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Canadian Literature 
for Young People






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Canadian literature both relflects our Canadian identity & experience and has a hand in creating it.

Below you will find a few examples of Canadian work in a number of genres and formats. 

Our Favorite Children's and young Adult Authors (Arranged by Genre)

Fairy Tales

Canadian Fairy Tales
by Eva Martin

A Child's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes
illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Mother Goose: A Sampler
written by Celia Barker Lottridge
illustrated by Barbara Reid & Marie-Louise Gay

Sing a Song of Mother Goose
by Barbara Reid

The Golden Goose
by Barbara Reid

Phoebe Gilman

Tolowa Mollel

C.J. Taylor

Picture Books

Phoebe Gilman

Georgia Graham

Ted Harrison

Michael Kusugak

Julie Lawson

Barbara Reid

Roslyn Schwartz

Ian Wallace

Tim Wynne-Jones

Picture Books & Illustrations
from Historica: The Canadian Encyclopedia

Canadian Children's Illustrated Books

Concept Books

A Prairie Alphabet (1992)

A Seaside Alphabet (2000)

A Pacific Alphabet (2001)

A Big City ABC (2002)  

M is for Maple: a Canadian Alphabet (2001)

Beyond the Letters
A Retrospective of Canadian Alphabet Books


David Booth

Sheree Fitch

Robert Heidbreder

Dennis Lee

Jean Little

bp Nichol

Sean O’huigin

Lois Simmie

Raymond Souster

Tim Wynne-Jones

Canadian Poets Online

The League of Canadian Poets

Science Fiction

NCF Guide to Canadian Science Fiction

Made in Canada
The Homepage for Canadian Science Fiction

Out of This World
Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy

Science Fiction & Fantasy for Children
An annotated bibliography for educators. Searchable by nationality of author

Realistic Fiction

Martyn Godfrey

Gordon Korman

Jean Little

Eric Walters

Eric Wilson

Historical Fiction & Biography

Deborah Ellis

Linda Granfield

Barbara Greenwood

Janet Lunn

Kit Pearson

Barbara Smucker

Cora Taylor

Dear Canada Series
The Dear Canada series invites readers into the intimate worlds of girls throughout different times in Canadian history. It inlcudes Teaching with Dear Canada vols. 1 & 2 by Amy Von Heyking.

Our Canadian Girl Series
Historical Fiction written for girls.

Geoffrey Bilson Award Winners & Honour Books
Annotated list of award winning historical fiction for young people

Non-fiction or Informational

Linda Granfield

Diane Swanson

Shelley Tanaka

Informational Book Awards

Comics & Graphic Novels

Chester Brown

Dave Cooper

Riel Langlois, Drue Langlois, and Richard Comely

Jay Stephens

Guardians of the North
The Natinal Superhero in Canadian Comic-book Art

Beyond the Funnies
The History of Comics in English Canada & Quebec

We Stand On Guard for Thee
Canada's Comic Book Heroes

The Canadian Comic Art Centre

Hey Kids No Comics 
How the comic book almost disappeared 
by Brad Mackay


Genuine Canadian Magazine
Canadian magazines in bothe English and French listed by Category.

CMPA The Canadian Magazine Publishers Association 
Canada's leading professional magazine industry association, representing over 300 of the country's consumer titles. The member-driven, not-for-profit organization strives to serve Canadian magazines of all scope and size through ongoing advocacy and special initiatives.

Kayak: Canada's History Magazine for Kids

Read Up on It & Lisez sur le sujet
Read up on it is a program to promote Canadian Children's literature and reading. It highlights notable books on a variety of themes and features award-winning Canadian children's books in all categories in both English and French. Teachers may order free kits with annotated lists, colour posters and bookmarks.

Northwest Passages: Canadian Literature Online
An online bookstore specializing in Canadian Literature, Northwest Passages prides itself in helping libraries in Canada and around the world access Canadian books. As experts in Canadian literature and Canadian Studies, they are always happy to provide consulting services to libraries to help them choose books that will best suit their needs.
Sites for Sharing Student Work

Created by Adrian Hoad-Reddick, this site lets K-12 students publish their reports online. There's lots of fun activities too such as author crossword puzzles, reading and writing activity sheets in PDF format. It's useful for kids, teachers and librarians.

The Web-zine for young authors and readers (16 and under) where you can read and write stories and poetry. KIdsWWwrite is a project of the Kalamalka Institute for Working Writers, a program of the Kalamalka Campus of Okanagan University College.

Wired for Words: an Online Bookclub for Kids
Sponsored by Canada.com, the Calgary Herald, Calgary Board of Education, Telus and First Calgary, this page is designed for children who can write Book Reviews by age category, section for Parents, Teachers too. Provides links to children's literature. The People's Choice provides monthly online interviews with a Canadian author.

Wordwrights Canada - Writing Resources for Students
Includes Advice, Books, Contests, The League of Canadian Poets, Tapes and CDs and Website links for children and high-school students.

Posted by Janice Biebrich

Posted February 22, 2006