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Children's Nonfiction Atlases

My Canada

An Illustrated Atlas

by (author) Katherine Dearlove

illustrated by Lori Joy Smith

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
May 2017
Atlases, Symbols, Monuments, National Parks, etc., General, Native Canadian
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
p to 2
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2017
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2019
    List Price

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The essential bestselling kids’ map book of Canada, perfect for ages 4 to 8

This picture book atlas is a whimsical and informative introduction to Canada, from sea to sea to sea. Each province and territory is featured on its own spread, with icons and labels indicating the capital city, other major cities, key lakes and rivers, iconic landmarks, animals, and plants, significant national and provincial parks, and more.
Inspired by the illustrator’s map of PEI, a longtime gift shop bestseller, each map is lively and colourful with plenty of details to discover. Simple labels make key places and landmarks easily searchable for further research. My Canada also includes basic introductory information about the country, showing respect for the land's Indigenous history. Revised and updated with expert input in 2020, this book is a current and kid-friendly portrayal of our diverse and abundant country. Also available in French.

About the authors

KATHERINE DEARLOVE is a writer, researcher and editor. A former editor of chickaDEE and Chirp magazines, she has also been a senior editor for OWL Magazine. She lives in Brampton, Ontario. My Canada is her first book.

Katherine Dearlove's profile page


Lori Joy Smith est illustratrice et artiste. Ses oeuvres ont été exposées dans plusieurs galeries d'art à travers le Canada et les États-Unis tandis que ses illustrations ont paru sur des cartes de souhaits et dans les revues Chirp, American Girl, Teen et Today's Parent. Lori aime faire du tricot, dessiner et coudre. Elle habite à Charlottetown à l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard.


Lori Joy Smith is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared on greeting cards and in Chirp, American Girl, Teen and Today's Parent magazines, among other places. Lori enjoys knitting, drawing and sewing. She lives with her family in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.


Lori Joy Smith's profile page


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Editorial Reviews

"This book would be good as an introduction to maps and how they depict various areas."

Resource Links

"One of the simplest yet most clear and complete picture book atlases I have ever seen...a wonderful resource for classroom and public libraries. Highly Recommended."

Canadian Review of Materials

"This informative trip across Canada celebrates its people, places, and landscapes--and invites further exploration. A fine addition to geography collections."

School Library Journal

"Sure to send adventure-bound readers digging to find out more about the features labelled in this atlas."

Quill & Quire

"My Canada is a joyful depiction of our home and native land - a wonderful way to introduce geography and maps to youngsters."

Canadian Children’s Book News

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