Thousands of Canadian-authored kids and YA books


Rise Up: Strong Female Voices

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: girls & women, diversity, diversity and inclusion
From picture books to YA novels, there’s no shortage of Canadian books featuring empowering stories about girls and women.

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Stand on the Sky

by Erin Bow
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: asia, girls & women


Stand on the Sky is the 2019 winner of the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature!A gripping new read from Erin Bow, acclaimed and bestselling author of Plain Kate and The Scorpion Rules!She had always heard that the eagle chooses the eagle hunter. She wanted that. She wanted her eagle to come to her. To choose her.It goes against all …


Surviving the City

by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 8
tagged: canada, aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women, coming of age

Miikwan and Dez are best friends. Miikwan is Anishinaabe; Dez is Inninew. Together, the teens navigate the challenges of growing up in an urban landscape – they’re so close, they even completed their Berry Fast together. However, when Dez’s grandmother becomes too sick, Dez is told she can’t stay with her anymore. With the threat of a group …


Dr. Jo

How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Julianna Swaney
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: united states, girls & women, diseases, illnesses & injuries

This thoughtful and beautifully illustrated picture book shares the story of a trailblazer who has inspired generations of girls to change the world.

Sara Josephine Baker was a strong girl who loved adventure. Growing up in New York in the late 1800s was not easy. When she lost her brother and father to typhoid fever, she became determined to pursue …


Isobel's Stanley Cup

by Kristin Butcher
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 9
  • Grade: 3 to 4
tagged: hockey, girls & women, post-confederation (1867-)

More than anything, Isobel Harkness wants to play hockey with her older brothers. But it's 1893, and a lot of people—including her father—think hockey is only for boys. Ignoring her father's wishes, Isobel helps her brothers train for an upcoming game. And she begins to shine on the ice. When she meets Isobel Stanley, one of the first women to …


The Discovery of Flight

by Susan Glickman
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Audiobook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: girls & women, coming of age

The Discovery of Flight is a novel in two voices about the relationship between two sisters, the older of whom is disabled by cerebral palsy and only able to communicate with assistive technology (she can control her computer by moving her eyes). It interweaves the fantasy novel sixteen-year-old Libby is writing for Sophie’s thirteenth birthday, …



A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

by Kyo Maclear, illustrated by Julie Morstad
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: girls & women, clothing & dress

A dazzling first-person picture book biography of the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli by the award-winning team who created Julia, Child.

Here is the life of iconic fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli, who as a little girl in Rome, was told by her own mamma that she was brutta. Ugly. So she decided to seek out beauty around her, and …


The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel

A Graphic Novel

original author Deborah Ellis, other adaptation by Aircraft Pictures, Cartoon Saloon and Melusine & Nora Twomey
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: media tie-in, middle east, girls & women

Deborah Ellis’s bestselling novel The Breadwinner, now available as a stunningly illustrated graphic novel.

This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana, who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan in the late 1990s.

Parva …



Voices of Native American Women

edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, girls & women


Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #Not Your Princess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being …