January 28, 2022

The Groundwood Newsletters: New book resource

Any resource that encourages 
the use of Canadian children's books 
by educators and librarians is good. 

Most publishers provide teaching resources based on their books 
(do check out their websites) 
but Groundwood Books is setting up something a little different 
and I wanted to share that here.
 

Groundwood Books

has teamed up with 

educator, author and children's book advocate

Larry Swartz

for a series of newsletters for teachers and librarians

The Groundwood Newsletters are designed to provide educators, librarians and parents with strategies, tips and information about their fiction and non-fiction books. Each newsletter centres on a single topic, theme or genre with a list of recommended titles to encourage young readers to explore. The series will include lots of great resources such as reading, writing, arts and media responses; a spotlight feature on a Groundwood author/illustrator; a curated book list with annotations; and additional links to the website for more book information and/or teacher guides.

Newsletter #1:
 (set for release Monday)

Finding Friendships, Building Belonging 
and Creating Community Through Picture Books
 
for the Groundwood Newsletters
 

January 25, 2022

Eight Days

Written by Teresa Toten
Scholastic Canada
978-1-4431-9002-2
312 pp.
Ages 10-14
January 2022

A lot can happen in eight days. Death, love, journeys and change. And, like it or not, it is what it is.

At almost 14, Sami Stanic has lived through a lot. Since she was three, she has lived with her grandfather Carl in the White Towers apartment building at Thorncliffe Park in Toronto. Carl is a recovering alcoholic, having stopped drinking when he brought Sami to live with him, and Sami is determined to keep it that way. She works at ensuring he stays sober by attending AA meetings with him and by keeping herself apprised of all the programs and readings, and she is determined to prove herself useful. In her own way, she does not want to be abandoned again. But, without knowing it, Sami has become part of the community, regardless of Carl's intolerance to the diverse community that is the Towers now. Her best friends are Nilofer and Tarek (also her crush) and there are lots of people watching out for her, though she doesn't realize it. So when she learns that her mother has died, a woman she'd always thought of as gone already, Sami is both perplexed and ashamed.
 
Within days, Sami, Carl and their neighbour Aggie are heading to Chicago in Carl's '77 Olds, affectionately known as Sophie, to deal with Shannon's funeral arrangements. But the journey becomes an opportunity for truths to finally emerge about all their stories: Sami's first few years, Shannon's issues, and Carl's despair. And their return to Canada may just be a new pilgrimage for all.

Teresa Toten may be better known for her extraordinary young adult novels (e.g., Beware That Girl, Shattered Glass, and The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B) but her voice shines just as brightly in this middle-grade novel. Perhaps it's because Teresa Toten has still focused her story on the foundation of most children's lives: their relationships. For Sami, it's her many relationships that drive her. Her relationships with Carl, with Nilofer, with Tarek, with Aggie, with her mother, and with so many in her community offer some security and comfort, but also some worry and angst, while often leaving her questioning her memories and her feelings.
I'd been whiplashed by every possible human emotion in the past few hours. I liked me better before. Clamped down, in charge. (pg. 253)
Teresa Toten makes sure that Sami's journey does not start and stop with a road trip. It becomes one of self-discovery and tenacity in which Sami sees and hears more from those around her and allows herself to be more. As alone as she may feel, living with a dry alcoholic who could relapse at any time, Sami learns she's part of a big community and one so diverse in its cultures that there is more than enough offering to be the family she needs.

Eight Days may have a road trip story line at its core but the journey is more one of life. But, as with any journey, where you come from is just one part. Where you're heading and where you end up are just as meaningful.

January 19, 2022

On Baba's Back


Written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc
Princeton Architectural Press
978-1-61689-912-7
24 pp.
Ages 1-4
January 2022

In a sweet board book perfect for the very young and their caregivers, Marianne Dubuc charms with a story of family, protection, patience, risk-taking and letting go. And it's all with koalas!
From On Baba's Back by Marianne Dubuc
A young Koko enjoys being carried on Baba's back. But Koko does everything a little koala would do while on Baba's back: eat, play, pee, bathe, and go for walks.
From On Baba's Back by Marianne Dubuc
But sometimes the young want to do something different than what their elders have chosen for them to do. When Koko sees a blue butterfly, a "There!" signals to Baba what Koko wants.
From On Baba's Back by Marianne Dubuc
Still, Baba keeps walking so Koko climbs down to follow the pretty insect. And though taking a risk and leaving the protection of Baba's back might not necessarily be the safest decision, what Koko finds brings joy to both Koko and Baba.
From On Baba's Back by Marianne Dubuc

