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Welcome to my #BookADay and Book Recommendation Post archives! These are some of the books I’ve read or reread in Donalyn Miller’s Annual Book-A-Day Challenge as well as book recommendations I’ve made elsewhere.


Spell Sweeper – by Lee Edward Födi (Harpercollins)

What Lives In The Woods – by Lindsay Currie (Sourcebooks)

Firefly – by Philippa Dowding (Cormorant / Dancing Cat Books For Young Readers).

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It – by Colleen Nelson, Kathie MacIsaac and Scot Ritchie (Pajama Press).

A Sky-Blue Bench – by Bahram Rahman and Peggy Collins (Pajama Press).

Angry Me – by Sandra V. Feder & Rahele Jomepour Bell (Groundwood Books).

Stealing Home – by J. Torres and David Namisato (Kids Can Press).

Big Dreams, Small Fish – by Paula Cohen (Levine Querido).

The Paper Bird – by Lisa Anchin (PRH/Dial Books For Young Readers).

Where Butterflies Fill The Sky: A Story Of Immigration, Family and Finding Home – by Zahra Marwan (Bloomsbury)


Tiny Barbarian – by Ame Dyckman and Ashley Spires (HarperCollins).

Anonymouse – by Vikki VanSickle and Anna Pirolli (Tundra).

Sweet Pea Summer – by Hazel Mitchell (Candlewick).

Survivor Tree – by Marcia Colleen and Aaron Becker (Little Brown For Young Readers).

Adrift – by Heidi E.Y. Stemple and Anastasia Suvorova (Crocodile Books).

Hardly Haunted – by Jessie Sima (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers).

Six Feet Below Zero – by Ena Jones (Holiday House).

Impyrium – by Henry H. Neff (HarperCollins).

Sounds All Around: The Science Of How Sounds Work – by Susan Hughes and Ellen Rooney (Kids Can Press)

Baseballogy: Supercool Facts You Never Knew – by Kevin Sylvester (Annick).

Turtle In A Tree – by Neesha Hudson (Dial).

A Place To Belong – by Cynthia Kadohata, illustrated by Julia Kuo (Atheneum/Ciatlyn Dlouhy Books)

The Player – by Paul J. Coccia (Lorimer)

Everyone’s Sleepy But The Baby – by Tracy C. Gold and Adele Dafflon (Familius LLC)

The Sun Will Come Out – by Joanne Levy (Orca Books).


Flash and Gleam – by Sue Fleiss and Khoa Le (Lerner Books).

Amal Unbound – by Aisha Saeed (Penguin Random House).

Prairie Lotus – by Linda Sue Park (HMH Kids).

Amy Wu And The Perfect Bao – by Kat Zhang and Charlene Draws (Simon & Schuster Children’s).

Soup Day – by Melissa Iwai (Henry Holt).

My Little Sister and Me – by Maple Lam (HarperCollins Children’s Books).

Diana: Princess Of The Amazons – by Shannon & Dean Hale, Victoria Ying (DC Zoom).


Just Lucky – by Melanie Florence (Second Story Press).

The Misadventures Of Salem Hyde: Spelling Trouble – by Frank Cammuso (Amulet Paperbacks).

To The Stars: The First American Woman To Walk In Space – by Carmella Van Vleet, Dr. Kathy Sullivan and Nicole Wong (Charlesbridge).

Maud: A Novel Inspired By The Life Of L.M. Montgomery – by Melanie Fishbane (Penguin Teen).

No Help Wanted! – by Ruth O. (Scholastic Canada).

The Season Of Styx Malone – by Kekla Magoon (Wendy Lamb Books).

Breakout – by Kate Messner, with illustrations by Ellen Lindner (Bloomsbury).

The Very Last Castle – by Travis Jonker and Mark Pett (Abrams).

Embrace The Chicken – by Mahtab Narsimhan (Orca Currents).


The Swan Riders – by Erin Bow (sequel to The Scorpion Rules, McElderry Books from Simon & Schuster).

Falcon Wild – by Terry Lynn Johnson (Charlesbridge).

My Beautiful Birds – by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press).

Hedgehog Needs A Hug – by Jen Betton (G.P. Putnam’s Sons).

Counting Birds: The Idea That Helped Save Our Feathered Friends – by Heidi Stemple & Clover Robin (Seagrass Press).

Enginerds – by Jarrett Lerner (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster).

Weave A Circle Round – by Kari Maaren (Tor).

