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We go through books like kleenex in our house. If you’re like us and always looking for new fun books to read to your children, I’ve got a great list for you.
Our 10 Best Children’s Books
The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
This story is an example of how the little guy can win the day. It is a fun story of a mouse who encounters a make believe monster (the Gruffalo) while trying to avoid the animals that are trying to catch him. It’s such a popular story that there are several follow up books, a website and even a movie.
2. The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, Sheldon Cohen and Sheila Fischman
The Hockey Sweater was written for families like ours and it’s a Canadian classic. The story takes place in small town Quebec in the 1940s when Maurice “the Rocket” Richard was the biggest Canadian hockey star. Like most little boys at the time, the protagonist loved to play hockey in his Montreal Canadians sweater. When the wrong jersey was sent to his house he was forced to play hockey in a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. He was not very happy about it…
I can’t say that this book teaches any positive life lessons but it’s still fun.
3. Puckster’s First Hockey Game by Lorna Schultz Nicholson and Kelly Findley
Puckster is the polar bear mascot for the Canadian National Hockey Team. He has a diverse group of friends on his team including a female fox and a moose who uses a sled to play. The characters are all different sizes and have different confidence levels. The characters all encourage each other and promote positive play.
I really like the message behind this book since it’s about doing your best, encouraging your friends and staying positive.
4. How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers
We really love all of Oliver Jeffers’ story books. The illustrations are beautiful and simple and the stories are enjoyable and sweet. In How to Catch a Star a young boy searches for a star of his very own. The same boy shows up in subsequent books like Lost and Found and The Way Back Home – two more of our favourite books.