Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Early Reader

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  • Age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 1 to 12
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Alina in a Pinch

by Shenaaz Nanji
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: prejudice & racism, cooking & food, friendship

Moving to a new city means Alina has to make new friends, and nothing is worse than lunch at a new school. When her grandmother visits, Alina is inspired to help her cook the delicious Afro-Indian meals she’s always loved, but a cruel note from a mysterious lunchtime bully leaves a bitter taste that even Nani’s excellent cooking can’t erase.

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Same Here!

The Differences We Share

by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Sophie Casson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 12
tagged: customs, traditions, anthropology, daily activities, diversity & multicultural

Explore how kids around the world live and the common needs that unite them

Children around the world live different lives from one another—different cultures, different geographic and socio-economic realities, differing access to health and education. Despite these differences, they all share common needs: the need to feel loved and protected, th …

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The Tales of Dwipa

by Prajwala Dixit, illustrated by Duncan Major
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: diversity & multicultural, adaptations, prejudice & racism

Through a framework of traditional tales, fantastic creatures struggle with issues of marginalization, opening discussion for parents and children in an accessible form.

The Tales Of Dwipa is a collection of short stories adapted from the Panchatantra, a collection of simple, engaging, and interrelated animal tales penned by Pandit Vishnu Sharma in …

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Rabbit Chase

by Elizabeth LaPensee, by (artist) KC Oster, translated by Aarin Dokum
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: native american, native canadian

A BookRiot “Don’t-Miss 2022 Queer Graphic Novels & Memoirs” List

Anishinaabe culture and storytelling meet Alice in Wonderland in this coming-of-age graphic novel that explores Indigenous and gender issues through a fresh yet familiar looking glass.

Aimée, a non-binary Anishinaabe middle-schooler, is on a class trip to offer gifts to Paayehns …

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Step

by Deborah Ellis
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: short stories, self-esteem & self-reliance, adolescence

In this powerful collection of short stories, children around the world turn eleven and take a step into their futures. Each one is changed in ways both big and small.

Annoyed at having to walk his sister’s dog on his birthday, Connor heads into an undeveloped subdivision, where he comes across chilling evidence of a stranger’s unhappiness. A gi …

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Giju's Gift

by Brandon Mitchell, illustrated by Veronika Barinova & Britt Wilson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 2
tagged: native canadian, action & adventure, friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance

Long ago, all living creatures on this land shared a special balance with one another. The pugulatmu’j—the Little People—were the original guardians of the land, and they looked after all living things. As time passed, we forgot these playful yet powerful guardians, but they did not forget us. Occasionally, they make their presence known with …

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Aggie and Mudgy

The Journey of Two Kaska Dena Children

by Wendy Proverbs
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: native canadian, prejudice & racism, physical & emotional abuse

Based on the true story of the author’s biological mother and aunt, this middle-grade novel traces the long and frightening journey of two Kaska Dena sisters as they are taken from their home to attend residential school.

When Maddy discovers an old photograph of two little girls in her grandmother’s belongings, she wants to know who they are. …