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The Golden Age of CDN Illustration

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I am not sure that Canadian children's books have ever been as gorgeous as they are these days. Here is a selection from some of my favourite illustrators.
When I Was Small

When I Was Small

by Sara O'Leary
illustrated by Julie Morstad
edition:Hardcover
tagged : parents

Curious little Henry from the award-winning books When You Were Small and Where You Came From has a new question for his mother in this charming new picture book. "What was it like when you were small?" he asks. His mother proceeds to describe her adventures to him, all about when she was little, very little!

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Virginia Wolf

Virginia Wolf

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Vanessa's sister, Virginia, is in a “wolfish” mood --- growling, howling and acting very strange. It's a funk so fierce, the whole household feels topsy-turvy. Vanessa tries everything she can think of to cheer her up, but nothing seems to work. Then Virginia tells Vanessa about an imaginary, perfect place called Bloomsberry. Armed with an idea, Vanessa begins to paint Bloomsberry on the bedroom walls, transforming them into a beautiful garden complete with a ladder and swing “so that what …

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Cinnamon Baby

Cinnamon Baby

edition:Hardcover
tagged : new baby

A contemporary fable about a magical remedy for a baby who won't stop crying.

Miriam is a baker whose bread is full of smells to make your nose twitch and tastes to make your tongue tingle. Miriam's own favorite cinnamon bread so delights Sebastian, a musician who enters her shop, that he buys it every day for a year and then asks her to marry him. After a baby is born to the happy couple, all is blissful until their bundle of joy begins crying. And crying. Only when the two are almost at wit's e …

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The Dark

The Dark

by Lemony Snicket
illustrated by Jon Klassen
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged :

A Globe & Mail 100 Selection

Two bestselling talents shed new light on an age-old fear

Lazlo is afraid of the dark. It hides in closets and sometimes sits behind the shower curtain, but mostly it lives in the basement. One night, when Lazlo’s nightlight burns out, the dark comes to visit him in his room. “Lazlo,” the Dark says. “I want to show you something.” And so Lazlo descends the basement stairs to face his fears and discover a few comforting facts about the mysterious presence with …

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Wishes

Wishes

by Jean Little
illustrated by Genevieve Cote
edition:Hardcover
tagged :

Make a wish and the sky's the limit in this delightful rhyming story from the incomparable Jean Little.

If wishes were ice cream, our cones would be doubles.
If wishes were soapsuds, we'd blow shining bubbles.

In this charming new picture book, children and their wild imaginations take centre stage! In a true celebration of wishers and dreamers, Jean Little entertains readers with bouncy rhymes depicting kids' favourite wishes - from puppies to pancakes; and sundaes to snowflakes.

Governor Genera …

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Flock of Shoes

Flock of Shoes

by Sarah Tsiang
illustrated by Qin Leng
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged :

Abby loves her pink and brown sandals with the lime green trim, and she wears them wherever she goes. But as summer draws to a close, Abby’s mom announces that it’s time for the sandals to go. Abby is determined to keep them on—until one day, while swinging at the park, her sandals flip off and fly away.

All winter long, Abby wonders what her sandals are up to. Postcards of sandy white beaches and glorious sunsets reassure her that they are having a wonderful time in far away places.

Come Fe …

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Little You

Little You

by Richard Van Camp
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that celebrates the potential of every child. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

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Excerpt

Little you
little wonder

Little wish
gentle thunder

You are mighty
you are small

You are ours
after all

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Mr. Frank

Mr. Frank

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

On his last day before retirement, Mr. Frank is sewing the most wonderful outfit of his long career. Who could it be for?

In all his years working as a tailor, Mr. Frank has made all kinds of clothes. From the practical uniforms of the 1940s to the wild and weird designs of the 1960s and 1970s, he has seen (and sewn) just about everything. But today’s project is especially close to Mr. Frank’s heart.

With its use of textiles and sensitive period detail, Irene Luxbacher’s artwork is the perf …

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