A Little Touch of Canada
Books with a Canadian Perspective for Children & Teens

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A is for Algonquin: an Ontario Alphabet. Lovenia Gorman & Melanie Rose, $22.95 (ages 5-8)

A IS FOR ALGONQUIN introduces young readers to all the beauty of this spectacular province. Written with the charm and knowledge of a lifelong resident, A IS FOR ALGONQUIN teaches youngsters of all ages about Ontario's inhabitants, history, flora and fauna, movers and shakers.

ABC of Canada. Per-Henrik Gürth & Kim Bellefontaine, $7.95 (ages 2-4)

Discover Canada through the alphabet on this colourful coast-to-coast tour.

ABC of Toronto. Per-Henrik Gürth, $15.95 (ages 2-4)

From the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Zoo, follow the alphabet on a colourful tour of Toronto!

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AFRICVILLE. Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva Campbell, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she’s heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like — the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires. Coming out of her reverie, she visits the present-day park and the sundial where her great- grandmother’s name is carved in stone, and celebrates a summer day at the annual Africville Reunion/Festival.

Africville was a vibrant Black community for more than 150 years. But even though its residents paid municipal taxes, they lived without running water, sewers, paved roads and police, fire-truck and ambulance services. Over time, the city located a slaughterhouse, a hospital for infectious disease, and even the city garbage dump nearby. In the 1960s, city officials decided to demolish the community, moving people out in city dump trucks and relocating them in public housing. Today, Africville has been replaced by a park, where former residents and their families gather each summer to remember their community.

Babies of the Great Bear Rainforest. Ian McAllister, $9.95 (2 and under, boardbook)

Every spring the Great Bear Rainforest becomes a nursery to some of the most adorable baby animals out there. Award-winning nature photographer Ian McAllister has photographed the cutest of the cute to teach the little ones in your life about some of the little ones found in this temperate rainforest on British Columbia's Pacific coast. Orca calves, wolf cubs, seal pups and herring eggs (arguably not traditionally cute but still interesting!) feature in this vibrant exploration of one of the most beautiful great outdoors on offer in this big wild world.

Canada ABC. Paul Covello, $12.99 (ages 2-4)

Canada 123. Paul Covello, $12.99 (ages 2-4)

Canada Animals. Paul Covello, $14.99 (ages 2-4)

Paul Covello’s gloriously bright and detailed board books for the very young highlight Canada’s spirit and beauty.

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Canada All Year. Per-Henrik Gürth, $14.95 (ages 2-4)

Road trip! Join the fun on this cross-country tour and discover a new Canadian adventure for every month of the year!

Canada in Colours. Per-Henrik Gürth, $9.99 (ages 2-4)

Celebrate the colours of the rainbow on a cross-country tour of Canada!

Canada Counts: a Charles Pachter Counting Book. Charles Pachter, $20.00 (ages 3-5)

As a result of the success of M is for Moose, Canadian children can rhyme off their ABCs with images of ducks, kayaks, moose, and Lake Winnipeg shimmering in their imaginations. Now children can learn their numbers with CANADA COUNTS. On these pages, new artwork illustrates numbers from 1 to 20, as well as other important Canadian numbers such as 1867 and 1982. There may be 1 walking boy, but there are 3 territories, 4 seasons, and 9 Supreme Court justices. With CANADA COUNTS, Charles Pachter has written another love letter to our country.

Canada Map Floor Puzzle. Ravensburger, 24 Pieces, $17.99 (ages 3+)

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Canada 123. Per-Henrik Gürth & Kim Bellefontaine, $7.95 (ages 2-4)

See and count the sights on a coast to coast tour of Canada.

Canada in Words. Per-Henrik Gürth, $14.95 (ages 2-5)

Toque, poutine, toboggan … join an adorable cast of animal characters as they explore 30 words that are truly Canadian!

Canada Year By Year. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $24.99 (ages 8-12)

Award-winning author Elizabeth MacLeod's year-by-year tour of Canada's fascinating history highlights a single milestone for every year from the country's founding in 1867 up to its 150th anniversary in 2017. Divided into ten distinct eras, coverage ranges from politics, sports, business and arts and culture, and includes significant events both at home and in world affairs. Along with the featured stories for each of the 150 years, the pages are filled with sidebars with content such as short biographies, quotes, important firsts and trivia that are linked to that year.

The topics chosen offer an inclusive historical perspective, incorporating women, Aboriginal peoples and people with disabilities into Canada's rich and diverse narrative. Illustrations by awarding-winning artist Sydney Smith bring a contemporary feel to the stories of the past. This book is a perfect fit for lessons on Canadian history and geography. The accessible format also makes it a compelling choice for children to pick up and browse, or to search for a particular year.

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Canadian Boys Who Rocked the World. Tanya Lloyd Kyi, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

30 lives that achieved greatness before age 20. No one ever said you had to be a grown-up to do something great. The boys in Canadian Boys Who Rocked the World have proved this to the world. Breaking world records, winning hearts in the limelight, changing the face of the scientific world — these boys have shaken the planet with their achievements. At 17, Louis Cyr bested the reigning Canadian strongman by lifting a 180 kg granite boulder. Wayne Gretzky was breaking NHL records by the time he was 18. Oscar Peterson won his first radio contest for piano at 14 and was awarded his own 15-minute weekly radio show. Every day, Canadian boys find new ways to rock the world. This fascinating book profiles young men who are born to greatness as well as young boys who aspire to it.

Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World. Tanya Lloyd Kyi, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

Take an adventure with some of Canada`s most interesting and accomplished young women. An inspiring book, Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World tells the stories of Canadian girls who won Olympic medals, discovered dinosaurs, explored their country or shaped its history — all while still in their teens. For example, when she was just 16 years old, Marilyn Bell stepped into the icy waters of Lake Ontario and became the first person in history to swim across it. Subsequently, she became the youngest person to swim the English Channel and changed the world`s ideas about women`s athletic abilities and endurance. And pop star Avril Lavigne released her first album when she was 17, which skyrocketed to the top of the charts, selling 12 million copies. This revised and expanded edition is packed with yet more tales of adventure and achievement. New profiles include hockey player Cassie Campbell, music exec Denise Donlon and environmental activist and leader of the federal Green Party Elizabeth May. Every day, Canadian girls find new ways to rock the world. This fun book profiles women who have achieved greatness and contains quotes from the girls who aspire to follow in their footsteps.

Canadian Celebrations. Susan Hughes, $6.99 (ages 6-8)

Canadians celebrate many things — from the land we live on, to the changing seasons, to the diversity of the people and our colourful history. CANADIAN CELEBRARTIONS looks at the origins of these events and highlights how they — and smaller, local ones — are celebrated today.

Canadian Festivals. Susan Hughes, $6.99 (ages 7-9)

This book introduces children to six holidays from various cultures. From the reason why the holiday is celebrated to how it is observed, this book provides a close look at the important festivities that make our country so diverse. The holidays featured are: Christmas, Eid-ul-Fitr (marking the end of Ramadan), Diwali, Chanukah, Kwanzaa and Chinese New Year.

With so many festivals being celebrated throughout the country, this book will provide easy explanations to help children learn about various cultures — perfect for classroom use by teachers.

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Canadian Wildlife Activity Book, Volume One. Tom Hunter, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book, Volume Two. Tom Hunter, $12.95 (ages 8-12)

Tom Hunter's outstanding artwork and clever brainteasers provide entertainment and instruction for children, parents and teachers. Canada is home to hundreds of species of amphibians, reptiles and insects, as well as over 1,200 different kinds of larger animals: birds, fish and mammals. Hunter provides an introduction to many of these species.

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book: Volume One contains over 200 detailed illustrations, including the largest creature that has appeared on Earth: BC's blue whale, a mammal that weighs up to 120 tonnes. Canada is also home to North America's smallest mammal — the pygmy shrew, which weighs about the same as a soda cracker.

Canadian Wildlife Activity Book: Volume Two contains over 200 detailed illustrations, ranging from Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep to leopard frogs, which help children identify and appreciate their magnificent wildlife heritage.

Carson Crosses Canada. Linda Bailey & Kass Reich, $21.99  (ages 4-8)

Feisty Annie Magruder and her dog, Carson, live in British Columbia, Canada, and they're setting out to visit her sister, Elsie, in Newfoundland. In their little rattlebang car, packed with Carson's favorite toy, Squeaky Chicken, and plenty of baloney sandwiches, Annie and Carson hit the road! They travel province by province, taking in each unique landscape and experiencing something special to that particular part of this vast, grand country. For example, they marvel at the beauty of the big, open sky — and grasshoppers! — in Saskatchewan and discover the gorgeous red earth and delicious lobster rolls in PEI, before finally being greeted by Elsie — and a surprise for Carson!

Children of the Broken Treaty: Canada's Lost Promise and One Girl's Dream. Charlie Angus, $27.95 (ages 15-adult)

Children of the Broken Treaty exposes a system of apartheid in Canada that led to the largest youth-driven human rights movement in the country’s history. The movement was inspired by Shannen Koostachin. All Shannen wanted was a decent education. She found an ally in Charlie Angus, who had no idea she was going to change his life and inspire others to change the country. 

Based on extensive documentation assembled from Freedom of Information requests, Angus establishes a dark, unbroken line that extends from the policies of John A. Macdonald to the government of today. He provides chilling insight into how Canada — through breaches of treaties, broken promises, and callous neglect — deliberately denied First Nations children their basic human rights.

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A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds. Mia Pelletier, illustrated by Danny Christopher, $16.95 (ages 8+)

With a simple layout and easy-to-follow format, this beautiful book introduces young readers to a dozen birds that call the Arctic home. From the Long-tailed Duck and the Red-throated Loon to the Snowy Owl and the Rock Ptarmigan, this picture book features migratory birds as well as those that live in the Arctic year-round and is filled with fun, useful facts, including where to look for eggs and nests during the short Arctic summer and how to recognize each bird’s call. Northern-specific elements, such as Inuktitut names for various birds and migratory patterns told from an Arctic perspective, are also included.

