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Top Grade: K-8 Selections, Fall 2019

Created by Top Grade
  • Age: 3 to 15
  • Grade: p to 10
tagged: topgrade, schoolage, kids, canadian, children, early readers, middle grade
Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom highlights the best of Canadian literature for children.

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Inukpak and His Son (English)

by Neil Christopher, illustrated by Germaine Arnaktauyok
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8
  • Grade: 3
tagged: beginner, native canadian

Discover this gigantic Northern tale.

This book introduces children to a traditional Inuit legend. Learn how the great giant Inukpak adopted a human hunter as his son.

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No Girls Allowed

Inspired by the True Story of a Girl Who Fought for her Right to Play

by Natalie Corbett Sampson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: hockey, prejudice & racism, girls & women, canada

It's 1977, and 10-year-old Tina couldn't be happier about her life. Not because she just moved to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, but because she's finally old enough to make her dream come true: she can play on a real hockey team. But when she tries to join the league, she learns that girls aren't allowed to play on the boys' team—and there's no team for …

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Tallulah Plays the Tuba

by Tiffany Stone, illustrated by Sandy Nichols
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: music, self-esteem & self-reliance, humorous stories

Tallulah is tiny, but the TUBA is not!
Tallulah isn’t big, but the instrument she dreams of playing sure is. Try as she might, tiny Tallulah keeps coming up short on how she can play the tuba in her school band. But with some perseverance and a lot of creativity, Tallulah hatches a plan that she hopes will turn her musical dream into reality.
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The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

by Heather Smith, illustrated by Rachel Wada
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Audiobook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: non-classifiable, asia, emotions & feelings

When the tsunami destroyed Makio's village, Makio lost his father . . . and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and the young child's anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr. Hirota, begins a mysterious project—building a phone booth in his garden. At first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn't connected to anything. …

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Under Our Clothes

Our First Talk About Our Bodies

by Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Audiobook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, body, safety

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the topics of bodies, body safety and body image through a conversation-based story that begins with an observation at the community pool. Modesty, privacy and boundaries are discussed, along with how self-image is formed and how some people a …

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The Girl Who Rode a Shark

And Other Stories of Daring Women

by Ailsa Ross, illustrated by Amy Blackwell
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: girls & women, women, self-esteem & self-reliance

An inspiring biographical collection celebrating the adventurousness and ingenuity of girls and women around the world.

Now more than ever, the world is recognizing how strong women and girls are. How strong? In the early 1920s, Inuit expeditioner Ada Blackjack survived for two years as a castaway on an uninhabited island in the Arctic Ocean before …

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The Grizzly Mother

by Brett D. Huson, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: native canadian, bears, environmental science & ecosystems, seasons, recycling & green living

Book two in the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series, The Grizzly Mother uses striking illustration and lyrical language to bring the poetry of the Xsan ecosystem to life.

“spellbinding”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, t …

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Saku's Great Newfoundland Adventure

by Marie-Beth Wright
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: dogs

Saku, a black Cape Shore dog, is still young but is skilled and strong with a lot of exploring to do. Watching him bound around the backcountry or swimming behind Justin Barbour's raft, you just know that he is ready to go on a very long adventure! Best of all, he carries a famous name, that of Saku Koivu, the long-ago captain of the Montreal Canad …