There will always be a time when a child will take their first steps to independence. It may come with first steps literally or by making choices different than their elders or by leaving the intimate protection of family. For Koko, it is all of these. And though Koko's self-assertion could've been a little scary for both Koko and Baba, there's a satisfaction that comes from taking those independent steps, especially knowing that the safety of family is still there at the end of the day. Though these steps can be milestones, Marianne Dubuc keeps the story very simple, with the text perfect for an early reader or for reading to a baby or toddler who will soon learn the limited phrases. Likewise, Marianne Dubuc doesn't overwhelm her artwork with too much of anything. The stars are Koko and Baba, clearly identifiable as koalas by their ears, with an emphasis on only a few other details like an ice-cream cone, a pee puddle, a ball or a butterfly.

While Baba is a term for father in a number of Asian cultures, it also can refer to a grandmother in eastern Europe. Either way, it is a loving elder who can provide protection for the youngest family members and that's what Koko finds on Baba's back: the security and freedom to learn to become independent.

January 17, 2022

Aggie and Mudgy: The Journey of Two Kaska Dena Childen

 
Written by Wendy Proverbs
Wandering Fox (Heritage House)
978-1-77203-375-5
144 pp.
Ages 8-12
November 2021

They were lost in a void, 
not understanding where they would end up. (pg. 99)

While there are an increasing number of middle-grade books about residential schools, few discuss the journeys that Indigenous children were forced to take from their home to get to those residential schools. Aggie and Mudgy is one such story. But it's also a tale of loss: of family, of names, of culture. And it is as painful as their journey.
 
In contemporary Vancouver, eight-year-old Maddy has found an old photo in her Nan's desk and begs her grandmother to tell her the story of the two little girls. And so Nan does, recounting the story of two young sisters from Daylu, a Kasha Dena community on the BC-Yukon border. As history has shown us, the arrival of those of the Catholic church brought much change, as it did in Daylu, where the First Nations people were first forcibly assimilated by being renamed. 
When we name something, it gives us a kind of ownership, doesn't it? (pg. 96)
Sisters Mac-kinnay and Beep were renamed Agnes and Martha but they called themselves Aggie and Mudgy. Then two years later, the young sisters, only 6 and 8, were taken away by Father Allard to go to school far away. How far away they could not have known.

Though leaving their home would have been frightening, the beginning of their journey starts with some comfort and familiarity as the priest employs two Indigenous brothers to transport them down the Liard River. The landscape, the food and the language are still their own. But after 300 km, their journey after Dease Lake becomes one of newness. As the priest and the girls travel six weeks by mail truck, paddle wheeler boat, steamship and train to the Lejac Residential School at Fraser Lake in central BC, the girls soon realized that their old ways would not be tolerated. Not the language they spoke, not the way they looked, nor the joys they savoured in the outdoors. And if Priest Allard and the nuns who aided them in their journey were not pleased, the children were shamed and beaten.
They couldn't respect different people and cultures, and if the children didn't obey, some priests and nuns could be very cruel. (pg. 47)
The girls' journey with Father Allard was just over 1600 km but it was just the beginning of the inevitable trauma that would be their residency at the Lejac school. Wendy Proverbs could have walked us into that school with Aggie and Mudgy but she knew that the journey of these two Kaska Dena children was important enough to be highlighted. Still, the story is told to enlighten and to acknowledge, not traumatize-it doesn't, though it could have– and by revealing her own personal connection (see "Author's Note" and "Acknowledgements" in Aggie and Mudgy), and giving Nan one as well, Wendy Proverbs has made the sisters' story both restrained and profound. Don't be surprised if a tear is shed.

Because Aggie and Mudgy tells a story within a story, with fiction embracing history, Wendy Proverbs, herself of Kaska Dena descent, has honoured her heritage and her ancestors. In fact, a nod of appreciation should be given to her as she does to others in her acknowledgements for sharing Aggie and Mudgy and purposefully shaking up the universe with truth.
Final appreciation to all of our ancestors who led the way for future generations to speak, dance, create, and indeed disturb the universe. (pg. 130)

January 15, 2022

CanLit for LittleCanadians celebrates 1M views Contest: Winner announced

On Tuesday, January 11, 2021, 

I launched the 

READY TO CELEBRATE 1M VIEWS CONTEST.

