The Day the Crayons Quit
By Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers (Philomel)
Our favourite book of the year! This the story of a box of crayons demanding that their concerns be heard is still a weekly read in our house. We're also still trying to figure out whether to side with Yellow or Red about who's the true colour of the sun.
By Lemony Snicket, illustrated by Jon Klassen (HarperCollins)
Lemony Snicket is a rock star and The Dark doesn't disappoint. It is, however, pretty scary – and we all agree that's a big part of its appeal. Because the dark is scary and Snicket's tale teaches kids how to make peace with that.
Not Your Typical Dragon
By Dan Bar-el, illustrated by Tim Bowers (Viking Juvenile)
Crispin's a dragon, but each time he tries to breathe fire, he produces something different: beach balls or Band-Aids or marshmallows. A fabulous tale for the misunderstood kid in each of us.
Mr. Tiger Goes Wild
By Peter Brown (Little, Brown)
This book really blossomed upon repeated readings. The first couple times around, this story of a tiger letting loose didn't really grab either Phoenix or Frida. Now it's a favourite in heavy rotation.
Up the Creek
By Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press)
It's seriously goofy and at times even silly, but still we can't get enough of this book. The disastrous canoe trip of Bear, Moose and Beaver is told with a deadpan sort of charm and strangely authentic interpersonal relationships. There's lots in here for both kid and parent.