Dawn Watch. Jean Pendziwol, illustrated by Nicolas Debon, $15.95 (ages 5-8)

This lyrical picture book tells the story of a child and her father as they make a night crossing of Lake Superior by sailboat. The child watches for ships, lights and land while above her the Milky Way and the Northern Lights illuminate an inky night sky. Beautiful illustrations by Nicolas Debon capture the excitement, mystery and beauty of this nighttime adventure.

The Day I Became a Canadian: a Citizenship Scrapbook. Jo Bannatyne Gugnet, illustrated by Song Nan Zhang, $12.99 (ages 7-9)

On a snowy morning, little Xiao Ling Li and her parents are about to take part in a ceremony — one that will make them Canadian citizens. To record the day for her new brother or sister, she decides to keep a scrapbook to treasure the day.

A Day in Canada. Per-Henrik Gürth, $16.95 (ages 3-7)

This sweet picture book takes readers on a sunrise-to-sunset tour across Canada, showcasing all kinds of fun adventures to be had from coast to coast to coast. Each colorful spread shows a different time of day and location with a corresponding activity. Using vibrant, bold colors, the artwork features a variety of lovable Canadian animal characters — familiar from Gürth's other titles — this book is an appealing, heartfelt celebration of all that is beautiful and special in Canada.

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The Delta is My Home. Tom McLeod & Mindy Willett, photographs by Tessa Macintosh, $16.95 (ages 7-10)

With vivid, beautiful photos, this book about the diverse lands and cultures of Canada’s Northwest Territories share real stories of everyday life in the North.

Dolphin SOS. Roy Miki & Slavia Miki, illustrated by Julie Flett, $17.95  (ages 4-8)

Based on true events, Dolphin SOS recounts the story of three dolphins trapped in an ice-covered cove on the coast of Newfoundland. After the authorities fail to provide assistance, some young people take matters into their own hands in order to save the distressed dolphins. A compassionate and heartfelt story about doing the right thing, and the deep connection between all living creatures.

F comme Français / F is for French: a Québec Alphabet. Elaine Arsenault & Reneé Benoit, $18.95 (ages 5-8)

Founded in 1608, what city is one of the oldest in North America? Where and when was Canada's first road built? Discover the answers to these questions, along with other facts, in F IS FOR FRENCH! Readers young and old can romp the sandy beaches of Les Iles de la Madeleine, visit Montreal's Space for Life (Canada's largest natural science museum complex), brave the arctic cold in the Nunavik region, or sit back and enjoy the music at one of the many performances taking place at the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

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Finding Winnie: the True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Lindsay Mattick, illustrated by Sophie Blackall, $19.99  (ages 4-8)

The remarkable true story of the bear who inspired Winnie-the-Pooh.

During World War I, Captain Harry Colebourn, a Canadian veterinarian on his way to serve with cavalry units in Europe, rescued a bear cub in White River, Ontario. He named the bear Winnie, after his hometown of Winnipeg, and he took the bear to war. Harry Colebourn's real-life great-granddaughter Lindsay Mattick recounts their incredible journey, from a northern Canadian town to a convoy across the ocean to an army base in England... and finally to the London Zoo, where Winnie made a new friend: a boy named Christopher Robin.

Gentle yet haunting illustrations by acclaimed illustrator Sophie Blackall bring the wartime era to life, and are complemented by photographs and ephemera from the Colebourn family archives.

Games of Survival: Traditional Inuit Games for Elementary Students. Johnny Issaluk, $12.95 (ages 7-11)

Traditionally, Inuit played games in order to be physically and mentally prepared for freezing weather, strenuous hunts, and other grueling conditions that made survival difficult.

In this book, Arctic Winter Games champion Johnny Issaluk explains the basics of agility, strength, and endurance games. Through straightforward text and vibrant photographs, this resource brings to life this vital aspect of Inuit knowledge and culture.

The Gift of the Inuksuk. Mike Ulmer, illustrated by Melanie Rose, $18.95 (ages 6-9)

Unique and as beautiful as a snowflake or footprint, an Inuksuk is one of the stone figures that can be seen dotting the Canadian Arctic region. Many made by ancient hands, the Inuksui purposes are varied, from earthly uses such as navigation and message centers to those of the spirit, as sites of reverence. Author Mike Ulmer explores the connectedness of all Arctic life in his tale, THE GIFT OF THE INUKSUK.

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Going to Montréal and Québec City: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95

Going to Montréal and Québec City: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95 (ages 7-13)

Going to Ottawa: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95 (ages 7-13)

Going to Toronto: Travel Guide and Journal for Kids. T. Attard & B. Grabowski, $18.95 (ages 7-13)

These delightful travel guides will engage young people with brief histories, facts and interesting tidbits of information on key historical sights of Ottawa and Toronto. A variety of activities will keep kids interested, involved and engaged, and the journal will become a treasured memory and keepsake of a vacation.

Good Morning Canada. Andrea Lynn Beck, $16.99 (ages 2-4)

From coast to coast, this bright and cheery book follows the changing landscapes and seasons as you greet a new day.

