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Bats About Baseball PDF Print E-mail

Bats About Baseball

Picture Book, Penguin, 1995, 32 Pages

When baseball season starts, Ryder finds it's hard to get his grandmother to pay attention to anything else. This affectionate book shows you don't have to be bats about baseball to appreciate our national pastime, or the special bond between a boy and his baseball-crazy grandmother. Full-color illustrations.

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Birdie for Now

Novel, Orca, 2002, 154 Pages

One minute she was not there and the next she had dashed in among them, her dangling leash sailing through the air after her. Her silky coat rippled in the breeze and she had incredible ears, black and tall, shaped like butterfly wings. Her feathery tail curled up over her back one minute, streamed out behind her the next and, a second later, tucked itself out of sight between her legs.

To Dickon, that tail shouted, "I want to be friends I'm running away I'm afraid."

He understood the little dog completely. He, too, had felt confused and desperate.

Dickon wasn't happy in his old home or his old school. He hopes that in his new neighborhood he will meet children who never knew his old, hyper self, who will like him for who he is now. And he hopes for a dog of his own. Dickon's mother calls him Birdie. She feeds him milk from a teddy bear mug. She worries if he's out of her sight for a moment and she knows how filthy and vicious dogs can be. Dickon is delighted to discover that the Humane Society is right on the other side of the fence behind the new house, but only by disobeying his mother will he ever get close to a real dog.

Brothers Far from Home: The World War I Diary of Eliza Bates PDF Print E-mail

Brothers Far from Home

Dear Canada Series, Scholastic, 2003, 235 Pages

It has been two long years since Eliza's beloved older brother, Hugo, went away to war. Caught up in his enthusiasm, she couldn't understand her parents' less-than-enthusiastic reaction. Now that her other brother, Jack, has also enlisted, she yearns for the safe return of both brothers. If only she had a friend that she could talk to about her feelings...

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Dancing Through the Snow

Novel, Scholastic, 2007, 239 Pages 

Ten-year-old Min has had a long history of foster care since being abandoned in a public washroom at age three. When Min is dumped by her latest foster mother just before Christmas, Jess Hart, a former Children’s Aid doctor who knows min and sees past her hardened shell, decides to take her home for a couple of weeks to see how the two of them get along. Jess has long had thoughts of a becoming Min’s official foster mother, or even adopting her. On their way to find a Christmas tree, Min finds a young dog that’s near death and brings it home. As the dog’s timidness and distrust of people begins to lesson, Min realizes how much she has herself been “walling” people out. Min starts to open up, makes some new friends and event stands up to her old nemesis, the bullying and taunting Laird. This is a story of and abandoned dog helping and abandoned girl open her heart and let in a new family. Jean Little’s incredible gift for portraying emotion and creating real people shines in this touching novel.

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Differnt Dragons

Novel, Penguin, 1986, 123 Pages 

Ben is apprehensive about staying over at his aunt roses house while his parents are away. but with the promise of a big surprise, ben reluctantly agrees to at least give it a try. only, when the surprise arrives, it is not what ben expects at all. At the door is a labrador retriever named gully. the only problem is that ben is afraid of dogs. Dogs jump at people, bite people, and even kill people! And even though gully seems friendly, ben decides he will never be friends with a dog. but when ben finds himself alone with gully in a scary situation, he starts to rethink his fear. perhaps he will be able to survive the whole weekend at Aunt roses with gully running around after all.

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Emma's Magic Winter

I Can Read Books Series, Harper, 1998, 64 Pages

When Sally moves into the house next door, Emma's mom thinks it will be easy for the two girls to become friends. But Emma is so shy, she can barelyeven read out loud in school. Will Emma ever make friends with her newneighbor?Emma is so shy she can barely read out loud in school, and when a new girl moves in next door, Emma isn't sure she can make friends. But a happy coincidence leads the two to share a winter of magical make-believe. And with the help of her new best friend, Emma discovers she can overcome her shynesseven at school. Beginning readers will treasure the perfect blend of engaging text and appealing pictures that celebrates of the magic of friendship.

