Let's Read Books

Each year the Let's Read Committee selects a new children's book that families across Waterloo Region can enjoy together. Here are our current and past titles.


Even Superheroes Have Bad Days
By Shelley Becker
Colorful action-packed illustrations and a dynamite rhyming text reveal the many ways superheroes (and ordinary children, too) can resist the super-temptation to cause a scene when they’re sad, mad, frustrated, lonely, or afraid. From burning off steam on a bike or a hike, to helping others, this energetic picture book has plenty of fun ideas to help kids cope when they’re feeling overwhelmed.

Good Morning, Canada
By Andrea Lynn Beck
From a pair of moose spied through an open tent flap at sunrise to a gaggle of Canada geese at a school bus stop, a morning game of shinny on an outdoor rink and checking the sap buckets at a maple syrup farm, these inviting pages capture a familiar Canada that will delight young readers.

Edmund Unravels
By Andrew Kolb
Edmund, a ball of yarn and a ball of energy, loves to explore. As he gets older and bigger he discovers the wonders of the world and the importance of staying connected with those he cares about. Enjoy this heartwarming tale by local Waterloo Region author and illustrator, Andrew Kolb.

Big Bear Hug
By Nicholas Oldland
A huge bear is wandering through the forest - but wait a minute! Who's that he's hugging? Welcome to the world of Big Bear Hug, a contemporary fable about a bear who has an appetite for hugging everything in sight - even creatures that bears have been known to eat. One day, the benevolent bear meets up with a human. This human proceeds to do something the bear cannot understand: he raises his axe and begins to cut down a tree. Suddenly the bear doesn't feel like hugging anymore and must make a difficult decision on how to stop this destruction in his forest.

Community Soup
By Alma Fullerton
It’s soup day at a Kenyan schoolhouse. While the teachers stir the broth, the children gather vegetables from the community garden. All except for one. Little Kioni is looking for her missing herd of goats, only to discover that they have followed her to school and are now wreaking havoc in the garden. A frustrated Kioni announces, ‘These pesky goats make me so mad… I’d like to put them in the soup.’ This statement turns out to be a ‘eureka’ moment in that the wayward goats do make a contribution to the soup… with their milk!

Snow Day!
By Werner Zimmermann
There's nothing like a snow day! It's the anticipation of watching the thick flakes drifting down and hoping that school will be closed. It is magic for everyone. Award winning author/illustrator, Werner Zimmermann remembers the excitement his own sons felt whenever a snow day was declared - just snow angels and hockey, shovels at the ready.

Ten Birds
By Cybele Young
A clever counting book and fable unlike any other and winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award for Illustration. Ten birds are trying to get to the other side of the river. One by one, nine resourceful birds make the crossing until a single bird is left behind – the one they call "Needs Improvement." This bird's
solution proves surprising – and absurdly simple.

The Farm Team
By Linda Bailey
For fifty years the animals on Stolski's farm have played their hearts out for the Stolski Cup. And every year the Farm Team has lost to the Bush League Bandits. As soon as the puck drops for this year's playoff game, the Bandits, playing as dirty as ever, take an early lead. Who will win the cup? Does the Farm Team even stand a chance?

Chocolate River Rescue
By Jennifer McGrath Kent
Tony, Craig, and Shawn are trapped on an ice floe on the Petitcodiac River in the dead of winter, and the rapid current is pulling them toward the ocean. Twelve-year-old Petra arrives and the boys think they're saved, but their dangerous journey is only just beginning. The boys and Petra face peril at every twist and turn of the river in Chocolate River Rescue, an exhilarating New Brunswick adventure based on true events.

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
By Mordecai Richler
Jacob has such trouble being heard, that he has to say everything twice. This lands him in trouble in a grocery store, so he is tried in court and sentenced to two years, two months, two weeks, two minutes and five seconds in the Children's Prison. Fortunately, two secret agents are on the case to help him escape. Will he be able to avoid the Hooded Fang?