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The Telling Tales Reading List is a digital archive of great Canadian children’s literature. It is a resource for parents, guardians, and educators. This curated list of books is used to program our events throughout the year, including the annual Festival.

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  • A Constellation of Minor Bears

    A Constellation of Minor Bears

    2024

    By Jen Ferguson

    Harper Collins

    September 24, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipIndigenous VoicesLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Content Ableism Fatphobia Racism and/or racial slurs

    Award-winning author Jen Ferguson has written a powerful story about teens grappling with balancing resentment with enduring friendship—and how to move forward with a life that’s not what they’d imagined.

  • Age 16

    Age 16

    2024

    By Rosena Fung

    Annick Press

    May 28, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesAAPI VoicesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Content Eating disorders and/or body image issues Fatphobia

    Told in alternating perspectives, Age 16 shifts seamlessly between time and place, exploring how this pivotal year in adolescence affects three women in the same family, from Guangdong in 1954 to Hong Kong in 1972, and Toronto in 2000.

  • And Then There Was Us

    And Then There Was Us

    2024

    By Kern Carter

    Penguin Random House

    April 9, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesBlack VoicesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    After years of physical and verbal abuse from her mother, fourteen-year-old Coi moved in with her father, and together they created a peaceful life. But now, four years later, that peace is shattered when her mother dies.

  • Asking For A Friend

    Asking For A Friend

    2024

    By Ronnie Riley

    Indie Introduces

    May 1, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    Themes2SLGBTQIA+Emotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipInclusion & Diversity

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Content Mental Health Transphobia

  • Beatrice and Barb

    Beatrice and Barb

    2024

    By Kate Jenks Landry

    Kids Can Press

    October 3, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Beatrice desperately wants a pet. Her mom has other ideas. No dog. No cat. No hedgehog. They finally reach a compromise, and Beatrice gets … a Venus flytrap named Barb.

  • By Chance Alone: The Young Readers’ Edition

    By Chance Alone: The Young Readers’ Edition

    2024

    By Kathy Kacer

    Harper Collins

    September 3, 2024

    Non-Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesBiographyHistoryNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Content Death and/or grief Genocide Hateful language directed at religious groups (e.g., Islamophobia, anti-Semitism)

    The moving, award-winning Canada Reads book from Holocaust survivor Max Eisen, now adapted for young readers.

  • Call Me Al

    Call Me Al

    2024

    By Wali Shah

    Orca Books

    March 12, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipInclusion & Diversity

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Ali’s world changes when he, his mom and his little brother are assaulted by some racist teens. With help from his grandfather, an inspiring teacher and his friend, Ali leans on his words for strength. And eventually he finds his true voice.

  • Circle of Love

    Circle of Love

    2024

    By Monique Gray Smith

    Harper Collins

    March 12, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipInclusion & DiversityIndigenous Voices

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Through tender prose and radiant artwork, author Monique Gray Smith (Cree/Lakota) and illustrator Nicole Neidhardt (Diné) show how there is always room for others in our lives. Circle of Love is a story celebrating family, friends, and community.

  • Claudia and the Bad Joke

    Claudia and the Bad Joke

    2024

    By Arley Nopra

    Scholastic

    December 26, 2023

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesAAPI VoicesFamily and FriendshipGraphic NovelHumour

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Coyote Queen

    Coyote Queen

    2024

    By Jessica Vitalis

    Greenwillow Books

    October 10, 2023

    Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Abuse (child, domestic, emotional, physical) Drinking, drug use, and/or smoking Racism and/or racial slurs

    Jessica Vitalis crafts a moving and voice-driven novel about family and resilience, with a fantastical twist. Coyote Queen is perfect for readers of The Remarkable Journey of Coyote Sunrise and The Elephant in the Room. 

  • Dreams Come to Life

    Dreams Come to Life

    2024

    By Adrienne Kress

    Scholastic Canada

    August 8, 2024

    Fiction

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Don't miss the pulse-pounding graphic novel adaptation of the bestselling young adult novel, Bendy: Dreams Come to Life.

  • Fluffle Bunnies: Buns Gone Bad

    Fluffle Bunnies: Buns Gone Bad

    2024

    By Anna Humphrey

    Penguin Random House

    May 21, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesGraphic Novel

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    For fans of The Bad Guys series, this is the origin story of the terrifying group known as The Fluffle: three bad-bunny kingpins. A brand-new graphic novel chapter book series for ages 6 to 9.

  • Frankie D, Vegan Vampire

    Frankie D, Vegan Vampire

    2024

    By Tiffani Brown

    Kids Can Press

    June 4, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHumourSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Frankie has just moved to America from Transylvania. He’s your typical fourth grader, except for a few tiny details that set him apart from his peers: he can turn into a bat, has fangs and is immortal. That’s right, Frankie is a vampire.

  • Haunted Canada: Graphic Novel, Volume 1: Four Terrifying Tales

    Haunted Canada: Graphic Novel, Volume 1: Four Terrifying Tales

    2024

    By Joel A. Sutherland

    Scholastic

    September 3, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesGraphic NovelHorror

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    From a multi-award-winning author and four unique illustrators comes the bestselling Canadian series in a brand-new graphic novel treatment! Illustrated in full-colour, these blood-curdling tales are sure to keep any reader turning the pages.

  • Histoires fantastiques (et peut-être vraies)

    Histoires fantastiques (et peut-être vraies)

    2024

    By Caroline Merola

    La Courte Echelle

    September 1, 2023

    Fiction

    Paperback

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Un jour, une illustratrice rencontre les élèves d’une petite école pour leur parler de son métier. Quelle surprise de constater qu’il leur est tous arrivé des choses incroyables!

  • I Am Cherished

    I Am Cherished

    2024

    By Onome Ako

    Scholastic Canada

    August 1, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesBlack VoicesEmotions and Social AwarenessInclusion & DiversityPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    It’s Kikelomo’s first day of school and she is excited! But when it’s time to share in her classroom circle, Kikelomo is surprised and saddened when other children make fun of her name.

  • I Love Myself

    I Love Myself

    2024

    By Wai Mei Wong

    Orca Book Publishers

    February 13, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesAAPI VoicesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    "I'm still learning to love myself, but it's okay. I know I can always keep trying." Even an ordinary day is full of little challenges, especially when you're a kid.

  • Into the Goblin Market

    Into the Goblin Market

    2024

    By Vikki VanSickle

    Penguin Random House

    July 30, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesPicture BookSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    A picture book ode to Christina Rossetti’s classic poem and a clever homage to familiar fairy-tale villains, this story about two sisters will enthrall readers with its beautifully detailed art and enchanting writing.

  • Kaiah’s Garden

    Kaiah’s Garden

    2024

    By Melanie Florence

    Scholastic

    January 2, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesIndigenous VoicesPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    An uplifting story of a girl's connection to her beloved grandmother through the beadwork art they created together.

  • Khadija and the Elephant Toothpaste Experiment

    Khadija and the Elephant Toothpaste Experiment

    2024

    By Farah Qaiser

    Second Story Press

    February 6, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipInclusion & DiversityPicture Book

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Khadija is inspired by her visit to the science fair. There are so many different scientists all wearing safety goggles and lab coats! But how come none of them are wearing a hijab?

  • Let’s Get Creative

    Let’s Get Creative

    2024

    By Jessica Rose

    Orca Books

    May 15, 2024

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesNature and environmentNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Artists across the globe are using their creativity to help the environment and create a more sustainable world. Let's Get Creative: Art for a Better World encourages young readers to explore how creativity can make the earth a cleaner place.

  • Lockjaw

    Lockjaw

    2024

    By Matteo L. Cerilli

    Penguin Random House

    June 4, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    Themes2SLGBTQIA+

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Chuck Warren died tragically at the old abandoned mill, but Paz Espino knows it was no accident — there's a monster under the town, and she's determined to kill it before anyone else gets hurt.

