New Children's Books

Take a look at our brand new children's books!

Anna, Elsa, and the secret river

Rosenbaum, Andria Warmflash, 1958- author
2019

There is a mysterious white river, one that holds the answers to the past. But it's just in a lullaby that Anna and Elsa's mother sings to them. Or is the white river actually real? Anna and Elsa leave the comfort of their bed to look for it in the forest. It could hold the answers to why Elsa has magic--that is, if it exists at all . . .

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12 little elves visit Canada

12 little elves visit Canada

Madson, Trish, author
2019

Twelve charming elves travel thorughout Canada to see who is still awake before Santa comes. Along the way, they visit iconic landmarks and curiosities, all bedecked in holly and holiday fun. From Delta Falls to the Quebec Winter Carnival to the McKenzie River to Banff and more, these little elves take in hockey games, ride Canadian geese, walk The Edge, and fall in love with maple syrup. Their last stop? Your home, of course. Jump in bed!

'Twas Christmas in Canada

And 12 elves were sent

To see who was sleeping . . .

Away the elves went!


In each home was nestled

Each girl and each boy,

while Great White North visions

brought everyone joy.

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Birdsong

Birdsong

Flett, Julie, author, illustrator
2019

A Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2019!
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year!
A Horn Book Fanfare Best Picture Book of 2019!
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2019!
A Quill & Quire Kids Books of the Year!
SHORTLISTED for the 2019 Governor General's Literary Award!

A tender, luminous portrait of art, nature, and connecting across generations.

When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flett's textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships and shared passions.

A brief glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree-M├ętis words that appear in the text is provided on the copyright page.

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Duck & Penguin are NOT friends

Duck & Penguin are NOT friends

Woolf, Julia, author, illustrator
2019

A humorous and ironic look at building friendship on your own termsDuck and Penguin are not friends, despite what Betty and Maud might have you think. They do not want to swing together, build sandcastles together, and they certainly do not want to play baby dolls together! Friendship is a choice, and being forced to play with someone you haven't chosen isn't always fun. Duck and Penguin will let you know when they're ready to be friends, thank-you-very-much.This laugh out loud tale about the secret world of toys from author-illustrator Julia Wolf makes the perfect read-aloud with a relatable topic and hilarious illustrations that will have children begging for multiple reads.

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Five minutes (that's a lot of time) (no, it's not) (yes, it is)

Five minutes (that's a lot of time) (no, it's not) (yes, it is)

Scanlon, Elizabeth Garton, author
2019

A one-of-a-kind, laugh-out-loud picture book, perfect for any kid who has ever begged or bemoaned, "Five more minutes?!"

Families everywhere will recognize themselves in this clever, hilarious, and completely irresistible picture book. Five minutes is a lot of time... or is it? Well, it depends on what you're doing, of course! Follow one little boy and his family on a very busy day, as he discovers that sometimes five minutes feels like forever--like when you're finishing up at the dentist's office or waiting in line for the bathroom or in the backseat on a long car ride--and sometimes five minutes feels like no time at all--like when you're playing your favorite game or at the tippy top of a roller coaster or snuggling up with a book before bedtime.

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Henry and Bea

Henry and Bea

Bagley, Jessixa, author
2019

Henry and Bea are inseparable, but one day Henry suddenly stops talking to his best friend. Bea knows there's something Henry's not telling her, but what could it be?

Henry and Bea have always been inseparable...until one day Henry suddenly stops talking to Bea. He won't chat with her in class, and he won't sit with her at lunch. Bea can tell something's going on, and she's determined to find out what it is.

Then their teacher announces that the class is taking a field trip to a farm, and Bea hopes that this might be her chance to reconnect with Henry. When Henry finds an old cat collar at the farm and starts to cry, he finally reveals his secret to Bea- his cat Buddy died last week.

And even though it's hard for them both, Bea knows that she'll be there for Henry, as his best friend, no matter what.
From award-winning author/illustrator Jessixa Bagley comes a realistic and ultimately uplifting portrayal of the challenges of childhood friendship.

