Scholastic Canada | Dewey Diva Picks
Skip to main content

Dewey Diva Picks

Will Ladybug Hug?

Will Ladybug Hug?  Canadian

By Hilary Leung | ISBN 9781338215601
Ages 0-3 | Board Books | November 2018

Meet Ladybug. Ladybug loves to hug! Now Ladybug is getting ready to go on a trip and wants to say good-bye to her friends . . . but will her friends want to receive a hug? Find out in this surprising and memorable story all about friendship, high-fives, consent, and of course, hugs. And her friends laugh, high-five, and hug their way to your heart!

At the Pond

At the Pond  Canadian

By Werner Zimmerman | ISBN 9781443142878
Ages 0-6 | Picture Books | September 2018

This lovely story details a day at the pond, and young readers will love counting the fish, and spotting other familiar natural beings. Throughout the story, the sun moves across the sky, and as it does, an entire ecosystem changes. This timely book will encourage readers to notice the living, breathing world around them, and think about all of the beauty a day can bring.

Best Friends in the Universe

Best Friends in the Universe

By Stephanie Watson | LeUyen Pham | ISBN 9780545659888
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | October 2018

Louie and Hector are the best friends in the universe. Get ready to laugh out loud as the two boys fall in and out and eventually back into their best friendship ever through a series of funny secrets that neither one was supposed to reveal. Each episode is told in a journal format in four parts: "Best Friends in the Universe," "Best Friends in the Universe Forever and Ever," "Worst Friends in the Universe," and finally "Worst Secret Keepers in the Universe But Still Best Friends Forever and Ever."

Don’t Call Me Bear

Don’t Call Me Bear

By Aaron Blabey | ISBN 9781443163958
Ages 3-8 | Picture Books | October 2018

In this hilarious new book, a koala captures the universal frustration of how it can feel to be misunderstood. Warren, a grumpy koala, offers up compelling arguments for why he is NOT a bear. With visual aids and an agitated tone, he does his best to explain the error in some careless explorer’s judgment years ago, and how that shouldn’t affect the truth of the matter: koalas are NOT bears!

Fox and Squirrel Help Out

Fox and Squirrel Help Out  Canadian

By Ruth Ohi | ISBN 9781443163200
Ages 2-7 | Hardcover | September 2018

When a baby bat drops in from out of the sky, Fox is immediately taken with the soft, sweet creature and rushes to take care of it. Squirrel is less sure this is a welcome intrusion. The new squeaky stranger can't keep up with all their favourite activities and doesn't seem to realize how fun Squirrel can be. Can Fox and Squirrel come together to figure out what Squeak needs? An affirming message for anyone who has felt frustrated accommodating someone with different needs, and a lovely reminder about the good feeling that comes with helping out.

Good Night, Mr. Panda

Good Night, Mr. Panda

By Steve Antony | ISBN 9781338275957
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | September 2018

It is time for bed and Mr. Panda reminds his friends Hippopotamus, Skunk, Sheep, and Sloth that they each have forgotten to do something. Skunk has forgotten to take a bath, Hippopotamus needs to brush his teeth, Sloth is too tired to move, and much more. Mr. Panda is there to remind them of the steps they've missed. As Lemur eventually finds out, however, even Mr. Panda can make a bedtime mistake!

Good Morning, Snowplow!

Good Morning, Snowplow!

By Deborah Bruss | Steve Johnson | Lou Fancher | ISBN 9781338089493
Ages 0-3 | Picture Books | November 2018

As the rest of the town settles in to bed, one man, his dog, and a trusty snowplow get ready for a night's work. Follow them through slick roads and swirling drifts in this sweet, rhyming book by Deborah Bruss and New York Times bestselling illustrators Lou Fancher and Steve Johnson.

Grow Up, David!

Grow Up, David!

By David Shannon | ISBN 9781338250978
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | September 2018

Little-brother antics have never been so endearing — or true to life! Readers relish David's exuberance, defiance, and wildly energetic curiosity, and when there's trouble, you can bet "David did it!" Now he's taunting his older brother by eating his Halloween candy, making a bathroom mess, and following him up the tree house. "You're too little!" won't stop David's tricks in this all-time "read it again" favourite.

