Picture Books

Cooking with Bear

Illustrated by Lisa Cinar; published by Groundwood Books

When Bear wakes up after a long, cold winter, he makes a special spring lunch and invites Fox to join him. The food is delicious, and Fox asks Bear to teach him how to cook.

They walk through the forest collecting honey, nuts and other wild ingredients, and greet their friends along the way. With an armload of tasty foods, Bear and Fox return to Bear’s den and cook up a feast to share.

Afterwards, Bear writes down his recipes so that Fox (and you!) can enjoy many marvellous meals. His cookbook — Best of Bear — offers fifteen kid-friendly recipes, including nut burgers, wild greens pita pizza, hazelnut–chocolate chip cookies and a wild strawberry smoothie.

Readers can revisit their animal friends from Bear’s Winter Party and try out some fun forest-themed recipes in this playful story/cookbook, featuring exuberant art by Lisa Cinar.

“A fun, accessible first cookbook for the little foxes in our lives.” Kirkus, Starred Review

Bear's Winter Party

Bear’s Winter Party

Bears Winter PartyIllustrated by Lisa Cinar; published by Groundwood Books

Bear loves his forest home, but sometimes he gets lonely. It’s hard being the biggest animal around. So he comes up with a plan to make friends with the other forest creatures. He invites the animals to a winter party in his den. He decorates his home, lights a roaring fire, and bakes delicious treats. But as the night grows dark, Bear worries that his forest neighbors may be too frightened to come. Just when he is about to give up hope, Bear spots Deer peeking out from behind a tree…

Bear’s Winter Party is a gentle story of friendship that will warm your heart on a cold winter day.

It includes a recipe for Bear’s own Honey Ginger Cookies.

• Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
• Chocolate Lily Award, shortlist

“The stylized watercolor and pencil illustrations are beautiful… this is a worthwhile seasonal selection with an emphasis on friendship.” School Library Journal

“Lisa Cinar’s soft watercolour and pencil crayon illustrations illuminate Bear’s emotions and help young readers to understand the book itself is a recipe for friendship.” Canadian Children’s Book News

Bears Winter Party

Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters

Lily and the Mixed-Up LettersIllustrated by France Brassard; published by Tundra Books

Lily’s in Grade 2 and she can’t read when everyone else in her class can. When she tries to learn the words, the letters get all mixed up and so does she. Parent Day is approaching and all the kids are going to read out loud in front of their parents. What will Lily do? With the support of her mother, teacher and friend, Lily comes to understand that she has very important strengths and talents — and she surprises everyone, including herself!

Lily and the Mixed-up Letters is an uplifting story and a reassuring read for any child in need of a boost of confidence.

• Outstanding Book for Young People with Disabilities, IBBY, International Board on Books for Young People
• Best Books for 2007, Resource Links
• Best Books for Kids and Teens, 2008, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

“Deborah Hodge writes with sensitivity reflective of her understanding of the difficulties faced by children struggling with reading. France Brassard’s watercolour illustrations combine perfectly with Hodge’s text.” Canadian Materials Magazine

“Children who struggle with their letters may identify with Lily and want to practice their own reading skills with this sweet picture book.” School Library Journal

Lily and the Mixed-Up Letters

Emma’s Story

Emmas StoryIllustrated by Song Nan Zhang; published by Tundra Books

In gentle text, this book tells the story of one small girl’s adoption: the hopes and prayers of her Canadian parents, their trip to the other side of the world, their meeting with the new baby, and the long flight home to the new family waiting for Emma.

Thousands of baby girls from China have been adopted by North American families. Although this lovely book tells the story of one such little girl, it is about much more than the logistics of adoption. It is about the many ways in which we can come together to form a family.

“Hodge writes with a quiet tenderness, creating the mood of the story…. Zhang’s soft, but wonderfully detailed illustrations match the mood of the story perfectly… Highly Recommended.” CM Magazine

“The softness of Zhang’s paintings, rich in detail, matches the mood of the text… heartwarming…” Montreal Review of Books

Emmas Story