And, though we were thousands off, we reached one million views within about 5 hours.

(I had to change the format as it didn't fit in the sidebar. 😧)

As the rules stated the contest would close at 11:59 PM EST the night that the counter turned over one million views (about 3:08 PM EST), the contest closed that night. Thanks to all who submitted comments on the blog and on Twitter about reviews readers had enjoyed on CanLit for LittleCanadians.

Using a random number generator, a winner was selected and it is.....Elizabeth A. who enjoyed the review of Cherie Dimaline's "The Marrow Thieves." 

CONGRATULATIONS!

👏👏👏

Though I can tell you're in a high school library, I have no other information about you, Elizabeth A. So, if you could submit a comment with your details (email, address), I won't post the comment, just grab the information and delete your comment. And anyone who might know a Canadian high school librarian whose first name is Elizabeth and last name starts with an "A," please leave me a comment below with any info (name, email, school) you can provide. (I won't post the comment but I will get the relevant information from it.)

Thank you again to everyone who participated and helped 
get the blog over that milestone of ONE MILLION VIEWS.
 
 
(And 🤞 that we hear from Elizabeth A. within the week. 
Otherwise, I may have to select another winner. 
Thankfully I still have all the participants' names logged for just that possibility. 😥)

January 11, 2022

Ready to celebrate 1M views!: Contest


 
After just over ten years, CanLit for LittleCanadians is ready to celebrate one million views of posts about books for young people by Canadian authors and illustrators. Want to help me celebrate? Then have I got a contest for you!
 

 
What do you have to do?
Leave a comment below (with an identifier so I can contact you somehow) and/or Tweet (tag @HelenKubiw and #1Mviews) about a book that you decided to purchase or read (I'm thrilled to support libraries) after checking out a review here. You've got ten years of reviews from which to choose. Tell me the title of the book and author/illustrator and what grabbed your attention. 
 
Participants will be time-logged in order of submission and a random number generator will select one from all submissions. I will announce the winner here and on Twitter. 

If you submit more than once, only your earliest submission will be logged.

Who can participate?
You must be a resident of Canada in order to participate. (Sorry expats who live outside our country.) Authors and illustrators are welcome to participate.

When?
You have from now until the end of the day (11:59 PM EST) when the blog's view counter hits one million views. (Hint: it will be happening within the next few days.) So if it hits 1,000,000 at lunch on Friday, January 14, you have until almost midnight that night to leave a comment. (I think it will happen sooner.)

Prize?
A box of Canadian books for young people. I will pick the books but it will be a mixed box of at least 10 books.

 
I have been privileged to promote so many wonderful books by so many fabulous authors and illustrators. I've covered picture books, early readers, middle grade novels, graphic novels, non-fiction, young adult books and more. My readers are young people, parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, teachers, school librarians, public librarians, school boards, university faculties of education, organizations like the Ontario Library Association and the Canadian Children's Book Centre, publishers, and more. Thank you to all who have linked to my blog and helped promote it as I promote our Canadian creators.

Though I have wondered whether the 10-year mark (October 2021) or the 1 million view mark would be a milestone for me to reconsider the blog, I don't think I'm quite ready to give it up yet. This is especially true as I think CanLit for LittleCanadians offers an opportunity to celebrate books from everyone from debut authors and small publishers to world-renowned writers and large publishing houses. As long as these creators are Canadian, born or residing, I will champion them, if I like the books. (You might notice that I don't review anything I don't like.)

So here's to CanLit for LittleCanadians 
and it's upcoming ONE MILLION VIEWS. 
 
Thanks you for celebrating with me.

January 10, 2022

Arnold the Super-ish Hero

Written by Heather Tekavec
Illustrated by Guillaume Perreault
Kids Can Press
978-1-5253-0309-8
32 pp.
Ages 4-7
2021

