July 08, 2016

Upcoming Releases of youngCanLit for Summer and Fall 2016

OMG was this a tremendous job! Look at all the youngCanLit coming out in the next 6 months.  It's overwhelming.  For weeks, I have been pouring through numerous websites and catalogues and have compiled this abbreviated list, knowing that I must have missed non-Canadian publishers of Canadian authors or illustrators (sorry!) and previously unknown authors/illustrators who are Canadian (also sorry!).  Apologies to anyone whose upcoming book I have inadvertently omitted.  As always, leave a comment below (or contact me through other social media) and I will amend my list promptly.

In the meanwhile, take a gander at this impressive listing of picture books, early readers, graphic novels, middle grade fiction, young adult novels and non-fiction titles to start compiling your next What To Read Next list.  Happy synthesizing and subsequent reading!

Picture Books
  • The Ghosts Go Spooking by Chrissy Bozik, illus. by Patricia Storms (Scholastic Canada)
  • Ooko by Esme Shapiro (Tundra)
  • You Belong Here by M.H. Clark, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault (Compendium)
Young Adult
  • Race to Pisa by Trevor Newland (Mosaic)>>>third graphic adventure of the Scallywags
  • Don’t Stress: How to Handle Life’s Little Problems by Helaine Becker (Scholastic Canada)
  • Next Round: A Young Athlete's Journey to Gold by John Spray (Pajama Press)
  • The Toad by Elise Gravel (Tundra)>>>Disgusting Critters series

Picture Books
  • All the World a Poem by Gilles Tibo. illus. by Manon Gauthier, trans. by Erin Woods (Pajama Press)
  • Baby’s First Treasury by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada)>>>collection of 4 board books for babies and toddlers including Welcome, Baby; Read Me a Book; Sing a Song of Mother Goose; Zoe's Year
  • Buddy and Earl and the Great Big Baby by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Carey Sookocheff (Groundwood Books)
  • Counting with Barefoot Critters by Teagan White (Tundra)
  • The Cranky Ballerina by Elise Gravel (Katherine Teegen Books)
  • Dojo Surprise by Chris Tougas (Owlkids Books)>>>third Dojo book after Dojo Daycare and Dojo Daytrip
  • Keeper of the Light by Janet Barkhouse, illus. by Therese Cilia (Formac)
  • Let’s Play a Hockey Game by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by Helen Flook (North Winds/Scholastic)
  • Marvellous Munsch by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko (Scholastic)>>>5 classic Munsch stories Down the Drain!; Put Me In a Book!; Too Much Stuff!; Moose!; Give Me Back My Dad!
  • Maxwell the Monkey Barber by Cale Atkinson (Owlkids Books)
  • A Parade of Puppies by Charles Ghigna, illus. by Kristi Bridgeman (Orca Book Publishers)>>>board book
  • The Riddlemaster by Kevin Crossley-Holland, illus. by Stéphane Jorisch (Tradewind)
  • So Much Snow! by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko (North Winds Press/Scholastic)
  • What is Peace? by Wallace Edwards (North Winds/Scholastic)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Across the Floor by Natasha Deen (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Limelights
  • Beauty Queen by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic)>>>Whatever After #7
  • Bungee Jump by Pam Withers (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Currents
  • Carter and the Curious Maze: Weird Stories Gone Wrong by Philippa Dowding  (Dundurn)
  • A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson (HarperTrophy)
  • Gang Tackle by Eric Howling (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Sports
  • Griffin of Darkwood by Becky Citra (Coteau Books)
  • Hand in Hand by Jean Little, illus. by Norman Lanting (Scholastic Canada)>>>based on Helen Keller’s story
  • Icarus Down by James Bow (Scholastic Canada)
  • Ice Time by David Skuy (Scholastic Canada)
  • My Best Friend is a Viral Dancing Zombie by Karin Adams (Lorimer)
  • Making the Team by Kelsey Blair (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories 
  • The Missing Magic by Kallie George, illus. by Alexandra Boiger (HarperCollins)>>>Magical Animal Adoption Agency Book 3
  • Notes from the Life of a Total Genius by Stacey Matson (Scholastic Canada)
  • The Pact by Amanda West Lewis (Red Deer Press)
  • Riley by Susan Hughes (Sourcebooks Jabberwocky)>>>Puppy Pals series
  • The Secret Games of Maximus Todd new early reader series by L. M. Nicodemo, illus. by Graham Ross (Formac Lorimer):  Hyper to the Max, Frantic Friend Countdown, Big Game Jitters, Flu Shot Fidgets
  • The Starting Eleven by David Skuy (Lorimer)
  • These are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheen, Northern Ontario, 1956 by Ruby Slipperjack (Scholastic Canada)>>>Dear Canada series
  • Trolled by Steven Sandor (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories
  • Two Strikes by Johnny Boateng (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories
Young Adult
  • Another Miserable Love Song by Brooke Carter (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Soundings hi-lo
  • Betrayals by Kelley Armstrong (Random House)>>>4th book in Cainsville series
  • Dark Side by John Choi (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer SideStreets
  • Dead to Me by Cristy Watson (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer SideStreets
  • Detached by Christina Kilbourne (Dundurn)
  • Nowhere Wild by Joe Beernink (HarperTrophy)
  • Unity by Jason Chabot (HarperTrophy)>>>Broken Chronicles #3
  • Watching Traffic by Jane Ozkowski (Groundwood Books)
  • Rez Runaway by Melanie Florence (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer SideStreets
  • Riot School by Robert Rayner>>>Lorimer SideStreets
  • The Royal Tour by Amy Alward (Simon & Schuster)>>>The Potion Diaries series
  • The Salarian Desert Game by J.A. McLachlan (Edge Books)
  • Gastro Blast: Make Tasty Treats & Learn Great Science by Moira Sanders (Formac Lorimer)
  • Haunted Canada 6: More Terrifying True Stories by Joel A. Sutherland (Scholastic Canada)
  • Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose! A Canadian Wildlife ABC by Geraldo Valério (Owlkids Books)
  • What Milly Did: The Remarkable Pioneer of Plastics Recycling by Elise Moser, illus. by Scot Ritchie (Groundwood Books)
  • What Noise Do I Make? by Brian McLachlan (Owlkids Books)
  • Zap! Nikola Tesla Takes Charge by Monica Kulling, illus. by Bill Slavin (Tundra)>>>Great Idea series