  • Loop De Loop

    Loop De Loop

    2024

    By Andrea Curtis

    Groundwood Books

    September 3, 2024

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesNature and environmentNon-FictionSTEM

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Get loopy with this playful introduction to the hopeful, transformative possibilities of circular systems!

  • Mad at Dad

    Mad at Dad

    2024

    Book Launch

    By Janie Hao

    Kids Can Press

    October 1, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesAAPI VoicesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipInclusion & Diversity

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    When a girl gets SO MAD at her dad, she starts to storm around and slam doors, but soon realizes she doesn’t really like being mad. She tries everything she can think of to be less mad. Counting. Taking deep breaths. But it is so hard to NOT be mad!

  • Muhammed’s Recipe for Remembering

    Muhammed’s Recipe for Remembering

    2024

    By Maidah Ahmad

    Annick Press

    September 10, 2024

    Hardcover

    ThemesCooking / FoodFamily and FriendshipHistoryInclusion & Diversity

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    A moving picture book highlighting a young Muslim boy’s efforts to rediscover his family’s history in the World Wars.

  • Obaasan’s Boots

    Obaasan’s Boots

    2024

    By Janis Bridger Lara Jean Okihiro

    Second Story Press

    October 3, 2023

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesAAPI VoicesFamily and FriendshipHistory

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Racism and/or racial slurs

    Cousins Lou and Charlotte don’t know a lot about their grandmother’s life. When their Obaasan invites them to spend the day in her garden, she also invites them into their family’s secrets.

  • Peanut Butter and Jelly

    Peanut Butter and Jelly

    2024

    By Sharon & Randi Hampson Sharon and Bram

    Penguin Random House

    August 29, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHumourPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    From the creators of Skinnamarink comes another picture book based on the classic sandwich song made famous by this beloved trio of children's entertainers.

  • Pretty Furious

    Pretty Furious

    2024

    By E.K. Johnston

    Penguin Random House

    April 16, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    In the small town of Eganston, Ontario, five good girls have had enough. They’ve experienced the best of what their community has to offer, but they’ve seen the darker side too. Together, they’ve decided that it’s time for a reckoning.

  • Puffin and Penguin

    Puffin and Penguin

    2024

    Book Launch

    By Helaine Becker Kevin Sylvester

    Kids Can Press

    October 1, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    For fans of Owly and Unicorn and Yeti, a delightfully funny graphic novel from bestselling creators Helaine Becker and Kevin Sylvester.

  • Sea Snooze

    Sea Snooze

    2024

    By Sarabeth Holden

    McNally Robinson

    July 16, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesIndigenous Voices

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Full speed ahead as two siblings sail off for dreamland! Before these two can settle down under the covers, they cruise off onto the Arctic Ocean to bid goodnight to narwhals and guillemots, mikes and belugas.

  • See You Later, Alligator!

    See You Later, Alligator!

    2024

    By Lana Button

    Scholastic

    July 1, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Flora wants to go to school, but saying goodbye in the morning is harder than it sounds. Luckily, she has a goodbye ritual with rhyming nicknames that gives her the strength to be independent and head into school.

  • Still My Tessa

    Still My Tessa

    2024

    By Sylv Chiang

    Scholastic Canada

    January 2, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    Themes2SLGBTQIA+Emotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipInclusion & Diversity

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Evelyn is worried about Tessa. Tessa doesn’t want to play the same games they used to play together, but Evelyn is determined to find new ways to connect with her older sibling.

  • Take Me To Laolao

    Take Me To Laolao

    2024

    By Kelly Zhang

    Harper Collins

    January 9, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesAAPI VoicesCooking / FoodFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Celebrate the Spring Lantern Festival! This gentle picture book explores the special bond between children and their grandmothers, all against the backdrop of Chinese mythology and holiday celebration.

  • The Lady of Rapture

    The Lady of Rapture

    2024

    By Sarah Raughley

    Simon and Schuster

    April 16, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesBlack VoicesInclusion & DiversitySci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Penny Dreadful meets The Gilded Wolves in this breathtaking finale to the young adult historical fantasy Bones of Ruin trilogy!

  • The Lightning Circle

    The Lightning Circle

    2024

    By Vikki VanSickle

    Penguin Random House

    March 26, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    After having her heart broken, seventeen-year-old Nora Nichols decides to escape her hometown and take a summer job as an arts and crafts counsellor at an all-girls’ camp in the mountains of West Virginia.

  • The Museum of Very Bad Smells

    The Museum of Very Bad Smells

    2024

    By Monica Arnaldo

    Harper Collins

    July 26, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHumourPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    There’s been a robbery at the Museum of Very Bad Smells! Somebody stole the world-famous rotten egg . . . and everybody is a suspect. It’s up to YOU to help sniff out the culprit and bring the prized exhibit back before the museum’s grand opening. 

  • The New Girl

    The New Girl

    2024

    By Cassandra Calin

    Scholastic

    June 4, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesGraphic Novel

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Lia and her family are waiting to board a flight across the Atlantic, leaving behind family, friends, and Romania -- the only home Lia has ever known. But Lia's heartache is overshadowed by the discomfort of her first period.

  • The Pie Reports

    The Pie Reports

    2024

    By Hayley Lowe

    Orca Book Publishers

    June 14, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHealth and WellnessPicture Book

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    A love of pie brings a young girl and her grandfather together through good times and bad in this moving story about connection and compassion.

  • The Scooter Twins

    The Scooter Twins

    2024

    By Dorothy Ellen Palmer

    Groundwood Books

    March 5, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesDisabled VoicesInclusion & DiversityPicture Book

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Melanie and Melvin may be twins, but they couldn’t be more different. When the twins learn that they will get their very own mobility scooters, Melanie is excited to race to school, but Melvin is worried he’ll fall — and that people will stare.

  • The Unfinished

    The Unfinished

    2024

    By Cheryl Isaacs

    Harper Collins

    September 10, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHorrorIndigenous VoicesSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

  • The Wishing Machine

    The Wishing Machine

    2024

    By Nadia Alam

    Simon and Schuster

    October 17, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesAAPI VoicesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Every Sunday after cereal, Sam and Mom walk to the laundromat, wash their clothes, and see their friends. But this Sunday is different. Today, doing laundry means packing clean clothes in boxes to move away.

  • Today I Am: 10 Stories of Belonging

    Today I Am: 10 Stories of Belonging

    2024

    By Jael Richardson

    Scholastic

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesBlack VoicesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    A fresh and fearless collection of short fiction, poetry and graphic fiction for today’s middle-grade readers. In this timely, thought-provoking, funny and heartbreaking collection, ten acclaimed BIPOC authors explore the theme and concept of home.

  • Under All the Lights

    Under All the Lights

    2024

    By Maya Ameyaw

    Annick Press

    October 8, 2024

    Fiction

    Themes2SLGBTQIA+Black VoicesEmotions and Social AwarenessLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    A songwriter wrestles with instant stardom and his bisexuality in this raw and propulsive novel for fans of If This Gets Out and Alice Oseman’s I Was Born for This.

  • Viewfinder

    Viewfinder

    2024

    By Salwa Majoka Christine D.U. Chung

    Penguin Random House

    February 13, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesAAPI VoicesAdventureGraphic NovelNature and environmentSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    This lush and captivating wordless graphic novel follows a young space traveler visits Earth on a whim and finds a planet empty of people. She then stumbles upon a viewfinder and sees Earth as it was, juxtaposed against Earth as it is.

  • When I Wrap My Hair

    When I Wrap My Hair

    2024

    By Shauntay Grant Jenin Mohammed

    Harper Collins

    January 2, 2024

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesBlack VoicesFamily and FriendshipInclusion & Diversity

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    In the vein of I Am Enough and Hold Them Close, this inspiring and beautiful picture book celebrates how hair wrapping ties together past and present.