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Emma's Strange Pet

I Can Read Books Series, Harper, 2004, 64 Pages

"All good pets have fur.
Only strange pets have no fur."
Emma's brother, Max, wants a dog. But he can't have one because Emma is allergic to furry animals. With her birthday just a few days away, Emma decides that she would like a pet for a present. After a trip to the store, Emma finds the perfect nonfurry animal. Will Max like his sister's strange pet too?

Jean Little's heartening and subtly insightful tale about the ever-evolving relationship between siblings is underscored by Jennifer Plecas's captivating artwork.

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Emma's Yucky Brother

I Can Read Books Series, Harper, 2001, 64 Pages

Poor Emma! She has it all planned. Her parents are adopting a four year old boy named Max. Emma is convinced he'll be little and sweet, and it will be wonderful having a brother. When she tells her friend Sally that Max is coming to visit, Sally warns her that little brothers can be pests. Emma won't listen.
Her expectations take a blow from reality when Max comes to visit. He isn't little and he isn't friendly. Max tells Emma the cookies she made him are "yucky." When Emma's friend Sally comes over, Max plays with Sally and her little brother, Josh. When Max leaves, he doesn't even say good-bye to Emma.

In spite of reassurance from her parents, Emma feels hurt; Max doesn't like her or her cookies and likes Sally best. In fact, Emma is mad, shouting, "...I don't need a brother. Brothers are nothing but pests!" Things do not improve when Max comes for the weekend. He wants to play with Sally and calls Emma "Yucky Emma." Max misses his foster mother, Jane, and cries for her.

As Emma sees how unhappy Max is, she begins to soften towards him. Reassurance from her parents as to their love for her helps. However, when Max moves in, he is still belligerent towards Emma and keeps calling her "Yucky Emma." Emma realizes that Sally was right; sometimes a brother can be a pest. When Max runs away after accidentally breaking her doll, Emma realizes how much she cares for him. When Emma finally finds Max, her little brother realizes he can depend on her when he needs help. When Sally congratulates "Yucky Emma" for finding Max, Max corrects her, saying, "Emma isn't yucky. She's my sister."

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Forward Shakespeare

Novel, Orca, 2005, 144 Pages

Seeing-eye pup, Shakespeare, conquered many fears in Rescue Pup. Now he is back, about to be matched up with a blind boy, ready to begin his working life. Tim is enraged by his blindness and wants nothing to do with a guide dog. But he is no match for Shakespeare.

Jean Little is one of Canada's most beloved writers for children. She is also blind and currently living with her third Seeing Eye dog. Three times, she has traveled to the Seeing Eye headquarters in New Jersey to train with a dog, first Zephyr, then Ritz and now Pippa. For years she has thought about writing a book about the training of a Seeing Eye dog. Now she has done it, but Shakespeare is not just any dog.

Forward, Shakespeare! is the second of two books in a series.
Book one is Rescue Pup.

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From Anna

Novel, Harper, 1972, 201 Pages 

Anna has always been the clumsy one in the family. Somehow she can never do anything right! She bumps into tables, and she can't read the blackboard at her school. Her perfect brothers and sisters call her "Awkward Anna." When Papa announces that the family is moving from Germany to Canada, Anna's heart sinks. How can she learn English when she can't even read German? Nothing could be worse than this!

But when the Soldens arrive in Canada, Anna learns that there is a reason for her clumsiness. And suddenly, wonderfully, her whole world begins to change.