Good Night Canada. Adam Gamble & David Adams, $14.95 (ages 2-4)

Bright and cheerful illustrations take the reader from coast to coast to coast, around our home and native land!

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Good Night Toronto. Adam Gamble & Mark Jasper $9.95 (ages 2-4)

Lovely, lovely board book for wee hands and sleepyheads.

Great Women from Our First Nations. Kelly Fournel, $10.95 (ages 7-13)

From heroines of the past to women making history today, GREAT WOMEN FROM OUR FIRST NATIONS reminds readers of the extraordinary contributions of First Nations women to our culture, history and daily lives.

I Am Canada: a Celebration. Heather Patterson, $19.99 (ages 3-7)

I Am Canada: A Celebration is a beautiful picture book featuring artwork by Canada’s finest illustrators — a true-north tribute to our nation and its children, from coast to coast to coast!

Simple text describes the ample space available to our children in this country, and the freedom they have to grow and dream and share. With artwork from 13 of Canada’s finest illustrators, each page is a celebration and a reminder of the infinite variety of our home and native land.

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I is for Inukshuk: an Arctic Celebration. Mary Wallace, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

This delightfully illustrated book looks at life in the Arctic for the people and animals who share this beautiful land.

Indigenous Peoples of Canada Grade 4-6. Colin Turnbull, $15.99

This book introduces students to Indigenous Peoples — First Nations, the Inuit, and the Métis — past and present. Their cultures, traditions, art, and interactions with Europeans as they arrived in what is now Canada.

Kamik: an Inuit Puppy Story. Donald Uluadluak, illustrated by Qin Leng, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

Inspired by the real-life recollections of an elder from Arviat, Nunavut, this book lovingly recreates the traditional dog-rearing practices that prevailed when Inuit relied on dogs for transportation and survival.

The Kids Book of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Diane Silvey, Illustrated by John Mantha, $14.95 (ages 7-13)

Canada's Aboriginal peoples have shaped this country in countless ways. Their story is central to the nation's identity — indeed, the word "Canada" is derived from the Huron-Haudenosaunee word "kanata," which means "our village."

This book is a balanced, in-depth look at the cultures, struggles and triumphs of Canada's first peoples. Exhaustively researched and reviewed by specialists in the field, this groundbreaking book is by far the most comprehensive of its kind. The detailed illustrations based on museum artifacts, written records of long ago and contemporary scholarship help bring the traditional ways to life for young readers. 

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Little Canada. Matt Napier, $11.95 (ages 2-5)

Lots of fun with rhyming riddles that take young readers from coast to coast.

The Lookout Tree: a Family's Escape from the Acadian Deportation. Heather Smith, illustrated by Rachel Wada, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

It's 1755, and twelve-year-old Fidèle's life is quiet and pastoral — until a sudden shift in the political situation brings chaos to Acadie. The English are hunting down and deporting all the Acadians, and the only way to escape is to run far away or to live in the wilderness. Fidèle's parents are taken by the English along with their newborn baby. He, his sister, Prémélia, their grandfather, Pétard, and elderly Rosalie decide to brave life in the forest near their burned-down house in the hopes that their family members will return one day. Life in the woods is harsh and unforgiving, and they only survive with the help and knowledge of their Mi'kmaw friends and a mysterious spirit who appears during times of dire need.

Spanning two decades of the terrible events of the Deportation and the long struggle to reunite and resettle afterward, The Lookout Tree is an English translation of the beloved French classic, La butte à Pétard, and a testament to the determination of the Acadian people to survive and thrive in their homeland.

Loonies and Toonies:  a Canadian Number Book. Mike Ulmer & Melanie Rose, $21.95 (ages 5-8)

M is for Maple: a Canadian Alphabet. Mike Ulmer, illustrated by Melanie Rose-Popp, $12.95 (ages 5-8)

In clever rhymes and informative text, author Mike Ulmer shares the unique details of Canada. Illustrator Melanie Rose has captured the beauty and splendor of Canada, from the Northern Lights to brave Mounties and the beautiful cities of Toronto, Victoria, and Quebec. Destined to become a national classic, M IS FOR MAPLE is a treasure for Canadians young and old.

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M is for Moose: a Charles Pachter Alphabet. Charles Pachter, $20.00 (ages 3-5)

One of Canada’s leading visual artists, Charles Pachter, adds a Canadian twist to the alphabet book with his M IS FOR MOOSE, a delightful and unexpected take on a form we thought we knew well.

Combining words and images, M IS FOR MOOSE is both visually stunning and full of fun. It includes images from Pachter’s portfolio of famous paintings, including Joy Ride, with the Queen on a moose, and a young Margaret Atwood with flaming red hair. Covering the iconic to the playful, it celebrates our country, history, and culture while offering a spirited lesson in the ABCs.

Mathieu Da Costa: First to Arrive. Itah Sadu, illustrated by Roy Condy, $24.95 (ages 5-9)

This delightful picture book introduces Mathieu Da Costa, the free African explorer and translator who came here with early French explorers Samuel de Champlain and Pierre Dugua de Monts.