Arnold works in the family business, and that business is one of superheroes. They are superheroes like his super strong cousin and his super fast brother and his super bouncy uncle. But Arnold doesn't have a super power, yet, so, as they all wait for it to show up, Arnold is their phone guy.
From Arnold the Super-ish Hero by Heather Tekavec, illus. by Guillaume Perreault
Then a call comes in for a superhero and no one responds when Arnold sounds the alarm. So, determined to follow the family motto of "Stop the bad guy from being a bad guy," Arnold dusts off his great-grandmother's mask and cape to find the crime. But just getting to the crime scene becomes problematic. As he speeds to the scene, as best he can after taking the bus, he comes across situations he misinterprets. A young man yelling at a woman in a wheelchair is actually a grandson trying to tell his grandmother who has lost her hearing aid to keep her hands off the tires so he can push her safely. Arnold's solution of giving the woman a stray kitten to hold works miracles for the grandson, grandmother and even the kitten. He sees a little girl throwing things in the water until she reveals she's trying to feed a baby duck before the more aggressive adults get the food. Arnold comes to the rescue again. 
From Arnold the Super-ish Hero by Heather Tekavec, illus. by Guillaume Perreault
When Arnold finally gets to the called-in crime scene, he realizes that he can use his phone message-taking skills to good use to solve the problem and make two little girls very happy, with one declaring him a super-ish hero. After a few more good deeds, Arnold returns home to witness his efforts lauded on TV, with his family unaware that the Super Nice Guy superhero was their own family member. And that's a secret he's happy to keep to himself. (Oh, look, another superpower: keeping secrets!)

Kids love the idea of superheroes who can do beyond the norm, usually to fight crime and evil. But, if the past two years have shown us anything, it's that heroes come with all kinds of abilities, and goodness and kindness may be the greatest of all of these. As such, BC's Heather Tekavec has given us a humble character in Arnold, one who just wants to emulate his superhero family, but learns unintentionally that kindness is his strength. Even without trying for the spotlight, just stopping to offer assistance wherever help is needed, Arnold has become a hero. He's every guy and, with him, Heather Tekavec has shown us that anyone can be a hero.
From Arnold the Super-ish Hero by Heather Tekavec, illus. by Guillaume Perreault
Quebec illustrator Guillaume Perreault gives Arnold a banal look that works with the common person image. Except for a top-knot, there's not much to distinguish Arnold from anyone, including the reader. He doesn't stand out except when he does something kind. Guillaume Perreault may make Arnold's family members unique in their dress and skills but he makes Arnold stand out for his originality. In fact, Guillaume Perreault gives the whole book an understated feel with his choice of colours-no emphasis on bold primary colours–and blend of picture book illustrations with graphic novel boxes. Unlike most comic books about superheroes that bombard you with flash and action, Arnold the Super-ish Hero has the same restrained and easygoing appearance as does Arnold himself.

With a message that kindness is a superhero talent available to anyone, even Arnold, young readers will cheer for him and anyone who does good, knowing that the goodness comes in the doing, not from the recognition or the celebrity.

January 08, 2022

A Sky-Blue Bench

Written by Bahram Rahman
Illustrated by Peggy Collins
Pajama Press
978-1-77278-222-6
32 pp.
Ages 5-8
 November 2021
 
Bahram Rahman, author of The Library Bus (Pajama Press, 2020), returns the reader to Afghanistan and offers another hopeful tale of resilience and courage, creativity and endeavour.
From A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman, illus. by Peggy Collins

Aria is an Afghan girl with lovely new red shoes and a helper-leg that she got after an accident. (Bahram Rahman's appended notes talk of land mines and unexploded ordinance.) While she is eager to be returning to school after her lengthy hospitalization, Aria is apprehensive, especially as all the wooden school furniture has been destroyed for firewood and the children now sit with bent knees on a floor tarp, something she will be unable to do.

From A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman, illus. by Peggy Collins
Aria contemplates not returning to school but rejects that idea and instead comes up with the "brave idea" to build herself a bench. Most of the girls laugh at her plan but Aria is determined and she and her lone friend scavenge the city for discarded wooden boards, broken pieces of furniture, and random nails and screws. Then, Aria and her mother visit a carpenter in the old city who, for the gift of a loaf of bread, loans her an assortment of tools and a can of sky-blue paint.
"Sky-blue is the color of courage, peace and," he tapped at his temple, "wisdom."
From A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman, illus. by Peggy Collins
And so a bench is created, and with it an opportunity for Aria and the other girls to take control of their own schooling needs.

Though Bahram Rahman makes it clear from his notes about circumstances he and others experienced in his homeland of Afghanistan, he does not dwell on the horrors of land mines or the challenges of living with a civil war. Instead Bahram Rahman speaks to a girl's determination to get an education, be proactive and resourceful, and to challenge herself to meet her own needs. It's a brave commentary on focusing on what you can change, not on what you can't, and Aria demonstrates that the possibilities can be inspiring. 