Gruntle Piggle Takes Off PDF Print E-mail

Gruntle Piggle Takes Off

Picture Book, Penguin, 1996, 32 Pages

Gruntle is a city pig, living in an apartment called Pigs' Digs, taking music lessons and reading. But when she goes to visit Grandpa Bacon on his farm in Swine Corners, she discovers she hates eating pig swill and rolling in manure. Worse, it seems her grandfather isn't impressed by her city ways. But Gruntle has plans to make peace with him--in her own inimitable way. Full color

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Hey World Here I Am

 Poetry, Kids Can Press, 1986, 88 Pages

PearlsDad gave me a string of pearls for my birthday. They aren't real pearls but they look real. They came nested in deep, deep blue velvet in a hinged box with a silvery lid.His sister had some like them when she was my age. She was thrilled. He thought I'd really like them. I said I did. I love the box. Jean Little frequently weaves poetry into the fabric of her many novels. Hey World is a collection of short prose and poems, some of which first made their appearance in Look Through My Window and Kate. The bulk of them are printed here for the first time. With the same blend of sensitivity, insight and candour that has characterized her novels, these short pieces articulate a wide range of young adolescent concerns. Kate ponders the nature of love, war, birth, death, siblings, friendship, school, teachers, parents and of course, members of the opposite sex.

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His Banner over Me

Novel, Penguin, 1995, 207 Pages

Based on the Jean's mother’s childhood. Winner of the IODE Violet Downie Award.

For as long as she can remember, Flora Gauld has lived in Taiwan, but now her family is going home to Canada, a place she has only seen in pictures.

At first she’s a bit intimidated by all the cousins she meets in Kippen, Ontario, but after a while she begins to feel at home. Then her parents explain that they must go back to Taiwan, where they work as missionaries. Flora will be left behind with her aunt and uncle, whom she hardly knows, in yet another town. She is given the special responsibility of looking after her younger brother, William—but who will look after her?

With time, Flora is buoyed by the love of her Aunt Jen and her "adopted" family, but then the Great War begins, and Flora’s world is turned upside down.

Based on the true story of Jean Little’s remarkable mother, His Banner over Me brings a distant time and place to vivid life.

Home from Far PDF Print E-mail

Home from Far

Novel, Little Brown & Co, 1965, 157 Pages, Out of print

After the death of her twin brother, a girl learns to look to the future in this gentle, absorbing story.

I Gave Mom a Castle PDF Print E-mail

I Gave Mom a Castle

Poetry, Orca, 2003, 80 Pages

Bad Guys

''I'm tired of telling Batman stories,'' I told my little brother.
''Just this once, can I tell you The Three Little Pigs?''

''No,'' he snapped.
''There's no bad guys in it.
I like bad guys.''

So much for you, Big Bad Wolf.

I Gave My Mom a Castle is a collection of poems about giving and receiving. This is Jean Little's first poetry collection since the still-beloved Hey World, Here I Am! was published fifteen years ago. Most are prose poems, mini stories, told by a wide cast of characters from toddlers to teens with an adult or two thrown in for good measure.

Jean Little knows the joys and pains of growing up in the twenty-first century. She writes about being a foster child, being ignored or controlled by a parent, being the eldest, being the youngest, being hurt - or helped - by a teacher, teaching a parrot to speak, all with love, humor and depth of perception.

Kady MacDonald Denton has won many awards for her illustrations. When presented with Jean Little's poems, she could not resist illustrating I Gave My Mom a Castle. Her sketches seem ready to jump off the page. They are a great pleasure to contemplate all on their own and perfectly complement Jean Little's writing.

I Know an Old Laddie PDF Print E-mail

I Know an Old Ladie

Picture Book, Penguin, 2003, 32 Pages

We've all heard of the old lady who swallowed a fly, but what about the old laddie who swallowed a flea? Evidently, he had more eclectic tastes than his distant relative, bingeing on a diet that included piranha, 'possum, stork, wapiti, giraffe, and squid. Acclaimed author Jean Little breathes a fresh spirit into an old story, and Rose Cowles's wicked illustrations add a whole new life to this quirky retelling of the cherished old rhyme, "There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly."

