Top Ten Reasons to Read Lullabies for Little Criminals

Lullabies for Little Criminals tells the story of Baby, a 13-year-old girl who is caught between childhood and the strange pulls and temptations of the adult world. Her mother is dead; her father, Jules, is scarcely more than a child himself and is always on the lookout for his next score. But still, she takes vivid delight in the scrappy bits of happiness and beauty that find their way to her, and moves through the threat of the streets as if she’s been choreographed in a dance. Soon, though, a hazard emerges that is bigger than even her hard-won survival skills can handle.

But why should you read it? Well, I’ve compiled a list of ten reasons why Lullabies for Little Criminals should be next up on your TBR Shelf!

They just released a deluxe edition!


And it features exclusive content!


Along with extra content (including author recommendations for more reading!), Heather O’Neill wrote an amazing introduction for the new edition!

It’s a Canada Reads winner!

Canada Reads

In 2007, championed by prominent Canadian musician John K. Samson, Lullabies for Little Criminals won the coveted Canada Reads title.

It’s the debut novel of Heather O’Neill!

Since writing Lullabies for Little Criminals, O’Neill has since gone on to publish The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels.

O’Neill has since become an award-winning author!

Lullabies for Little Criminals not only won Canada Reads, but was also long and shortlisted for many awards.


Both of The Girl Who Was Saturday Night and Daydreams of Angels were shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize! That’s no small feat!

She has written content for Chatelaine and Elle!


You can catch her Chatelaine article here, and her Elle Canada article here. So. Good.

Plus, O’Neill is an all-around badass!

She became a single mom at 20 (which she wrote about in the amazing Chatelaine article above!)

And her Twitter is filled with amazing content:


(I also learned recently that her Twitter handle is not only super slick, but is also an anagram of her name!)

It’s a coming-of-age novels that people of all ages love!

The novel itself is just amazing. It’s set in real places in Montreal, and it’s rumoured that parts of the novel are autobiographical.

It has beautiful words. Seriously.

“From the way that people have always talked about your heart being broken, it sort of seemed to be a one-time thing. Mine seemed to break all the time.”

“Becoming a child again is what is impossible. That’s what you have a legitimate reason to be upset over. Childhood is the most valuable thing that’s taken away from you in life, if you think about it.”

I told you so.

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It’s our 50 Book Pledge Featured Read!

Check it out, add it to your shelf, and join in the conversation! I’d love to hear what you think!

Be right back. I have to go read it again…


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