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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick more 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.


Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells
Helaine Becker; Werner Zimmermann, illus.
(Scholastic Canada)

The bestselling team who brought you A Porcupine in a Pine Tree are back with a new holiday classic. Sing along with Porcupine and his friends as they soar through the Northern Lights in this Canadian-inspired version of “Jingle Bells.”
Holidays, ages 3–7, $16.99 cl, colour illus., 32 pp. 978-1-4431-2452-2


Dojo Daycare
Chris Tougas
(Owlkids Books)

Mayhem ensues in rollicking rhyme and rhythm when six young ninjas arrive at daycare. KABOOM! KAPOW! This is an unbeatably boisterous read-aloud.
Daycare, ages 3–7, $16.95 cl, colour illus., 32 pp. 978-1-77147-057-5


Goodnight, You
Geneviève Côté
(Kids Can Press)

Piggy and Bunny have a campout and imagine various scary scenarios and how they might deal with them, delightfully acknowledging the other’s deepest fears and worries.
Animals, ages 2 and up, $16.95 cl, colour illus., 32 pp. 978-1-77138-050-8


Loula and the Sister RecipeAnne Villeneuve(Kids Can Press)

Loula and the Sister Recipe
Anne Villeneuve
(Kids Can Press)

When her parents politely refuse to “make” her a little sister, Loula takes matters into her own hands and concocts her own Sister Recipe.
Family, ages 3–7, $18.95 cl, colour illus., 32 pp. 78-1-77138-113-0


Winter Moon Song
Martha Brooks; Leticia Ruifernández, illus.
(Groundwood Books)

A beautifully illustrated picture book from award-winning author Martha Brooks about a little rabbit who finds a special way to brighten the darkest month of the year.
Fairytales & Folklore, ages 4–7, $18.95 cl, colour illus., 40 pp. 978-1-55498-320-9


Wow Wow and Haw HawGeorge Murray; Michael Pittman, illus.(Breakwater Books)

Wow Wow and Haw Haw
George Murray; Michael Pittman, illus.
(Breakwater Books)

In this charming adaptation of Celtic legend, determined little fox and his friend crow team up to find a funny solution to Wow Wow’s itchy fur.
Folklore, ages 3–7, $19.95 cl, colour illus. 36 pp. 978-1-55081-462-0

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