Is your child a picky reader? Would they rather do anything other than read? The Book Club explores reluctant readers. Do boys struggle more than girls? Can potty humour engage disengaged readers? What topics make kids want to read? University of Toronto Professor Shelley Stagg Peterson, Newmarket Library'sTodd Kyle, and Toronto Librarian Joanne Schwartz recommend good book choices for the book allergic.

Here is our list of favourite children's books, which we hope you'll add to by filling in the survey box below. And you can check out other TVOParents Book Club discussions.

Shelley's Picks:


By Kenneth Oppel

Harper Trophy Canada, 1998

Technically, It's Not My Fault: Concrete Poems

By John Grandits

Sandpiper; None edition, 2004

Help Me, Mr. Mutt!: Expert Answers for Dogs with People Problems

By Janet Stevens

Harcourt, 2008


Joanne's Picks:

Our Corner Grocery Store

By Joanne Schwartz

Tundra Books, 2009

The Luck of Jude

By Andrew Larsen

James Lorimer & Co., 2011

Don't Go in There! (part of the Easy-To-Read Spooky Tales series)

By Veronika Martenova Charles

Illustrated by David Parkins

Tundra Books, 2007


Todd's Picks:

And then it happened (series)

By M & L Wade

Books for Boys

Captain Underpants (series)

By Dav Pilkey

Blue Sky Press, 1997

Horrible Histories (series)

By Terry Deary


Transformed: How everyday things are made

By Bill Slavin

Kids Can Press, 2005

Adventures in Ancient China (Good Times Travel Agency series)

By Linda Bailey

Kids Can Press, 2003

Bogbrush the Barbarian

By Howard Whitehouse

Kids Can Press, 2010

Dreadful fates: What a shocking way to go

By Tracey Turner

Kids Can Press, 2011

Famous Dead Canadians

By Joanne Stanbridge

Scholastic Canada, 2003

Sideways Stories from Wayside School

By Louis Sachar

Middle Grade; Reissue edition, 1985

Time Warp Trio

By Jon Scieszka

Harperkids Ent.

The Last Safe House

By Barbara Greenwood

Kids Can Press, 1998

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