April 03, 2020

West Coast Wild Babies

Written by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Groundwood Books
978-1-77306-248-8
36 pp.
Ages 3-7
April 2020

With West Coast Wild Babies, the sequel to their West Coast Wild: A Nature Alphabet (Groundwood, 2015), author Deborah Hodge and artist Karen Reczuch bring an abundance of baby animals to herald the spring, offering hope for a new generation and a whole lot of cuteness.

Whether you are familiar with the Pacific West Coast or not, West Coast Wild Babies will transport you to its magnificent rainforests and the shores of the Pacific Ocean. Whether from "high in the trees, low on the forest floor, inside burrows and dens, and deep in the waters of this wild and beautiful place," the diversity of the region's ecosystems, populations and climate are on full display.
From West Coast Wild Babies by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch
In each double-spread, Deborah Hodge introduces us to an animal on the west coast, describing the young and their behaviour such as camouflage, foods eaten or prepared, movement and more. Her text may be information but it is poetic and perfectly accompanied by Karen Reczuch's watercolour and coloured pencil illustrations of an adult or two with the babies in their habitat.
From West Coast Wild Babies by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch
The animals presented in West Coast Wild Babies include the gray wolf, black-tailed deer, bald eagle, black bear, orca, rufous hummingbird, harbor seal, chum salmon, pelagic cormorant, northern Pacific tree frog, black oystercatcher, sea otter and gray whale, although a few additional animals including the raccoon and human also turn up on the pages.
From West Coast Wild Babies by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch
Though West Coast Wild Babies is at its heart an information book, Deborah Hodge and Karen Reczuch elevate the book beyond just a compendium of facts. They have created a spring journey into the wilds of the Pacific coast to take a sneak peek at families growing and playing, living and feeding, and welcomed us into their homes. West Coast Wild Babies is the best of so many worlds, not the least of which is seeing into those environments without disturbing them and without travel which is currently prohibited.


April 02, 2020

Weather, Seasons and Life Cycles in YoungCanLit


Many teachers and parents of primary children look for great resources to help little ones understand the four seasons, weather and the life cycles associated with them. These 50+ picture books and non-fiction titles from Canadian authors and illustrators should fit the bill nicely.

Bear's Winter Party   
Written by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by Lisa Cinar
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2016
Reviewed here

Ben's Snow Song: A Winter Picnic
Written by Hazel Hutchins
Illustrated by Lisa Smith
Annick Press
24 pp.n
Ages 4-7
1987

Capelin Weather
Written and illustrated by Lori Doody
Running the Goat Books & Broadsides
32 pp.
Ages 3-7
2017
Reviewed here

Changing Seasons (Nature's Changes)
Written by Bobbie Kalman and Kathryn Smithyman
Crabtree
32 pp.
Ages 6-10
2005

Counting on Fall (Math in Nature)
Written by Lizann Flatt
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Owlkids Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2012

Emma's Cold Day 
Written by Margriet Ruurs
Illustrated by Barbara Spurll
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
24 pp.
Ages 3-7
2001

Hat On, Hat Off 
Written by Theo Heras
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Pajama Press
24 pp.
Ages 1-3
2016
Reviewed here

If You Hold a Seed
Written and illustrated by Elly MacKay
Running Press Kids
32 pp.
Ages 3-7
2013

Is This Panama?: A Migration Story 
Written by Jan Thornhill
Illustrated by Soyeon Kim
Owlkids Books
40 pp.
Ages 5-8
2013

It's Moving Day 
Written by Pamela Hickman
Illustrated by Geraldo Valério
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 7-9
2008

Kitten's Autumn
Written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press
24 pp.
Ages 1-4
2012

Kitten's Spring  
Written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press
24 pp.
Ages 1-4
2010

Kitten's Summer 
Written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press
24 pp.
Ages 1-4
2013

Kitten's Winter 
Written and illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
Kids Can Press
24 pp.
Ages 1-4
2013

Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall  
Written and illustrated by Leo Yerxa
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2012

The Life Cycle of a Mosquito
Written by Bobbie Kalman
Crabtree
32 pp.
Ages 7-10
2003
Crabtree has almost two dozen life cycle books including for the raccoon, whale, bat, honeybee, and sea horse.
Lily and the Paper Man
Written by Rebecca Upjohn
Illustrated by Renné Benoit
Second Story Press
24 pp.
Ages 4-7
2007

