Canadian titles make USBBY’s 2017 list of Outstanding International Books!

USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and  young adults. The books on the list were chosen by a committee of USBBY members. Nine Canadian titles, either written and/or illustrated by Canadians, or published by a Canadian publishing house, made the 2017 list.

Grades PreK-2

Animals' Ark, The
The Animals’ Ark
Written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc
Kids Can Press

Malaika's Costume
Malaika’s Costume
Written by Nadia L. Hohn
Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
Groundwood Books

Hurry Up, Henry
Written by Jennifer Lanthier
Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant
Puffin Canada

Family is a Family
A Family Is a Family Is a Family
Written by Sara O’Leary
Illustrated by Qin Leng
Groundwood Books

Grades 3-5

Somos como las nubes / We Are Like the Clouds

Written by Jorge Argueta
Illustrated by Alfonso Ruano
Translated by Elisa Amado
Groundwood Books

Book Uncle and Me

Written by Uma Krishnaswami
Illustrated by Julianna Swaney
Groundwood Books

Grades 6-8

White Cat and the Monk
The White Cat and the Monk: A Retelling of the Poem “Pangue Bán”

Written by Jo Ellen Bogart
Illustraed by Sydney Smith
Groundwood Books

The Pact

Written by Amanda West Lewis
Red Deer Press

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Written by Robin Stevenson
Orca Book Publishers

For the complete list of selections, please visit