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8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlers

Beautiful board books and much-loved tales make up our list of best books for babies and toddlers.

By Amy Valm

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlers

Red is Best

Kathy Stinson, Robin Baird Lewis, Annick Press

Much to her mother’s dismay, a stubborn little girl insists on wearing red all the time. Red stockings make her jump higher, and red mittens shape snowballs better!

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Annick Press

Baby Beluga

Raffi, Ashley Wolff, Crown Publishers

The lyrics of Raffi’s 1980 hit song supply the text for this illustrated book, perfect for his littlest listeners. 

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Crown Publishers

Night Cars

Teddy Jam, Eric Beddows, Groundwood Books

Wide-awake Baby and sleepy Daddy look out the window at the nighttime city life below, sweetly described in rhyming couplets.

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Groundwood Books

Sweetest of All

Jean Little, Marisol Sarrazin, Scholastic Canada

All the animals on the farm are having babies, and now there are sweet fuzzy ducklings and dear little kittens. 

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Scholastic Canada

Kitten’s Spring

Eugenie Fernandes, Kids Can Press

In the first book of the Kitten series, Kitten ventures out into the farmyard to meet all the animals and their new babes. 

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Kids Can Press

ABC of Canada

Kim Bellefontaine, Per-Henrik Gürth, Kids Can Press

C is for Calgary Stampede and S is for salmon swimming upstream. Bright and colourful illustrations greet tiny readers as they flip through a very Canadian alphabet. 

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Kids Can Press

Without You

Geneviève Côté, Kids Can Press

Two friends bicker and come up with a list of things they can do without each other, only to realize that things are much better when done together. 

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Kids Can Press

Little You

Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett, Orca Book Publishers

Lively drawings of parents and their child accompany sweet text about the joy a new baby brings. 

8 best Canadian books for babies and toddlersPhoto: Orca Book Publishers

Read more: 26 best Canadian books for big kids 36 best Canadian books for preschoolers 30 best Canadian books for little kids

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