Book Recommendations

Who doesn't love a great book? We love cozy cuddly story time in our house! A great book, cozy spot, and warm cup of tea makes any day a great day!  Here I have listed some of our favourite, nourishing, beautifully illustrated books! This is an evergreen list so check back regularly!

Picture Books:

Anytime Cozy Books

  • Below by Nina Crews
  • Big Week for Little Mouse by Kim Fernandez
  • If You Go Down to the Woods Today, more than 100 things to find poems by Rachel Piercey and illustrated by Frey’s Hartas
  • Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
  • Once in a Blue Moon by Danielle Daniel
  • Our Library by Eve Bunting
  • Sky High Guy by Nina Crews
  • Such a Little Mouse by Alice Shertle
  • Joone by Emily Kate Moon


  • My Leaf Book by Monica Wellington
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Christmas / Holiday Season

  • A Porcupine in a Pine Tree: A Canadian 12 Days of Christmas written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
  • Bear Stays Up for Christmas written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Jane Chapman
  • Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells written by Helaine Becker and illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
  • Night Tree written by Eve Bunting and illustrated by Ted Rand
  • Sharing Christmas written by Kate Westerlund and illustrated by Eve Tharlet
  • The Night Before Christmas written by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by Mary Engelbreit
  • The Polar Bear Wish written by Lori Evert and photographs by Per Breiehagen
  • The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett
  • The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree written by Gloria Houston and illustrated by Barbara Cooney
  • When Santa was a Baby by Linda Bailey


  • How Does My Fruit Grow by Gerda Muller
  • Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt by Kate Messner

Social Studies

  • Carson Crosses Canada written by Linda Bailey and illustrated by Kass Reich
  • Children Around the World by Donata Montanari
  • Families Around the World by Margriet Ruurs and Jessica Rae Gordon
  • Finding Winnie by Lindsay Mattick
  • School Days Around the World by Margriet Ruurs and Alice Feagan

Mindfulness / Yoga

  • I am Peace: A Book of Mindfulness written by Susan Verde and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
  • In my Heart: A Book of Feelings written by Jo Witek and illustrated by Christine Roussey

Outdoor Adventures

  • Be a Pond Detective: Solving Mysteries of Lakes, Swamps, and Pools by Peggy Kochanoff
  • In the Red Canoe written by Leslie A. Davidson and illustrated by Laura Bifano
  • Pond by Jim LaMarche
  • Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner
  • The Hike by Alison Farrell
  • Up the Mountain Path by Marianne Dubuc

Winter Wonders

  • A Farmer Boy Birthday written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Jody Wheeler
  • Big Tracks, little tracks: following animal prints by Millicent E. Selsam
  • Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner
  • Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
  • Sleep Tight Farm: a farm prepares for winter by Eugenie Doyle
  • Small Walt written by Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
  • Small Walt and Mo the Tow written by Elizabeth Verdick and illustrated by Marc Rosenthal
  • Snow Much Fun written by Nancy Siscoe and illustrated by Sabina Gibson
  • Stella: Queen of the Snow by Marie Louise Gay
  • Sugar Snow written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Doris Ettlinger
  • Walking in a Winter Wonderland as sung by Peggy Lee and illustrated by Tim Hopgood
  • When the Snow Falls written by Linda Booth Sweeney and illustrated by Jana Christy
  • Winter on the Farm written by Laura Ingalls Wilder and illustrated by Jody Wheeler and Renee Graef
  • Winter Walk by Virginia Brimhall Snow

Women Changing the World

  • Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist written by Linda Skeers, illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens
  • The Leaf Detective: How Margaret Lowman Uncovered Secrets in the Rainforest written by Heather Lang and illustrated by Jana Christy
  • The Tree Lady by H. Joseph Hopkins, illustrated by Jill McElmurry


Food / Recipe / Self Care Books and Websites:


Nature & Wilderness Guides:

  • Edible and Medicinal Plants of Canada by Lone Pine
  • Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the Natural World by Julia Rothman
  • Ocean Anatomy: The Curious Parts & Pieces of the World Under the Sea by Julia Rothman
  • Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Western North America by Roger Tory Peterson
  • Saskatchewan Animal Tracks by Ian Sheldon and Tamara Hartson
  • Saskatchewan and Manitoba Nature Guide by Krista Kagume
  • The Boreal Herbal: Wild Food and Medicine Plants of the North by Beverly Gray

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