Picture Books
  • Almost a Full Moon by Hawksley Workman, illus. by Jensine Eckwell  (Tundra)
  • Bear's Winter Party by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Lisa Cinar (Groundwood Books)
  • Betty Bunny Loves Chocolate Cake Paperback by Michael Kaplan, illus. by Stéphane Jorisch (Puffin)
  • The Branch by Mireille Messier, illus. by Pierre Pratt (Kids Can Press)
  • Canada ABC by Paul Covello (HarperCollins)
  • The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield, illus. by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Tundra)
  • Deck the Halls: A Canadian Christmas Carol by Helaine Becker, illus. by Werner Zimmerman (North Winds Press/Scholastic Canada)
  • Even Superheroes Have Bad Days by Shelly Becker (Sterling Publishing)
  • A Family is a Family is a Family by Sara O'Leary, illus. by Qin Leng (Groundwood Books)
  • Fox and Squirrel: The Best Christmas Ever by Ruth Ohi (North Winds/Scholastic Canada)>>> 3rd Fox and Squirrel title, after Fox and Squirrel and Fox and Squirrel Make a Friend
  • Great by Lauri Holomis and Glen Gretzky, illus. by Kevin Sylvester (Tundra Books)>>>about Wayne Gretzky
  • Growing Up in Wild Horse Canyon by Karen Autio, illus. by Loraine Kemp (Sono Nis Press)
  • Hat On, Hat Off by Theo Heras, illus. by Renné Benoit (Pajama Press) 
  • Hungry Bird by Jeremy Tankard (Scholastic)>>>newest title in Grumpy Bird series 
  • Hurry Up, Henry by Jennifer Lanthier, illus. by Isabelle Malenfant (Puffin) 
  • King Baby by Kate Beaton (Scholastic's Arthur A. Levine Books)
  • The Liszts by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Julia Sarda (Tundra)
  • Little Fox, Lost by Nicole Snitselaar, illus. by Alicia Padrón, trans. by Erin Woods (Pajama Press)
  • Lucy and Company by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press)
  • Mittens to Share by Emil Sher, illus. by Irene Luxbacher (North Winds/Scholastic)
  • Pablo Finds a Treasure by Andrée Poulin, illus. by Isabelle Malenfant (Annick)
  • Rhino Rumpus by Victoria Allenby, illus. by Tara Anderson (Pajama Press)
  • A Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen, illus. by Mike Lowery (Kids Can Press)
  • Today by Julie Morstad (Simply Read Books)
  • Turn on the Night by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood Books)
  • The Water Princess by Susan Verde and Georgie Badiel, illus. by Peter H. Reynolds (Penguin/Putnam)
  • Whale Child by Caroll Simpson (Heritage House)>>>Coastal Spirit Tales
  • What Matters by Alison Hughes, illus. by Holly Hatam (Orca Book Publishers)
  • The Wish Tree by Kyo Maclear, illus. by Chris Turnham (Chronicle Books)
  • Yitzi and the Giant Menorah by Richard Ungar (Tundra)
  • You Are Two by Sara O'Leary, illus. by Karen Klassen (Owlkids Books)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Bermuda Shipwreck by Eric Murphy (Dancing Cat Books)
  • Blackberry Juice by Sara Cassidy, illus. by Helen Flook (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Echoes
  • Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami, ilus. by Julianna Swaney (Groundwood Books)
  • Clara Humble and the Not-So-Super Powers by Anna Humphrey, illus. by Lisa Cinar (Owlkids Books)>>>first book in new series
  • Downside Up by Richard Scrimger (Tundra)
  • High Note by Jeff Ross (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Limelights
  • In Over Her Head by Melody Fitzpatrick (Dundurn)>>>Hannah Smart Book 3
  • Jingle by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)>>>eighth book in the Swindle mystery series
