Toronto Public Library announces First & Best booklist 2007

    Because the first books you share with your child should also be the best

    TORONTO, Nov. 21 /CNW/ - Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce
its inaugural First & Best booklist: a selection of the best of 2007 Canadian
children's books for children from birth to five.
    "First & Best '07 includes our top picks for kids for this publishing
year," says Ken Setterington, Child and Youth Advocate for Library Services at
Toronto Public Library. "The books meet all the usual standards for excellence
in children's literature," he says, "but in addition, we're recommending them
as the best of the year for building reading readiness in children five and
    Setterington spearheaded the development of First & Best as part of Ready
for Reading at Toronto Public Library, a new approach to library services for
children from birth to five years that emphasizes reading readiness.

    First & Best '07:

    Eats, by Marthe Jocelyn, illustrated by Tom Slaughter, Tundra Books
(letter knowledge)

    Goodnight, Sweet Pig, by Linda Bailey, illustrated by José Masse, Kids
Can Press (vocabulary)

    Grumpy Bird, written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard, Scholastic Press
(narrative skills)

    Lickety-Split, by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Dusan Petric, Kids
Can Press (print awareness)

    Out Came the Sun: A Day in Nursery Rhymes, illustrated by Heather
Collins, Kids Can Press (phonological awareness)

    Please, Louise!, by Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay,
Groundwood Books (print awareness)

    Shoe Shakes, by Loris Lesynski, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, Annick
Press (phonological awareness)

    Sing a Song of Mother Goose, illustrated by Barbara Reid, Scholastic
Press (board book - vocabulary)

    Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, by Richard Van Camp, Orca
Books (board book - print motivation)

    What Am I? by Linda Granfield, illustrated by Jennifer Herbert, Tundra
Books (narrative skills)

    Pre-reading skills highlighted by Ready for Reading are: print motivation
(a positive attitude toward books and reading); phonological awareness (the
ability to hear the smaller sounds in words); vocabulary; narrative skills
(the ability to understand and tell stories); print awareness (noticing print
and understanding its usefulness); and letter knowledge.
    All First & Best '07 books are available for borrowing at Toronto Public
Library and are listed at
    Setterington is a children's author and storyteller as well as frequent
critic of children's literature. Setterington co-authored A Guide to Canadian
Children's Books in English with Deirdre Baker in 2003.

    Toronto Public Library is the world's busiest urban public library
system. Every year, more than 17 million people visit our 99 branches and
borrow more than 30 million items. To learn more about Toronto Public Library,
visit our website at or call Answerline at

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