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Will Bear Share?

Will Bear Share? Canadian

By Hilary Leung | ISBN 9781338215595
Ages 0-3 | Board Books | June 2018

Meet Bear. Bear has so much to give...but will she share? Find out in this surprising and memorable board book all about friendship, compromise, and of course, sharing.

Will Sheep Sleep?

Will Sheep Sleep?  Canadian

By Hilary Leung | ISBN 9781338215625
Ages 0-3 | Board Books | June 2018

Meet Sheep. Sheep’s had a very busy day and now he is tired...but will Sheep finally be able to sleep? Find out in this surprising and memorable board book all about friendship, compromise, and of course, bedtime routines.

A Werewolf Named Oliver James

A Werewolf Named Oliver James

By Nicholas John Frith | ISBN 9781338254334
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | July 2018

On his way home one moonlit night, a strange thing happens to Oliver James — he unexpectedly turns into a werewolf! He can’t believe it, it’s so ...AMAZING. Suddenly, he can run super-fast, leap super-high, and lift trucks with his super-strength! But even werewolves need to be home in time for dinner and Oliver James races to make it back. There’s only one problem: what on earth will his parents say when they see him?

How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read?

How Do Dinosaurs Learn to Read?

By Jane Yolen | Mark Teague | ISBN 9781338233018
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | July 2018

Both practical and engaging, this book shows dinosaurs getting into all sorts of reading-related trouble! But of course, in the end, the dinosaurs learn how to carefully handle their books, read out loud, and read a lot!

Knock Knock

Knock Knock

By Tammi Sauer | Guy Francis | ISBN 9781338116946
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | August 2018

Knock Knock is a fresh and innovative method of humourous storytelling that uses knock-knock jokes to tell the story of Bear and his woodland friends Raccoon, Rabbit, Turtle, and others. With each new visitor, Bear grows increasingly frustrated at his lack of peace and quiet. Little does Bear know that his friends have a special surprise party in store to welcome him back during springtime!

Misunderstood Shark

Misunderstood Shark

By Ame Dyckman | Scott Magoon | ISBN 9781338112474
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | May 2018

Every beachgoer knows that there’s nothing more terrifying than a... SHARRRK! But this shark is just misunderstood, or is he? In a wholly original, side-splittingly funny story, New York Times bestselling author Ame Dyckman and illustrator Scott Magoon take this perennial theme and turn it on its (hammer)head with a brand-new cheeky character.

Pig the Star

Pig the Star

By Aaron Blabey | ISBN 9781443163378
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | April 2018

Pig and Trevor try on outfit after outfit while getting their photos taken. Pig gets a little too swept up in the moment — he decides he’s a star. The only star! A movie star! No — a pop star! Wait ...a famous rap star! The onlyONLY star! He hogs takes over every shot. Until the terrible moment when the photographer discovers who’s got real star potential and it isn’t Pig ...It’s Trevor, Pig’s longsuffering companion.

Saffron Ice Cream

Saffron Ice Cream

By Rashin Kheiriyeh | ISBN 9781338150520
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | June 2018

Rashin is excited about her first visit to the beach in her family’s new home. On the way there, she remembers what beach trips were like in Iran, the beautiful Caspian Sea, the Persian music, and most of all the saffron ice cream she shared with her best friend, Azadeh. But there are wonderful things in this new place as well — a subway train, exciting music... and maybe even a new friend!

Smiley’s Dream Book

Smiley’s Dream Book

By Jeff Smith | ISBN 9780545674775
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | August 2018

On a beautiful sunny day, happy-go-lucky Smiley Bone is walking through the woods when he begins to count some friendly birds. The birds sing and climb so high that Smiley must find a fantastical way to keep up with them in this charming, simple, concept book.

Stego-cumulus

Stego-cumulus  Canadian

By Hilary Leung | Niall Eccles | ISBN 9781443157537
Ages 3-8 | Picture Books | May 2018

This unique celebration of that favourite pastime, cloud watching, is a beautiful reminder to kids to “be in the moment” and to take in the world around them. It also reminds us all that clouds, like friendships, are ever changing, and can challenge us to see the world in new ways.

The Three Little Superpigs

The Three Little Superpigs

By Claire Evans | ISBN 9781338245455
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | August 2018

After defeating the Big Bad Wolf, the Three Little Superpigs spend their days fighting crime and enjoying their newfound fame. But one day, the Big Bad Wolf escapes from prison and plunges Fairyland into fear. Our curly-tailed friends soon discover that bricks are missing all over town. The Superpigs return to their homes to solve the mystery when they realize it has all been a trap!

