Instill a love for reading in your kids with these beloved tales.
By Bill Martin, Jr. and illustrated by Eric Carle, 1967
A page-turner that ignites in readers the desire to glimpse a blue horse, a purple cat and the next brilliant thing that follows.
By Martin Waddell and illustrated by Barbara Firth, 1992
Warm watercolours capture Big Bear’s tender attempts to banish all dark from the cave so Little Bear feels safe enough to sleep.
By Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson, 1945
Despite warnings that the seed he planted will not grow, a little boy’s patience and self-confidence are rewarded with a carrot as big as himself.
By Dr. Seuss, 1957.
Written in response to an article in Life magazine that lamented the boring reading lessons in schools, The Cat in the Hat employed 223 words from primary reading lists and single-handedly killed “Dick and Jane.”
By Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, and illustrated by Lois Ehlert, 1989
Infectious, playful rhyme sends the alphabet on a romp up a coconut tree.
By Margret and H.A. Rey, 1941.
George embodies the irresistibly lovable little monkey in all small children.
By Margaret Wise Brown and illustrated by Clement Hurd, 1947
Wise Brown’s quiet poetry has lulled generations of children to sleep and enticed millions of families to hunt for the mouse on every page.
By: Jeremy Tankard, 2007
When Bird wakes up, he’s too grumpy to eat, play or even fly, and instead starts stomping through the forest on foot. But his oblivious, happy-go-lucky friends stick to him like glue, turning Bird’s walk into an inadvertent game of follow-the-leader that makes Bird even grumpier.
By Sam McBratney and illustrated by Anita Jeram, 1995.
It is impossible not to sigh and aw-w-w over the sweet illustrations of Little Nutbrown Hare in various stages of sleep and play as he and Big Nutbrown Hare describe their love for each other.
By Robert Munsch and illustrated by Sheila McGraw, 1986.
This sentimental favourite showcases a mother’s undying devotion to her child, which eventually comes full circle.
By Lucy Cousins, 1990.
According to Cousins, Maisy “drew herself” one day when Cousins was doodling, and has since become one of the best-loved characters in children’s books.
By Robert McCloskey, 1941.
A delightful story about a duck family in Boston’s Public Garden that crosses a heavily trafficked street with the help of the police department.
By Rosemary Wells, 1979.
The illustrations of curious three-year-old Max and bossy seven-year-old Ruby incite as much fun as the words.
By Vera B. Williams, 1990.
Three stories of crazy-for-you affection, starting with Little Guy being chased by his daddy, who catches Little Guy and throws him high, swings him all around and gives him a kiss right in the middle of his belly button. “More,” laughs Little Guy. “More. More. More.” The book explodes with colour, each word an assortment of hues, each baby uniquely adored.
By Teddy Jam (Matt Cohen) and illustrated by Eric Beddows, 1988.
Lyrical prose and rich illustrations portray a tired father’s imaginative explanations of the nighttime noises outside the window. Billed as the Canadian Goodnight Moon.
Illustrated by Blanche Fisher Wright, 1916.
Despite the plentiful variety of nursery rhyme editions that surface regularly, it is this version, with its beloved illustrations, that is still going strong after nearly a century.
By Eve Rice, 1977.
While he has lovingly tended to all the other animals, it appears that Sam the zookeeper has forgotten to feed Elephant. Will Elephant have his hay?
By Beatrix Potter, 1902.
This quintessential cautionary tale, with its intimate, conversational tone, humorously warns young readers about the perils of misbehaving.
By Eric Carle, 1969.
Layered under the imaginative die-cut pages are lessons about counting, the days of the week and the magic of metamorphosis.
By Eric Hill, 1980.
The first lift-the-flap children’s book has toddlers readily identifying with the rascal puppy Spot, who is hiding from his mother, Sally.
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