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Canadian Books of the Year

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: 2020 books of the year, best books, kids books
We asked educators and librarians to share their favourite Canadian books of 2020. Here are their choices!

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Our Little Kitchen

illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: cooking & food, stories in verse, homelessness & poverty

A picture book about a lively evening in a community kitchen from Governor General’s Award–winning author and illustrator Jillian Tamaki.

Tie on your apron!
Roll up your sleeves!
Pans are out, oven is hot.
The kitchen’s all ready,
Where do we start?

In this lively, rousing picture book from Caldecott Honoree Jillian Tamaki, a crew of resourcefu …

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I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree

by Jean E. Pendziwol, illustrated by Nathalie Dion
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play, emotions & feelings, poetry (see also stories in verse)

Jean E. Pendziwol’s newest picture book is a lyrical meditation on nature and hope.

The child in this story observes the sun by playing with her shadow, though sometimes it disappears. She listens to the wind tell stories, even when it howls like wolves. She tastes snowflakes — sometimes sweet and delicate; other times sharp on her cheeks. And f …

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The King of Jam Sandwiches

by Eric Walters
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: homelessness & poverty, self-esteem & self-reliance, depression & mental illness

? “Tug at the heartstrings and tickle the funny bone…This warm tale is definitely one for the keeper shelves. Highly recommended.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Thirteen-year-old Robbie leads a double life. It's just Robbie and his dad, but no one knows that his dad isn't like most parents. Sometimes he wakes Robbie up in the middl …

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Sara and the Search for Normal

by Wesley King
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, depression & mental illness, friendship

“Readers will appreciate [Sara] as good literary company even as they develop sympathy for her struggles.” —BCCB
“It’s the vivid, insightful depiction of Sara’s internal struggles that readers will remember.” —Booklist
“A must-buy.” —School Library Journal (starred review)
In this prequel to the Edgar Award–winning OCDaniel, …

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The Stone of Sorrow

by Brooke Carter
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: epic, mythical creatures, wizards & witches

In a land of myth and ice, seventeen-year-old Runa Unnursdóttir is not the runecaster her clan has been hoping for. She spends her days daydreaming of sailing away and exploring the world instead of studying the runes and learning her spells. The villagers consider her odd, in looks and in manner. She’s nothing like her talented sister, Sýr, ke …

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How to Pronounce Knife

Stories

by Souvankham Thammavongsa
edition: Paperback
tagged: short stories (single author), cultural heritage, literary

WINNER OF THE 2020 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE NATIONAL BESTSELLER
Named one of Time Magazine's Must-Read Books of 2020 and one of the best books of the month by The New York Times, Salon, Vanity Fair, Bustle, The Millions, and Vogue, and featuring stories that have appeared in Harper's, Granta, The Atlantic, and The Paris Review, this revelatory book …

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Fight Like a Girl

by Sheena Kamal
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 14 to 100
  • Grade: 9 to 17
tagged: diversity & multicultural, parents, martial arts

The Beauty of the Moment meets Exit, Pursued by a Bear. Award-winning thriller writer Sheena Kamal delivers a kick-ass debut YA novel that will have fans crying out for more.

Love and violence. In some families they're bound up together, dysfunctional and poisonous, passed from generation to generation like eye color or a quirk of smile. Trisha's tr …