  • Who We Are In Real Life

    Who We Are In Real Life

    2024

    By Victoria Koops

    Groundwood Books

    February 6, 2024

    Fiction

    Paperback

    Themes2SLGBTQIA+Sci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Content Homophobia

    Fans of Rainbow Rowell and Casey McQuiston will fall for this story of tabletop gaming, romance and epic campaigns — both in game and IRL.

  • You Can Be An Activist

    You Can Be An Activist

    2024

    By Charlene Rocha

    Kids Can Press

    September 3, 2024

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesActivismBlack VoicesNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Here’s the definitive handbook for young activists who want to make a difference but don’t know where to begin. It covers everything from choosing a cause and doing the research, to deciding on a goal, and then making a plan to get it done.

  • Your Story Matters: A Surprisingly Practical Guide to Writing

    Your Story Matters: A Surprisingly Practical Guide to Writing

    2024

    By Richard Scrimger

    Penguin Random House

    May 21, 2024

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Interested in writing but don't know how to get started? Esteemed writer Richard Scrimger is here to answer all your burning questions about writing: whether about plot, character, structure, story hooks or commas.

  • Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion)

    Âmî Osâwâpikones (Dear Dandelion)

    By S.J. Okemow

    Annick Press

    May 23, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesIndigenousNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Both a love letter to the dandelion and a call to love ourselves in a difficult world, Âmî Osâwâpikones reminds us that we are not defined as others see us...

  • Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance

    Amy Wu and the Ribbon Dance

    By Charlene Chua

    Simon & Schuster Canada

    May 30, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Amy Wu loves to move. From wriggling to shimmying to toe-tapping, she just can’t keep still, not when there’s music all around her! So when Amy sees Chinese ribbon dancing for the first time, she has to try it out...

  • Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of)

    Anne: An Adaptation of Anne of Green Gables (Sort Of)

    By Kathleen Gros

    Quill Tree Books (HarperCollins Canada)

    Fiction

    Paperback

    Themes2SLGBTQIA+Emotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipGraphic Novel

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Content Bullying

    In this modern graphic novel retelling of Anne of Green Gables, we meet Anne Shirley – a young girl who has been in foster care her whole life.

  • Anti-Racist Kitchen

    Anti-Racist Kitchen

    By Nadia L. Hohn

    Orca Book Publishers

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesActivismCooking / FoodEmotions and Social Awareness

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Racism

    An anthology featuring stories and recipes from racialized authors about food, culture and resistance ...

  • At the Speed of Gus

    At the Speed of Gus

    By Richard Scrimger

    Scholastic Canada

    March 10, 2023

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHumour

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content ADHD

    Meet 13-year-old Augustus Constantine, a boy whose mind (and mouth) operate at a different speed than the rest of society...

  • Better Place

    Better Place

    By Duane Murray Shawn Daley

    Top Shelf Productions

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipGraphic Novel

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Death & Grieving

    Dylan just moved to a new house, with no friends, and a mother who doesn't have time for him. Luckily, he has his grandad...

  • City of Neighbors

    City of Neighbors

    By Andrea Curtis

    Groundwood Books

    May 2, 2023

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesNature and environment

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Journey around the world to discover how people have been working to ensure their cities and neighbourhoods are creative, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable...

  • Garden of Lost Socks

    Garden of Lost Socks

    By Esi Edugyan

    HarperCollins

    ThemesPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Akosua was always told she was too nosy. “Trouble isn’t what I find!” said Akosua. “I’m an Exquirologist. What I find is lost things.” ...

  • Hopscotch

    Hopscotch

    By Marie-Louise Gay

    Groundwood Books

    January 8, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    When her family must move once more, Ophelia uses her imagination to make magic out of a scary situation...

  • Hot Cross Buns for Everyone

    Hot Cross Buns for Everyone

    By Yolanda T. Marshall

    Chalkboard Publishing

    March 15, 2022

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesCooking / FoodFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    A community comes together to share food and fellowship! Jackson's friends and their families bake assorted hot cross buns for his Easter party...

  • Jungle Cat

    Jungle Cat

    By Andrew Larsen

    Orca Books

    May 16, 2023

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Bob, an indoor cat with big dreams, brings a community together after his dreams of exploring the outside world quickly go awry...

  • Malaika, Carnival Queen

    Malaika, Carnival Queen

    By Nadia L. Hohn

    Groundwood Books

    February 5, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Content Death & Grieving

    Malaika learns about her father – a migrant worker who came to Canada and passed away when she was just a baby...

  • Mnoomin maan’gowing / The Gift of Mnoomin‌

    Mnoomin maan’gowing / The Gift of Mnoomin‌

    By Brittany Luby

    Groundwood Books

    October 3, 2023

    Hardcover

    ThemesIndigenousNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    In this bilingual book, an Anishinaabe child explores the cultural and ecological importance of the precious mnoomin seed and the circle of life mnoomin sustains...

  • No Place Like Home

    No Place Like Home

    By Linh Nguyen

    HarperCollins

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Immigration

    Lan, a Vietnamese girl who recently emigrated to Canada, spends every day searching for a sense of belonging...

  • Over Time (Hockey Super Six)

    Over Time (Hockey Super Six)

    By Kevin Sylvester

    Scholastic Canada

    March 1, 2023

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesSci-Fi and FantasySports and Games

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Benny, Jenny, Karl, Starlight, DJ, and Mo got zapped in an evil plot gone wrong ― and they became the super-est team the world has ever seen...

  • P.S. Tell No One

    P.S. Tell No One

    By Vikki VanSickle

    Scholastic Canada

    July 2, 2023

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumour

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Sex Education Sex Positivity

    When four friends have their phones confiscated in class, Sunny (not her real name) comes up with the idea of a secret shared journal...

  • Percy’s Perfect Friend

    Percy’s Perfect Friend

    By Lana Button

    Pajama Press

    November 4, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Percy's perfect friend, a stuffed kitty named Miss Petticomb, is picked up by other children in his class...

  • Pluto Rocket: New in Town

    Pluto Rocket: New in Town

    By Paul Gilligan

    Tundra Books

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipGraphic NovelHumour

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Joe Pidge, not just a pigeon but also the stylish king of the neighbourhood, is bobbing his way down the street one day when, all of a sudden, Pluto Rocket enters the scene...

  • Rani’s Remarkable Day

    Rani’s Remarkable Day

    By Anoosha Syed

    Clarion Books

    May 30, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Rani lives in a luxurious palace full of busy adults, but she's lonely. Being the only princess in the kingdom is boring, tedious, dull...

  • Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World

    Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World

    By Keltie Thomas

    Firefly Books

    June 2, 2018

    Non-Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesActivismNature and environment

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Rising Seas: Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World gives young readers a view of what the Earth might look like under the rising and falling water levels of climate change...

  • Silverwing: The Graphic Novel

    Silverwing: The Graphic Novel

    By Kenneth Oppel Christopher Steininger

    HarperCollins

    September 19, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipGraphic NovelNature and environmentSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Shade the young silverwing bat may be the runt of his colony, but he’s determined to prove himself on the long, dangerous winter migration to Hibernaculum–millions of wingbeats to the south...

  • Simon Sort of Says

    Simon Sort of Says

    By Erin Bow

    Scholastic Canada

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumour

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Autism PTSD School Shooting

    Two years after being the only kid in his class to survive a school shooting, twelve-year-old Simon and his family move to the National Quiet Zone...

  • The Song of Wrath

    The Song of Wrath

    By Sarah Raughley

    Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Canada

    April 18, 2023

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Content Colonialism Death Racism Violence

    Iris Marlow can’t die. For years, she was tormented by her missing memories and desperate to learn her real identity...

  • The Stone Child (#3 in the Misewa Saga)

    The Stone Child (#3 in the Misewa Saga)

    By David A. Robertson

    Tundra Books

    August 8, 2023

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesIndigenousSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Content Animal Death

    After discovering a near-lifeless Eli at the base of the Great Tree, Morgan knows she doesn't have much time to save him...

