April 2nd is my favourite book holiday! Since 1967, we’ve celebrated International Children’s Book Day on Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday! I’m gonna celebrate here by listing just a couple of my favourite Canuck kids’ books. But this is more about getting you to list your faves so I can add to my reading list.
Plain Kate by Erin Bow. I spent 2 days working at a very slow bookfair and demolishing this awesome read. Gorgeous language, a vivid character, a captivating storyline and yes, I cried in public at the end of it. The woman had me crying over a talking cat. Seriously, it’s that good.
Augustine by Melanie Watt. The author of the infamous Scaredy Squirrel has many other fantastic picture books out, Augustine being one of the sweeter ones about how a shy penguin uses art to make friends.
Mister Got to Go by Lois Simmie. A great book about the story of how a cat came to live at the Sylvia Hotel in Vancouver. A fun story with great illustrations and I always loves me some curmudgeonly character who shows him/herself to be a marshmallow on the inside. Note that goodreads has the title wrong, the have both the sequel and the original with the same title.