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My Favourite Books

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Eleven Favourite Picture Books

  • Frederick by Leo Lionni
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, illustrated by John Schoenherr
  • Days with Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel
  • Max’s Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells
  • The Very Hungry Caterpiller by Eric Carle
  • Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, illustrated by Ray Cruz
  • The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier, illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
  • A Screaming Kind of Day by Rachna Gilmore, illustrated by Gordon Sauve
  • The Incredible Freedom Machines by Kirli Saunders, illustrated by Matt Ottley
  • Missing Nimâmâ by Melanie Florence, illustrated by François Thisdale

Eleven Favourite Books for Ages 8 – 11

  • The Tiger Rising by Kate di Camillo
  • The Crazy Man by Pamela Porter
  • A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy
  • Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  • Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman
  • Fatty Legs by by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Julie by Cora Taylor
  • The Storm in the Barn (a graphic novel) by Matt Phelan
  • Love that Dog (a verse novel) by Sharon Creech
  • Stand on the Sky by Erin Bow

Eleven Favourite Books for Ages 12 – 14

  • Beatrice and Croc Harry by Lawrence Hill
  • The Pigman by Paul Zindel
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel
  • From the Top of a Grain Elevator by Barbara Nickel
  • The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Patterson
  • Libertad (a verse novel) by Alma Fullerton
  • The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson
  • Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • The Gospel Truth by Caroline Pignat

Eleven Favourite Books for Ages 15 – 17

  • Homes by Abu Bakr Al Rabeeah and Winnie Yeung
  • the curious incident of the dog in the night time by Mark Haddon
  • Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  • Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox
  • Megiddo’s Shadow by Arthur Slade
  • In the Key of Nira Ghani by Natasha Deen
  • Butterfly Yellow by Thanhhà Lại
  • Search of the Moon King’s Daughter by Linda Holeman
  • A Thousand Nights by E. K. Johnston
  • The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
  • Between Sisters by Adwoa Badoe

Eleven Favourite Books for Adults

  • in this house are many women by Sheree Fitch
  • New Albion by Dwayne Brenna
  • The Piano Teacher: A Healing Key by Dorothy Dittrich
  • Angels and Insects by A.S. Byatt
  • A Store of Candles by Frank Ormsby
  • Don’t Take Any Wooden Nickels: Prairie Memories from 1916 – 1946 by Myra Stilborn, age 95 (available from
  • As for Me and My House by Sinclair Ross
  • The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yōko Ogawa
  • The Body Surfers by Robert Drewe
  • Reader’s Block: A History of Reading Differences by Matthew Rubery
  • True Biz by Sara Noviç

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