Hearts Unbroken – by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Candlewick).

Raw Talent – by Jocelyn Shipley (Orca Book Publishers).

Becoming Madeleine – by Léna Roy and Charlotte Jones Voiklis (FSG).

How To Code A Sandcastle – by Josh Funk and Sara Palacios (Viking/Penguin)

Fairy Spell: How Two Girls Convinced The World That Fairies Are Real – by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Eliza Wheeler (Clarion/HMH).

Tangled Planet – by Kate Blair (Dancing Cat Books/Cormorant)

The Winnowing – by Vikki VanSickle (Scholastic Canada Ltd)


The Way To Bea – by Kat Yeh (Little Brown For Young Readers)

Tumble & Blue – by Cassie Beasley (Penguin Young Readers, 2017)

It’s Not Jack and the Beanstalk – by Josh Funk & Edwardian Taylor (Two Lions, 2017)

Just A Normal Tuesday – by Kim Turrisi (Kids Can Press, 2017)

Bite Into Bloodsuckers – by Kari-Lynn Winters and Ishta Mercurio (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2015)

Crankenstein – by Samantha Berger and Dan Santat (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, 2013)

Soup Day – by Melissa Iwai (Holt Books For Young Readers, 2010). 

The Explorers: The Door In The Alley – by Adrienne Kress (Delacorte/Random House, 2017).

Picture the Sky – by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada, 2017).

The Hate You Give – by Angie Thomas (Balzer & Bray).

Shark Lady – by Jess Keating and Marta Álvarez Miguéns (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky).

The Peculiar Incident On Shady Street – by Lindsay Currie (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2017).

Two Times A Traitor – by Karen Bass (Pajama Press, 2017).

The Jumbies – by Tracey Baptiste (Algonquin Young Readers, 2017).

A Rambler Steals Home – by Carter Higgins (HMH Books For Young Readers, 2017).

By The Time You Read This – by Jennifer Lanthier and Patricia Storms (Clockwise Press, 2017).

Orphan Island – by Laurel Snyder (Walden Pond Press / HarperCollins, 2017).

You’re Never Weird On The Internet (Almost): A Memoir – by Felicia Day (Touchstone/Simon & Schuster, 2016).

The Seventh Wish – by Kate Messner (Bloomsbury Children’s, 2016).

We Are All Made Of Molecules – by Susin Nielsen (Tundra Books, 2015).

Princess Juniper Of The Hourglass – by Ammi-Joan Paquette (Penguin Random House, 2016).

Counting Thyme – by Melanie Conklin (Penguin Young Readers, 2016).

The Pearl Thief – by Elizabeth Wein (Disney Hyperion / Bloomsbury UK, Doubleday Canada, 2017).

Red – by Liesl Shurtliff (Knopf Books For Young Readers, 2017).

Speechless – by Jennifer Mook-Sang (Scholastic Canada, 2015).

If I Had A Gryphon – by Vikki Vansickle and Cale Atkinson (Tundra Books). 

Amina’s Voice – by Hena Khan (Simon & Schuster Children’s/Salaam Reads, 2017).

Gabby – by Joyce Grant & Jan Dolby (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012).

Gertie’s Leap To Greatness – by Kate Beasley, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR).

The Case Of The Stinky Stench – by Josh Funk & Brendan Kearney (Sterling, 2017).

The Princess and the Page – by Christina Farley (Scholastic, 2017).

Prudence The Part-Time Cow – by Jody Jensen Shaffer and Stephanie Laberis (Holt, 2017).

I Am Canada – by Heather Patterson, Jeremy Tankard, Ruth Ohi, Barbara Reid, Jon Klassen, Marie-Louise Gay, Danielle Daniel, Ashley Spires, Geneviève Côté, Cale Atkinson, Doretta Groenendyk, Qin Leng, Eva Campbell and Irene Luxbacher (Scholastic Canada, 2017).

My “We Recommend” post for the Toronto Public Library


MiNRS 2 – by Kevin Sylvester (Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster, 2016).

This Is our Baby, Born Today – by Varsha Bajaj and Eliza Wheeler (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2016).

How To Outfox Your Friends When You Don’t Have A Clue – by Jess Keating (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2015).

Red, White and Boom! – by Lee Wardlaw and Huy Voun Lee (Henry Holt and Co BYR, 2012)

Some Bugs – by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel (Beach Lane/S&S, 2014).

