#Staffpick: Long Ago Stories for 0-5

Family Friendly Picks

Have Fun, Molly Lou Melon

by Patty Lovell

Molly Lou Melon is a clever little girl. Grandma taught her how to use her imagination to have fun! One day, Molly Lou meets her new neighbour, Gertie, a little girl with every toy and game under the sun. Gertie is always bored, bored, BORED. Molly Lou knows just how to fix that!

The Princess Knight

by Cornelia Funke and Kerstin Meyer

Violetta is a princess, but certainly not your typical one. While most princesses learn to be proper ladies who like embroidery and playing the piano, Violetta learned from a young age to do all of the knight-ly things her father and brothers knew, like jousting, wielding a sword, and riding a horse. But being a knight is hard work, especially when you are small. When Violetta’s brothers make fun of her for being small and not as strong as themselves, she decides to use her cleverness and determination to outdo them in a jousting competition. Follow along as Violetta proves that size doesn’t matter when you have a clever noggin and a strong spirit!


by Allan Ahlberg

This twisted retelling of classic fairy tales will have young readers wondering what happens next- or rather, what happened before... Follow these classic fairytale people and creatures from the end to the beginning of their stories!

How Do Dinosaurs Stay Safe?

by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Dinosaurs are humongous! How could they possibly stay safe in our world today? Can they wear helmets? Can they call 9-1-1? Learning to be a safe little dinosaur is so important, but it might be a little bit more difficult for dinosaur kids than it is for human kids.

The Paper Bag Princess

by Robert Munsch

Elizabeth is a princess. She has royally expensive clothes, a handsome prince to marry, and she lives in a ginormous castle. That is, until a dragon burns everything up, eats everyone in the castle, and kidnaps the prince. Can Elizabeth save Prince Ronald?

Elizabeth's classic story is all about knowing your worth, using your wits, and never backing down from a dragon.

Family Chat Pick

Eyes That Kiss in the Corners

by Joanna and Dung Ho

There are many kinds of eyes. Little ones, blue ones, ones with long lashes… And even eyes that kiss in the corners. A little girl learns to love her eyes and the legacy that they hold. A beautiful story about loving oneself and the parts of ourselves that we share with the ones we love, which make them even more special.

This beautiful story is a chance to discuss different kids of beauty and diverse bodies and faces.

Bilingual Book Pick

How I Became a Pirate/Comment je suis devenu pirate

by/par Melinda Long and David Shannon

Jeremy Jacob is minding his own business on the beach one day when he spots a real life pirate ship! Impressed with his moat digging, and in need of a good digger for their crew, the pirates invite Jacob to become a pirate and help them hide their treasure. Set sail with Jacob and learn how to be a pirate! Sea shanties and pirate words await you, landlubber.

Un jour, Jérémie Jacob est sur la plage avec sa famille. Il s’occupe de ses affaires, en train de construire un château de sable, quand un bateau plein de pirates apparaît sur l’horizon. Les pirates ont besoin d’un bon excavateur pour l'équipage. Impressionnés par le creusement de douves de Jacob, les pirates lui invitent à joindre l'équipage comme l’excavateur officiel, chargé d’enterrer leur trésor. Embarquez avec Jacob et les pirates et apprenez à être pirate! Des chants de marins et des mots de pirate vous attendent, terrien.

Books Just for Babies

That's not my dinosaur...

by Fiona Watt

Through this sensory, touch-and-feel story, try to find your dinosaur! Does he have smooth green spots, a fuzzy tail, or bumpy teeth?

One-osaurus, Two-osaurus

Kim Norman

One-osaurus, two-osaurus, three-osaurus… Ten little dinosaurs play hide and seek! Practice your numbers and hide from ten-osaurus rex. Make sure to choose a good hiding spot, or he might catch you!

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