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Title: Canadian Childrens Literature

Canadian Childrens Literature
  • A Genre Approach to
  • Reading Your Way Through Canada
  • For more information, contact Betsy
    ArntzenOffice of Canadian Studies Outreach .
    Canadian-American Center
  • University of Maine 154 College Ave. Orono, ME
  • 207.581.4225
  • http//
  • March 2006

Read Your Way Through Canada PURPOSE
  • To find answers to these questions
  • Does Canadian childrens fiction tell the stories
    of Canadian history, geography, and culture?
  • Can we get a sense of place through Canadian
    childrens literature?
  • Can we get an overview of Canadian history
    through Canadian childrens literature?
  • Can we learn about Canadian cultures by reading
    Canadian childrens literature?

Read Your Way Through Canada SLIDES
  • These slides present
  • a selection of currently available titles as of
    March 2006Note There are MANY more excellent
    titles available than are presented here
  • categorized by region Atlantic, Central,
    Prairies, West, North
  • grouped by genres of childrens literature Not
    covered non-fiction / informational literature,
    and biography
  • Audience We created this presentation to
    introduce a wide variety of Canadian Childrens
    Literature to U.S. public library Childrens
    Librarians, and to K-12 School Librarians and

Read Your Way Through Canada ELEMENTS
  • Canadian Childrens authors
  • Book titles and brief summaries
  • Identification as Picture Book or Chapter Book
  • Author websites
  • Publisher websites
  • Resources

Genres of Childrens Literature
  • Traditional - born of oral tradition, passed
    orally from generation to generation
  • Poetry - ranges from poetry that rhymes to free
  • Fantasy - rooted in traditional literature, but
    has an identifiable author, and Science Fiction
    - speculates on what might happen in the future
  • Contemporary Realistic Fiction deals with
    living today. Includes humorous stories,
    detective and mystery stories, school stories,
    adventure stories, survival stories, sports
    stories, animals fiction
  • Historical Fiction realistic fiction set in the
  • Biography focuses on individuals (not covered
  • Anthology collection of writings
  • Non-Fiction, Informational accurate, authentic,
    up-to-date (not covered here)

Literary Regions of Canada
  • Atlantic Newfoundland Labrador, New
    Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince
    Edward Island
  • Central Quebec Central Ontario
  • Prairie Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • West British Columbia
  • North Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut

REGION Atlantic Canada
  • Newfoundland Labrador
  • Prince Edward Island
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia

Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Ian Wallace
  • Duncans WayFor seven generations Duncan's
    family has fished off the coast of Newfoundland.
    Now, the fish are gone and with them, the old way
    of life. Duncan notices that his father is
    spending the days staring out to sea, watching
    television and baking bread and pies. Many
    families have left town in search of work
    elsewhere. Even Duncan's mother is beginning to
    suggest that they, too, join the exodus to the
  • Mummers Song by Bud Davidge illus. by Ian
    WallaceA rhyming story that refers back to the
    author's childhood in Newfoundland, when the
    Mummers, would go from door to door, entering
    houses and dancing and carousing with the people
    at Christmas time. Newfoundland is one of two
    places in North America where Mummering is still
  • www.ian-wallace.

Picture Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Catherine Simpson
  • Lives in Lewisporte, Newfoundland
  • There are No Polar Bears HereYoung girl sees a
    white bear and no one believes her
  • A Viking ShipBoy finds a magic Viking ship toy
    which allows time travel
  • The Turnip Top PonyWho or what is eating out of
    everyones garden?
  • Sailor The Hangashore Newfoundland DogHow can a
    Newfoundland Dog not like the water?
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Picture Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • The Money Pit
  • By Eric Walters
  • What starts to happen as soon as Sam sets foot on
    Oak Island to visit his grandfather is more
    exciting than he could have hoped for, more
    surprising than the magic tricks he spends hours
    perfecting. Draws on the real-life history of the
    mysterious Money Pit on Nova Scotias Oak Island,

Chapter Book
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Hand of Robin Squires
  • By Joan Clark
  • For over two hundred years, people have been
    searching Oak Island, just off the coast of Nova
    Scotia, for elusive treasure buried there.
    Underground tunnels discovered on the island have
    never yielded their secrets.
  • In The Hand of Robin Squires, Joan Clark weaves
    fact and fiction in the tale of an English boy at
    the centre of the mystery. When his father dies
    in 1703, Robin Squires is the only one who can
    help his seafaring uncle build the elaborate
    subterranean complex that has since tantalized
    and mystified treasure seekers for two centuries.