  • A Little Taste of Poison by R. J. Anderson (Simon & Schuster)>>>sequel to A Pocket Full of Murder
  • Mark of the Plague by Kevin Sands (Simon & Schuster)>>>Book 2 in Blackthorn Key series
  • Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles by Shari Green (Pajama Press)
  • Sand by Luane Armstrong (Ronsdale)
  • The Seven Prequels (Orca Book Publishers)>>>prequels to the popular Seven series and the Seven Sequels:   Jungle Land by Eric Walters; The Missing Skull by John Wilson; Speed by Ted Staunton; Weerdest Day Ever! by Richard Scrimger; Slide by Norah McClintock; Barracuda by Sigmund Brouwer; Separated by Shane Peacock
  • The Silver Lining by Amanda Spottiswoode, illus. by Molly March (Heritage House)
  • Sniper Fire: The Fight for Ortona, Paul Baldassara, Italy 1943 by Jonathan Webb (Scholastic Canada)>>>I am Canada series
  • Taz's Recipe by Diane Tullson (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Currents
Young Adult
  • All the Things We Leave Behind by Riel Nason (Goose Lane Editions)
  • Aluta by Adwoa Badoe (Groundwood Books)
  • Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius (Simon & Schuster)
  • Another Me by Eva Wiseman (Tundra Books)
  • The Art of Picking Up Girls (and other dangerous things) by Eric Walters (Razorbill)
  • Dancing in the Rain by Shelley Hrdlitschka (Orca Book Publishers)>>>sequel to Dancing Naked
  • A Dangerous Game by John Wilson (Doubleday Canada)
  • The Darkhouse by Barbara Radecki (Dancing Cat Books)
  • Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)
  • Freedom's Just Another Word by Caroline Stellings (Second Story Press)
  • Heart Like a Wing by Dan Paxton Dunaway (Ronsdale)
  • Once, in a Town Called Moth by Trilby Kent (Tundra)
  • Overdrive by Dawn Ius (Simon & Schuster)
  • The Pain Eater by Beth Goobie (Second Story Press)
  • Spindle by E.K. Johnston, (Disney Hyperion)
  • The Swan Riders by Erin Bow (Simon & Schuster)>>>sequel to The Scorpion Rules
  • Yellow Dog by Miriam Körner (Red Deer Press)
  • Bad Girls of Fashion: Style Rebels from Cleopatra to Lady Gaga by Jennifer Croll, illus. by Ada Buchholc (Annick)
  • Because I am a Boy by Rosemary McCarney with Plan International (Second Story Press)
  • Diwali: Festival of Lights by Rina Singh (Orca Book Publishers)>>>second title in Orca Origins series
  • Fight to Learn: The Struggle to Go to School by Laura Scandiffio (Annick)
  • The Incredible Adventures of Mary Jane Mosquito by Tomson Highway, illus. by Sue Todd (Fifth House Publishers)>>>cabaret script with song lyrics and stage directions
  • Inside Your Insides: A Guide to the Microbes That Call You Home by Claire Eamer, illus. by Marie-Eve Tremblay (Kids Can Press)
  • Making it Right: Building Peace, Settling Conflict by Marilee Peters (Annick)
  • Monster Science: Could Monsters Survive (and Thrive!) in the Real World? by Helaine Becker, illus. by Phil McAndrew (Kids Can Press)
  • Ocean Animals from Head to Tail by Stacey Roderick, illus. by Kwanchai Moriya (Kids Can Press)>>>Head to Tail book
  • On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights by Monica Kulling (Kids Can Press)>>>Citizen Kid book
  • Pocket Change: Pitching In for a Better World by Michelle Mulder (Orca Book Publishers)>>>newest title in Orca Footprints
  • What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk about Diversity by Dr. Jillian Roberts, illus. by Cindy Revell (Orca Book Publishers)>>>new title in Just Enough series