  • The Unlovable Alina Butt

    The Unlovable Alina Butt

    By Ambreen Butt-Hussain

    Orca Book Publishers

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumour

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Content Bullying Immigration

    Eleven-year-old Alina Butt – an awkward, big-nosed, nerdy Pakistani girl – has changed schools four times since her family immigrated to England...

  • While You Sleep

    While You Sleep

    By Jennifer Maruno

    Pajama Press

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    As the day ends and a little girl is put to sleep by her mother, night-helper bunnies work their magic to tidy and polish the world...

  • Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws: Tall Tale

    Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws: Tall Tale

    By Chad Solomon

    Scholastic Canada

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesIndigenousNature and environment

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Set in 18th century colonized North America, these graphic novels tell of the adventures of two mischievous Ojibwa brothers. Rabbit and his younger but bigger brother Bear Paws.

  • Another Squiggly Story

    Another Squiggly Story

    By Andrew Larsen

    Kids Can Press

    May 3, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    In the inspirational sequel to Andrew Larsen''s A Squiggly Story, a boy meets a blank page in this fun exploration of the writing process, celebrating self-expression, self-discovery and letting your imagination roam.

  • Beatrice and Croc Harry

    Beatrice and Croc Harry

    By Lawrence Hill

    HarperCollins Canada

    November 1, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipNature and environment

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Beatrice, a young girl of unknown age, wakes up in a treehouse. Alone in a magical forest, she finds an unlikely ally in Croc Harry who has his own mystery to solve. So begins the adventure of an intrepid Black girl’s search for identity and healing.

  • Because You Are

    Because You Are

    By Jael Richardson

    HarperCollins Canada

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Conceived of as a letter to her younger self, Because You Are captures Jael Richardson’s insightful lessons about growing up, being joyful and loving yourself as a young Black girl, with lively and tender illustrations by Nneka Myers.

  • Birdspell

    Birdspell

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumour

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    When Corbin's classmate offers him the bird she can no longer keep, he’s all-in. Maybe the bird has some magic in him: when Corbin’s bipolar mother falls into crisis, he discovers his neighbours aren’t the unfriendly bunch he thought they were.

  • Blanket

    Blanket

    By Ruth Ohi

    Groundwood Books

    February 8, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    It’s a beautiful morning, but when Cat wakes up, the world feels gray. Cat wraps up in a blanket and hides — until Dog comes in. What can Dog do to help Cat? A gentle wordless picture book about the difference a kind friend can make on a gray day.

  • Blood Scion

    Blood Scion

    By Deborah Falaye

    HarperCollins Canada

    August 3, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    A young girl with forbidden powers must free her people from oppression in this richly layered, gripping epic fantasy from debut author Deborah Falaye, inspired by Yoruba-Nigerian mythology.

  • Butt Sandwich & Tree

    Butt Sandwich & Tree

    By Wesley King

    Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books

    July 12, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipMystery

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    From New York Times bestselling and award-winning author Wesley King comes a tender and grounded middle grade mystery about brothers, basketball, and a young boy on the autism spectrum.

  • C is for Carnival

    C is for Carnival

    By Yolanda T. Marshall

    Chalkboard Publishing

    August 1, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    D is for dance! E is for emancipation! From A to Z, this is a rhyming alphabet book that celebrates Canada''s Caribbean Carnival. This engaging and educational book features a diverse cast of children in vibrant costumes as they ''play mas'' while da

  • Daughters of the Dawn

    Daughters of the Dawn

    By Sarena Nanua and Sasha Nanua

    HarperCollins Canada

    June 9, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Daughters of the Dawn takes twin sisters Ria and Rani deep into dangerous new lands to save their home, in this propulsive, immersive sequel to Sisters of the Snake, perfect for fans of We Hunt the Flame and The Wrath & the Dawn.

  • First Morning Sun

    First Morning Sun

    By Aimee Reid Jing Jing Tsong

    Beach Lane Books

    May 3, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    A tender, lyrical celebration of all the wonderful firsts in a little one’s life, from the first morning sun to first shaky steps to the first day of preschool and everything in between.

  • Forever Birchwood

    Forever Birchwood

    By Danielle Daniel

    HarperCollins Canada

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesActivismFamily and FriendshipNature and environment

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Wolf lives in a northern mining town and shares a treehouse hideaway, Birchwood, with her best friends, but when they discover plastic orange bands wrapped around trees near their cherished spot, they must come together to save their special place.

  • Ga’s/The Train

    Ga’s/The Train

    By Jodie Callaghan

    Second Story Press

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHistory

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their community in Nova Scotia. When she sees his sadness, he tells her of the day when he and the other children were taken to residential school, their lives changed forever.

  • La surprise de Malaika

    La surprise de Malaika

    By Nadia L. Hohn

    Scholastic Canada Ltd

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Lorsque Malaika découvre que sa mère attend un bébé, elle est submergée par les émotions. Que va-t-il se passer quand le bébé sera là? Sa mère va-t-elle oublier Malaika? Il y a aussi un nouvel élève dans sa classe qui vient de loin et qui parle un pe

  • Malaika’s Surprise

    Malaika’s Surprise

    By Nadia L. Hohn

    Groundwood Books

    March 1, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    When Malaika finds out she is going to have a new baby brother or sister, she worries that her mother will forget about her. But a surprise arrives on Malaika’s birthday that gives her more reason to celebrate her family’s love.

  • Martin and the River

    Martin and the River

    By Jon-Erik Lappano

    Groundwood Books

    January 3, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Faced with moving away from his beloved river in the country, Martin discovers it is possible to make a meaningful connection to nature in the city, too, and find ways to accept changes beyond his control.

  • My Lala

    My Lala

    By Charlene Chua Thomas King

    Tundra Books

    July 6, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumour

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Lala wakes up one morning and decides that she owns the world. She bounds to her box of treasures and finds her shiny red dots — to mark what is hers! A joyful picture book about confidence featuring a little girl making her mark on the world.

  • Outside, You Notice

    Outside, You Notice

    By Erin Alladin

    Pajama Press, Inc.

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessNature and environmentSTEM

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    A lyrical nonfiction celebration of the outdoors pairing childlike observation with facts about the natural world, inviting young scientists and daydreamers to look closely, think deeply, and celebrate the joy of endless discovery.

  • Runs with the Stars

    Runs with the Stars

    By Darcy Whitecrow Heather M. O’Connor

    Second Story Press

    March 5, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHistoryNature and environment

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    As they await the birth of a foal, a child learns from their grandfather about the Ojibwe Horses: how they ran wild in the forests of Northern Ontario, what it means to be their caretakers, and the importance of protecting this endangered species.

  • Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise

    Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise

    By Mélanie Watt

    Tundra Books

    March 5, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipGraphic NovelHumour

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Scaredy receives big surprise . . . and Scaredy does NOT like surprises. He is a squirrel who likes nothing unexpected. So, what’s inside the mysterious crate? Turns out it’s a POOL! Can his friends remind him of the importance of having fun?

  • Shooting Stars (Hockey Super Six)

    Shooting Stars (Hockey Super Six)

    By Kevin Sylvester

    Scholastic Canada Ltd

    January 2, 2022

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipSci-Fi and FantasySports and Games

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    A very special group of kids must save the world with— what else? — HOCKEY! Meet six kids a lot like you. Except Benny, Jenny, Karl, Starlight, DJ and Mo got zapped in an evil plot gone wrong — and became the super-est team the world has ever seen.

  • Swan Lake: Quest of the Kingdoms

    Swan Lake: Quest of the Kingdoms

    By Megan Kearney

    HarperCollins Canada

    May 4, 2022

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipGraphic NovelSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    FROZEN meets THE WIZARD OF OZ in this middle grade fantasy graphic novel where two princesses from enemy kingdoms must team up to break a curse and save the world.

  • Swim Team

    Swim Team

    By Johnnie Christmas

    HarperCollins Canada

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipGraphic NovelSports and Games

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    This splashy, contemporary MG graphic novel debut from cartoonist Johnnie Christmas follows young Bree as she faces her fear of swimming head-on while also confronting the long-standing barriers of systemic racism set within the public pool system.

