July 01, 2020

Upcoming releases for Summer and Fall 2020

Oh my! There are a lot of new books coming out. But are they really? The reason I'm asking is because sometimes a book gets scheduled and then isn't ready for publication. Or the publication date gets bumped up or deferred because of circumstances, and COVID19 could certainly be one of those circumstances. After all, not everything is working at speed or at all, some businesses have closed or are functioning at reduced staffs, or... it could be anything. I really hope that all these books get published in a timely manner for the authors, illustrators, and publishers who continue to give us great Canadian books. But, in case things do change, please know that some releases may not happen as scheduled.

Regardless, summer and fall of 2020 is looking like a great season for picture books, early readers, middle grade, YA and non-fiction for all ages. I'm sure you'll find something to read here. Enjoy!

Picture Books
Gary the Seagull  by Christian Johnston, illus. by Paul Hammond (Nimbus) 
It Happened on Sweet Street by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Stéphane Jorisch (Tundra) 
Summer Feet by Sheree Fitch, illus. by Carolyn Fisher (Nimbus)

Chapter Books
Hide and Seek (Upside-Down Magic #7) by Sarah Mlynowski and Lauren Myracle (Scholastic)
Nikki Tesla and the Traitors of the Lost Spark (Elements of Genius #3) by Jess Keating, illus. by Lissy Marlin (Scholastic)
One Year at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second)>>>graphic novel
Sent from Above by Adrienne Kress (Scholastic)>>>Bendy and the Ink Machine, Book 2
War Stories by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)

Young Adult
He Must Like You by Danielle Younge-Ullman (Penguin Teen) 
Salvation by Caryn Lix (Simon Pulse) >>>final book in the Sanctuary trilogy 

The Mosquito by Elise Gravel (Tundra)>>>newest in Disgusting Critters series
So Imagine Me: Nature Riddles in Poetry by Lynn Davies, illus. by Chrissie Park-MacNeil (Nimbus)

Picture Books
Alice and Gert: An Ant and Grasshopper Story by Helaine Becker, illus. by Dena Seiferling (Owlkids) 
Cone Cat by Sarah Howden, illus. by Carmen Mok (Owlkids) 
The Egg by Geraldo Valério (Owlkids) 
ekospi ka ki pekowak/When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, illus. by Julie Flett (HighWater Press)>>>Bilingual (Cree) edition 
Gurple and Preen: A Broken Crayon Cosmic Adventure by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 
I Found Hope in a Cherry Tree by Jean Pendziwol, illus. by Natalie Dion (Groundwood) 
Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project by Deborah L. Delaronde, illus. by Sheldon Dawson (Orca) 
Maggie’s Treasure by Jon-Erik Lappano, illus. by Kellen Hatanaka (Groundwood) 
Maud and Grand-Maud by Sara O'Leary, illus. by Kenard Pak (Tundra) 
Meg and Greg: Frank and the Skunk by Elspeth Rae, illus. by Rowena Rae (Orca)>>>Orca Two-Read 2 
Monsters 101 by Cale Atkinson (Tundra) 
Nice Try, Charlie! by Matt James (Groundwood) 
Once Upon an Hour by Ann Yu-Kyung Choi, illus. by Soyeon Kim (Orca) 
Raj's Rule (For the Bathroom at School) by Lana Button, illus. by Hatem Aly (Owlkids)

Chapter Books
Canadian Sabotage (Countdown to Danger)
by Jeff Szpirglas (Scholastic Canada) 
Clan by Sigmund Brouwer (Tundra)
Clara Humble and the Kitten Caboodle by Anna Humphrey, illus. by Lisa Cinar (Owlkids) >>>Clara Humble 3
Double Dog Dare by Ian Boothby, illus. by Nina Matsumoto (Scholastic Graphix) >>>sequel to graphic novel Sparks!
Fish Out of Water by Joanne Levy (Orca)>>>Orca Currents 
Harvey Holds His Own by Colleen Nelson (Pajama Press)>>>sequel to Harvey Comes Home
Haunted Hospital by Marty Chan (Orca)>>>Orca Currents
Head to Head by Jennifer Manuel (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories
Jelly Roll by Mere Joyce (Orca)>>>Orca Currents
No Vacancy by Tziporah Cohen (Groundwood)
Open Ice by David Trifunov (Lorimer) >>>Lorimer Sports Stories
Pia's Plans by Alice Kuipers (Orca)>>>Orca Currents
Screech! Ghost Stories from Old Newfoundland by Charis Cotter (Nimbus) 
Volleyball Vibe by Karen Spafford-Fitz (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories

Young Adult
Confessions of a Teenage Drag King by Markus Harwood-Jones (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Real Love 
Double or Nothing by Brooke Carter (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings 
Dreaming in Color by Melanie Florence (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings 
Facing the Sun by Janice Lynn Mather (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers) 
Hey Jude by Star Spider (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings  
Love, IRL by Tracy Goldfarb (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Real Love 
No Known Address by Steven Barwin (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Side Streets 
Stranded by Jocelyn Shipley (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings
Swift by R. J. Anderson (Enclave Escape)

If You Want to Visit a Sea Garden by Kay Wiseman, illus. by Roy Henry Vickers (Groundwood)
Lake: A See to Learn Book
by Kate Moss Gamblin, illus. by Karen Patkau (Groundwood) 
Meet Terry Fox by Elizabeth MacLeod, illus. by Mike Deas (Scholastic Canada)>>>Scholastic Canada Biography 
Mega Rex: A Tyrannosaurus Named Scotty by W. Scott Persons IV (Harbour Publishing) 
More Scary True Stories (Haunted Canada #10) by Joel A. Sutherland (Scholastic Canada) 
Righting Canada's Wrongs: MS St. Louis and Canada's Anti-Semitic Immigration Policies in the Twentieth Century by Rona Arato (Lorimer)>>>Righting Canada's Wrongs 
Terry Fox and Me by Mary Beth Leatherdale, illus. by Milan Pavlovic (Tundra)

Picture Books
The Barnabus Project by Terry Fan, Eric Fan and Devin Fan (Tundra)
Bobby Orr and the Hand-me-down Skates by Bobby Orr and Kara Kootstra, illus. by Jennifer Phelan (Tundra)
The Boy Who Moved Christmas by Eric Walters and Nicole Wellwood, illus. by Carloe Liu (Nimbus)
Broken Crayons by Patsy Dingwell, illus. by Marla Lesage (Nimbus)
Give It! by Cinders McLeod (Penguin Random House)>>>newest Moneybunny Book
Hockey ABC by Julien Chung (Scholastic)
Hockey Night in the Wild by Nicholas Oldland (Kids Can Press) >>> another volume in Life in the Wild series
Hug? by Charlene Chua (Kids Can Press)
I Am Loved by Mary and Kevin Qamaniq-Mason, illus. by Hwei Lim  (Inhabit Media)
The Ice Shack by Katia Canciani, illus. by Christian Quesnel (Breakwater Books)
I Do Not Like Stories by Andrew Larsen, illus. by Carey Sookocheff (Owlkids)
If You Were Night by Muon Thi Van, illus. by Kelly Pousette (Kids Can Press)
Kits, Cubs and Calves: An Arctic Summer by Suzie Napayok-Short, illus. by Tamara Campeau (Inhabit Media)
The Last Loose Tooth by Tyler Clark Burke (Random House Books for Young Readers)
Lilliana and the Frogs by Scot Ritchie (Harbour Publishing)
The Little Ghost Who Was a Quilt by Riel Nason, illus. by Byron Eggenschwiler (Tundra)
Little You / Gidagaashiinh by Richard Van Camp, illus. by Julie Flett (Orca)>>>English & Anishinaabemowin dual-language edition
Mom Marries Mum! by Ken Setterington, illus. by Alice Priestley (Second Story Press)
My Day with Gong Gong by Sennah Yee, illus. by Elaine Chen (Annick)
My Family, Your Family! by Kathryn Cole, illus. by Cornelia Li (Second Story Press)
My Heart Fills With Happiness / Nijiikendam by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Julie Flett (Orca)>>> English & Anishinaabemowin dual-language edition
Night Walk by Sara O'Leary, illus. by Ellie Arscott (Groundwood)
Not Me by Elise Gravel (North Winds Press)
The Nut That Fell from the Tree by Sangeeta Bhadra, illus. by France Cormier (Kids Can Press)
Nye, Sand and Stones by Bree Galbraith, illus. by Marion Arbona (Orca)>>>also French language Nye de l’île de Sable
The Old Woman by Joanne Schwartz, illus. by Nahid Kazemi (Groundwood)
Once I Was a Bear by Irene Luxbacher (Scholastic)

