Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Language Arts

Created by kileyturner
  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
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Language Arts books featured in the fall 2020 Top Grade collection.

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Nothing but Life

by Brent van Staalduinen
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 10 to 12
tagged: literary, death & dying, violence

During a sweltering summer, Dills must come to terms with a horrific crime and the parent he loves who committed it.

Dills and his mom have returned to Hamilton, her hometown, hoping to leave the horrors of Windsor behind. But it’s impossible to escape the echoes of tragedy, and trouble always follows trouble.

When Dills hurts a new classmate, it …

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Drone Chase

by Pam Withers
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: survival stories, camping & outdoor activities, new experience

Ray will need every ounce of his drone skills and outdoor smarts to recover his missing bear cub before poachers get to it first.
When his orphan bear cub goes missing, sixteen-year-old drone enthusiast Ray McLellan decides to use his airborne spying skills to find it. Little does he know that an evil bear-poaching gang operating in the surroundin …

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From the Roots Up

by Tasha Spillett, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: Book
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, prejudice & racism, lgbt, girls & women, friendship, assimilation, coming of age, death & dying, dating & sex

Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue in this sequel to Surviving the City

Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home. On top of everything else, Dez is navigating a new relationship and coming into her identity as a Two-Spirit person. 

Miikwan is crushing on the school’s new kid Riel …

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Teaching Mrs. Muddle

by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Alice Carter
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: school & education, new experience, humorous stories

 

Fall in love at first blunder with a wisely foolish kindergarten teacher who makes the first day of school an experience to remember.

Kayla isn’t too sure about the first day of kindergarten. What if she misses her mom? What if she can’t find the bathroom? But when Kayla meets Mrs. Muddle, it quickly becomes clear that Kayla’s problems are no …

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The Desert Prince

by Alisha Sevigny
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: ancient civilizations

Ancient Egyptian healer and scribe Sesha is ready for another role: spy.

Be sure to read Sesha’s first adventure, The Lost Scroll of the Physician.

Forced to flee Thebes or face death, Sesha and her friends, Paser and Reb, travel up the Nile and into the desert in search of a hidden oasis. Led by a freed spy, they plan to rescue Pharaoh’s daught …

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A Great Big Night

by Kate Inglis, illustrated by Josée Bisaillon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: poetry (see also stories in verse), friendship, frogs & toads, music

A rolllicking, rhyming picture book about music-making critters, community and friendship.

The music train was a happy sight
Clickity-clackity three on bikes
Rolling in for a great big night.

When three travelling frog musicians roll through the forest on their painted bicycles, the other animals know they're in for a great big party. Only one o …

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Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland

by Charis Cotter, illustrated by Genevieve Simms
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: ghost stories, thrillers & suspense, paranormal

A spooky, illustrated collection of Atlantic ghost stories for middle-grade readers by the award-winning author of The Ghost Road.

The whole world seemed to tilt at that moment, like a painting on a wall that gets knocked a little crooked. Everything she had known as real up until now was slightly altered, and she seemed to be standing on the edge o …

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The Little Red Shed

by Adam Young & Jennifer Young
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: bullying, self-esteem & self-reliance

Once upon a fine morning, a little shed awakens to discover she isn’t quite the same as she used to be. Uncertain and feeling as if she no longer fits in, she decides to leave home and sets out to sea. All alone on the wide, wide ocean, she meets an extraordinary new friend who sees how special she really is, and with newfound confidence, the lit …