Chapter Book
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • Anne Shirley Series Anne of the red hair
  • Anne of Green Gables (1908) Orphan is
    adopted by a brother and sister on PEI
  • Anne of Avonlea (1909) Anne of Green Gables
    becomes a school teacher
  • Anne of the Island (1915) Now 18, she heads
    to Redmond College
  • Anne of Windy Poplars (1936) After college
    she accepts a job as high school principal
  • Annes House of Dreams (1917) Anne marries
    Dr. Gilbert Blythe, her childhood beau
  • Anne of Ingleside (1939) Anne is mother of
    five with one on the way
  • Rainbow Valley (1919) Annes children are
    featured as they help their neighbors
  • Rilla of Ingleside (1921) Set in WW!
    focusing on youngest daughter, Rilla
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Chapter Books
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Sharon McKay
  • Charlie WilcoxIts 1916, and Charlie Wilcox, a
    Newfoundlander, is interested in one thing only
    going to sea, just like his father and uncles.
    Hell make his family proud. His parents have
    different plans for him, however they want him
    to go to university.Humiliated, Charlie sets out
    to prove he can measure up to the men in his
    family, and stows away on a sealing ship. Its
    only when they are far out to sea, and he is
    discovered, that he realizes hes on a troopship
    bound for France!
  • Charlie Wilcox's Great War The year is 1918.
    Charlie Wilcox, now 17 years old, tall, broad and
    mature beyond his years, returns home to Brigus,
    Newfoundland. He is a man now, his childhood left
    behind on the battlefields of France and Belgium.
    And he is burdened by a secret, one he fears will
    inflict terrible grief on the village and people
    he loves.

Chapter Books
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Eric Walters
  • Hydrofoil MysteryIts 1915 and 15-year-old
    William is a bit of a troublemaker. But when his
    concerned mother sends him to spend the summer
    with Alexander Graham Bell in Nova Scotia, he
    finds life isnt as boring as he once believed.
  • RunIn 1976, a teenage delinquent, Winston
    MacDonald, is sent to Nova Scotia to be with his
    father after being suspended from school. Mr.
    MacDonald, a newspaper reporter, is working on a
    story about a young man Terry Fox who is
    running across Canada to raise money for cancer

Chapter Books
REGION Central Canada
  • Ontario
  • Quebec

Genre Traditional
  • The Nanabosho Series
  • By Joe McLellan and Matrine McLellan
  • 9 stories based on Ojibway legends created to
    bring Aboriginal stories to Aboriginal children.
    Nanabosho is the teacher and protector of the
    Anishinabe people
  • These are stories with a story, as an elder tells
    a traditional story to a contemporary child. The
    story features Nanabosho, and they show us the
    relationship between people and nature.
  • Nanabosho's capable of great things. He's part
    spirit, part Manitou, part man, and he was sent
    to teach the people. Early on, he found out that
    you can't tell people anything. They don't
    listen. You can't tell them to do something, and
    you can't tell them not to do something, and so
    he thought, 'If I act real stupid, they'll see
    that and laugh at it, and they'll remember not to
    act like that. And if I do the wrong thing,
    they'll figure it out. If I just do the right
    thing, they'll just say, 'I can't do that, but
    you, Nanabosho, you can do because you're a
    spirit.' What Nanabosho does then is take all of
    the silly stupid things we do and magnifies them
    and lays them out there for us to look at, says
    author Joe McLellan.

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Picture Books
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Roch Carrier
  • Stories describe his life growing up in 1940s-50s
    in rural, francophone Quebec
  • Picture booksThe Hockey SweaterThe Boxing
    ChampionThe Basketball PlayerThe Longest Home
    RunA Happy New Years Day
  • Short storiesHockey Sweater and Other
    StoriesPrayers of a Very Wise Child

Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Brian Robeson Series
  • By Gary Paulsen, American author writing about
    northern Ontario
  • Hatchet Brian survives a plane crash in the
    Canadian wilderness with a hatchet as his only
  • Brians Winter - In Hatchet, he was rescued.
    "Brian's Winter" begins where "Hatchet" might
    have ended Brian is not rescued, but must build
    on his survival skills to face his deadliest
    enemy--a northern winter.
  • Brians Return Hes rescued, but now that hes
    back in civilization, he cant find a way to make
    sense of high school life.
  • The River - Now the government wants him to do it
    again--to go back into the wilderness so they can
    learn the survival techniques that kept Brian
  • Brians Hunt Hes back in the wilderness where
    he prefers being on his own. An injured dog
    appears and with a terrible, growing sense of
    unease, he sets out to learn what happened.