  • The Bird Feeder

    The Bird Feeder

    By Andrew Larsen

    Kids Can Press

    April 10, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    When his beloved grandma's health declines, a child hangs their cherished bird feeder outside her hospice window, to enjoy the birds in her final days. Though the grandma's ability to interact diminishes, their love for each other never wavers.

  • The Raven’s Revenge

    The Raven’s Revenge

    By Kevin Sands

    Simon & Schuster / Aladdin

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHistoryMystery

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Christopher finally uncovers the Raven’s identity in this sixth novel of the award-winning Blackthorn Key series.

  • The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan

    The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan

    By Salma Hussain

    Tundra Books

    March 5, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Over the course of one year, Mona speaks up to protect her sister, loses her best friend to the new girl, has adventures with her cousins in Pakistan, immigrates to Canada from Dubai, and pursues her ambition to be a feminist and a poet.

  • The Witch’s Apprentice (Dragons in a Bag #3)

    The Witch’s Apprentice (Dragons in a Bag #3)

    By Zetta Elliott

    Random House Children's Books

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    The dragons may be out of the bag, but Jaxon is ready to hatch some magic of his own (and maybe a Phoenix egg) in this third book in the critically acclaimed series.

  • Trésor

    Trésor

    By Mireille Messier

    Orca Book Publishers

    September 9, 2019

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Un frère et une sour partentà la chasse au trésor sans savoir exactement quel type de trésor ils désirent découvrir. Mais ce dont ils sont sûrs, c''est qu''un trésor c''est brillant, mystérieux et précieux-et que les meilleurs trésors sont difficiles

  • Una Huna?: Ukpik Learns to Sew

    Una Huna?: Ukpik Learns to Sew

    By Susan Akglukark

    Inhabit Media Inc.

    July 6, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHistory

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Ukpik can’t stop thinking about the beads her mother traded the Captain for on his last visit. Anaana won’t let Ukpik sew with the beads, but she has surprise for Ukpik that will let her enjoy the treasures while also learning the skills she needs!

  • Welcome Home

    Welcome Home

    By Aimee Reid

    Beach Lane Books

    April 1, 2022

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    This cozy, lyrical picture book is an ode to the joy of welcoming a new baby—perfect for baby showers and new parents!

  • Who’s Looking? How Animals See the World

    Who’s Looking? How Animals See the World

    By Cornelia Li

    Orca Book Publishers

    December 4, 2022

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesNature and environmentSTEM

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    A young girl and her baby sister explore the land while animals and insects look on. The art reflects the world as viewed by the animals, along with the text explaining the science behind each animal's unique type of vision.

  • Borders

    Borders

    By Thomas King

    HarperCollins Canada

    October 15, 2021

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesActivismEmotions and Social AwarenessIndigenous

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    A powerful graphic novel adaptation of the Thomas King short story, Borders explores themes of identity, belonging, and is a poignant depiction of the significance of a nation’s physical borders from an Indigenous perspective.

  • Charming as a Verb

    Charming as a Verb

    By Ben Philippe

    HarperCollins / Balzer + Bray

    October 13, 2020

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHumourLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    From the award-winning author of The Field Guide to the North American Teenager comes a whip-smart and layered romantic comedy. Perfect for fans of Nicola Yoon and Jenny Han.

  • Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities

    Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities

    By Cylita Guy

    Annick Press

    October 12, 2021

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesNature and environmentSTEM

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    A gripping narrative non-fiction with STEM and social justice themes that proves cities can be surprisingly wild places—and why understanding urban nature matters.

  • Dragon Assassin: Royal Blood

    Dragon Assassin: Royal Blood

    By Arthur Slade

    Scholastic Canada

    June 1, 2021

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    When Carmen becomes separated from Brax, she finds herself alone as an outsider in a strange land where she is seen as either a slave or food. She must use her assassin training, and the magical bond she shares with Brax, to survive and save him.

  • Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees

    Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees

    By Jen Sookfong Lee

    Orca Book Publishers

    March 16, 2021

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHistory

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    In Finding Home we explore the history of human migration, the current issues facing immigrants and refugees today, and the stories of people who have moved across the globe looking for safety, security and happiness.

  • Genie Meanie

    Genie Meanie

    By Mahtab Narsimhan

    Orca Book Publishers

    February 16, 2021

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    In this partially illustrated chapter book, an eight-year-old girl confronts a bully with the help of a genie she discovers has been living in a spice bottle her grandmother left her.

  • Gurple and Preen

    Gurple and Preen

    By Debbie Ridpath Ohi

    Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    August 25, 2020

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    This wildly imaginative, crayon-inspired picture book shows that with a bit of teamwork and a universe of creativity, anything is possible!

  • Hatch

    Hatch

    By Kenneth Oppel

    HarperCollins Canada

    September 15, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesHorrorNon-FictionSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

  • Hoppy Go Lucky: A Graphic Novel (Bunbun & Bonbon #2)

    Hoppy Go Lucky: A Graphic Novel (Bunbun & Bonbon #2)

    By Jess Keating

    Scholastic Canada

    February 2, 2021

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    A bad-luck day turns into an epic quest in the second book in this graphic novel series starring a chipper young bunny and a fancy talking candy. Hoppy Go Lucky will delight emerging readers who are eager to dive in to graphic novels!

  • It Came From the Basement (The Lunch Club)

    It Came From the Basement (The Lunch Club)

    By Dom Pelletier

    Scholastic Canada

    October 27, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipGraphic NovelHumourMystery

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    It’s the first day at a new school for unicorn-loving, practical Tia. It’s hard to be the new kid but she finds an unlikely friend in Leo. Together they notice strange occurrences around the school and seek to find out who (or what) is behind it all!

  • Little Moar and the Moon

    Little Moar and the Moon

    By Roselynn Akulukjuk

    Inhabit Media

    October 12, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHumourIndigenous

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Moar has always loved autumn—playing outside with his friends, feeling the weather get colder—but there is one thing about autumn that really worries Moar. The moon. The days become shorter and the moon, with its creepy face and eerie smile...

  • Lone Runner

    Lone Runner

    By Dirk McLean

    James Lorimer & Company

    February 16, 2021

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesSports and Games

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Lone Runner, the latest in Dirk McLean’s sports series for Young Adults, tells the story of a Scarborough high school student as she competes for a spot on the cross-country running team.

  • My Heart Beats

    My Heart Beats

    By Rina Singh

    Orca Book Publishers

    April 13, 2021

    Fiction

    Board Book

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    A photographic board book that features the sounds of heartbeats from around the world.

  • On the Trapline

    On the Trapline

    By David A. Robertson

    Tundra Books

    May 4, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipIndigenousNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    A boy and Moshom, his grandpa, travel to visit a place very special to Moshom – the trapline his family used when he grew up. The boy imagines life two generations ago, and what is different and what is similar to his life now.

  • Percy’s Museum

    Percy’s Museum

    By Carmen Mok

    Groundwood Books

    April 1, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    A sweet story about embracing change, the excitement of discovery and the wonder of nature and new friends.

  • Raven, Rabbit, Deer

    Raven, Rabbit, Deer

    By Jennifer Faria

    Pajama Press

    November 24, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipIndigenousNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    A boy greets animal neighbours on a snowy walk, learning their names and tracks from his beloved grandfather.

  • Simon and Chester: Super Detectives

    Simon and Chester: Super Detectives

    By Cale Atkinson

    Tundra Books

    February 9, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourMystery

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Welcome to the world of Simon and Chester, ghost and boy duo extraordinaire. They like to kick butt and take names. They don't like chores. They are best friends. And they are about to solve the MYSTERY OF A LIFETIME.