While there is a brightness and a child-like quality to her art, Peggy Collins (Harley the Hero, 2021) stays firmly in realism, but without immersing her art in the adversity of the situation. Aria's prosthetic leg is barely visible under her black dress and the challenges of the civil war are obscured by the vibrancy of the community in its activity and colour. Peggy Collins takes us into the Afghanistan of Aria's life, not of news reports: her school, her helper-leg, her mother and little brother, and her community. Her sky-blue bench is as assured as she is.

A Sky-Blue Bench may be a story from Afghanistan but its lessons about self-reliance and resourcefulness will speak to all children, especially those facing their own challenges, and encourage them to find solutions. With a desire, some hard work and a little wisdom, Aria was able to build something worthwhile, with wood and with vision.

January 04, 2022

A Long Way Home

Written by Jean Little
Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard
North Winds Press (Scholastic Canada)
978-1-4431-7091-8
32 pp.
All ages
February 2022
 
No matter how different they are, Maya and Jane become fast friends after Maya moves into the apartment building next to Jane's house. When they learn about animals like whales and polar bears under threat, the two girls vow to do something together.
From A Long Way Home by Jean Little, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard
Jane's grandfather suggests they start close to home and do what they can for the monarch butterflies.
"...wishes don't come true without help..."
Learning of the monarchs' need for milkweed plants, the girls decide to start some plants in Jane's grandfather's community garden. Like good gardeners, they choose their site carefully, plant the seeds and tend to them. The waiting is tough but the girls fill their summer days with cycling and swimming until one day "A bright orange-and-black butterfly was fluttering flower to flower." With new watching and waiting, the girls see an egg become a caterpillar and then a chrysalis.
From A Long Way Home by Jean Little, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard
Though they are anxious for the butterfly to emerge from the chrysalis and Jane considers helping it get out, they have learned that it will appear when it is strong enough to begin its long journey. It is then that Maya reveals that she knows about long journeys. And when the butterfly does emerge and the girls send it off with hearty goodbyes, anticipating its arduous migration to Mexico, Maya bravely discloses that she and her family traveled a long way over many years to escape hardships that threatened their lives. Her own experiences give them hope that their butterflies and others, including those they might save the following year, will arrive safely to their destination just as Maya did.
From A Long Way Home by Jean Little, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard
For many lovers of Canadian children's books, Jean Little is a legend. When she passed in 2020, there was a great sense of loss for her relentless spirit and for any new books, resplendent in their compassion and heart-warming plots. With A Long Way Home, we get Jean Little back for a little while in this story that parallels the plight of the monarch butterfly with that of an immigrant family. While A Long Way Home will be a useful book for teaching STEM with its emphasis on the butterfly's life cycle, it goes beyond the science and evokes compassion for those who must escape troubling worlds and find refuge elsewhere and far away, often after much waiting. But in her inimitable style, Jean Little juxtaposes the story of the butterfly and of Maya's family without being too obvious or deliberate, letting young readers find the connection themselves, so they might understand what both have had to endure.

Gabrielle Grimard's artwork, which has graced many picture books including The Library Bus (2020), Stolen Words (2017), and  Not My Girl (2014), uses a mix of watercolours, gouache and oil to create warm and inviting scenes of children learning, playing and gardening. Her children are very real, with their fly-away hair, joyful camaraderie, and empathetic demeanours, and their efforts to help the monarch butterfly are just as honest. 

A Long Way Home is a triumphant story of a friendship born of acceptance for differences, of a compulsion to learn and help a threatened species, and of journeys taken. Moreover, with A Long Way Home, we are graced once more with a story from Jean Little whose vision is given colour and shape by Gabrielle Grimard. How wonderful for all young readers.

January 01, 2022

Upcoming releases for Winter and Spring 2022

With the new season and the new year comes a new selection of books set for release. I know things are still messed up with respect to publishing books and getting them from printers into the hands of readers but here's hoping that things start to get back to normal in 2022. (Fingers crossed.) That said, I came across numerous anomalies of books set for release whose release dates differ depending on my information source. Please recognize that the information presented here is as accurate as it can be at this time. Hopefully it will be sufficient to get readers excited about new books by their favourite authors and illustrators and about sequels in favourite series enough to pre-order or purchase when available. 
 