Chapter Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Gita Seriesby Rachna Gilmore, Ontario author
  • A young-reader picture book series featuring a
    girl who immigrates from India, becomes homesick,
    adjusts and makes friends, and then faces moving
    back to India.
  • Lights for Gita
  • Roses for Gita
  • A Gift for Gita


Picture Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • The Road to Chlifa
  • By Michele Marineau
  • A Lebanese teenager, Karim, escapes war-torn
    Beirut, travels a dangerous route over the
    mountains to Chlifa, and then on to Montreal and
    a new life. But his new life is not without
    difficulty he encounters contempt and racism at
    high school.

Chapter Book
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Underground to Canada
  • By Barbara Smucker
  • Taken away from her mother by a ruthless slave
    trader, all Julilly has left is the dream of
    freedom. Every day that she spends huddled in the
    traders cart traveling south, or working on the
    brutal new plantation, she thinks about the land
    where it is possible to be free, a land she and
    her friend Liza may reach some day.

Chapter Book
Genres Historical Fiction
  • The Last Safe House
  • By Barbara Greenwood
  • A blend of fact and fiction, designed to be a
    story of historical fiction paired with
    historical fact, this book also has hands-on
    extension activities.
  • Slave life, the movement to abolish slavery, and
    elements of the underground railroad are seen
    through the eyes of two young girls.

Genre Historical Fiction
  • Brian Doyle
  • Angel SquareA budding young detective named
    Tommy, confronts racial prejudice in Ottawa after
    the Second World War.
  • Boy O'BoySummer 1945, Martin O'Boy lives with
    his family in Lowertown Ottawa, and tries
    (unsuccessfully) to steer clear of the head of
    the boys' choir.
  • Easy AvenueAn orphan in the 1950s, Hubbo
    O'Driscoll is torn between loyalty to his poor
    but fun friends and family and the shallow but
    rich kids at his Ottawa high school.
  • Covered BridgeCovered Bridge pits earnest Hubbo
    O'Driscoll against two determined, cynical land
  • Mary Ann AliceMary and her teacher investigate a
    project to dam up the Gatineau River in 1926
  • Uncle RonaldIn 1895, to escape his violent
    father, Mickey is sent to stay with his Uncle

Chapter Books
REGION Prairie Provinces
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba

Genre Historical Fiction
  • Josepha A Prairie Boys Story
  • By Jim McGugan
  • Story of immigrant boy learning English in school
    with the small children, and having to choose
    between going to work or staying in school. A
    young boy learns the news that his friend Josepha
    will soon be leaving school, alienated because no
    one speaks his language. What can the boy do to
    show that his friendship with Josepha has meant
    much to him?

Picture Book
Genre Poetry
  • If Youre Not from the Prairie
  • By David Bouchard
  • Poem with the premise that if youre not from the
    prairie you can't understand the wind, the cold,
    the grasses. However, even though we might not
    know the prairie, we all do know the sun.

Picture Book
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • William Kurelek
  • A Prairie Boys WinterFollows William and his
    family through a winter on their farm in Alberta
  • A Prairie Boys SummerSummer on the prairies
    during the Depression was not a vacation from
    school it was hard work.
  • A Northern NativityA young boy imagines the
    nativity could have occurred anywhere and to any
    racial group.

Picture Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Jo Bannatyne-Cugnet
  • A Prairie AlphabetOn each page is a single
    sentence consisting of words that begin with the
    featured letter, describing a scenario "We
    auction our Aberdeen Angus at Agribition" "A
    mouse munches a meal of millet by moonlight."
  • A Prairie YearCaptures the rural lifestyle
    shared by people in Saskatchewan and Alberta,
    providing a month-by-month anecdotal record of
    life on the plains, accompanied by a series of
    full-page paintings.
  • Heartland SamplerUsing the frame of a sampler
    quilt, it takes a unique look at the landscape,
    customs, history, traditions, and peoples of the

Picture Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • The Moccasin Goalie
  • By William Roy Brownridge
  • Fictional story of friends who didnt make the
    hockey team but really want to play hockey.
  • Based on the true life of the author as a child.
    He physically couldnt wear skates, but played
    goalie on winning hockey teams.

Picture Book
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Farley Mowat
  • The Dog Who Wouldnt BeThis is the story about a
    dog and his boy. The boy was the author and the
    dog was Mutt. Clearly, Mutt believed that he
    could do better than just be a dog.
  • Owls in the FamilyA story of a young boys pet
    menagerie which includes crows, magpies,
    gophers and a dog growing out of control with
    the addition of two cantankerous pet owls, Wol
    and Weeps.

Chapter Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Northern Exposures
  • By Eric Walters
  • Kevin Spreekmeester has just won a photography
    contest he doesnt remember entering. The prize
    is a five-day trip to Churchill, Manitoba, to
    photograph polar bears with a renowned wildlife
    photographer. It all sounds pretty good - its a
    chance for Kevin to escape his controlling
    parents and the tedium of school.