If I Die Before I Wake: The Flu Epidemic Diary of Fiona Macgregor PDF Print E-mail

If I Die Before I Wake

Dear Canada Series, Scholastic, 2007, 243 Pages

Fiona comes from a large and loving family where she, her older sisters and her mother are all twins. But soon her loving family is torn apart as the Spanish flu is brought to Canada by soldiers returning from fighting overseas in World War I. Fiona turns to her diary, pouring out her fears as her sisters fall ill with the deadly disease. Will Fee lose those dear to her?

Jenny and the Hanukkah Queen PDF Print E-mail

Jenny and the Hanukkah Queen

Picture Book, Penguin, 1995, 32 pages

A charming story about a little Jewish girl that sees Santa Claus in a parade and can't help going home and drawing a picture of him. What she eventually discovers makes for a charming story about family, love, and the power of imagination.


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Jess Was The Brave One

Picture Book, Penguin, 1991, 32 Pages

Even though Claire is the older sister, it's Jess who's not afraid of shots, dogs, scary movies, thunderstorms, or hundreds of other things. Will Claire ever be braver than Jess? Color illustrations accompany the text.

The illustrations here are particularly impressive and greatly enrich this story of two sisters. The younger, Jess, is 'the brave one' who has her injections without fussing and loves thunderstorms while big sister, Claire, has 'an over-active imagination' and is therefore frightened of almost everything. Her love of her grandfather's bedtime stories, however, enables her to deal with the bullies who take Jess's teddy. Perhaps there is something to be said for an imagination after all. Lots to talk and think about means this will appeal to a wide age range.

Kate PDF Print E-mail


Novel, HarperCollins, 1971, 167 Pages

By no means a stereotype, Kate Bloomfield is a confident, sensitive, tomboy who loves to write poetry. Even her Jewish father and non-Jewish mother leave her more confused about her heritage than ever. It’s only when she discovers that arch-enemy Sheila Rosenthal is Jewish that Kate explore her own family background. As Jean Little leads her protagonist to an old family feud in Kate, she discovers a secret that almost costs Kate her best friend.

Listen for the Singing PDF Print E-mail

Listen for the Singing

Novel,  Stoddart,  1977, 262 Pages

Winner of The Canada Council Children’s Book Award

As the world around her braces itself for World War II, a young Canadian girl with impaired vision prepares to begin public high school.

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Listen Said the Donkey

Picture Book, Scholastic, 2006, 40 Pages

Three familiar animals are gathered at a stable in Bethlehem — a donkey, a lamb and a camel. With them are a no-nonsense Persian cat and a small, frightened dog. The animals miss the baby who was recently born there. To comfort one another, each tells the tale of how it came to be at the stable for the baby’s birth.

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Little by Little

Autobiography, Penguin, 1987, 233 Pages

Jean Little has led an extraordinary life. Nearly blind from birth, she had what her friends called "bad eyes". Subjected to ridicule, rejection and bullying, she often withdrew into a world of her own—the world of her imagination.

But she still had to live in the real world, to struggle to make a place for herself, to find friends, even to attend regular classes. Encouraged by her parents, she began to write poetry and stories. By the time she was seventeen, her poetry had been published in a national magazine, and after that she never looked back.

Honest, moving and sometimes very funny, this is an unforgettable account of the joys and pains of childhood and growing up, of family and of love.

Look Through My Window PDF Print E-mail

Look Through My Window

Novel, Harper & Row, 1970, 258 Pages

When Emily's parents move to an eighteen-room house so that her four unpredictable cousins can live with them, life for Emily, an only child, is never again the same.

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Lost and Found

Novel,  Penguin, 1985, 824 Pages 

When Lucy's family moves to a new town just before school begins, Lucy is lonely and worried about whether she'll make new friends. Then she meets a little dog that is friendly and may—or may not—be a stray. Her parents let her keep him until they find the owner, but Lucy, who calls him Trouble, begins to hope the owner is never found.

