Encounter by Brittany Luby, Illus. by Michaela Goade

Review by Verena Rodriguez

Encounter reimagines the first meeting between an Indigenous Stadaconan fisher and a French sailor in 1534. Inspired by Jacques Cartier’s notes on his first expedition to what is now Gaspé Bay, Quebec, the story begins when Fisher and Sailor set out in their boats, welcoming a new day. … More Encounter by Brittany Luby, Illus. by Michaela Goade

Sergeant Billy: The True Story of a Goat Who Went to War by Mireille Messier, Illus. by Kass Reitch

Review by Verena Rodriguez

From prairie goat to decorated war hero, Sergeant Billy is based on the true story of a goat who went to World War I and fought—yes, we are talking about a real goat—with the Canadian Fifth Battalion. … More Sergeant Billy: The True Story of a Goat Who Went to War by Mireille Messier, Illus. by Kass Reitch

It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, Illus. by Julie Morstad

Review by Valeria De La Vega

Enter any bookstore and you’ll find picture books in which children of all ethnicities play together, solve mysteries, and have adventures. However, that wasn’t always the case. … More It Began With a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way by Kyo Maclear, Illus. by Julie Morstad

Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Skinnamarink by Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein, and Bram Morrison with Randi Hampson, Illus. by Qin Leng

Review by Elizabeth Leung

It is truly a testament to the genius of the original song how, over 40 years after its debut on The Elephant Show, the undeniably catchy tune of Skinnamarink(-y dinky dink, skinnamarinky doo) can resonate with this book’s readers. … More Sharon, Lois and Bram’s Skinnamarink by Sharon Hampson, Lois Lilienstein, and Bram Morrison with Randi Hampson, Illus. by Qin Leng