Annotated bibliography listed by authors

Abbott, Bud and Costello, Lou

John Martz

Who’s on first ?

This classic comedy routine is simply explained with amusing illustrations

Ada, Alma Flor

Leslie Tyon

Yours Truly, Goldilocks

Story leading to the three little pigs’ house warming party written as a correspondence between familiar characters.  I found it a little boring

Agee, Jon

The Other Side of Town

A cab driver in New York City brings someone to an unusual and unknown neighbourhood. Good idea with a deceiving ending. The illustrations combine the styles of H.A. Rey and Dr Seuss

Alexander, Claire

Back to Front and Upside Down

A story about an adorable little dog learning not to be afraid to ask for help. Cute illustrations

Alko, Selina

B is for Brooklyn

ABC book packed with colourful busy illustrations of popular landmarks.  Will make you wish you were there!

Andersen, Hans Christian

retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora

The Ugly Duckling

Nice simple adaptation of the classic story set in Africa. Illustrated in a collage style in bright watercolor

Andreae, Giles

Guy Parker-Rees

Giraffes Can’t Dance

Simple story showing that there is always a way to do what we like to do.  We just have to find what works for us.

Arnold, Marsha Diane

Pierre Pratt

Roar of a Snore

A fun Rhyming story with a good rhythm.  The kids will like to repeat the names, as the list gets longer.  Told in the third person. Starts all over  again at the end. Nice illustrations

Arnosky, Jim

Rabbits & Raindrops

Cute simple story with nice illustrations. Good read in the spring

Arsenault, Erin

Richard Rudnicki

Gus the Tortoise Takes a Walk

Nice and simple story with local interest ( takes place in Halifax, Nova Scotia). Told in the third person. Illustrations ok

Asch, Frank

Devin Asch

The Daily Comet Boy Saves Earth from Giant Octopus

Interesting story told in the third person.  Keeps the reader wondering with Hayward until it has to be true! Interesting detailed illustrations in black and white photograph style with several New York City landmarks

Mr. Maxwell’s Mouse

Interesting story inspired by David and Goliath told mostly as a conversation between a cat and his mouse.  Good illustrations. Cute mouse!

Atwood, Margaret

Dusan Petricic

Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes

A well done “tour de force”, successfully making an amusing an interesting story with as many words as possible starting with the letter R. Told in the third person. Illustrations so so

Audet, Martine

Luc Melanson

Martin on the Moon

On the first day of school Martin has his head somewhere else. Written in the first person. Simple illustrations

Averbeck, Jim

Tricia Tusa

In a Blue Room

Nice bedtime story told in the third person. Illustrations turn blue as the light change and the story falls into place

Aylesworth, Jim

Brad Sneed

Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop,Moo

A glimpse of a day in the life at an old fashioned family farm. Told in rhymes with several onomatopoeias

Baddiel, Ivor and Jubb, Sophie

Alie Busby

Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack!

Baby rooster wants to know what to say in the morning.  He asks everyone but eventually has to figure it out himself.  Nice simple illustrations. Children will enjoy imitating the animal noises

Baker, Keith

1-2-3 peas

An amusing counting book that will keep children counting all the peas in the detailed illustrations

Just How Long can a Long String Be?

Told as a conversation between and ant and a bird. The bird helping the ant figuring things out. Nice illustrations


Very original alphabet book. Told in the second person with amusing detailed illustrations

Not Two Alike

Nice rhyming story with cute pictures

Banks, Kate

Georg Hallensleben

The Bear in the Book

Story within a story told on the third person.  Good intro to books to toddlers. (bedtime)

Bansch, Helga

I Want a Dog

Children will relate to this little girl who wants a dog but can’t have one. Clever idea for animal lovers who live in the city

Barnett, Mac

Adam Rex

Billy Twitters and his Blue Whale problem

Really good story told as a conversation between Billy and his mother and Billy talking at the first person. I did not like the illustrations of the children or the faceless parents

Dan Santat

Oh No! not Again (or how I built a time machine to save history) (or at least my history grade)

Good story idea that could have been developped further. Illustrated with a lot of details 

Barrager, Brigette

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Nice fairy tale with good illustrations but too predictable

I knew from the first page why the shoes were worn out.

Barretta, Gene

Jack the Tripper

Amusing story in a school setting, taking place over a week. Good illustrations

Barton, Chris

Tom Lichtenheld

Shark vs Train

Humoristic story about 2 toys competing, not for a child’s attention but simply competing among each other. Amusing illustrations with comments in bubbles

Base, Graeme

The Legend of the Golden Snail

A story within a story. Very imaginative. Told in the third person. Very good illustrations

The Eleventh Hour

Story told in Rhyme in the third person.  Detailed illustrations leading to a game at the end. Would make a good eleventh birthday gift

Bate, Lugy

Diane De Groat

Little Rabbit’s Loose Tooth

Story about loosing a first tooth written in the first person

Bauer, Marion Dane

Ted Lewin

The Longest Night

Beautiful and poetic story about nature told in the third person.  Illustrations convey very well a cold night and a beautiful sunrise (slight similarity with the blue room in the way the colours follow the story

Beach, Judi K.

Loretta Krupinski

Names for Snow

Cosy book, will delight winter lovers and others.  Beautiful illustrations with a parallel story in the border.

Beamont, Kare

David Catrow

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!

Humorous story. Spin-off of a song told in the first person.  Very good illustrations with lots of expression and details

I Like Myself

Amusing story about self-acceptance told with originality, partly in rhymes.  Told in the first person. Busy detailed illustrations

Jackie Urbanovic

No Sleep for the Sheep!

Nice rhyming story with good rhythm and repetitive words. Written mostly as a conversation between the sheep and the other animals. Nice illustrations. (bedtime)

Jane Dyer

Move Over, Rover!

Cute rhyming and repetitive story about the commotion caused by a storm.  (I would have liked to see a rhyme with squirrel and snake).  Nice illustration reflecting the fall stormy weather.

Beard, Alex

Crocodiles Tears

Very good story told in the third person, perhaps inspired by The Elephant’s Child and just as good.  Nice illustrations

Beaty, Andrea

David Roberts     

Iggy Peck Architect

Very good rhyming story written in the third person. Fun to read and easy to listen to. Great illustrations

Beck, Andrea

Pierre le Poof

Nice story about trying something new and appreciating what we had. Told in the third person. Nice illustrations

Becker, Bonny

Jack E. Davis

Just a Minute

Amusing and imaginative idea with beautiful detailed illustrations. Written in the third person

Kady MacDonald Denton

A Birthday for Bear

Another Bear and Mouse story written in a chapter book format. Just as delightful as “A Visitor for Bear”

The Sniffles for Bear

Bear and Mouse as adorable as always in this story that may give the reader a sniffle. Good choice to read to a child feeling under the weather. 

A Visitor for Bear

Story about being open minded and giving a situation a chance.  Told in the third person. Beautiful soft illustrations

Berger, Barbara Helen

Thunder Bunny

Cute story with simple pastel illustrations. A little too metaphoric for little kids to understand

Berger, Samantha

Matt Phillips

Worm’s  Wagon

From the Alphatales series, this book is a cute little story about a worm pulling his friends in his wagon. When the wagon breaks his friends have a solution

Billingsley, Franny

G.Brian Karas

Big Bad Bunny

Story of a little mouse’s call for attention. Not great. Written in the third person. Good illustration of mice but not so much of the bunny

Billout, Guy

The Frog Who Wanted to See the Sea

Nice fairy tale like story about trying something new, told in the third person.  The text layout in two columns makes it hard to read.  The illustrations have a nice European touch but I found them to real for the style of the story.

Blackstone, Stella

Maria Carluccio

Jump Into January A Journey Around the Year

Nice book to read throughout the year. The children will enjoy finding many details in the pictures while learning vocabulary

Bland, Nick

The Wrong Book

Short and simple book about nothing. Told in the first person. Good illustrations

Bloom, Suzanne

A Splendid Friend, Indeed

Cute and simple story written with a few words. Told in the first person. Nice simple illustrations reveals a lot of personality

Bluemle, Elizabeth

Randy Cecil

My Father the Dog

Good idea told in the third person.  Good illustrations

How Do You Wokka-Wokka?