Picture Books
  • Akilak's Adventure by Deborah Webster, illus. by Charlene Chua (Inhabit Media)
  • Blue and Red Make Purple by Jennifer Gasoi, illus. by Steve Adams (The Secret Mountain)>>>CD of 12 songs with picture book
  • Boonoonoonous Hair by Olive Senior, illus. by Laura James  (Tradewind)
  • The Day Santa Stopped Believing in Harold by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Cale Atkinson (Tundra Books)
  • Friend or Foe? by John Sobol, illus. by Dasha Tolstikova (Groundwood Books)
  • In the Red Canoe by Leslie A. Davidson, illus. by Laura Bifano (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Kamik Joins the Pack by Darryl Baker, illus. by Qin Leng (Inhabit Media)
  • Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard (Annick Press)
  • Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble by Susan Hughes, illus. by Brooke Kerrigan (Kids Can Press)
  • Margo Thinks Twice by Monica Arnaldo (Owlkids Books)
  • Melena’s Jubilee by Zetta Elliott, illus. by Aaron Boyd (Tilbury)
  • Metropolis by Benoit Tardif (Kids Can Press)
  • Mouse Vacation by Philip Roy, illus. by Andrea Torrey Balsara (Ronsdale)>>>newest Happy the Pocket Mouse tale
  • On My Skiis by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by Christina Leist (Tradewind)
  • Once Upon a Golden Apple by Jean Little and Maggie de Vries, illus. by Phoebe Gilman (Tundra)>>>25th anniversary edition
  • pikiq by Yayo (Tradewind)
  • Solutions for Cold Feet and Other Little Problems by Carey Sookocheff (Tundra Books)
  • Under the Moon: Jazz Standards and Lullabies, curated by Misja Fitzgerald Michel, illus. by Ilya Green (The Secret Mountain)>>>CD and picture books
  • We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen (Candlewick)
  • We Sang You Home by Richard Van Camp, illus. by Julie Flett (Orca Book Publishers)>>>board book
  • When the Rain Comes by Alma Fullerton, illus. by Kim La Fave (Pajama Press)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Batcat and the Seven Squirrels by Eric Walters, illus. by Kasia Charko (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Echoes
  • Billboard Express by Sigmund Brouwer and Cindy Morgan (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Limelights
  • A Boy Named Queen by Sara Cassidy (Groundwood Books)
  • Death Drop by Melanie Jackson (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Currents
  • Everton Miles is Stranger Than Me by Philippa Dowding (Dundurn)>>> sequel to The Strange Gift of Gwendolyn Golden
  • Gertie’s Leap to Greatness, illus. by Jillian Tamaki (Farrar, Strauss and Giroux)
  • Grim Hill: Carnival of Secrets by Linda DeMeulemeester (Heritage House)>>>Grim Hill series continues with this sixth book!
  • The Iron Hand by  Scott Chantler (Kids Can Press)>>>graphic novel of Three Thieves series
  • Lark Holds the Key by Natasha Deen, illus. byMarcus Cutler (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Echoes
  • Memoirs of a Sidekick by  David Skuy (Kids Can Press)
  • MiNRS 2 by  Kevin Sylvester (Simon & Schuster)>>>sequel to MiNRS
  • Pandas on the Eastside by Gabrielle Prendergast (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Seeking Refuge by Irene Watts, illus. by Kathryn Shoemaker (Tradewind)>>>sequel to Goodbye Marianne
  • Shatterproof by Jocelyn Shipley (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Currents
  • Sophie Trophy by Eileen Holland, illus. by Brooke Kerrigan (Sono Nis Press)>>>early reader
  • Survival: Ice Storm: The Great Storm of 1998  by Frieda Wishinsky (Scholastic Canada)>>>newest Survival title
  • Timo's Party by Victoria Allenby, illus. by Dean Griffiths (Pajama Press)>>> sequel to Timo's Garden
  • West Meadows Detectives: The Case of MakerMischief by Liam O'Donnell, illus. by Aurélie Grand (Owlkids Books)>>>West Meadows Detectives Book 2
Young Adult
  • And Then The Sky Exploded by David A. Poulsen (Dundurn)
  • At the Edge of the World by Kari Jones (Orca Book Publishers)
  • Closing Down Heaven by Lesley Choyce (Red Deer Press)
  • A Dark Truth by Jeff Ross (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Soundings hi-lo
  • Enough by Mary Jennifer Payne (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Soundings hi-lo
  • From Above by Norah McClintock (Orca Book Publishers)>>>A Riley Donovan Mystery
  • The Hunt of the Dragon by C.C. Humphreys (Doubleday Canada)
  • Missing Piece by Robert Priest (Dundurn)>>>Spell Crosses series Book 3, following The Paper Sword and Second Kiss
  • My Demon's Name is Ed by Danah Khalil (Second Story Press)
  • Nathan by Susan Ouriou (Red Deer Press)
  • River Traffic by Martha Brack Martin (Orca Book Publishers)>>>Orca Soundings hi-lo
  • The Road to Ever After by Moira Young (Doubleday Canada)
  • Saving Stevie by Eve Richardson (Red Deer Press)
  • The Skids by Ian Donald Keeling (ChiTeen)
  • 1, 2, 3 Cheers for the Toronto Maple Leafs by Matt Napier, illus. by Melanie Rose (Tundra Books)
  • All the Dirt: A History of Getting Clean by Katherine Ashenburg (Annick)
  • Canada Year by Year by Elizabeth MacLeod, illus. by Sydney Smith (Kids Can Press)
  • I Am Josephine (And I Am a Living Thing) by Jan Thornhill, illus. by Jacqui Lee (Owlkids Books)
  • Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women's Pro Sports by Kristina Rutherford (Owlkids Books)
  • To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space by Dave Williams and Loredana Cunti (Annick Press)
  • The Tragic Tale of the Great Auk by Jan Thornhill (Groundwood Books)

