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Your Picks


Instead of our staff having all the fun recommending books, we're asking you, the public, to get in on the action.  We will be soliciting particular groups of people around Yellowknife for their book recommendations as a way of getting the community involved in celebrating and promoting literacy. If you would like your group to suggest some titles, please contact

For this 7th edition of Your Picks, and in recognition of NWT Literacy Week (September 25 - October 1), we asked the staff of the Northwest Territories Literacy Council for their recommendations of children's books. (Just recently the Yellowknife Public Library and the NWT Literacy Council began partnering on the on-going 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative.) 

Charlotte Upton

Madeline - Ludwig Bemelmans E BEM

One of my favourite children's books is Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline. When I was first learning to read, I enjoyed it so much that I ended up memorizing the whole thing. I loved the dream-like illustrations of Paris and I admired Madeline's fearlessness in the face of mice, tigers, and appendicitis. Just like Madeline's classmates in the book, I wanted to be just like her.

Emily Smith

Baby Peekaboo - Kate Merritt BOARD BOOK M

Mine is any of the "Indestructibles" series. We love them in our house because they are simple illustrations that we can make up silly stories about and Sidney can chew them, pull at them, take them in the tub and they stay in great shape! She is even starting to babble her own silly stories about the illustrations.

Katie Johnson

Stella, Princess of the Sky - Marie-Louise Gay E GAY

My vote is for the Stella series by Marie-Louise Gay.  My kids loved the stories, and the fact that it was an older sister and younger brother made them relatable to them.  The illustrations are soft watercolours and the stories are interesting observances from Stella's imagination about the sea, the forest, the sky and other fun places.

Kathryn Barry Paddock

Alligator Baby - Robert Munsch E MUN

As a child (and as an adult now who reads to children), I've always tended to gravitate towards anything by Robert Munsch. I love his funny and lighthearted stories, as well as the great illustrations by Michael Martchenko. A particular favourite of mine growing up was Alligator Baby.

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