Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Top Grade 2020

Created by kileyturner
  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
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The entire selection of Top Grade titles for 2020.

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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: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • 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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The Library Bus

by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: books & libraries, non-classifiable, middle east

 

Author Bahram Rahman grew up in Afghanistan during years of civil war and the restrictive Taliban regime. He wrote The Library Bus to tell new generations about the struggles of women who, like his own sister, were forbidden to learn.

It is still dark in Kabul, Afghanistan when the library bus rumbles out of the city. There are no bus seats—inste …

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A World of Mindfulness

by Erin Alladin, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo; Rebecca Bender; Gabrielle Grimard; Tara Anderson; Francois Thisdale; Scot Ritchie; Miki Sato; Tamara Campeau; Emma Pedersen; Carmen Mok; Aino Anto; Sue Macartney; Dubois & Andrea Blinick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: non-classifiable, emotions & feelings

 

From the creators of A World of Kindness, a meditative, sensory picture book with arresting art from fourteen illustrators featuring several exciting new artists

I am here. I know who I am. I breathe in the smell of sun-warmed grass and it fills my lungs with energy.

Parents, educators, and health practitioners everywhere are recognizing the importa …

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Breakdown

by David A. Robertson, illustrated by Scott B. Henderson & Donovan Yaciuk
edition: Book
also available: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, paranormal, mental illness, superheroes, science fiction

Acclaimed writer, David A. Robertson, delivers suspense, adventure, and humour in this stunningly illustrated graphic novel continuation of The Reckoner trilogy.

After the events in Wounded Sky, Cole and Eva arrive in Winnipeg, the headquarters of Mihko Laboratories. They are intent on destroying the company once and for all, but their plans are thw …

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What Kids Did

Stories of Kindness and Invention In the Time of COVID-19

by Erin Silver
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, non-classifiable

In the spring of 2020, the Covid-19 virus changed the world and made daily life much more challenging. We had to stay apart, away from work, school, and our normal routines. But, all around the world, kids came up with creative and thoughtful ways to help others. From making 3-D printed medical equipment to food bank fundraising to a neighbourhood …

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Maurice and His Dictionary

A True Story

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Enzo Lord Mariano
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: historical, school & education, holocaust

This is the story of one refugee family’s harrowing journey, based on author Cary Fagan’s own family history. The graphic novel follows a young Jewish boy, Maurice, and his family as they flee their home in Belgium during the Second World War. They travel by train to Paris, through Spain to Portugal, and finally across the ocean to Jamaica, wh …

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When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo

by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, translated by Mildred Walters
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: emotions & feelings, friendship, multigenerational

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words …