Nice idea using its own vocabulary. Good rhythm. Told in the second person. Would make a good read aloud. Illustrations are explicit of the dance

Bottner, Barbara

Michael Emberley

Miss Brooks Loves Books (and I don’t)

Nice amusing story with references to books kids will recognize.  Good book to read aloud. Every elementary school library should have a copy.  Told in the first person from a child’s point of view. Good illustrations

Boudreau, Hélène

Serge Bloch

I dare you not to yawn

A simple story looking into yawn and how to avoid them. Simple illustrations done with ink and color.

Brennan- Nelson

Tim Bowers

Maestro Stu saves the zoo

A good story well illustrated and written with many expressions using animals. An explanation of the idioms is included at the end.

The Scaredy Cats

Strange idea for a story. Not much to it. Told in the third person, so, so

Brett, Jan

The Easter Egg

An Easter story takes the reader in the world of bunnies with Jan Brett’s beautiful illustrations

The Mitten

A classic Ukranian tale retold with Jan Brett’s beautiful illustrations

Brière -Haquet, Alice

Célia Chauffrey

Peter and the Moon

translated from French Pierre la Lune

A sweet story about a boy who wants to give his mother the moon. Beautifully illustrated

Olivier Philipponneau

translated by Susan Allen Maurin

Zebedee’s Balloon

A book about loosing and finding. Illustrated with wood engraving technique using black, white and red.

Broad, Michael

Forget me not

Really cute story about elephants and family values. Told in the third person. Good illustrations

Brown, Margaret Wise

Anne Mortimer

Sneakers, the Seaside Cat

Lovely story about a cat discovering the beach and its surroundings. Told in the third person. Very nice illustrations. Cat lover’s delight!

Where have You Been?

Leo and Diane Dillon

This book about a wise owl asking different animals a simple question will delight children with its rhymes and unexpected answers.

Browne, Anthony

Voices in the Park

A story about a visit to the park told from 4 different points of views. Bright illustrations inspired by René Magritte’s style

Bruel, Nick

Little Red Bird

Nice rhyming story with a repetitive theme. The open ending puts the reader in the bird’s place.  Nice colourful illustrations in a variety of sizes.

Bryan, Sean

Tom Murphy

A Boy and his Bunny

Simple rhyming story told in the second person.  Simple illustrations. The ending suggests that a similar story will start over again

Bunting, Eve

Dominic Catalano

Mouse Island

Nice story about frienship in a lighthouse setting. Told in the third person.  Good illustrations (except for the cat)

Suzanne Bloom

My Special Day at Third Street School

A rhyming story about an author’s visit to a school. Fact or fiction? Good illustrations

Burleigh, Robert

Ross MacDonald

Hit the Road Jack

A jackrabbit travels from New York to California. Nice but a bit long. A good book to take along on a road trip

Burton, Tim

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Rhyming story told in the third person. A bit darker than the movie. Great artwork

Butler, Christina M.

Tina Macnaughton

One Winter’s Day

Nice story about sharing and not expecting anything in return. Told in the third person. Cute illustrations. The children will enjoy the touch and feel feature for the hat, scarf and mittens

Cabral, Olga

Bruce Ingman

The Seven Sneezes

Amusing story told in the third person.  The different sneezing sounds will make it fun to be read aloud. Nice illustrations with a blend of croquis and fully finished drawings

Carlstrom, Nancy White

Bruce Degen

How Do You Say It Today, Jesse Bear?

One of several books in the bear series.  Good book to read throughout the seasons. Cute detailed illustrations

Calhoun, Mary

Erick Ingraham

Blue-Ribbon Henry

Fifth book of the Henry series. Henry adds a rescue to his visit to the pet show.  Good illustrations but the photograph style makes the story too real.

Carter, Anne Laurel

Alan & Lea Daniel                   

My Home Bay

Story about moving to a new place and finding its roots told in the third person.  Local interest (takes place in Nova Scotia). The story and the illustrations feel very real

Casanova, Mary

Ard Hoyt

Some cat!

Cute story of a cat adapting to her new home. Told in the third person. Nice illustrations with good expressions

Cate, Annette LeBlanc

The Magic Rabbit

Lovely story about friendship between an adorable rabbit and a magician. Told in the third person. Beautiful detailed illustrations revealing Boston as the location

Charlesworth, Liza

James Young

A Xylophone for X-Ray Fish

From the Alphatales series, a x-ray fish who wants a xylophone for his birthday. Will he get his wish?

Cheyette Lewison, Wendy

Clive Scruton

Zack the lazy Zebra

From the Alphatales series, a story about a zebra and 2 zookeepers trying everything to wake him up

Choyce, Lesley

Brenda Jones

Skunks for Breakfast

Interesting and amusing adventure based on a true story with some references to Nova Scotia told in the first person.  Amusing illustrations

Cicioli, Christiane

Susan Pearson

Anna May’s Cloak

A book about family traditions through the generations. Similarities with Something from Nothing. Realistic illustrations.

Cocca-Leffler, Maryann

Jack’s Talent

Good book about self esteem. Good read for first day of school

Corderoy, Tracey

Steven Lenten

Shifty Mc Gifty and Slippery Sam

A nice story written in rhymes about how a plan to do something bad can turn into something good. Colorful detailed humorous illustrations

Tim Warnes

Monty and Milli: the totally amazing magic trick

A cute story about siblings at play. Nice sparkly illustrations

Covelly, David

Rat and Roach Friends to The End

A story about friendship, differences and understanding. I personally did not like the style of the illustrations.

Crews, Nina

Jack and the Beanstalk

A classic retold in a modern day context and a Brooklyn setting. The photomontage make the illustrations unique.

The Neighborhood Mother Goose

Classic nursery rhymes put in a modern day setting in Brooklyn. Illustrated using photomontage

Cutler, Ebbitt

Rist Arnold

If I Were a Cat I Would Sit in a Tree

Rhyming counting book about cats. Children will enjoy guessing the rhyming numbers.

Daly, Niki

Once Upon a Time

Amusing story about reading and friendship and how to gain confidence from the support of a friend. Nice soft illustrations.

D’Aulaire, Ingrid and Edgar Parin

The Two Cars

Who will win when a  wise old car and a fast young car compete in a race? Illustrated with a distinct style from a unique husband and wife team.

Davidge, Bud

Ian Wallace

The Mummer’s Song

Rhyming book from the popular Newfoundland song. Detailed illustrations give a Newfoundland feel.

Davis, Aubrey

Marie Lafrance

A Hen for Izzy Pippik

Nice story about perseverence and honesty. Good illustrations

Day, Nancy Raines

Anne Mortimer

A Kitten’s Year

Simple story showing a kitten growing into a cat by using a verb for each month of the year

Deedy, Carmen Agra

Michael P. White

Return of the Library Dragon

A sequel to the Library Dragon. A book to promote books. The message is not very clear. The new librarian is a media library cyber books specialist suggesting that technology is welcome but they seem against it 

Demas, Corinne

Noah Z. Jones

Here Comes Trouble

Story about a cat coming into a dog’s life and how they become friends. Simple illustrations comic strip style. Not that great

Dempsey, Kristy

Christopher Denise

Me with You

Touching rhyming story about a grandfather and his granddaughter. Shows the influence a grandparent has on whom their grandchildren become.

Dewdney, Anna

Llama Llama Home with Mama

Cute Book to read when someone has the sniffles

Llama llama mad at mama

Nice idea a child could easily relate to but should le llama have his treat? There is something about the expression of the llama that I did not like.

Llama Llama red pajama

Nice bedtime story to read aloud for the many sounds. I still don’t like the expression of the llama.

Dobson, Starr

Dayle Dodwell

My Goat Gertrude

Story of a family pet told in the first person.  Bsed on the author’s real life experience. Takes place in Nova Scotia. Story and illustrations could have been better.