Groovy Joe: If you’re Groovy and You Know It, Hug a Friend

Groovy Joe: If you’re Groovy and You Know It, Hug a Friend

By Eric Litwin | Tom Lichtenheld | ISBN 9780545883801
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | September 2018

Signature rhyme, repetition, and musical writing style, combined with wild and witty illustrations, come together to create a character that will have you singing all day long. Groovy Joe is back, ready to get groovy!

LEGO® Picture Book: I’m Fun, Too!

LEGO® Picture Book: I’m Fun, Too!

By Jonathan Fenske | ISBN 9781338260977
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | September 2018

What happens when an ordinary LEGO minifigure of the past meets the extraordinary minifigures of today, with their elaborate vehicles, colourful clothes, and wild accessories? He thinks he's no fun at all! "Let's face it. If we were all ice cream, those guys would be the super-duper chunky happy birthday blast. And I would be the vanilla." After feeling down about being ordinary, he and his new friends piece together just how special he truly is. This vibrantly illustrated storybook will charm readers of all ages, reminding them that what makes each person special can be found on the inside.

Penguinaut

Penguinaut

By Marcie Colleen | Emma Yarlett | ISBN 9780545848848
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | November 2018

Orville lives at the zoo, surrounded by animal pals who go on exciting adventures. A hang gliding rhino! A deep-sea diving giraffe! Orville struggles to keep up, until one day he concocts an adventure all his own: build a spaceship and fly to the moon all by himself. Can one tiny penguin get there alone? Penguinaut is perfect for every child who's said, "I can do it myself!" and comes to find that the rewards are much richer when shared with friends. Marcie Colleen's playful text and Emma Yarlett's charming, whimsical illustrations are sure to delight both children and their parents.

Surprise!

Surprise!

By Caroline Hadilaksono | ISBN 9781338139198
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | October 2018

Bear, Squirrel, and Raccoon have been friends a long time. A loooooooong time. So when a family of city folks comes to the neighbourhood, the friends think that a surprise welcome party is just the kind of fun they've been looking for. Well, the party turns out to be quite the surprise indeed, but maybe not exactly what Bear, Squirrel, and Raccoon were imagining! Laugh-out-loud fun for friends and families of all species.

The Greatest Adventure

The Greatest Adventure

By Tony Piedra | ISBN 9781338134193
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | September 2018

Eliot imagines sailing wild rivers and discovering giant beasts, right there on his block! But he wishes his adventures were real. Eliot's grandpa, El Capitán, once steered his own ship through dangerous seas, to far-off lands. But he can't do that anymore. Can Eliot and El Capitán discover a real adventure... together? Come find out! All aboard The Greatest Adventure!

Unstinky

Unstinky

By Andy Rash | ISBN 9780439368803
Ages 4-8 | Picture Books | October 2018

Bud is a happy stinkbug, except when it comes to stinking contests. He always seems to lose to champions like P. U. Bottoms, Lord Stinkington, and The Fumigator. Every time they make smells like OUTHOUSE, GYM SOCK, and ARMPIT, poor Bud ends up smelling like FLOWERS, or FRESH-BAKED BREAD, or CANDY CANE. Stinking just isn't Bud's THING. But what IS his thing? With an ending as fresh as a daisy, and funnier than any funny smell, Andy Rash puts a hilarious spin on a tale of following your nose to happiness.

We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands

We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands

By Rafael López | ISBN 9781338177367
Ages 3-5 | Picture Books | October 2018

Award-winning illustrator Rafael López brings new life with his adaptation of "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands," saluting the lives of all young people. The rhythmic verse and repetitive emphasis on "we" and "our" encourages inclusive communities and the celebration of unity and diverse friendships all around the world. As an added bonus the sheet music is included in the back of the book for piano, guitar, and recorder for classroom, library, and home sing-alongs.

A Long Line of Cakes

A Long Line of Cakes

By Deborah Wiles | ISBN 9781338150490
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | September 2018

Emma Lane Cake has five brothers, four dogs, and a family that can't stay put. The Cake family travels from place to place, setting up bakeries in communities that need them. Then, just when Emma feels settled in with new friends . . . they move again. Now the Cakes have come to Aurora County, and Emma has vowed that this time she is NOT going to get attached to ANYONE or ANYTHING. But fate has different plans. And so does Ruby Lavender, who is going to show Emma Lane Cake a thing or two about making friendship last.

