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My favourite children's novels of 2018 are ...

Middle grade fiction was on fire this year! Here are my top picks for "Best of 2018":

book cover imageInkling by Kenneth Oppel, with illustrations by Sydney Smith - Bursting with creativity, a rogue inkblot comes to life, and this novel explores what getting unstuck means in so many ways.

My favourite children's picture books of 2018 are ...

These fabulous picture books top my "Best of 2018" list:

book cover imageNothing Happens in This Book by Judy Ann Sadler, illustrated by Vigg - Don't be fooled by the title!  Everyone loves a parade, and readers will want to march right back to the beginning of this clever book and enjoy the madcap procession again and again.

My favourite children's book of 2018 is...

Hedgehog Needs a Hug, written and illustrated by Jen Betton. Hedgehog wakes up feeling down in the dumps and he knows that a hug is what he needs to turn his day around.

My favourite children's book of 2018 is...

Hedgehog Needs a Hug, written and illustrated by Jen Betton. Hedgehog wakes up feeling down in the dumps and he knows that a hug is what he needs to turn his day around.

My favourite children's book of 2018 was...

 Book cover imageA 'girls who code book' called How to Code a Sandcastle, written by Josh Funk and illustrated by Sara Palacios.

What's better than having your own personal robot to help you build a sandcastle ... Especially when frisbees, high tide, and dogs can ruin your beautiful creations. This quirky little book will have you laughing - I particularly love the interactions between the young girl and her robot. Not only that, this book will also teach you coding basics in creative and artisitic ways - look out for coding loops!

- Shanda C. from Landon Library

My favourite children's book of 2018 is...

book image coverI Want To Draw Dinosaurs by Marisa Orgullo will be an immediate favourite with children who love dinosaurs and drawing. It will also please parents because it blends the best of both worlds- hands on fun with actual reading. The step-by-step instructions are easy enough to follow for beginner artists, but the best part is the visuals have accompanying written instructions. There's also

My favourite children's book of 2018 is...

book cover image Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse" by Marcy Campbell
"Sometimes we have to learn to see with kindness." It doesn't come easily for Chloe. We all know someone just like her or perhaps we've even been a Chloe at one time. She adamantly voices her opinion while laying out the facts- there is no way someone like Adrian Simcox can have a horse. Page by page the author and illustrator gently guide Chloe to a place of understanding and kindness. Chloe's mom is patient and skilfully walks her out of her comfort zone and into a world of colour, imagination and empathy.

My favourite children's book of 2018 is...

Book Cover Image Pine and Boof: The lucky leaf...Pine & Boof: The Lucky Leaf by Ross Burach.  I love how this book strikes the perfect balance between silly and sentimental.  Author-illustrator, Burach, does an amazing job of pairing words and pictures to draw us into the story of Boof the Bear and Pine the porcupine who embark on a wild adventure as they attempt to recover Boof’s lucky red leaf.

My favourite children's book of 2018 is ...

Winter is Here (book cover image)What better way to celebrate winter's arrival than by sharing a book! Award-winning author Kevin Henkes's words skate smoothly alongside Laura Dronzek's lively paintings of a neighbourhood where people, squirrels, dogs and birds embrace the wonders of snow.  And yes, spring will come.  It always does! We loved flipping between the opening pages and the

My favourite children's book of 2018 is ...

book cover ...a picture book by David Elliott called In The Past where poetry meets paleontology.  There are 20 poems for 21 prehistoric creatures, from trilobite to mammuthus, spanning 500 million years of evolution, more or less.  Matthew Trueman's illustrations make gruesome gorgeous.  You will