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Forest of Reading

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TD Summer Reading Club

The TD Summer Reading Club is a fun, free and accessible program of Canadian public libraries. Kids (age 12 and under) are encouraged to read all summer long while participating in special crafts, movies, games, contests, parties and much more! Learn more about the TD Summer Reading Club.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

Dream more, learn more, care more and be more! These inspiring words are from singing legend Dolly Parton. Dolly created the Imagination Library to foster a love of reading among young children and their families. The Imagination Library partners with local sponsors in 1,300 communities in 4 countries to provide a quality, age appropriate book each month to preschool children enrolled in the program. So far, a total of 50 million books have been sent!

Kids who use the CNIB Library can read books from the Imagination Library in audio thanks to a partnership between the Imagination Library, the American Printing House for the Blind (APH), and CNIB.

For more information, visit ca.imaginationlibrary.com or the official Facebook page.

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Booklist

New books are added each month. Older titles will sometimes be replaced with new ones.

2015

Nighty-night, forest friends

Nighty-night, forest friends

As the sun sets, animals all over the forest get ready for bed. Papa rabbit tucks his babies in among the leaves, fuzzy bears settle in their den, and little foxes snuggle together under the moonlight. Up above, an owl hoots a lullaby. The gentle rhyming text and soft illustrations in this charming book will help little ones settle down for a cozy night. Grades K-3. 2013.

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The boy in number four

The boy in number four

Young Bobby Orr works hard to be the best hockey player he can be and his efforts pay off in one of the many important games that help prepare him to achieve his dream of one day playing in the big leagues. Grades K-3. 2014.

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Little Cub

Little Cub

What's an Old Bear to do when he finds a Little Cub all alone and afraid of the dark? Adopt him, of course! And help him try to get over his fears. Companion to “Old Bear and His Cub”. Grades K-3. 2012.

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Dog wants to play

Dog wants to play

Dog wants to play. When? Today! But no one will play with Dog. Not the chick or the lamb, the calf or the pig. Poor Dog! Isn’t there one playmate who will play with Dog all day long? With its structure of rhyme and repetition, this is the perfect book to prepare children for reading. Grades P-2. 2009.

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Fly, butterfly

Fly, butterfly

Did you know that every year hundreds of thousands of monarch butterflies migrate 2,500 miles to Mexico for the winter? It takes four generations of butterflies to make the trip, and only the fourth generation lives longer than three weeks. Follow a beautiful butterfly as she makes her journey down to Mexico! Grades K-3. 2014.

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Where Butterflies Grow

Where Butterflies Grow

In a field of lacy leaves, a small caterpillar hatches, grows, and sheds its skin, becoming a smooth, green creeper. It eats and changes some more, and then spins a silken sling in which to pupate - until it finally bursts forth as a brilliant black swallowtail butterfly. Includes suggestions on how children can grow butterflies in their own gardens. Grades K-3. 1989.

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2014

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderella

Cinders: A Chicken Cinderalla

On a snowy Russian winter, one magical night Cinders, the most picked upon hen in the flock, becomes the most loved by Prince Cockerel when she arrives at his ball looking so beautiful that even her bossy sisters don't recognize her.

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Corduroy

Corduroy

A toy bear in a department store wants a number of things, but when a little girl finally buys him, he finds what he has wanted most of all.

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The Mine-o-saur

The Mine-o-saur

A group of dinosaurs is happily playing in the school yard when… oh no! Here comes the Mine-o-saur! He snatches all the toys, he grabs all the snacks at snack time, he hoards the blocks during recess. And all the while he yells, "MINE, MINE, MINE!" And soon, no one wants to play with him. What will it take for the Mine-o-saur to realize that what he really wants are friends?

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Tea party rules

Tea party rules

When he follows his nose through the woods, Cub discovers a backyard tea party - with cookies! He is just about to dig in when the hostess of the tea party shows up. And she has several strong opinions on how Tea Party must be played. Cub tries to follow her rules, but just how much can one bear take, even for cookies?

