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Thursday, November 29, 2012

First & Best list is part of its Ready for Reading early literacy initiative of the Toronto Public Library

The Toronto Public Library's annual First & Best list is part of its Ready for Reading early literacy initiative – a comprehensive set of free high-quality programs, services and resources that supports reading readiness in children from birth to five years.

"The titles on our First & Best Booklist have been carefully chosen by our expert children's librarians as our country's best this year that help develop important early literacy skills," said Lisa Heggum, Children and Youth Advocate for the Toronto Public Library. "Countless studies have shown that spending time reading with your preschool child instils a lifelong love of reading, and opens up countless doors and opportunities in a child's life. I trust parents and caregivers will enjoy sharing these wonderful books with their children again and again."

The First & Best for 2012 are:

Animal Masquerade
Marianne Dubuc

Kids Can Press

Canada in Words
Per-Henrik Gürth

Kids Can Press

Extra Yarn
Mac Barnett

Illus. Jon Klassen
Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publisher

I Can Do It Myself!  and Now I Am Big!
Stephen Krensky

Illus. Sara Gillingham
Abrams Appleseed

It's a Tiger!
David LaRochelle

Illus. Jeremy Tankard
Chronicle Books

Kiss, Tickle, Cuddle, Hug
Susan Musgrave

Orca Book Publishers

Mr. Zinger's Hat
Cary Fagan

Illus. Dušan Petričić
Tundra Books

Noisy Poems for a Busy Day
Robert Heidbreder

Illus. Lori Joy Smith
Kids Can Press

The Stone Hatchlings
Sarah Tsiang

Illus. Qin Leng
Annick Press

Toads on Toast
Linda Bailey

Illus. Colin Jack
Kids Can Press