Dodd, Lynley

Slinky Malinki Cat Flaps

A cat story from the Slinky Malinki series. Good illustrations


Dods, Dayle Ann

Pierre Pratt

Where’s pup?

Simple story unfolding at the end. Dialogue with several characters.  Not great

Donaldson, Julia

Rebecca Cobbs

The Paper Dolls

Nice story about childhood and growing up. Repetition makes it a good read aloud

Donofrio, Beverly

Barbara McClintock

Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary

Nice stories about families and generations.  Children will enjoy the detailed illustrations showing the differences and similarities between the two families.  Told in the third person

Donovan, Mary Anne

Travis Hiltz

Oak Island- A Tale of Two Treasures

Nice rhyming story about appreciating the simple things in life. Told in the third person. Nice simple illustrations. (the rhythm of the rhymes is off on one page). Local interest (takes place on the south shore of Nova Scotia

Dormer, Frank W.

The Obstinate Pen

Simple idea with a good ending. Told in the third person. Simple drawings


Drescher, Henrik


Clumsy story with an illustration style I did not like, particularly the mixture of photographs and drawings

Dunbar, Joyce

Debi Gliori

Tell me Something Happy Before I Go to Sleep

Nice bedtime story with cute pictures. Dialogue between Willa and Willoughby. (bedtime)

Gliori, Debi

Tell Me What its Like to be Big

Nice story written as a conversation between beloved Willa and Willoughby. Lovely illustrations

Dunbar, Polly

Dog Blue

Fly Away Katie


Story about friendship told in the third person.  Cute simple drawings

Dunklee, Annika

Matthew Forsythe

My Name is Elizabeth!

Cute simple story about a name and loving it. Told in the first person. Simple illustrations completing the story well

Durant, Alan

Debi Gliori

Always and Forever

Story about grieving the loss of o loved one and ways to cope. Lovely illustrations

Dunrea, Olivier

Old Bear and his Cub

Cute and cozy winter bedtime story told in the third person with lovely and comforting illustrations

Ellis, Sarah

The Queen’s Feet

An amusing story about a queen who has feet with a mind of their own. What will she do to solve that problem?

Elwick, Elissa

The Princess and the Sleep Stealer

Nice oroginal story. Could be read as a bedtime story. Lovely interesting illustrations

Emmett, Jonathan

Vanessa Cabban

Bringing down the moon

The desire to reach for the moon combined with the support of friend. A sweet story to read in the moonlight.

Erza Stein, David

Old Mama Squirrel

Simple story with simple illustrations. Overall not outstanding

Escoffier, Michael

Kris Di Giacomo

Rabbit and the Not-So-Big-Bad Wolf

The author engages in a conversation with a silent rabbit about about the not-so-big-Bad Wolf. The reader will feel for this adorable rabbit. Simple expressive illustrations

Farish, Terry

Barry Root         

The Cat Who Liked potato Soup

Very good intriguing story. Beautiful illustrations giving a feel for the house

Fearnley, Jan

Watch out

Cute story about being spontaneous

Ferguson, Sarah

Sam Williams

Little Red

Story about bravery and rescue on a picnic in rural royal England.  Cute but not great

Fernades, Eugenie

Kitten’s Summer

Cute rhyming book with beautiful illustrations

Fischer, Hans Translated by Marianne Martens


An adorable little cat and his misadventures. Lovely illustrations with an European touch

Fitch, Sheree

Leslie Elizabeth Watts

There’s A Mouse in My House!

A mouse’s plea to stay turns into a beautiful friendship because everyone has a story to tell. Interesting story with an endearing mouse told in rhymes

Maryann Kovalski

Mabel Murple

A purple world of imagination and rhymes

Michele Nidenoff

Sleeping Dragons All Around

Rhyming story with colourful illustrations. Text is laid out on a different colour on every second page. Some rhymes are reused from her previous books

Fleming, Candice

Sally Anne Lambert

Gator Gumbo

A Cajun twist on the stone soup tale

Fleming, Denise


Story about a cat coming into a dog’s life. Simple layout and illustrations

Mama Cat has three kittens

Simple story with repetitive words. Bright illustrations with details. The reader can count three things and a little mouse up to something throughout the book.


A book exploring what lives under the ground. Informative page at the end explaining all the creatures. Illustrations done in pulp painting 

Fleming, Maria

Matt Phillips

The Adventures of Abby Alligator

From the Alphatales series. Abby chooses a carreer, what will it be ? acrobat, artist, animal doctor, astronaut, actor, or something else?

Ford, Gilbert

Flying Lessons

A story about airplanes seen from the point of view of birds

Fox, Mem

Jane Dyer

Time for bed

Cozy and reassuring bedtime story for toddlers

Lauren Stringer

Tell Me About Your Day Today

A little boy uses his imagination to look at his day from his stuffed animals’ point of view. A charming bedtime story. The illustrations of the stuffed animals are cute but the little boy (not so much) 

Judy Horacek

Where is the Green Sheep?

Nice simple bedtime story with amusing pictures

Fraser, Ivan

David Preston Smith

Peggy of the Cove: The rescue of Peggy

Informative story about the origin of the name of the cove in Nova Scotia. The event could have been explained better. When did it happen and where was the boat coming from…

Feeman, Don

One more Acorn

An unfinished story started by Don Freeman in the fall of 1963, was completed several years later by his son Roy. A squirrel in Washinton D.C. is looking for his acorn and has to get pack home in spite of the parade. Beautiful blend of illustrations using Don Freeman’s originals and Jody Wheeler’s new ones.

Feldman, Heather

Nadine Bernard Westcott

Unmbrellabird’s Umbrella

The twenty first book from the Alphatales series. A simple amusing story using words starting with the letter U. The children will enjoy looking at the illustrations to find what starts with the letter U.

Frisch, Aaron

Robert Innocenti

The Girl In Red

A modern version of the Little Red Riding Hood. Very good detailed illustrations

Fyleman, Rose

Lois Ehlert


Simple book with good rhythm. Nice collage style illustrations

Gal Susan

Night Lights

Cozy bedtime story illustrations show the different lights very well

Garton Scanlon, Liz

Marla Frazee

All the World

Poem about a day in the life of a child’s summer family vacation. Nostalgic illustrations (poetry)

Gaiman, Neil

Gris Grimley

The Dangerous Alphabet

An ABC book attempting a story. Very detailed illustrations

Gay, Marie-Louise

Good Morning Sam

The cute pair is starting the day and Stella is so busy making sure Sam is ready that she forgets something.  Told as a conversation between Sam and Stella. Doesn’t take the reader in its usual world of imagination. Lovely illustrations.

On My Island

Boredom is definitely a state of mind. The readers will never be bored with Marie-Louise Gay

Rainy Day Magic

Rhyming story about a brother and sister playing imaginative games on a rainy day 

Roslyn Rutabaga and the biggest hole on earth

A little girl with a big project. Good story with lots of imagination. Lovely illustrations

George, Jean Craighead

Wendell Minor


Imteresting and informative book about cranes and their journey south, Good illustrations

George, Kristine O’ Connell

Nancy Carpenter

Emma Dilemma: big sister poems

A big sisters poems about her little sister. Very real

Gerritsen, Paula


Cute story told in the present tense mostly on the third person with first person talking to mouse.  Nice illustrations. (Suitable for the fall)

Gliori, Debi

The Scariest Thing of All

Story told in the third person, which I found a little bit hard to understand for little kids.  Cute illustrations but not nearly as cute as Debi Gliori’s previous work

Goodrich, Carter

Say Hello to Zorro!

Simple amusing story about rivalry and complicity between dogs.  Told in the third person. Great illustrations

 Zorro gets an outfit

Story about friendship. Not as good as the previous Zorro book

Gorbachev, Valeri

Christopher Counting

Cute simple story. A nice alternative to a regular counting book

Molly Who Flew Away

A cute story about friendship

Gordon, Domenica More


(wordless book)

Good simple story told in pictures, onomatopoeia and a few words.  Story is easy to understand and has good illustrations

Gore, Leonid

The Wonderful Book

Cute story but a little too simple

Gravett, Emily


Original idea with two stories in one but something seems to be missing.  Good illustrations for both stories.

Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fear

The author/illustrator’s unique style and humour is seen throughout this book. The readers will enjoy the suggestion to record their fears. Melanie watt’s Scaredy Squirrel would certainly relate to this little mouse.

Meerkat Mail

Interactive book taking place over a week. Story about home, Nice detailed illustrations

The Rabbit Problem

A book looking at Fibonacci’s math problem from the rabbits point of view. As in all Emily Gravett’s books, the illustrations are filled with details and creativity.

Green, Ruth

Noisy Neighbors

Cute bedtime story. Cute simple pictures (bedtime)

Grey, Mini

Three by the Sea

Nice story on the familiar theme of friendship and cooperation. Good illustrations. Falls in the same category as Pumpkin Soup

Grinley, Sally

Eleanor Taylor

No Trouble at All

Funny bedtime story. A must have for Grandparents.  (Bedtime)

Gutman, Anne

Geog Hallensleben

Lisa’s airplane trip translation of Lisa prend l’avion

Harker, Jillian

Gill McLean

I Wish…

Nice story about friendship. Bear is a birthday present and he needs friends. His friends need him too.  Cute illustrations

Hartt-Sussman, Heather

Geneviève Coté

Noni is Nervous

A book about the anxiety of starting school. Nice colorful illustrations with black and white contrast to show events in the past

Hatsue Nakawaki

Komako Sakai

Wait Wait

translated from Japanese by Yuki Kaneko

Nice illustration style using charcoal and color. Many things come and go but some others stay.

Hébert Collins, Sheila

Patrick Soper

Cendrillon: A Cajun Cinderella

The classic Cendrillon in New Orleans with lots of French words and Cajuns expressions. Told in the third person with some reference to the area

Heidbreder, Robert

Kady MacDonald Denton

A Sea-Wishing Day

Story with imagination. Partly rhyming. Good illustrations

Heiligman, Deborah

Tim Bowers

Cool Dog, School Dog

A dog follows his owner to school. A good read aloud at the beginning of the school year

Heinz, Janisch

Silke Leffler

Why is the Snow White?

Herriot, James

Peter Barrett

Moses the Kitten

Story taken from the author; Vet in . A lovely story that will delight cat and animal lovers. To be read with a English accent to appreciate the dialect. Lovely illustrations.

Higgins, Maxwell

Maxie Chambliss

Bubble Bear

From the Alphatales series, a book with a story that goes beyond the letter B by being about befriending a bully

Hills, Tad

Rocket writes a story

Third book of the Rocket series. An another literacy experience between Rocket and the adorable little yellow bird

Hoberman, Mary Ann

Betty Fraser

The Llama Who Had No Pajama

Hobbie, Holly

Fanny & Annabelle

Very inspiring story showing how the creative mind of a writer works. Beautifully illustrated showing the worlds of Fanny and Annabelle

Hodgkinson, Leigh

Golilocks and Just One Bear

Good amusing story with beautiful detailed illustrations.

Holub Joan

Melissa Sweet

Little Red Writing

A twist on the Little Red Riding Hood. A book that will inspire the young writers. Definitely a school age picture book with useful grammar advice.

Tom Lichtenheld

Zero the Hero

The love of number can be felt throughout this original story and its amusing illustrations

Hopkinson, Deborah

Kimberly Bulcken Root

Birdie’s Lighthouse

The story of Birdie written in journal form is inspired by true lighthouse heroines of the 1800’s. Illustrated with pen-and-ink and watercolor.

Hosford, Kate

Holly Clifton-Brown

Big Bouffant

Simple story written in rhymes. Similar idea as Robert Munsch’s Stephanie’s Ponytail. Good read aloud at the beginning of the school year. Very nice illustrations

Horrowitz, Dave

Chico the Brave

Cute story about a search for a hero and becoming the hero. Good simple illustrations

Hughes, Langston

Sean Qualls

Lullaby (For a Black Mother)

A poem turned into a lulaby about the night stars and the moon. Illustrated with acrylic, pencil and collage

Hull, Maureen

Leanne Franson

Rainy Days with Bear

An adorable story about the relationship between a writer and his teddy bear and how a good imagination brightens up a long stretch of rainy days

Idle, Molly

Tea Rex

When hosting a tea party, its all about the guest. Would Emily Post agree? The humurous illustrations reveal the guest

Il Sung Na

A Book of Sleep

A simple story about how different animal sleep. Very original illustrations combining painting and drawing. The background is used to show the contrast between day and night

Snow Rabbit Spring Rabbit  a book of changing season

A simple story with soft colorful illustrations blending paint and collage.

Imai, Ayano


A story about a dog being missed and appreciated more

Isadora, Rachel

Ben’s Trumpet

Ben’s passion for jazz took him to the musicians and their music

Iwamura, Kazuo

Hooray for Snow!

Nice story about family snow fun told in the third person. Cute illustrations

Hooray for Spring!

Discovering spring and what baby birds like to eat. Simple informative and spring like

Izen, Marshall

Jim West

Why the Willow Weeps: A story told with hands

Good simple story illustrated creatively and showing how do do a story of one’s own using hand puppets

Jacques, Brian

Alexi Natchev

The Tale of Urso Brunov Little Father of all Bears

Fairy tale style told on the third person with clever word play.  Nice art and additional bonus of flip animation.

Jackson, Alison

Karla Firehammer

If The Shoe Fits

A twist on nursery rhymes. Sort of amusing but could have been better

Janisch, Heinz

Silke Leffler

I Have a Little Problem said the bear

The bear is trying to say something, will anybody listen? Interesting illustrations collage style

Why is the Snow White?

Good explanation ia a “how so…” style story. Nice colorful illustrtions with some collage

Jeffers Oliver

The Great Paper Caper

Great idea well done. Who is stealing the trees and making paper and why? Detailed and amusing illustrations

Lost and Found

Cute story about friendship. Cute illustrations

Up and Down

A book about friendship and being oneself

Jenkins, Emily

G. Brian Karas

Lemonade in Winter a book about kids counting money

No ordinary rainy day fun. These kids are in business but its not always always about making money. Nice soft illustrations

Johnson, Crockett

Harold and the Purple Crayon

Shows how a simple story told with simple pictures can be combined together to make such a strong combination. Will undoubtedly inspire some readers to draw.

Johnson, D.B.

Henry Builds a Cabin

A story inspired by the life of writer Henry David Thoreau and his book Walden. A lovely story that will inspire young readers to become nature lovers.

Henry Hikes to Fitchburg

Another book from the Henry’s series. Story inspired by David Thoreau where two friends travel to the same place. One will earn the fare to take the train while the other walks. Illustrated with color pencil and paint.

Henry’s Night

A beautiful story inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s love of nature. Particularily nature at night.

Pallazo Inverso

Could Mauk have changed the pallazo? How could he? He only can sharpen the pencil of his master.  This book inspired by Escher’s art is one of a kind.

Johnson, Tony

Tomie dePaola

The Quilt Story

A beautiful story about a quilt made with love bringning comfort through the generations.

Johnston, Lynn

Farley follows his nose

A page turner as the reader wants to know what Farley will find. Familiar illustrations from the series “For Better or for Worse”

Joosse, Barbara

Randy Cecil

Lovabye Dragon

A story about wishing and getting one,s wish without doing anything towards getting it except crying. Really? Soft illustrations mostly in the shades of blue and gray.

Jan Jutte

Sleepover at Grandma’s House

Story about a girl and her grandma, written in the first person. Unnecessary use of baby talk.

Joyce, William

George Shrinks

The original story that became a popular animated series will make the reader wonder if George imagines being small or if he really is.  Hmmm I wonder…

The Man in the Moon

Fairy tale style with interesting illustrations

The Sandman

Elaborate story, fairy tale style, part of the series: The Guardian of Childhood.  Told in the third person. Detailed illustrations. (I personally do not like the drawing of the main characters throughout the series

Judge, Lita

red hat

A hat is pulled apart and put back together in this story written in onomatopeas.

