Book List

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Comming soon: Autographed copies for special occasions through this site.

Porcupine in a Pine Tree

Four calling moose, three beaver tails, two caribou and a porcupine in a pine tree . . .

Celebrate Christmas Canadian-style with this hilarious adaptation of The Twelve Days of Christmas. You’ll find squirrels curling, puffins piping, hockey players a-leaping and more.

Reading Level:Ages 3-7 Hardcover:32 pages
ISBN-978-0-545-98663-2 Size: 10” x 10”
Publisher:North Winds Press
 

Pippin the Christmas Pig

All the animals in the barn are talking about Christmas — and how their great-great-great-grandparents helped one special child in a stable, so long ago. But young Pippin has no stories, for none of her relatives were there. “Face it, Pippin,” the others tell her. “Pigs are not worthy.” And so begins Pippin’s journey, all alone on another winter night… a journey that shows the other animals just how special Pippin is.

A heartwarming story of hope, wonder and the true Christmas spirit. Read a Review , Starred Review, Quill & Quire November 2003

  • 2010 Libris Award for Best Canadian Children’s Book of the Year
  • Awarded 2003 MR CHRISTIE’S BOOK AWARD gold seal for BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK PUBLISHED IN CANADA FOR 7 & UNDER.
  • Nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award
  • Nominated 2004 Ruth Schwartz Award
Reading Level:Ages 3-8 Hardcover:32 pages
ISBN 0-7791-1420-5 HC ISBN 978-0-439-93563-0 PBK
Publisher:North Winds Press / Scholastic Canada Ltd
 

Listen Said the Donkey

Three familiar animals are gathered at a stable in Bethlehem — a donkey, a lamb and a camel. With them are a no-nonsense Persian cat and a small, frightened dog. The animals miss the baby who was recently born there. To comfort one another, each tells the tale of how it came to be at the stable for the baby’s birth.

Reading Level:Ages 5-8 Hardcover:40 pages
ISBN 0-439-95782-6 HC Size:8″x10″
Publisher:North Winds Press / Scholastic Canada Ltd
 

Whatever you Do Don’t go near that Canoe / Pirates of Captain McKee

Three familiar animals are gathered at a stable in Bethlehem — a donkey, a lamb and a camel. With them are a no-nonsense Persian cat and a small, frightened dog. The animals miss the baby who was recently born there. To comfort one another, each tells the tale of how it came to be at the stable for the baby’s birth.

  • Nominated for the 1996 Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration
Reading Level:Ages 5-9 Paper:32 pages
ISBN 978-0-545-99766-9 PBK Size:8″x10″
Publisher:Scholastic Canada Ltd
Snow Day

Snow Day

Millions of snowflakes drifted down. Everything was covered in a deep blanket of snow. Would it be deep enough? Would school be closed?

There’s nothing like a snow day! It’s the anticipation of watching the thick flakes drifting down, and hoping that school will be closed. It’s the unexpected gift of a day free for snow forts and sliding, hockey and hot chocolate. It’s magic for everyone!

Get ready for the best snow day ever!

“Werner Zimmerman conjures up all the marvels of a ‘Snow Day.'” – The Globe and Mail

“Enjoy the fun of frolicking in the snow without ever leaving the house.” – Today’s Parent

Review: CM Magazine , Quill & Quire , Books in Canada

Reading Level:Ages 4-8 Paper:32 pages
ISBN 978-0-439-95710-6 PBK Size:8″x10″
Publisher:Scholastic Canada Ltd

Brave Highland Heart

Wherever my father puffs out his cheeks and plays the bagpipes, my brothers go to visit a friend. Our dog creeps under the bed, the horses flatten their ears, the hens cluck. And I cover my ears.

But one special night everyone listened when my father played his pipes.

For the youngest member in the family, the ceilidh is almost spoiled. She has been judged old enough to help, but too young to stay up like her brothers, or wear a kilt, or dance until dawn.

But when the bagpipes sound from the far hills she is there – hiding in the hay- watching, listening.

And on a night twinkling with fireflies, one small girl’s brave Highland heart responds to her father and the ancient spell his music weaves.

  • Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature – Illustration nominee, 1999

Review: Quill & Quire

Reading Level:Ages 4-8 Paper:32 pages
ISBN13: 9780773730991  ISBN10: 0773730990 Size:8″x11″
Publisher: Stoddart Kids

Farmer Joe

Farmer Joe has a problem: he works so hard that by the end of the day he is very hot and tired.

“What can I do?” he asks his wife.

You’ll laugh at the clever way Farmer Joe’s wife helps him keep his cool. Or does she?

Reading Level:Ages 4-8 Paper:32 pages
ISBN:0-590-74280-9 PBK Size:8.5″x11.25″
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd.

