Looking for some great Canada books for kids of all ages? Check out this list of Teacher-Librarian curated Canadian-themed favourites!
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The books I’m sharing today are all great reads to help kids become more familiar with our beautiful modern-day country. They focus on our current cultural and geographical diversity. They are not intended to focus on the history, or the original inhabitation of the land or the subsequent white settlement of it. I feel that would be better served by a completely different list of books which is on my future blogging to-do list! That being said, I have done my best to ensure that all the resources listed here are inclusive and represent all of Canada’s peoples with respect.
For your convenience, I list the books in order from those most appropriate for younger audiences to those that would appeal to teens. With each book, I provide a brief summary and age range to help you find what might best suit your needs! Enjoy!
Canada Books for Littles
Check out Good Night Canada for a soothing and rhyming tour through the provinces and territories that’s perfect for Preschooler bedtimes. Ages 2-4.
Full of Canadian symbols with bright colourful drawings, ABC of Canada is sure to be a pleaser for toddlers and preschoolers. Ages 2-4.
Canada Books for School Agers
I Am Canada is a lovely poem about all the variety of peoples and seasons we get in Canada, illustrated by a variety of famous Canadian author/illustrators! Ages 2-6.
Carson Crosses Canada is a humourous story about an adventurous grannie and her dog, Carson who travel from the West coast to the East coast in a rollicking car ride. Ages 4-8.
M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet is a beautifully illustrated Canadian alphabet book. Each page has a simple paragraph for younger children, with extended fun facts for older grade-schoolers. Ages 2-8.
A Canadian Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Canada’s Kids takes the reader month by month through all kinds of fun facts about Canada’s diverse cultures, foods, celebrations, and landmarks. Ages 5-10.
Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes includes the compelling stories of a variety of inspirational and heroic people that are indigenous to Canada (and the US). Ages 6 – 12.
Canada Books for Older Children and Teens
My Canada: An Illustrated Atlas is an infographic style book full of facts and illustrated kid-friendly maps of each of the provinces and territories. Ages 8-12.
Wow Canada!: Exploring This Land from Coast to Coast to Coast is packed with information about each province and territory while reading like a storybook as it follows the travels of an imaginary family as they tour each province and territory. Ages 9-12.
Weird But True Canada: 300 Outrageous Facts About the True North is a highly visual and fact-packed collection which focuses on many of the unique aspects of Canada, created by National Geographic Kids. Ages 8-12.
Cryptic Canada: Unsolved Mysteries from Coast to Coast is a terrific collection of lesser known true stories from the Money Pit on Oak Island to the failed Northern expeditions – perfect for adventure-seeking kids. Ages 10 and up.
Colossal Canada is a roundup of 100 facts about exceptional Canadians, historical events, inventions and more. Ages 12 and up.
Canada Year by Year is a detailed romp through Canada’s modern history between the years 1867 and 2017. Full of important events, information about politics, sports, arts and culture, and world affairs. Ages 14 and up.
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