BOOKLIST: Canada Day Favourites From You!

Happy Canada Day! We asked and you answered! This Canada Day, we want to know your favourite Canadian classic and what makes it so great.

Donna Says… Alligator Pie! I love poems – and nonsense poems are beloved of children! They giggle and laugh while reciting them with the delight of knowing how silly they are!

Tina Says… Kathy Stinson’s Red is Best has always been my favourite Canadian children’s book. It perfectly captures the delightful spirit of a child and her love of the colour red. As a parent, I adored reading this story to my children. As an author, I was inspired by Stinson to also celebrate the special view children have of our world. As a Canadian, I love red, too!

Valerie Says… Anne of Green Gables, for giving a delicious name to a common children experience — The Depths of Despair!

Ada Says…. Anne with an E

Sharon Says… Anne, of course. But my first novel (in grade one) was Pierre Berton’s The Secret World of Og. About real kids my age who lived nearby — oh my!

Andrea Says… I remember, loving The Secret World of Og, too.

First Choice Books Says… The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton

Nikki Says… Farley Mowat’s Owls in the Family holds a special place in my reading heart. The descriptions of the prairie and comical moments with nature makes this prairie girl smile.

Grace Says… Amos’s Sweater by Janet Lunn. She was our first author to come to the Medicine Hat libraries.

Rachel Says… This Can’t Be Happening at Macdonald Hall

Amanda Says… Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang

Margriet Says… Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman!

Sandra Says… Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman

Emma Says… There’s so many but I’ll always love Phoebe Gilman

Kalea Says… Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Simona Says… Any Robert Munsch actually. My faves being Moose! and We Share Everything!

Kristin Says… Hero of Lesser Causes by Julie Johnston — only dates back to 1992, but it catches the middle-grade mind set so well. I laughed and I cried. It doesn’t get better than that.

Andrea Says… I have two. 1. Gordon Korman’s I Want to Go Home Rudy Miller and his antics made me laugh till I was breathless as a kid. Then as a mom I would look at the stuff my kids were doing and the book would make me laugh even harder because kids like that do exist!!
2. Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Blue Castle. I loved Valancy Stirling, she took her life back with no apologies. The setting of the book was right where I was growing up and made me appreciate the beauty of the forests that surrounded me. Also, it’s a romance with a classic happy ending which was so romantic to a 13-year-old me.

Shannon and Nathan (age 8) say…. Never Let You Go by Patricia Storms. This book basically got my son and I through his first year of kindergarten and the separation anxiety that comes with starting school. Even now, four years later, it’s still our go-to book on rough days when we need a little extra comfort.

Did we miss your favourite? Let us know in the comments!