Juster, Norton

Jules Feiffer

The Odious Ogre

A good story about reputation, fear and kindness. Perhaps if the ogre wouldd have run away it would have been better. Well illustrated with water color.

Kalch, Franziska

Little Old ladies

Good idea to narrow the gap and stereotype between generations. Told in the third person. Did not like the drawings of the faces throughout the book

Kasza, Keiko

Silly Goose’s Big Story

A goose with a big imagination is known to always be telling great stories. The only problem is that goose is always the hero until something happens… Illustrated with expression.

Keane, Dave

David Clarke

Bobby Bramble looses his Brain

Entertaining story that will fill the reader’s brain with imagination. Drawn with humour and imagination

King, Stephen Michael


Story told in the first person (bunny talking to a bird) where the world centres around the bird. Cute pictures

Kipling, Rudyard

Jan Morgensen

The Elephant’s Child

One of the great Just so stories. Written with good rhythm. Excellent choice for read aloud 

Kirk, Daniel

Library Mouse: A World to Explore

Third book of the library mouse series. Nice story told in the third person.  Should entice the reader to visit the library and get many books.  Nice illustrations

Klausmeier, Jesse

Suzy Lee

Open This Little Book

Introduction to books with hands on with this interactive book about the love of books

Klassen, Jon

I Want my Hat Back

Simple story written as a conversation between a bear and other animals. Story starts all over again at the end.  Simple illustrations

Knapman, Timothy

Gwen Millward

Guess What I found in Dragonwood

A nice story sbout switching places and exploring the world of dragons. Nice illustrations

Kredensor, Diane

Ollie & Moon

Ollie has a surprise for moon. The repetitive words and the suspense to find out what the surprise is makes this book a page turner and a great pick for reading aloud. Set in Paris

Krilanovich, Nadia

Elizabeth Sayles

Moon Child

Cute and cozy bedtime story where animals play with the moonlight. Cute illustrations

Krosoczka, Jarrett J.

Annie Was Warned

A Halloween story with an unexpected ending

Kulka, Joe

Wolf’s Coming

Is the wolf always the bad guy? A page turner with good colorful illustrations

Kulling, Monica

Esperança Melo

Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity

An adorable dog and a dash of French words make this story a successful business. Nice colorful illustations.



A story about growing up and disccovering one’s strenght. The illustrations capture beautifully life on the seashore

Lamb, Albert

David McPhail

Tell Me the Day Backwards

Very nice idea for a bedtime story. Written as a conversation between Mama bear and her cub. Lovely illustrations

Larsen, Andrew

The Imaginary Garden

A beautiful story joining the imagination of two generations

Larsen, Andrew

Dusan Petricic

In the tree house

A story about growing up and brotherly love. Nice detailed pen and ink illustrations

Latifah, Queen

Frank Morrison

Queen of the Scene

Yes girls can do it all! comes wth a hip hop CD

Latimer, Alex

Penguins’s Hidden Talent

A good story about self esteem illustrated with humour.

Lawson, Julie

Werner Zimmermann

Whatever you do, don’t go near that canoe!

A story that will make the reader wonder if the children imagined what ould happen if… or if it really happened

Good illustrations inspired by the coast of British Columbia

Lazzaro Knowlton, Laurie

Herb Loonhard

I Know a Librarian Who Chewed on a Word

Spin off the classic old lady who swallowed…  Perhaps a good idea but disappointing

Leaf, Munro

Robert Lawson

The Story of Ferdinand

Story about being who one wants to be. Told in the third person. Bull fights setting.  Black and white ink drawing

Wee Gillis

Nice story on influence of family values on life decisions and skills told in the third person.  Takes place in rural Scotland.  Old style black and white ink drawings.

Ludwig Bemelmans


Nice and simple story about self-acceptance. Nice and simple illustrations

Leathers, Philippa

A rabbit’s lifesaving experience with his shadow. The illustrations of the rabbit are simple but adorable!

Lechner, Jack

Bob Staake

Mary Had a Little Lamp

A rhyming and humourous version of a familiar rhyme. Nice colorful illustrations with lots of details

Leonard, Susanna Hill

Ebbeler Jeffrey

April Fool Phyllis

Groundhog day familiar Phyllis senses a blizzard coming.  He takes on an April treasure hunt.  The children will enjoy solving the clues and may crave maple treats

Leuck, Laura

Boutavant, Marc

For Just One Day

Cute Rhyming book where the reader guesses the rhyming animal word before turning the page. Good to read aloud. Nice colourful illustrations

Levis, Caron

Jon Davis

Stuck with the Blooz

Cheer up with this simple story teaching how to beat the blues. Illustrated with humour

Lichtenheld, Tom


A story about being small and finding its own strenght. Nice humurous illustrations

Lies, Brian

Bats at the Beach

A Teddy Bears ‘ Picnic  with Bats. Nice bedtime story for beach lovers

Lindbergh, Reeve

Pamela Paparone

Nobody Owns the Sky

The story of Bessie Coleman written in rhymes in English and Arabic

Lionni, Leo

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Cute story about making a new friend and making a choice. Written in the third person

Inch by Inch

Simple clever story with simple illustrations where children will enjoy finding the inch worm

Lobel, Anita

One Lighthouse One Moon

Three simple stories introducing the days of the week, the months of the year and the numbers from one to ten and the colors. Nice illustrations in a seaside setting

Lobel, Gill

Sebastien Braun

Too Small for Honey Cake

A cute story about the arrival of a new baby and the disruption in a sibling’s world. Cute illustrations

Lovell, Patty

David Catrow

Have Fun Molly Lou Melon

A great story about the value of having a good imagination and passing it throught the generations. Beautifully detailed and colorful illustrations.

Mack, Jeff

Good News Bad News

Simple amusing story with simple illustrations. Same style as That’s Good That’s Bad  but much better

Maclear, Kyo

Isabelle Arsenault

Virginia Wolf

Interesting, imaginative and original story with captivating illustrations revealing an unexpected ending. Fans of Virginia Wolf will see a connection beyond the story.  Told in the first person.

Magnuson Beil, Karen

Mike Wohnoutka

Jack’s House

A new side on the classic; This is the House That Jack Built. Told in the third person with good  illustrations.

Magoon, Scott

The Boy who cried Bigfoot!

Another version of The boy who cried wolf . Illustrations are good and simple

Mahy, Margaret

Gavin Bishop

Mister Whistler

Simple amusing story with repetitive theme

Maier, Inger

Maria Bogade

Ben’s Flying Flowers

Nice story about coping with the loss of a sibling

Mandine, Selma trad. From French By Michelle Williams

Kiss Kiss

translation of Bisous Bisous

Ross MacDonald

A little girl explains to her bear what a kiss is. Cute and cuddly 

Manning, Jane

Millie Fierce 

A story about feeling bad and being bad to feel better about it and finding out that being good is the best thing to do

Manning, Maurice J.

Laundry Day

Nice and colourful, written in a comic book style about a little boy visiting his busy urban neighbourhood trying to find the owner of a red cloth

Marino, Gianna

Too Tall Houses

A story about compromise and friendship.

Martins, Isabel Minhos

Yara Kono

Little Lamb, Have You Any Wool? 

Translated by Maureen de Sousa

Tanslation of Ovejita, dame, lana

Nice simple story about sharing. Nice illustrations

McAllister, Angela

Grahame Baker-Smith

Leon and the Place Between

Interesting story told in the third person.  Beautiful magical artwork

McBratney, Sam

Anita Jeram

The Adventures of Nutbrown Hare

The Hiding Tree, On Cloudy Mountain, The Far Field and Coming Home

Cute Story about a relationship with a little one and a parent. Lovely illustrations. My favorite stories are The Hiding Tree and Coming Home

Guess how much I love you

Adorable bedtime story about finding a way to measure love

Ivan, Bates

There, There

When Hansie, the little bear gets hurt, his father is there for him. When dad gets hurt Hansie knowsjust what to do. Beautiful soft detailed illustrations. A feel good and comforting book.