Beware That Girl – by Teresa Toten (Doubleday Canada, 2016).

Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast – by Josh Funk (Sterling Publishing, 2015)

The Game Of Love and Death – by Martha Brockenbrough (Arthur A. Levine, 2015).

Daughter Of Smoke & Bone – by Laini Taylor (Little, Brown, 2011)

The First Last Day – by Dorian Cirrone (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, 2016)

Draw The Line – by Laurent Linn (Simon & Schuster, 2016).

Malaika’s Costume – by Nadia L. Hohn and Irene Luxbacher (Groundwood, 2016).

My Life Before Me – by Norah McClintock (Orca Books, 2015)

I Love Cake – by Tammi Sauer and Angie Rozelaar (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2016).

Navel Gazing – by Michael Ian Black (Gallery Books/S&S, 2016)

The Night Gardener -by The Fan Brothers (Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2016).

The Bus Ride by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press, 2015).

Baseballogy – by Kevin Sylvester (Annick Press, 2015).

Oh No, Astro! – by Matt Roeser and Brad Woodard (Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2016).

The Wild Robot – written by Peter Brown (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, 2016).



Jan. 19, 2015Uncle Montague’s Tales Of Terror – written by Chris Priestley, illustrated by David Roberts (Bloomsbury US, 2011).

May 20, 2015Now That You’re Here – by Amy K. Nichols (Knopf Books For Young Readers, 2014).

May 21, 2015Wherever You Go – by Pat Zietlow Miller and Eliza Wheeler (Little, Brown Books For Young Readers, 2015).

May 22, 2015The Yeti Files: Meet The Bigfeet – by Kevin Sherry (Scholastic, 2014).

May 23, 2015You Nest Here With Me – by Jane Yolen, Heidi Stemple and Melissa Sweet (Boyds Mill Press, 2015).

May 25, 2015Fox And Squirrel Make A Friend – by Ruth Ohi (Scholastic Canada, 2015).

May 26, 2015Won Ton and Chopstick – by Lee Wardlaw and Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt, 2015).

May 27, 2015Louise Loves Art – by Kelly Light (Balzer & Bray, 2014).

May 28, 2015Shadow Chasers – by Elly MacKay (Running Press, 2014).

May 29, 2015Faraway Friends – by Russ Cox (Sky Pony Press, 2015).

May 30, 2015Nancy Knows – by Cybele Young (Tundra Books, 2014).

June 1st, 2015Mr. Zinger’s Hat – by Cary Faga and Dusan Petricic (Tundra Books, 2012).

June 2nd, 2015This One Summer – by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood, 204).

June 3rd, 2015The Whale In My Swimming Pool – by Joyce Wan (Macmillan/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015).

June 5, 2015City Of Savages – by Lee Kelly (Saga Press/Simon & Schuster, 2015).

June 7, 2015A Penguin Named Patience – by Suzanne Lewis & Lisa Anchin (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015).

June 8, 2015Punch Like A Girl – by Karen Krossing (Orca Books, 2015).

June 10, 2015The Pirate and the Penguin – by Patricia Storms (Owlkids, 2009).

June 11, 2015Crafty Chloe, Dress-Up Mess-up – by Kelly DiPucchio and Heather Ross (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2013).

June 13, 2015The Thickety: A Path Begins – by J.A. White, illustrated by Andrea Offermann (Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins, 2014).

June 16, 2015The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster, Sept.8/2015).

June 17, 2015My Blue Is Happy by Jessica Young and Catia Chien (Candlewick, 2013).

June 18, 2015Families, Families, Families by Suzanne Lang and Max Lang (Random House Children’s, 2015).

June 27, 2015Totally Tardy Marty by Erica Perl and Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Abrams Books, July/2015).

June 29, 2015I Love You, Animally by Lynn Parish Sutton and Hazel Mitchell (Kane Miller, 2015).

July 4, 2015MiNRS by Kevin Sylvester (Margaret K. McElderry, Sept/2015).

July 11, 2015Koala Hospital by Suzi Eszterhas (Owlkids Books, Oct/2015).

July 12, 2015Hiccupotomus by Aaron Zenz (Two Lions, 2005).

July 13, 2015Doors In The Air by David Weale and Pierre Pratt (Orca Book Publishers, 2012).

July 14, 2015Compliance by Maureen McGowan (Skypscape, 2013).

