As we head into the crisp fall season, change is all around. As we watch the natural world transform, many young students are adjusting to their new classrooms, and adults are rediscovering the daily rhythm of morning drop-off and dinnertime rush. It’s a busy season, one that requires us to take time to reconnect – and what better way than with a book? From entomology to astronomy, colour palettes to cultural practices, the following selection expands the imagination and shows us the powerful way that books can infuse a little magic into our day-to-day lives.
Matthew Bennett Young
Illustrated by Diana Laitinen
Dee and Apostrofee
Illustrated by Ohara Hale
Kids Can Press
The illustrations are simple and character-driven, highlighting many letters along the way, and offering an educational experience for very beginning readers, especially those learning to associate sounds with letters. The book also offers a lesson in friendship, as the other letters realize that the mischievous Apostrofee does have a way of bringing everyone together.
A Picnic in the Rain
Illustrated by Célia Molinari Sebastià
Rich, colourful illustrations invite readers into a miniature world within a garden, showing plants and objects that feel familiar, while infused with a touch of whimsy. Complete with fun facts about snails, the book will surely spark curiosity in young readers.
For fun facts about the natural world, Élise Gravel’s latest The Bug Club offers plenty of interesting information to delight younger and older readers alike. Colourful illustrations show many fascinating features of insects, rendered in Gravel’s iconic style. The author explains the life cycle of insects, the job of an entomologist and the concept of scientific classification, while dedicating much of the book’s space to information that kids won’t soon forget. For example, the stink bug smells “like sweaty feet and cilantro,” and the lesserblack tarantula keeps tiny frogs as a kind of “pet” to protect its eggs.
The Bug Club
Drawn & Quarterly
Burying the Moon is a deeply inspiring and gorgeously illustrated verse novel that deals with a public health issue affecting a significant portion of the world’s population: lack of access to sanitary toilets. Rather than focus on disturbing facts or devastating statistics associated with poor public hygiene, this book relies on story-telling and rich poetics to elicit an emotional connection with the reader.
Burying the Moon
Illustrated by Sonali Zohra
But when a governmental official comes to the village, Latika’s bravery wins out over her shame, and she courageously puts forth solutions to the problem. This book’s most impressive feat is in the way it transforms a taboo subject into the driving force of a girl’s coming-of-age journey, as she becomes an agent of social change. With stunning art by Sonali Zohra and the strong lyricism of Andrée Poulin, it is a book that will both captivate and raise consciousness in readers of all ages.
The Dog Who Learned the Names of the Stars
Kai Cheng Thom
Illustrated by Kai Yun Ching
Arsenal Pulp Press