Mamas Going To Buy You A Mockingbird PDF Print E-mail

Mamas Going To Buy You A Mockingbird

Novel,  Penguin, 1984, 244 Pages

Winner of the Canadian Library Association Children’s Book Award and the Ruth Schwartz Award

Jeremy is not having a good summer. His best friends have moved away, and he has to stay at the cottage with only his little sister and Aunt Margery. His parents have remained in the city so his father can have an operation.

When Jeremy finally sees him again, he finds out that his father has cancer and isn't going to get better. Suddenly, everything is different. Then Jeremy finds an unlikely friend in Tess, who knows what it's like to lose someone. As his friendship with her grows, through good times and bad, Jeremy discovers that his father has left him something that will live forever ...

Mine for Keeps PDF Print E-mail

Novel,  Penguin, 1962, 213 Pages

Born with cerebral palsy, nine-year-old Sally has spent the past five years at a special rehabilitation school. Her dreams of actually living with her family rather than just visiting them finally come true when a new school opens near her family’s home. Adjusting to her new life and the typical challenges of starting a new school and meeting new friends are heightened for Sally, through the unique problems of being handicapped in the world. Mine for Keeps is a heartfelt and inspirational story about overcoming fears and considering other people’s points of view. A compelling read, this popular children’s story imparts valuable lifelong lessons about the nature of change, friendship and family.

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Once Upon a Golden Apple

Picture Book, Penguin, 1991, 32 pages

In this hilarious fractured fairy tale, everything seems to go wrong. Goldilocks lives with the seven dwarfs, a princess kisses a reluctant dragon, and she and her prince rescue the Wicked Witch of the West...until all mischief is sorted out and everyone lives happily ever after. Jean Little and Maggie de Vries’ whimsical text and Phoebe Gilman’s magical illustrations make this a magnificent feast for anyone who loves a good story — even when it’s wrong!

One to Grow On PDF Print E-mail

Novel, Penguin, 1969, 176 Pages 

Janie Chisholm has a problem--she doesn't mean to tell lies, but she can't seem to stop herself from exaggerating the truth. When Janie befriends Lisa, a new girl at school who is also in the habit of telling lies, she gets into more trouble than ever before.

Orphan at My Door: The Home Child Diary of Victoria Cope PDF Print E-mail

Orphan at My Door

Dear Canada Series, Scholastic, 2001, 221 Pages

At the turn of the century, Dr. Thomas Barnardo, an English philanthropist, sought to give orphaned and abandoned children a second chance in the New World. These children — "Home Children" as they were called — came to work in Canada as farm labourers and domestic servants. Victoria Cope's family takes in a Home Child, a sad and quiet girl named Mary Anna. Victoria soon discovers the reason for Mary Anna's silence — she was separated from her younger brother. Victoria vows to help Mary Anna find her brother. As Victoria confides her hopes and fears to her "Dear Diary," she reveals herself as a born writer.

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Pippin the Christmas Pig

Picture Book, Scholastic, 2003, 40 Pages

All of the animals boast to little Pippin the pig about the important gifts their great-grandparents gave to the special baby born in a stable long ago. When Pippin asks what the pigs gave, the animals scoff--what could a pig have given a holy child? Soon all of the animals learn that the most important gift of all is a caring heart. Full color.

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Rescue Pup

Novel,  Orca, 2004,  101 Pages 

Shakespeare wriggled joyously and reared up to lick Tessa's chin. He expected even this girl to love him on sight. Everybody always had. But Tessa was not everybody. She parted her knees and let him slither to the floor.

Shakespeare is a Seeing Eye puppy. But before the time comes for him to train with a blind person, he must spend six months with a girl who has never learned to love. He does all he can to teach her, but the job places him in some dangerous situations and by the end of the story he has earned the title Rescue Pup.

