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Kids

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

The Day You Begin The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Rafael Lopez

This is a beautiful picture book about feeling different and belonging. With warm illustrations that are reminiscent of Ezra Jack Keats in The Snowy Day, this story reveals a child-eye's view of navigating the world when you feel like you're on the outside looking in.

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:

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. But being hesitant of Hedgehog's prickles, his woodland friends are not reciprocating his offer. Before too long though, Hedgehog meets another animal who may just be feeling the same way. After all, everyone needs a hug, EVEN if they're prickly!

I loved this book because everyone needs a hug sometimes, especially in today's world where tragedy, conflict, and controversy are ever so present. With hugs, we can spread kindness, compassion, and affection to those around us. The illustrations are beautiful, soft, and rich with colour. This was a wonderful read aloud story to share with toddlers and preschoolers as it features recognizable woodland animals to spread a valuable message.

- Katie H. from Bostwick