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Give the gift of reading

Books and magazines are the gifts that keeps giving! Look for these ParentsCanada favourites.

Swan book
Leo ghost story book
Santa canada book
Happy book
Ripleys book
Nonsense show book
Eat your books
Holiday books for kids construction site on christmas night
Bug vacuum book
Chickadee book
Big meanings for little people

SWAN

By Laurel Snyder, Illustrated by Julie Morstad $24.99, Chronicle Books Swan is a beautiful picture book depicting the life of world famous ballerina Anna Pavlova through her ballet career. It illustrates the magnificence of Ballet and Anna’s love for the art form. Along with the illustrated story, this book includes a brief biography of Anna Pavlova’s life for a more in depth look at how she became such a revolutionary ballerina.

LEO: A GHOST STORY

By Mac Barnett, Illustrated by Christian Robinson $22.99, Chronicle Books Leo a Ghost Story is a charming tale of a ghost who befriends a young girl. It includes endearing illustrations from the perspective of the ghost and those around. There was a useful lesson in the book, which was that not everyone will understand you but there will be someone who see’s you for who you are.

SANTA IS COMING TO CANADA

By Steve Smallman, Illustrated by Robert Dunn $12.99, Sourcebooks Santa Is Coming To Canada is a modern twist on the classic Christmas tales while integrating Canadian geography and historical buildings. The Illustrations were intricate providing interest and making the read very enjoyable. It was a pleasurable read with beautiful illustrations and a fresh Christmas tale to add onto the Christmas read list.

HAPPY

By Pharrell Williams, $23.99 Pharrell Williams’ book Happy has very unique pictures with the objects and scenes made out of paper or digital design. The multi media portrayed Pharrell Williams’ distinctive style and separated his book from other illustrated children’s book. This book was extremely creative and an enjoyable read with pictures showing kids being creative, having fun and being happy.

RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT

Ripley’s Publishing, $34.95 Ripley’s Believe It or Not is pages of unbelievable facts and pictures that are intriguing yet so bizarre you will want to keep reading. All of today’s phenomenons are written in this book from a frog with extra legs to hailstones the size of tennis balls. Stay current with the latest discoveries and after the first page, you’re guaranteed to learn something new.

THE NONSENSE SHOW

By Eric Carle, $21.99 The Nonsense Show is a humorous read that plays with nonsense and surrealism, such as a mouse chasing a cat or a duck having human feet. This book makes you think outside of the box and the rhymes add to the artistic appeal. Combining surrealism with nonsense sparks creativity and imagination starting children on a path of appreciation for art and words at a young age.

I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS

By Karin Lefranc and Tyler Parker, $16.99 A zombie is in class! But this zombie doesn’t like brains—he likes to eat books! I Want to Eat Your Books is silly and heart-warming at the same time.

CONSTRUCTION SITE ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT (AGES 3 TO 5)

Kids love this series! This time, Bulldozer, Crane, Dump Truck, Excavator and Cement Mixer are getting reading for Christmas. Here’s the catch: They’re going to have to finish the big job they’re working on before it’s time to tear open all their presents. Where to buy: indigo.ca

BUG IN A VACUUM

By Mélanie Watt, $24.99, Tundra Books This hilarious book follows a bug through the five stages of grief (denial, bargaining, anger, despair and acceptance) after he is sucked up into a vacuum. Illustrations are adorable!

CHICKADEE MAGAZINE

$34.95 (for one-year subscription) ChickaDEE magazine, for ages six to nine, offers stories, puzzles, science experiments and more! Each issue is funny and entertaining, but also educational. Look for Chirp (ages three to six) and Owl (ages nine to 13), too!

BIG MEANINGS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE

By Ethan and Tieu Cutbush This charming board book by Tieu Cutbush with illustrations from her son Ethan explains some big concepts to kids, such as giving to others, respecting people and being honest. Free with your donation to the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. Visit http://www.bigmeaningsforlittlepeople.com to order yours today.
SWAN
LEO: A GHOST STORY
SANTA IS COMING TO CANADA
HAPPY
RIPLEY’S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
THE NONSENSE SHOW
I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS
CONSTRUCTION SITE ON CHRISTMAS NIGHT (AGES 3 TO 5)
BUG IN A VACUUM
CHICKADEE MAGAZINE
BIG MEANINGS FOR LITTLE PEOPLE

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