Tiny Little Rocket

Tiny Little Rocket

By Richard Collingridge | ISBN 9781338189490
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | August 2018

Climb aboard for a bedtime picture book sure to appeal to every kid’s sense of wonder. Young readers will love stepping into the cockpit of a wonderful rocket ship that takes them zipping through the planets, stars, and space, all the way back home to Earth and their cozy beds!

When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up

By Tim Minchin | Steve Antony | ISBN 9781338233841
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | April 2018

A group of children imagines all of the things that they will be able to do once they grow up, and they plan to do anything and everything. The combination of Tim Minchin’s Tony Award-winning Matilda the Musical lyrics and Steve Antony’s joyful artwork is sure to inspire readers of all ages to explore the endless possibilities that the future could have in store.

Zoogie Boogie Fever! An Animal Dance Book

Zoogie Boogie Fever! An Animal Dance Book

By Sujean Rim | ISBN 9780545900058
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | May 2018

What do the animals at the zoo do when the gates close at night? They boogie until dawn, of course! This bouncy, funny read-aloud is filled with an assortment of animals dancing to their own beat and celebrating their individuality, and then turn the page to see everyone come together in one unforgettable conga line!

Confusion is Nothing New

Confusion is Nothing New

By Paul Acampora | ISBN 9781338209990
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | June 2018

Ellie Magari is figuring out what it means to be a girl in the world today, especially when the one role model she could have had (her mother) was never around and she was raised by her hardworking single father who didn't exactly keep the lines of communication open. Exactly who was Ellie's mom? And now that she's gone for good, what does that mean for Ellie?

Countdown to Danger

Countdown to Danger

By Jeff Szpirglas | ISBN 9781443163309
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | June 2018

Back with even more danger and daring, and a dash of fun, this fourth installment of the choose-your-own-path series features serious survival scenarios, Canadian style! You begin your quest for survival stranded in the Rockies with an injured guide. You quickly find out she’s not who she appears to be. Is she a friend or foe? And what’s with that secret compound in the dam? The danger escalates ...the dam is sabotaged ...what should you do? Choose wrongly and be beaten by mutant beavers, roiled by raging rapids, squashed by a sasquatch, razed by a rockslide or worse!

Dragon Rider #2: The Griffin’s Feather

Dragon Rider #2: The Griffin’s Feather

By Cornelia Funke | ISBN 9781338215533
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | August 2018

It's now been two years since Ben and Firedrake defeated Nettlebrand and rescued the silver dragons. Both boy and dragon have finally found homes, but they must live hundreds of miles apart and can only see each other occasionally. During one such visit, news reaches Ben, the Greenblooms, and their friends that the last Pegasus in the world has been discovered. The legendary horse has three unhatched eggs with him, but the only way they'll ever hatch — and continue the survival of this incredible magical species — is to place them under a griffin's feather. But griffins are the most dangerous creatures in the world, and their mortal enemies are dragons...

Front Desk

Front Desk

By Kelly Yang | ISBN 9781338157796
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | June 2018

Mia lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests. Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they've been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed. It will take all of Mia's courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

My Deal with the Universe

My Deal with the Universe  Canadian

By Deborah Kerbel | ISBN 9781443157568
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | June 2018

All twelve-year-old Daisy Fisher wants is to be normal — or at least to not stick out like a sore thumb. But growing up in the house disparagingly referred to as the “Jungle” makes that pretty much impossible. When your parents’ activism brands them as a nuisance and your house is overrun with vines and critters, it’s not so easy to fit in.

Strays Like Us

Strays Like Us

By Cecilia Galante | ISBN 9781338043006
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | July 2018

From the moment Fred (never Winifred!) spots a scruffy little mutt with sad eyes, she knows she's in big trouble. Toby's in bad shape, and Fred longs to rescue him from the old man with the mile-long mean streak who lives next door. And since Fred will only be around until her mother comes to grips with her dependence, Fred can't let herself care too deeply. Because the more Fred lets a lovable band of misfits into her heart, the harder it'll be to leave them all behind.

The Boy Who Went Magic

The Boy Who Went Magic

By A.P. Winter | ISBN 9781338217148
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | May 2018

The mages of Ferenor were outlawed and destroyed by the royal family centuries ago for performing incredible feats and powering wondrous machines with their magic, and the world is a much duller place. Bert is a young boy who's lived in an orphanage longer than he can remember, with no friends and the most ordinary life. He's told that magic is just a myth. But then a chain of strange and inexplicable mishaps causes Bert's life to spiral out of control — only to be rescued by Finch, a plucky girl-adventurer with metal legs. Soon the two are sailing across a sea of clouds with the mysterious Professor, pursued by a royal prince who's desperate to get his hands on Bert at any cost. For magic is all too real and even more powerful than imagined — and Bert just might hold the key to bringing it back to the world...

