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Winnipeg Kids & Teen Staff Picks


Winnipeg Kids and Teen Staff Picks

Picks are broken down into Kids and Teen recommendations.

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Kids Picks

I am a Bunny
by Ole Risom

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Chosen by Liza

"I am a Bunny is a classic Golden Book and is celebrating its 50th anniversary! It is a charming and thoughtful story about a bunny named Nicholas who takes us through the seasons of the year. The illustrations are vibrant and beautifully detailed and have retro appeal. No child's library would be complete without this treasured classic."

Little You
by Richard Van Camp

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Chosen by Liza

"The author has written a sweet poem about the joys that a baby brings into the world. The bold and comtemporary illustrations are beautiful and simple and will capture the attention of little ones. This book is an excellent choice for new and expecting parents."

Dragon Loves Penguin
by Deb Gliori 

Chosen by Megan

"A sweet tale about the trials and joys of being adopted into a loving family. A penguin who is adopted by a dragon without an egg struggles with being different, but her dragon mommy knows just how to care for her so she can grow up into a loving, capable, confident adult penguin who can care for her own adopted child. This book contains a very satisfying, heart-warming ending."

Shh! We Have a Plan
by Chris Haughton

Chosen by Megan

"Who wouldn't chase brilliantly coloured birds when everything else around you is blue?"

 The Circus Ship
by Chris Van Dusen

Chosen by Megan

"These animals definitely know how to make the best out of a bad situation - and they do so in rhyme! When their ship crashes they use the opportunity to escape from their evil circus master and make themselves at home in a quiet village. Chris Van Dusen's vivid and interactive illustrations will ignite every imagination."

The Princess and the Pony
by Kate Beaton

Chosen by Devon

"The Canadian Queen of Comics does it again, this time for kids!

Princess Pinecone knows not to look a gift horse in the mouth, but when the pony she's given is fatter and more flatulent than the warrior stallion she asked for, she can't help but be a bit disappointed."

A Lion in Paris
by Beatrice Alemanga

Chosen by Devon

"Don't worry about how this will fit on your bookshelf. You will find room. Build a new bookcase if necessary.
I promise it's worth it."

Bonjour, Camille
by Felipe Cano 

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Chosen by Devon

"Clad in her battledress (tutu + top hat), Camille is a wild thing on a mission. There are so many things to do! From jumping on the bed to yelling at the winter to GO AWAY, this boldly-illustrated book is a little bit mischievous and a lot of fun."

The Riverman
by Aaron Starmer

Chosen by Kathleen

"A story about friendship, trying to be a hero, and deciding whether or not to believe in the impossible. Melancholic and beautiful. I have never read another book like it."

Howl's Moving Castle
by Diana Wynne Jones

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Chosen by Kathleen

"This fantasy adventure was the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki's animated film of the same name. Set in a magical world full of strange creatures and compelling characters, this book is hard to put down."

Jim Curious
by Mattias Picard

Chosen by Kathleen 

"This wordless picture book tells the story of Jim, a diver who goes on an underwater adventure. The illustrations are in 3D, and the book comes with two pairs of 3D glasses so you can share with a friend. This book will enchant you as soon as you open it."

The Iron Trial
by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare

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Chosen by Josef

"I am tempted to reveal nothing of the plot of this novel. Cassadra Clare and Holly Black have teamed up to throw out all ideas we have about how fantasy stories work. Set mostly at a school for wizards the main character doesn't want to be at, everything you know about chosen heroes, ancient villains, and loyal friends will be turned upside-down at least once. Fun to read and more fun to try (and fail) to predict!"

The Princess in Black
by Shannon Hale

Chosen by Josef

"Tea Parties! Adventure! Pretty Gowns! Monsters! One princess with two very different parts to her life, Princess Magnolia is like no one you've read about before. A funny, charming, and exciting first chapter book."

A Brush Full of Colour:
The World of Ted
by Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson

Chosen by Cathy

"A wonderful biography of Ted Harrison, who passed away January 16, 2015. The book contains many reproductions of his vibrant art, which show his love of the North. We learn about the spirit and passion of this artist, who is a national treasure."

