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26 books from A-to-Z

Can't-miss titles for kids of all ages!

By Sadiya Dendar

26 books from A-to-Z

26 books from A-to-Z

Our favourite reads for kids!

If you're looking for the perfect book for your child, check out some of these great picks!

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A is for Adventure

Nanny Piggins and the Wicked Plan (Ages 8-12)
Written by: R.A. Spratt
Illustrated by: Dan Santat
Publisher: Little, Brown, and Company

This practically imperfect pig does everything from becoming a holistic healer to battling the queen of gypsies — all with the help of cake! — while looking after her three young charges.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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B is for Bedtime

Lucy Can't Sleep (Ages 4-8)
Written and Illustrated by: Amy Schwartz
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Go exploring with little Lucy as she finds friends, enjoys a midnight snack (strawberry shortcake and chocolate pudding) and meets a mysterious mutt.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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C is for Chameleon

Hide & Seek (Ages 2-5)
Written and Illustrated by: Il Sung Na
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Play along with jungle animals, as they each find the perfect spot to blend into the background and away from the eyes of the searching elephant.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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D is for Dress-up

Olivia and the Fairy Princesses (Ages 3-7)
Written and Illustrated by: Ian Falconer
Publisher: Simon and Schuster

Everyone's favourite pig is back in a charming new tale. While the other piglets obsess about being princesses, Olivia looks for new ways to stand out from the crowd.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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E is for Excitement

The Swing (Ages 0-3)
Written by: Robert Louis Stevenson
Illustrated by: Julie Morstad
Publisher: Simply Read Books

The sensations of soaring through the skies is told in this classic poem that is given new life with beautiful drawings by an award-winning illustrator.

Where to Buy? Amazon.ca

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F is for Family

Wild About You (Ages 4-8)
Written by: Judy Sierra
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Pengaroos and pandacats star in this story that shows it doesn't matter where you come from, as long as you have a loving family.
Where to Buy? Amazon.ca

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G is for Good Ideas

A Gold Star for Zog (Ages 4-8)
Written by: Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler
Publisher: Scholastic

Dragon school is turning out to be tougher than Zog expected, but with the help of a princess and a knight, he graduates with flying colours — and an unlikely profession.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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H is for Hero

The Horse Road (Ages 8-12)
Written by: Troon Harrison
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Kalli has trained all her life to be the best equestrian in Ershi, but when the king's army attacks her city on race day, she and her best friend, Batu, must find a way to save her people.


Where to Buy? Chapters

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I is for Intelligent

The Books of Elsewhere: The Second Spy (Ages 10+)
Written by: Jacqueline West
Publisher: Dial

The third instalment in this haunting series finds Olive in a desperate attempt to escape Elsewhere for good. She must also outwit the wicked Annabello, who has returned once again.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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J is for Jungle

What To Do If an Elephant Stands on Your Foot (Ages 3-5)
Written by: Michelle Robinson
Illustrated by: Peter H. Reynolds
Publisher: Dial

Tag along on a safari with an intrepid guide who knows just what to do when he comes face-to-face with the wild.
Where to Buy? Amazon.ca

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K is for Kindness

A Home for a Bird (Ages 3-8)
Written and Illustrated by: Philip C. Stead
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Beautiful illustrations complement this touching story about a frog who does his best to help a stranger find his way back home.
Where to Buy? Amazon.ca

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L is for Love

Small Bunny's Blue Blanket (Ages 1+)
Written and Illustrated by: Tatyana Feeney
Publisher: Random House

An adorable tale of a young bunny who feels like he can conquer anything — like flying high on the swings — as long as his blue blanket is by his side.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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M is for Monkey

My Dad is the Best Playground (Ages 0-3)
Written and Illustrated by: Luciana Navarro Powell
Publisher: Robin Corey Books

Take a look through young eyes in this cute board book that celebrates how fathers can be everything from a merry-go-round to monkey bars.
Where to Buy? Amazon.ca

