Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Picture Books

Created by craigriggs
  • Age: 0 to 12
  • Grade: p to 12
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Picture books featured in the fall 2021 Top Grade collection.

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Sour Cakes

by Karen Krossing, illustrated by Anna Kwan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: 1 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings, imagination & play, siblings

Heavy emotions meet a deep well of understanding in this uplifting sibling story

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Two siblings wake up in two very different moods; the older one cheerful and lively, the younger feeling sad and irritable. The big sister negotiates and cajoles, tries everything she can think of to cheer her little sister up, but nothing works. She offers to go outsi …

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Little Moar and the Moon

by Roselynn Akulukjuk, illustrated by Jazmine Gubbe
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: imagination & play, emotions & feelings, polar regions, humorous stories

Moar has always loved autumn—playing outside with his friends, feeling the weather get colder—but there is one thing about autumn that really worries Moar. The moon. The days become shorter and the moon, with its creepy face and eerie smile, seems to be looking down on him before he can even get home from school! So, one day, Moar is determined …

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Burying the Moon

by Andrée Poulin, illustrated by Sonali Zohra
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: asia, stories in verse

A beautifully illustrated novel in verse about a young Indian girl who tackles the taboos around sanitation in her village. 

In Latika’s village in rural India, there are no toilets. No toilets mean that the women have to wait until night to do their business in a field. There are scorpions and snakes in the field, and germs that make people sick. …

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Ga's / The Train

by Jodie Callaghan, illustrated by Georgia Lesley, translated by Joe Wilmot
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: prejudice & racism, multigenerational, native canadian

The dual-language edition, in English and Mi'gmaq, of the Silver Birch Express-nominated title, The Train.

Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their community in Nova Scotia. Ashley sees his sadness, and Uncle tells her of the day years ago when he and the other children from their community were told to board the train before …

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A Kid Is a Kid Is a Kid

by Sara O'Leary, illustrated by Qin Leng
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, special needs, friendship, diversity & multicultural

In this companion to the enormously popular A Family Is a Family Is a Family, a group of kids share the silly questions they always hear, as well as the questions they would rather be asked about themselves.

Being the new kid is hard, a child in the school playground tells us. I can think of better things to ask than if I’m a boy or a girl. Anothe …

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We Dream Medicine Dreams

by (artist) Lisa Boivin
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: native canadian, birds, death & dying, deer, moose & caribou, bears, bedtime & dreams, values & virtues, wolves & coyotes

From Dene artist and bioethicist Lisa Boivin comes this healing story of hope, dreams, and the special bond between grandfather and granddaughter.

When a little girl dreams about a bear, her grandfather explains how we connect with the knowledge of our ancestors through dreams. Bear, Hawk, Caribou, and Wolf all have teachings to share to help us liv …

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Good Morning, Takaya

by Cheryl Alexander & Alex Van Tol
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: wolves & coyotes, environmental science & ecosystems, environmental conservation & protection

The remarkable story of Vancouver Island's lone wolf, Takaya, is told in this charming, lyrical picture book for infants.

Takaya, the lone wolf, wakes up on a quiet bluff and sets out to discover the calm, gentle beauty of his coastal home. Encountering a variety of colours and other wildlife, and witnessing the beauty of the natural world, Takaya s …

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Takaya's Journey

by Cheryl Alexander & Jenaya Copithorne
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: wolves & coyotes, environmental conservation & protection, environmental science & ecosystems

Takaya's Journey introduces young children to Takaya, the lone wolf.

Using beautiful photography and charming, accessible text, Cheryl Alexander and Jenaya Copithorne take elementary school readers into Takaya's world. Along the way many questions are answered:

  • Who is Takaya?
  • Where did Takaya come from?
  • What does Takaya need?
  • What is Takaya's h …