My kids are all teens now, but I still love kids’ books. Here are a few newly available from Atlantic Canada… all three are from Newfoundland!
(Please excuse the shoddy cell phone photography.)
The Little Red Shed, written by Adam and Jennifer Young, illustrated by Adam Young, published by Breakwater Books
I am a sucker for colourful art and illustrations, so this book was an instant hit for me.
The Little Red Shed is a sweet, simple story, appropriate for any age, about a shed who feels left out and different after it is painted red while all the other sheds remain white.
A little boat trip and an encounter with a humpback whale encourages the red shed to embrace its uniqueness and head home with pride.
A quick search for Adam Young landed me here, where I have already spent a couple of hours just trying to decide which print I want. Which one would you get?
Footsteps in Bay de Verde, written by Charis Cotter, illustrated by Jenny Dwyer, published by Running the Goat
For kids who are a little bit older and starting to show interest in ghost stories, Footsteps in Bay de Verde can scratch that itch, and maybe even inspire some spooky stories around the campfire.
One stormy night, the adults are sitting around telling stories and the kids don’t want to be sent to bed. But after a mysterious bang and some unexplained footsteps, their mother takes them up to bed where they beg to have her leave behind the lit candle.
An atmospheric story, with illustrations to match.
Charis Cotter–a Hackmatack nominated author–is fascinated by ghost stories and has collected them over the years. She is also the author of two middle-grade ghost stories: The Swallow and The Ghost Road.
Barefoot Helen and the Giants, written by Andy Jones, illustrated by Katie Brosnan, published by Running the Goat
Structured like a cross between a school-aged picture book and a beginners chapter book, Barefoot Helen and the Giants consists of twelve chapters yet has illustrations on almost every page.
Inspired by folktales from Newfoundland and around the world–all mentioned at the end of the book–this is a story that “celebrates strong girls, great stories, and blended families.”
Initially raised by bears, Helen is adopted by a loving couple who are careful not to take away her freedom. She knows how to take care of herself, which comes in handy when she’s captured by a giant and forced to help kidnap the princess.
What a talented bunch.
Have you read any good kids’ books recently?