Captivating spring reads for youth

Spring into these titles, available at the Oak Bay library

From beautifully illustrated picture books to a non-fiction exploration of how we deal with trash, local library shelves are chock-full of fascinating finds for young readers.

• 10 Rivers that Shaped the World, by Marilee Peters – Rivers can be extraordinarily powerful, and not just because of their fast-flowing currents. They can make civilizations rise or crumble, divide cultures or link them together, and even provide crucial clues to where we came from. Here, navigate the fascinating twists and turns of rivers that have molded our history.

• All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely – A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature. When 16-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn’s alternating viewpoints.

• Bear and Bunny, by Daniel Pinkwater – This adorable picture book features best friends Bear and Bunny who wander through the woods looking for food, singing songs and talking about what kind of pet they might like to adopt.

• Here Comes the Easter Cat, by Deborah Underwood – A storytime favourite! When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns the job is much harder than he expected – and does not allow time for naps.

• I Love You Already, by John Jory – The odd couple from Goodnight Already! is back, and little has changed: Bear just wants a quiet morning and Duck, who has enough enthusiasm for an entire flock, insists that they spend “quality time” together.

• The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson – This award-winning teen novel tells the story of Hayley Kincaid and her father as they move back to their hometown to try a “normal” life, but the horrors he saw in the war threaten to destroy their lives.

• Lumberjanes, by Noelle Stevenson – This quirky graphic novel is about five best friends spending the summer at Lumberjane scout camp…defeating yetis, three-eyed wolves and giant falcons…what’s not to love?

• Space Dumplins, by Craig Thompson – Highly acclaimed graphic novelist Craig Thompson’s debut book for young readers is about Violet Marlocke, whose family is the most important thing in the whole galaxy. When her father goes missing while on a hazardous job, she can’t just sit around doing nothing. To get him back, Violet throws caution to the stars and sets out with a group of misfit friends on a quest to find him.

• Trash Talk: Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World, by Michelle Mulder – Dig deep into the history of garbage, from Minoan trash pits to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and uncover some of the many innovative ways people all over the world are dealing with waste.

• The Wolf-Birds, by Willow Dawson – This beautifully illustrated picture book shows the grace, movement and dynamism of animal life. The language is lyrical and simple and the author’s note at the end is scientific, interesting and would be helpful for kids who may not understand the symbiotic relationship of the animals.

Sarah Isbister, Children & Family Literacy Librarian at the Oak Bay Branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, writes twice a month, offering book selections for children/youth and adults.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Black Press Media file photo)
Court-registered sex offender arrested for breach of parole in Langford

Cameron Ratelle returned to correctional facility after female youth approached at bus stop

Jerry Dyck plans to purchase a new RV to drive across Canada in, once it’s safe to travel again. (Courtesy BCLC)
Victoria man plans post-pandemic cross-Canada RV trip after $2M lottery win

Retired electrician bought the winning ticket in Duncan

Marc Porpaczy said he’s glad he delayed his daily walk with his dog, Juno, after a car crashed just outside his driveway just before 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)
VIDEO: Dramatic crash highlights need for sidewalks, say Colwood residents

‘The residents have gone from frustrated to angry’

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

Residents of the Cowichan Valley decorated more than 55 vehicles with anti-racist slogans for a car rally in support of Cowichan Tribes on Saturday, January 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dozens join anti-racism car rally and virtual panel in Cowichan Valley

Provincial ministry and BC Green caucus issue joint statement detailing concerns

Jesse Savidant, 31, is wanted by the RCMP after failing to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo in December. Police warn Savidant should be considered violent. (Photo Submitted)
Warrant out for man accused of stolen property offences across Vancouver Island

Jesse Savidant did not appear for court date in Nanaimo last month, say RCMP

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is urging visitors to stay on designated trails after a hiker became injured in an unsanctioned area last week. (Westerly file photo)
Injured hiker rescued in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. Two more cases of the COVID-19 strain first identified in South Africa have been diagnosed in British Columbia, bringing the total to three as of Jan. 16.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. now has three cases of South African COVID-19 variant, six of U.K. strain

Both variants are thought to spread faster than earlier strains

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after being accused of sneaking into Yukon for vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Police discovered a makeshift nightclub in a Vancouver apartment on Jan. 23, 2021, and say it wasn’t the first time this month officers have been called to the unit over social gathering concerns. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Doorman of makeshift ‘booze-can’ in Vancouver apartment fined; police look to court order

This marks the fourth complaint about social gatherings inside the apartment in January

Local musician and artist Daisy Melville created a watercolour portrait of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from the recent American inauguration, and with help from her mom, is now selling t-shirts and more with funds going to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Image submitted
Island artist turns Sanders inauguration meme into art for good

All proceeds from the sale of shirts, sweaters and more will go to the Comox Valley Food Bank

Most Read