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Kidlit books of the year 2014


Julia, Child
Kyo Maclear; Julie Morstad, illus.
(Tundra Books)

Dojo DaycareChris Tougas(Owlkids Books)

Dojo Daycare
Chris Tougas
(Owlkids Books)

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine DressChristine Baldacchino; Isabelle Malenfant, illus.(Groundwood)

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
Christine Baldacchino; Isabelle Malenfant, illus.

Each of these books imparts a lesson, but that’s not their main draw. From the tenderness of Morris Micklewhite to the joie de vivre of Julia, Child to the frenetic energy of Dojo Daycare, these are stories that appeal to children’s sense of humour in clever, sophisticated ways, without talking over their heads. With nary a princess or noisy truck to be found, these books demonstrate what picture books can – and should – be.