Actual Size
by Steve Jenkins

Chosen by Ashley

"How big is an ostrich's egg? How about the egg of a giant squid? This book shows just how big some of the amazing animals in our world really are! See how you measure up to some of the animal kingdom's giants."

Hilda and the Troll
by Luke Pearson

Chosen by Shanleigh

"A gorgeous little comic about an intrepid girl and her quest to hunt down a troll. This book is really gentle and super sweet; perfect for any daydreaming adventurer."

 Jane, the Fox and Me
by Fanny Britt and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Chosen by Mariana 

"This beautiful graphic novel tells the story of Hélène, a young girl who is often targeted by bullies in her class. No one else wants to risk their social standing by being friendly with Hélène, and so she has become a loner. Touching illustrations and sensitive prose take you through a story of loneliness and self-acceptance that will be all too familiar for many readers."

by Dav Pilkey

Chosen by Mariana

"Just look at the cover! 'The dreadful Dogzilla!' This silly dog destroys Mousopolis' First Annual Barbecue Cook-Off and cuteness ensues as the mouse citizens attempt to ward off Dogzilla."

Hug Machine
by Scott Campbell

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Chosen by Ana

"Delightfully adorable. Will make you want to hug everything around." 

The Moon Jumpers
by Janice May Udry

Chosen by Ana

"Maurice Sendak's wonderful illustrations pair amazingly well with Udry's text creating an enchanting story of everyday wonder."

Squishy McFluff Meets Mad Nana Dot
by Pip Jones

Chosen by Ana

"Another delightful installment in the Squishy McFluff series! Nana Dot is an eccentric lady who has much to teach and a lot of life to enjoy. The book, like its companions is adorable and funny." 



Teen Picks

The Shadow Hero
by Gene Luen Yang

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Chosen by Mariana

"This graphic novel is based on a nearly-forgotten superhero originally created in the 1940s. Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew offer an explanation of the origins of the mysterious Green Turtle, a hero whose face was never seen in the original comics. Bonus: a reproduction of the very first Green Turtle comic is included at the end of the book."

Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll

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Chosen by Shanleigh

"This book perfectly captures that exciting and frightening feeling only a truly great ghost story can cause. Like a sudden splatter of deep red on an otherwise grey palette, this is one of those books that continues to unsettle the reader long after the lights have gone out."

Lumberjanes, Volume One
by Noelle 
Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen

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Chosen by Shanleigh

"This is the coolest and most awesome comic book you'll ever read. I mean, who doesn't want to read about a group of rad teens at a summer camp for hardcore lady-types as they beat up yetis and river monsters?
Friendship to the max!"

We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart

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Chosen by Ashley

"An amazing read that will keep you guessing until the very end. The less you know about this book before reading, the better it is."

The Cure for Dreaming
by Cat Winters

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Chosen by Ashley

"It's the early 1900s and everyone is either talking about womenpotentially getting the vote or the mysterious new hypnotist in town.What if you could see people for who they really were? You'll become enthralled in this supernatural adventure where dangeremerges from where you least expect it, and those you have to trust go against everything you feel is right."

The Knife of Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

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Chosen by Joan

"Todd runs from an abusive male community into a fierce, strong friendship with a lost girl who helps him to escape."

Jeremy Stone
by Lesley Choyce

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Chosen by Joan

"Between his new friend Caitlan and his dead grandfather, Jeremy has to negotiate life in the margin between the real world and the spirit world."

Where I Belong
by Tara White

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Chosen by Cam

"A beautiful, precise story of growing up and discovering one's culture set against the epochal backdrop of the OKA uprising in 1990, this is a fantastic novel of self-acceptance and unwavering commitment in the face of oppression. A slim book capable of starting big conversations."

All the Bright Places
by Jennifer Niven

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Chosen by Margaret

"Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him. Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death. It's only with Violet that Finch can be himself and it's only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet's world grows, Finch's begins to shrink."