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First & Best 2015

The Bus Ride

Marianne Dubuc

A young girl takes the bus to her grandmother's, makes a friend and stops a thief in a series of cleverly detailed double page spreads that show the inside of a bus.

Drive: A Look at Roadside Opposites

Kellen Hatanaka

Follow one family's long journey from the city to the forest and discover all sorts of opposites along the way.

I Don't Want to be a Frog

Dev Petty & Mike Boldt

Who wants to be a frog? A young frog takes an amusing look at some other options before deciding that maybe it's not so bad to be a frog after all.

In a Cloud of Dust

Alma Fullerton & Brian Deines

Beautifully illustrated and simply told, this is a joyful account of what it might be like for children who benefit from bicycle libraries around the world.

Melvis and Elvis

Dennis Lee & Jeremy Tankard

A dynamic new collection of poems from legendary author Dennis Lee lovingly illustrated with bold artwork. It's the book we've been waiting for!

Ebook of Melvis and Elvis

Sidewalk Flowers

Jon Arno Lawson & Sydney Smith

This wordless book follows a child out walking with her dad who never notices her quietly brightening the world around them. Good for getting kids talking.

Ebook of Sidewalk Flowers

So Many Babies

Lorna Crozier & Laura Watson

This delightful board book finds so many different animal babies in all kinds of places. Adorable artwork goes well with the simple rhyming text.

Ebook of Sidewalk Flowers


Benoit Tardif

Tardif presents 24 sports to children in a fun and easy to read format. From badminton to volleyball kids will get a glimpse of the spirit of sports!

Ebook of Sport-O-Rama

This is Sadie

Sara O'Leary & Julie Morstad

Read about the adventures a young girl gets up to in her imagination. Rich and dazzling pictures take us back and forth between her bedroom and the world of make believe.

To the Sea

Cale Atkinson

Friends don't let friends down, even if no one else notices. When Tim meets Sam, a giant blue whale who has lost his way, both are surprised and happy to be noticed by the other.

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