Canada Day Reading Roundup

How do you plan to celebrate Canada Day? A nature walk with your family? Splashing around in a pool or lake? Maybe an ice cream cone or a freezie? What ever you do on July 1 st , we hope your day includes some time with a great book—especially one with that connects us with our country. This roundup of books from the Telling Tales reading list offers something for kids of all ages.

For our littlest readers (Birth to age 4):
Although we have to wait until fall for Paul Covello’s new board book, Canada Fun!, you and your children can enjoy the captivating illustrations in Canada Animals. Or maybe you would like to get up close and personal with one of our most iconic creatures in I Am a Beaver.

Cover Art for I am a Beaver by Paul Covello

Babies and toddlers can follow Nibi—water in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe)—in Joanne Robertson’s new board book, Nibi is Water. This colourful book is a great way to introduce our little ones to the importance of this resource.

Cover Art for Nibi is Water by Joanne Robertson

Early readers (age 4 to 8):
Introduce your child to some of Canada’s heroes with the Scholastic Canada Biography series. In Meet Tom Longboat, Elizabeth MacLeod shares the story of the long-distance runner who faced challenges as a result of his Indigenous heritage. In Meet Willie O’Ree, kids can discover the story of the first Black player in the NHL.

Cover Art for Meet Tom Longboat by Elizabeth Macleod

If you will be spending Canada Day making a meal together, you might want to start by reading Andrew Larsen’s The Bagel King or Aisha Saeed’s Bilal Cooks Daal. Both stories highlight the ways food can bring a community together.

Cover Art for The Bagel King by Andrew Larsen

Middle Grade Readers (age 8 to 12):
If you have a middle grade reader at home, Kenneth Oppel may already be a favourite author. Bloom is the first book of his newest trilogy, set on Salt Spring Island. If your child devours this thrilling alien-invasion this summer, they will be ready for the launch of the second book, Hatch, in September.

Covert Art for Bloom by Kenneth Oppel

Canada Day is the perfect time to explore the stories of groundbreaking women in Canadian Women Now and Then. With engaging storytelling by Elizabeth McLeod and captivating portraits by Maïa Faddoul, kids can get to know more than 100 fearless trailblazers.

Cover Art for Canadian Women Now and Then by Elizabeth Macleod

Teens (age 12 to 18)
You may want to join your teens as they dive into Big Water, the thrilling survival tale by Andrea Curtis. Inspired by one of the worst shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, this story follows two 17-year-olds who must help one another if they want to survive.

Cover Art for Big Water by Andrea Curtis

Perhaps your teens are more in the mood for a Canadian YA romance. Tanaz
Bhathena’s novel, The Beauty of the Moment, brings together two characters who demonstrate the importance of family, culture, and being who you are.

Cover Art for The Beauty of the Moment by Tanaz Bhathena

No matter what you find yourself doing this holiday, we hope it involves family, fun, and a great book!