The One with the Scraggly Beard by Elizabeth Withey, illus. by Lynn Scurfield (Orca) >>>also French language L’Homme à la barbe hirsute
Our Little Kitchen by Jillian Tamaki (Groundwood)
The Paper Boat: A Refugee Story by Thao Lam (Owlkids)
Perfect Pigeons by Katherine Battersby (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Please Don't Change My Diaper! by SaraBeth Holden, illus. by Emma Pedersen (Inhabit Media)
Princesses Versus Dinosaurs by Linda Bailey, illus. by Joy Ang (Tundra)
Shape Up, Construction Trucks! by Victoria Allenby (Pajama Press)
Slow Moe by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Marianne Ferrer (Orca)>>>also French langueage Lent Roland
Snow Doves by Nancy Hartry, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard (Second Story Press) 
Solid, Liquid, Gassy (A Fairy Science Story) by Ashley Spires (Tundra) 
Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas, illus. by Maya McKibbin (Annick) 
Teaching Mrs. Muddle by Colleen Nelson, illus. by Alice Carter (Pajama Press) 
Teamwork by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko (North Winds Press) 
This Is the Path the Wolf Took by Laura Farina, illus. by Elina Ellis (Kids Can Press) 
The Three Brothers by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood) 
Two Tough Trucks Get Lost! by Corey Rosen Schwartz, illus. by Hilary Leung (Scholastic) 
What If? by Doretta Groenendyk (Nimbus) 
When Pumpkins Fly by Margaret Lawrence, illus. by Amanda Sandland (Inhabit Media) 
When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Nicole Neidhardt (Orca)>>>also French (Nous sommes gentils) and English and Diné dual-language (When We Are Kind / Nihaa ádahwiinít’i?´´igo) editions 
Why Are You So Quiet? by Jaclyn Desforges, illus. by Risa Hugo (Annick) 
The Wrench by Elise Gravel (Orca) 
You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Danielle Daniel (Orca)>>>also in French (Tu es là pour moi) and English & Anishnaabemowin (You Hold Me Up/Gimanaadenim) dual-language editions

Chapter Books
Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: Peril at Owl Park  by Marthe Jocelyn, illus. by Isabelle Follath (Tundra)>>>Book 2 in Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series
The Barren Grounds by David A. Robertson (Puffin) >>>Book 1 in The Misewa Saga fantasy series
The Brushmaker's Daughter by Kathy Kacer (Second Story Press)>>>Holocaust Remembrance Series for Young Readers
Bunbun & Bonbon: Fancy Friends by Jess Keating (Graphix) 
Ciel by Sophie Labelle, illus. by David Homel (Second Story Press)
The Desert Prince by Alisha Sevigny (Dundurn)>>>sequel to The Lost Scroll of the Physician
Farm Crimes: Cracking the Case of the Missing Egg by Sandra Dumais (Owlkids) 
Genie Meanie by Mahtab Narsimhan, illus. by Michelle Simpson (Orca)>>>Orca Echoes 
Hatch by Kenneth Oppel (HarperCollins)>>>sequel to Bloom
Jay Versus the Saxophone of Doom by Kara Kootstra, illus. by Kim Smith (Puffin Canada) 
Jo: An Adaptation of Little Women (Sort of) by Kathleen Gros (HarperCollins)>>>graphic novel
Jurassic Peck (Kung Pow Chicken #5) by Cyndi Marko (Scholastic) 
Kah-Lan and the Stink-Ink by Karen Autio, illus. by Emma Pedersen (Crwth Press) >>>sequel to Kah-Lan The Adventurous Sea Otter 
The King of Jam Sandwiches by Eric Walters (Orca) 
Pine Island Home by Polly Horvath (Puffin Canada) 
The Puck Drops Here (Hockey Super Six) by Kevin Sylvester (Scholastic Canada) 
Red Fox Road by Frances Greenslade (Puffin Canada) 
Shark Bait! by Jeff Szpirglas, illus. by Danielle Saint-Onge (Orca)>>>Orca Echoes 
The Stray and the Strangers by Steve Heighton, illus. by Melissa Iwai (Groundwood)

Young Adult
Barry Squires, Full Tilt by Heather T. Smith (Penguin Teen Canada)  
The Call of the Rift: Veil by Jae Waller (ECW Press)
Charming as a Verb by Ben Philippe (Balzer + Bray)
Drone Chase by Pam Withers (Dundurn)
God Loves Hair by Vivek Shraya, illus. by Juliana Neufeld (Arsenal Pulp Press)>>>10th anniversary edition
The Greats by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)
Heart Sister by Michael F. Stewart (Orca) 
Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos (Kids Can Press) 
The Year Shakespeare Ruined My Life by Dani Jansen (Second Story Press) 

50 Space Missions that Changed the World by John A. Read (Formac)
Catch the Sky: Playful Poems on the Air We Share by Robert Heidbreder, illus. by Emily Dove (Greystone)
CRISPR: A Powerful Way to Change DNA by Yolanda Ridge, illus. by Alex Boersma (Annick)
If a Tree Falls: The Global Impact of Deforestation by Nikki Tate (Orca)>>>Orca Footprints
Inconvenient Skin/nayêhtâwan wasakay by Shane L. Koyczan (Orca)>>>IndigLits, dual language (English & Cree)
In the Dark: The Science of What Happens at Night by Lisa Deresti Betik, illus. by Josh Holinaty (Kids Can Press)
Islamophobia: Deal with it in the name of peace by Safia Saleh, illus. by Hana Shafi (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Deal With It series
The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World by Jessica Dee Humphreys and Rona Ambrose, illus. by Simone Shin (Kids Can Press)
Nature All Around: Birds by Pamela Hickman, illus. by Carolyn Gavin (Kids Can Press)
Pretty Tricky: The Sneaky Ways Plants Survive by Etta Kaner, illus. by Ashley Barron (Owlkids)
This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes: How Science is Tackling Unconscious Bias by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illus. by Drew Shannon (Kids Can Press)

Picture Books
AAAlligator! by Judith Henderson, illus. by Andrea Stegmaier (Kids Can Press)
The Bad Chair by Dasha Tolstikova (Groundwood)
The Case of the Buzzing Honey Makers by Eric Hogan, illus. by Tara Hungerford (Firefly Books)>>>A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery
The Case of the Singing Ocean by Eric Hogan, illus. by Tara Hungerford (Firefly Books)>>>A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery
Doggone Magic! (Go Away, Unicorn #2) by Emily Mullock (Scholastic)
A Family for Faru by Anitha Rao-Robinson, illus. by Karen Patkau (Pajama Press) 
Glory on Ice: A Vampire Hockey Story by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Mark Fearing (Knopf Books for Young Readers) 
Happy Little Dreamer by Peter H. Reyonolds (Cartwheel Books) 
The Lady with the Books: A Story Inspired by the Remarkable Work of Jella Lepman
by Kathy Stinson, illus. by Marie Lafrance (Kids Can Press) 
The Library Bus by Bahram Rahman, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard (Pajama Press) 
The Name I Call Myself by Hasan Namir, illus. by Cathryn John (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Painted Fences by Sara Cassidy, illus. by Sydney Barnes (Heritage House) 
Snow Song by Katie Riley, illus. by Dawn Lo (Kids Can Press) 
Two Drops of Brown in a Cloud of White by Samiya Balasubramaniam, illus. by Eva Campbell (Groundwood) 
What Do You See? by Sarah N. Harvey, illus. by Jane Heinrichs (Orca) 
Why Can't We Be Bestie-corns? by Jessika Von Innerebner (North Winds Press) 
A World of Mindfulness from the Editors and Illustrators of Pajama Press (Pajama Press) 
Your House, My House by Marianne Dubuc (Kids Can Press)