Chapter Book
  • British Columbia

Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Ann Blades
  • Mary of Mile 18 was her first book. She wrote to
    give her students something to read about
    themselves. Mile 18 is now named Buick, BC.
  • Mary of Mile 18Mary finds a wolf pup but is
    forbidden to keep it as a pet, until it proves
    its worth on the family farm .
  • A Boy of TacheCharlie, a boy of the Indian
    reserve of Tache in northern British Columbia,
    joins his grandparents for the annual spring
    beaver hunt. But theyre not at the camp long
    when Za becomes ill and Charlie must go alone to
    get help. This is a simple, realistic story of
    how a native people continues traditional ways.
  • A Salmon for Simon illustratorSimon has been
    trying all summer to catch a salmon. But when he
    gets his chance, Simon no longer wants to keep
    it--it's too strong and beautiful!

Picture Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Waiting for the Whales
  • By Sheryl McFarlane
  • A man teaches his grand-daughter how to identify
    animals, plants, and how to garden, but most of
    all, when to watch for the annual return of the
    Orca whales. A seasons of life story.

Picture Book
Genre Fantasy
  • Paul Yee
  • Grew up in Vancouvers Chinatown.
  • Ghost TrainExtreme poverty forces the father to
    leave his family behind in South China to take a
    dangerous railroad construction job in BC. After
    2 years of sending his pay home, Ba asks that
    Choon-yi join him, but when she arrives in
    Vancouver she learns that her father has died in
    a landslide. Her plans to return to China come to
    an end, when her father appears in a dream.
  • Roses Sing on New SnowWhile Maylin does the
    cooking for her family's Chinatown restaurant,
    her greedy father and two fat brothers take all
    the credit. When her specially prepared dish,
    Roses Sing on New Snow,'' is served to the
    visiting governor of South China, he asks the
    brothers to show him how it was made.

Picture Books
Genre Traditional
  • Paul Yee
  • Grew up in Vancouvers Chinatown.
  • Tales from Gold MountainEight original stories
    give readers a sense of the hardships faced by
    the first Chinese-Canadians. In "Spirits of the
    Railway," a young man appeases the ghosts of dead
    railroad workers who were never properly buried.
    In "Forbidden Fruit," a father's prejudice keeps
    his daughter from marrying her beloved. Dramatic
    illustrations accompany the stories. The brief,
    pithy tales strikingly reflect traditional
    Chinese beliefs and customs in New World
  • Dead Mans Gold and Other StoriesExplores 140
    years of the history of Chinese immigrants to
    Canada through tales with a subtle sense of the
    supernatural. They creating a snapshot of the
    lives and times of these early immigrants--men
    who left their families in China hoping to bring
    them to the sweeter life of Gold Mountain, only
    to come up against racism, discrimination, and
    unfair immigration laws.

  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut

Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Farley Mowat
  • Lost in the BarrensTwo teen boys must survive
    while stranded in the Northwest Territories.
    Jamie is an anglo-Canadian orphan living with his
    uncle in northern Canada. He and his best friend,
    Awasin, native Cree, set out with a trapper for
    an adventure in the Northwest Territories.
    Unfortunately, a canoe accident leaves the boys
    lost and alone in the northern tundra. Relying on
    what survival skills they have and their innate
    courage and ingenuity, Jamie and Awasin must
    survive and make their way through the soggy bogs
    and harsh landscape of Canada's north.
  • The Curse of the Viking GraveAwasin, Jamie, and
    Peetryuk, three adventure-prone boys, stumble
    upon a cache of Viking relics in an ancient tomb
    somewhere in Arctic Canada. They discover its
    significance while out-running officials.
    Includes little-known information about the
    customs of Viking explorers.

Chapter Books
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Trapped in Ice
  • By Eric Walters
  • Thirteen-year-old Helen is not sure she is
    looking forward to spending the next six months
    on board the Karluk, a ship headed on an Arctic
    expedition. But with the recent death of her
    father, it is the only work her seamstress mother
    can find. Helens nine year-old brother, Michael,
    is delighted to be off on a real adventure. Based
    on true events surrounding the ill-fated Canadian
    Arctic Expedition of 1913, Trapped in Ice is a
    riveting, fast-paced adventure set in a marvelous
    but brutal world of ice and snow.


Chapter Book
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Maatas Journal a novel
  • By Paul Sullivan
  • A picture of Inuit life in Arctic Canada in the
    early 20th C.
  • Inuit teen, Maata, realizes that in order to
    thrive in this new world, she must adapt to this
    new way of life. As she learns to read and write
    in English, she begins to keep a journal as she
    struggles to retain her traditional ways.
    However, when she is chosen to join a mapping
    expedition to her beloved homeland, she finds
    that all of her skills -- both from her Inuit and
    western educations -- become equally invaluable
    when tragedy strikes.