July 15, 2015: Space Boy And His Dog by Dian Curtis Regan and Robert Neubecker (Boyds Mill Press, 2015).

July 16, 2015Nana In The City by Lauren Castillo (Clarion/HMH, 2014).

July 20, 2015: El Deafo by Cece Bell (Abrams, 2014).

July 21, 2015Connecting Dots by Sharon Jennings (Second Story Press, 2015).

July 22, 2015The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch (Volume One: At The Edge Of Empire) by Daniel Kraus (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, Oct/2015).

July 23, 2015Two Girls Want A Puppy by Ryan and Evil Cordell, and Maple Lam (HarperCollins Children’s, 2015).

July 24, 2015Glory (#2 in The Dust Chronicles) by Maureen McGowan (Skyscape, 2014).

July 25, 2015Feral Nights (#1 in The Feral Series) by Cynthia Leititch Smith (Candlewick, 2013).

July 26, 2015: The Scorch Trials (#2 in Maze Runner series) by James Dashner (Delacorte, 2011).

July 27, 2015Wait by Antoinette Portis (Roaring Brook, 2015).

July 28, 2015How To Outrun A Crocodile When Your Shoes Are Untied by Jess Keating (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, 2014).

July 29, 2015: Dead And Gone (Book #9 of Sookie Stackhouse series) by Charlaine Harris (Ace, 2010). 

July 30, 2015: All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John (Chronicle, 2010).

July 31, 2015The Dead & The Gone (Book #2 in The Last Survivors series) by Susan Beth Pfeffer – (HMH Books For Young Readers, 2008).

Aug. 1, 2015: Someday by Alison McGhee and Peter Reynolds (Atheneum/S&S, 2007).

Aug. 2, 2015Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley and Diana Sudyka (Dial Books For Young Readers, 2015).

Aug. 3, 2015Above by Leah Bobet (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic Canada, 2012).

Aug. 4, 2015The Insecto-Files by Helaine Becker and Claudia Davila (Owlkids, 2009).

Aug. 5, 2015: How To Catch A Star by Oliver Jeffers (HarperCollins, 2004).

Aug. 6, 2015: I Must Have Bobo by Eileen and Marc Rosenthal (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2011).

Aug. 9, 2015Ninja Bunny by Jennifer Gray Olson (Afred A. Knopf/Random House Children’s, 2015).

Aug. 10, 2015: Peg Leg Peke by Brie Spangler (Alfred A. Knopf, 2008).

Aug. 14, 2015Z Is For Moose by Kelly Bingham and Paul O. Zelinsky (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, 2012).

Aug. 25, 2015Sisters by Raina Telgemeier (Graphix/Scholastic, 2014).

Aug. 30, 2015Outstanding In The Rain by Frank Viva (Tundra Books, 2015).

Aug. 31, 2015The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave series, #2) by Rick Yancey (Penguin Putnam Juvenile, 2014).

Aug. 2, 2015Six by M. M. Vaughan (Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster, 2015).



June 10, 2014How To Cheer Up Dad – written & illustrated by Fred Koehler (Dial/Penguin, 2014)

June 11, 2014: A Good Trade – written by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau (Pajama Press, 2012)

June 12, 2014Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told In Haiku – written by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Henry Holt, 2011)

June 13, 2014I Must Have Bobo! – written by Eileen Rosenthal, illustrated by Marc Rosenthal (Atheneum Books For Young Readers, 2011).

June 14, 2014Behemoth (2nd in Leviathan series) – written by Scott Westerfeld, illustrated by Keith Thompson, audiobook version narrated by Alan Cumming (Simon Pulse, 2011 — I listened to the audiobook version)

June 15, 2014Never Let You Go – by Patricia Storms (Scholastic Canada, 2013).

June 16, 2014Parasite – by Mira Grant/Seanan McGuire (Orbit/Hachette, 2013). Adult sf.

June 17, 2014Chicken, Pig, Cow – by Ruth Ohi (Annick Press, 2008).

June 18, 2014Gift Days – written by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Stephen Taylor (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012).

June 19, 2014Breathe – by Scott Magoon (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014).

June 20, 2014Cats’ Night Out – by Caroline Stutson and Jon Klassen (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2010).

June 21, 2014We Planted A Tree – by Diane Muldrow and Bob Staake (Golden Books/Random House, 2010).

June 22, 2014The Maze Runner – by James Dashner (Delacorte, 2010).

