Hooked on Books – Celebrate the Magic of Mary Poppins

A Spoonful of Sugar over the Holiday Season!


December’s holiday movie offerings included the star-studded Mary Poppins Returns. In addition to the film, the Young People’s Theatre in Toronto currently has a production of the classic Mary Poppins running until January 6th. So, you can see that there is much reason to reminisce and celebrate Mary Poppins this month!


This column of Hooked on Books is dedicated to fresh adaptations of the original 1934 novel by P.L. Travers. I am confident that they will delight fans and introduce a new generation of readers to the most famous nanny of all time.


Pick up one of these three unique book spins on the Mary Poppins we all know and love, and then plan a trip to the movies or theatre to enhance the experience of reading the books together at home! I am a huge believer in making reading fun and interactive in this way, and there is much to discuss and compare for some excellent teachable moments. 


Mary Poppins (Picture Book)

Written by P.L. Travers, Illustrated by Genevieve Godbout, Adapted by Amy Novesky

For ages: 4 – 7


The timeless Mary Poppins novel has been transformed into a picture book, guaranteed to evoke some nostalgia in parents.


It’s the perfect intro for little learners who are not quite ready for more advanced reading.



In fact, this adaptation does an excellent job of capturing the adventures of the Banks children in a condensed format. The beautiful pictures come from Canadian illustrator, Genevieve Godbout from Montreal, Quebec.



Mary Poppins (Illustrated Gift Edition)

Written by P.L. Travers, Illustrated by Júlia Sardà

For ages: 10 – 12


A spoonful of sugar over the holiday season never hurt anyone! This month’s Hooked on Books from Teachers on Call’s Joanne Sallay celebrates the magic of everyone’s favourite nanny (hint: Mary Poppins!).


This illustrated gift edition features the traditional Mary Poppins chapter book accompanied by stunning illustrations that recreate the magic and mystery. Readers will follow Michael and Jane Banks as their nanny takes them on unusual journeys, including an upside-down tea party and nighttime visit to the zoo.

This collectable version makes a lovely keepsake for fans of all ages.


Mary Poppins Returns (Deluxe Novelization)

By Walt Disney Pictures, Adapted by Kathy McCullough

For ages: 8 – 12


Admirers of the Disney film will not want to miss the movie tie-in book. This entirely new sequel follows a grown Michael and Jane Banks with their former nanny returning to 17 Cherry Tree Lane to look after Michael’s very own children.


This middle-grade edition is the novelization of the film, and eight pages of film stills in colour are included in the book.


Need another spoonful of sugar to help the medicine go down once you’re done with the adaptations? P.L. Travers actually wrote a series of eight Mary Poppins books. You’ll have plenty of reading material to keep your family going!

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