Picture Books
  • French Toast by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by François Thisdale (Pajama Press)
  • How Do You Feel? by Rebecca Bender (Pajama Press)
  • My Best Friend by Gilles Tibo, illus. by Janice Nadeau (Simply Read Books)
  • The Owl and the Lemming by Roselynn Akulukjuk (Inhabit Media)
  • Shooting Star Rider by Nayoung Jin, illus. by Geneviève Côté (Simply Read Books)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
  • ShuLi and the Magic Pear Tree by Paul Yee and Shaoli Wang (Tradewind Books)
  • Sugar and Spice by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic)>>>Whatever After #10
Young Adult
  • Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley (Simon & Schuster)>>> first book in new series The Effigies
  • Hit the Ground Running by Mark Burley (Fierce Ink Press)
  • The Summer of Then and Now by Danielle Webster (Fierce Ink Press)
  • Those Who Run in the Sky by Aviaq Johnston (Inhabit Media)
  • Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, illus. by Brian Deines (Pajama Press)
  • Making Canada Home: How Immigrants Shaped This Country by Susan Hughes (Owlkids Books)
  • Stay Silent: Flight from Columbia by Natalie Hyde (Clockwise Press)

Picture Books
  • Searching for Sleep by Pierrette Dubé, illus. by Geneviève Godbout (Simply Read Books)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Darkling Green by Kim Thompson (Dundurn)>>> Eldrich Manor series Book 3
  • Showing Off by Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins (Scholastic) >>>Upside Down Magic #3
Young Adult
  • Crystal Storm by Morgan Rhodes (Razorbill)>>>the fifth Falling Kingdoms book

Here's just a few teasers of what's coming in the new year!

Picture Books
  • Birds Art Life: A Field Guide to the Small and Significant by Kyo Maclear (Doubleday Canada)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
  • Crushing It by Joanne Levy (Simon & Schuster)
  • Masterminds: Payback by Gordon Korman (HarperCollins)>>>Masterminds Book 3
  • Mort Ziff is Not Dead by Cary Fagan (Penguin Canada)
  • The Sun Race by Wesley King (Simon & Schuster)
Young Adult
  • Short for Chameleon by Vicki Grant (HarperCollins)
  • The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (Razorbill)
  • Zero Repeat Forever by Gabrielle Prendergast (Simon & Schuster)


  1. Wow, Helen. You are AMAZING. What a fabulously comprehensive list of upcoming books. Much to look forward to! Thank you!

  2. What an amazing list! Thank you so much for all your work compiling it. And thank you for including my book! :)

  3. So many great books! Thanks for the awesome list.

  4. This is a tremendous list - and a superb resource. BIG thanks!

  5. Hi. I'm a Canadian authors published by a non-Canadian publisher. My picture book is due out in September. EVEN SUPERHEROES HAVE BAD DAYS (Sterling Publishing) by Shelly Becker. Thanks!

    1. Thanks, Shelly, for this info. I'll be sure to add your upcoming book today. Good luck with its launch.

    2. Thanks, Helen! I'd love to send you a copy for review, but I can't find an address.