New and Noteworthy Picture Books Year End Round Up – December 2022

December 12, 2022 | Pat

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It's time for another year-end best-of roundup! Every year, the Toronto Public Library's Children's Materials Selection Committee previews hundreds of new children's picture books. Here are just a few of the favourites we saw in 2022! Most are available in electronic formats.

For more 2022 highlights, check out:

  • First & Best, the top 10 Canadian children's books to help kids under five get ready for reading
  • What Toronto Read, the most popular children's series and authors of the year


Lizzy and the Cloud

Lizzy and the Cloud by the Fan Brothers

In this latest surreal tale from the Fan brothers, Lizzie visits the cloud seller. Instead of buying a spectacular cloud in the form of a bird or an octopus, she goes for an ordinary cloud whom she names Milo. She takes him everywhere and soon he gets bigger.



The Forgettery by Rachel Ip, illustrated by Laura Hughes

In this sweet and heartwarming story, Amelia and Granny discover The Forgettery, a place where forgotten memories go. Filled with delightful illustrations, this gentle story introduces readers to the topics of memory loss and dementia.  


I Love You Because I Love You

 I Love You Because I Love You by Mượn Thị Văn, illustrated by Jessica Love

This call-and-response picture book features all kinds of families showing their love in many different ways.


Paper Bird

The Paper Bird by Lisa Anchin

Annie loves art, but one day, when her classmates laugh at her drawings, everything turns gray. Annie loses her spark until a tiny lopsided paper bird helps reignite her passion by showing her that art does not always have to be perfect.


The Year We Learned to Fly

The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael López

Stuck inside with nothing to do, Grandma encourages imaginative play, learning to fly and to be resilient; just like their ancestors before them.


'Twas the night before Pride

‘Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClintick, illustrated by Juana Medina

On the night before Pride, everyone is preparing for the big celebration, including a family of two moms, a boy and his younger brother. Modelled after the classic poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, this book gently highlights the history and importance of Pride, honours the dazzling diversity of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and reaffirms that the best thing about Pride is getting to be yourself. A French language edition is also available.


Spoonful of Frogs

A Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall, illustrated by Vera Brosgol

An influential witch has a syndicated cooking show and shows us how to make frog soup, but the unobliging frogs steal the show.


Where Do Your feelings Live

Where do Your Feelings Live? by Catherine Hernandez, illustrated by Myriam Chery

This book explores many different kinds of feelings. The ones that live deep inside and the ones that come out to play. 


Runs with the stars

Runs with the Stars by Darcy Whitecrow, illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko

A man teaches his grandchild about the Ojibwe Horses that used to roam wild in Northern Ontario.


How to Party Like a Snail

How to Party Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab, illustrated by Kelly Collier

Snail likes a good party, especially a quiet one! When things get too loud, Snail goes into his shell to have a quiet party on his own, complete with warm milk and lullaby lip-syncing. Is Snail missing out on all the fun? A new friend comes along and shows that it is not how hard you party, but who you party with, that matters.

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

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