McCarthy, Peter


Family story with an unexpected twist. Told in the third person. Beautiful simple illustrations

Henry in Love

Cute classroom romance with simple illustrations

Jeremy Draws a Monster

Good story about drawing and imagination but creepy feel to it

McCloskey, Robert

Blueberries for Sal (1948)

A classic. Nice story. Did not like the illustration of Sal and the pictures in general are outdated but would appeal to those who are familiar with the time.


Nice story about working hard to do what we like. Told in the third person. Possible local interest in Alto?

 Make Way for Ducklings

Cute story told in the third person.  Local interest with Boston landmarks. Nice drawings

One Morning in Maine

Story about a loose tooth. Local interest. Did not like illustrations of the girls.

McDermott, Gerald

Zomo the Rabbit: A Trickster Tale from West Africa

Clever story about Zomo’s quest for wisdom. Told in the third person. Illustrated with an African touch

McDonnell, Patrick


(wordless book)

Simple story and easy to understand. Lovely illustrations


Another book featuring the characters from the Mutt comics. Nice simple story (the tale of a tail) written as a conversation between the author adressing the reader and Mooch the cat giving the answer. Good simple illustrations

McGhee, Allison

Taeeun Yoo

Only a Witch Can Fly

 An interesting format idea using a sestina, an old form of poetry going back to the 12th century French troubadours.

Beautifully illustrated with a nostalgic touch and old fashion tones.

Should make an excellent choice to read aloud but seems to lack what is needed to capture the reader’s attention

Marc Rosenthal

Making a Friend

Story told in the second or third person.  Short sentences, does not feel like a story.  Starts all over again at the end. Does not flow well. Simple illustrations


McKinlay, Meg

Leila Rudge

No Bears

Simple story made interesting by its untold side shown in the illustrations.  Told in the third person

McPhail, David


Lovely story about friendship taking the reader through the four seasons. Cute illustrations

Meadows, Michelle

Kurt Cyrus

Hibernation Station

Good idea. Cute to see animals in their pyjamas but a bit disappointing. (winter, bedtime?)

Meng, Cece

Melissa Suber

Though Chicks

A book about how being different can be seen as a bad thing for some and a good thing for others

Meyers, Susan

Amy Bates

Bear in the Air

Cute story written in rhymes in the third person. Lovely pictures using picture frames to introduce each character

Mitton, Tony

Howard, Paul

A Very Curious Bear

Nice Rhyming bedtime story and cute pictures. Dialogue?

Mullins Patricia

V is for Vanishing : an alphabet of endangered animals

A beautiful alphabet book showing endangered animals for each letter and devoting the letter X to extinct ones. beautiful illustrations done in a collage style

Murray, Laura

Mike Lowery

The Gingerbread man Loose in the School

Amusing new twist on a classic story written in rhymes and illustrated in a comic book style

Newman, Lesléa

Mike Dutton

Donovan’s Big Day

Story about same sex marriage told in the third person.  The story builds up towards a wedding but the ending is unexpected.  Nice illustrations

Neewell De Palma

Bow Wow Wiggle Wiggle

A simple story written in verbsand honomatopea brings noise and action. A good book to read aloud to toddlers

Neitzel, Shirley

Nancy Winslow Parker

Who Will I Be? a Halloween Rebus Story

A rebus to discover two Halloween costume ideas. Nice halloween book that will not scare anyone. Illustrations throughout the text make it easy to read. Illustrated with watercolor, pencil and pen

Noves, Deborah

Anna Laura Cantone

Prudence & Moxie a tale of mismatched friends

A story about dares and friendship. A good idea but could have been better. Nice colorful illustrations

Numeroff, Laura and Nate Evans

Lynn Munsinger

The Jellybeans and the Big Art Adventure

Cute girly story about friendship

O’Connor, Jane

Robin Preiss Glasser

Fancy Nancy and the Fabulous Fashion Boutique

One of many titles from the Fancy Nancy series where Nancy once agin saves the day. This one revolves around Nancy’s little sister’s birthday. This book would make an ideal birthday gift.

Odone, Jamison

Mole had Everything

A book about not needing so much to be happy

O’Leary, Sara

Julie Morstad

When I Was Small

Nice story but the idea could have been taken further and the boy could have been included in the story with her. Told in the third person. Lovely pictures

Oller, Erika

The Cabbage Soup Solution

A cute story about getting along and taking care of each other. Soft water color drawings.

Olson Brown , Ellen

Christiane Engel

Oh la la Polka-dot Boots

Simple text filled with colorful adjectives. The readers will enjoy turning the bottom pages and see the children wearing the rain boots. Illustrated in acrylic and digital collage

Palatini, Margie

Steve Johnson and Lou Faucher

The Cheese

The Cheese stands alone in this twist about the Farmer in the Dell.  Original idea with repetitive words. Good read aloud.  Illustrated with humour.

Jack E. Davis.

Goldie and the Three Hares

Attempt to extend the story of Goldilocks and the three bears.  Disappointing

Palatini, Margie

Keith Graves
Moo Who?

A cow forgets what sound she should make. Will the farm animals be able to remind her what it is? A great read aloud with many animal sounds to imitate. Illustrated with humour.

Paquette Ammi-Joan

Christa Unzner

The Tiptoe Guide for tracking Fairies

The reader discovers where fairies could be found. Illustrated with a combination of drawings and photographs

Parenteau, Shirley

David Walker

Bears in Bed

Nice cozy and reassuring bedtime story

Bears on Chairs

A beautiful rhyming book about sharing. Lovely illustrations

Paschkis, Julie

Apple Cake : a recipe for love

Alfonso bakes a cake to get the attention of Ida but it is no ordinary cake. The water colour and ink illustrations reveal how each ingredient was carefully selected

Pattison, Darcy

Joe Cepeda

The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman

Written as a correspondence between an uncle and his niece about a wood man’s travelaccross the country. Similarities with Flat Stanley. Nice Oil and Aacrylic illustrations.

Pearn, Kris

Edward the tree climbing dog

Page turning story written in rhymes, Good read aloud

Pedersen, Janet

Millie wants to play

A young calf is up and ready to play but is it too early? A good read aloud for preschoolers who will enjoy making the animal sounds. Illustrated in watercolour and ink

Penn, Audrey

Ruth E. HarperNancy M. Leak

The Kissing Hand

Really sweet story about motherly love. Similar to The Kiss Box

Perkins, Lynne Rae

Pictures from our vacation

Different style would fit better in the non-fiction category as it is real and more like a memoir.  Tells about a family summer vacation in the third person. Convey a little bit of sadness which doesn’t fit with point of view of a child.

Perry, Andrea

Alan Snow

Here’s What You Do When You Can’t Find Your Shoe

(Poetry book)

Peters, Andrew Fusek and Polly

Jim Coplestone

The No-No Bird

A rhyming book about yes and no

Petty, Dini

Rose Cowles

The Queen, the Bear and the Bumblebee

A book about self acceptance, beautifully written in rhymes.

Pfister, Marcus

Rainbow Fish

Nice story about friendship told in the third person.  Cute illustrations with glowing scales

Pinfold, Levi

Black Dog

A book about how facing our fears could make them a lot smaller. Beautiful detailed coloured illustrations complemented by smaller sepia photograph style drawing inserted in the text 

Pinkwater, Daniel

Will Hillenbrand

Bear in Love

A story about about friendship and sharing. Illustrations are soft and cuddly on an outlined background

D.B. Johnson

Bear’s Picture

Good story showing different ways to look at the same thing. Written as a conversation between a bear and two gentlemen

Plourde, Lynn

Thor Wickstrom

Book Fair Day

A good story about the love of books. A great read aloud for school librarians. Colourful busy illustrations

Mitch Vane

A Mountain of Mittens

An amusing story about forgetful Molly and a few others and how the lost and found pile of mittens got so high. Colourful watercolor illustrations

Polushkin Robbins, Maria

Jon Goodell

Mother, Mother, I Want Another

Nice bedtime story. Cute pictures

Posthuma, Sieb


What happens when a dog gets the sniffles? A cosy book illustrated with humour

Potter, Beatrix

Peter rabbit

The tale of the Pie and the Patty Pan

A cat invites a dog for tea. Ribby’s idea of what to serve may not be the same as Duchess’s idea. Lovely illustrations of animals engaged in daily activities

Prelutsky, Jack

Brandon Dorman

The Wizard

Good rhyming imaginative story with an open ending. Good detailed illustrations. Parchement containing text is a nice added touch.

