“A Baker’s Dozen”, is part of the renowned US Pennsylvania Center for the Book. These books are approved and chosen from hundreds of children’s books each year, and are designed to help parents, aunts, uncles and others to fill their children’s life with a love of literacy. There are 13 titles chosen as the best of picture books published, thus the title, A Baker’s Dozen. This dozen plus one collection should be used to benefit lovers of books and create lifelong lovers of literary world. They are marked with icons that explain if their best for family use or that of an individual child.
“Til All the Stars Have Fallen” is by the author David Booth, and contains a collection of delightful poems and fables. This book has been considered the absolute best of contemporary and traditional poetry for children in Canada. The poems are witty, sensitive, and funny with some colorful and beautifully illustrated paged featuring artwork by Kady MacDonald Denton. The children will be encouraged to memorize these sometimes gleeful words, and sing them along with their friends, encouraging others to learn poetry.
“The Sky is Falling” was written by author Kit Pearson, and tells the tale of both Norah and her brother Gavin. To make it more interesting, these kids are leaving their home in England, moving to Toronto during the controversial WWII. Norah is most troubled by their move, and must learn to adjust despite homesickness, loneliness and above average teasing at school. This book is the first in the “Guests of War” trilogy. Followed by Looking at the Moon and When the Lights Go on Again.
“Wild Animals I Have Known: Being the Personal Histories of Lobo, Silverspot, Raggylug, Bingo, the Springfield Fox, the Pacing Mustang, Wully and Redruff” (1898) is by renowned author Ernest Thompson Seton. Ironically, Seton spent his life watching the wildlife around Toronto’s Don Valley prior to the Parkway,and then created a book like no other you will read. The book itself is a somewhat romantic collection of animal hero stories that are neither realistic, nor based on truth.
Life of Pi is a Canadian fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The protagonist, Piscine Molitor ″Pi″ Patel, an Indian boy from Pondicherry, explores issues of spirituality and practicality from an early age. He survives 227 days after a shipwreck while stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.