New and Noteworthy: 2020's Best Books

December 14, 2020 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some of our favourites for the closing year.

We Are Water Protectors
We are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom. Illustrated by Michaela Goade.

“Water is the first medicine,” a young girl is told as she rallies people together to protect the water from destruction by the “black snake”. A powerful story conveys the struggles to safeguard our environment through action and protest.


The Oldest Student
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita L. Hubbard. Illustrated by Oge Mora.

A picture book biography about a truly inspiring student, Mary Walker, who learned to read at the age of 116!


At the Pond
At the Pond by Geraldo Valério.

In this wordless picture book a little boy and his small dog take a walk in the woods and happen upon a beautiful blue pond full of new friends and experiences.

Bedtime for Sweet Creatures
Bedtime for Sweet Creatures by Nikki Grimes. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon.

Going to sleep becomes an unlikely adventure for a young child in this beautiful and imaginative bedtime book.


Snow Days
Snow Days by Deborah Kerbel. Illustrated by Miki Sato.

Get excited about every type of snow imaginable, includes lots of snow activities and experiments too!


Sugar in Milk
Sugar in Milk by Thrity Umrigar. Illustrated by Khoa Le.

A young immigrant girl joins her aunt and uncle in a new country but finds it hard to fit in, until her aunt tells her an ancient folktale that may help her find her place.


Our Little Kitchen
Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki.

A group of neighbors come together to create a feast out of whatever food is available for all to share, from the garden, the food bank or from donations. A joyous and delicious celebration of community!


Going Up!
Going Up! By Sherry Lee. Illustrated by Charlene Chua.

Sophie and her dad are invited to a birthday party on the tenth floor of their building. They make their way up in the elevator, stopping on each floor to let new guests squeeze in!


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Posted on Behalf of Margaret Godden, Children's Selection team