Primavera, Elise

Diane Goode

Louise the Big Cheese

A story with the intend to inspire the star inside everyone. Fortunately, the vanity is toned down with a dose of friendship. Busy illustrations with lots of pink.

Pugliano Martin, Carol

Paul Harvey

The Yak who Yelled Yuk

From the  Alphatales series, this is a cute story about a picky eater who goes from Yuck to Yummy

Pulver, Robin

Lynn Rowe Reed

Punctuation takes a vacation

An amusing way to learn about punctuation. written and illustrated with humour

Quinlan, Patricia

Jirina Marton

Emma’s Sea Journey

A journey into the imagination  brings enough novelty to  make daily life in a small town more appealing. Local interest in Glace Bay Nova Scotia.

Rae Perkins, Lynne

Snow Music

As a dog races out of the house on a snowy morning, a boy hears all sorts of sounds while looking for his dog. Music to the ears of the snow lovers. Pen ink and watercolor illustrations.


Rae, Philippa

Stéphanie Rohr

Count the Sheep to Sleep

A bedtime counting book, Illustrations are not cute

Raschka, Chris

Daisy Gets Lost

A wordless book about a dog getting lost and being found. Illustrated with  watercolor and ink

Ray, Mary Lyn

Maria Frazee


Very nice poetic book that will make the reader see stars.  Written in the second person. Could be read as a bedtime story. Lovely illustrations

Rayyan, Omar

Joha makes a wish: a Middle Eastern tale

Clever trickster story about wishes. Good illustrations

Reich, Susanna

Amy Bates

Minette’s Feast

Interesting way of telling the story of the life of Julia Child in Paris by telling the story of her cat

Reynolds, Peter H.

Sky color

A great story about creativity and how the artistic mind works. Great illustrations

Root, Phyllis

Jane Chapman

One Duck Stuck

Good book with rhythm. Simple colourful illustrations. Good read aloud

Rosen Michael

Oxenbury, Helen

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Repetitive story with onomatopoeias and an ending that tells the story in reverse. Good read aloud

Roth, Carol

Valerie Gorbachev

Little Bunny’s Sleepless Night

Story about finding out that there is no better place than home to fall asleep.  Told in the third person. Nice illustrations but the bunny could have been cuter.

Who Will Tuck Me in Tonight?

Comforting story with cute pictures

Runton, Andy

Owly & Wormy bright lights and starry nights!

A wordless book part of the OWly series. Beautiful bright illustrations using onomatopea, symbols and expressions.

Ryan, Candace

Mike Lowery

Ribbit Rabbit

Story about friendship told in the third person.  Simple drawings

Saltzberg, Barney

Andrew Drew and Drew

Original book that will inspire its readers to draw. Children will enjoy following the lines and lifting the flaps to do so

Sanfield, Steve

Jeanette Winter


Observations told in the first person.  Does not feel like a story and not flowing well. 

Sayres, Brianna Caplan

Christian Salde

Where do Diggers Sleep at Night?

A nice bedtime story especially for boys  who are  fascinated with big vehicules of all kinds.

Scanlon, Liz Garton

Newton, Vanessa Brantley

Think Big

A book about creativity and cooperation. A group of kids prepare a performance together. Colorful detailed illustrations done with gouache and charcoal in a digital collage

Schertle, Alice

Barbara Lavallee

All You Need for a Snowman

Nice rhythm, good for reading aloud. Page turning incentive to see what is next. Told in the third person talking to you. Nice illustrations

Schmid, Paul

Hugs from Pearl

Cute story with lovely pictures told in the third person

A Pet for Petunia

Cute story and illustrations. Ending suggests that the same thing will start all over again with something else.

The Wonder book

Schoenherr, Ian

Pip & Squeak

Two mice are going to their friend’s birthday party. They had the perfect gift but they forgot it. Would they be able to replace it with something better?

Schubert, Leda

Amanda Haley

Reading to Peanut

Nice story about a little girl who learns how to read. Cute illustrations

Scotton, Rob

Splat the Cat

The first book in the Splat series about a cat and his pet mouse Seymour. Good illustrations drawn with humour.

Selig, Josh

Red and Yellow’s Noisy Night

Cute simple story about conflict and friendship. Nice simple bright illustrations

Sierra, Judy

Marc Brown

Wild about Books

Amusing rhyming story about zoo animals who discover reading

Sif, Birgitta


Different and entertaining simple story with beautiful detailed drawings

Singer, Marilyn

Josée Masse

Mirror Mirror

Interesting idea to show another side of fairy tales in poems using reverso. The two sides of the illustrations follow the stories well.

Smith, Alex T.

Foxy and Egg

A fox invites an egg in with the intention to eat it but fox did not expect what was going to happen next. Illustrated with humour.

Once There Was a House : a house that was a home

Cute story about making things work with others. Reminded me of Pumpkin Soup

Staake, Bob

Look!  A Book! A Zany Seek-and Find Adventure

A fun rhyming and finding book.

Steainton, Sue

Anne Mortimer

The Lighthouse Cat

The story of a lighthouse keeper and his cat. Inspired by the candlelit Smeaton’s Tower south of Plymouth in the southwest of England. Beautiful bright illustrations

Stead, Philip C.

Good story about a boy’s fascination with a boat and the search for his bear. The repetitive rhythm makes it a good read aloud



Nothing compared to what Shrek has become.

Stein, David Erza

Love, Mouserella

A little mouse writes a letter to grandmouse. Simple illustrations

Stein, Peter

Bob Staake

Toys Galore

A good book to spark the imagination of playful minds and engage in a conversation about toys and play. Very detailed and colorful illustrations

Stevens, Janet and Stevens Crummel, Susan

Janet Stevens

Help Me, Mr. Mutt!  Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems

Amusing idea written as a correspondence between dogs and the intervention of a cat. A bit too long. Good illustrations.

Stimpson, Colin

Jack and the Baked Beanstalk

A twist on the classic story takes place in New York city in the old days, tells us that money is not everything.

Stimson, James

Thirteen O’clock

A dark counting book about a girl and an unusual clock. Illustrated Tim Burton style

St John, Amanda

Bob Ostrom

How an e book works

A useful and informative book introducing children to e books. This book is one of 7 in a series of books giving information about libraries and books.

Stoop, Naoko

Red Knit Cap Girl

Another story revolving around the moon with the ultimate goal to talk to it.

Sturges, Philemon (retold by)

Amy Walrod

The Little Red Hen (makes pizza)

The little red hen is out of the farm setting and makes pizza in the city, The detailed cut paper illustrations add humour to this old favorite

Swift, Hildegarde H.

Lynd Ward

The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Grey Bridge

A lovely story and a piece of history. Local interest in New York city. Beautifully illustrated with watercolor. A lighthouse lovers’ delight

Tafuri, Nancy

Snowy, Flurry, Blowy a Twelve Months Rhyme

This book will bring new vocabulary about the months and their corresponding weather. The distinctive backgrounds and foregrounds bring  the concept of perspective to the illustrations.

The Big Storm a Very Soggy Counting Book

A counting book counting to ten to get away from the storm and back to one to get away from bear and rediscovering the day. Nice illustrations focusing on the weather.

Teague, David

Boris Kulikov

Franklin’s Big Dreams

A good story  that will stimulate the imagination particularly at nightime. The choice of dark colors imitates well the darkness of the night. The predictable ending and similarity with the Polar Express unfortunately takes away some of its appeal.

Teague, Mark

Dear Mrs LaRue: letters from Obedience School

Amusing story about a dog writing to its owner. Good illustrations showing what he says and what really happens

Thaler, Mike

Jared Lee

The Substitute Teacher from The Black Lagoon

One of several amusing titles from the black lagoon series. Will this substitute teacher end up being nice? Illustrated with detail and humour

Thiel, Elizabeth

Terry Milne

The Polka Dot Horse

A forgotten Horse goes out in the worl to find out what his life is missing. Beautifull illustration of the country side.

