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Choosing Books

Find information on choosing books for children.

Looking for great books for kids? You've come to the right spot. We have book recommendations, printable book lists, tips for choosing books for readers of all kinds, and links to information on literacy milestones. 

Staff at any of our libraries are happy use their expertise to help you find the perfect book for a child or teen. 

If you prefer to explore on your own, have a look at some of the resources on this page.

Check out these great picture books about spring

This is how I know : a book about the seasons = Mii maanda eshi-gkendmaanh : Niibing, Dgwaagig, Bboong, Mnookmig Dbaadjigaade Maanpii Mzin'igning
A little book about spring Author: Lionni, Leo
C'est le printemps! Author: Parr, Todd.
Goodbye winter, hello spring Author: Pak, Kenard
The Seedling that did not want to grow Author: Teckentrup, Britta
Little Bear's spring Author: Woollard, Elli,

Winnipeg Public Library Resources

Book Cover: Bunny's Book Club

We Recommend: Great eBook graphic novels on Overdrive

New Kid by Jerry Craft
Best Friends by Shannon Hale
Stargazing by Jen Wang
Guts by Raina Telgemeier
Mr. Wolf's Class by Aron Nels Steinke
The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis
Glitch by Sarah Graley
Journey under the Arctic by Fabien Cousteau
The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland
I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic, 1912 by Lauren Tarshis
All Summer Long by Hope Larson
Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley

Reluctant Readers

Not every child or teen is drawn to reading.  This section has information about the reading habits (yes, they often are reading something!) of relunctant readers along with tips and strategies for making reading a fun part of their lives.

Resources for Finding and Choosing Great Books for Kids

We Recommend: Picture books in more than one language! Request dual language picture books from the Library catalogue

Nibi is water = Nibi aawon nbiish by Joanne Robertson
Blueberry patch = Meennunyakaa by Jennifer Leason
A color of his own = Su propio color by Leo Lionni
Little you = Kîya-K'apîsisisîyân by Richard Van Camp
Mga mata ni migoy by Jesl Xena Rae Cruz
12 lucky animals : a bilingual baby book by Vickie Lee
Only in my hometown = Kisimi taimaippatut angirrarijarani by Angnakuluk Friesen
Birdie post by Bhavna Jain Bhuta
I can fly in the sky : a story of friends, flight and kites told in English and Chinese by Jian Li
What's in my garden? : a book of colors = Mādhā yūjadu fī mazraʻatī : Kitāb al-alwān by Cheryl Christian
Freight train = Tren de carga by Donald Crews

Reading and Literacy Milestones

One part of choosing the perfect book is having some idea of children's typical reading or literacy "milestones." Of course, every child is unique and you know the children you care for best.  The information below is meant as a guide only.

For information about choosing books specifically to support early literacy skills, visit our Early Literacy Info Guide.

Short Lists of Basic Literacy Milestones from Reading Rockets:

Avid Readers

Is a child you care for an avid reader, devouring book after book and reading above their grade level? Keeping up and being able to suggest new titles can be a (welcome!) challenge.

Below we have gathered information to learn more about young avid readers. See the other sections of this page for resources to help find great titles. As always, don't hesitate to ask Library staff for help.

Polly Diamond and the Magic Book by Alice Kuipers
How to Read a Book by Kwame Alexander
Mom, Dad, Our Books and Me by Danielle Marcotte
The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
You Can Read by Helaine Becker
We Are in a Book! by Mo Willems
Where are my Books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi