July 01, 2021

Upcoming releases for Summer and Fall 2021

Another July 1st has arrived, heralding a new season of book releases. Hundreds of titles of youngCanLit are set to release in the last half of 2021 and I defy anyone not to find at least a dozen books they'll want to read. Whether you're a fan of picture books or graphic novels, young adult or non-fiction, early readers or middle grade, fantasy or historical fiction, mystery or romance, Indigenous or LGBTQ+ stories, there is something wonderful to be found here. I know I have my favourites. I'm especially looking forward to:
  • a middle grade graphic novel from Dave Whamond called Muddle School (from Kids Can Press);
  • a new Sean Cassidy picture book, this time with Catherine Austen (When the Squirrels Stole My Sister from Fitzhenry & Whiteside);
  • a new Colleen Nelson book, always a treat (The Undercover Book List from Pajama Press);
  • the picture book Can You Imagine? from Wallace Edwards (North Winds Press) which is sure to have phenomenal art; 
  • another Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen from Marthe Jocelyn (The Dead Man in the Garden from Tundra Book) since I love a good mystery;
  • a Marrow Thieves novel from Cherie Dimaline (Hunting By Stars from Penguin Teen);
  • a new series from Eric Walters called Teen Astronauts (Houston, Is There a Problem? from Orca); and
  • more titles than I dare to name. (My TBR piles have long evolved from shelves to cases and now a room!)

As always, if I've missed a title (and I often miss titles, especially those from publishers outside of Canada), please let me know. I'm happy to add it.

Happy Reading!



Picture Books
A Calf for Olive by Cheryl Dawn Buchan (Chocolate River Publishing)
Choose Kindness by Ruth Ohi (North Winds Press) 
Disaster at the Highland Games by Riel Nason, illus. by Nathasha Pilotte (Chocolate River Publishing)
Finn's First Song (A Whaley Big Adventure) by Gerry Daly (Boulder Books)
Harley the Hero by Peggy Collins (Pajama Press)
Lala's Words by Gracey Zhang (Orchard Books)
A Monster in My Kitchen by Marie-France Comeau, illus. by Isabelle Léger, trans. by Joan Jory (Bouton D'or Acadie)
Vampenguin by Lucy Ruth Cummins (Atheneum Books for Young Readers) 
A Very Silly (wet and woolly) Beach Rock Band by Susan Taylor, illus. by Ashley Quirke (Boulder Books)
Sweetgrass by Theresa Meuse, illus. by Arthur Stevens (Nimbus)>>> Indigenous Knowledge series 
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Anne's School Days by Kallie George, illus. by Abigail Halpin (Tundra)>>>An Anne Chapter Book 3
The Curse of the Scarewolf (The Lunch Club #2) by Dom Pelletier (Scholastic Canada)
Linked by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
Paranorthern and the Chaos Bunny A-Hop-Calypse by Stephanie Cooke, illus. by Mari Costa (ETCH/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)>>> graphic novel

Young Adult
Evolution by Teri Terry (Charlesbridge Children's Books)
I Am Not Starfire by Mariko Tamaki, illus. by Yoshi Yoshitani (DC Comics) >>>graphic novel
The Peculiar Language of Llamas by Carol Anne Shaw >>>first book in The Garcia Island Chronicles
Shoot Out by Maureen Ulrich (Wood Dragon Books) >>> fourth book in Jessie Mac Hockey series
The Silver Blonde by Elizabeth Ross (Delacorte Press)
Tainted Amber by Gabriele Goldstone (Ronsdale)
Wings of Shadow by Nicki Pau Presto (Margaret K. McElderry)>>>Crown of Feathers Book 3

Birding for Kids: A Guide to Finding, Identifying, and Photographing Birds in Your Area by Damon Calderwood and Donald E. Waite (Heritage House)
Race with Me by Andre De Grasse and Robert Budd, illus. by Joseph Osei Bonsu (Scholastic Canada) 



Picture Books
Catalina by Lori Doody (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)
The Deepest Dig by Mark David Smith, illus. by Lily Snowden-Fine (Owlkids Books)
Five Busy Beavers by Stella Partheniou Grasso, illus. by Christine Battuz (Scholastic Canada)
Hold That Thought! by Bree Galbraith, illus. by Lynn Scurfield (Owlkids)
The House Next Door by Claudine Crangle (Groundwood) 
I'm Sorry by Michael Ian Black, illus. by Debbie Ridpath Ohi (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
A Kid is a Kid is a Kid by Sara O'Leary, illus. by Qin Leng (Groundwood) 
Listen Up! Train Song by Victoria Allenby (Pajama Press)>>> part of  Big Little Concepts series
Mika and the Dragonfly by Ellen DeLange, by Martina Schachenhuber (Clavis)
Mr. Beagle and the Georgestown Mystery by Lori Doody (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)
One, Two, Grandma Loves You by Shelly Becker, illus. by Dan Yaccarino (Abrams) 
When the Squirrels Stole My Sister by Catherine Austen, illus. by Sean Cassidy (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) 
White Raven by Teoni Spathelfer, illus. by Natassia Davies (Heritage House)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Alien Road by M. J. McIsaac (Orca)>>>Orca Currents
Bank Shot by Valerie Pankratz Froese (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories
Bug Girl: Fury on the Dance Floor by Benjamin Harper and Sarah Hines Stephens (Square Fish)
The Dollhouse: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter (Tundra)
Escape to Witch City by E. Latimer (Tundra)
Half-Court Trap by Kevin heronJones (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories 
Hoopers by Johnny Boateng (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories
Kylie the Magnificent by Marty Chan (Orca)>>>Orca Currents
Making Seaker by Karen Autio (Crwth Press)
Meg and Greg: The Bake Sale by Elspeth Rae and Rowena Rae, illus. by Elisa Gutiérrez (Orca)>>> Orca Two Read
Over the Top by Alison Hughes (Running Press)
Paddle Battle by Eric Howling (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Sports Stories
Screamers by Joel A. Sutherland (Scholastic Canada)
Sunny Days Inside and Other Stories by Caroline Adderson (Groundwood)
The Wherewood by Gabrielle Prendergast (Orca)>> Orca Currents sequel to The Crosswood

Young Adult 
Blood Donor by Karen Bass (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings
Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas (Penguin Teen)
The Degrees of Barley Lick by Susan Flanagan (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)
I Dare You by Jeff Ross (Orca)>>>Orca Soundings
In a Heartbeat by Markus Harwood-Jones (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Real Love series
Jamilah at the End of the World by Mary-Lou Zeitoun (Lorimer) 
Sink or Swim by Tash McAdam (Orca)>>> Orca Soundings
Sisters of the Wolf by Patricia Miller-Schroeder (Dundurn)
Walk This Way by Tony Correia (Lorimer)>>>Lorimer Real Love series
The Wild Ones by Nafiza Asad (Margaret K. McElderry) 

Africville: An African Nova Scotian Community Is Demolished — and Fights Back by Gloria Ann Wesley (Lorimer)>>>Righting Canada's Wrongs series
Amazing Athletes: An All-Star Look at Canada's Paralympians by Marie-Claude Ouellet, trans. by Phyllis Aronoff and Howard Scott (Owlkids)
Do Frogs Drink Hot Chocolate? How Animals Keep Warm by Etta Kaner, illus. by John Martz (Owlkids)
Fred & Marjorie: A Doctor, a Dog, and the Discovery of Insulin by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Angela Poon (Owlkids Books)>>>graphic novel 
Govern Like a Girl: The Women Who Became Canada’s First Ministers by Kate Graham (Second Story Press)
Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words ed. by Dr. Lindsay Herriot and Kate Fry (Orca)
My Book of Butterflies by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood)
White Privilege: Deal With It In All Fairness by Catherine Inglis (Lorimer)>>>Deal With It series



Picture Books
Amik by Sharon King (Kegedonce Press)
Bailey the Bat and the Tangled Moose by Grant Lawrence, illus. by Noémie Gionet Landry (Orca)
Bear Wants to Sing by Cary Fagan, illus. by Dena Seiferling (Tundra)
Brady Brady and the Big Mistake by Mary Shaw, illus. by Chuck Temple (Scholastic Canada)>>>Brady Brady series 
Buffalo Wild by Deidre Havrelock, illus. by Azby Whitecalf (Annick) 
Busy Busy Birds by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood)
Can You Imagine? by Wallace Edwards (North Winds Press)
The Cow Said Boo! by Lana Button, illus. by Alice Carter (Pajama Press) 
Curiosity Killed the Cat!: Franz Schubert, illus. by Marie Lafrance (The Secret Mountain)
>>> with CD; Little Stories of Great Composers series
Grandfather Bowhead, Tell Me a Story by Aviaq Johnston, illus. by Tamara Campeau (Inhabit Media) 
Hurry Up, Umingmak! by Rachel Rupke, illus. by Ali Hinch (Inhabit Education) >>> bilingual Inuktitut and English edition
I Can Fix It! by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko (Scholastic Canada)
I Hear You, Forest by Kallie George, illus. by Carmen Mok (Greystone)>>> Sounds of Nature series
I See! I, Pi, Ti, Ki by Christine Kudluk, illus. by Julia Galotta (Inhabit Education) >>> bilingual Inuktitut and English edition
It Fell from the Sky by The Fan Brothers (Simon & Schuster)
Jigging for Halibut With Tsinii by Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson, illus. by Janine Gibbons (HighWater Press)
Jordan and Max, Showtime by Suzanne Sutherland, illus. by Michelle Simpson (Orca) >>> Orca Echoes
Learning My Rights with Mousewoman by Morgan Asoyuk (Native Northwest) 
Learning to Carve Argillite by Sara Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson, illus. by Janine Gibbons (HighWater Press)
Lena and Ruby by Kevin Qamaniq-Mason and Mary Qamaniq-Mason, illus. by Marcus Cutler (Inhabit Eduation)
Lost Things by Carey Sookochef (Kids Can Press)
My City Speaks by Darren Lebeuf, illus. by Ashley Barron (Kids Can Press)
My Dog Banana by Roxane Brouillard, illus. by Giulia Sagramola (Greystone)
My Love for You is Always by Gillian Sze, illus. by Michelle Lee (Philomel Books)
My Mad Hair Day by Nathalie Dion (Groundwood)
Nuptse and Lhotse Go to the Prairies by Jocey Asnong (Rocky Mountain Books)
Oliver Bounces Back! by Alison Hughes, illus. by Charlene Chua (North Winds Press)
One Summer in Whitney Pier by Mayaan Francis, illus. by Letitia Fraser (Nimbus)
On the Line by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by Scot Ritchie (Pajama Press) 
Ruff Day by Sigmund Brouwer, illus. by Sabrina Gendron (Orca)>>> Orca Echoes
Song for the Snow by Jon-Erik Lappano, illus. by Byron Eggenschwiler (Groundwood)
Thanks a Lot by Raffi, illus. by Jaime Kim (Knopf Books for Young Readers)>>>Raffi Songs to Read
Time is a Flower by Julie Morstad (Tundra)
What Did You See? by Sarah N. Harvey, illus. by Jane Heinrichs (Orca)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Aggie and Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dena Children by Wendy Proverbs (Heritage House)
Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen: The Dead Man in the Garden by Marthe Jocelyn, illus. by Isabelle Follath (Tundra)>>>Book 3 in Aggie Morton, Mystery Queen series
Better Place by Duane Murray, illus. by Shawn Daley (IDW Publishing) >>>graphic novel
Borders by Thomas King, illus. by Natasha Donovan (HarperCollins) >>>graphic novel
A Boy is Not a Ghost by Edeet Ravel (Groundwood) 
Captain Bun & Super Bonbon (Bunbun & Bonbon #3) by Jess Keating (Scholastic Graphix) >>>graphic novel
Children of the Fox by Kevin Sands (Puffin Canada)>>>first book in new series Thieves of Shadow
Ciel In All Directions by Sophie Labelle, trans. by Andrea Zanin (Second Story Press) >>> graphic novel Ciel 2
Cranky Chicken by Katherine Battersby (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Dear Peter, Dear Ulla by Barbara Nickel (Thistledown Press)
Farm Crimes! The MOO-sterious Disappearance of Cow by Sandra Dumais (Owlkids) >>>Book 2 in Farm Crimes graphic novel series
Game On! by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Canada)
The Great Bear (The Misewa Saga #2) by David A. Robertson (Puffin Canada)
Guardians of Porthaven by Shane Arbuthnott (Orca)
Hat Tricked by Kevin Sylvester (Scholastic Canada)>>>Hockey Super Six
Houston, Is There a Problem? by Eric Walters (Orca)>>>First book in new series Teen Astronauts
Lost Shadow by Claire Gilchrist (Dundurn)
Meranda and the Legend of the Lake by Meagan Mahoney (Owlkids)
Muddle School by Dave Whamond (Kids Can Press) >>>graphic novel
Mystic of the Midway by A. A. Blair (Histria Kids)
A Sure Cure for Witchcraft by Laura Best (Nimbus)
Taking the Ice by Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Scholastic Canada)
A Terrible Tide by Suzanne Meade (Second Story Press)
Traitors Among Us by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic Canada)>>>follow-up to Don't Tell the Nazis and Trapped in Hitler's Web
Valley of the Rats by Mahtab Narsimhan (DCB) 
The Wolf's Curse by Jessica Vitalis (Greenwillow/HarperCollins)

Young Adult 
The Bones of Ruin by Sarah Raughley (Margaret K. McElderry Books)
Coffee Shop Between Verses by Éric Desmarais (Renaissance Press)
I'm Good and Other Lies by Bev Katz Rosenbaum (DCB) 
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao (Penguin Teen) 
The Last Beautiful Girl by Nina Laurin (Sourcebooks Fire)
Names in a Jar by Jennifer Gold (Second Story Press)
Our Rock and Our Salvation by Hugh MacDonald (Acorn)
Walking in Two Worlds by Wab Kinew (Penguin Teen Canada)

Alex Ovechkin by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, illus. by D. A. Bishop (Scholastic Canada)>>>Amazing Hockey Stories
All About Belugas by Jordan Hoffman (Inhabit Education)
Caring for Critters: One Year at a Wildlife Rescue Centre by Nicholas Read (Heritage House)
Conservation Canines: How Dogs Work for the Environment by Isabelle Groc (Orca)>>> Orca Wild
Hungry for the Arts: Poems to Chomp On by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lori Sherritt-Fleming, illus. by Peggy Collins (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
It Takes Guts: How Your Body Turns Food Into Fuel by Dr. Jennifer Gardy, illus. by Belle Wuthrich (Greystone)
Lights Day and Night: The Science of How Light Works
by Susan Hughes, illus. by Ellen Rooney (Kids Can Press)
Math Hacks 2: Do Better + Stress Less by Vanessa Vakharia, illus. by Hyein Lee (Scholastic Canada)
Meet David Suzuki by Elizabeth MacLeod, illus. by Mike Deas (Scholastic Canada) >>> Scholastic Canada Biography
The Science of Song: How and Why We Make Music by Alan Cross, Emme Cross and Nicole Mortillaro, illus. by Carl Wiens (Kids Can Press) 
Set Your Alarm, Sloth!: More Advice for Troubled Animals from Dr. Glider by Jess Keating, illus. by Pete Oswald (Orchard Books)
Small but Mighty: Why Earth's Tiny Creatures Matter by Kendra Brown, illus. by Catarina Oliveira (Owlkids)
Snoozefest: The Surprising Science of Sleep by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illus. by Valéry Goulet  (Kids Can Press)
A Tree is a Home by Pamela Hickman, illus.by Zafouko Yamamoto (Kids Can Press) 
Unstoppable: Women With Disabilities by Helen Wolfe, illus. by Karen Patkau (Second Story Press) 
Upstream, Downstream: Exploring Watershed Connections by Rowena Rae (Orca)>>>Orca Footprints
When I Feel: Easy Yoga for Big Feelings by Kathy Beliveau, illus. by Julie McLaughlin, photos by Jesse Holland (Orca)
Wolverine by Allan Niptanatiak (Inhabit Media)>>>Animals Illustrated series 


Picture Books
Anthony and the Gargoyle by Jo-Ellen Bogart, illus. by Maja Kastelic (Groundwood)
The Bee by Becky Han, illus. by Tindur Peturs (Inhabit Media)
Brady Brady and the Santa Search by Mary Shaw, illus. by Chuck Temple (Scholastic Canada)>>> Brady Brady series
A Brilliant Plan: Joseph Haydn, illus. by Marie Lafrance (The Secret Mountain)>>>with CD; Little Stories of Great Composers series
The Case of the Hanging Food Catcher by Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford (Firefly Books)>>>A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery
The Case of the Shrinking Friend by Eric Hogan and Tara Hungerford (Firefly Books)>>>A Gumboot Kids Nature Mystery
Chaiwala! by Priti Birla Maheshwari, illus. by Ashley Barron  (Owlkids)
Dee and the Apostrofee by Judith Henderson, illus. by Ohara Hale (Kids Can Press) 
Everybody by Elise Gravel (North Winds Press)
For Laika: The Dog Who Learned the Names of the Stars by Kai Cheng Thom, illus. by Kai Yung Ching (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Gemma and the Giant Girl by Sara O'Leary, illus. by Marie Lafrance (Tundra) 
Great Too by Lauri Holomis and Glen Gretzky, illus. by Kevin Sylvester (Puffin Canada)
Halloween Mouse by Philip Roy, illus. by Lisa Ferguson (Ronsdale)>>> new title in the Happy the Pocket Mouse series
Hello, Dark by Wai Mei Wong, illus. by Tamara Campeau (Pajama Press)
James' Reading Rescue by Dianna Wilson-Sirkovsky, illus. by Sara Casilda (Clavis)
Lentil Soup by Carole Tremblay, illus. by  Maurèen Poignonec, trans. by Charles Simard (Orca)
Little Moar and the Moon by Roselynn Akulukjuk, illus. by Jazmine Gubbe (Inhabit Media)
Little Narwhal, Not Alone by Tiffany Stone, illus. by Ashlyn Anstee (Greystone)
Meeka Loves Nature: Plants by Danny Christopher, illus. by Ali Hinch (Inhabit Education)>>> bilingual Inuktitut and English edition
Merry Christmas, Anne by Kallie George, illus. by Genevieve Godbout (Tundra) 
The Midnight Club by Shane Goth, illus. by Yong Ling Kang (Owlkids)
My Words Flew Away Like Words by Debora Pearson, illus. by Shrija Jain (Kids Can Press)
A New Home for Fox by Ellen DeLange, illus. by Agi Ofner (Clavis)
The Night Before Playoffs by Stella Partheniou Grasso, illus. by Paula J. Becker (Scholastic Canada)
Our Table by Peter H. Reynolds (Orchard Books)
Petal the Angry Cow by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Olga Demidova (Tundra)
The Rocking Horse by Sheryl McFarlane, illus. by François Thisdale (Pajama Press)
She Stitched the Stars: A Story of Ellen Harding Baker's Solar System Quilt by Jennifer Harris, illus. by Louise Pigott (Albert Whitman & Co.)
Sometimes I Feel Shy by Aviaq Johnston, illus. by Amiel Sandland (Inhabit Education) 
Sour Cakes by Karen Crossing, illus. by Anna Kwan (Owlkids)
The Sour Cherry Tree by Naseem Hrab, illus. by Nahid Kazemi (Owlkids) 
Swish Slosh by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Jacqui Lee (Orca)
The Thing Lenny Loves Most about Baseball by Andrea Larsen, illus. by Milan Pavlovic (Kids Can Press)
Thunder of Noise Storms by Jeffrey Ansloos and Shezza Ansloos, illus. by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Annick)
Two at the Top: A Shared Dream of Everest by Uma Krishnaswami, illus. by Christopher Corr (Groundwood)
Uliaq's Amazing Animals: Muskox by Danny Christopher, illus. by Amiel Sandland (Inhabit Education)
A Very Silly Alphabet by Jeannie Hillman, illus. by Sarah Shortcliffe (Nimbus)
Welcome to the Cypher by Khodi Dill, illus. by Awuradwoa Afful (Annick) 
We Wish You a Merry Christmas: A Canadian Carol by Helaine Becker, illus. by Werner Zimmerman (Scholastic Canada)
Windy Days by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Miki Sato (Pajama Press)>>>follow up to Snow Days
Woodland Tales: The Five Wishes by Priya Chaudhary, illus. by Cindy Lin (Bookland Press)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Burying the Moon by Andrée Poulin, illus. by Sonali Zohra (Groundwood)>>>novel in verse
Evie and the Truth about Witches by John Martz (Tundra)
Living with Viola by Rosena Fung (Annick) >>>graphic novel
Mad About Meatloaf (Weenie Featuring Frank and Beans #1) by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Alexandra Bye (Tundra) 
The Mutant Mouse from Outer Space (The Lunch Club #3) by Dom Pelletier (Scholastic Canada)>>>graphic novel
Sorry for Your Loss by Joanne Levy (Orca)
Stealing Home by J. Torres, illus. by David Namisato (Kids Can Press)>>>graphic novel
A Struggle for Hope by Carol Matas (Scholastic Canada)
The Undercover Book List by Colleen Nelson (Pajama Press)
The Wolf Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illus. by Natasha Donovan (HighWater Press)>>> Mothers of Xsan series, Book 5 