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N is for Noggin

Frankenstein (Ages 4-8)
Written by: Ludworst Bemonster (Rick Walton)
Illustrated by: Nathan Hale
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

This hilarious parody of Madeline is sure to have kids shrieking with laughter as they meet "twelve ugly monsters in two crooked lines" who all want to lose their head like Frankenstein.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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O is for Outdoors

Day by Day (Ages 5-9)
Written and Illustrated by: Susan Gal
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Visit with a sweet family of pigs who move out west, build a home, plant a garden, nurture a community and celebrate life together.
Where to Buy? Amazon.ca

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P is for Psychic

Small Medium at Large (Ages 8-12)
Written by: Joanne Levy
Publisher: Bloomsbury

Lilah Bloom gets struck by lightning and discovers she has the ability to hear voices from beyond; she's then sent on a matchmaking mission by her dead grandmother.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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Q is for Quack

The Perfect Present (Ages 3-5)
Written and Illustrated by: Fiona Roberton
Publisher: Putnam's Sons

When Henry receives a dog for his birthday, his pet duck, Spot, feels left out and runs away from home. But when Spot gets into trouble, he discovers what true friendship is about.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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R is for Reflection

Hello Baby (Ages 0-1)
Written by: Roger Priddy
Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Vibrant colours, bold prints and a mirror that appears on every page will surely captivate curious babies who are just beginning to explore patterns and shapes.
Where to Buy? Amazon.ca

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S is for Spirited

Grammy Lamby and the Secret Handshake (Ages 4-8)
Written by: Kate Klise
Illustrated by: M. Sarah Klise
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Quiet Larry isn't sure how to deal with his outgoing grandmother, but when his house is ruined by a summer storm, Larry learns just how heroic she can be.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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T is for Tentacles

Horns, Tails, Spikes and Claws (Ages 3-5)
Written by: Elizabeth Mills
Illustrated by: Jef Czekaj
Publisher: Scholastic

Simple text and flaps with beastly body parts allow kids to mix and match their very own monstrous creatures.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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U is for UFO

Penelope Crumb (Ages 7-10)
Written by: Shawn K. Stout
Illustrated by: Valeria Docampo
Publisher: Philomel

Trying to learn more about her family, Penelope gets into all sorts of mischief as she tries to find her mysterious grandfather and figure out if her brother really is an alien.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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V is for Van Gogh

Mousterpiece (Ages 3-8)
Written and Illustrated by: Jane Breskin Zalben
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

A museum-dwelling mouse with artistic flair experiments with expert techniques and savvy style in this book that introduces young readers to great artists.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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W is for Woof

Dog Loves Drawing (Ages 4-8)
Written and Illustrated by: Louise Yates
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Embark on a unique adventure with Dog and his friends, as he doodles pages of fun. He even draws a scary monster that requires a sneaky escape.
Where to Buy? Chapter

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X is for Xiaosaurus

Alphasaurus (Ages 0-3)
Written by: Megan E. Bryant
Illustrated by: Luciana NAvarro Powell
Publisher: Chronicle Books

Little paleontologists will delight in learning about different dinos through silly alliterative text.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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Y is for Yarns

One Sheep, Blue Sheep (Ages 0-3)
Written by: Thom Wiley
Illustrated by: Ben Mantle
Publisher: Scholastic

A farmer must shear the colourful fleece of his sheep when one has a silly accident with a can of red paint and the rest of the herd follows suit.
Where to Buy? Chapters

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Z is for Zombie

Undead Ed (Ages 8-12)
Written and Illustrated by: Rotterly Ghoulstone (Nigel Baines)
Publisher: Razorbill

Surprised to find himself dead and lying in a sewer, Ed must team up with a werewolf to track down his lost limb — his rogue left arm that's determined not to let Ed rest in peace.
Where to Buy? Chapters

26 books from A-to-Z

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