Chapter Books
Because of That Crow by Beverley Brenna (Red Deer Press)
The Fabled Stables: Willa the Wisp by Jonathan Auxier, illus. by Olga Demidova (Puffin Canada)>>>first book in The Fabled Stables series 
The Hermit by Jan Coates (Nimbus) 
How Jack Lost Time by Stéphanie Lapointe, illus. by Delphie Côté-Lacroix, trans. by Arielle Aaronson (Greystone) 
It Came from the Basement (The Lunch Club) by Dom Pelletier (Scholastic Canada)>>>graphic novel 
Izzy in the Doghouse by Caroline Adderson, illus. by Kelly Collier (Kids Can Press) 
Journal of a Travelling Girl by Nadine Neema (Heritage House) 
Just Beyond the Very, Very Far North by Dan Bar-el, illus. by Kelly Pousette (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)>>>sequel to The Very, Very Far North 
Maurice and His Dictionary: A True Story by Cary Fagan, illus. by Enzo Lord Mariano (Owlkids)>>>graphic novel 
Pasture Bedtime by Sigmund Brouwer, illus. by Sabrina Gendron (Orca)>>>Orca Echoes 
Planet Hockey: First Star of the Game by J. Torres and Tim Levins (Scholastic Canada)>>>graphic novel 
Poppy and Sam and the Search for Sleep by Cathon, trans. by Susan Ouriou (Owlkids) >>>third book in the Poppy and Sam picture book/graphic novel series  
Trapped in Hitler's Web by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic)  
Yara's Spring by Jamal Saeed and Sharon E. McKay (Annick) 

Young Adult
Breakdown by David A. Robertson, illus. by Scott B. Henderson (HighWater Press) >>>first book in new graphic novel series, The Reckoner Rises, based on the series The Reckoner
The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly by Sybil Lamb (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Kid Sterling by Christine Welldon (Red Deer Press)
Nothing But Life by Brent van Staalduinen (Dundurn)
The Other Side by Heather Camlot (Red Deer Press)
Shadow Mission by Shamim Sarif (HarperTeen)>>>sequel to The Athena Protocol
Spell Starter by Elsie Chapman (Scholastic) >>>sequel to Caster
Surviving the City: From the Roots Up by Tasha Spillett-Sumner, illus. by Natasha Donovan (HighWater Press)>>>sequel to Surviving the City graphic novel
Underland by Colleen Nelson and Nancy Chappell-Pollack (Yellow Dog)>>>sequel to Pulse Point
You Were Never Here by Kathleen Peacock (HarperTeen)

