Celebrity picks: Drew Scott's & Jonathan Scott's favorite reads of 2019

Seira Wilson on December 03, 2019
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The Scott brothers have made their mark with their hit Property Brothers TV shows and bestselling books that utilize their talents in renovation and real estate.  Now they're using their experiences from childhood and the books they loved, to build a new series of picture books for kids with illustrator Kim Smith.  The series launched with Builder Brothers: Big Plans last year and has gotten rave reviews from children and parents alike.  Their latest, Builder Brothers: Better Together is a story of teamwork and imagination--something these two know a lot about!

We asked this busy team what books have stuck with them over the past year, and what reading has meant to them.  You can see what's been on their mind below:


Life starts at home, and we’re constantly reminded of how valuable family time truly is. When we were kids, reading and storytelling was always a fundamental part of our household. It inspired us to dream big. Kids benefit so much from spending time reading aloud with their parents, teachers, and caregivers. It's engaging, enlightening, and social. It builds curiosity, memory, and motivation and shows kids that anything is possible.

Kids today are more inquisitive, observant and tactile than ever before. When we set out to write our kids book series, Builder Brothers, we drew from both our experiences as kids in the Scott household, and from the experiences we share with the families we work with across America for our TV shows.  That’s why it was important for us to write books for kids that spark both innovation and curiosity, as well as social and emotional skills. Growing up, those were the kinds of books that resonated with us the most. Well that, and adventure…AND a healthy dose of competition (which Builder Brothers definitely has too :) )! -- Drew and Jonathan


Drew Scott's favorite reads of 2019



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Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss

This book is so full of possibility and optimism. It’s one of my all-time favorites by Seuss.



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The Book With No Pictures by BJ Novak

I love any chance I get to put on a show for the kids in my life! My wife Linda and I go ALL OUT when we read this one to our nieces and nephews. It’s the only book that requires me to warm up my vocals chords prior to reading it. HA!

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The Fire Station by Robert Munsch

Robert Munsch has the most incredible writing voice. So animated and sharp. The Fire Station always made my imagination race.



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The Three Snow Bears by Jan Brett

This is a beautifully illustrated book on the classic Goldilocks and the Three Bears story, but reimagined in a way that reminds me of the landscapes surrounding our family’s ranch in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada.


Jonathan Scott's favorite reads of 2019


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Good Night Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

As a kid, I remember always trying to discover new objects on the pages of this book. My mom  hoped that the rhythmic pace of the story would put me to sleep. That only worked on Drew! 



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The BFG by Roald Dahl

What an incredible story about an unlikely friendship – and the freedom that comes with dreaming BIG!


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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Fleming

I may have been too young to know it at the time (we read this as a family when I was about 10), but this book brings two of my greatest passions together: magic and renovating. Add Ian Fleming to the mix, and it’s an all-around treasure to me.


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The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Such a great book about how using your wits and brain is more powerful than your size and muscles.



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