Our Staff Book Picks for 2018
We are huge fans of our year of books. So much so that the Annick team decided to share some of our favourite with you.
Amanda O: Classic Munsch ABC by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko
“I grew up reading the classic Robert Munsch books, so sharing Elizabeth, Mortimer, and other Munsch icons with my own kids as they learn the alphabet is like a big, warm nostalgia hug! And playing “Which Munsch & Martchenko book is this character from?” while we read is also very fun.”
Katie H: Sugar and Snails by Sarah Tsiang, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer
"Love the fun and the imagination in here—the lemon dessert illustration!—and the kids taking charge by flipping old stereotypes upside down."
Heather D: One Rainy Day by Shobha Viswanath, illustrated by Ashwathy P.S. & Anusha Sundar
"I like so much about this book; the colors, the collage artwork. I like the bright pops of color on the rainy spreads, the progression to the warm colors on the indoor spreads, and the lovely bright ending. As a production geek I also just like the feel and overall look of the book."
Serah-Marie M: Beware the Monster! by Michaël Escoffier, illustrated by Amandine Piu
"Everybody needs a little guidance on how exactly to handle a monster. Plus, the cows are deeply charming, and burps are always funny."
Kaela C: Anna at the Art Museum by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert, illustrated by Lil Crump
"Anna at the Art Museum is a perfect union between text and illustration, a clever and charming introduction to art, and a reminder that no matter how bored or cranky you are, something magical could be just around the corner."
Gayna T: A Boy and a House by Maja Kastelic
"It is the most beautiful book. Once I found it, I couldn’t resist it and then I couldn’t put it down."
Asiya A: Fire Song by Adam Garnet Jones
"One of Annick’s YA novels that explores the complexities of love and family through the point of view of Shane—a young, gay Indigenous teenage boy. Shane is so young but the grievances he is forced to deal with in a world where being an Indigenous gay teen is anything but easy truly gives the reader a very powerful story."
Toni B: That’s Not Hockey! by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Félix Girard
"I love Jacques’ determination throughout his life and his willingness to try new things, even if it meant sticking out from the crowd. Félix Girard’s illustrations are warm, engaging and just right for the audience."
Claire C: The House of One Thousand Eyes by Michelle Barker
"I read this tense, gripping novel in one sitting. Michelle Barker’s vivid depiction of life in East Berlin and Lena’s courage despite facing life-or-death consequences in her quest for the truth made me keep turning the pages."
Brendan O: Tree Song by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Holly Hatam
"When a friend visited from Vancouver this month, he said “I just gave my niece that Tree-La-La book.” He nodded when I asked him if he meant Tree Song. Honestly though, what could be better proof that Tiffany Stone and Holly Hatam are a great picture book-making team? The read-along actually gets you singing!"
Shayanna S: Anyone's Game (Cross Ups Book 2) by Sylv Chiang, illustrated by Connie Choi
"The sequel in the Cross Ups series tackles so many relevant issues—girls in gaming, online trolling, harassment—and it does it so well. Combined with the friendships, diverse family and spot illustrations, the whole series is incredible and a must-read for middle readers!"
Thanks for a great year Annick readers! We can't wait until 2019 to share more exciting things with you.
All the best until then,
The Annick Team