Thousands of Canadian-authored kids and YA books


Summer Reading 2022

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
For students and teachers alike: get excited about reading this summer with a selection of K-12 books that will entertain and inspire!

Showing 1-8 of 40 books


Murder at the Hotel Hopeless

by John Lekich
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: crime, mysteries & detective stories

Charlie Hope was not expecting to spend his summer trying to solve a murder.

Helping his mother run the family hotel doesn’t usually offer much excitement. The only other people around are Penny Price, a spoiled child actor and star of the hit TV series Little Miss Murder being shot in town, and Mr. Ignato, an elderly resident at the hotel. When M …


The Stone Child

The Misewa Saga, Book Three

by David A. Robertson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: fantasy & magic, native american, orphans & foster homes

It's a race against time to save Eli, in this third book in the award-winning, Narnia-inspired Indigenous middle-grade fantasy series. 

After discovering a near-lifeless Eli at the base of the Great Tree, Morgan knows she doesn't have much time to save him. And it will mean asking for help — from friends old and new. Racing against the clock, and …


Wabanang, An Anishinaabe granddaughter’s search for the truth

an Anishinaabe Novel

by Judii Merle
edition: Paperback
tagged: historical, native americans

In the winter of 1876, a baby is born to Anishinaabe parents along the trapline in the northern Ontario wilderness. Seventy-five years later, her granddaughter is seeking information about her grandmother’s life, why her family is so fractured, and what part the residential school played in the dysfunction and estrangement which has shaped her ow …


Finding Edward

by Sheila Murray
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: literary, historical, cultural heritage, own voices

Cyril Rowntree migrates to Toronto from Jamaica in 2012. Managing a precarious balance of work and university he begins to navigate his way through the implications of being racialized in his challenging new land.

A chance encounter with a panhandler named Patricia leads Cyril to a suitcase full of photographs and letters dating back to the early 19 …


Twice as Perfect

by Louisa Onomé
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: friendship, coming of age, diversity & multicultural

Netflix’s Never Have I Ever meets Crazy Rich Asians with a Nigerian twist in this brilliant young-adult novel about being caught in between worlds

The only things worth doing are those that will lead to success.

For seventeen-year-old Adanna Nkwachi, life is all about duty: to school and the debate team, to her Nigerian parents, and even to her cou …


Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems

by Bree Galbraith, illustrated by Morgan Goble
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: chapter books, business, careers, occupations, girls & women

In this second title in the early chapter book series about everyone's favorite young entrepreneur, Wednesday Wilson is only trying to help her brother when her latest business idea strikes!

Sometimes the best business ideas pop up when you least expect them. Or that's what happens to Wednesday Wilson, anyway, the morning her brother, Mister, locks …


When the Wind Came

by Jan Andrews, illustrated by Dorothy Leung
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: weather, new experience, emotions & feelings

In this timely, poetic story of hope amid loss, acclaimed writer and storyteller Jan Andrews's touching picture book reminds us how, even on the darkest days, light can always be found.

It's a normal day, at first, for a girl on her family farm. But soon, the wind picks up. It blows harder and harder and harder. Her mother grabs her baby brother. He …


What the Dog Knows

by Sylvia McNicoll
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: dogs, time travel

Naomi’s dog Diesel returns from the afterlife with one mission — can he save her?

It’s Naomi’s worst summer ever. Her dog, Diesel, died. Dad lost his job. Mom and Dad split up. The family is broke, and Naomi is stuck babysitting when she planned to take swimming lessons. Then Naomi’s sometime-friend Morgan convinces her to jump off a dock. …