I Just Finished Reading... Top Picks for March

March 11, 2016 | Diane

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Cakes in Space Attacking Astra
Cupcakes on the attack in Cakes in Space

Each month I share my favourite new books for 6 – 12 year-olds that have both kid AND parent appeal. I hope you enjoy them, too!

March Break is just around the corner, and if you’re the parent of a school-aged kid you’re busy panicking preparing a week’s worth of fun events to keep your kids active and engaged. Not to worry –- Toronto Public Library has you covered with more than 100 free events taking place all across the city, and here are some fun books to read alone or aloud!

Bad Kitty Goes to the VetBad Kitty Goes to the Vet
By Nick Bruel
Ages 6 - 8

I adore the Bad Kitty series. Nick Bruel effortlessly pairs fact and fiction together using comic book panels  with hilarious results. This time, Bad Kitty is sick and needs to go to the vet, but getting her there isn’t going to be easy. While under sedation, Bad Kitty has an out-of-body experience and is presented with an ultimatum by the gatekeeper of Pussycat Paradise –- if she can’t be nice to her housemate Puppy, she’ll be sent to –- gulp –- Puppydog Paradise! Can she rise to the challenge before it’s too late?


Cakes in SpaceCakes in Space
By Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre
Ages 7 - 10

Astra and her family are on board a spaceship heading to a new world, Nova Mundi. Because it takes 199 years to get there, voyagers are put into a deep sleep so they don’t age on the flight. Before she falls asleep, Astra feels like a snack, so she requests the “ultimate” cake from the Nom-O-Tron (a machine that dispenses food). Unfortunately, it pumps out murderous desserts instead! All of the other passengers have fallen asleep, so with cakes on the attack and the spaceship disastrously off-course, it’s up to Astra to save the day.


The Usborne Official Astronaut's HandbookThe Usborne Official Astronaut’s Handbook
By Louie Stowell
Ages 9 - 12

This is the perfect guide for kids who love space and who dream of being an astronaut one day. Written in prose, it shows what it’s really like to live and work in space, and the hard work and dedication required to get there. Lots of interesting questions are answered, including: what lift-off feels like, what kind of work is done on the International Space Station and how astronauts, um, go to the washroom while in a spacesuit. Readers will enjoy exploring space through this guide, and also have a new appreciation for the comforts of home!

 Here’s a sneak peek at what I’m reading for April… quite a colourful array of book covers!

Books to read for April