  • Stealing Home

    Stealing Home

    By J. Torres

    Kids Can Press

    October 5, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHistorySports and Games

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    A young boy's love for baseball helps him cope with life in a Japanese internment camp in BC. A historically accurate, thoroughly researched account of the events surrounding the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II.

  • Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story (10th Anniversary Edition)

    Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story (10th Anniversary Edition)

    By David A. Robertson

    HighWater Press

    May 25, 2021

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesHistoryIndigenous

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    From award-winning writer David A. Robertson comes this timeless graphic novel about the awe-inspiring resilience of Betty Ross. Read her story of strength, family, and culture, now in full colour.

  • Tell Me When You Feel Something

    Tell Me When You Feel Something

    By Vicki Grant

    Penguin Teen Canada

    June 15, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipMystery

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    It seemed like a cool part-time program -- being a "simulated" patient for med school students to practice on. But now vivacious, charismatic Viv lies in a very real coma. What really happened? Each student has a reason why they can't tell the truth.

  • The Bee

    The Bee

    By Becky Han

    Inhabit Media

    October 5, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHumourIndigenousNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    When the narrator of this fun and silly book—based on an award-winning song by Inuit singer-songwriter Becky Han—is startled by the buzzing of a bee, she sets off on an exciting adventure!

  • The Bones of Ruin (#1)

    The Bones of Ruin (#1)

    By Sarah Raughley

    Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)

    September 7, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHistorySci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    An African tightrope walker who can’t die gets embroiled in a secret society’s deadly gladiatorial tournament in this thrilling historical fantasy set in an alternate 1880s London, perfect for fans of The Last Magician and The Gilded Wolves.

  • The Case of the Burgled Bundle (Book 3 in The Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series)

    The Case of the Burgled Bundle (Book 3 in The Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series)

    By Michael Hutchinson

    Second Story Press

    June 4, 2021

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipIndigenousMystery

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    The National Assembly of Cree Peoples has gathered together in the Windy Lake First Nation, home to the Mighty Muskrats. But when the memory bundle, the center of a four-day long ceremony, is taken, the four mystery-solving cousins set out ...

  • The Fabulous Zed Watson!

    The Fabulous Zed Watson!

    By Basil Sylvester Kevin Sylvester

    HarperCollins Canada

    January 26, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipMystery

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    The literary scavenger hunt of a lifetime, starring an endlessly endearing non-binary tween! Co-authored by child-parent duo Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester, this is a vibrant and enormous-hearted story about friendship, identity, and belonging.

  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

    The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

    By Ben Philippe

    HarperCollins Canada

    January 7, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHumour

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Norris Kaplan is clever, cynical and quite possibly too smart for his own good. A Black French Canadian, he knows from watching American sitcoms that those three things don't bode well when you are moving to Austin, Texas.

  • The Rock from the Sky

    The Rock from the Sky

    By Jon Klassen

    Candlewick Press

    April 13, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHumourMysterySci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Here comes The Rock from the Sky, a hilarious meditation on the workings of friendship, fate, shared futuristic visions, and that funny feeling you get that there’s something off somewhere.

  • The Sour Cherry Tree

    The Sour Cherry Tree

    By Naseem Hrab

    Owlkids Books

    October 15, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    A heartwarming look at love, loss, and memorable objects through the eyes of a child.

  • Thrive

    Thrive

    By Kenneth Oppel

    HarperCollins Canada

    May 4, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHorrorNature and environmentSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    Thrive is the thrilling conclusion to the nationally bestselling Bloom Trilogy. It will leave readers on the edge of their seats as they race to finish!

  • Tough Like Mum

    Tough Like Mum

    By Lana Button Carmen Mok

    Tundra Books

    April 12, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHealth and Wellness

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    In this tender exploration of a mother-daughter relationship, Kim and her mother learn that in order to support and truly take care of each other, sometimes being tough means showing vulnerability and asking for help.

  • Tremendous Things

    Tremendous Things

    By Susin Nielsen

    Penguin Teen Canada

    May 25, 2021

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumourLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Content Body Shaming Bullying Death & Grieving Sex Positivity

    Clueless Wilbur experienced a life-altering embarrassing moment the first day of middle-school. Now in Grade Nine, band geek Wilbur tries to rise above his reputation and impress the visiting Parisian exchange student with his newfound confidence

  • Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman

    Wild Outside: Around the World with Survivorman

    By Survivorman Les Stroud

    Annick Press

    September 3, 2021

    Non-Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesNature and environment

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Survivorman Les Stroud tells stories of his amazing wilderness adventures, sharing survival tips, nature facts and other intriguing details to get kids excited about having their own outdoor adventures.

  • 36 Questions that Changed My Mind About You

    36 Questions that Changed My Mind About You

    By Vicki Grant

    Running Press

    September 8, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesHumourLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Inspired by the real psychology study popularized by the New York Times and its "Modern Love" column, this contemporary YA is perfect for fans of Eleanor and Park.

  • A Forest in the City

    A Forest in the City

    By Andrea Curtis

    Groundwood Books

    April 1, 2019

    Fiction

    ThemesNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Bilal Cooks Daal

    Bilal Cooks Daal

    By Anoosha Syed

    Salaam Reads / Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

    April 6, 2019

    Fiction

    ThemesCooking / FoodPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Bloom

    Bloom

    By Kenneth Oppel

    HarperCollins Canada

    February 11, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesAdventureSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

  • Broken Strings

    Broken Strings

    By Eric Walters

    Puffin Canada

    September 8, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHistoryLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    A violin and a middle-school musical unleash a dark family secret in this moving story by an award-winning author duo. .

  • Canada Fun!

    Canada Fun!

    By Paul Covello

    HarperCollins Canada

    September 15, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesNon-FictionPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    Board Book

  • Don’t Stand So Close to Me

    Don’t Stand So Close to Me

    By Eric Walters

    Orca Book Publishers

    September 22, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    In this novel for middle readers, 13-year-old Quinn and her friends try to adjust to life during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Eat Your Rocks, Croc!

    Eat Your Rocks, Croc!

    By Jess Keating

    Scholastic Canada

    May 1, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesHumourNature and environmentNon-FictionPicture BookSTEM

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Elements of Genius #1: Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray

    Elements of Genius #1: Nikki Tesla and the Ferret-Proof Death Ray

    By Jess Keating

    Scholastic Canada

    May 5, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesAdventureSTEM

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Elements of Genius #2: Nikki Tesla and the Fellowship of the Bling

    Elements of Genius #2: Nikki Tesla and the Fellowship of the Bling

    By Jess Keating

    Scholastic Canada

    February 4, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesAdventureSTEM

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Embrace the Chicken

    Embrace the Chicken

    By Mahtab Narsimhan

    Orca Book Publishers

    November 17, 2020

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    In this high-interest accessible novel for middle readers, Shivani is horrified when her mother volunteers to cook traditional Indian food for her school's annual fundraiser.

  • Fancy Friends: A Graphic Novel (Bunbun & Bonbon #1)

    Fancy Friends: A Graphic Novel (Bunbun & Bonbon #1)

    By Jess Keating

    Scholastic Canada

    January 9, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumourNature and environment

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Bunbun has it all: a delightful Bunbun nose, a winning Bunbun smile, a ridiculously cute Bunbun tail, and two adorable Bunbun ears. But Bunbun doesn't have a friend -- until Bunbun meets Bonbon.

  • Fourth Dimension

    Fourth Dimension

    By Eric Walters

    Penguin Teen Canada

    January 7, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    A powerful look at the disintegration of society in the wake of a massive and mysterious outage that has knocked out all modern amenities. Fifteen-year-old Emma has moved house with her ex-Marine mother and younger brother, when all the power dies.

  • Golden Threads

    Golden Threads

    By Suzanne Del Rizzo

    Owlkids

    April 15, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesPicture BookSports and Games

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Grandmother School

    Grandmother School

    By Rina Singh

    Orca Book Publishers

    May 5, 2020

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHistory

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    This brilliantly illustrated picture book tells the story of the Aajibaichi Shala, the Grandmother School, that was opened in Phangane, India, in 2016 to teach local grandmothers how to read and write.