June 23, 2014The Stamp Collector – by Jennifer Lanthier and Francois Thisdale (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2012).

June 24, 2014Boy + Bot – by Ame Dyckman and Dan Yaccarino (Knopf/Random House, 2012).

June 25, 2014Say Hello To Zorro! – by Carter Goodrich (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2011).

June 26, 2014One Word Pearl – by Nicole Groeneweg and Hazel Mitchell (Charlesbridge, 2013).

June 27, 2014Hooray For Hat! – by Brian Won (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014).

June 28, 2014Since You’ve Been Gone – by Morgan Matson (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2014).

July 01, 2014Miss Maple’s Seeds – by Eliza Wheeler (Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin, 2013).

July 02, 2014Red, White and Boom! – by Lee Wardlaw and Huy Voun Lee (Henry Holt Books For Young Readers, 2012).

July 03, 2014Africa Is My Home: A Child Of The Amistad – by Monica Edinger, illustrated by Robert Byrd (Candlewick, 2013).

July 05, 2014I Dare You Not To Yawn – by Helene Boudreau and Serge Bloch (Candlewick, 2013).

July 06, 2014Page By Paige – by Laura Lee Gulledge (Amulet Books/Abrams, 2012).

July 07, 2014The Night Gardener – by Jonathan Auxier (Penguin Canada, 2014).

July 08, 2014The Big Green Book Of The Big Blue Sea – by Helaine Becker and Willow Dawson (Kids Can Press, 2012).

July 09, 2014Some Bugs – by Angela DiTerlizzi and Brendan Wenzel (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014).

July 10, 2014Maya Was Grumpy – by Courtney Pippin-Mathur (Flashlight Press, 2013).

July 11, 2014City Cat – by Kate Banks and Lauren Castillo (Frances Foster Books/Macmillan, 2013).

July 11, 2014The Adventures Of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend – by Dan Santat (Little, Brown/Hachette, 2014).

July 12, 2014Skink On The Brink – by Lisa Dalrymple and Suzanne Del Rizzo (Fitzhenry & Whiteside, 2013).

July 13, 2014Ninja! by Arree Chung (Henry Holt, 2014).

July 14, 2014My Teacher Is A Monster! (No, I Am Not.) by Peter Brown (Little, Brown/Hachette, 2014).

July 15, 2014Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park and Matt Phelan (Clarion/HMH, 2013).

July 16, 2014Locomotive by Brian Floca (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster, 2013).

July 17, 2014Please, Louise! by Frieda Wishinsky and Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood Books/House Of Anansi, 2007).

July 17, 2014Stained by Cheryl Rainfield (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).

July 19, 2014The Day The Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers (Philomel/Penguin, 2013).

July 20, 2014Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton (Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster, 2014).

July 21, 2014underGROUND by Denise Fleming (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster, 2012).

July 22, 2014Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever! by Jeff Cohen and Elanna Allen (HarperCollins Children’s, 2014).

July 23, 2014The Man With The Violin by Kathy Stinson and Dušan Petričić (Annick Press, 2013).

July 28. 2014Five, Six, Seven, Nate! by Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2014).

July 29, 2014Heidi Heckelbeck Has A Secret by Wanda Coven and Priscilla Burris (Little Simon, 2012).

July 29, 2014Virginia Wolf by Kyo Maclear and Isabelle Arsenault (Kids Can Press, 2012).

August 7, 2014The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff and Eliza Wheeler (Peachtree Publishers, 2014).

August 8, 2014In A Blue Room by Jim Averbeck and Tricia Tusa (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2008).

August 9, 2014To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2014).

August 17, 2014The Boundless by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2014).

August 23, 2014Rules by Cynthia Lord (Scholastic, 2006).

Sept. 25, 2014The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins (Picador/Macmillan, 2014).

Oct.7, 2014Go, Shapes, Go! by Denise Fleming (Beach Lane Books/S&S, 2014).

Oct. 14, 2014We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (Penguin Random House, 2014).

Oct. 15, 2014A Hitch At The Fairmont by Jim Averbeck (Atheneum/S&S, 2014).

Nov. 13, 2014The Unlikely Hero Of Room 13B by Teresa Toten (Penguin Random House, 2013).

Dec. 15, 2014Dashing Through The Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells by Helaine Becker & Werner Zimmerman (Scholastic Canada, 2014).

Dec. 17, 2014Along A Long Road by Frank Viva (Little, Brown For Young Readers, 2011).