New and Noteworthy Wordless Books Roundup 2021

January 11, 2022 | Pat

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Happy New Year! We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest picture books to our shelves. In January, we're offering our usual feature of wordless picture books from the previous year. One of the things I love about wordless books, and talking about them with kids (and adults too),...

Elves on the Library Shelves

December 16, 2021 | Katherine McG

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It may be the time of year when little folk dressed in red visit some people's homes to cause mischief or to help Santa to see who has been naughty or nice. But at Toronto Public Library, we have elves on our shelves all year long! Santa's Elves Santa and...

New and Noteworthy: Best Books of the Year

December 13, 2021 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some of our favourite picture books from this year's crop. All are available in electronic formats (eBook and/or eAudiobook). Be sure to check out our picks for First and Best 2021 as well! Don't...

First and Best 2021

December 7, 2021 | Patty

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Toronto Public Library is happy to announce our picks for this year's First and Best titles. This annual list features the best Canadian books of 2021 for children from birth to age five that are not only fun to read but are also the best for building reading readiness skills....

New and Noteworthy Picture Books: November 2021

November 24, 2021 | Pat

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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. Additionally, all are available as ebooks. The Big House and the Little House by Yoshi Ueno, illustrated by Emiko Fujishima...

75th Anniversary of Viola Desmond's Challenge of Racial Segregation

November 8, 2021 | Katherine McG

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In 1946, Viola Desmond challenged racial segregation in Canada simply by sitting down to watch a movie. Seventy-five years later, as the fight against anti-Black racism continues, we remember this strong Black woman not just for what she did but for who she was. Meet Viola Desmond by Elizabeth MacLeod...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books: October 2021

October 22, 2021 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the creepiest and most chilling books to our library collections! Here are some picture books we are really horrified about that will be hitting shelves soon. Most are also available as eBooks. In honour of two authors who have written more than a couple of...

Picture Books Celebrating Differences

October 22, 2021 | Melanie L.

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Lately, picture books about embracing differences have been abundant. These books encourage kids to accept differences in others and be comfortable with being different themselves. Below we have compiled some of the best representations of these books. They are arranged in order of their intended audience, with books for younger...

Spirit Day: October 21, 2021

October 18, 2021 | Katherine McG

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Spirit Day, which takes place on October 21, 2021, is celebrated every year on the third Thursday in October. It is a day to stand in support with 2SLGBTQ+ youth and to speak out against bullying. With GLAAD leading the way, Spirit Day has become a worldwide campaign supported by...

Library Collections and Services for Kids with Reading Disabilities

October 4, 2021 | Melanie L.

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October is Learning Disabilities Awareness Month. Learning Disabilities (LDs) are hard to measure, but statistics show that 2 to 10% of Canadians have one. It is the second most common disability in youth, following only mental illness. While there are many different types of learning disabilities, the focus of this...