111 Trees: How One Village Celebrates the Birth of Every Girl by Rina Singh, illus. by Marianne Ferrer (Kids Can Press)>>>new Citizen Kid books 
The Cheerleading Book: The Young Athlete's Guide by Ali Moffatt  and Alana Potter (Firefly Books) 
Do Lizards Eat Ice Cream? How Animals Beat the Heat by Etta Kaner, illus. by Jenna Piechota (Owlkids) 
Emmy Noether: The Most Important Mathematician You've Never Heard Of by Helaine Becker, illus. by Kari Rust (Kids Can Press) 
Follow Your Breath: A First Book of Mindfulness by Scot Ritchie (Kids Can Press) 
Hockey Superstars 2020-2021 by Paul Romanuk (Scholastic Canada) 
Mi'kmaw Daily Drum: Mi'kmaw Culture for Every Day of the Week by Alan Syliboy (Nimbus) 
Mitch Marner (Amazing Hockey Stories) by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, illus. by D. A. Bishop (Scholastic Canada) 
How I Survived: Four Nights on the Ice by Serapio Ittusardjuat, illus. by Matthew K. Hoddy (Inhabit Media)
The Old Man and the Penguin: A True Story of True Friendship by Julie Abery, illus. by Pierre Pratt (Kids Can Press) 
Return from Extinction: The Triumph of the Elephant Seals by Linda L. Richards (Orca)>>>Orca Wild 
Teatime Around the World by Denyse Waissbluth, illus. by Chelsea O’Byrne (Greystone)

Picture Books
Find Fergus by Mike Boldt (Doubleday Books for Young Readers)
The Most Amazing Bird by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, illus. by Andrew Qappik (Annick Press)
Raven, Rabbit, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler, illus. by Jennifer Faria Lipke (Pajama Press)
Snow Days by Deborah Kerbel, illus by Miki Sato (Pajama Press)
Time for Bed's Story by Monica Arnaldo (Kids Can Press)

Chapter Books
Duck Days by Sara Leach, illus. by Rebecca Bender (Pajama Press)>>>Book 3 in Slug Days series
On Thin Ice (Hockey Super Six) by Kevin Sylvester (Scholastic Canada)

Young Adult
Finding Avalon by Pamela MacDonald with Valerie Sherrard (Nimbus) 
Four Faces of the Moon by Amanda Strong (Annick)
Nomad by R. J. Anderson (Enclave Escape)

(Surprisingly, nothing that I discovered is scheduled for release in December.  Please let me know if there is something of which I am unaware.)

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Though there are undoubtedly titles that I have missed for 2020 and some that may be delayed until 2021 (always happens), there are some titles already slotted for 2021 that I'm sure you'll need to note:
Picture Books
Carmen and the House That Gaudí Built by Susan Hughes, illus. by Marianne Ferrer (Owlkids)
Imagine That by Wallace Edwards (North Winds Press)
Mr. Beagle Goes to Rabbittown by Lori Doody (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides)
The Wall and the Wind by Veselina Tomova (Running the Goat Books & Broadsides)

Chapter Books
Blackthorn Key, Book 5 by Kevin Sands (Aladdin)
The Fabulous Zed Watson by Kevin Sylvester and Basil Sylvester (HarperCollins Canada)
Hockey Night in Kenya by Eric Walters and Danson Mutinda, illus. by Claudia Dávila (Orca)>>>Orca Echoes

Young Adult
The Project by Courtney Summers (Wednesday Books)
Torch by R. J. Anderson (Escape Enclave)>>>final book in trilogy that started with Swift and Nomad

That's No Dino!: Or Is It? What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur by Helaine Becker, illus. by Marie-Ève Tremblay (Kids Can Press)
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As always, please contact me about books that I have omitted from this listing.  Some catalogues were not available at the time of posting and I'm sure I've missed some. I'm happy to add books by Canadian authors and illustrators of books for younger readers to make this listing of upcoming releases for the summer and fall of 2020 more complete.


  1. Thanks for all you do to promote and support Canadian authors, Helen! My YA fantasy SWIFT is being published for the first time in North America by Enclave Escape on August 18, 2020 -- with the second book NOMAD coming in November 2020 and the brand-new third book of the trilogy, TORCH, in February 2021.

    1. Now added, Rebecca. Looking forward to Torch!

  2. Thank Helen for the list. VoicEd run by Stephen Hurley will begin a Canadian Launch Pod(cast) celebrating new books for young readers.Looking forward to hosting as many of these authors & illustrators as possible.

  3. So many exciting new books coming out for kids. I've found kids have been reading more since the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. A great list, thanks.