Mayann's Train Ride. Mayann Francis, illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo, $22.95  (ages 4-9)

Nine-year-old Mayann Francis and her family are travelling from their home in Cape Breton to New York City by train. Everything is exciting to young Mayann, from the beds that fold down to the stop in Montreal to visit friends. Most exciting of all is the chance to show off her brand new purse.

When the Francis family arrives in big, bustling New York City, Mayann visits with relatives, goes to the zoo, and rides the subway. She even receives a beautiful black doll, something she has never seen before. But one subway ride, she loses her beautiful purse. At first she’s heartbroken, but she just might learn a lesson that makes the whole trip worthwhile.

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Meet Chris Hadfield: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $14.99 (ages 6-10)

Meet Colonel Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space — and make a music video while in orbit!

When Chris Hadfield was a boy, growing up on a farm in Milton, Ontario, Canada didn’t have a space program. But from the moment he saw a man first walk on the moon, young Chris decided he would somehow get to space. And with everything Chris did, from learning to fix farm machinery and joining the Air Cadets to flying fighter planes and becoming a test pilot, he prepared himself to get there. Chris Hadfield has rocketed into space three times, been on two space walks and was the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. And nobody plays a guitar in space or rocks a mustache better!

Meet Elsie MacGill: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $16.99 (ages 6-10)

Meet Elsie MacGill — the world's first female aeronautical engineer, whose work on the Canadian-made Hawker Hurricane fighter helped the Allied forces to victory in World War II.

Elsie was born in 1905 to a mother who was a feminist pioneer in her own right. Elsie grew up fully expecting to follow her dreams. And she did. Elsie was first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto's electrical engineering program. Elsie went on to earn a master's in aeronautical engineering -but contracted polio the day before her convocation. She battled back, and a storied engineering career followed, including being in charge of the tooling and manufacture of the famous Hawker Hurricane. Later in her life she was a champion of women's rights and her work shaped many of the protections we now enjoy.

Meet Terry Fox: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $16.99 (ages 6-10)

In Meet Terry Fox, the legendary story of how Terry Fox came to run the Marathon of Hope is chronicled — his love of sports as a child and teenager; his devastating bone cancer diagnosis; the hospital stay that inspired him to do something to raise awareness about this disease; the poignant moment he dipped his artificial leg in the waters of St. John’s, Newfoundland; and the heartbreaking moment he ended his run. This was also the moment his truly inspiring legacy began.

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Meet Tom Longboat: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $16.99 (ages 6-10)

Meet Tom Longboat, the Onondaga runner who broke world records... on his own terms!. On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in a record-breaking 2 hours, 24 minutes and 24 seconds. He became the most famous runner in the world, yet faced scrutiny and criticism of every part of his life, from his revolutionary training techniques to his Indigenous heritage.

This picture book will introduce young readers to a brave and fascinating man whose legacy as Canada’s foremost distance runner continues to be recognized to this day. This new biography series features accessible text, full-colour illustrations, with historical notes and timelines that provide even more information on Tom Longboat’s background and incredible accomplishments.

Meet Viola Desmond: a Scholastic Canada Biography. Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas, $16.99 (ages 6-10)

Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!

On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the “unofficial” whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre.... and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola’s legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola’s inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill.

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A Morning to Polish and Keep. Julie Lawson, illustrated by Sheena Lott, $9.95 (ages 5-8)

When Amy goes fishing and loses her first big catch, the day is spoiled. Or is it? By the end of the day, Amy has a real fish story to tell as well as a lasting memory. A Morning to Polish and Keep is the classic children's picture book set on the beautiful Pacific Coast. It is a story of adventure, togetherness, and, ultimately, the comforting memory of family.

My Canada: an Illustrated Atlas. Katherine Dearlove & Lori Joy Smith, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

This picture book atlas of Canada is a whimsical, informative introduction to our country from sea to sea to sea. Each province and territory is featured on its own spread, with icons and labels indicating the capital city, other major cities, key lakes and rivers, iconic landmarks, animals, and plants, significant national and provincial parks, and more.

Each map is lively and colorful with plenty of details to discover. Simple labels make key places and landmarks easily searchable for further research. Inspired by the illustrator’s map of PEI, a longtime gift shop bestseller, My Canada includes basic information about Canada and a full map of the country. Also available in French.

No Borders. Darla Evyagotailak & Mindy Willett, photographs by Tessa Macintosh, $19.95 (ages 7-12) http://www.parentbooks.ca/images/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

Sixteen-year-old Darla is determined to learn all she can from her Elders. In NO BORDERS, she tells the story of a journey she takes to help her understand how she is sonnected to her people, her land, and her history.

A Northern Alphabet. Ted Harrison, $12.99 (ages 2-4)

Available now in board book format for the first time, A Northern Alphabet is an early introduction to the letters by way of all things northern: the landscape, the people, and the flora and fauna. From A for anorak and B for bear to Q for quilt and Z for zinc mine, in these pages, children everywhere can experience the color and beauty of northern life. Each letter is accompanied by simple text naming a few of the objects, animals and people depicted in each spectacular painting.