City of Ghosts

City of Ghosts

By Victoria Schwab | ISBN 9781338111002
Ages 9-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | September 2018

Ever since Cass almost drowned (okay, she did drown, but she doesn't like to think about it), she can pull back the Veil that separates the living from the dead . . . and enter the world of spirits. Her best friend is even a ghost. When Cass's parents start hosting a TV show about the world's most haunted places, the family heads off to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here, graveyards, castles, and secret passageways teem with restless phantoms. And when Cass meets a girl who shares her "gift," she realizes how much she still has to learn about the Veil — and herself. And she'll have to learn fast. The city of ghosts is more dangerous than she ever imagined.

Dactyl Hill Squad

Dactyl Hill Squad

By Daniel José Older | ISBN 9781338268812
Ages 8-12 | Hardcover | September 2018

All her life, Aurora has heard stories about Heidi and all the good luck she brought Aurora's family. Aurora, though, doesn't feel very lucky. The kids at school think she's weird. And she's starting to think her mom thinks she's weird, too. Especially compared to Heidi. On the eve of a visit from Heidi, more bad luck hits Aurora's family. There's a fire in their attic, destroying a good part of their house. And, even worse, Aurora's beloved dog goes missing. Aurora and her family have always believed in soof — Heidi's mom's word for love. But sometimes even when soof is right there in front of you, you still need to find it — and that's exactly what Aurora is going to do.

The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem

The Almost Epic Squad: Mucus Mayhem  Canadian

By Kevin Sylvester | ISBN 9781443157797
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | October 2018

In this hilarious new multi-author series, four kids are about to discover what they’re really made of. It might not be a superpower, but it sure is almost a superpower! Each book features an 8-page “origin story” comic strip, illustrated by Britt Wilson, and is penned by an all-star line-up of authors, including Kevin Sylvester, Ted Staunton, Lesley Livingston, and Richard Scrimger. Books will be released individually over the next twelve months.

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone

By Jaclyn Moriarty | ISBN 9781338255843
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | October 2018

Bronte Mettlestone is ten years old when her parents are killed by pirates. This does not bother her particularly: her parents ran away to have adventures when she was a baby. She has been raised by her Aunt Isabelle, with assistance from the Butler, and has spent a pleasant childhood of afternoon teas and riding lessons. Now, however, her parents have left detailed instructions for Bronte in their will. (Instructions that, annoyingly, have been reinforced with faery cross-stitch, which means that if she doesn't complete them, terrible things could happen!) She travels the kingdoms, perfectly alone, delivering gifts to ten other aunts: a farmer aunt who owns an orange orchard, a veterinarian aunt who specializes in dragon care, a pair of aunts who captain a cruise ship, and a former rock star aunt who is now the reigning monarch of a small kingdom.

The House with Chicken Legs

The House with Chicken Legs

By Sophie Anderson | ISBN 9781338209969
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | October 2018

All 12-year-old Marinka wants is a friend. A real friend. But that's tough when your grandmother is a Yaga, a guardian who guides the dead into the afterlife. It's even harder when you live in a house that wanders all over the world . . . carrying you with it. So when Marinka stumbles across the chance to make a real friend, she breaks all the rules . . . with devastating consequences. Her beloved grandmother mysteriously disappears, and it's up to Marinka to find her — even if it means making a dangerous journey to the afterlife. With a mix of whimsy, humour, and adventure, this debut novel will wrap itself around your heart and never let go.

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P

You Don’t Know Everything, Jilly P

By Alex Gino | ISBN 9780545956246
Ages 8-12 | Middle-Grade Fiction | October 2018

Jilly thinks she's figured out how life works. But when her sister Emma is born deaf, she realizes how much she still has to learn. A big fantasy reader, Jilly connects with another fan, Derek, who is a Deaf Black ASL user. She goes to Derek for advice but doesn't always know the best way to ask for it and makes some mistakes along the way. Jilly has to step back to learn to be an ally, a sister, and a friend, understanding that life works in different ways for different people, and that being open to change can make you change in the best possible ways.

That’s Not What Happened

That’s Not What Happened

By Kody Keplinger | ISBN 9781338186529
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | September 2018

It's been three years since the Virgil County High School shooting. Three years since my best friend, Sarah, was killed in a bathroom stall during the mass shooting. Everyone knows Sarah's story — that she died proclaiming her faith. But it's not true. I know because I was with her when she died. I didn't say anything then, and people got hurt because of it. Now Sarah's parents are publishing a book about her, so this might be my last chance to set the record straight . . . but I'm not the only survivor with a story to tell about what did — and didn't — happen that day.

