The Busy Beaver, by Nicholas Oldland
The busy but careless beaver spends his days following random impulses, rarely thinking things through and leaving in his wake a devastated forest filled with stumps, half-nibbled trees and injured, homeless animals. But then one day, the beaver finds himself on the wrong side of a falling tree, which as it turns out, is just the thing to knock some sense into him. After reflecting on his behaviour, he decides to make some changes. The now wiser and gentler beaver is getting down to the business of making things right, much to the delighted surprise of his forest friends.
story from the creator of Big Bear Hug and Making the Moose Out of Life gently teaches youngsters how to take care with others, as well as with the world around us.
Don’t Laugh at Giraffe, by Rebecca Bender
Here Comes Hortense!, by Heather Hartt-Sussman, Georgia Graham
The feisty, irrepressible Nana we met in Nana’s Getting Married is back. And what could be more fun for a six-year-old than having your nana and her new husband take you to a theme park? But the fun is spoiled when Nana and Bob announce that they’ve planned a surprise: The three of them will be joined by Bob’s granddaughter, Hortense. It turns out to be the worst surprise ever. Nana shares her room with Hortense instead of her disgruntled little grandson. She sings her special good-night song to Hortense. She goes on all the scary rides with Hortense. And, worst of all, Hortense has a special name for Nana. A perceptive and hilarious exploration of rivalry, there’s a gentle lesson within this story, for readers, young and old alike.
Kate and Pippin, by Martin Springett, Isobel Springett
No one believes that Larf exists, and he likes it that way. Larf, you see, is a sasquatch, the only sasquatch in the world (or so it seems). He has a very pleasant, and very private, life in the woods, where on any given day he might be found jogging, gardening or walking Eric, his pet bunny. But everything changes one morning when Larf discovers that another sasquatch is scheduled to make an appearance in the nearby city of Hunderfitz. What?! That must mean Larf is not the only sasquatch in the world! Excited by the prospect of having a friend to share hair grooming tips with (and let's face it, teeter-tottering alone is no fun), Larf disguises himself as a city slicker and heads for Hunderfitz — where he's in for a couple of enormous surprises.
Really and Truly, by Émilie Rivard, Anne-Claire Delisle
Splinters, by Kevin Sylvester
Cindy Winters loves to play hockey. When her family's basement apartment is flooded and the floor freezes, she's delighted to skate on the frozen concrete. Her parents are too poor to enrol her in a hockey league but Cindy’s resourceful and does odd jobs until she earns enough money to join a team. Armed with her mother's old equipment, she is thrilled with the prospect of playing on a real life hockey team. But her happiness doesn't last long. Among her teammates are the horrible “Blister Sisters”. They make Cindy’s life miserable. And worst of all, she’s sidelined by the coach, who just happens to be Mrs. Blister. It looks like she'll be spending the season cleaning equipment, instead of on the ice. Cindy's luck changes when her Fairy Goaltender appears and saves the day. With its great humour and hilarious illustrations, Kevin Sylvester's Splinters is bound to become a favourite.
Grounded in current science, this extraordinary picture book provides opportunities for children to use their imagination and marvel at some big ideas. Soyeon Kim’s incredible diorama art enhances the poetic text, and her creative process is explored in full on the reverse side of the book’s jacket, which features comments from the artist. Young readers will want to pore over each page of this book, exploring the detailed artwork and pondering on the message found in the text. They will be excited to find out just how connected to the Earth they really are...