Farmer Joe Goes To The City

Farmer Joe Goes To The City

Accompanied by his pig, cow, gophers and chickens, Farmer Joe sets out for the big city to buy a birthday present for his wife. Readers follow this menagerie’s comic wanderings through a city mall to find a special present in his wife’s favourite colour – red. Those who enjoyed Farmer Joe’s Hot Day will be delighted to read more adventures of this wacky, good-natured character.

Review: CM Magazine

Reading Level:Ages 2-8 Paper:22 pages
ISBN13: 0590733621 Size:8.5″x11.375″
Publisher:North Winds Press / Scholastic Canada Ltd

 

Farmer Joe Babysits

Farmer Joe is babysitting for the very first time! But Jennifer loses her favourite blanket, and it takes all the farm animals to help put things right again. Another hilarious Farmer Joe story.

Reading Level:Ages 2-7 Paper:22 pages
ISBN13: 0590249770 Size:8.5″x11.375″
Publisher:North Winds Press / Scholastic Canada Ltd

 

Henny Penny

A classic nonsense folktale follows the journey of the scatterbrained Henny Penny and her friends Ducky Lucky, Goosey Loosey, and Turkey Lurkey, as they race to inform the king that the sky is falling.

Reading Level:Ages 4-8 Paper:32 pages
ISBN-10: 0590423894
ISBN-13: 978-0590423892
Size:9.8″x8.1″
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

 

In My Backyard

A simple, rhyming text and soft, lush illustrations tell the story of a great friendship between a boy and his dog, and the fun they have with their new friend – a frog

Reading Level:Ages 4-8 Paper:28 pages
ISBN: 0590733079 Size:10.25″x8.5″
Publisher: Scholastic Canada Ltd

 

Each One Special

The power of friendship rejuvenates the creative spirit.
Ben’s pal Harry is a cake decorator extraordinaire, revered for his fabulous creations. Every cake is a work of art; no two are alike. Harry loves every minute of his job. But one day the bakery is sold and the new owners don’t want Harry or his unique creations. They want lots and fast, not different and special. Despondant, Harry eventually accepts his forced retirement and sinks into a chair in front of the TV.

Ben, however, is not about to see Harry become a couch potato. When a school assignment proves too hard, he seeks out Harry’s advice, determined to help his older friend discover another outlet for his amazing talent. Will it work? Will Harry’s way with icing lead to another career? A funny and touching tale, Each One Special celebrates the power of friendship to rejuvenate the soul and ignite the creative spirit.

Review: CM Magazine , Publishers Weekly

Reading Level:Ages 6-9 Paper:32 pages
ISBN: 781551431246 Size:8″x11″
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

 

Finster Frets

Finster and his wife Holly Berry try to get rid of two birds who have built a nest on Finster’s head.

Review: CM Magazine

Reading Level:Ages 6-9 Paper:32 pages
ISBN-10: 0773756981 ISBN-13: 978-0773756984 Size:10.5″x8.3″
Publisher:  Fitzhenry & Whiteside
 

Alphonse Knows – 12 Months Make a Year

Alphonse knows the twelve months of the year by heart. Tonight he’s remembering them all while he waits for midnight to come. Tonight is special. It’s New Year’s Eve and Alphonse wants to be the first to shout, Happy New Year!

Reading Level:Ages 2-6 Paper: 28 pages
ISBN-13: 9780195407983 ISBN: 0195407989 Size: 8″x8″
Publisher:  Oxford University Press
 

Alphonse Knows – Circle is Not a Valentine

The first book in the Alphonse series deals with shapes. Alphonse, a delightfully wacky artist, attempts to paint a valentine but, by mistake, creates a square, a circle, and a triangle.

Reading Level:Ages 2-6 Paper: 24 pages
ISBN 0-19-540744-X Size: 8″x8″
Publisher:  Oxford University Press
 

Alphonse Knows – Colour of Springs

Alphonse sets out to paint Easter eggs the color of spring. One by one, he uses all the basic colors to try to paint his eggs, but each time success seems to be wihin reach, something happens. Finally, all the colors but one have been tried. Determined to the last, Alphonse finally manages the perfect purple egg. As he and the mouse admire it, it cracks open and a baby chick emerges and hops away.

Review: CM Magazine

Reading Level:Ages 2-6 Paper: 24 pages
ISBN-10: 0195409272 ISBN-13: 978-0195409277 Size: 8″x8″
Publisher:  Oxford University Press

Alphonse Knows – Zero is Not Enough

Alphonse knows it’s important to have enough Halloween candies for everyone. He’s sure a tooth fairy would ask for one, a pirate would take two, and a witch would want at least three. But as he counts, he makes a terrible mistake. He doesn’t know what to do, but he does know that zero is not enough!

Reading Level:Ages 2-6 Paper: 24 pages
ISBN: 0195407970 / 0-19-540797-0 Size: 8″x8″
Publisher:  Oxford University Press