Some suggestions for children’s books for children, children and adolescents.
For the little ones: tenderness is an essential service
No longer seeing his grandparents except through a screen, that annoys Collin. It’s for fake, not for real… When the boy takes the groceries to his grandparents, he can’t help but wrap his arms around his grandma’s legs. To chase away the coronavirus, the hug strike is unfortunately necessary. The good news is that strikes always come to an end.
In addition to explaining in clear terms to children the new reality, this album recognizes their great need to find the elders in their entourage.
The hug strike. Text by Simon Boulerice. Illustrations by Francis-William. La Bagnole editions. From 4 years old.
For primary school: the Superstitious Club
At her new school, Valériane meets friends who form the Superstitious Club. Alex only eats toast and sandwiches if they are cut into a triangle. Maëva knocks on all the doors before opening them. As for Piment, who has never combed his hair in his life, he multiplies superstitions …
Frankly comical with its absurd descriptions, this unpretentious novel makes you want to overcome our animal apprehensions.
Walking on a sidewalk line, never! Text by Émilie Rivard. Illustrations by Mika. Cactus collection. FouLire editions. From 9 years old.
For teens: fierce thief
At 17, Lucy Wolverène – Wolverene, it’s an old name for the American Wolverine – prides herself on being one of the best thieves in Quebec City. Taken from her Cree family when she was just a child, the teenager learned to play rough, even with her team of young bandits. When Lucy learns of the upcoming visit of a Japanese prince (a true fact: Prince Fushimi went to Quebec in June 1907), she takes risks to make the coup of the century. Historical novel spiced with fantasy (Île d’Orléans is home to a frightful and fictitious prison in this series), Lucy Wolverène will appeal to adventure seekers who are not too sentimental.
Lucy Wolverene – volume 1 – The crystals of Orleans. Text by Sandra Dussault. Magdalen Collection Quebec Publishing. From 14 years old.
Comic strip: to warm up
Forget November: this new volume of Emma and Capucine takes place in July. The family of the two teenagers goes on vacation to Brittany, with friends who have two boys. Video game buffs, they are very different from dance enthusiasts Emma and Capucine.
By opening their minds a little, however, everyone will be able to make the most of the present moment. Even the parents, very present in this comic book which warms the heart.
Emma and Capucine – volume 5 – A summer too short. Screenplay by Jérôme Hamon. Drawing by Lena Sayaphoum. Dargaud editions. From 8 years old.
Documentary: well done, guys!
Truly inspiring – and visually catchy – this soft cover book presents 10 Quebecers with varied backgrounds. There is Daniel Borsuk, head of plastic surgery at Sainte-Justine hospital, Louis Maltais, Quebec’s first male midwife, Nicolas Ouellet, radio-Canada host, Luca “Lazylegz” Patuelli, dancer living with arthrogryposis , etc.
Their journey shows that it is possible to set goals and achieve them.
Ten passionate guys! 10 inspiring courses. Texts by Laïla Héloua and Corinne De Vailly. Illustrations by Mika. Bayard Canada Publishing. From 7 years old.