February 25, 2015

International Day of the Polar Bear: February 27


Whether you're interested in learning more about these magnificent mammals and their natural history or read about fictionalized accounts of their relationships with humans, this book list of youngCanLit titles should provide enough variety of fiction and non-fiction, picture books and novels, and even film to appease any reader interested in honouring the polar bear on February 27.


Picture Books

The Bear That Had No Bump of Locality
by Galt Denham
Illustrated by Bettie Kerkham
Vantage Press
30 pp.
Ages 6-9
1983

Ben and Nuki Discover Polar Bears
by Michelle Valberg
MV Photo Productions
38 pp.
Ages 7-9
2012

Bubbly Troubly Polar Bear
by Lisa Dalrymple
Illustrated by Elizabeth Pratt
Tuckamore Books
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2013

Mikissuk's Secret
by Isabelle Lafonta
Illustrated by Barroux
Scholastic
40 pp.
Ages 6-8
2008

My Arctic 1, 2, 3
by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
Illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka
Annick Press
24 pp.
Ages 3-7
1996
The Orphan and the Polar Bear (Unikkaakuluit series)
by Sakiasi Qaunaq
Illustrated by Eva Widermann 
Inhabit Media
32 pp.
Ages 6-10
2011

Out on the Ice in the Middle of the Bay
by Peter Cumming
Illustrated by Alice Priestley
Annick Press
32 pp.
Ages 4-8
2004

Penguin and the Cupcake
by Ashley Spires
Simply Read
48 pp.
Ages 3-7
2014

The Polar Bear's Gift
by Jeanne Bushey
Illustrated by Vladyana Langer Krykorka
Red Deer Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-7
2000

The polar bear in the rock: two windows on the world = Nanuk ujagammi: unikkausikkut kaujimajunullu kaujisautinga
by Derek H. C. Wilton
Illus. by Cynthia Colosimo
Labrador Institute of Memorial Univ.
24 pp. 
2010

A Polar Bear Night of Stars and Light
by Jennifer LaBella
Windermere House Publishing
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
2008

Snow Bear
by Liliana Stafford
Illustrated by Lambert Davis
Groundwood/Douglas & McIntyre
32 pp.
Ages 6-9
2001

When Wishes Come True
by Per-Henrik Gürth 
Lobster Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-7
2009








Fiction
Frost
by Nicole Luiken
Great Plains Teen Fiction
158 pp.
Ages 14+
2007 

Frozen
by Lori Jamison
Illustrated by Charlie Hnatiuk
H.I.P. Books
75 pp.
Ages 11-17
2012

Ghosts of the Pacific
by Philip Roy
Ronsdale Press
251 pp.
Ages 11-14
2011

The Middle of Everywhere
by Monique Polak
Orca Book Publishers
208 pp.
Ages 12+
2009

Northern Exposures
by Eric Walters
HarperCollins
Ages 10+  
256 pp
2012

Payuk and the Polar Bears
by Vita Rordam
Borealis Press
44 pp.
Ages 8+
1981

The Pole
by Eric Walters
Penguin
256 pp.
Ages 10-14
2008

Sharla
by Budge Wilson
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
168 pp.
Ages 12-15
1997


Trapped in Ice
by Eric Walters
Viking/Penguin
205 pp.
Ages 9-13
1997

Trouble at the Top of the World (Screech Owls, #22)
by Roy MacGregor
McClelland & Stewart
127 pp.
Ages 9-13
2008

www.walkwithapolarbear.com
by Mercedes Montgomery 
Your Nickel’s Worth
125 pp.
Ages 9-13
2008










Non-Fiction
Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists
by Raquel Rivera
Illustrated by Jirina Marton
Groundwood/House of Anansi Press
48 pp.
Ages 8-12
2007

Arctic Icons: How the Town of Churchill Learned to Love Its Polar Bears
by Ed Struzik
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
212 pp.
Ages 15+
2014

Ava and the Little Folk
by Neil Christopher & Alan Neal
Illustrated by Jonathan Wright
Inhabit Media 
41 pp.
Ages 5-11
2012



Baby Polar Bear 
(Nature Babies series)
by Aubrey Lang 
Photography by Wayne Lynch
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 
35 pp.
Ages 5-7
2008


Bärle’s Story: One bear's amazing recovery from life as a circus act
by Else Poulsen
Greystone Books
227 pp.
Ages 14+
2014

Bears: Polar Bears, Black Bears and Grizzly Bears
by Deborah Hodge
Illustrated by Pat Stephens
Kids Can Press
32 pp.
Ages 5-11
1996

Canada’s Arctic Animals 
(Canada Close Up series)
by Chelsea Donaldson 
Scholastic 
44 pp.
Ages 6-8
2005

The Curse of Akkad: Climate Upheavals That Rocked Human History
by Peter Christie
Annick Press
144 pp.
Ages 11-14
2008

The Life Cycle of a Polar Bear 
by Rebecca Sjonger and Bobbie Kalman
Photographs by Marc Crabtree
Crabtree
32 pp.
Ages 8-11
2006

Nanook and Naoya: The Polar Bear Cubs
by Angele Delaunois
Translated by Mary Shelton
Photographs by Fred Bruemmer
Orca Book Publishers
48 pp.
Ages 8-11
1995

Polar Animals 
(Who Lives Here? series)
by Deborah Hodge 
Illustrated by Pat Stephens
Kids Can Press
24 pp.
Ages 4-7
2008

Polar Worlds: Life at the Ends of the Earth
by Robert Bateman with Nancy Kovacs
Scholastic Canada
48 pp.
Ages 8-12
2008

Vanishing Habitats 
by Robert Bateman 
Scholastic 
48 pp.
Ages 7-12
2009



Film
Arctic Circle = Cercle Arctique
Directed by Takashi Shibasaki, Atsushi Nishida and Wally Longui
Produced by Wally Longui, Cindy Witten and Toshiro Matsumoto
National Film Board of Canada
80 min.
Ages 12+
2009

Land of the Ice Bear
Directed by Andrew Manske and Albert Karvonen 
Produced by Albert Karvonen and Jerry Krepakevich 
National Film Board of Canada
46 min., 10 sec.
Order Number: C9199 224
Ages 15+
1999


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