New and Noteworthy Picture Books June 2021

June 15, 2021 | Pat

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This collection of the latest and greatest picture books are perfect for celebrating Pride Month with your children. Most are also available as eBooks. Llama Glamarama by Simon James Green, illustrated by Gary Parsons (ages 3-5) While the other barn animals are fast asleep, Larry the llama breaks out his...

International Picnic Day - June 18

June 14, 2021 | Katherine McG

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Grab a basket, a blanket, some food and your sunscreen because June 18 is International Picnic Day! Bicycles, Sandwiches by Climbron P. 1991. Toronto Star Photograph Archive. A picnic can be as simple as taking your sandwich outside to eat on your lunch break, or as extravagant as a giant...

Join the 2021 TD Summer Reading Club!

June 14, 2021 | Daniel

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The TD Summer Reading Club launches on June 14, 2021 in Toronto! Families can visit a Toronto Public Library branch to pick up their free reading kit, including a notebook and stickers, which will help motivate kids to read all summer long. The Club website launches the following day and...

JUNO Awards 50th Anniversary - Spotlight on Canadian Children's Music

June 4, 2021 | Katherine McG

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The JUNO Awards put a spotlight on Canadian music and musicians. This year, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary! Raffi Troubadour, 1984. Toronto Star Photograph Archive. Among the honours being awarded will be the Children's Album of the Year. This award, which was previously called "Best Children's Album," is given...

Farewell to Lois Ehlert, 1934-2021

May 27, 2021 | Ames

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In addition to the passing of Eric Carle, we're sad to say goodbye to award-winning children's author and illustrator Lois Ehlert this week. She passed away on Tuesday, May 26 at age 86. Lois was best known for illustrating the colourful, addictive and energetic book, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. Written...

Farewell to Eric Carle, 1929-2021

May 27, 2021 | Melanie L.

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Iconic children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle has died at age 91. One of the best known children’s books creators of all time, Carle produced more than 70 books over 50 years. His brightly-coloured mixed-media collages are recognizable for their unique style and child-friendly design. Born in Syracuse, New...

Funny Picture Books

May 21, 2021 | Heather

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Bring on the funny stuff! Are you tired of holding down the fort of positivity for your family? Are your smile muscles stiff from lack of use? We hear you, and we think you need more funny things in your life. Bring home some of our funniest picture books and...

New and Noteworthy Picture Books: May 2021

May 14, 2021 | Pat

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We are dedicated to bringing the best and brightest books to our library collections. Here are some picture books we are really excited about that have just hit our shelves. Additionally, all are available as ebooks. What's Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky (ages 4-7) How do flowers grow? Why...

5 Things to Know About Singing and Early Literacy

May 7, 2021 | Patty

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One of the easiest things you can do to get your child ready for reading is to sing! From the moment your child is born, they love to hear your voice. Here are five ways singing helps build important pre-reading skills: Singing helps your child hear the smaller sounds in...

There Are Three Kinds of Farts: Funny Flatulence Books for Kids

April 30, 2021 | Bill V.

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There's a joke in my family that starts "there are three kinds of farts." My Mom, who is living with dementia, finds this old chestnut very funny, mainly because it has very graphic sound effects, but also because it taps into a memory from her youth when she was growing...