Chapter Book
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Ted Harrison
  • A Northern AlphabetTed Harrison's paintings
    illustrate a northern alphabet, a child's
    introduction to the alphabet through the
    landscape, people, flora and fauna of the
    Canadian North.
  • Children of the YukonBrilliant, colorful
    paintings depict children of the Yukon at work
    and play snaring rabbits, feeding ravens, racing
    on snowshoes and hunting moose, panning for gold
    in famous Bonanza Creek, and exploring the ruins
    of Dawson City.

Picture Books
Genre Contemporary / Trad.
  • Michael Kusugak
  • Grew up in Repulse Bay, Nunavut
  • My Arctic 1,2,3Counting book using Arctic
  • Arctic StoriesCollection of Arctic tales
    inspired by authors experience, set in the
  • A Promise is a PromiseAllashua disobeys her
    parents and goes fishing on the sea ice
  • Baseball Bats for ChristmasTrue story resulting
    from never having seen trees.
  • Hide and SneakOne afternoon Allashua is lured
    into mischief
  • Northern LightsExplores the Inuit belief that
    the Northern Lights are the souls playing soccer


Picture Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Whats the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About
  • By Richard Van Camp
  • The narrator, a member of the Dogrib Nation asks
    his family and friends, "What's the most
    beautiful thing you know about horses?" It's a
    surprising question since "All's we had up here
    were dogs. Illustrated by an artist of the
    horse-knowing Cree Nation, George Littlechild.

Picture Book
Across Canada
  • Not region-specific
  • Canada-wide

Genre Anthology
  • Meet Canadian Authors Illustrators
  • By Allison Gertridge
  • 60 Creators of award-winning childrens books
    their photo, their list of books
  • Brief biographies include why and how they write
    and illustrate
  • Do it Yourself ideas at each bio, suggesting a
    writing or drawing prompt inspired by the author
    or illustrator

Genre Anthology
  • This Land A Cross-Country Anthology of Canadian
    Fiction for Young Readers
  • Selected by Kit Pearson
  • Each province and territory (territories are
    grouped together and called the North) has from
    one to five selections, reflecting its population
    and the range of authors who have written about
    it. There is a nice mix of contemporary and older
    stories ranging from 1925 (L. M. Montgomery) to
    1996 (Janet McNaughton), and a range of cultural
    backgrounds. Care was also taken to balance
    protagonist genders and literary genres.

  • ISBN 01403-8989-X

Genre Anthology
  • Winds Through Time An Anthology of Canadian
    Historical Teen Fiction
  • Compiled by Ann Walsh
  • Ann Walsh has selected fifteen captivating
    stories written by well-known authors from across
    the country.
  • Each contributor has penned a dramatic account of
    a real episode in Canadian history. From mine
    disasters to scarlet fever epidemics, from the
    Great War to the Gold Rush, these writers breathe
    life into the tales of our ancestors and tell
    stories only history could have imagined.
  • Authors featured in the anthology include Joan
    Weir, Lynne Bowen, Joan Skogan, John Wilson,
    Barbara Haworth-Attard, Linda Holeman, Andrea and
    David Spalding, Shirlee Smith-Matheson, Norma
    Charles, Constance Horne, Joanne Findon, Beverley
    Brenna, Kathleen Cook Waldron, and Kathryn

Genre Anthology
  • The Spirit of Canada
  • Edited by Barbara Henner
  • The Spirit of Canada, a visually stunning
    anthology that celebrates our countrys life and
    times, is filled with stories, songs, poems, and
    legends. 150 works by15 of Canadas childrens
    artists illustrate almost every page. The Spirit
    of Canada can serve as a cultural reference
    guide, as well as a literary keepsake. Taking
    readers chronologically, and beginning with
    native creation myths, readers are introduced to
    a cross-section of Canadian history. Chapters
    include the discovery of the New World, early
    settlement, and Confederation, as well as
    legends, humor, and multiculturalism.

Genre Anthology - Alphabet
  • M is for Maple by Mike UlmerA shining tribute to
    Canada. From British Columbia to Newfoundland,
    this Canadian alphabet book shares our nation's
    symbols, history, people and culture.
  • Eh? to Zed by Kevin MajorSet in tightly linked
    rhyming verse, the words for this unique book
    resonate with classic and contemporary images
    from every province and territory in the country.

Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Tom and Liz Austen Mysteries
  • By Eric Wilson
  • Tom Austen and his sister Liz have shared many
    suspenseful moments while exploring our nation,
    says series author Eric Wilson.
  • A former teacher, Wilson designed this series
    with the reluctant reader in mind. The 20
    adventure stories are dialogue-rich, fast paced,
    and predictable. The stories are rooted in
    Canada's culture and landscape Eric Wilson lived
    in the area he wrote about while creating each

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Chapter Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Screech Owls Series
  • By Roy MacGregor
  • 20 stories by journalist Roy MacGregor, about a
    mystery-solving peewee hockey team comprised of
    boys and girls.
  • The stories open with face-paced dialogue to
    intrigue and hook the reluctant reader. Each
    book takes place at a hockey camp, in their home
    town of Tamarack, ON or at one of their hockey
    tournaments. They compete around the world - not
    even sabotage, theft, murder, kidnapping, or
    terrorism can keep the Owls away.

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Chapter Books
Genre Contemporary Realistic
  • Redline Racing Seriesby Anthony Hampshire
  • Follows the progress of Vancouver racing driver
    Eddie Stewart and his team from the Pacific
    Northwest as they work their way up the ranks of
    professional road racing with team work,
    determination and a commitment to excellence.
  • Written for readers of 9-15 years, they feature
    strong, principled characters with intense,
    authentic racing action balanced by a good deal
    of humor.

Chapter Books
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Our Canadian Girl
  • A series of historical fiction for girls
  • Edited by Barbara Berson
  • 12 different girls, ages 9-12
  • Elizabeth (1762) moves from New England to Nova
    Scotia taking over an Acadian farm
  • Rachel (1783) lives in northern Nova Scotia
    after escaping slavery in South Carolina
  • Liza (1862) travels to the gold fields of
  • Angelique (1865) a Metis girl, she experiences
    the community buffalo hunt
  • Marie-Claire (1885) lives in Montreal during a
    small pox epidemic
  • Emily (1896) lives in Victoria B.C. befriending
    family servant, a Chinese immigrant
  • Keeley (1901) frontier town life in Alberta
  • Millie (1914) lives with Ojibway aunt and uncle
    in Ontario
  • Penelope (1917) lives in Halifax on the eve of
    the explosion
  • Ellen (1939) lives in depression-era Vancouver
  • Izzie (1941) lives in southern Nova Scotia during
  • Margit (1944) a Jewish girl immigrates from
    war-torn Czechoslovakia to Toronto

  • http//www.ourcanadiang

Chapter Books
Genre Historical Fiction
  • Dear Canada
  • A series of historical fiction in diary format
  • By well-known Canadian childrens authors
  • The 15 books, based on historical fact, feature
    girls ages 9-12
  • Hélène St. Onge (1666) Filles du Roi in
  • Sophie Loveridge (1721) living in the new
    world in NL
  • Angélique Richard (1755) Acadian
  • Geneviève Aubuchon (1759) at the fall of
  • Mary MacDonald (1783) Loyalist
  • Susanna Merritt (1812) War of 1812
  • Isobel Scott (1815) pioneer to Red River
  • Harriet Palmer (1862) overland to the
  • Kate Cameron (1882) railway west
  • Victoria Cope (1897) orphan
  • Eliza Bates (1916) WWI
  • Charlotte Blackburn (1917) Halifax on eve of
  • Chin Mei-ling (1922) Chinese immigrant
  • Ivy Weatherall Milorie (1926) immigrant to

Chapter Books
Genre History Historical Fiction
  • Holocaust Remembrance Series For Young Readers
  • The first series of its kind Claras War by
    Kathy KacerHanas Suitcase by Karen Levine
  • The Secret of Gabis Dresser by Kathy KacerThe
    Night Spies by Kathy KacerThe Righteous Smuggler
    by Debbie SpringThe Underground Reporters by
    Kathy Kacer


Chapter Books
Genre Traditional
  • Author/Illustrator C.J. Taylor
  • Illustrated retelling of First Nations stories
    about the way things began
  • How Two-Feather was saved from loneliness
  • The Ghost and Lone Warrior - Arapaho
  • Little Water and the Gift of the Animals
  • The Secret of the White Buffalo Oglala Sioux
  • Bones in the Basket collection of 7 legends
  • How We Saw the World 9 creation stories
  • The Monster from the Swamp collection of 8

Picture Books
Genre Science Fiction, Fantasy
  • RanVan Series
  • By Diane Wieler
  • RanVan the DefenderRhan juggles his life
    between being a young teen in a Canadian town and
    a brave knight in a video game.
  • RanVan a Worthy OpponentThough 15-year-old
    nerdy Rhan dreams of saving civilization like in
    the video games he plays, real life is different,
    until, when put to the test, he discovers hidden
  • RanVan Magic NationRhan, 18, is at the brink of
    adulthood, embarking on the game of real life.