Except Sarah's martyrdom is important to a lot of people, people who don't take kindly to what I'm trying to do. And the more I learn, the less certain I am about what's right. I don't know what will be worse: the guilt of staying silent or the consequences of speaking up . . .

Imposters

Imposters

By Scott Westerfeld | ISBN 9781338151510
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | September 2018

Deception. Risk. Betrayal. Redemption. Master storyteller Scott Westerfeld is at the top of his game, and back to his most famous realm — The Uglies.

Night Flights: A Mortal Engines Collection

Night Flights: A Mortal Engines Collection

By Phillip Reeve | ISBN 9781338289701
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | September 2018

In a dangerous future world where gigantic, motorised cities attack and devour each other, London hunts where no other predator dares. But Anna Fang — pilot, adventurer, spy — isn't afraid.

The three stories show gripping, moving, exciting moments in Anna Fang's life: her childhood as a slave aboard the moving city Arkangel, a showdown against a robotic Stalker that is terrifyingly out of control, and her free life as an intelligence agent for the Anti-Traction league that might not be quite as free as she hoped… Just in time for Peter Jackson’s film adaptation of Mortal Engines, coming for Christmas 2018!

The Agony House

The Agony House

By Cherie Priest | ISBN 9780545934299
Ages 12 and up | Young Adult | October 2018

Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad. They left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and have finally returned, wagering the last of their family's money on fixing up an old, rundown house and converting it to a bed and breakfast. Nothing seems to work around the place, which doesn't seem too weird to Denise. The unexplained noises are a little more out of the ordinary, but again, nothing too unusual. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it's clear to Denise that something more sinister lurks hidden here. Answers may lie in an old comic book Denise finds concealed in the attic: the lost, final project of a famous artist who disappeared in the 1950s. Denise isn't budging from her new home, so she must unravel the mystery — on the pages and off — if she and her family are to survive...

Now You Know How It Works

Now You Know How It Works

By Valorie Fisher | ISBN 9781338215458
Ages 4-6 | Non-Fiction | September 2018

Valorie Fisher takes infographics to a new level with bright, colourful visuals that are perfect for young, inquisitive minds. Her eye-catching mix of photographs and illustrations compels readers to dive in and explore how things work — from paper airplanes to straws, crayons to kites, pencils to boats. Do you know why your shadow changes shape throughout the day? Do you know how a whistle makes that trilling sound? How about why a rubber ball bounces? All of these questions and more are explained in this exciting book.

Math Hacks: Cool Tips + Less Stress = Better Marks

Math Hacks: Cool Tips + Less Stress = Better Marks  Canadian

By Vanessa Vakharia | Hyein Lee | ISBN 9781443163163
Ages 7-12 | Non-Fiction | September 2018

Anyone can be a math person — and this book will help! It's designed for kids (and their parents) struggling with math anxiety and looking for a new approach to homework, studying, tests and marks. The most common problem areas in the curriculum are broken down and explained in an affirming and upbeat tone. Aimed at grades 3 to 6, with library friendly content (no write-ins).

The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal

The Sun is Kind of a Big Deal

By Nick Seluk | ISBN 9781338166972
Ages 4-8 | Non-Fiction | October 2018

Oh hey, guess what? The Sun never stops working to keep things on Earth running smoothly. (That's why it's been Employee of the Month for 4.5 billion years.) So why does the Sun get to be the center of attention? Because it's our solar system's very own star! This funny and factual picture book explains every part of the Sun's big job: keeping our solar system together, giving Earth day and night, keeping us warm, and more. In fact, the Sun does so much for us that we wouldn't be alive without it. That's kind of a big deal.

Hey, Kiddo

Hey, Kiddo

By Jarrett J. Krosoczka | ISBN 9780545902489
Ages 12 and up | Graphic Non-Fiction | October 2018

In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along. Jarrett goes through his childhood trying to make his non-normal life as normal as possible, finding a way to express himself through drawing even as so little is being said to him about what's going on. Only as a teenager can Jarrett begin to piece together the truth of his family, reckoning with his mother and tracking down his father. Hey, Kiddo is a profoundly important graphic memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive.

