Houndsley and Catina Through the SeasonsBy James Howe, Illustrated by Marie-Louise Gay(Candlewick Press)In this book, we journey with Houndsley and Catina as they navigate what it means to be a good friend. Whether they are learning to write, facing snowstorms or creating birthday fun, they are also figuring out how to say no, how to challenge themselves, and how to think about others. Beginner readers aged five to eight will love the chapter style stories, filled with large print, and adorable illustrations. Gardening with EmmaBy Emma Biggs with Stephen Biggs(Thomas Allen & Son)This kid-friendly guide to gardening is filled with bright photos, useful tips, tricks, and fun activities. This is the perfect book to get children excited about the outdoors. Beginner and experienced gardeners aged eight to adult will be inspired to cultivate their own food, and experience the beauty of flowers and the insects that help them grow. Howl like a Wolf!By Kathleen Yale, Illustrated By Kaley McKean(Storey Publishing)What better way to learn about animals than try to imitate them? This beautifully illustrated book focuses on 15 animals, their appearance, behaviour and habitat. Children are encouraged to howl, slide, squeeze, rattle, sing, graze and transform. Children aged six to 10 will be entertained and educated. A must-have for the classroom and animal lover’s library. The Flight of SwansBy Sarah McGuire(Carolrhoda Books)Princess Andaryn’s life takes a devastating turn when a mysterious woman saves her father’s life. The new Queen enchants her father and turns Ryn’s six brothers into Black Swans. To keep them alive, Ryn must remain silent for six years. After escaping from her evil stepmother, Ryn discovers the secret to restoring her brothers. As she struggles to communicate and survive she finds courage and love. This captivating retelling of a fairy tale, will appeal to readers aged nine and up.