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The piano recital

The piano recital

Miyakoshi, Akiko, 1982- author, illustrator
2019

As Momo nervously waits for her first piano recital, she tells herself, 'I'll be okay... I'll be okay...' Then she hears a voice nearby, also saying, 'I'll be okay... I'll be okay...' It's a mouseling, who's nervous about her first performance, too. The mouseling invites Momo through a small door backstage, where Momo is amazed to find a miniature theatre filled with an audience of finely dressed mice! When it's the mouseling's turn, Momo agrees to accompany her on piano. The mouse audience is so appreciative! But then, as she rises to take her bow, Momo is surprised to discover - it isn't a mouse audience at all!

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Sounds like Christmas

Sounds like Christmas

Munsch, Robert N., 1945- author
2019

A very Munsch Christmas!

Grandma is baking Christmas cookies, so she asks Lincoln and Georgia to decorate the tree. And what a tree it becomes! In addition to the lights, garlands and balls the kids compete to add some very special and extremely noisy ornaments, including a talking doll, a chirping bird, the neighbour's dog and more. What will their grandparents - and Santa - think?

The grandma in this story is Robert Munsch's long-time assistant Sharon and the kids are her grandchildren, Georgia and Lincoln.

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The tale of the tiger slippers

The tale of the tiger slippers

Brett, Jan, 1949-, author, illustrator
2019

Jan Brett reimagines a powerful Middle Eastern folk tale that celebrates hard work and appreciating your roots.

Set in India, this gorgeous reimagining of the classic Middle Eastern folk tale "Abu Kassem's Slippers" features a poor tiger cub who is a very hard worker. His mother weaves him slippers to protect his feet from stones and thorns, and they allowed him to prosper--first making bricks, then building houses, and eventually becoming very wealthy. He continues to wear them until someone questions why such a prominent person would wear such worn shoes. Feeling embarrassed, Tiger tries to get rid of the slippers, but fate keeps bringing them back.

Finally, Tiger sends them to his uncle, who weeps with pride when he sees the slippers his sister made and his nephew used to accomplish so much. He sets off right away to visit them, bringing the slippers along. Tiger can't believe the slippers are back again, but his little cub gives him an idea: honor the slippers by building a special place for them, to remind him of how far he's come.

Jan Brett's lush, vibrant version of this story will inspire fans of her international retellings to appreciate the hard work that leads to all of their successes.

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Three cheers for Kid McGear!

Three cheers for Kid McGear!

Rinker, Sherri Duskey, author
2019

She might be small, but she's got it all - she's Kid McGear, Skid Steer! Kid McGear is the newest truck to join the GGCS crew, and she's eager to help ... but is she TOO small? Kid proves her worth - and her leadership skills - when disaster strikes. Playful rhyming text from the bestselling team behind Construction Site on Christmas Night make this thrilling tale of teamwork a must-have read-aloud for construction fans both big and small.

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Vegetables in holiday underwear

Vegetables in holiday underwear

Chapman, Jared, author, illustrator
2019

Celebrate your favorite holiday traditions in this silly romp that's sure to make kids giggle (and want new undies!)

There's underwear for every day of the week and every month of the year. But come December, Pea proclaims to everyone who will listen that it's his favorite time of the year! There's underwear for all of the best holiday activities--playing in the snow, hanging the lights, and baking cookies. Plus, underwear makes the perfect gift! Everyone wants new undies, even . . . Santa?! With the same snappy humor that made Vegetables in Underwear a hit with the preschool set, Jared Chapman's latest makes the perfect stocking stuffer.

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Who is the mystery reader?

Who is the mystery reader?

Willems, Mo, author, illustrator
2019

From Mo Willems, creator of the revolutionary, award-winning, best-selling Elephant & Piggie books, comes this breakout beginning-reader series. An ensemble cast of Squirrels, Acorns, and pop-in guests host a page-turning extravaganza. Each book features a funny, furry adventure AND bonus jokes, quirky quizzes, nutty facts, and so, so many Squirrels.

In Who is the Mystery Reader? , Zoom Squirrel tries out a new superpower with help from a mysterious Mystery Reader. But will the Squirrel pals ever find out who the real Mystery Reader is? Do you know more about reading than the Squirrels do? You will by the end of this book!

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