What am I most looking forward to reading? There are too many to list but if I had to choose my top ten (and even those are very hard to choose), they would be:
  • Eight Days by Teresa Toten (Scholastic Canada)
  • The Fort by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
  • Me Three by Susan Juby (Puffin Canada)
  • Murder at the Hotel Hopeless by John Lekich (Orca)
  • The Oracle of Avaris by Alisha Sevigny (Dundurn)
  • The Red Palace by June Hur (Feiwel and Friends) 
  • Step by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)
  • These Are Not the Words by Amanda West Lewis (Groundwood) 
  • The Weird Sisters: A Note, a Goat and a Casserole by Mark David Smith, illus. by Kari Rust (Owlkids)
  • When the Wind Came by Jan Andrews, illus. by Dorothy Leung (Kids Can Press)
Ah. So many books, so little time to read. I wonder if I'll even get to these ten. Here's hoping you'll find something in this new season of books to tickle your funny bone, take you to new worlds, inform your curious soul, or even give you a tender cry. I know I will.

• • • • • • •



 
 
 
 
Picture Books
I Love You More by Emil Sher, illus. by Barbara Reid (Scholastic Canada)
Love, Violet by Charlotte Sullivan Wild, illus. by Charlene Chua (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
The Magic Shell by Jillian Christmas, illus. by Diana G. A. Mungaray (Orca)
On Baba's Back by Marianne Dubuc (Princeton Architectural Press)
Noodin's Perfect Day by Ansley Simpson, illus. by Rhael McGregor (Flamingo Rampant)
Petal the Angry Cow by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Olga Demidova (Tundra)
 

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Beatrice and Croc Harry by Lawrence Hill (HarperCollins)
Eight Days by Teresa Toten (Scholastic Canada)
Forever Birchwood by Danielle Daniel (HarperCollins)
The Ice Chips and the Grizzly Escape by Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor, illus. by Kim Smith (HarperCollins)>>>Book 5 in Ice Chips series
Metatron's Children by Chy Ryan Spain, illus. by Sydney Kuhne (Orca) >>> Book 1 of new series
The Oracle of Avaris by Alisha Sevigny (Dundurn)>>>Book 3 in The Secrets of the Sands series
Sneaks by Catherine Egan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
WARNED: The Astrologer's Prophecy by Mahtab Narsimhan (Stardust Stories)>>> Book 1 in new series Eerie Tales from the East
 
Young Adult
Like Home by Louisa Onomé (HarperCollins)
Mountain Runaways by Pam Withers (Dundurn)
The Red Palace by June Hur (Feiwel and Friends) 

Non-Fiction
Big as a Giant Snail
by Jess Keating, illus. by David DeGrand (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Kaakuluk: Orcas! >>> Kaakuluk 11 
Kaakuluk: Walruses! >>> Kaakuluk 10
Muinji'j Asks Why The Story of the Mi'kmaq and the Shubenacadie Residential School by Shanika McEachern (Nimbus)
Ukaliq: Caribou! >>> Fun for Little Nunavummiut 6, activity book; Inuktitut and English edition
Ukaliq: Snowy Owls!>>> Fun for Little Nunavummiut 6, activity book; Inuktitut and English edition
Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis by Ann Eriksson, illus. by Belle Wuthrich (Orca) >>> Orca Issues 6
Where Did We Come From? by Chris Ferrie (Sourcebooks)







 
 
Picture Books
Calm by Dr. Jillian Roberts (Orca)
A Long Way Home by Jean Little, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard (Scholastic Canada)
Rodney was a Tortoise by Nan Forler, illus. by Yong Ling Kang (Tundra)
Hat Cat by Troy Wilson, illus. by Eve Coy (Candlewick) 
I Can See You by Rosemarie Avrana Meyok, illus. by Michelle Simpson (Inhabit Media) 
Midnight & Moon by Kelly Cooper, illus. by Daniel Miyares (Tundra) 
Mina by Matthew Forsythe (Simon & Schuster)
Olivia Wrapped in Vines by Maude Nepveu-Villeneuve, illus. by Sandra Dumais (Orca)

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)
Giju's Gift by Brandon Mitchell, illus. by Veronika Barinova and Britt Wilson (HighWater Press) >>>graphic novel
The Overwood by Gabrielle Prendergast (Orca)>>> Orca Currents
Shooting Stars by Kevin Sylvester (Scholastic Canada) >>> Hockey Super Six series
Simon & Chester: Super Detectives by Cale Atkinson (Tundra) >>> graphic novel
Willpower by Marty Chan (Orca) >>> Orca Currents 
 
