Saskatoon Kids & Teen Staff Picks


Saskatoon Kids and Teen Staff Picks

Picks are broken down into Kids and Teen recommendations. 

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March Kids Staff Book Club Read

Say What You Will
 by Cammie McGovern

Cover image for Faithful Elephants

"A fun read that focuses on teens who have been isolated because of their disabilities. While its unique characters are lovable and quirky, and the focus of the book normalizes otherwise isolating conditions, it is riddled with problematic gender stereotypes."

Bottom Line: A good beginner YA novel about teens with disabilities, but some may question the ideas surrounding gender and sexuality, and the over-simplifying of often complicated conditions.


Kids Picks

Faithful Elephants
 by Yukio Tsuchiya

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Chosen by Allison

A zookeeper at the Ueno Zoo in Tokyo tells a story about a long time ago when Japan was at war. Bombs were dropped on Tokyo day and night, like falling rain, and people worried about what might happen if bombs hit the city's zoo. Yukio Tsuchiya's story and Ted Lewin's beautiful illustrations will leave no reader unmoved. The story is read aloud on Japanese radio every year since its publication in 1951 to mark the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II.

Big Dog and Little Dog Making a Mistake
by Dav Pilkey

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Chosen by Allison

Big Dog and Little Dog are going for a walk. They spot a kitty. Uh-oh. . . . Looks like Big Dog and Little Dog are in for a surprise, and it doesn't smell good! Irresistible as ever, these two canine chums romp through this welcome addition to the spirited board book series.

The Fairy Doll and other Tales from the Doll's House
by Rumer Godden

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Chosen by Lori

Dolls cannot tell you anything, but often their wish is as strong as telling. Have you ever felt a doll's wish?' This wonderful classic edition contains some of Rumer Godden's best-loved stories. Perfect for new readers or for reading aloud, this collection will introduce a whole new generation to the magical secret life of dolls.

The Dark Horse
 By Rumer Godden

Cover image for Lord and Lady Bunny - Almost Royalty!

Chosen by Lori

Dark Invader is a beautifully bred racehorse, but after a disappointing first season he is sold in disgrace and shipped from England to Calcutta. With love and gentle handling 'Darkie' wins the hearts of the people and becomes the firm favourite for India's most famous race, the Viceroy Cup. But three days before the race Dark Invader disappears. Can he be found before it is too late?

The Moccasins
by Earl Einarson

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Chosen by Maureen

This Endearing story is of a young Aboriginal foster child who is given a special gift by his foster mother. Her gift of warmth and thoughtfulness helps her young foster child by encouraging self-esteem, acceptance and love. Baased on the author's personal experience.

Adventures With Barefoot Critters
by Teagan White

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Chosen by Maureen

Join an adorable cast of animal characters as they explore the alphabet through the seasons. From gathering honey in spring to building cozy campfires in fall, the friends make the most of each season, both enjoying the great outdoors and staying snug inside. Children and adults alike will delight in Teagan White's sweet, nostalgic illustrations.

Love: The Tiger
by Frederic Brremaud

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Chosen by Dave

A day in the life of the king of the jungle, this lavishly illustrated story follows a single majestic tiger through a wordless adventure of survival as it hunts prey and defends itself from other would-be killers defending their territory. This exciting tale is told without narration or dialogue, conveyed entirely through the beautiful illustrations of Federico Bertolucci. A beautiful, all-ages title that explores genuine natural behavior through the dramatic lens of Disney-esque storytelling. Like a nature documentary in illustration.

This Is Not My Hat
by Jon Klassen

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Chosen by Karlee

When a tiny fish shoots into view wearing a round blue topper (which happens to fit him perfectly), trouble could be following close behind. So it's a good thing that enormous fish won't wake up. And even if he does, it's not like he'll ever know what happened. . . . Visual humor swims to the fore as the best-selling Jon Klassen follows his breakout debut with another deadpan-funny tale.

The Monster At the End of This Book
by Jon Stone and Michael Smollin

Chosen by Karlee

The Monster at the End of This Book is THE bestselling Sesame Street Little Golden Book of all time. It stars a frantic Grover trying in vain to prevent readers from turning the pages and finding the monster at the end of the book. The original Little Golden Book has sent generations of readers into gales of laughter and has become a true modern classic.

