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Gadget lovers will adore Super-Duper Monster Viewer by award-winning writer, illustrator and broadcaster, Kevin Sylvester. Designed to look like a tablet, this quirky picture book claims to give readers the ability to see all the monsters that lurk around us. The owner’s manual on the opening page provides a clear... Continue reading
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James Leck, comedic Young Adult (YA) author of The Adventures of Jack Lime, delivers a suspenseful read in After Dark. Used to the mischievous freedom of his days at Choke Academy, Charlie Harker is less than thrilled at the prospect of spending the summer renovating an old inn with his... Continue reading
In Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, Métis author and artist, Danielle Daniel, introduces the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals. On each double-page spread, a child is shown wearing a mask of the animal they identify with, accompanied by a poetic description of each creature’s unique characteristics. For instance, a... Continue reading
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This is Sadie, by award-winning author Sara O’Leary, introduces a little girl whose imagination knows no bounds. Sadie sails across the ocean in a cardboard box, hammers the finishing touches on a fort and climbs a tree to chat with birds – all before breakfast. Whether she is whispering sweet... Continue reading
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Space pirates, an extra-terrestrial battle, and a desperate quest for survival ramp up the tension in MiNRS, a sci-fi adventure by the author of the popular Neil Flambé series, Kevin Sylvester. Eight years ago, Christopher Nichols and his parents moved to the Earth-like asteroid of Perses to participate in Melming... Continue reading
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Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds (originally published in French under the title La Tournée de Facteur Souris), by award-winning author and illustrator, Marianne Dubuc, is a treat for the eyes and the imagination. In this episodic picture book, a tiny mouse mail carrier loads his delivery wagon full of parcels and postcards,... Continue reading
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Everything seems to be going wrong in Isaveth Breck’s life. Her mother is dead, her father is arrested for murder, and her older sister barely makes enough money at the factory to feed Isaveth and her two little sisters. But resourceful Isaveth, who has a talent for cooking magic spell-tablets... Continue reading
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In Please, Open this Book! by Adam Lehrhaupt, the manic monkeys from Warning: Do Not Open This Book (2013) return with a new set of demands. This time around, the animals beg readers to leave the book open, so they won’t be trapped inside. Mayhem ensues when pages are turned,... Continue reading
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Please join us on Wednesday, December 2nd at North York Central Library, in the concourse. Dr. Wayne Hammond will be presenting "A Strength-Based Approach to Parenting" from 6:30 to 8 pm. Understanding and purposefully nurturing a child's ability to navigate and negotiate life's challenges in successful ways is the goal... Continue reading
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All children cope differently with the stresses they encounter, depending on their individual personalities and strengths. But all children can benefit from learning to cope and becoming more resilient. Resiliency is the ability to withstand stress, adversity and loss by working through the emotions and effects of these challenges. It’s... Continue reading
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Do you have an avid reader in your home who is always searching for their next great read? Or is your child a reluctant reader that you need to cajole to read with you, meaning you are always on the prowl for terrific and interesting books that will grab your... Continue reading
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Often as parents we are looking for books that promote certain topics or explores specific ideas. During the month of November, Toronto Public Library will be promoting books for living well. The following books have been suggested as great reads for children and families to promote healthy choices in our... Continue reading
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The year is 2156. Humans have long since overpopulated earth, and now live in domed colonies throughout the solar system. While space travel is common, a spacecraft filled with children recruited to save the galaxy from evil space creatures is not. In Wesley King’s latest novel, The Incredible Space Raiders... Continue reading
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It was no surprise to me that the book Jackson took out to read (and subsequently, accidentally tore) was written in a graphic format. Comics have a long history of popularity with young children (and if I am being absolutely honest, with many an adult, as the wildly popular Toronto... Continue reading
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Augusta Garrick is good-natured and helpful but when you’re a pirate, being good is BAD. At least that’s what her father, Captain Barnacle Garrick, seems to think. He wants no kindhearted scurvy scabs on board his ship, that’s for sure: “On this ship yez got to be saucy and yez... Continue reading
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In Baseballogy, author and illustrator (and former sportscaster) Kevin Sylvester takes the reader on an all-inclusive tour of the world of baseball, with fun facts, figures and juicy tidbits from baseball’s colourful history. He tells it all, from the measurements of various baseball diamonds and the composition of a baseball... Continue reading
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Clever wordplay abounds in The Duck Says by British Columbian author, Troy Wilson. As the loquacious gander roams the farmyard, he says much more than just “Quack.” Effusive and emotive, the duck says “Arrr!” when he pretends to be a pirate, or when he is chased by a swarm of... Continue reading
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In Charis Cotter’s ghost story, The Swallow, twelve-year-old Rose McPherson may as well be invisible. Her workaholic parents have no time for her, she has no friends, and she often feels like she’s invisible. As if that weren’t enough, she is constantly plagued by ghosts that are invisible to everybody... Continue reading
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In Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking, Californian professor and science consultant, Elin Kelsey, posits problems are not obstacles to be feared, but rather, are marvellous opportunities for innovation. In a friendly, conversational tone, this informational picture book showcases creative problem solving skills from the animal kingdom. For example,... Continue reading
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What could possibly become of the gunk, toys, and wrappers that get shoved under the bed? Governor General award-winning illustrator Ron Lightburn provides one daunting possibility: it could become an unstoppable, disgusting creature! In Frankenstink! Garbage Gone Bad, a boy’s runaway imagination and messy-room problems converge. It’s a picture book... Continue reading
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When you’re seven and you like pink and purple, jumping rope, and speaking another language, it’s easy to become fast friends with someone exactly like you. That’s how it was with Annie and her best friend, Lillemor. But when Annie finds Lillemor playing with someone else, she feels left out.... Continue reading
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As many of you are aware, the Scarborough Civic Centre branch of Toronto Public Library (pictured above) opens its doors tomorrow, Wednesday, May 20th at 10 am. The City Librarian and Chair of the Library Board will be there to greet you along with entertainment, refreshments and much more. But... Continue reading
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In The Queen’s Shadow: A Story About How Animals See, award-winning author-illustrator Cybèle Young forays into the world of nonfiction with a picture book that studies vision across animal species. Under the watchful eyes of nobility, the Queen’s shadow has disappeared. Mantis Shrimp, the Royal Detective, begins his investigation, interrogating... Continue reading
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Melvis and Elvis is the first new children’s verse collection in more than a decade from Toronto’s beloved and legendary poet laureate, Dennis Lee. Melvis –a huge, lime-green monster–and Elvis–a pointy-eared elf with shaggy sideburns–meet while searching for books in the library. In the 33 poems that follow, these kindred... Continue reading
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I Don’t Want to be a Frog, by first-time American author Dev Petty and Canadian illustrator Mike Boldt, follows the musings of a young frog who thinks life would be better if he were not wet, slimy, and full of bugs. In this tale of gradual self-acceptance, kids eavesdrop on... Continue reading