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 Hug Doug

Don't Hug Doug by Carrie Finison, illustrated by Daniel Wiseman (ages 4-7)

Some people love a nice, warm, squishy hug. Others don't. Doug is one of those people. Doug only likes one kind of hug, a bedtime hug from his mom. So how do you know if someone wants a hug or not? It's simple. Just ask! 


Pride puppy

Pride Puppy! by Robin Stevenson, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin (ages 4-7)

Accompanied by their two moms, younger sibling and dog, a child attends Pride Day, meeting family and friends and enjoying the colourful sights. But when their dog goes missing at the parade, the community comes together to reunite the pup with his family. This rhyming alphabet book is a perfect introduction to the joy of Pride for young readers.


It fell from the sky

It Fell From the Sky by Terry Fan and Eric Fan (ages 4-7)

Something magnificent has fallen from the sky, and Spider has claimed it as his own. He builds WonderVille a grand attraction to view the mysterious object, but will his greed destroy everything?


I don't want to read this book

I Don't Want to Read This Book by Max Greenfield, illustrated by Mike Lowery (ages 4-7)

Reading a book is hard, especially if you don't want to. With all those words and sentences and paragraphs and chapters! There are just so many better things you could be doing, like eating cake and watching YouTube. A hilarious book for kids who don't want to read (and those who do).


Bodies are cool

Bodies are Cool by Tyler Feder (ages 4-7)

People come in all shapes and sizes. That's what makes bodies cool! Celebrate the diversity of human life in this exuberant rhyming picture book.


Stand like a cedar

Stand Like a Cedarby Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Carrielynn Victor (ages 4-7)

The sights and sounds of nature come alive when we take time to stop and listen. Learn the names of different animals in the Halq'eméylem language, and what they can teach us!


How to wear a sari

How to Wear a Sari by Darshana Khiani, illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff (ages 4-7)

A little girl sets out to prove that she can do grown-up things, too! Her first task is to wear a sari. With the help of her dog, the little girl chooses the perfect sari to wear, but quickly realizes how challenging each step is: the tucking, the wrapping and the pleats.


Off to see the sea

Off to See the Sea by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon (ages 0 to 5)

In order to get their little girl interested in bath time, a mother and father create a magical under-the-sea adventure filled with a roaring waterfall and a giant rubber ducky. Bath time has never been so fun!


Posted on behalf of Margaret, Children's Selection Team.

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