Thompson, Lauren

Derek Anderson

Little Quack’s Bedtime

A lovely bedtime story where a duck tries to get her little ducklings to sleep but the night has plenty to keep them awake. Bright illustrations primarily in green and blue.

Robin Eley

How Many Cats?

A rhyming counting book counting up to twenty and back. The busy illustrations will certainly keep the young readers counting.

Buket Erdogan

Mouse’s first Spring

Simple story about discovering everything for the first time on a windy spring day. Simple bright and colorful illustrations

Titcomb, Gordon

Wendell Monor

The Last Train

Story written from lyrics of a song by Gordon Titcomb told in the third person.  Good illustrations

Tolman, Marlee and Ronald

The Island

Wordless book

Did not understand?

Ulmer, Wendy

Laura Knorr

A Isn’t for Fox, An Isn’t Alphabet

An out of the ordinary rhyming alphabet book  with beautiful illustrations

Underwood, Deborah

Renata Liwiska

The Quiet Book

A lovely idea, children will easily relate to each situation representing different kinds of quiet moments throughout the day. Beautifully illustrated particularly the pencil strokes giving the animals a soft furry finished look.

The Loud Book

Following the Quiet Book format, this one represent different kinds of loud situations children will easily relate to. Beautifully illustrated. The pencil strokes give the animals a soft furry finished look.

Urban, Linda

Henry Cole

Mouse was Mad

Is there a right way to be mad? and how long can someone stay mad?. Nice illustrations with good expressions

Urbanovic, Jackie

Duck and Cover

Hiding an alligator is not easy. Amusing story told in the third person. Nice detailed illustrations 

Duck at the Door

First of the Duck series and the best one! Told in the third person with ni ce detailed illustrations

Duck Soup

Great story that will make the reader feel for Max. Good illustrations with a lot of expression

Sitting Duck

Amusing story of a dog and a duck babysitting a puppy. How much trouble can that be? Told in the third person. Nice illustrations

Valiant, Kristi

The penguin Cha-Cha

A little girl ‘s curiosity and determination brings her where she wants to be. Bright colourful illustrations

Van Lieshout Maria

Peep a little book about taking a leap

A book about life and its challenges

Van Mol, Sine

Carianne Wyffels


A story about being afraid of the unknown and how a misunderstanding turns into something totally off from the truth. Interesting illustrations collage style

Verburg, Bonnie

Henry Cole

The Kiss Box

Nice comforting story with cute illustrations. Wonderful idea for times apart

Verlag, Karl Hanser

translated from German

Isabel Pin

When I Grow Up I Will Win the Nobel Peace Prize

Good idea showing how we all have high expectations but carrying them through is the hardest part. The illustration have a unique style showing many empty spaces.

Verplancke, Klaas


Cute story about the relationship between father and son. Simple illustrations I personally did not like

Verroken, Sarah

Feeling Sad

Nice drawings becoming more cheerful as the story unfolds.  Told in the third person

Vestergaard, Hope

Margie Moore

Hillside Lullaby

Cute soothing bedtime story with nice illustrations

Villa, Alvaro F.


A wordless book showing a family preparing for bad weather, living through a flood and coping with its aftermath. Beautiful illustrations.

Vischer, Frans


An indoor cat explores the outdoors and realises that it it not as he imagined. Home is where he belongs. A book cat lovers will relate to. Beautiful illustrations drawn with humour.

Waddell, Martin

Helen Oxenbury

Farmer Duck

Nice story about friendship and fairness. Nice illustrations

Wallace, Mary

I is for Inuksuk

Informative book on the traditional lifestyle of Inuits presented in an illustrated “acrostiche”

Walsh, Ellen Stoll

Mouse Paint

Simple story about colors. Would be an ideal story to read aloud for children starting art class

Walsh, Joanna

Judi Abbot

The Perfect Hug

A simple story about a panda bear searching for the perfect hug. The colorful illustrations show well the differences in sizes

Walsh, Melanie

Living with Mom and Living with Dad

Simple story written in the first person where a child in the same situation could relate and will enjoy the simple illustrations with flip pages for mom and dad.

Walton, Rick

Paige Miglio

Bunnies on the Go getting from place to place

A lovely book introducing every mode of transportation with a rhyme. Beautiful illustrations picturing well the fast paced journey.


Ward, Lindsay

Please Bring Ballons

A polar bear , a merry go round and a little girl take an adventure into the imagination. Illustrated with a mixture of collage, watercolour and pencil. The dark sky background emphasizes the journey into the imagination

Watt, Mélanie

Chester’s Masterpiece

Original amusing idea written as a dialogue between the author and her character

Watts, Bernadette

The Smallest Snowflake

Cute story about winter turning into spring. Nice illustrations. Unfortunately lacks substance

Weaver, Tess

Emily Arnold McCully

Cat Jumped in

The story of a curious cat exploring a house through open doors. The author was undoubtably inspired by her own cat. I personally think that the cat should have a name. Nice illustrations.

Weeks, Sarah

Angel Face

Follow the Moon

Mrs McNosh Hangs up her Wash

Holy Berry

Woof a love story

Cute love story between a dog and a cat. Illustrated in a collage style

Betsy Lewin

Two Eggs Please

An interesting way to show that what we often think is different is often the same

Sam Williams

Bunny Fun

Good idea to incite play. Told in the first person by mouse. Cute pictures. (rainy day)


Cute and amusing

Heather M. Solomon

If I were a Lion

Refection from a child in the time-out-chair. Told in the first person. Good illustrations except for the girl.

Wells, Rosemary

Love Waves

Lovely comforting story with cute pictures. A must have.  (bedtime)

Max and Ruby in Pandora’s Box

Introducing the story of Pandora’s box to children with Max and Ruby. I personally did ot like it. Nice illustrations

Yoko’s Show-and-Tell

Story about Japanese culture and family keepsake.  Told in the third person. Nice illustrations

Westberg Peters, Lisa

Jeff Mack

We’re Rabbits !

Partly rhyming book emphasising on the vocabulary of vegetables by increasing the size of the letters and giving them the color of the vegetable.

Whatley, Bruce

Wait!  No Paint!

A twist on the three little pigs. Shows how important the role of the illustrator is

Willems, Mo

Cat the Cat Who is That?

A very simple book about friends for very young children

Knuffle Bunny

An incident during a simple visit to the Laundromat triggers a child to say her first word.  Illustrations combine beautifully with photographs of the neighbourhood.

We are in a Book

Cute original idea written as a conversation between Piggy and Elephant. Simple amusing illustrations

Willey, Margaret

Heather M. Solomon

The 3 bears and Goldilocks

Wilson, Karma

Jane Chapman

Bear’s New Friend

A book about friendship. beautiful illustrations

Bear Snores On

One of five books in the Bear series.  Simple story with beautiful illustrations

Anna Currey

Who Goes There?

A lovely page turning and intriguing story about how sharing what we have with a friend makes it even better. Beautiful illustrations

Jack E. Davis

Moose Tracks

Nice repetitive story with good humurous illustrations. Good read aloud but too predictable

Wolf, Karina

Ben Hilts

The Insomniacs

A family ‘s sleep pattern is disturbed and what they do about it. Interesting illustrations Tim Burton’s style.

What’s in the Egg, Little Pip?

Nice story about families and the arrival of a new member. Good illustrations

Wright, Johanna

Bunnies on Ice

A book about talking about one’s passion. Lovely illustrations

Wright, Maureen

Stephen Gilpin     

Sneezy the Snowman

Rhyming book with repetitive words. Good for reading aloud. Nice page turning story with good illustrations. (winter)

Wynne-Jones, Tim

Eric Bellows

Zoom at Sea

Zoom Away

Zoom Upstream

John Shelley

The Boat in the Tree

Nice imaginative story about sibling rivalry and complicity. Told in the first person. Not as good as the Zoom series


Matilda and Hans

A book about opposite unfolds unexpectedly


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