Chapter Books
Genre Science Fiction, Fantasy
  • Silverwing Series
  • By Kenneth Oppel
  • SilverwingShade, a small bat, must save his
    colony from voracious rats brought in from the
  • Sunwing Shade and Marina must use all their
    resourcefulness to rescue Shades father -- and
    stop Goth from creating eternal night.
  • FirewingFeisty new hero Griffin, son of Shade
    and Marina, must come to terms with his heritage
    and his self-doubts

Chapter Books
Genre Fantasy Robert Munsch
  • The Munschworks Grand Treasury
  • Produced in an extra-large picture-book format,
    featuring 15 popular Robert Munsch stories
  • The Paper Bag Princess
  • The Fire Station
  • I Have to Go!
  • Davids Father
  • Thomas Snowsuit
  • Pigs
  • Mortimer
  • Purple, Green and Yellow
  • Murmel Murmel Murmel
  • Something Good
  • Stephanies Ponytail
  • Angelas Airplane
  • Jonathan Cleaned Up -- Then He Heard a Sound
  • Show and Tell
  • A Promise is a Promise

Picture Books
Genre Poetry
  • Sheree Fitch
  • Toes in my NoseShe writes whimsical, rhyming
    poems that are fun to chant.
  • There Are Monkeys in my KitchenRhyming, catchy
    phrases describe the scene as they wait for help
  • Mabel MurplePoems for young children featuring
    Mabel's wacky purple world
  • If I Had a Million OnionsNew collection of
    clever and funny poems

Picture Books
Genre Poetry
  • Eenie Meenie Manitoba
  • By Robert Heidbreder
  • 37 made-up skipping, clapping, ball-bouncing
    rhymes, chants and poems, which sound
    traditional. Each describes something Canadian.
  • Words of Warning
  • Ogopogo shimmy, Ogopogo shake
  • Dont dive deep in the Okanagan Lake
  • Sasquatch roar, and Sasquatch rail
  • Dont stray off that mountain trail.
  • Ogopogo scrunch, and Sasquatch crunch
  • Youll be an Ogopogo-Sasquatch brunch!

Genre Poetry
  • In Flanders Field
  • By John McCrae
  • "In Flanders fields where poppies blow between
    the crosses, row on row..." Words from the
    famous poem by John McCrae. In Flanders Fields is
    the story of the poem. Starting in the trenches
    of Ypres in 1915, the story is interwoven with
    information about the First World War.

Picture Book
Genre Poetry
  • Canadian Poems for Canadian Kids
  • Compiled by Jen Hamilton
  • This anthology for children contains 25 poems by
    a variety of Canadian poets including Linda
    Rogers and Patrick Lane.
  • Some poems are humorous with titles like Emily's
    Backpack by Diane Bawber, Hiccups by Alison
    Lohans, Allergic to Numbers by Linda Rogers,
    Dallin's Pool by Angie Mansen, and 'Tis the
    Season by Gerry O'Brien.
  • Some are descriptive and thought-provoking, and
    among these are Stories by Irene Watts, Cloud
    Watching by P.K. Page, and Treasures by Beryl
  • Others, such as Only at Night by Lynn Davies
    and My Ice Cream Cone by Jocelyn Shipley, are

  • Teaching Canadian Why Not?
  • Schools need more Canadian, says Peter Carver,
    editor and former high school teacher, and
    author of an article promoting Canadian fiction
    in the Language Arts curriculum.
  • ARTICLE http//

Teaching Canadian Youth Fiction
  • Carver, editor and former high school teacher,
    recommends these books because as he says, each
    has its own distinctive tone, its own agenda and
    bias each exhibits the abilities of a talented
    Canadian writer each places its characters in a
    community and a moral universe that can be well
    understood by intelligent young readers.
  • Collections of Short Stories
  • Ordinary Miracles Diana Aspin
  • Necking With Louise Rick Book
  • Traveling on Into the Light Martha Brooks
  • Close Ups Peter Carver
  • Golden Girl and Other Stories Gillian Chan
  • Back of Beyond Sarah Ellis
  • Toxic Love Linda Holeman
  • Sky Kickers Shelley Leedahl
  • The Laws of Emotion Alison Lohans
  • The Crying Jesus R.P. MacIntyre
  • The Leaving Budge Wilson

For a book list of novels see Teaching Canadian
Why Not? at http//
  • Scholarly paper presented 2001 to the History of
    the Book in Canadas Open Conference
  • Looking at ourselves, Looking at Others
    Multiculturalism in Canadian childrens picture
    books in English
  • By Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman, University of
    British Columbia
  • http//
  • We begin by asking a series of questions. What
    do Canadian children see when they open a
    Canadian picture book? Do they see themselves
    and their environment reflected in the
    illustrations? What is it about Canadian picture
    books that is unique to this country and its
    evolving identity?
  • From its nineteenth century beginnings, Canadian
    childrens literature has been closely linked to
    the land, to an imaginative sense of place.
    Canadas first childrens books of the Victorian
    period were entirely rooted in the physical
    dimension s of the Canadian wilderness its
    dangers, challenges, and awesome beauty and
    were engaged in finding the human place in it.

