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Annick Staff Books Picks 2019

By Annick Staff Date: December 02, 2019

It’s the end of another year! As always, we enjoy publishing new books and sharing them with you! In an end to 2019 the Annick staff has picked their favourite books published in 2019. Have a look to see our top picks!

Katie: Classic Munsch Moods by Robert Munsch, art by Michael Martchenko
“Moods—everyone has them, so why not celebrate them? My favourite part of this third Classic Munsch Concepts board book is the opening and closing spreads featuring new art by Michael Martchenko—framed by text asking readers how they feel today/how might they feel tomorrow, this new art features familiar characters, but also some brand-new kids. The best part? If you flip from one to the other little stories reveal themselves, suggesting the many reasons moods can change.”

Asiya: Llamas with Lemonade: An Unusual Animal ABC by Ariana Koultourides
“This book is absolutely adorable! I can’t think of a more fun way of learning your ABC’s than sounding out each animal/accessory pair and the delight in seeing them rock their accessories in each lovely illustration.”

Brendan: The Dog who Wanted to Fly by Kathy Stinson, art by Brandon James Scott
“The Dog Who Wanted to Fly paired one of Annick’s most prolific authors, Kathy Stinson, with a new picture book illustrator, Brandon James Scott. I loved the energy the two creators gave to their small cast of critters. Zora the dog is so excited she bursts off the page. I’d love to see where she and her dry friend Tully the cat go next.”

Gayna: Diana Dances by Luciano Lozano

Tristian: Our Big Little Place by James A. Conan, art by Nicolle Lalonde
“I love Our Little Big Place because it reminds me of the time my family lived in a condo. My brother and I would invent games to play in the space we had, and we loved it. The story reminds me that any time I’m feeling bored, a little imagination is all it takes to create your own fun!”

Shayanna: Tallulah Plays the Tuba by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Sandy Nichols
“I love this story because it teaches you not to give up! Tallulah’s determination is so infectious. She has a goal—a dream—and does everything she can to achieve it. It’s extremely inspiring for me, and hopefully will serve as an example to kids to try and try again.”

Amanda: Why Don't Cars Run on Apple Juice? Real Science Questions from Real Kids by Kira Vermond, art by Suharu Ogawa
“This book is a pure delight—an awesome Q&A book filled with science questions from real kids. The illustrations are as wacky and entertaining as the answers.”

Claire: The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills
“The ghosts Mills conjures are irresistible: there’s cranky, crossword-loving Estelle; Joseph, a teen who listens to The Cure through a haunted Walkman; and a menagerie of ghost animals, including a raccoon. But this is also a powerful story about family and loss, driven by a sensitive, curious and independent main character. I adore this novel.”

Kaela: Funny, You Don't Look Autistic: A Comedian’s Guide to Life on the Spectrum by Michael McCreary
“Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic is authentic, fast-paced, and—most importantly—consistently funny. It may seem strange to have written a memoir in your early twenties, but as a comedian on the autism spectrum, Michael McCreary has a unique perspective on universal experiences like friendship, bullying, dating, and teenage angst. Whether you’re on the spectrum or not, Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic reminds us that life is better when we face our challenges head on and keep our sense of humor intact along the way.”

Serah-Marie: Bad Boys of Fashion: Style Rebels and Renegades Through the Ages by Jennifer Croll, art by Aneta Pacholska
“Clothes can tell us a lot about where people come from, what they care about, who they want to be, and who they want us to think they are. In Bad Boys of Fashion, Jen Croll gives us real insight into how icons like Bowie, Biggie Smalls and, my personal fav, Prince, made fashion choices that let us know who they were.”

Thank you for reading with us. Until next year, book lovers! We have a ton of interesting books in store.

-Annick HQ