Jean Little is one of Canada's most beloved writers for children. She is also blind and currently living with her third Seeing Eye dog. Three times she has traveled to the Seeing Eye headquarters in New Jersey to train with a dog, first Zephyr, then Ritz and now Pippa. For years she has thought about writing a book about the training of a guide dog puppy. Now she has done it, but Shakespeare is not just any dog. Jean is also the author of Birdie for Now (Orca, 2002) and I Gave My Mom a Castle (Orca, 2003).

Rescue Pup is the first of two books in a series.
Book two is Forward, Shakespeare!

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Revenge of the Small Small

Picture Book, Penguin, 1992, 32 pages

Patsy Small is the youngest in her family, and she doesn’t like it one bit. Her older brothers and sister are always teasing her. Even when they come down with chicken pox, they don’t appreciate everything she does for them.

Then, after they all get better, Patsy herself gets chicken pox. Her father brings home something just for her to play with, but the older kids try to ruin it for her — until Patsy plans a little revenge of her own. All ends happily, however, when the bigger Smalls repent.

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Somebody Elses Summer

Novel, Penguin, 2005, 180 Pages

On a flight from Vancouver to Toronto, two girls meet, forming an unlikely friendship. Tall, athletic Samantha is going to spend the summer with a family friend while her father is in South America. Alexis, a shy girl who likes books, is being sent to a horse farm to learn how to ride while her mother and stepfather are travelling in Australia.

By the time their flight lands in Toronto, the girls have hatched their plots. They’re going to trade places for the summer. After all, the people they’re going to visit have never met them, and their parents are far away and hard to contact. But will they manage to pull it off? For how long? And with what consequences?

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Spring Begins in March

Novel, Penguin, 1966, 182 Pages

This sequel to Mine for Keeps focuses on Meg, the youngest child in the Copeland family. When the novel opens, Meg has been told that she'll have her own room beginning on her birthday, in part because she is struggling in school and her parents think it might help to have her own desk. This plan falls apart when the marriage of Meg's aunt leads to Grandma coming to live with the Copeland family. Meg wrestles with her disappointment and her hostility to her grandmother, along with her problems at school, where she has enough trouble concentrating that her teacher warns that she may not be promoted. But Grandma turns out to be more complicated than Meg realizes, and with help from Sal and Elsje, Meg makes some progress at school.

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Stand in the Wind

Novel,  Penguin,  1975, 275 Pages

At a beach cottage, two sets of sisters who have never met before must spend a few days together without their parents. It looks as if it's going to be the longest holiday ever, until Martha discovers something about Christine that changes everything.

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Stars Come Out Within

Autobiography, Penguin, 1990, 260 Pages

The second part of the autobiography of Jean Little, author of such works as "Mine for Keeps" and "Once Upon a Golden Apple." Picking up where "Little by Little" left off, this book focuses on her adult life. The author describes how she slowly lost her sight, adopted a beloved seeing-eye dog named Zephyr, and was able to continue creating novels by using a talking computer. Illustrated with black and white photographs.

Take Wing PDF Print E-mail

Take Wing

Novel, Little Brown & Co, 1968, 176 Pages

The Belonging Place PDF Print E-mail

The Belonging Place

Novel,  Penguin, 1997, 124 Pages

It seems young Elspet Mary has known nothing but loss. First her mother died, then her father, leaving her in the care if her aunt and uncle. With them, she has moved from one lonely Scottish village to another, and now, just as she is beginning to feel at home, she is being torn away again, to move to rugged Upper Canada. What awaits her in the strange new land? What will become of her grandmother, left behind in Scotland, and her beloved cat? Will she finally find a place to call home, a place where she belongs? Told in Jean Little’s inimitable voice, this moving coming-of-age story explores loss, loneliness and love-and the universal search for a place to belong.

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The Birthday Girl

Novel, Orca, 2004, 64 Pages

Nell makes two wishes on her birthday, but the next day they show little sign of coming true. Everyone in her household is busy and wants her out from underfoot and no one is willing to help her find her lost cat. In the end she finds more than a cat and she makes her own wishes come true with the help of a row of tall, bright, smiling sunflowers.

