Happy Tuesday, Savvy Readers! Wherever you are, we hope your weather is treating you well. In Toronto, ours is almost, barely, kinda becoming spring and you can hear children’s laughter coming from the playground again. So, in honour of International Children’s Book Day and to inspire a love of reading when those little ones come in from the swings, we put together a list of great reads for the kids in your life. Whether it be your own kids, your grand kids, your nieces and nephews or your friend’s kids, there’s something for everyone.
Inkling by Kenneth Opel
The Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom. So much more than they can say. Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook. But one night the ink of his drawings runs together—and then leaps off the page! Get ready. A little ink blot is about to become your new favorite character! Inkling helps the whole family. And it’s not until Inkling goes missing that this family has to face the larger questions of what they—and Inkling—truly need.
Wings of Olympus by Kallie George
High on the slopes of mighty Mount Olympus, among the sun-splashed meadows and sparkling waters, glide the winged horses of the ancient gods. Here up high is normally no place for a lost, parentless girl like Pippa. But once every hundred years, the gods and goddesses descend to the mortal realm to choose jockeys for their winged horses—and Pippa is one of the lucky children chosen to ride. Pippa has to confront the greatest challenge of her life: achieving victory in a race across the sky. In a race filled with petty, jealous gods and goddesses and a host of ruthless riders, Pippa must prove that love is greater than might.
Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom. But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.
The Good Egg by Jory John
Meet the good egg. He’s a verrrrrry good egg indeed. But trying to be so good is hard when everyone else is plain ol’ rotten. As the other eggs in the dozen behave badly, the good egg starts to crack from all the pressure of feeling like he has to be perfect. So, he decides enough is enough! It’s time for him to make a change… Dynamic duo Jory John and Pete Oswald hatch a funny and charming story that reminds us of the importance of balance, self-care, and accepting those who we love (even if they are sometimes a bit rotten). Perfect for reading aloud and shared story time!
You Are My Happy by Hoda Kotb
As mama bear and her cub cuddle together before closing their eyes for a good night’s sleep, they reflect on the everyday wonders of life that make them happy. Inspired by her own nighttime routine with her daughter, Haley Joy, Kotb creates another beautiful treasure for parents and children to enjoy together. With charming and lush illustrations from bestselling artist Suzie Mason, this soothing yet playful lullaby explores the simple joy of taking a moment to be grateful.
The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink by Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor
Lucas Finnigan eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. But lately money has been tight at home, and, after a major growth spurt, Lucas is forced to wear hand-me-down gear that doesn’t quite fit right. Now he’s not sure he’ll ever make it to the Hall of Fame like his hockey heroes. And with the community arena’s chiller on the fritz, and replacement parts too tough to come by, it looks like Lucas and his friends may be doomed to a season on a plastic rink—or worse, no hockey at all! But with a magical discovery, and some help from one of hockey’s greatest players (who was a kid once, too!), their final skate might turn into their first great adventure . . .
The Ice Chips and the Haunted Hurricane by Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor
The second title in this new chapter-book series follows a ragtag hockey team that travels through time to witness key moments in the development of the game and some of its star players. The team’s second adventure has them travelling to Halifax, Nova Scotia, in the middle of a storm, as a young Sidney Crosby teaches the Ice Chips about perseverance and creativity—showing them that you don’t need fancy equipment to train hard.
Dear Girl, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
Dear Girl, is a remarkable love letter written for the special girl in your life; a gentle reminder that she’s powerful, strong, and holds a valuable place in the world. Through Amy and Paris’s charming text and Holly Hatam’s stunning illustrations, any girl reading this book will feel that she’s great just the way she is—whether she enjoys jumping in a muddy puddle, has a face full of freckles, or dances on table tops. Dear Girl, encourages girls to always be themselves and to love who they are—inside and out.
A Place Called Perfect by Helena Duggan
Violet never wanted to move to Perfect. Who wants to live in a town where everyone has to wear glasses to stop them going blind? And who wants to be neat and tidy and perfectly behaved all the time? But Violet quickly discovers there’s something weird going on – she keeps hearing noises in the night, her mum is acting strange and her dad has disappeared. When she meets Boy, she realizes that her dad is not the only person to have been stolen away…and that the mysterious Watchers are guarding a perfectly creepy secret!
We’d love to know, what books inspired you when you were young, Savvy Readers? Tell us on Twitter @SavvyReader or in the comments below.