Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Early Reader

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  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 12
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Living With Viola

by Rosena Fung
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: depression & mental illness, self-esteem & self-reliance

Heartbreakingly honest and quietly funny, this graphic novel from a debut creator is a refreshingly real exploration of mental health, cultural differences, and the trials of middle school.

Livy is already having trouble fitting in as the new girl at school—and then there’s Viola. Viola is Livy’s anxiety brought to life, a shadowy twin that on …

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Shelter

Homelessness in Our Community

by Lois Peterson, illustrated by Taryn Gee
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: homelessness & poverty, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, depression & mental illness, social activism & volunteering

There are 150 million people experiencing homelessness worldwide, and that number is increasing every year.

Homelessness is not a choice, yet it exists in almost every community. But why are people homeless? Who are they? What can you do? In Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community, readers will get answers to these complex questions. They’ll learn …

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Stealing Home

by J. Torres, illustrated by J. Torres
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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When a boy struggles after moving to a Japanese internment camp during WWII, baseball shows him another way to approach life.

Sandy Saito is a happy boy who reads comic books and is obsessed with baseball --- especially the Asahi team, the pride of his Japanese Canadian community. But when the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, his life, like that of eve …

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Meranda and the Legend of the Lake

by Meagan Mahoney
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 12
tagged: mysteries & detective stories, mermaids, multigenerational, special needs

Anne of Green Gables meets Song for a Whale with a touch of Nancy Drew in this debut middle-grade mystery

"Mahoney’s debut novel combines the fantastical and contemporary to create an accessible story for young readers ... An intriguing mystery set in the mythical backdrop of a coastal Canadian town, starring an unstoppable girl driven by curiosi …

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It Takes Guts

How Your Body Turns Food Into Fuel (and Poop)

by Jennifer Gardy, illustrated by Belle Wuthrich
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: anatomy & physiology, diet & nutrition, body

A 2022 Forest of Reading: Yellow Cedar Award Nominee!

An illustrated book about the digestive system and microbiome for young readers, from famous (and funny) scientist Dr. Jennifer Gardy.

Everybody eats, and everybody poops. Pretty ordinary stuff, right?

But what happens in between is far from ordinary! That’s where your digestive system—also kno …

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Science of Song, The

How and Why We Make Music

by Alan Cross; Alan Cross & Nicole Mortillaro, illustrated by Carl Wiens
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: history, inventions, physics

What is music? How is it made? And what's changed --- and what hasn't --- about how we listen to it? Here's all the best stuff about the science and history behind our connection to music.

Though most of us know we love listening to music, we may not spend much time thinking about how this came to be, or the science, technology, engineering and math …