Canada 150: The Best 150 Canadian Books for Children

March 23, 2017 | RayL

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To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, library staff from across Toronto have put together a spectacular list that celebrates some of the best Canadian books for children.

We've selected 150 titles, but we can assure you that there are far more than 150 titles written or illustrated by Canadians that are worth reading. 

Over the next 15 weeks, library staff will be highlighting 10 outstanding Canadian children's books each week. These 150 titles reflect the breadth of diverse children's stories by Canadian authors and/or illustrators. 

Here's just a peek at some of the unabashedly Canadian titles that we'll be highlighting over the coming months. 

The Hockey Sweater Oscar Lives Next Door Sweetest Kulu The Wonderful Pig of Jillian Jiggs

1. The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

References Canadian institutions such as Eaton's and the Montreal Canadiens. 

2. Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer

Looks at the early life of Canadian jazz legend, Oscar Peterson.

3. Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk

Gorgeously depicts gifts that the animals give to her newborn, Kulu. 

4. The Wonderful Pigs of Jillian Jiggs by Pheobe Gilman

Looks at the entrepreneurial spirit of a girl and her pigs. 


Let us know of your favourite Canadian children's books in the comments.

Canada 150 Lists(s):

Canada 150: Comic Books and Scary Stories

Canada 150: Books for Our Littlest Readers and the "Big People" Who Read With Them 

Canada 150: Sweet, Silly, Serious- We've Got It All!

Canada 150: Ten Powerful Historical Novels

Canada 150: Wonderful Picture Books That Are Perfect for Reading Aloud

Canada 150: Ten Amazing Children's Books

Canada 150: Stepping Outside a Young Reader's World

Canada 150: Ten Books to Empower Younger Readers

Canada 150: Ten Delightful Books for Younger Readers