Making Grizzle Grow
Written by Rachna Gilmore
Illustrated by Leslie Elizabeth Watts
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2009

Morning on the Lake  
Written by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
Illustrated by Karen Reczuch
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
1997

My Forest is Green
Written by Darren Lebeuf
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 3-7
2019
Reviewed here

Nana's Cold Days
Written by Adwoa Badoe
Illustrated by Bushra Junaid
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 3-7
2002

A New Duck
Written by Pamela Hickman
Illustrated by Heather Collins
Kids Can Press
20 pp.
Ages 3-7
1999

Once Upon a Northern Night 
Written by Jean E. Pendziwol
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Groundwood Books
36 pp.
Ages 4-7
2013
Reviewed here
Perfect Snow
Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada)
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2009


Picture a Tree
Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada)
32 pp.
Ages 3-8
2013

Poetree
Written by Caroline Pignat
Illustrated by François Thisdale
Red Deer Press
32 pp.
All ages
2018
Reviewed here


Rosario's Fig Tree  
Written by Charis Wahl
Illustrated by Luc Melanson
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2015
Reviewed here

Run Salmon Run
Written by Bobs & LoLo (Robyn Hardy and Lorraine Pond)
Illustrated by Lori Joy Smith
Bobs & LoLo Books
36 pp.
Ages 3-7
2018
Seasons Before the War
Written by Bernice Morgan
Illustrated by Brita Granström
Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides, Inc.
44 pp.
Ages 7+
2018
Reviewed here

Shaping Up Summer (Math in Nature)
Written by Lizann Flatt
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Owlkids Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2014

Sizing Up Winter (Math in Nature)
Written by Lizann Flatt
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Owlkids Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2013

SkySisters
Written by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
Illustrated by Brian Deines
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
2000

The Snow Knows
Written by Jennifer McGrath
Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Nimbus Publishing
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2016
Reviewed here

Snowy Sports: Ready, Set, Play! 
Written by Yvette Ghione
Illustrated by Per-Henrik Gürth
Kid Can Press
24 pp.
Ages 3-6
2009

Sockeye Silver, Saltchuck Blue
Illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers
Text by Robert Budd
Harbour Publishing
20 pp.
Ages 2-6
2019
Reviewed here

Sorting Through Spring (Math in Nature)
Written by Lizann Flatt
Illustrated by Ashley Barron
Owlkids Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2013

Stella, Queen of the Snow 
Written and illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 3-7
2010

Summer North Coming
Written by Dorothy Bentley
Illustrated by Jessica Bartram
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
32 pp.
Ages 5-9
2019
Reviewed here 

A Tree in a Forest
Written and illustrated by Jan Thornhill
Simon & Schuster
32 pp.
Ages 7-11
1991

Tree Song 
Written by Tiffany Stone
Illustrated by Holly Hatam
Annick Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2018

Watch It Grow: Backyard Life Cycles
Written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada)
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2019
Reviewed here

When the Trees Crackle with Cold: a Cree Calendar: PĪSIMWASINAHIKAN
Written by Bernice Johnson-Laxdal and Miriam Körner
Illustrated by Miriam Körner
Your Nickel's Worth Publishing
32 pp.
Ages 5-10
2016

Which Season Is It? (My World)
Written by Bobbie Kalman
Crabtree
16 pp.
Ages 1-5
2011

Who Likes the Rain? (Exploring the Elements)
Written by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2007

Who Likes the Snow? (Exploring the Elements)
Written by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2006

Who Likes the Sun? (Exploring the Elements)
Written by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2007

 

Who Likes the Wind? (Exploring the Elements)
Written by Etta Kaner
Illustrated by Marie Lafrance
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2006

Winter Moon Song 
Written by Martha Brooks
Illustrated by Leticia Ruifernández
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2014
Reviewed here

Winter's Coming: A story of seasonal change
Written by Jan Thornhill
Illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
Owlkids Books
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
2014
Reviewed here

A Winter's Tale  
Written and illustrated by Ian Wallace
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
1997

The Wolf-Birds  
Written and illustrated by Willow Dawson
Owlkids Books
40 pp.
Ages 5-8
2015
Reviewed here