5 Books to Read for Canada Day

Saturday, July 1 is Canada Day, and we have some reading recommendations for the weekend. Pick up one of these great children’s books by Canadian authors and illustrators from your local library or bookstore.

Canada Year by Year

Canada Year by Year
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod
Illustrated by Sydney Smith
Kids Can Press, 2016
ISBN 978-1-77138-397-4
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Canada | Canadian History | Canadian Heritage | Canadian Trivia

Take a tour of Canada’s fascinating history! This timely title highlights a milestone for every year from Confederation in 1867, up to our Sesquicentennial in 2017 (1880: O Canada! 1947: Alberta Oil!). Along with featured stories, the pages are filled with short biographies, important firsts, quotes and trivia. This is a compelling snapshot of the people, places and events that have shaped our country — one year at a time.

Carson Crosses Canada

Carson Crosses Canada
Written by Linda Bailey
Illustrated by Kass Reich
Tundra Books, 2017
ISBN 978-1-101-91883-8
IL: Ages 4-8 RL: Grades 2-3

Canada | Road Trips | Travel | Dogs

Annie and her dog, Carson, live in British Columbia, Canada, and they’re setting out to visit her sister, Elsie, in Newfoundland. In their little car, packed with Carson’s favourite toy and plenty of sandwiches, Annie and Carson travel province by province, experiencing something special to each part of Canada.

Colossal Canada

Colossal Canada: 100 Epic Facts and Feats
Written by Elizabeth MacLeod and Frieda Wishinsky
Scholastic Canada, 2015
ISBN 978-1-4431-2820-9
IL: Ages 8-12 RL: Grades 4-5

Canadiana | Canada | Fact | Humour

Get ready to celebrate your country! From Chris Hadfield to Cirque du Soleil, peacekeeping to poutine, as well as mukluks, toques, grizzlies and chinooks, this fast-moving and eye-opening book will give young Canadians plenty to cheer about. Kids and adults alike will love learning all about their home and native land — and wowing friends and family with these fascinating facts! This title is also available in French as Canada en vedette: 100 faits surprenants.

My Canada

My Canada: An Illustrated Atlas
Written by Katherine Dearlove
Illustrated by Lori Joy Smith
Owlkids Books, 2017
ISBN 978-1-77147-264-7
IL: Ages 4-8  RL: Grades 1-2

Canada | Atlas | Provinces & Territories | Canadian Landmarks

In this picture book atlas of Canada, each province and territory is featured on its own spread, with icons and labels indicating the capital city, other major cities, key lakes and rivers, landmarks, animals, plants and more. Simple labels make key places and landmarks easily searchable for further research.

The Story of Canada

The Story of Canada
Written by Janet Lunn and Christopher Moore
Illustrated by Alan Daniel
Scholastic Canada, 2016
ISBN 978-1-4431-1954-2
IL: Ages 9-14 RL: Grades 4-5

Canada | Canadian History

Learn our country’s story through a rich narrative that includes recreations of daily life, folktales and intriguing facts. Coupled with captivating original paintings as well as historical documents, photographs, maps and cartoons, this book brings Canada’s story to life! Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation with this fascinating read.