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Last-minute gift ideas: indie booksellers hand-pick music & poetry 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.


Goodnight Songs
Margaret Wise Brown
(Sterling Publishing)

From the author of the beloved classic Goodnight Moon comes a new collection of charming lullabies, gorgeously illustrated by 12 award-winning artists and accompanied by a CD.
Bedtime & Music, ages 3–6, $19.95 cl/cd, colour illus., 28 pp. 978-1-4549-0446-5


I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
Alan Mills, songs; PisHier, illus.; Thomas Hellman & Émilie Clepper, singers
(The Secret Mountain)

The children’s classic “I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly,” for which Canadian singer- songwriter Alan Mills is best known, is the first in a potpourri of simple, singable songs, often focusing on numbers and letters. Features illustrations of hysterically funny animal characters.
Music & Humour, ages 3–5, $22.95 cl/cd, colour illus. 46 pp. 978-2-924217-23-8


Music is for Everyone
Jill Barber; Sydney Smith, illus.
(Nimbus Publishing)

Singer-songwriter Jill Barber and artist Sydney Smith take us through various genres of music— hip-hop, jazz, classical, folk—as well as different instruments in this colourful, energetic rhyming tour. Sydney Smith’s gleeful illustrations capture all the joy that comes from making music—in all its forms.
Music, ages 4–8, $19.95 cl, colour illus., 32 pp. 978-1-771081-50-4


Simply FantasticAna Gerhard; Claudia Legnazzi, illus.(The Secret Mountain)

Simply Fantastic
Ana Gerhard; Claudia Legnazzi, illus.
(The Secret Mountain)

The works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and others are introduced through magical beings from legends and classic tales—including gnomes, fairies and wizards—that inspired the composers.
Music/Myths & Legends, ages 7–9, $22.95 cl/cd, colour illus. 72 pp. 978-2-924217-21-4


This authentic rallying cry for anyone who has been affected by bullying expresses its devastating effects as well as the inspiration to move forward.
Bullying & Self-Esteem, ages 11 and up, $19.95 cl, colour illus. 72 pp. 978-1-55451-639-1

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