  • Haunted Canada 10: More Scary True Stories

    Haunted Canada 10: More Scary True Stories

    By Joel A. Sutherland

    Scholastic Canada

    August 4, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesHorrorNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Hockey Super Six: On Thin Ice

    Hockey Super Six: On Thin Ice

    By Kevin Sylvester

    Scholastic Canada

    November 10, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesHumourSports and Games

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Hockey Super Six: The Puck Drops Here

    Hockey Super Six: The Puck Drops Here

    By Kevin Sylvester

    Scholastic Canada

    September 1, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesHumourSports and Games

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Hug?

    Hug?

    By Charlene Chua

    Simon & Schuster Canada

    September 1, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Hunted By the Sky (The Wrath of Ambar #1)

    Hunted By the Sky (The Wrath of Ambar #1)

    By Tanaz Bhathena

    Penguin Teen Canada

    June 23, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Gul has spent her life running. She has a star-shaped birthmark on her arm, and in the kingdom of Ambar, girls with such birthmarks have been disappearing for years.

  • I Am a Beaver

    I Am a Beaver

    By Paul Covello

    HarperCollins Canada

    March 3, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    Board Book

  • I Am a Polar Bear

    I Am a Polar Bear

    By Paul Covello

    HarperCollins Canada

    March 3, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    Board Book

  • I Do Not Like Stories

    I Do Not Like Stories

    By Andrew Larsen

    OwlKids

    September 15, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesHumourPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Canadian Feats, Facts and Flubs

    It Seemed Like a Good Idea: Canadian Feats, Facts and Flubs

    By Ted Staunton

    Scholastic Canada

    June 1, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesHumourNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Jak’s Story

    Jak’s Story

    Dundurn Press

    September 6, 2010

    ThemesIndigenous

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

  • Lake: A See to Learn Book

    Lake: A See to Learn Book

    By Kate Moss Gamblin

    Groundwood Books

    August 1, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesNature and environmentNon-FictionPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Les timbrés : N° 1 – Le navet spatial

    Les timbrés : N° 1 – Le navet spatial

    By Dom Pelletier

    Scholastic Canada

    April 7, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourMystery

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Les lecteurs seront ravis de retrouver Tia et Léo dans cette nouvelle aventure conçue par Dom Pelletier. Les illustrations et le sens de l’humour de l’artiste feront rire petits et grands!

  • Les timbrés : N° 2 – Le Rodri-Garou

    Les timbrés : N° 2 – Le Rodri-Garou

    By Dom Pelletier

    Scholastic Canada

    April 7, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourMystery

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Lorsqu’un loup-garou ressemblant étrangement à M. Rodrigue kidnappe la directrice de l’école, Tia et Léo réalisent que leurs problèmes surnaturels sont loin d’être réglés.

  • Les timbrés : N° 3 – Le cadeau mutant

    Les timbrés : N° 3 – Le cadeau mutant

    By Dom Pelletier

    Scholastic Canada

    October 30, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourMystery

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Tia, Léo et M. Rodrigue sont de retour pour une nouvelle aventure! C’est bientôt Noël, mais ça ne veut pas dire pour autant que tout est calme...

  • Meet Terry Fox

    Meet Terry Fox

    By Elizabeth MacLeod

    Scholastic Canada

    August 4, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesBiographyNon-FictionPicture BookSports and Games

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Meet Willie O’Ree

    Meet Willie O’Ree

    By Elizabeth MacLeod

    Scholastic Canada

    January 28, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesBiographyHistoryNon-FictionSports and Games

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Monsters 101

    Monsters 101

    By Cale Atkinson

    Tundra Books

    August 4, 2020

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHorrorHumourSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Full of eye-popping illustrations and a story with nonstop sidesplitting laughs, plus a removable Professor of Monstrology diploma at the end of the book, Monsters 101 will have children--and adults--eager to enroll, time and time again!

  • My Name is Konisola

    My Name is Konisola

    By Alisa Siegel

    Second Story Press

    March 3, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Nibi is Water

    Nibi is Water

    By Joanne Robertson

    Second Story Press

    April 14, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesIndigenousNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

  • No Fixed Address

    No Fixed Address

    By Susin Nielsen

    Tundra Books

    April 7, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesActivismEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHumour

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    A touching and funny middle-grade story about family, friendship and growing up when you're one step away from homelessness.

  • Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret

    Ocean Speaks: How Marie Tharp Revealed the Ocean’s Biggest Secret

    By Jess Keating

    Tundra Books

    June 30, 2020

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesBiographyNature and environmentNon-FictionPicture BookSTEM

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Pickles vs. the Zombies

    Pickles vs. the Zombies

    By Angela Misri

    Cormorant Books

    December 2, 2019

    Fiction

    ThemesHorrorHumourSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game

    Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game

    By J. Torres

    Scholastic Canada

    October 6, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesHumourSci-Fi and FantasySports and Games

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Canada’s favourite sport gets out-of-this world treatment in this action-packed, laugh-out-loud graphic novel!

  • Please Don’t Change My Diaper

    Please Don’t Change My Diaper

    By Sarabeth Holden

    Inhabit Media Inc

    June 23, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHumourPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

  • Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School)

    Raj’s Rule (For the Bathroom at School)

    By Lana Button

    Owlkids Books

    August 15, 2020

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHealth and WellnessHumour

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    A lighthearted read-aloud about facing a common childhood fear.

  • Rising Star (Cross Ups, Book 3)

    Rising Star (Cross Ups, Book 3)

    By Sylv Chiang

    Annick Press

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessHumourSports and Games

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine

    Science Comics: The Brain: The Ultimate Thinking Machine

    By Tory Woollcott

    First Second Press

    October 16, 2018

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesNon-FictionSTEM

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

  • Slow Moe

    Slow Moe

    By Deborah Kerbel

    Orca Book Publishers

    September 15, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Teddy Bear of the Year

    Teddy Bear of the Year

    By Vikki VanSickle

    Penguin Random House

    January 21, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Ollie is a regular bear with a regular job. He listens to his girl's stories about her days, he snuggles her to sleep and he is there waiting when she gets home from school. Just your typical teddy bear stuff.

  • The Barren Grounds

    The Barren Grounds

    By David A. Robertson

    Puffin Canada

    September 8, 2020

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipIndigenousSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in the first book in an epic middle grade fantasy series.

  • The Beauty of the Moment

    The Beauty of the Moment

    By Tanaz Bhathena

    Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers

    June 23, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

  • The Brushmaker’s Daughter

    The Brushmaker’s Daughter

    By Kathy Kacer

    Second Story Press

    September 22, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesHistory

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • The Case of the Missing Auntie (Book 2 in The Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series)

    The Case of the Missing Auntie (Book 2 in The Mighty Muskrats Mystery Series)

    By Michael Hutchinson

    Second Story Press

    March 17, 2020

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesHistoryIndigenousMystery

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

    In the bright lights of the big city, the Mighty Muskrats search for an auntie lost long ago.

  • The Detective and the Spy

    The Detective and the Spy

    By Angela Misri

    Cormorant Books

    May 1, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesAdventureHistoryMystery

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

  • The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp

    The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp

    By Jonathan Auxier

    Penguin Random House

    October 4, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Auggie Pound is eight years old and has the greatest job of all time: he cares for all the animals in the Fabled Stables. The Fabled Stables house the rarest creatures in existence -- all of them one-of-a-kind.

  • The Italian Cure

    The Italian Cure

    By Melodie Campbell

    Orca Book Publishers

    January 1, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesAdventureFamily and FriendshipHumourLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

  • The Walrus and the Caribou

    The Walrus and the Caribou

    By Maika Harper

    Inhabit Media

    November 1, 2019

    Fiction

    ThemesHumourIndigenousNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Until Niagara Falls

    Until Niagara Falls

    By Jennifer Maruno

    Dundurn Press

    February 1, 2020

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHistory

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

  • Violet Shrink

    Violet Shrink

    By Carmen Mok

    Groundwood Books

    March 1, 2020

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipHealth and Wellness

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    In this powerful story from Christine Baldacchino and Carmen Mok, a young girl navigates social anxiety at family gatherings and works with her father to find a solution.

