Canada 150: The Best 150 Canadian Books for Children

March 23, 2017 | RayL

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, library staff from across Toronto have put together a spectacular list that celebrates some of the best Canadian books for children. We've selected 150 titles, but we can assure you that there are far more than 150 titles written or illustrated by Canadians that are...

Get Ready to Celebrate Canada - TD Summer Reading Club 2017

March 18, 2017 | Katherine McG

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Is thinking about the end of the March Break giving you the blues? Don't worry...summer vacation is just around the corner and this year it will be as "read" and white as our Maple Leaf flag! Get ready to celebrate with kids from coast to coast to coast and especially...

Happy Pi Day!

March 14, 2017 | Kate S.

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What do you get when you cut a Jack O' Lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin Pi! Happy Pi day! Pi Day is celebrated yearly on March 14 because 3, 1 and 4 are the first three significant digits of π. Celebrations around the world vary, but usually they involve the...

March Break Programs for Kids!

March 13, 2017 | RayL

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It’s that time of the year again! The kids are out of school and you’re looking for activities to keep them busy. Look no further than Toronto Public Library. We have a great selection of children’s programs across the city. Some may require registration, please check your local library for...

Spotlight on Sloths

March 7, 2017 | Jennifer

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Sloths are having their moment in the sun. In the past, penguins and their fluffy chicks graced the covers of countless picture books. In the last few years, the sloths have taken over. Sure, it’s been a rather slow takeover, but we prefer to call it "leisurely" or "relaxed." It's...

Picture Book Preview: New and Noteworthy

February 27, 2017 | shannon k.

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Posted on behalf of Jesse, Children's Selection Team We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that will be hitting shelves soon. Hello Goodbye Dog by Maria Gianferrari, 2017. Ages 4-8. Hello, Moose! Zara’s...

Helping Young Children Learn Positive Behaviour

February 23, 2017 | Nalini

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Hitting, yelling, throwing tantrums, biting, not eating, etc. These are some behaviours you may be familiar with if you have a young child in your life. While the reasons for challenging behaviours may be complex and hard to simplify, they are sometimes a result of a child not being able...

Black History Month: New Children’s Biographies about Remarkable Women

February 16, 2017 | Kate S.

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What better way for you to teach and inspire your children than to read about some of the most remarkable women in history? These strong women show(ed) amazing perseverance and dedication to their respective crafts, while struggling against numerous barriers and prejudice. While there are many inspiring stories, here are...

That's Just Good Advice - "Advice" Books for Kids

February 16, 2017 | Katherine McG

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There is never a shortage of advice to be found, even in children's books. Here are a few good, if not typical "advice" books for kids: Advice for When You're Reading: Open Very Carefully By Nick Bromley Ages 4 - 6 Are you brave enough to open this interactive book?...

What an Awful Bully. Sad!

February 2, 2017 | RayL

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Photo credit: Andrew Stawicki, Courtesy of Toronto Star Archive. 1990 Terrible! Your child is upset after an altercation with a bully. The bully without provocation called your child nasty names, spread awful rumours, took his backpack and threatened to get your child banned from school. When the teacher approached the...