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The Old Ways. Susan Margaret Chapman, illustrated by John Mantha, $19.95 (ages 3-5)

Simon enjoys school, TV, pizza, and video games. So when his grandmother tells legends of the sea goddess, Sedna, and his grandfather invites him to build an igloo, Simon's heart sinks. Secretly he thinks his grandparents are stuck in their old ways. Secretly his grandparents hide their disappointment and wait for "another time."

Soon enough, that other times comes. When he and his grandparents prepare to visit relatives in Igloolik, Simon thinks it is ridiculous to heap oil lamps, extra fuel, tools, food, snowshoes, and caribou skins onto their sled. But when a blizzard closes in, and the snowmobile breaks down, Simon begins to understand the value of traditional ways.

123 Toronto: a Cool Counting Book. $11.95 (ages 2-4)

A delightful way to count to ten!

Oscar Lives Next Door: a Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood. Bonnie Farmer & Marie LaFrance, $17.95  (ages 4-8)

Long before Oscar Peterson became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet. When a bout of childhood tuberculosis weakened his lungs, Oscar could no longer play his beloved instrument. He took up piano and the rest is history: Oscar went on to become an international jazz piano sensation. Oscar Lives Next Door is a fictional story inspired by these facts. The book imagines a next-door neighbor for Oscar named Millie, who gets into mischief with him but also appreciates his talents: Oscar hears music in everything, and Millie calls him a magician for the way he can coax melodies from his trumpet. Millie writes to Oscar during his long stay in the hospital for tuberculosis, and she encourages his earliest notes on the piano.

Set in Oscar’s true childhood neighborhood of St-Henri — now known as Little Burgundy — the book provides a wonderful sense of this 1930s neighborhood where most of Montreal’s Black working class population lived. Detailed digital illustrations make the community’s culture and music almost tangible.

The book concludes with a page of informational text about the author’s own connection to Little Burgundy and a short biography of the jazz legend.

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Our Flag: the Story of Canada's Maple Leaf. Ann-Maureen Owens & Jane Yealland, $9.95 (ages 7-10)

This popular one-stop reference to the national flag of Canada has been updated and revised. Ann-Maureen Owens and Jane Yealland start with basic background on all the different flags that have flown over Canadian land, and why they flew there. They then turn to the fascinating play-by-play of how today's beloved maple leaf flag design came to be — including how some government leaders took a personal interest in the design, as well as how ordinary Canadians were given the opportunity to weigh in with their own ideas. The authors further round out the flag topic with illustrations and descriptions of Canadian provincial flags, flag designs from other countries and a brief recap of how people have used flags throughout history. 

There are two craft activities, perfect for classroom use: one for making a Canadian flag and its flagpole, and one for creating international code signal flags. The lively, colorful art throughout the book, by Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo, brings the text to life and keeps it interesting and absorbing for young readers. Because the story of Canada's flag so closely follows the story of Canada's history, this title is a natural fit for any Canadian studies class or any social studies unit on the design and importance of national flags. There is also a map of Canada, providing a visual geography tool. The full index at the back and a list of internet sites for further information add to the usefulness of this unique resource. 

Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak. Edited by Emily Hearn & Marywinn Milne, $13.95 (ages 8-13)

What is it like to leave home and arrive in a place where everything is new — language, weather, customs and people?

Every year families from around the world leave their homes to start a new life in a new place and they each have a story. In OUR NEW HOME, children use their writing and artwork to share these stories with us. Their words and pictures tell of the fear and sadness, the excitement and challenge of moving to a new country and starting a new life.

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Owls See Clearly at Night: a Michif Alphabet. Julie Flett, $23.95 (ages 4-8)

From Atayookee! To Lii Zyeu — an introduction to the Michif language of the Métis people.

Oxford Picture Dictionary for the Canadian Content Areas. Dorothy Kauffman & Gary Apple, $34.95 (ages 7-13)

Designed for use in Canadian elementary and middle-school classrooms, this book has over 1500 words presented with clear, vibrant illustrations. Topics are based on Canadian curricula, with a strong focus on Canadian social studies. The book offers second-language learners practical ways to connect to mainstream curriculum and for all learners to develop academic reading, writing and vocabulary skills.

P is for Puffin: a Newfoundland and Labrador Alphabet. Janet Skirving & Odell Archibald, $24.95 (ages 5-8)

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Painted Skies. Carolyn Mallory, illustrated by Amei Zhao, $16.95 (ages 5-7)

Leslie is new to the Arctic, and no one told her there would be so much snow, and so many interesting things to see. Along with her new friend Oolipika, Leslie soon discovers one of the Arctic’s most unique and breathtaking natural wonders, the northern lights.

This contemporary narrative introduces young readers to an Inuit legend about the northern lights, followed by an epilogue that explains the science behind this amazing phenomenon.

Perfect Snow. Barbara Reid, $19.99

Barbara Reid’s beautiful art depicts the joy and exhilaration that comes with the first true snowfall of winter.

Piece by Piece: Stories about Fitting Into Canada. Teresa Toten, $20.00 (ages 12++)

This new anthology features stories by some of Canada's finest authors who were born in another country and who went through the experience of trying to "fit in." From the shock of first impressions to the first stirrings of "becoming Canadian" and what that meant to them, this collection speaks of a powerful desire to be accepted, to feel at home.