  • Weekend Dad

    Weekend Dad

    By Naseem Hrab

    Groundwood Books

    May 1, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • What if Bunny’s Not a Bully?

    What if Bunny’s Not a Bully?

    By Lana Button

    Kids Can Press

    March 3, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • When We are Kind

    When We are Kind

    By Monique Gray Smith

    Orca Book Publishers

    September 15, 2020

    Fiction

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipIndigenousPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Willow Finds a Way

    Willow Finds a Way

    By Lana Button

    KidsCan Press

    March 1, 2013

    Fiction

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • You and Me Both

    You and Me Both

    By Mahtab Narsimhan

    Owlkids Books

    April 15, 2020

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    The story of two best friends with more in common than meets the eye, inspired by a true story that went viral online.

  • You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood

    You Are My Friend: The Story of Mister Rogers and His Neighborhood

    By Aimee Reid

    Harry N. Abrams

    August 6, 2019

    Fiction

    ThemesBiographyFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • A Coyote Columbus Story

    A Coyote Columbus Story

    By Thomas King

    Groundwood Books

    September 1, 2007

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesHistoryHumourIndigenous

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    A retelling of the Christopher Columbus story from an Indigenous point of view turns the tale on its ear!

  • A Coyote Solstice Tale

    A Coyote Solstice Tale

    By Thomas King

    Groundwood Books

    September 1, 2009

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHumourIndigenous

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a festive solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the party-goers through the snowy woods to a shopping mall -- a place they have never seen before.

  • A Girl Like That

    A Girl Like That

    By Tanaz Bhathena

    Farrar Straus and Giroux

    February 27, 2018

    Fiction

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessLove and Romance

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

  • A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice

    A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice

    By Nadia L. Hohn

    Owlkids Books

    August 15, 2019

    Non-Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesBiographyHistoryNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    An Own Voices story of a child finding and trusting her words, this picture book tells the story of Miss Lou’s early years, when she was a young girl growing up in Jamaica.

  • Alligator Pie

    Alligator Pie

    By Dennis Lee

    Harper Collins Canada

    Fiction

    Board Book

    ThemesPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    Lee's timeless rhyme is paired with striking artwork by Sandy Nichols, winner of a nationwide competition to find the perfect illustrator for the iconic poem.

  • Alligator Pie (40th Anniversary edition)

    Alligator Pie (40th Anniversary edition)

    By Dennis Lee

    Harper Collins Canada

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1

    One of the first illustrated books published about Canadian children and featuring Canadian place names, Alligator Pie established Dennis Lee’s reputation as “Canada’s Father Goose” and has sold more than half a million copies since its publication i

  • Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

    Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao

    By Charlene Chua

    Simon & Schuster Canada

    October 1, 2019

    Fiction

    ThemesCooking / FoodEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and FriendshipPicture Book

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Meet the funny, fierce, and fearless Amy Wu, who is determined to make a perfect bao bun today...

  • Animals of Chinese New Year

    Animals of Chinese New Year

    By Jen Sookfong Lee

    Orca Book Publishers

    January 8, 2019

    Fiction

    Board Book

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    In this festive dual-language board book, twelve animals race to see who will represent the Chinese zodiac. In English and Simplified Chinese.

  • Anyone’s Game (Cross Ups, Book 2)

    Anyone’s Game (Cross Ups, Book 2)

    By Sylv Chiang

    Annick Press

    September 11, 2018

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesHumourSports and Games

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

  • Awesome is Everywhere

    Awesome is Everywhere

    By Neil Pasricha

    Puffin Canada

    Hardcover

    ThemesNature and environmentPicture Book

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Are you ready? With the simple touch of your fingers go on a stunning interactive journey to see the world as you never have before. Fly through wispy clouds, dive deep into the sparkling ocean, feel wet grains of sand on a hot and sunny beach...

  • Big Water

    Big Water

    By Andrea Curtis

    Orca Book Publishers

    March 6, 2018

    Fiction

    ThemesHistoryLove and RomanceNature and environment

    Age / Grade 12-14 / Grades 7-8 14-18 / Grades 9+

  • Bite Into Blood Suckers

    Bite Into Blood Suckers

    By Ishta Mercurio

    Fitzhenry and Whiteside

    August 6, 2015

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesNature and environmentNon-Fiction

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6 12-14 / Grades 7-8

  • BroBots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle!

    BroBots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle!

    By J. Torres

    Oni Press

    June 8, 2016

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHumourSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    In BroBots and the Kaiju Kerfuffle! a trio of robot bros reel in a big challenge and must band together to battle a giant monster in this playful take on classic kaiju-mech and fairytale stories.

  • Canada Animals

    Canada Animals

    By Paul Covello

    HarperCollins Canada

    September 5, 2018

    Non-Fiction

    ThemesNature and environmentNon-FictionPicture Book

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    Board Book

  • Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone

    Chinese New Year: A Celebration for Everyone

    By Jen Sookfong Lee

    Orca Book Publishers

    January 19, 2019

    Non-Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipHistory

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    Part of the nonfiction Orca Origins series, Chinese New Year is illustrated with color photographs throughout. Readers will learn how a simple gathering of family and friends grew into a weeklong, worldwide festival.

  • Coyote Tales

    Coyote Tales

    By Thomas King

    Groundwood Books

    October 1, 2017

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesHumourIndigenousNature and environment

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Two tales, set in a time “when animals and human beings still talked to each other,” display Thomas King’s cheeky humor and master storytelling skills.

  • Crimson

    Crimson

    By Arthur Slade

    HarperCollins Canada

    May 8, 2018

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    A ruthless queen. An ancient god. One brave girl and an impossible choice.

  • Curtain Up!

    Curtain Up!

    By Dirk McLean

    Tundra Books

    September 14, 2010

    Fiction

    Hardcover

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 6-8 / Grades 1-3

    Young Amaya is auditioning for a role in a professional play. Although she longs to perform, she is about to learn how much team effort and hard work is involved.

  • Cute as an Axolotl

    Cute as an Axolotl

    By Jess Keating

    Random House Children's Books

    August 28, 2018

    Fiction

    ThemesNature and environmentSTEM

    Age / Grade 4-7 / Kindergarten-Grade 1 6-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Diwali Lights

    Diwali Lights

    By Rina Singh

    Orca Book Publishers

    August 28, 2018

    Fiction

    Board Book

    ThemesFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 0-4 / Early Years

    A dazzling board book that introduces little ones to the Indian festival of Diwali through a selection of brilliant sights and sounds.

  • Ebb and Flow

    Ebb and Flow

    By Heather Smith

    Kids Can Press

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesEmotions and Social AwarenessFamily and Friendship

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    When his father went to jail, Jett and his mother moved away, and Jett quickly learned that fresh starts aren’t all they’re cracked up to be

  • Elephant Secret

    Elephant Secret

    By Eric Walters

    Puffin Canada

    August 19, 2019

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesFamily and FriendshipNature and environment

    Age / Grade 8-12 / Grades 3-6

    We Bought a Zoo meets Jurassic Park in a gripping story featuring the evergreen appeal of human-animal friendships and set in an elephant sanctuary, about a thirteen-year-old girl, a cast of elephants, and a surprising new arrival—a woolly mammoth.

  • Fate of Flames

    Fate of Flames

    By Sarah Raughley

    Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster)

    November 21, 2017

    Fiction

    Paperback

    ThemesSci-Fi and Fantasy

    Age / Grade 14-18 / Grades 9+

    Four girls with the power to control the elements must come together to save the world from a terrible evil in this “series opener [that] has it all” (Kirkus Reviews).