Jean Little, one of Canada's most beloved authors, got the idea for The Birthday Girl from her grandma's first cousin. The Birthday Girl is her third book for Orca, following Birdie for Now and I Gave My Mom a Castle.

The Jean Little Collection PDF Print E-mail

The Jean Little Collection

Three novels reprinted together, Penguin, 2001, 358 Pages

Introducing an omnibus of three classic Jean Little novels for six to nine year olds, gathered together in a beautiful volume. The perfect way to introduce young readers to the work of Jean Little, it also makes a wonderful gift for children who know and love her work already. The three books included are:

Different Dragons: Ben isn’t sure he wants to visit his Aunt Rose while his parents and older brother are away. He doesn’t like admitting it, but he’s afraid of a lot of things - dogs, thunderstorms, new places, new people. Aunt Rose turns out to be much nicer than Ben expected; but then she presents him with a birthday gift that terrifies him - a big Labrador retriever named Gully. How can Ben tell her he’s afraid even to be in the same room with Gully? And how can he tell Hana, his new friend?

One To Grow On: Janie Chisholm doesn’t really mean to tell lies. It’s just that sometimes her stories get out of control -- and Janie gets into trouble. No one in her family takes her seriously, and she’s not well liked at school. Then Janie meets Lisa, a pretty girl whose parents are celebrities. Lisa wants to be Janie’s friend, but it turns out that she tells lies, too -- and her lies hurt.

Lost and Found: When Lucy’s family moves to a new town just before school begins, Lucy is lonely and worried about whether she’ll make new friends. Then she meets a little dog that is friendly and may - or may not - be a stray. Her parents let her keep him until they find the owner, but Lucy, who calls him Trouble, begins to hope he has no owner. When she meets Nan, a girl who likes to play detective, they set out together to find Trouble’s owners.

The Sweetest One of All PDF Print E-mail

Picture Book, Scholastic, 2008

A picture book for very young children and their parents. In it, barnyard animal babies ask their mothers who they are and each of them is told that he or she is the sweetest one of all.  The book ends with a human mother telling her little one the same thing. And getting a loving hug in response.  The playful text should continue to delight both children and adults even after many readings. 
The colourful illustrations by Marisol Sarrazin are endearing and filled with lively detail.  Each will hold small readers spellbound.

What Will The Robin Do Then? PDF Print E-mail

What Will The Robin Do Then

Short stories and poems, Penguin, 1998, 235 Pages

Including a preface by the author, What Will the Robin Do Then? is a collection of stories and poems celebrating every phase of winter from the last leaves at autumn to the first flowers of spring. From lyrical to hilarious, sombre to joyous, these stories reflect Jean Little’s astonishing capacity to capture all the richness of childhood.

When the Pie was Opened PDF Print E-mail

Poems, Little, Brown, 1968, 83 Pages

Forty poems, including ones about dogs, nature, love, oneself, and childhood.

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Willow and Twig

Novel, Penguin, 2000, 227 Pages

Mr. Christie's Book Award
CLA Book of the Year for Children: Finalist
Violet Downey Book Award: Shortlist

Ten-year-old Willow lives with her four-year-old brother Twig. They are in the care of their mother, since neither of their fathers have stuck around to raise them. When their mother breaks her parole and takes off, they are left in the care of Maisie. Unfortunately Maisie suddenly dies, and the two find themselves alone in the city.

With no one left to look after them in the city where they were born, they are sent to live with Willow's grandmother, a writer, in her house called Stonecrop. From the rough streets of Vancouver, the children must adjust to a rural setting in Ontario, and the ways of their grandmother.

Both heartbreakingly real and honestly inspiring, the story of Willow and Twig reverberates with the realities of growing up alone and unwanted, learning to be proud of who you are and having the courage to find out where it is that you truly belong.