Young Adult
The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian (Balzer & Bray)
Creeboy by Teresa Wouters (Lorimer)
Denial by Lorna Schultz Nicholson (Lorimer)
Depth of Field by Natasha Deen (Orca) >>> Orca Soundings
Face the Music by Lesley Choyce (Orca) >>> Orca Soundings
Grave Message by Mary Jennifer Payne (Orca) >>> Orca Anchor 
In the Serpent's Wake by Rachel Hartman (Penguin Teen)
One Last Job by Sean Rodman (Orca) >>> Orca Anchor
The Ooze by Tash McAdam (Orca) >>> Orca Anchor 
Trapped by Sigmund Brouwer (Orca) >>> Orca Anchor
 
Non-Fiction
5 Butterflies by Carol Pasternak (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
The Sixties Scoop and the Stolen Lives of Indigenous Children (Righting Canada's Wrongs) by Andrew Bomberry and Jane Hubbard (Lorimer)
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
Picture Books
Alphabet Antics by Robert Heidbreder, illus. by Philippe Béha (Tradewind Books)
Ben the Sea Lion by Roy Henry Vickers with Robert Budd (Harbour Publishing)
Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes by Mahak Jain, illus. by Anu Chouhan (Annick Press)
Daphne's Bees by Catherine Dempsey, illus. by Veselina Tomova (Running the Goat)
Dinosaur Dance-off by Jorden Foss, illus. by Sara Theuerkauf (Owlkids)
Grumble, Yawn by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Jacqui Lee (Orca)
Howdy, I'm Flores LaDue by Ayesha Clough, illus. by Hugh Rockwood with Keagan Starlight (Red Barn Books)
I'm Not Sydney! by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood)
I'm The Boss! by Elise Gravel (Orca)
It's Me Henry! by Stéphanie Deslauriers, illus. by Geneviève Després (Orca)
Journey of the Midnight Sun by Shazia Afzal, illus. by Aliya Ghare (Orca)
Kunoichi Bunny by Sara Cassidy, illus. by Brayden Sato (Orca)
Martin and the River by Jon-Erik Lappano, illus. by Josée Bisaillon (Groundwood)
My Delicious Garden by Anne-Marie Fortin, illus. by Julien Castanié (Owlkids)
A Park Connects Us by Sarah Nelson, illus. by Ellen Rooney (Owlkids)
Spring Song! by Sheree Fitch, illus. by Debbie Pestid (Nimbus)
Sweater by Emily Hepditch (Flanker Press/Pennywell Books)
Tug: A Log Boom's Journey by Scot Ritchie (Groundwood)
The Tunnel by Sarah Howden, illus. by Erika Rodriguez Medina (Owlkids)
This is the Boat that Ben Built by Jen Lynn Bailey, illus. by Maggie Zeng (Pajama Press)
While We Wait by Judy Ann Sadler, illus. by Élodie Duhameau (Owlkids)
 
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Anne's Tragical Tea Party (Inspired by Anne of Green Gables) by Kallie George, illus. by Abigail Halpin (Tundra)
Fire on the Mountain by Pamela McDowell, illus. by Dana Barton (Orca) >>> Orca Echoes
For the Record by Monique Polak (Owlkids)
The Grave Thief by Dee Hahn (Puffin Canada)
HAUNTED: The Cursed Lake by Mahtab Narsimhan (Stardust Stories) >>> Book 2 in Eerie Tales from the East
Lark has the Shivers by Natasha Deen, illus. by Marcus Cutler (Orca) >>> Orca Echoes
Me Three by Susan Juby (Puffin Canada) 
On the Line by Eric Walters and Paul Coccia (Orca)
Operation Do-Over by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Canada)
Putuguq and Kublu and the Attack of the Amautalik by Roselynn Akulukjuk and Danny Christopher, illus. by Astrid Arijanto (Inhabit Media)>>>Putuguq and Kublu 3
Sparks! Future Purrfect by Ian Boothby, illus. by Nina Matsumoto (Scholastic Graphix) >>> Book 3 in Sparks! graphic novel series
Step by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)>>>short story collection
Water, Water by Cary Fagan, illus. by Jon McNaught (Tundra)
 

