First and Best 2012
As the holiday season quickly approaches, look no further than TPL for great gift ideas for the young children in your life. The 2012 First and Best Booklist has just been unwrapped! It features the year's best in Canadian books for children from birth to age five that are fun to read and help develop early literacy skills. Carefully chosen by our expert children's librarians from piles of submissions, these books will foster a love for reading from an early age.
The booklist is part of our Ready for Reading initiative – a combination of free high-quality programs, services and resources designed to build kids’ early literacy skills and develop a love of reading.
Enjoy the upcoming winter season snuggled up with loved ones and these great books, available at library branches across the city!
Are these top picks from 2012 in line with yours? Do you have others to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.
Entertaining animal disguises, wide-ranging vocabulary and occasional subtle changes to the typeface to reflect animal characteristics make this book fun on many levels.
This colourful vocabulary builder will have children speaking fluent “Canadian” in no time!
Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen
A cosy tale that will provide a warm reading experience, peppered with some wonderful words to build your child’s vocabulary.
Stephen Krensky & Sara Gillingham
The bold, graphic illustrations and the simple narratives and rhyme schemes are great tools to engage very young pre-readers.
David LaRochelle & Jeremy Tankard
Children will relish the frequent opportunity to warn “It’s a tiger!” at full volume, making this the sort of book that will establish a firm foundation for a lifelong joy of reading.
Babies like to look at other babies! The expressive photography used here will delight parents and children alike, and will enable young children to begin to associate words and feelings.
Cary Fagan & Dusan Petricic
Budding readers, with prodding from a parent or caregiver, will enjoy the realization that their own stories are bound only by the limits of their imaginations.
Robert Heidbreder & Loni Joy Smith
Though the compilation of poems in this book follows the narrative of a daily routine, they can be enjoyed individually too. The playful rhymes will help children understand the sounds that build language.
Sarah Tsiang & Qin Leng
There is nothing quite like imaginatively told stories to motivate children to learn to read. Children will delight in this tale of Abby’s stone eggs.
Linda Bailey & Colin Jack
A delightful turn of events and a fox fond of cookbooks make this title a winner for developing both narrative skills and the awareness that print is all around us.