Log Driver's Waltz

By Wade Hemsworth, illustrated by Jennifer Phelan

Ages 4+

If you grew up in Canada in the ’80s (here!) you likely remember the animated short about a log driver—it aired during cartoons. The iconic story is back to delight a new generation. “For he goes birling down and down white water, that’s where the log driver learns to step lightly...”

Where to buy: $22, indigo.ca

 

Eraser

By Anna Kang, illustrated by Christopher Weyant

Ages 3-7

Eraser’s not like Glue, who keeps things together, or Pencil, who’s always on point. Ruler and Pencil Sharpener are the only school supplies who appreciate Eraser, who’s tired of cleaning up everyone’s mistakes. When she decides to go out on her own, everyone realizes how important Eraser is.

Where to buy: $26, indigo.ca

 

PAGES and CO. TILLY AND THE BOOK WANDERERS

By Anna James

Ages 9 +

Books are magical—that’s what 11-year-old Tilly discovers at her grandparents’ bookstore. Each page of her favourite books bring exciting adventures. Just wait until Anne (of Green Gables) and Alice (from Wonderland) show up.

Where to buy: $22, indigo.ca

 

Megabat 

By Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich

Ages 7-10

It’s basically the very cool story about a boy and his bat. This early chapter book finds Daniel moving into a new house where he’s far away from his old school and friends. At the same time, Megabat gets shipped across the world and winds up in Daniel’s new place.

Where to buy: $15, amazon.ca

 

The Strongest Mum

By Nicole Kent

Ages 3-5

Little Bear's mum is strong—she can carry everything from her cub's bike to Flamingo's piano. Eventually Little Bear realizes that even mums get tired and need a hand. This is a special story about helping each other and the sweet relationship between parent and child.

Where to buy: $24, indigo.ca

 

POSITIVELY IZZY

By Terri Libenson

Ages 8-12

This spinoff of Invisible Emmie finds Izzy, a creative kid who loves making up stories and skits, but her grades aren’t great. Then there’s Bri—she’s the smarty pants, but she’s also super shy. Who knew their worlds would come together the day of their school’s talent show.

Where to buy: $12, amazon.ca

 


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Back To The Future

Illustrated by Kim Smith

Ages 4-8

Great Scott! Marty McFly is back, this time in a picture book. Introduce your kids to Marty who travels to the 1950s (with mad scientist Doc in tow) and meets his teenaged parents. Fans of the flick will get a kick out of the adorable illustrations (Doc's so cute!)

Where to buy: $20, indigo.ca

I Want My Hat Back

By Jon Klassen

Ages 4-8

When Bear can't find his hat, he turns to his fellow animal friends for help. None of them have seen it, until a deer poses a question that sparks Bear's memory and reignites his search.

Where to buy: $21, amazon.ca

IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT

By Andrea Beaty, illustrated by David Roberts

Ages 4-8

Part of the Innovator series, meet Iggy, who loves to build. When his teacher declares that she doesn't like architecture, Iggy faces a dilemma—should he keep doing what he loves or stop to please someone else? Parents and kids alike will love the rhyming scheme of this one.

Where to buy: $23, indigo.ca

 

Something From Nothing

By Phoebe Gilman

Ages 5-11

When Joseph was born, his grandfather made him a beautiful blanket. But over time it got tattered and torn, so his grandfather turned it into something else time and time again. Until one day, there's no fabric left to make anything.

Where to buy: $9, indigo.ca

 

The Cardboard Kingdom

By Chad Sell

Ages 8-12

This colourful graphic novel follows a group of kids who transforms cardboard boxes into cool costumes and their neighbourhood into a cardboard kingdom while on summer vacation. The importance of imagination and friendship are celebrated in this fun story.

Where to buy: $18, indigo.ca

 

The Girls' Guide To Growing Up Great

By Sophie Elkan, Laura Chaisty, Maddy Podichetty

Ages 10+

It's all about thriving during those sometimes trying tween and teen years and this book covers everything girls need to know about puberty, feelings, cyberbullying, relationships and even sex (but don't worry—it's very age appropriate).

Where to buy: $24, indigo.ca

 

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