The Book Guide: For the Little Ones on your List

Read Aloud


Tikki Tikki Tembo
This classic Chinese legend tells the story of a boy named Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo and his little brother, Chang, both fall into a well and nearly drown because Chang cannot pronounce his brothers very, very long name fast enough for an old man to save him. The lovely drawings capture the beauty of rural China. Kids will delight in hearing the name of the older brother “Tikki Tikki Tembo-no Sa Rembo-chari Bari Ruchi-pip Peri Pembo” over and over again.





Harold and the Purple Crayon
One evening Harold decided that he wanted to go for a walk in the moonlight, but themoon wasn’t out, and Harold needed a moon for a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately, he had brought his purple crayon. So he drew a moon. He also needed something to walk on, so he drew a path…






Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

A classic picture book with exuberantly coloured artwork and favourite animals that make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours. Each spread leads seamlessly into the next and young children will delight in the colourful collage of animals and simple repetitive language.






Green Eggs and Ham
Sam-I-am mounts a determined campaign to convince another Seuss character to eat a plate of green eggs and ham in this timeless classic.Green Eggs and Ham introduces young children to the fun of word-play, silly rhymes and situations, and the power of “No.” (Parents, you know what I mean.) Interestingly, the entire book includes only 50 words — a, am, and, anywhere, are, be, boat, box, car, could, dark, do, eat, eggs, fox, goat, good, green, ham, here, house, I, if, in, let, like, may, me, mouse, not, on, or, rain, Sam, say, see, so, thank, that, the, them, there, they, train, tree, try, will, with, would, you.





9781416987116We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
Come along on a bear hunt with this brave young family — four children (including the baby) and their father. They’re not scared. With them you will cross a field of tall, wavy grass (“Swishy swashy!”), wade through a deep, cold river (“Splash splosh!”), struggle through swampy mud (“Squelch squerch!”), find your way through a big, dark forest (“Stumble trip!”), fight through a whirling snowstorm (“Hoooo woooo!”), and enter a narrow, gloomy cave. WHAT’S THAT? You’ll soon learn just what to do to escape from a big, furry bear! With tremendous pace, humor, and verve, Michael Rosen has retold a favorite tractional story. This is a book not to be missed, one to be chanted aloud and acted out, to be enjoyed over and over again.





Wild and Wonderfully Different


The Onion’s Great Escape
A technicolor mixed media affair where the main character gets a hand from the reader to escape the “The Big Fry”. Part art piece, part picture book, The Onion’s Great Escape is most notable because it features an actual onion escape – it pops right out of the book.







Open This Little Book
A cast of animal characters lead the way as the reader is encouraged to open a series of smaller and smaller books.







Battle Bunny
A boy takes a saccarine bunny story and puts his own spin on it. There are plenty of books made to look like they were created by kids, but a “kid” taking one story and giving it a complete overhaul? Can’t say I’ve seen that before.






Christmas Related


The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit
Peter and his cousin Benjamin are on a mission to help a special friend from becoming Mr and Mrs McGregor’s Christmas dinner. Will Peter and Benjamin be able to save him?






The Polar Express
Late on Christmas Eve, after the town has gone to sleep, a boy boards a mysterious train that waits for him: the Polar Express bound for the North Pole. When he arrives there, Santa offers him any gift he desires. The boy asks for one bell from the reindeer’s harness. It turns out to be a special gift, for only believers in Santa can hear it ring. The film rendition of this book is also very nice.





Olive, the Other Reindeer
When Olive the dog hears the phrase from the popular Christmas tune “all of the other reindeer,” she concludesshe is “Olive, the other reindeer” and heads to the North Pole to join Santa’s team. Doggie hijinks ensue.






The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
In this 1972 classic, six misbehaving Herdman kids — the “worst kids in the entire history of the world” — take over the church pageant and reinterpret the story of Christmas. The mix of outrageous moments, hilarious hijinks and profound surprises makes this one read parents will love as much as kids.


Art Appreciation


So Many Stars
Best known for his images of soup cans and celebrities, Andy Warhol, one of the preeminent artists of the 20th century, also created many hand-drawn pieces of whimsy and wonder. The So Many Stars Board Book showcases the complete collection of one of his most playful projects – an exploration of the concept of “So,” including You Are So Big, You Are So Small, So Sweet, and I Love You So. Filled with sweet phrases and a mirror feature that will delight young readers, So Many Stars is a terrific introduction to an iconic modern artist.





Magritte’s Imagination
All Aboard! Choo-choo! Where do you think we’ll go…? Journey through a fantastical land where anything is possible. From trees with faces to men raining from the sky, Rene Magritte’s delightful artwork is sure to ignite the imaginations of the very youngest readers.







Participation Required


Press Here 
This is truly a special book, deserving of a special place in every child’s library. It feels like magic as your child simply follows the instructions and turns the page to see what happens. Perfect for young ones just learning to follow instructions and preschool and early elementary ages who will marvel at their power to change the story.






Pat the Bunny
 This is a classic for a reason!  Each page gives the child something to do to show off their skills and has been a favorite children’s book for generations. Always a perfect gift, the book has delighted millions of youngsters with its simple style yet enchanting story and activities.






Open Very Carefully, A Book with Bite
Your little one will love to follow the crocodile found within these pages.  This is another book that requires the reader to follow some instructions to help the hijinks along and the illustrations are amazing! Oh, and the publisher created some printable activity sheets as a companion to the book, get them here.






BWFF Favourite


Where the Wild Things Are
This 1964 Caldecott Medal winner is one of those truly rare books that can be enjoyed equally by a child and a grown-up. If you disagree, then it’s been too long since you’ve attended a wild rumpus. Max dons his wolf suit in pursuit of some mischief and gets sent to bed without supper. Fortuitously, a forest grows in his room, allowing his wild rampage to continue unimpaired. The colour illustrations are beautiful, and each turn of the page brings the discovery of a new wonder. The wild things–with their mismatched parts and giant eyes–manage somehow to be scary-looking without ever really being scary; at times they’re downright hilarious. Sendak’s defiantly run-on sentences–one of his trademarks–lend the perfect touch of stream of consciousness to the tale, which floats between the land of dreams and a child’s imagination.This Sendak classic is more fun than you’ve ever had in a wolf’s suit, giggle-stiflingly funny at times, and even manages to reaffirm the notion that there’s no place like home.

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