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In the context of the exhibition dedicated to youth publics In the Eye of the Beluga, guest curator Noémie Fortin offers virtual story times that invite both children and adults to dive into the world of marine mammals. Intended for families, these bi-weekly meetings allow the curator to extend her discourse beyond the works presented in the gallery by selecting children’s books that address different aspects of the world of the beluga and other whales.


Five and a half years ago, on a beautiful September morning, Noémie became Alix‘s mother. Today, they enjoy walking together in the forest in search of mushrooms, tinkering with all sorts of art materials, baking chocolate cookies and reading books… lots of books! Every night, they dive into a story that transports them to an imaginary world, before meeting in their dreams.

Further readings

A Garden of Whale
Maggie Steincrohn Davis (text) Jennifer Barrett O’Connell (illustrations), Buffalo: Firefly Books, 32 p., 1993.

Amos & Boris
William Steig, London: Square Fish, 32 p., 2009.

Emma and the Whale
Julia Case (text and Lee White (illustrations), New York: Penguin Random House, 40 p., 2017.

Following Papa’s Song
Gianna Marino, New York: ‎ Viking Books for Young Readers, 40 p., 2014.

Grandfather Bowhead, Tell Me A Story 
Aviaq Johnston (text) and Tamara Campeau (illustrations), Iqaluit: Inhabit Media, 28 p., 2021.

If I Were a Whale
Shelley Gill (text) and Erik Brooks (illustrations), 22 p., Seattle: Little Bigfoot, 2017.

If You Want to See a Whale
Julie Fogliano (text) and Erin E. Stead (illustrations), New York: Roaring Book Press, 32 p., 2013.

Little Whale
Jo Weaver, Atlanta: Peachtree, 32 p., 2018. 

Pipaluk and the Whales
John Himmelman, Washington: National Geographic Society, 32 p., 2002.

The Birth of a Whale
John Archambault (text) and Janet Skiles (illustrations), New Jersey: Silver Press, 48 p., 1996.

The Blue Whale 
Jenni Desmond, Brooklyn: Enchanted Lion Books, 48 p., 2015.ç

The Boy and the Whale
Mordicai Gerstein, New York: Roaring Book Press, 40 p., 2017.

The Heart of a Whale
Anna Pignatoro, New York: Penguin Random House, 40 p., 2020.

The Snail and the Whale
Julia Donaldson (text) and Axel Scheffler (illustrations), London: Puffin Books, 32 p., 2006. 

The Storm Whale 
Benji Davies, London: Simon & Schuster, 32 p., 2014. 

The Stranded Whale
Jane Yolen (text) and Melanie Cataldo (illustrations), Somerville: Candlewick Press, 32 p., 2015.

Welcome Home, Whales
Christina Booth, San Francisco: Blue Dot Kids Press, 32 p., 2021.

Whale Fall: Exploring an Ocean-Floor Ecosystem 
Melissa Stewart (text) and Rob Dunlavey (illustrations), New York: Random House Studio , 40 p., 2023.

Whale in a Fishbowl
Troy Howell (text) Richard Jones (illustrations), New York: Random House Studio, 42 p., 2018

Whales: An Illustrated Celebration
Kelsey Oseid, Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 160 p., 2018.

Whale Snow
Debby Dahl Edwardson (text) and Annie Patterson (illustrations), Watertown: Charlesbridge Publishing, 32 p., 2003.