The Twice Upon a Time #4: Robin Hood: The One Who Looked Good in Green

The Twice Upon a Time #4: Robin Hood: The One Who Looked Good in Green

By Wendy Mass | ISBN 9780545773058
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | June 2018

There's two sides to every story ...this time it's Robin Hood and Maid Marian like you've never seen them before. We’re happy to see Wendy Mass back with this irresistible series of fractured fairy tales.

Whatshisface

Whatshisface  Canadian

By Gordon Korman | ISBN 9781338200164
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | May 2018

Gordon Korman’s newest standalone novel is a fun, funny ghost story about a nobody kid who becomes a somebody while helping a ghost right a wrong from the past. When 12-year-old Cooper Vega moves for the third time in five years, he receives a state-of-the-art smartphone to help him stay in touch with old friends. He’s had phones before, but this one is buggy and unpredictable. When a boy named Roderick Northrop communicates with him through the phone, Cooper realizes that his phone isn’t buggy at all: the thing is haunted!

Making Friends

Making Friends

By Kristen Gudsnuk | ISBN 9781338139211
Ages 8-12 | Graphic Novels | August 2018

Sixth grade was SO much easier for Danielle. All her friends were in the same room and she knew what to expect from her life. But now that she's in seventh grade, she's in a new middle school, her friends are in different classes and forming new cliques, and she is completely lost. When Danielle inherits a magical sketchbook from her eccentric great aunt Elma, she draws Madison, an ideal best friend that springs to life right off the page! But even when you create a best friend, it's not easy navigating the ups and downs of relationships.

Mr Wolf’s Class

Mr Wolf’s Class

By Aron Nels Steinke | ISBN 9781338047684
Ages 7-10 | Graphic Novels | July 2018

Mr. Wolf has just started teaching fourth grade at Hazelwood Elementary. He wants the first day of school to go well, but he's got his hands full with his new class. Some of his students include: Margot, a new student who is trying to make friends. She might have something in common with Sampson, who brought something special to school for show-and-tell. Aziza just wants everyone to be quiet and do their work. Meanwhile, Penny, who is VERY sleepy because she has a new baby brother at home, goes missing!

Cross Fire: An Exo Novel

Cross Fire: An Exo Novel  Canadian

By Fonda Lee | ISBN 9781338139099
Ages 12 & up | Young Adult | June 2018

It’s time to take back Earth. Earth’s century of peace as a colony of an alien race has been shattered. As the alien-run government navigates peace talks with the human terrorist group Sapience, Donovan Reyes tries to put his life back together and return to his duty as a member of the security forces. But a new order comes from the alien home planet: withdraw. Earth has proven too costly and unstable to maintain as a colony, so the aliens, along with a small selection of humans, begin to make plans to leave. As word of the withdrawal spreads through the galaxy, suddenly Earth suddenly becomes vulnerable to a takeover from other aliens races. — Aaliens who do not seek to live in harmony with humans, but will to ravage and destroy the planet. As a galactic invasion threatens, Donovan realizes that Sapience holds the key that could stop the pending war. Yet in order to save humankind, all species on Earth will have to work together, and Donovan might just have to make the ultimate sacrifice to convince them to do so.

Everland Book 3: Ozland

Everland Book 3: Ozland

By Wendy Spinale | ISBN 9780545953221
Ages 12 & up | Young Adult | May 2018

With Everland and Umberland both destroyed, the survivors have taken refuge in a small village tucked within the shadows of the Bloodred Queen's castle. The world has been destroyed and it needs a ruler to set things right again. A ruler who is good, kind, and fair. Someone like the former king of Germany. There's a rumour that the king has been hidden away in a secret land, where only the worthiest can find him.

Give Me Some Truth

Give Me Some Truth

By Eric Gansworth | ISBN 9781338143546
Ages 14 & up | Young Adult | June 2018

Carson Mastick is entering his senior year of high school and desperate to make his mark, on the reservation and off. A rock band — and winning the local Battle of the Bands, with its first prize of a trip to New York City — is his best shot. But things keep getting in the way. Small matters like the lack of an actual band, or the fact that his brother just got shot confronting the racist owner of a local restaurant. Maggi Bokoni has just moved back to the reservation from the city with her family. She's dying to stop making the same traditional artwork her family sells to tourists (conceptual stuff is cooler), stop feeling out of place in her new (old) home, and stop being treated like a child. She might like to fall in love for the first time too. Carson and Maggi — along with their friend Lewis — will navigate loud protests, even louder music, and first love in this stirring novel about coming together in a world defined by difference.