Young Adult 
The Delusionist by Don Calame (Candlewick)
Hunting By Stars by Cherie Dimaline (Penguin Teen)>>>A Marrow Thieves novel
Lessons in Fusion by Primrose Madayag Knazan (Yellow Dog)
Lies My Memory Told Me by Sacha Wunsch (Inkyard Press)
The Story of My Life Ongoing by CS Cobb by Candas Dorsey (Inanna)
Under the Iron Bridge by Kathy Kacer (Second Story Press)
Urchin by Kate Story (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)

Amazing Atlantic Canadian Women: Fascinating Stories of Excellence and Determination by Stephanie Domet and Penelope Jackson, illus. by James Bentley (Nimbus)
Be a Camouflage Detective: Looking for Critters That are Hidden, Concealed, or Covered by Peggy Kochanoff (Nimbus)
Canada Year by Year (Revised Edition) by Elizabeth MacLeod, illus. by Sydney Smith (Kids Can Press)
Germy Science: The Sick Truth about Getting Sick (and Staying Healthy) by Edward Kay, illus. by Mike Shiell (Kids Can Press)
Hockey Superstars 2021-2022 by Paul Romanuk (Scholastic Canada)
The LGBT Purge and the Fight for Equal Rights in Canada by Ken Setterington (Lorimer)>>>Righting Canada's Wrongs series
My Art, My World by Rita Winkler, with Mark Winkler and Helen Winkler (Second Story Press) 
Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community by Lois Peterson, illus. by Taryn Gee (Orca)>>> Orca Think
The Strangest Thing in the Sea and Other Curious Creatures of the Deep by Rachel Poliquin, illus. by Byron Eggenschwiler (Kids Can Press) 
What Animals Want: The Five Freedoms in Action by Jacqueline Pearce, illus. by Julie McLaughlin (Orca)>>>Orca Think


Picture Books
Birds on Wishbone Street by Suzanne Del Rizzo (Pajama Press)
The Dancing Trees by Masiana Kelly, illus. by Michelle Simpson (Inhabit Media)
Erik the Elk: The Big Hockey Game by Chloé Baillargeon (Scholastic Canada)
Guess Who: With Tuktu and Friends by Nadia Sammurtok and Rachel Rupke, illus. by Ali Hinch (Inhabit Education) >>> bilingual Inuktitut and English edition
Little Blue House Beside the Sea by Jo-Ellen Bogart, illus. by Carme Lesmniscates (Tilbury House)
Mia and the Monsters Search for Colours by Neil Christopher, illus. by Sigmundur Thorgeirsson (Inhabit Education)>>> bilingual Inuktitut and English edition
New Year by Mei Zihan, illus. by Qin Leng (Greystone)
Peekaboo! Nanuq and Nuka Look for Shapes by Rachel Rupke, illus. by Ali Hinch (Inhabit Education) >>> bilingual Inuktitut and English edition
The Seagull and the Barnacle by Judd Palmer, illus. by Nina Palmer (Bayeaux Arts) 
A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman, illus. by Peggy Collins (Pajama Press)
Slowpoke the Bell Island Mine Horse by Heather Smith, illus. by Genevieve Simms (Nimbus)
Spencer the Siksik: Respecting Others by Shawna Thompson and Nadia Sammurtok, illus. byValentina Jaskina  (Inhabit Education)
We Are All Ears: Niccolo Paganini, illus. by Marie Lafrance (The Secret Mountain) >>> with CD; Little Stories of Great Composers series

