Yes, Canada Day is over and I wanted to share some of my favourite Canadian books for readers of all ages. At the end, I also included a few Canadian books on my to be read shelf.
Canada ABC by Paul Covello
The teacher I worked with this year made this book available to the pre-kindergarten students and I was surprised by in their interest in this book. Many of the kids liked finding the Canadian flag. One time a child was building with animal blocks and I said that her tower reminded me of a totem pole. The child wasn’t sure what I referencing until I pulled out the book. After I heard the child telling her friends that she had made a totem pole. This is a nice book for early readers as it is a board book with bright detailed illustrations. You’ll be asked to read it many times.
Mud Puddle by Robert Munsch
I like reading this book to kids when the spring puddles are in abundance. Have you’ve ever noticed the magnetic attraction between kids and puddles?
Check out this man versus nature book when little Jule Ann goes against the massive mud puddle that enjoys jumping on her head.
This is good silly reading.
Cloning Miranda by Carol Matas
This is a good introductory book for young readers to the Sci-Fi genre. I read this book numerous times in late elementary and Jr. High. It would make for a great debate topic for young people.
Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
This book is a beautiful collection of poetic thoughts. Kaur knows how to take sadness, hurt and anger and spin it into healing and love. Many times, I needed to stop and reread the text. These are words that should be framed.
The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
This book was on my bookshelf for years before I cracked it open. My mom read it, my grandma even read it before me! It has to be one of my favourite books. The narrative is so compelling and emotive. I loved the real depiction of the Canadian experience of escaped slaves explored by Hill. It is not an easy read and yet an essential read.
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
You cannot trust the protagonist in this novel, which makes for a compelling and intense read. It is based on an actual murder story that happened in Canada. There is also a movie recently made about this book.
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Last year I was very interested in Atwood’s writing so I read three of her novels (Alias Grace, The Handmaid’s Tale and The Heart Goes Last). The last one was my least favourite.
I know there is a mini series about this book right now, so the hype around this novel is high. Nevertheless, this is a scary good read. It is hard to place this book… thriller, historical, dystopian, future predictor. All in all, I would recommend this book.
TBR Canadian Books
Spork by Kyo Maclear
The author uses her own personal experiences being of mixed heritage to produce this picture book. It is the story of a spork who is trying to manage his identity within the kitchen.
The Rule of Three: The Neighbourhood (Book 1) by Eric Walters
I remember my elementary librarian recommending books by Walters. Many of my classmates read his books. He has written many books. I have never read one of his books (I was close once…).
This trilogy sounds intriguing. One day all things electrical and cybernetic stop working and chaos ensues in the main character’s town. Will the problem spread to the rest of the region and the country? Dun dun dun!
A Girl Called Echo (Pemmincan Wars Series) by Katherena Vermette
This is a time travel graphic novel. I’m interested in this book as my local library has a book reading challenge which listed reading a book by an Indigenous author.
Echo is in class one day when she is transported to a bison hunt in Saskatchewan. I like historical fiction time travel stories (e.g. Outlander the miniseries and Octavia Butler’s Kindred), so I look forward to reading this book.
Come From Away by Genevieve Graham
Firstly, this is not the book of the musical of the same title.
Secondly, Come From Away is my hotly anticipated BIG summer read. I don’t know much about this book. I know that it is set during WWII and centers around a young woman works in the family store when her brothers go to war. There were high ratings on goodreads about this book, so I hope it will be a worthwhile read.
Happy reading everyone!