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Pourquoi j'aime le Québec: Célébrer le Québec, à travers les mots des enfants. Daniel Howarth, $12.99 (ages 3-5)

Tout le monde aime le Québec — surtout toi!

Proud to Be Inuvialuit. James Pokiak & Mindy Willett, $16.95 (8-12)

James Popiak grew up on the land, near the shores of the Arctic Sea. Join James and his family and learn about how the beluga whale is interlinked with Inuvialuit culture and history and learn about the traditional values and skills of his people.

Provinces of Canada Map Puzzle. Ravensburger, 100 Pieces, $17.50 (ages 6+)

Rosie's Dream Cape. Zelda Freedman, $8.95 (ages 6-12)

Based on a true story, this charming juvenile novel tells of how eleven-year-old Rosie and her grandmother Bubba Sarah arrive in Toronto from Russia after fleeing one of the purges that carried away Rosie’s mother, a famous Russian dancer. To help make ends meet, Rosie works in a factory sewing velvet capes for Eatons, all the while dreaming of making such a cape from scraps, and wearing it to Toronto’s Royal Alexandra Theatre. This tale provides a wonderful insight into how an immigrant child survives with her values and dreams intact despite the harsh working conditions of a 1921 garment factory.

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S is for Spirit Bear: a British Columbia Alphabet. G. Gregory Roberts & Bob Doucet, $24.95 (ages 5-8)

Secret of the Dance. Alfred Scow & Andrea Spalding, illustrated by Darlene Gait, $19.95 (ages 7-11)

In 1935, an eight-year-old boy slipped from his bed late at night and watched as his family defied the government. Masked figures danced by firelight to the beat of the drum as young Watl’kina saw his elders dancing in a ceremony older than time.

Kwakwa’ka’wakw Elder Alfred Scow and award-winning author Andrea Spalding tell the story of a traditional — and once forbidden — ceremony that lies at the very heart of Aboriginal culture.

Snowy Sports Ready, Set Play! Per-Henrik Gürth, $14.95 (ages 2-5)

Bundle up for winter fun!

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The Story of Canada. Janet Lunn & Christopher Moore, Illustrated by Alan Daniel, $39.99 (ages 7-14)

Award-winning writer Janet Lunn and historian Christopher Moore tell our country’s story through rich narrative, recreations of daily life, folk tales and intriguing facts. Coupled with Alan Daniel’s evocative original paintings, as well as dozens of historical photographs, maps, paintings, documents and cartoons, The Story of Canada is as splendid to look at as it is fascinating to read. Includes new material to bring us to the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Tales from the Tundra: a Collection of Inuit Stories. Ibi Kaslik, illustrated by Anthony Brennan, $12.95 (ages 8-11)

Learn why the raven is black or how a little boy was transformed into a bird. Find out why a walrus used to have antlers and how an earth spirit pulled the first caribou from the ground. These fascinating stories will capture the imagination of young readers and introduce them to the rich mythology of the Canadian Inuit.

Anthony Brennan’s illustrations are like nothing you’ve seen in children’s books. Edgy, vivid and dynamic to the extreme, the images enrich the reading experience.

Thank You, Canada. Andrea Lynn Beck, $16.00 (ages 2-6)

Joyful, detailed spreads bring out the varied flavours of Canada, in its culture, people, nature and contributions to the world. Thank You, Canada allows kids to explore connections and think about what it means to be Canadian — it’s a joyful letter of gratitude for all our country has to offer, past, present and future.

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Toronto ABC. Paul Covello. $12.99 (ages 2-4)

Beautiful, bright, and fun — this board book is a wonderful way to learn the ABCs of a vibrant city.

Town Is By the Sea. Joanne Schwartz, illustrated by Sydney Smith, $21.95 (ages 5-9)

A young boy wakes up to the sound of the sea, visits his grandfather’s grave after lunch and comes home to a simple family dinner with his family, but all the while his mind strays to his father digging for coal deep down under the sea. Stunning illustrations by Sydney Smith, the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers, show the striking contrast between a sparkling seaside day and the darkness underground where the miners dig.

With curriculum connections to communities and the history of mining, this beautifully understated and haunting story brings a piece of Canadian history to life. The ever-present ocean and inevitable pattern of life in a Cape Breton mining town will enthrall children and move adult readers.

25 Places In Canada Every Family Should Visit. Jody Robbins, $24.95 (all ages)

Planning a family getaway can be overwhelming, but award-winning freelance travel writer and blogger Jody Robbins puts you on the right path with savvy suggestions for families who are keen to explore Canada with their little loved ones. With the insight and enthusiasm of a trustworthy, well-traveled friend, Robbins lays out 25 of the top destinations for families, and provides detailed information on the most enjoyable activities, sites, and attractions. From child-friendly family hikes in the wilderness to exciting and affordable urban adventures, you’ll create memories of a lifetime as you visit destinations that welcome families with kids of all ages. Be inspired on where to go, learn what to bring, and hit the road!

