anansi/Groundwood Books, 2010

28 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: digging, scientific inquiry, nature, animals

Also by this author: Rainy Day Magic, Stella: Queen of the Snow

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