Toronto Public Library Announces First & Best 2014, Annual Top 10 Booklist for Kids Under Five
First & Best names the best Canadian books to help kids get ready for reading
TORONTO (Friday, November 14, 2014) – Toronto Public Library has released its distinguished First & Best booklist, a selection of the year’s best Canadian book recommendations for children from birth to five years that help build early literacy skills. The list is carefully chosen by expert children's librarians from Toronto Public Library from dozens of submissions.
“The first books you share with your child should also be the best, and we’re excited to announce this expertly chosen list of books for parents and caregivers,” said Lisa Heggum, Children and Youth Advocate for Toronto Public Library. “Enjoying books with your child is the first step toward developing their love of reading and these positive, fun and playful stories are sure to help do just that, while also building their early literacy skills. Our library staff can help recommend other great books to follow your child’s developing interests and keep them enthusiastic about reading.”
This year’s list features a wide range of stories on topics like friendship, bravery, perseverance and passion, written by authors and illustrators including Jill Barber and Sydney Smith, Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen, Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham and Ruth Ohi. The First & Best booklist, now in its eighth year, is part of the library’s Ready for Reading set of free, high-quality early literacy programs and services, which are founded on extensive research, and which foster reading readiness.
All the books in this year’s First & Best list are available through our website and at library branches across the city. To find out more about Ready for Reading, visit torontopubliclibrary.ca/readyforreading or inquire at any branch.
First & Best 2014 titles:
by Jill Barber & Sydney Smith
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
by Paul Covello
Who’s Next Door?
by Mayuko Kishira & Jun Takabatake
I Am So Brave
by Stephen Krensky & Sara Gillingham
by Raymond Nakamura & Rebecca Bender
Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend
by Ruth Ohi
North Winds Press
by Steve Pilcher
Mama’s Day with Little Gray
by Aimee Reid & Laura J. Bryant
Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin
by Chieri Uegaki & Qin Leng
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Sharanja Thangalingam, Communications Officer