Bienvenue! Un livre sur l'inclusion

Bienvenue! Un livre sur l'inclusion

By Alexandra Penfold | Suzanne Kaufman | ISBN 9781443169950
Ages 4-8 | French | October 2018

Rejoignez un groupe d'élèves pour une journée à l'école, où tout le monde est le bienvenu peu importe son appartenance ethnique, sa couleur ou sa religion… Une école où il est normal de porter un hijab, d'apprendre une danse vietnamienne ou d'assister à la danse du dragon pour le Nouvel An chinois… Un endroit où la diversité et la communauté sont non seulement protégées, mais célébrées! Cet album adorable témoigne des bienfaits de la diversité culturelle et offre un soutien moral à tous les enfants, peu importe leurs origines.

Follow a group of children through a day in their school, where everyone is welcomed with open arms no matter their race, religion, or background. A school where kids in patkas, hijabs, and yamulkes play side-by-side with friends in baseball caps. A warm, welcoming picture book that celebrates diversity and gives encouragement and support to all kids, regardless of who they are or where they come from.
Original title: All Are Welcome

Les couleurs de mes saisons

Les couleurs de mes saisons

By Jillian Tamaki | ISBN 9781443173018
Ages 4-7 | French | November 2018

L'illustratrice Jillian Tamaki, lauréate des prix Caldecott et Printz, offre aux lecteurs une exploration poétique de la couleur et de la nature à travers les yeux d'un enfant. Ce livre suit les traces d'une jeune fille alors qu'elle contemple les couleurs du connu et de l'inconnu, dans le monde immédiat et dans le monde au-delà de ce qu'elle peut observer. On dit que la mer est bleue. Mais quand la jeune fille prend de l'eau dans ses mains, elle est transparente comme du verre. Est-ce qu'une baleine bleue, c'est bleu? Elle ne le sait pas, elle n'a a jamais vu de baleine bleue… D'une page à l'autre, les illustrations à couper le souffle témoignent de la puissance de l'imagination. L'univers est rempli de couleurs et de mystère dans ce premier album pour enfants signé par l'illustratrice acclamée.

Caldecott and Printz Honor-winning illustrator Jillian Tamaki brings us a poetic exploration of colour and nature from a young child's point of view. Les couleurs de mes saisons follows a young girl as she contemplates colours in the known and the unknown, in the immediate world and the world beyond what she can see. The sea looks blue, yet water cupped in her hands is as clear as glass. Is a blue whale blue? She doesn't know — she hasn't seen one. Stunningly beautiful illustrations flow from one spread to the next, as time passes and the imagination takes hold. The world is full of colour, and mystery too, in this first picture book from a highly acclaimed artist.
Original title: They Say Blue

La meditation c’est pour moi

La meditation c’est pour moi

By Susan Verde | Peter H. Reynolds | ISBN 9781443169684
Ages 4 and up | French | December 2018

Quand le monde vous semble chaotique, trouvez la paix intérieure grâce à la pratique de la pleine conscience. Exprimez vos émotions à travers le discours direct. Développez votre empathie à travers votre imagination. Renforcez le lien qui vous unit à la Terre. Admirez la beauté du monde naturel. Grâce au texte en douceur de Susan Verde et aux impressionnantes illustrations de Peter H. Reynolds, il est facile pour les enfants d'apprendre les bases de la pleine conscience. Parfait pour la lecture en classe ou pour l'heure du dodo, cet album comprend également une note de l'auteure témoignant de l'importance de la pleine conscience et une méditation guidée qui aidera les jeunes à mieux se sentir dans leur peau.

When the world feels chaotic, find peace within through an accessible mindfulness practice. Express emotions through direct speech. Find empathy through imagination. Connect with the earth. Wonder at the beauty of the natural world. Perfect for the classroom or for bedtime, Susan Verde's gentle, concrete narration and Peter H. Reynolds's expressive watercolour illustrations bring the tenets of mindfulness to a kid-friendly level. Featuring an author's note about the importance of mindfulness and a guided meditation for children, La méditation c'est pour moi will help readers of all ages feel grounded and restored.
Original title: I Am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness

Illustrations from Fox and Squirrel Help Out © 2018 by Ruth Ohi. All rights reserved.