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BOOK OF THE WEEK

THE PAPERBOY by Dav Pilkey

In the still before dawn, while the rest of the world is sleeping, a boy and his dog leave the comfort of their warm bed to deliver newspapers. As the boy pedals his bike along a route he knows by heart, his dog runs by his side, both enjoying a world that, before sunrise, belongs only to them.

Acclaimed author and artist Dav Pilkey celebrates the beauty found in silence and the peace that comes from being with a beloved friend in this newly remastered edition of his timeless, Caldecott Honor-winning picture book.

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THE HEART’S SONG by Gilles Tibo

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Children flock to Miss Matilda at her bench in the park. She is the trusted fixer of broken toys and umbrellas. But she is also called on to help mend problems of the heart — a boy who misses his mom; a girl who wants her dad to come home; a child who longs for a friend or doesn’t want a new teacher.

After the loss of her beloved bird, when it’s her turn to need comfort, the children come together and help to mend her heart with songs, drawings, poems of hope and messages of love.

This deeply touching story, which gently explores sadness and grief, is also a story of community, love and friendship, and coming together through music and art. Stunning, mixed-media art by award-winning illustrator Irene Luxbacher brings the emotions and scenes to life in evocative detail.

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OWL MOON by Jane Yolen

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Late one winter night a little girl and her father go owling. The trees stand still as statues and the world is silent as a dream. Whoo-whoo-whoo, the father calls to the mysterious nighttime bird.

But there is no answer.

Wordlessly the two companions walk along, for when you go owling you don’t need words. You don’t need anything but hope. Sometimes there isn’t an owl, but sometimes there is.

Distinguished author Jane Yolen has created a gentle, poetic story that lovingly depicts the special companionship of a young child and her father as well as humankind’s close relationship to the natural world. Wonderfully complemented by John Schoenherr’s soft, exquisite watercolour illustrations, this is a verbal and visual treasure, perfect for reading aloud and sharing at bedtime.

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BEYOND THE NORTHERN LIGHTS by Lynn Blaikie

 

Quill and Quire’s Best Picture Books of the Year selection, 2007

Raven, will you carry me into the northern skies?

A stunning book by an acclaimed artist!

Batik artist Lynn Blaikie calls on Raven to take the reader on a magical tour of the North. Here readers will dance beyond the northern lights and plunge into the icy deep, where whales mingle with dolphins. And they will find the warmth of the fire pit, where hand in hand the spirits dance.

Her simple poetic text is enhanced with stunning images created in batik, filled with rich colours and powerful designs that evoke the spiritual landscape and peoples of the remote north. A beautiful introduction to the North for children and a book for art lovers to treasure.

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A QUIET PLACE by Douglas Wood

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“Sometimes a person needs a quiet place.”
A place that’s far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life —
a place that isn’t ringing or talking or roaring or playing.
But sometimes that place isn’t easy to find.
Explore what it’s like to find a special someplace where we
all can think our own thoughts and feel our own feelings.

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A DIFFICULT DAY by Eugenie Fernandes

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Crumpled sheets, a lumpy pillow and crumbs in the bed mean a sleepless night for Melinda. Waking up grouchy, Melinda’s mood goes from bad to worse — can anything save her day now? An understanding mom makes a grumpy mood go away in this reassuring story that reminds children (and their parents) that everyone has difficult days, and sometimes a hug is all you need to chase the blues away.

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MY TWO BLANKETS

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Cartwheel moves to a new country with her auntie and everything is strange: the animals, the plants-even the wind. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort when she’s sad-and a new blanket just might change her world.

This multicultural story of friendship is about leaving home, moving to a foreign and strange place, and finding a new friend. It’s a story for all who have experienced change. Irena Kobald’s poetic text, paired with Kate Greenaway medalist Freya Blackwood’s powerful paintings, renders an emotional and heart-warming story about two children from diverse backgrounds coming together to become new friends.

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COURAGE by Bernard Waber

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What is courage? Certainly, it takes courage for a firefighter to rescue someone trapped in a burning building, but there are many other kinds of courage too. Everyday kinds that normal, ordinary people exhibit all the time, like “being the first to make up after an argument,” or “going to bed without a nightlight.” Bernard Waber explores the many varied kinds of courage and celebrates the moments, big and small, that bring out the hero in each of us.