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Books Across Generations

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 2 to 12
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: family literacy day, picture books, middle grade
For Family Literacy Day (January 27!), we're celebrating the books that we loved as children that our children now love too. Hooray for Canadian books that cross generations!

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Anne of Green Gables

by L. M. Montgomery
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: classics, friendship

When Marilla Cuthbert and her brother, Matthew, decide to adopt a child from a distant orphanage, they don't get quite what they bargained for. The child who awaits them at the tiny Bright River train station is not the strapping young boy they'd imagined--someone to help Matthew work the fields of their small farm--but rather a freckle-faced, red …

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Alligator Pie

by Dennis Lee, illustrated by Frank Newfeld
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover Hardcover
  • age: 2 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: humorous

"You can almost hear the skipping rope slapping the sidewalk,” wrote Margaret Laurence of Dennis Lee’s timeless poetry collection Alligator Pie. 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 sol …

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The Olden Days Coat

by Margaret Laurence, illustrated by Muriel Wood
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: multigenerational

Truly a classic by one of Canada’s finest authors

Ten-year-old Sal is disappointed when she and her parents spend Christmas at her grandmother’s house, instead of at home, like they did before Grandpa died. In order to pass the time, Sal explores the contents of an old trunk. Searching through the old photographs she comes across a little girl …

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The Balloon Tree

20th Anniversary Edition

by Phoebe Gilman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
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Balloons! They are the favourite playthings of Princess Leora. When her father, the king, goes to a neighbouring kingdom to participate in a tournament, he tells Leora to signal him with balloons if anything goes wrong. But the archduke, planning to take over the kingdom, promptly locks the princess in her room and orders all the balloons in the ki …

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Jillian Jiggs

illustrated by Phoebe Gilman
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
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No one can keep up with Jillian Jiggs. With boundless energy and imagination, Jillian rushes from game to game. One minute she's a robot, the next minute she's a tree. How can she take time to clean up her room when there are so many wonderful things to make and do? No one knows what Jillian will think of next- especially not her mother!

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Macdonald Hall: This Can't Be Happening!

by Gordon Korman
edition: Paperback
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The book that started it all, written when Gordon Korman was only 12!

Best friends Bruno Walton and Melvin "Boots" O'Neal love sharing a dorm room at Macdonald Hall. But their practical jokes get out of hand, and Headmaster Sturgeon -- they call him The Fish-- separates the buddies. How will Bruno and Boots get back together?

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Jelly Belly

by Dennis Lee, illustrated by Juan Wijngaard
edition: Paperback
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The delightful collection of children's poetry as you remember it, by the author of Alligator Pie, and illustrated by Juan Wijngaard.
Originally published in 1983, Jelly Belly tickles readers--children and grown-ups alike--with a whimsical and modern mix of humour and traditional Mother Goose charm. Almost 20 years later, Jelly Belly continues t …

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Booky: A Trilogy

by Bernice Thurman Hunter
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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Beatrice Thomson doesn't mind her funny nickname. It makes her feel special, which is important when you're the middle child: not the smartest, or the best-looking, or a boy. The Depression years are hard ones, with her father out of work and the family struggling to make ends meet. But irrepressible Booky, with her big imagination and even bigger …