Chantal: Summer Reads

Be Prepared byVera Brosgol

Meet Vera a Misfit after my own heart, who is sent to Russian Camp and quickly learns that camp is not just about roasting marshmallows and campfire songs. Mean girls, making friends and life lessons all wrapped up in this beautifully drawn depiction of those awkward pre-teen years.

What Does Consent Really Mean? By Pete Wallis and Thalia Wallis

Follow a group of friends as they walk home from school mulling over what consent really means after they learn of a classmate who was assaulted. Sexual resources are provided at the end of the book. What a great way to start a hard to start a conversation with young adults both male and female.

Be Still Life by Ohara Hale

Playful and contemplative Be Still Life teaches children mindfulness and also keeps up with the silliness in life too. A book that is sure to delight anyone willing to listen to their fruit bowl. Shhhh... the apple has something to say.

How to Be a Lion by Ed Vere

I love Leonard the lion, I am positive we could be great friends, if only ...

Leonard is not the usual ferocious beast that lions are known to be, watch his friendship blossom with Marianne a duck who is as sensitive and poetic as Leonard. Follow these buddies as they take on a bullying group of lions and shut down stereotypes and peer pressure.

Ocean Meets Sky by The Fan Brothers

Beautiful, lovely and dreamy are the words that first come to mind when I closed this book. A story of a young boy who is set on a quest by his grandfather to find the place where the ocean meets the sky.

The Prince And The Dress Maker by Jen Wang

Prince Sebastian leads a double life and only his dressmaker and dear friend Francis know about it. Sebastian is really Lady Crystallia a top model that's taken Paris by storm. But the pressure of Sebastian's family honour and being true to himself are a constant struggle. Jen Wang's imagery and narration is charming, sensitive and sweet. Themes of friendship, love, family and loyalty are woven through the narrative with effortless exuberance.

Petra by Marianna Coppo

Petra is the most optimistic rock I have ever encountered because she is not just a rock. She is also a mountain and egg and for a short while a dogs companion. There are more adventures then that, but you will have to read the book to find out what Petra gets up to next.

Great Dog by Davide Cali

Great Dog is a wonderfully delightful book. The illustrations and colours are beautiful, capturing the whimsy of the narrative. Great Dog tells the story of a father and son who go through their family tree together looking at the greatness of their family members. Each page has a fold out and something to giggle at. The twist at the end makes it even better than expected.

Do Not Lick This Book by Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost

It starts with a Microbe named Min who goes on the deep adventure to explain what a microbe is and brings the reader up close and personal with some very friendly microbes who surround us. A wonderful way to teach children about germs, microbes and why it's not a good idea to lick the park slide.

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