Up Home. Shauntay Grant & Susan Tooke, $12.95 (ages 4-9)

Happy memories sparkle in this journey through poet Shauntay Grant's childhood visits to North Preston, Nova Scotia. The sights, sounds, rhythms and people of one of Canada's most important black communities are captured in the warm and vibrant illustrations of by Susan Tooke.

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Uumajut: Learn About Arctic Wildlife. Simon Awa, Anna Ziegler, & Stephanie McDonald, Leah Otak & Romi Caron, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

Learn fun facts and traditional Inuit knowledge about Arctic animals. This beautifully illustrated book takes readers from tundra to sea ice, to teach children about a wide variety of animals, from caribou to belugas.  This rare look at the Canadian North showcases a fascinating ecosystem we often forget is a large part of our country.

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged. Jody Nyasha Warner & Richard Rudnicki, $9.95  (ages 5-9)

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. After all, she was the only black person downstairs. All the other black people were up in the balcony. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules. She refused to accept that being black meant she couldn't sit where she wanted.

Viola's determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of the North American struggle against injustice and racial discrimination whose story deserves to be widely known.

A Walk on the Tundra. Rebecca Hainnu & Anna Ziegler, illustrated by Qin Leng, $13.95 (ages 6-9)

Inuujaq, a little girl who travels with her grandmother onto the tundra, soon learns that the tundra's colourful flowers, mosses, shrubs, and lichens are much more important to the Inuit that she originally believed. This informative story, which teaches the many uses for Arctic plants, also includes a field guide with photographs and scientific information about a wide array of plants found throughout the Arctic ecosystem.

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Walking In the City with Jane: a Story of Jane Jacobs. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Valérie Boivin, $19.99 (ages 6-9)

From the time she was a young girl, Jane Jacobs' curious mind made her a keen observer of everything around her. When she grew up, she moved to New York City, a place full of new wonders for her to explore. It was there she realized that, just like in nature, a city is an ecosystem. “It is made of different parts — sidewalks, parks, stores, neighborhoods, City Hall... and people, of course. When they all work together, the city is healthy.” So, when city planner Robert Moses proposed creating highways through the city that would destroy neighborhoods and much of what made New York great, Jane decided she couldn't let it happen. She stood up to the officials and rallied her neighbors to stop the plans — and even got arrested! Jane's bravery and ideas had a huge influence on urban planning that is still being felt today.

In this lively and engaging informational picture book, award-winning author Susan Hughes provides a fictionalized story of the life of Jane Jacobs, one of the world's greatest urban thinkers and activists. This book makes a terrific resource for studying civic engagement, urban life, the history of New York and Toronto (where Jane moved later in life), and the role of city planning. Jane's inspirational story is also an excellent example for character education lessons on perseverance, citizenship and initiative. Stylized illustrations by Valérie Boivin perfectly evoke the story's time and place. End matter includes a brief biography of Jane Jacobs.

We Feel Good Out Here.  Julie-Anne André & Mindy Willett, photographs by Tessa Macintosh, $16.95 (ages 7-11)

With vivid, beautiful photos, this book about the diverse lands and cultures of Canada’s Northwest Territories share real stories of everyday life in the North.

When I Was Eight. Christy Jordan-Fenton, Margaret Pokiak-Fenton & Gabrielle Grimard, $9.95 (ages 7-11)

Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things, but she does not know how to read. To learn, she must travel to school far from her Arctic home, ignoring her father’s warnings. The nuns at the school take away her Inuit name and call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair, and force her to do chores. But Margaret is more determined than ever to read. Based on the true story of author Margaret Pokiak-Fenton.

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Who’s In Maxine’s Tree? Diane Carmel Léger & Darlene Gait, $20.95 (ages 5-9)

A giant Sitka spruce and an endangered seabird protect each other from extinction in an old growth forest on Vancouver Island.

Why I Love Ontario: Celebrating Ontario, In Children's Very Own Words. Daniel Howarth, $12.99 (ages 3-5)

Featuring children’s own words and heart-warming pictures, this is the perfect book for children living in or visiting Ontario!

Why I Love Quebec: Celebrating Quebec, In Children's Very Own Words. Daniel Howarth, $12.99 (ages 3-5)

Featuring children’s own words and heart-warming pictures, this board book, this is the perfect book for children living in, or visiting Quebec.

Z is for Zamboni: a Hockey Alphabet. Matt Napier, illustrated by Melanie Rose, $9.95 (ages 5-83)

Z IS FOR ZAMBONI is an ode to hockey fans young and old across North America. Matt Napier's ‘breakaway’ rhymes and ‘hard-checking’ expository text team up with the top-shelf illustrations of Melanie Rose to elucidate this increasingly popular game for every beginning hockey aficionado. Highlighting rules, players, coaches, teams, and the history of the game, it is both fun and educational.

See our Children’s Rooms for many more titles by wonderful Canadian authors like Deborah Ellis, Robert Munsch, Marie-Louise Gay, Kathy Stinson, Mélanie Watt,Jo Ellen Bogart, and Phoebe Gilman.

Books by Canadian authors or with Canadian content are indicated on our website with the red maple leaf symbol .

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