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Llama Llama red pajama

Llama Llama red pajama

In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama! Tucked into bed by his mama, Baby Llama immediately starts worrying when she goes downstairs, and his soft whimpers turn to hollers when she doesn't come right back. But just in time, Mama returns to set things right.

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My farm friends

My farm friends

Is there anything cuter than a little lamb or a playful piglet? Farm animals are fascinating, and they are full of surprises, too. Naturally, cows make milk — but did you know they need to drink a bathtub full of water every day? And of course the turkeys gobble — but sometimes they purr like cats. Bright, bold artwork and jaunty verse celebrate the wonders of our farm friends.

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One cool friend

One cool friend

On a momentous visit to the aquarium, Elliot discovers his dream pet: a penguin. It's just proper enough for a straight-laced boy like him. And when he asks his father if he may have one (please and thank you), his father says yes. Elliot should have realized that Dad probably thought he meant a stuffed penguin and not a real one.

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Spot goes to the library

Spot goes to the library

Spot and his friends spend the day at the library searching for books with the help of Ms. Lion. The fun only increases when they take the books home to act them out.

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Baby sounds

Baby sounds

Identifies fourteen sounds infants hear in everyday life, including the ring of a telephone, the honk of a car, and the splashing of bathwater.

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Lull-a-bye, little one

Lull-a-bye, little one

Rhyming text follows the bedtime routine of a baby and its parents. There's "splash-a-bye" time in the bathtub with rubber-duck squeaks and bubble-beard cheeks; "rock-a-bye" time where the whole family sings silly songs together; "hush-a-bye" time with Dad reading and the moon watching from high above; and finally, "Lull-abye" time again, as the child gently eases into sleep.

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My little train

My Little Train

Little Train toots along, taking all his passengers exactly where they want to go. "To the pond!" says the duck. "To the forest!" says the monkey. "To the mountain!" says the bear. But Little Kangaroo doesn't say a word. He wants to go on an adventure with Little Train that leads him up a mountain, off a cliff, and back where he belongs: in his mama's pocket.

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Meet me at the moon

Meet me at the moon

When Mama Elephant must leave Little One to ask the skies for rain, the young elephant is worried. Who will care for Little One? Who will sing Mama's special songs? When will she return? Mama is very reassuring - Little One will hear her song on the wind and feel her love in the warmth of the sun, and, after the rains come, they will meet where the moon sets.

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2013

The perfect present

The perfect present

From the moment Spot answered Henry's ad in the newspaper, the two have been inseparable. But then on Henry's birthday, he gets a dog - the pet he's always wanted! Feeling left out, Spot leaves for his old home, and gets caught in a terrible storm. Henry is devastated when he finds Spot missing and is quickly hot on his trail. With the help of his new dog, Henry saves him and Spot finds out that even with a new pet in his life, Henry would never let his best friend go.

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Sleep, baby, sleep

Sleep, baby, sleep

As their baby sleeps, the parents wish for their child the many characteristics found in animals, such as being gentle as a lamb, having the sight of a hawk, and the peacefulness of a snowy dove.

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ABC look at me!

ABC look at me!

Learning the alphabet has never been more fun! Kids will love lifting the big, colourful letters and discovering other children expressing their feelings and moods.

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Llama, llama, nighty-night

Llama, llama, nighty-night

What's the best part of bedtime? Stories with Mama! Before cuddling, Llama Llama must splish and splash in the tub, then put his red pajamas on.

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Owl moon

Owl moon

On a winter's night under a full moon, a father and daughter trek into the woods to see the Great Horned Owl.

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The house that Jack built

The house that Jack built

Here is the beloved nursery tale of Jack and his friends and his famous house, with an unexpected and lively new ending. Young listeners will delight in repeating the simple rhyme again and again, and watching as a house is built from the ground up. A rebus puzzle on each page adds to the fun.

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All of baby, nose to toes

All of baby, nose to toes

From eyes to ears, tummy to nose, legs to toes, there's a lot for baby to discover - and even more for a family to love. A roly-poly little baby is sure to inspire plenty of giggling and grabbing and feet-in-the-air-ing. For every baby - and every parent who loves that baby to bits - here's the perfect first book.

