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Pajama Press publishes relevant, enduring children’s books that uplift readers—and never talk down to them.

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A Bear in War

During World War One, a young girl slips her teddy bear into a care package for her father, a medic posted to the trenches of France. Although her father dies in the battle of Passchendaele, his belongings are shipped back to his family, along with the toy bear, which today sits in the Canadian War …

By Stephanie Innes & Harry Endrulat & Brian Deines

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A Brush Full of Colour

The true story of how a boy’s passion for learning saved him from a life in England’s coal mines and led him to a career as an internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator, famed for his images of Canada’s north. Includes full-colour reproductions of Ted Harrison’s art and a preface by the artis…

By Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson

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A Family for Faru

In this touching story of belonging and environmental awareness, a young boy’s courage and ingenuity help an orphaned rhinoceros find safety in a new herd.

By Anitha Rao-Robinson & Karen Patkau

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A Flower is a Friend

In a tranquil but moving journey through the garden, celebrate the relationships between flowers and the birds, insects, and four-legged friends with which they share their world

By Frieda Wishinsky & Karen Patkau

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A Good Day for Ducks

A sturdy padded-cover picture book for very young readers celebrating the joys of rainy days

By Jane Whittingham & Noel Tuazon

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A Good Trade

Every day Kato trudges barefoot past fields and soldiers on the long, hot road to his Ugandan village well. When an aid worker brings a life-changing gift of shoes for all the village children, Kato finds something to give her in return: one small piece of beauty in a war-torn land.

By Alma Fullerton & Karen Patkau

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A Quiet Girl

Celebrated author-illustrator Peter Carnavas’s gentle family story about mindfulness and stillness reminds us of the beauty all around us—if we only take the time to notice it.

By Peter Carnavas & Peter Carnavas

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A Sky-Blue Bench

A young Afghan amputee matter-of-factly removes her own barrier to education, building a bench from discarded wood so that she and her “helper-leg” can sit through school in comfort.

By Bahram Rahman & Peggy Collins

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A Smile

The beloved poem from French poet and humanitarian Raoul Follereau, translated for a modern child with exquisite paper-collage art from internationally award-winning illustrator Hoda Hadadi

By Raoul Follereau & Hoda Hadadi

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A World of Kindness

The editors of Pajama Press unite with nine of their celebrated children’s illustrators to create a picture book about the many ways a small child can make the world a kinder place.

By Ann Featherstone & Suzanne Del Rizzo & Brian Deines & Kim La Fave & Tara Anderson & Manon Gauthier & Rebecca Bender & François Thisdale & Wallace Edwards & Dean Griffiths

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A World of Mindfulness

From the creators of A World of Kindness, a meditative sensory picture book with arresting art from fourteen illustrators featuring several award-winning artists like Scot Ritchie, Suzanne Del Rizzo, and many more. Now in paperback!

By Erin Alladin & Suzanne Del Rizzo & Rebecca Bender & Gabrielle Grimard & Tara Anderson & François Thisdale & Scot Ritchie & Miki Sato & Tamara Campeau & Emma Pedersen & Carmen Mok & Aino Anto & Sue Macartney & Amélie Dubois & Andrea Blinick

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A Year of Borrowed Men

When World War II “borrows” most of the men in Germany, seven-year-old Gerda’s family is allowed to borrow three French prisoners of war to help run their farm. They are supposed to treat the men as enemies, but the family finds clever ways to show kindness and friendship. Based on a true story.

By Michelle Barker & Renne Benoit

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A+ for Big Ben

Ben thinks he’s too little to do anything until his older siblings produce his first report card, grading him on all the things little brothers do best.

By Sarah Ellis & Kim La Fave

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Adrift at Sea

Tuan and his family survive bullets, a broken motor, and a leaking boat in the long days they spend at sea after fleeing Vietnam. A true story as told to the author by Tuan Ho. Includes family photographs and a historical note about the Vietnamese refugee crisis.

By Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch & Tuan Ho & Brian Deines

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After the Wallpaper Music

For twelve-year-old violinist Flora, growing up doesn’t always mean growing apart. But when a Battle of the Bands starts to divide Flora’s friend group, she knows that music will either separate them or bring them back together again.

By Jean Mills

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All The World a Poem

In Gilles Tibo’s wonder-filled tribute to poetry, poems bloom in fields, fly on the wings of birds, and float on the foam of the sea. The verses bring poetry to the level of a child. After all, if all the world is a poem, then anyone can be a poet!

By Gilles Tibo & Manon Gauthier & Erin Woods

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Animals Move

From the Big, Little Concepts series, a multilayered concept book that highlights baby animal names and dynamic movements in perfect-for-preschoolers rhyme

By Jane Whittingham

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Baby Cakes

Baby and his older sister are helping with the baking, but kitty wants to help too. After some mischief, messes, and minor mishaps, everybody gets to enjoy the treats together.

By Theo Heras & Renne Benoit

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Bad Pirate

Her pirate-captain father reminds her to be bold and saucy and selfish, but Augusta can’t help being shy, polite, and helpful; in short, a bad pirate. But when a terrible storm puts the crew in danger, Augusta is bold enough to be true to herself and show that a good pirate can be selfless, too.

By Kari-Lynn Winters & Dean Griffiths

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The award-winning creator of the Giraffe and Bird books introduces Dotty the dancing dachshund to celebrate the gifts of those who struggle to “sit” and “stay”

By Rebecca Bender

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Bat Citizens

An innovative full-colour work about bats’ biology, habits, and history, and the bat conservation efforts of young people around the world

By Rob Laidlaw

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