Accessing Canadian Childrens Literature
  • Canadian Childrens Book Centre
  • A go-to place for everything about authors,
    illustrators and Canadian childrens literature.
    CCBC promotes, supports and encourages the
    reading, writing and illustrating of Canadian
    books for children and teens.
  • Quarterly Magazine - Canadian Childrens Book
  • Annual Review - Our Choice A selection tool used
    by teachers, librarians, parents, and booksellers
    across the country to choose the best new
    Canadian children's books, magazines, audio and
  • ? Canadian Book Publishers Links to web sites of
    active companies in Canadian children's book
    publishing(click Publishers Sites)

Selected Canadian Publishers
  • Breakwater Books - http//
  • Nimbus Publishing http//
  • Tundra Books http//
  • Second Story Press - http//www.secondstorypress.
  • Red Deer Press - http//
  • Pemmican Publications - http//
  • WESTRaincoast Press - http//
  • Orca Book Publishers - http//

Selected Canadian Publishers
  • Fitzhenry Whiteside Publishing -
  • Firefly Books http//
  • Formac Distributing http//
  • Groundwood Books http//
  • Kids Can Press - http//
  • McClelland Stewart http//
  • Scholastic Canada - http//

  • Accessing Canadian Childrens Literature

CM Canadian Review of Materials
http// A biweekly electron
ic reviewing journal. Librarians and Teacher
Librarians review Canadiana of interest to
children and young adults. Reviews include
publications produced in Canada, or published
elsewhere but of special significance to Canada,
such as Canadian writer, illustrator or subject.
Materials reviewed include books, video and audio
recordings and CD-ROMs. Specifically-Canadian
materials are identified by a red maple leaf.
Comprehensive source for book review.
All reviews are indexed by author and title. Si
te includes author profiles, back issues, and
Accessing Canadian Childrens Literature
Resource Links http//
national print journal devoted to the review and
evaluation of Canadian resources for children and
young adults, published 5 times/year. Links to
back issues on-line.
Canadian Childrens Book Awards This site was
chosen because it contains a listing of Canadian
Childrens Book Awards in a concise format
Note NBS does not sell to U.S. libraries and
Accessing Canadian Childrens Literature
  • Local Independent Bookstores
  • Westminster Books - Fredericton, NB
  • http//
  • Just one example of the many friendly and helpful
    general bookstores in Canada
  • Woozles - Canadas Oldest Childrens Bookstore,
    Halifax, NS
  • http//

Bookstore Chain
Browse ? Childrens Books ? Search in Childrens
Books Canadian
Bookstore Chain
Tab Kids Books
Search by Ages
Click Kids Need More Canada ? ?
Canadian Book Festival
FREE! HALIFAX, NS and four other cities across
Canada The last Sunday in September An annu
al, large-scale celebration of literacy and the
printed word. 
  • A Genre Approach to Reading Your Way Through
  • This presentation concentrates on Canadian
    Childrens Fiction to the exclusion of
    Non-Fiction, Informational, and Biography genres.
    These genres will be addressed in a future
  • Sources for the content of this presentation
    include those listed on the slides titled
    Accessing Canadian Childrens Literature, plus
    Toronto Public Librarys list of Recommended
    Reading, and A Guide to Canadian Childrens
    Books by Deirdre Baker and Ken Setterington
    (McClelland Stewart, 2003 ISBN
  • DISCLAIMER This presentation merely skims the
    surface. It is meant to acquaint U.S. librarians
    and teacher librarians with the world of Canadian
    Childrens Literature. There are many more
    Canadian books, Canadian book publishers,
    Canadian bookstores, and on-line resources about
    Canadian Childrens Literature than are mentioned
    in this presentation. If your book, company, or
    organization was not mentioned, we apologize.
  • ___________________
  • For more information or to make comments, contact
    Betsy ArntzenOffice of Canadian Studies
    Outreach . Canadian-American Center
  • University of Maine 154 College Ave. Orono, ME 207.581.4225
  • http//
  • March 2006