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain

By Will Walton | ISBN 9780545709569
Ages 12 & up | Young Adult | June 2018

How do you deal with a hole in your life? Do you grieve? Do you drink? Do you make out with your best friend? Do you turn to poets and pop songs? Do you question everything? Do you lash out? Do you turn the lashing inward? If you're Avery, you do all of these things. And you write it all down in an attempt to understand what's happened — and is happening — to you. Written in free verse, I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain is an astonishing novel about navigating death and navigating life, and an exploration of sexual orientation.

Listen to Your Heart

Listen to Your Heart

By Kasie West | ISBN 9781338210057
Ages 12 & up | Young Adult | June 2018

When Kate’s best friend, Alana, convinces Kate to join their high school's podcast, Kate is not expecting to be chosen as the host. But to Kate's surprise, she turns out to be pretty good at the hosting gig. Then the podcast gets in a call from an anonymous guy, asking for advice about his unnamed crush. Kate is pretty sure that the caller is gorgeous Diego Martinez, and even surer that the girl in question is Alana. Kate is excited for her friend ...until Kate herself starts to develop feelings for Diego. Suddenly, Kate finds that while doling out wisdom to others may be easy, asking for help is tougher than it looks, and following your own advice is even harder.

Storm-Wake

Storm-Wake

By Lucy Christopher | ISBN 9780545940320
Ages 12 & up | Young Adult | August 2018

Moss has grown up on the strangest and most magical of islands. Her father has a plan to control the tempestuous weather that wracks the shores. But the island seems to have a plan of its own once Callan — a wild boy her age — appears on its beaches. Her complex feelings for Callan shift with every tide, while her love for the island, and her father, are thrown into doubt ...And when one fateful day, a young man from the outside world washes up on the beach, speaking of the Old World, nothing will ever be the same. A dark retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest, Storm-Wake is one girl's voyage of discovery — a mesmerizing tale of magic, faith, and love.

The Fandom

The Fandom

By Anna Day | ISBN 9781338232707
Ages 14 & up | Young Adult | May 2018

Violet's in her element. Cosplay at the ready, she can't wait to feel part of her favourite fandom: The Gallows Dance, a mega book and movie franchise that she and her friends know EVERY WORD of (canon and fanfic included). But at Comic Con, a freak accident transports Violet and her friends into the story for real. And in just the first five minutes, they cause the death of the heroine, and get taken prisoner by the rebel group she was supposed to lead to victory. It's up to Violet to take her place and play out the plot the way it was written. But stories have a life of their own, and when you change the script in one place, the rest gets revised too...

Stress Less: Tips and Tools to Help You Chill

Stress Less: Tips and Tools to Help You Chill  Canadian

By Helaine Becker | ISBN 9781443148702
Ages 8-13 | Non-Fiction | July 2018

Kids today experience high levels of stress. With so much of their daily activity charted for them, they often feel overwhelmed and out of control. In this light and fun collection, kids will find a variety of time-tested and scientifically proven methods for dealing with stress. Tips cover physical, emotional, social and just-plain-fun techniques that give kids even more tools to deal with everyday challenges.

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Chris Hadfield

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Chris Hadfield  Canadian

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Mike Deas | ISBN 9781443163897
Ages 6-10 | Non-Fiction | August 2018

When Chris Hadfield was a boy, growing up on a farm in Milton, Ontario, Canada didn’t have a space program. But from the moment he saw a man first walk on the moon, young Chris decided he would somehow get to space. Chris Hadfield has rocketed into space three times, been on two space walks and was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. This new picture book biography series features simple text and full-colour, comic-flavoured illustration with speech balloons that help bring the story alive.

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond

Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Viola Desmond  Canadian

By Elizabeth MacLeod | Mike Deas | ISBN 9781443163873
Ages 6-10 | Non-Fiction | August 2018

On the night of November 8th, 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre ...and was arrested for it. Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. This new picture book biography series features simple text and full-colour, comic-flavoured illustration with speech balloons that help bring the story alive. Historical photos and a timeline support the narrative.

What Would She Do?: 25 True Stories of Trailblazing Rebel Women

What Would She Do?: 25 True Stories of Trailblazing Rebel Women

By Kay Woodward | ISBN 9781338216400
Ages 8-12 | Non-Fiction | March 2018

What Would She Do? is an inspirational illustrated journey across the globe featuring 25 women who changed the course of history and paved the way for today's female leaders. Beautifully illustrated portraits by some of today's most exciting contemporary artists bring each woman to life, while informative and compelling text helps make their stories relatable to young girls today. These rebel women not only accomplished great things, but also overcame the same issues that girls all over the world still face: inequality, gender stereotyping, body shaming, bullying, and more.

Illustrations from Mr Wolf’s Class © 2018 by Aron Nels Steinke. All rights reserved.