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

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Chosen by Robbie

Max is sent to bed without supper and imagines sailing away to the land of Wild Things,where he is made king.

If You Give a Mouse A Cookie
by Laura Numeroff

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Chosen by Tressa

If a hungry little traveler shows up at your house, you might want to give him a cookie. If you give him a cookie, he's going to ask for a glass of milk. ....The consequences of giving a cookie to this energetic mouse run the young host ragged, but readers will come away smiling at the antics that tumble like dominoes through the pages.

The Nethergrim
by Matthew Jobin

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Chosen by Lindsay

To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in honor of the brave knight Tristan and wizard Vithric for defeating the evil Nethergrim. Yet now animals and children start disappearing and everyone realizes the Nethergrim has returned! Edmund, a struggling student of magic, knows he must do something when his brother goes missing, so he and his friends set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine.

NorthWest Passage
by Stan Rogers

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Chosen by Ashley

Artist Matt James takes the iconic song "Northwest Passage" by legendary Canadian songwriter and singer Stan Rogers and tells the dramatic story of the search for the elusive route through the Arctic Ocean to the Pacific. James's striking paintings bring a unique vision to the song and the history behind it, providing commentary on the Franklin expedition and its failure to heed the wisdom of Inuit living in the North.



Teen Picks

by Rainbow Rowell

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Chosen by Tressa

Cath and her twin sister, Wren, are ensconced in the Simon Snow series fandom. Now that they're going to college, Wren is growing distant from Cath, who suddenly finds herself on her own. Now Cath has a surly roommate with a charming, always around best-friend-maybe-boyfriend, a professor who thinks fan fiction is drivel, and she can't stop worrying about her dad, who's loving and fragile and has never really been alone. For Cath, the question is: Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

Jeremy Stone
by Leslie Choyce

Cover image for Through the Woods

Chosen by Tressa

Jeremy is trying to find out where he fits in the world. He meets Caitlan, who tells him about a boy who has committed suicide. Jeremy isn't sure whether he has much to offer Caitlan, but he is solid and supportive towards his new friend. A lot of the support comes from Old Man, the spirit of Jeremy's dead grandfather, with whom he has frequent illuminating conversations. In fact, Jeremy has frequent contact with the spirit world, and each of these spirits help Jeremy find his way through a quagmire of bullying and racial taunts toward a more stable future.

The Fifth Wave
by Rick Yancey

Cover image for Seraphina

Chosen by Brenna

It's the dawn of the 5th wave. On a lonely highway, Cassie runs from Them, in order to save her brother. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets mysterious Evan Walker. Cassie must choose: trust or despair, defiance or surrender. To give up or to get up.

by Marie Lu

Cover image for We Were Liars 

Chosen by Brenna

June is a prodigy in the Republic's highest military circles. Day is the country's most wanted criminal. When June's brother is murdered, Day becomes the prime suspect. They are caught in a game of cat and mouse, but in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together.

Say What You Will
by Cammie McGovern

Cover image for Forget Me 

Chosen by Karlee

Matthew never planned to tell Amy what he thought, but after he does, Amy realizes she needs someone like him in her life. As they begin to spend more time with each other, Amy learns that Matthew has his own secrets and she decides to try to help him in the same way he's helped her. And when what started out as a friendship turns into something neither of them expected, they realize that they tell each other everything—except the one thing that matters most

The Giver
by Lois Lowry

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Chosen by Karlee

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.

Made For You
by Melissa Marr

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Chosen by Billy

When Eva Tilling wakes up in the hospital, she's confused--who in her sleepy little North Carolina town could have hit her, the town darling, with their car? And why? But she has little time to consider the question when she finds that she's awoken with a strange new skill: the ability to foresee people's deaths when they touch her. Chilling twists, unrequited obsession, and high-stakes romance drive Melissa Marr's racy thriller--a story of small-town oppression and salvation.

Princess Bride
by William Goldman

Cover image for Where I Belong 

Chosen by Robbie

Originally published in 1973, William Goldman's classic tale has now sold over one million copies. The 1987 movie perfectly captured the spirit of the book--a whimsical story of true love and high adventure, pirates and giants, monsters and princesses, miracles and narrow escape. This new edition's beautiful new package will attract a new generation of readers.

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