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Ten Books Everyone Should Read at Least Once

Frank Zappa had it right when he said: "So many books, so little time." In honour of World Book Day/International Day of Book, April 23, here are 10 books we recommend you take the time to read.

A Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

On the Road by Jack Kerouac

No Great Mischief by Alistair McLeod

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

1984 by George Orwell

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

Compiled by Michelle @Central

Earth, Our Home

​Over 4.5 billion years old, our "third rock from the sun" is currently home to one human species, many millions of animal and insect species—and upwards to a trillion species if counting microbes! On Sun April 22, Earth Day, we celebrate this wondrous planet: the life it sustains and the challenges it faces. FF = Family Friendly

Where's the Elephant? by Barroux (FF)

Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder From the World of Plants by Jane Goodall

What Matters by Alison Hughes (FF)

​Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers (FF)

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein ​

Every Day on Earth: Fun Facts that Happen Every 24 Hours by Steve Murrie & Matthew Murrie (FF)

The EARTH Book by Todd Parr (FF)

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (FF)

David Suzuki's Green Guide by David Suzuki and David R. Boyd​

You Are the Earth: Know Your World So You Can Make It Better by David Suzuki and Kathy Vanderlinden (FF)

Compiled by Katelyn G @Alton

Top 10 Poetry Books (for people who don’t like read poems)

Pretty sure you don't like poetry? Give any book listed here a try and you just may be pleasantly surprised! Here are our top picks of poetry books that even the most reluctant readers will enjoy.

The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen

Coke Machine Glow by Gord Downie

Poems to Learn By Heart by Caroline Kennedy

Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee

The Complete Poems and Lyrics by Joni Mitchell

Where the Sidewalk Ends: The Poems & Drawings of Shel Siverstein by Shel Silverstein

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert Service

Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr Seuss

The Poems of Dylan Thomas

Compiled by Michelle @Central

Read-Aloud Rhyming Books for Young Children

My favourite rhyming books for your little one,
They will help make reading fun.
When asked to read them over and over again,
You won’t be feeling as much pain.
Try adding your own rhythm to the rhyme,
With these authors you will have a great storytime!

Erin R @Tansley Woods offers a list of current favourite rhyming books for 'the littles.' These books will just roll off the tongue. When asked to read them over and over again, try adding a rhythm to the rhyming, or have your audience say the repeating words for you.

Barnyard Dance! by Sandra Boynton (and others by this author)

Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi (and others by this author)

Teatime for Pirates! by Richard Dungworth

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin by Sonali Fry (and others)

Tiptoe Joe by Ginger Foglesong Gibson

Nose to Toes, You are Yummy! by Tim Harrington

Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin

Beep! Beep! Go to Sleep! by Todd Tarpley

Bear Snores On (Bear series) by Karma Wilson

First a Poet

10 books to read for the sheer joy of reading beautiful writing

If you are looking to read a book with sentences so rich and evocative you are compelled to write them down, try one of these books. These authors were all acclaimed poets before they turned their hand to long-form fiction. They are the ultimate in slow reading, with words and phrases to savour.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
The first of seven autobiographical works, Angelou recounts what it was like to be a young, black woman in mid-century America.

Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen
Cohen uses his poet’s voice to tell the story of love triangle involving people obsessed with Kateri Tekakwitha, the first North American Aboriginal person elevated to sainthood.

Deliverance by James Dickey
Before it was a movie, it was a powerful work of prose.

Hausfrau: A Novel by Jill Alexander Essbaum
Hausfrau is a daring novel about a bored American housewife who challenges her marriage, fidelity, and morality.

Leaving the Atocha Station: A Novel by Ben Lerner
This novel follows an unlikeable young poet studying in Spain. Lerner writes in such a way that the reader begins to care what happens to the self-involved young man.

Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
Sofia, a young anthropologist, has a complicated relationship with her mother, an inveterate hypochondriac.

Inferno: (a poet’s novel) by Eileen Myles
A poetic memoir of a young female writer discovering both her sexuality and her own creative drive.

Ways to Disappear by Idra Novey
Deep in gambling debt, the celebrated Brazilian writer Beatriz Yagoda abruptly vanishes. Her American translator works to solve the mystery of the writer’s curious disappearance.

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
You saw the film, now indulge in this memorable and satisfying read.

Ordinary Light: A Memoir by Tracy K Smith
Smith is the current Poet Laureate of the U.S., and this beautifully-written memoir vividly recounts her childhood and teenage years through a filter of race and faith.

Compiled by Sarah W @Centralhttps://encore.bpl.on.ca/iii/encore/record/C__Rb1244743