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Harvey and the Extraordinary by Eliza Martin, illus. by Anna Bron (Annick)
The Knotted Rope by Jean Rae Baxter (Ronsdale)
Robert Moves to the City by Caley Clements and Jessie Hale, illus. by Jesus Lopez (Inhabit Education) 
Spell Sweeper by Lee Edward Födi (HarperCollins)

Young Adult 
Double Negative by Susan Marshall (Evernight Teen)
The Forgotten Memories of Vera Glass by Anna Priemaza (Amulet)
The Legend by Jean Mills (Red Deer Press)
Queen's Hope (Star Wars) by E. K. Johnston (Disney Lucasfilm Press) >>> sequel to Queen's Shadow
Second Chances by Harriet Zaidman (Red Deer Press)
A Soft Place to Fall by Tanya Christenson (Red Deer Press)
When You Least Expect It by Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Red Deer Press)

Big as a Giant Snail by Jess Keating, illus. by David DeGrand (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Chasing Bats and Tracking Rats: Urban Ecology, Community Science, and How We Share Our Cities by Cylita Guy (Annick)
Junior Field Guide: Insects of Nunavut by Jordan Hoffman, illus. by Athena Gubbe (Inhabit Education)

Picture Books
The Little Knight Who Saved the Day by Gilles Tibo, illus. by Geneviève Després (Scholastic Canada)>>>Little Knight series
Lissy's Diary by Ellen DeLange, illus. by Ilaria Zanellato (Clavis)
Love You My Heart by Peter H. Reynolds (Orchard Books)

The Enchanted People by Jennifer Pool (Guernica Editions)
Young Adult 
 The Lost Ones: An AFK Novel by Adrienne Kress (Scholastic) >>> Bendy #2

Picture Books
Martin and the River by Jon-Erik Lappano, illus. by Josée Bisaillon (Groundwood)
Giju's Gift by Brandon Mitchell, illus. by Veronika Barinova and Britt Wilson (HighWater Press)
Hat Cat by Troy Wilson, illus. by Eve Coy (Candlewick) 
How to Party Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab, illus. by Kelly Collier (Owlkids)
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
The Gift of the Little People: A Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Story by William Dumas, illus. by Rhian Brynjolson (HighWater Press)
Project Bollywood by Mahtab Narsimhan (Orca) 
Sloth Sleuth by Cyndi Marko (HMH)
The Gift of the Little People: A Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Story by William Dumas, illus. by Rhian Brynjolson (HighWater Press)

Young Adult
Made 4 You by Eric Walters (DCB)
Power Forward by Eric Walters and Paul Coccia (Orca)
The Red Palace by June Hur (Feiwel and Friends) 
The Summer Between Us by Andre Fenton (Lorimer) 
Then Everything Happens at Once by M-E Girard (HarperTeen) 
Version Control by David A. Robertson, illus. by Scott B. Henderson, color by Donovan Yaciuk (HighWater Press) >>> The Reckoner Rises 2

The Girl Who Built an Ocean by Jess Keating, illus. by Michelle Mee Nutter (Knopf)
Same Here! The Differences We Share by Susan Hughes (Owlkids Books) 

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Any errors (and there will be some), including in release dates, are my own. Feel free to share corrections that I need to make. I'm always pleased to make this post as accurate and complete as possible.


  1. Helen, you are amazing! Thank you for all the work you do! What a treat to see all the work Canadian creators produce.

    1. Thanks, Colleen. I'm so pleased to see you have another book coming out. Always a treat to know a new one is on the horizon. And such a great title!

  2. Fantastic list! I'm not an official Canadian yet (but I'm working on it!) Does being a permanent resident count? If so, I'd love to add The Wolf's Curse to the list!

    1. Of course you count! The Wolf's Curse has now been added. Thanks for checking out CanLit for LittleCanadians and for making me aware of your upcoming book. Best wishes with its release!

  3. Thrilled to see Tainted Amber included! Thanks so much! :)