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Children's Books

Find the right books for your child's age and reading level.

Picture books for younger children

Birth to age 5 or 6

  • From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
  • LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
  • Put Me in a Book! by Robert Munsch
  • Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña

Illustrated books with no text at all, simple sentences, or more advanced text. Includes alphabet books, counting books, and books teaching concepts.

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Beginning readers

Age 6 to 7 (Grades 1 and 2)

  • The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
  • Waiting Is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
  • Drop It, Rocket! by Tad Hills
  • Splat the Cat: I Scream for Ice Cream by Rob Scotton

Books for very early (emergent) readers - these are illustrated books with widely-spaced print and basic, repetitive vocabulary to help kids who are new to reading develop and practise their skills.

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Easy-to-read stories

Age 7 to 8 and older (Grades 2 to 3)

  • Encyclopedia Brown and the case of the secret UFOs by Donald J. Sobol
  • The adventures of Captain Underpants: the first epic novel by Dav Pilkey
  • Canadian Flyer: A Whale Tale by Frieda Wishinsky
  • Alvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things by Lenore Look

"Easy-to-read stories" are for children who are ready to start reading chapter books. These books have some illustrations (often in black and white) and use a larger print size than chapter books for older readers.

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Picture books for older children

Age 7 and up (Grade 2 and up)

  • The true story of the 3 little pigs by Jon Scieszka
  • Jumanji by Chris Val Allsburg
  • A Bear in War by Stephanie Innes
  • One Hen: How One Small Loan Made a Big Difference by Katie Smith Milway

Children love to be read to, even when they've outgrown the simpler picture books. These books have more text, tell more complex stories, and require a longer attention span.

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Fiction for older children

Age 9 and up (Grade 4 and up)

  • The BFG by Roald Dahl
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
  • Skybreaker by Kenneth Oppel

Chapter books for older children.

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Children's nonfiction

All ages

  • Usborne Law for Beginners by Rosie Hore
  • Dinos vs. Machines by Eric Geron
  • She Shoots, She Scores! by Catriona Clarke
  • Have I Ever Told You Black Lives Matter by Shani M. King

Information books for children of all ages.

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