Reading fun for kids from Canada’s public libraries

Top Recommended Reads

Keep kids reading all summer!

No one knows great reads like the staff at your local library. These Canadian children’s books have been carefully chosen to get your kids started on their summer reading adventures.

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The Tiny Hero of Ferny Creek Library
by Linda Bailey
Tiny Eddie is a green bug whose aunt is missing! Can Eddie use book smarts to avoid Squishers and save her?
Age
Ages 8-11
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The Word Collector
by Peter H. Reynolds
Jerome loves words so much that he collects his favourites every day! There's only one thing that makes him happier…
Age
Ages 4-8
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He Who Dreams
by Melanie Florence
John discovers he has a talent for dancing, and struggles to embrace and find acceptance for both his Irish and Cree heritage.
Age
Ages 11-12
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Hockey Morning, Noon and Night
by Doretta Groenendyk
It’s non-stop hockey fun and excitement all day, every day for Pepper and his family!
Age
Ages 4-8
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What's My Superpower?
by Aviaq Johnston
Inspired by her friends' "super" abilities, Nalvana wonders if she will ever discover her own "superpower."
Age
Ages 4-7
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One Red Button
by Marthe Jocelyn
A balloon, a fire truck wheel, a lady bug – how many things can you see in just one red button?
Age
Ages 0-3
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Elliott's Guide to Dinosaurs
by Elliott Seah
Elliott loves dinosaurs so much that he wrote a book to share his passion with other kids just like you!
Age
Ages 7-10
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The Dance of the Violin
by Kathy Stinson
Stories and music pour from young Joshua Bell\'s violin, colouring his whole world as he prepares for a big competition.
Age
Ages 5-8
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The Bear and the Piano
by David Litchfield
Although Bear’s talent leads him to fame in the big city, his heart draws him back to the most important place.
Age
Ages 4-7
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Maker Projects for Kids Who Love Paper Engineering
by Rebecca Sjonger
It’s not just something you write on. You too can create everything from amazing artwork to functional designs with paper!
Age
Ages 9-12
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The Man Who Loved Libraries
by Andrew Larsen
Successful immigrant Andrew Carnegie can think of no greater gift than building libraries across the world.
Age
Ages 5-9
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Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, A Life in Nature
by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
A camera and a trip to Yosemite provide the focus Ansel Adams needs to share his love of nature.
Age
Ages 5-8
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Letters to a Prisoner
by Jacques Goldstyn
Even a simple act like writing a letter can have a powerful impact when people unite to express their support.
Age
Ages 8-12
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Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super-Soaking Stream of Inventions
by Chris Barton
Curiosity and the thrill of engineering leads to the invention of one of the most popular toys—the Super-Soaker! 
Age
Ages 7-10
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My Beautiful Birds
by Suzanne Del Rizzo
Inspired by the colourful birds flying in the sky, a refugee child’s hopes and dreams continue to soar free.
Age
Ages 6-8
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Booked
by Kwame Alexander
When a rising soccer star suffers an injury, he\'s forced to face other challenges in his life. 
Age
Ages 10-12
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Look Up! Bird-Watching in Your Own Backyard
by Annette LeBlanc Cate
Discover everything you need to know to get started bird-watching in this funny, cartoon-filled guide to our feathered friends!
Age
Ages 8-12
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Sam Sorts
by Marthe Jocelyn
When you have as many things as Sam does, there are almost countless fun ways to sort them!
Age
Ages 3-5
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What Do You Do With an Idea?
by Kobi Yamada
Ideas can be mysterious. Where do they come from? Great things might happen if you give your idea room to grow.
Age
Ages 4-8
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More-igami
by Dori Kleber
A boy just can’t stop folding paper once his creativity is sparked by an origami demonstration.
Age
Ages 4-8
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Priscilla Gorilla
by Barbara Bottner
Priscilla loves dressing up like a mighty gorilla, but that doesn’t mean she can always have her way at school!
Age
Ages 4-7
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Gabby Garcia's Ultimate Playbook
by Iva-Marie Palmer
Although she draws up playbooks for everything, sports-obsessed Gabby Garcia learns that sometimes you just can\'t win!
Age
Ages 8-12
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Trombone Shorty
by Troy Andrews
Troy wanted to play music so badly! After getting his first trombone (and nickname) at age four, there was no stopping him.
Age
Ages 6-8
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The Amazing Crafty Cat
by Charise Mericle Harper
After a cupcake disaster threatens to ruin her birthday, Birdie calls on Crafty Cat to save the day.
Age
Ages 6-10
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A Child of Books
by Oliver Jeffers
We’re all made from stories, and books can take us on an incredible journey of imagination, if we let them.
Age
Ages 4-12
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Daniel Finds a Poem
by Micha Archer
Daniel looks to his animal friends to help him understand what poetry is, and together they make something beautiful.
Age
Ages 5-8
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The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
by Peter Sís
Dreams of flying carry Antoine on adventures around the world and inspire him to write The Little Prince. 
Age
Ages 8-11
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Joseph's Big Ride
by Terry Farish
Joseph longs to enjoy the freedom of riding a bicycle. With the help of a new friend, this dream becomes reality.
Age
Ages 4-7
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Can Your Smartphone Change the World?
by Erinne Paisley
Get involved, raise awareness, and make a difference in the world using the power of social media.
Age
Ages 11-12
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Clara Humble: Quiz Whiz
by Anna Humphrey
Will Clara and Bradley\'s friendship survive when they find themselves competing against each other on their favourite TV quiz show? 
Age
Ages 8-10
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All Four Stars
by Tara Dairman
When her parents forbid her from cooking after another kitchen mishap, Gladys expresses her passion for food in other ways.
Age
Ages 8-12
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Rooting For Rafael Rosales
by Kurtis Scaletta
Baseball, and the drive and necessity to succeed, unexpectedly connects a Canadian girl and a Dominican ball player.
Age
Ages 10-12
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Mr. Crum's Potato Predicament
by Anne Renaud
George\'s culinary creativity is challenged when a customer with a particular taste for potatoes visits his restaurant.
Age
Ages 4-8
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Ada's Ideas: The Story of Ada Lovelace, the World's First Computer Programmer
by Fiona Robinson
Ada spends her childhood studying math and dreaming up inventions, later going on to become the world’s first computer programmer.
Age
Ages 6-8
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Shadow Warrior
by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Chiyome is dedicated to her ninja training. Will her hard work pay off, or will she be forced into a more traditional role? 
Age
Ages 8-12
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Butterfly Park
by Elly MacKay
Who will help a young girl fulfil her dream and bring the butterflies back to Butterfly Park?
Age
Ages 3-8
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Let's Eat: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet
by Kimberley Veness
Where does your food come from? Learn about food sources and how you can contribute to a sustainable planet.
Age
Ages 9-12
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I Love My Purse
by Belle DeMont
Charlie loves his red purse above all else, and isn’t afraid to let the world know it! When he brings his purse to school one day, everyone questions him. But Charlie stands firm with his choice and this begins to inspire others.
Age
Ages 4-7
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Hector the Collector
by Emily Beeny
When Hector notices that not all acorns are alike, his collecting begins. His friends laugh, but can he help them understand?
Age
Ages 3-6
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One Piece of String
by Marthe Jocelyn
A single piece of string twists and turns into so many amazing things!
Age
Ages 0-3
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Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
by Patricia Hruby Powell
Nothing would stop Josephine Baker from becoming an international superstar and darling of the dancing world – especially not her skin colour.
Age
Ages 10-12