“Read Local” – Book Week 2024

Our Book Week this year is for JK to Grade 3 and is all about reading local!

All of our visiting authors are Torontonians and we are proud to host them at Leo Baeck Book Week from May 21 to 24.


GRADE AUTHOR DATE & TIME Book Summary link for book purchase (optional)
JK Brayden Bernstein Tuesday, May 21  11:00-11:30 am The Great Mensch

Meet Benny, the 8-year-old mensch with a heart as vast as the sky. In a charming village, Benny’s kindness extends to everyone, turning a stormy day into a celebration of togetherness. Join Benny as he builds the bonds that make their village special. “The Great Mensch” is a heartwarming tale of love, laughter, and the enduring spirit of kindness. The best thing to do is care for family, friends, and neighbors, just like Benny!

The Great Mensch: Bernstein, Brayden: 9798870301402: Books – 
SK Sherman Family Friday, May 24 12:00-12:45 pm Jake and Toby’s Big Adventure

Jake & Toby are puppy brothers who love to make people smile and spread kindness in their community. Together with their friend Rhyming Ruby, they form the ‘Kindness Crew’ and set out on a big adventure to find people to help.

From teaching a baby bird to fly, to helping a lost pet find her family, Jake & Toby take young readers on an adventure to discover the power — and joy — of performing random acts of kindness.

Jake & Toby’s Big Adventure: Teaching children about the power of kindness 

50 Days of Kindness website 

Grade 1 Phyllis Bordo Thursday, May 23  10:00-10:45 am The Lilly Esther Series

Lilly Esther Conquers the Worries, Quincey Loves Lilly Esther Forever & Lilly Esther, Queen of Magic are the first three books in the Lilly Esther series, a series of children’s books that tackle real-life issues like mental health, anxiety, and death in an uplifting and approachable way from the perspective of Lilly Esther and her friends.

Phyllis Bordo Amazon page 

Phyllis Bordo website 

Grade 2 Jordie Saperia Friday, May 24  10:30-11:15 am The Hot Chocolate Swimming Pool

Arthur and Suzie want to swim, but the water is too cold! What are they going to do?

Join Arthur and Suzie on their fun, creative and hilarious problem-solving adventure as they take matters into their own hands…What will their parents say?! What will their grandparents say?!

The Hot Chocolate Swimming Pool on Amazon

The Hot Chocolate Swimming Pool website

Grade 3 Andrea Curtis Tuesday, May 21  9:15-10:00 am ThinkCities Books

The ThinkCities series is inspired by the urgency for new approaches to city life as a result of climate change, population growth and increased density. It highlights the challenges and risks cities face, but also offers hope for building resilience, sustainability and quality of life as young people act as advocates for themselves and their communities.

Andrea Curtis: books, biography, latest update 

Andrea Curtis Kids 


By: Rochelle Chester, School Librarian

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