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I am a rainbow

I am a rainbow

Have you ever been tickled pink? Green with envy? Or maybe just plain blue? Celebrate the colour variety of feelings we all share.

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Little dog lost

Little dog lost

On a cold winter day, a curious dog wandered onto a frozen river, and before he knew it he was traveling fast on a sheet of ice. Many people tried to help, but the dog could not be reached. Finally, after two nights and seventy-five miles, the little dog was saved by a ship out in the Baltic Sea. Based on a true story.

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Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain

Bringing the rain to Kapiti Plain

An African folktale in rhyme of the year that the rain did not fall on Kapiti Plain, and there was a terrible drought. And how Ki-pat, a herdsman, comes up with an ingenious way to bring the rain to Kapiti Plain.

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Love, Mouseralla

Love, Mouserella

Mouserella misses her grandmouse, so she writes her a letter. At first she can't think of anything to say, but once she starts, the news begins to flow — she found a cat whisker at the zoo, she taught her ladybug to fetch, she made shadow puppets with Dadmouse during a blackout — and just like that, the events of the past few days come to vivid life in her letter, as does her love for Grandmouse.

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My teacher

My teacher

My teacher encourages us to write stories, listen to jazz music, help in the neighbourhood, celebrate different kinds of families, and build our own class library. My teacher could be working in a nicer school, but because she was a student in our very same classroom once, she works in our school to help all the children achieve their dreams the way she was able to.

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Nobunny's perfect

Nobunny's perfect

Bunnies, who slurp their juice, forget to say "please," and bite their friends, learn about good manners.

 

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Little Monkey lost

Little Monkey lost

Bored, Little Monkey sets out to find adventure in the jungle and meets nine different kinds of monkeys who teach him fun new things, but not how to get home. Includes facts about the New World Monkeys featured.

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The wild little horse

The wild little horse

An exhilarating adventure awaits Little Horse, just starting to explore the world beyond his cozy barn. Trotting past sleepy meadows, then gaining speed as the rolling sea beckons, he becomes Wild Little Horse. But home is never far away - Papa Horse and Mama Mare follow close behind.

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Mary and her little lamb: the true story of the famous nursery rhyme

Mary and her little lamb: the true story of the famous nursery rhyme

In 1810s Massachusetts, young Mary Elizabeth Sawyer nurses a sickly lamb back to health and becomes the subject of a famous nursery rhyme. Includes facts about the real Mary, John Roulstone who wrote the rhyme, and Lowell Mason who set it to music.

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Snowy day

Snowy day

The adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day.

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Strega Nona's harvest

Strega Nona's harvest

Every year Strega Nona carefully plants her seeds and uses her magic touch to grow her garden. Her helper Big Anthony figures he should be able to grow a garden too. But Big Anthony is not careful. Soon he has a jungle on his hands - Mamma mia! What will they do with all these vegetables?

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Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose

Tomie dePaola's Mother Goose

An abridged version of the collection of Mother Goose nursery rhymes.

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Bun Bun Button

Bun Bun Button

Paige Darling loves the stuffed rabbit her grandmother has made for her, but when she ties a helium-filled balloon to Bun Bun Button the toy gets loose and goes floating away, and it may take some Darling luck to bring her home.

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Little owl's night

Little owl’s night

Little Owl enjoys a lovely night in the forest visiting his friend the raccoon, listening to the frogs croak and the crickets chirp, and watching the fog that hovers overhead.

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Llama Llama home with Mama

Llama Llama home with Mama

Llama Llama's mother takes good care of him when he has to stay home from school because he is sick, but when Mama Llama begins to feel sick, too, Llama Llama knows how to take care of her.

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My no, no, no day!

My no, no, no day!

After having a day in which nothing is right, tired Bella cuddles with her mother and talks about having a more cheerful day tomorrow.

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Stand tall, Molly Lou Melon

Stand tall, Molly Lou Melon

Even when the class bully at her new school makes fun of her, Molly remembers what her grandmother told her and she feels good about herself.

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