Canadian Children’s Book News: Winter Reading

It’s time for winter reading! This season’s digital reviews feature finalists for the 2021 #CCBCBookAwards! View the full list of finalists here.

Published quarterly, our magazine Canadian Children’s Book News reviews books, interviews authors and illustrators, includes annotated reading lists, informs and updates readers about issues affecting children’s education and reading, and provides information and news about the world of children’s books in Canada.

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Picture Books


The Barnabus Project
written and illustrated by the Fan Brothers with Devin Fan
Tundra Books, 2020



Our Little Kitchen
written and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
Groundwood Books, 2020




Swift Fox All Along
written by Rebecca Thomas
illustrated by Maya McKibbin
Annick Press, 2020




Weekend Dad
written by Naseem Hrab
illustrated by Frank Viva
Groundwood Books, 2020


Junior & Intermediate Fiction


The Barren Grounds
(The Misewa Saga, Book 1)
written by David A. Robertson
Puffin Canada, 2020




(Bloom Trilogy, Book 1)
written by Kenneth Oppel
HarperCollins Canada, 2020




The Brushmaker’s Daughter
(A Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers)
written by Kathy Kacer
Second Story Press, 2020




No Vacancy
written by Tziporah Cohen
Groundwood Books, 2020



Young Adult



Barry Squires, Full Tilt
written by Heather Smith
Penguin Teen Canada, 2020



Charming as a Verb
written by Ben Philippe
Balzer + Bray, 2020




Facing the Sun
written by Janice Lynn Mather
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2020



He Must Like You
written by Danielle Younge-Ullman
Penguin Teen Canada, 2020





111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl
written by Rina Singh
illustrated by Marianne Ferrer
Kids Can Press, 2020