We love this great nation we call home and we are excited about all of the awesome ways to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. One way we’ve decided to celebrate is by beefing up our home library with awesome books about Canada and by Canadian authors. Indigo helped us out by narrowing down the field with their definitive list of the top 10 Canadian kids books, plus they are giving one lucky yoyomama this complete collection of awesome books! Check out our contest page here.
Here are 10 great Canadian reads for kids:
Canada ABC by Paul Covello
This delightful board book takes little ones through a very Canadian alphabet including Loonies, Inuksuks, and Beavers, ending, of course, with the Zamboni. This fun and colourful book is perfect for kids age 0 – 4.
Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee
The classic Dennis Lee poem gets an update with quirky illustrations by Sandy Nichols, winner of a nationwide competition to find the perfect illustrator for the iconic poem. This board book is a must-have for any Canadian kid’s library! For kids 0 – 5
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch
We are all about girl power, even more so when it’s packaged up in a charming Robert Munsch book. This tale follows Princess Elizabeth and her heroic rescue of Prince Ronald, who taken by a clever dragon. But that dragon is no match for Elizabeth’s smarts! This classic Munsch tale is perfect for ages 3 – 5.
The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield has stolen the hearts of Canadians everywhere. His love of space and science education is second to none! The Darkest Dark was inspired by Chris Hadfield’s childhood and it’s all about a little boy who is afraid to sleep in his own bed at night until he learns the true beauty of the dark. After all, the dark is for dreams – and morning is for making them come true. This book is perfect for ages 3 – 7, but anyone with a passion for space will love it.
Shi-Shi-Etko by Nicola Campbell
Shi-shi-etko is a little native girl who is leaving her home, family, and everything she knows to attend Residential School in four short days. In that time she spends every moment trying to memorize her surroundings so she won’t forget her culture. The book is strikingly illustrated in rich, warm tones, and highlights the beauty of the Indigenous Peoples culture while conveying the heavy emotions that so many children felt to leave their families to go to Residential School. Shi-shi-etko is a great stepping-stone to discussing a difficult topic, written for elementary-aged kids.
This Can’t Be Happening at McDonald Hall by Gordon Korman
This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall is one of the book series we remember reading when we were kids and we’re excited to share it with our own kiddos now! It’s a great first chapter book, with memorable characters and hilarious plot. Great for kids 7+, but you might just want to read this one with your kids – you’ll be giggling away together!
The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier
There is nothing more Canadian than hockey. The Hockey Sweater takes us back to a time when, for a little boy, there was nothing more than school, church and the ice rink. Back when clothes were ordered through catalogues and every little boy living in Quebec wanted to be Maurice “The Rocket” Richard. So imagine Roch’s horror when Monsieur Eaton sends him a Toronto Maple Leaf’s jersey rather than a Montreal Canadiens one? Will he ever be able to show his face at the ice rink again? Great for the hockey fans everywhere aged 7 – 9 years.
Canada Year by Year by Elizabeth MacLeod
This year-by-year tour of Canada’s history highlights a milestone for every year from the country’s founding in 1867 up to its 150th anniversary this year. It’s a fascinating read, great for kids ages 8 – 12 interested in learning all about Canada’s history.
The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson
The Sky is Falling is a historical fiction following two English kids sent to Canada to escape the possible invasion of Hitler’s army in the summer of 1940. Brother and sister, Gavin and Norah are sent to live with Mrs. Ogilvie, who immediately favours and prefers Gavin to Norah. Norah longs to return home but with the war continuing on, she is forced to adapt and to start fresh with her new life in Canada. This novel is written for kids ages 9 – 12.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
This is a definite must-read for every Canadian kid. Your kiddos will fall in love with spunky, orphan Anne and will probably want to head to PEI on your next family holiday! This heartwarming story is one you’ll want to read again and again. Great for ages 9 – 12, but something the whole family can enjoy reading together.
This summer, Indigo is shining a light on Canada’s incredible wealth of writing talent as part of an evergreen movement called #ReadtheNorth. Acclaimed writers, novelists and poets like Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, Wab Kinew and Andre Alexis represent a small but significant portion of Canada’s celebrated and diverse writing community. Through this campaign, Indigo hopes to inspire Canadians to develop a deeper appreciation for Canada’s authors and their works. Share your love of Canadian literature by using the hashtag #ReadtheNorth on social media!
By: Michelle Hughes