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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick picture books

Every fall, independent booksellers and publishers work together to promote a range of new titles published in Canada and internationally. Books for Everybody is a hand-picked selection of books for all interests, including young readers. Here are some highlights from the catalogues that provide great last-minute ideas for gifts and stocking stuffers.


The Boy in Number Four
Kara Kootstra; Regan Thomson, illus.
(Puffin Canada)

A new family classic celebrating the best game on earth through the journey of one of hockey’s greatest players, Bobby Orr. Rhyming text and illustrations based on photographs of a young Orr will delight children and hockey-loving adults alike.
Sports, ages 3–7. $19.99 cl, colour illus. throughout, 32 pp. 978-0-670-06713-8


First Hockey Words
Per-Henrik Gürth
(Kids Can Press)

This vibrantly illustrated vocabulary book takes little readers through the basic terms of the good ol’ hockey game, from “breakaway” to “power play” to “Zamboni.”
Sports, ages 2–5. $15.95 cl, colour illus. throughout, 32 pp. 978-1-77138-114-7


Good Morning, Canada
Andrea Lynn Beck
(Scholastic Canada)

Send out a good morning to young Canadians from coast to coast in this companion to Goodnight, Canada.
Canada, ages 3–7. $16.99 cl, colour illus. throughout, 32 pp. 978-1-4431-3323-4


The Scarecrows’ Wedding
Julia Donaldson; Axel Scheffler, illus.

Join Betty O’Barley and Harry O’Hay, who are celebrating “the best wedding yet, a wedding that no one will ever forget.” From the creators of The Gruffalo.
Lifestyle, ages 4–8. $18.99 cl, colour illus. throughout, 32 pp. 978-0-545-72606-1


The Secret Life of Squirrels
Nancy Rose
(Puffin Canada)

The talented Mr. Peanuts is lonely, so he invites Cousin Squirrel to visit and join him in his favourite activities. This delightful storybook featuring a real life American Red Squirrel in handcrafted settings by Bedford, NS photographer Nancy Rose will charm and delight. An irresistible modern-day Beatrix Potter for all ages.
Animals, ages 3–7. $19.99 cl, colour photos throughout, 32 pp. 978-0-670-06822-7


Stick Man & Other Stories Gift Set Julia Donaldson; Axel Scheffler, illus.   (Scholastic Canada)

Stick Man & Other Stories Gift Set
Julia Donaldson; Axel Scheffler, illus.
(Scholastic Canada)

Gorgeous mini gift editions of Stick Man, Tabby McTat and The Highway Rat by the bestselling duo.
Humour, ages 2–7. $17.99 pa, colour illus. throughout, 96 pp. 978-1-407-14299-9

Find participating bookstores in your community here or at http://www.findabookstore.ca/.