Young Adult
The Ribbon Leaf by Lori Weber (Red Deer Press)
Wrong Side of the Court by H. N. Khan (Penguin Teen)
 
Non-Fiction
Animals Move by Jane Whittingham (Pajama Press) >>> Big, Little Concepts 3
Baby Loon by Aubrey Lang, photos by Wayne Lynch  (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Fashion Forward: Striving for Sustainable Style by Raina Delisle (Orca) >>> Orca Footprints 22
Fresh Air, Clean Water: Our Right to a Healthy Environment by Megan Clendenan, illus. by Julie McLaughlin (Orca) >>> Orca Think
Haunted Canada 11: Frightening True Tales by Joel A. Sutherland (Scholastic Canada)
I Can't Do What? Strange Laws and Rules from Around the World by Heather Camelot (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Inuit Relocations: Resilience and Reconciliation (Righting Canada's Wrongs) by Frank Tester and Krista Ulujuk Zawadski (Lorimer)
Meet Mary Ann Shadd by Elizabeth MacLeod, illus. by Mike Deas (Scholastic Canada) >>> Scholastic Canada Biography
Salmon: Swimming for Survival by Rowena Rae (Orca) >>> Orca Wild 8
West Coast Wild at Low Tide by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch (Groundwood)
Wildlife of the Rockies for Kids by Wayne Lynch (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Picture Books
Abalone Woman by Teoni Spathelfer, illus. by Natassia Davies (Heritage House)
Abuelita and Me by Leonarda Carranza, illus. by Rafael Mayani (Annick Press)
After It Rains: A Counting Book by Joanne Schwartz, illus. by Angela Doak (Nimbus)
As Glenn As Can Be by Sarah Ellis, illus. by Nancy Vo (Groundwood)
Bedtime in Nunatsiavut by Reann Brown (Arsenal Pulp Press)
Finding Moose by Sue Farrell Holler, illus. by Jennifer Faria (Pajama Press)
Flock by Sara Cassidy, illus. by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood)
Free by Barroux (Owlkids)
Give Me a Snickle! by Alisha Sevigny (Orca)
Great Job, Dad! by Holman Wang (Tundra)
Great Job, Mom! by Holman Wang (Tundra)
A Home for Us by Sharon Jennings, illus. by Eva Campbell (Red Deer Press)
I Make Space by Sara Cassidy, illus. by Jimmy Tigani (Orca)
In the Clouds by Elly Mackay (Tundra)
Just Bea by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by Nahid Kazemi (Tradewind Books)
The Magical Sturgeon by Joseph Dandurand, illus. by Elinor Atkins (Nightwood Editions)
Mermaid Lullaby by Briana Corr Scott (Nimbus)
The Moon is a Silver Pond and The Sun is a Peach by Sara Cassidy, illus. by Josée Bisaillon (Orca)>>> two stories in a flippable book format
Over by the Harbour: Counting by Outport in Newfoundland and Labrador by Dwayne Lafitte, illus. by Thérèse Cilia (Nimbus)
Pink Is for Everybody by Ella Russell, illus. by Udayana Lugo (Owlkids)
Quiet, Please! by Russ Willms (Orca)
Rainy Days by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Miki Sato (Pajama Press) >>> Book 4 in Weather Days series
Sun in My Tummy by Laura Alary, illus. by Andrea Blinick (Pajama Press)
The Three Bears and Goldilocks by Bee Waeland (Orca)
When I Listen to Silence by Jean E. Pendziwol, illus. by Carmen Mok (Groundwood)
Whirl by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Josée Bisaillon (Owlkids)
 
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Abby in Oz by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic) >>> Whatever After Special Edition #2
The Amajurjuk by Levi Illuitok, illus. by Ben Shannon (Inhabit Media)
Bear in the Family by Eric Walters, illus. by Olga Barinova (Orca) >>> Orca Echoes
Bee & Flea and the Compost Caper by Anna Humphrey, illus. by Mike Deas (Owlkids)
A Bend in the Breeze by Valerie Sherrard (DCB)
Boy in the Blue Hammock by Darren Groth (Night Editions) 
The Fabled Stables: Belly of the Beast by Jonathan Auxier, illus. by Olga Demidova (Tundra) >>> The Fabled Stables 3
Just Dance by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic) >>> Whatever After #15
Last Week by Bill Richardson, illus. by Émilie Leduc (Groundwood)
Lucy and Dee: The Silk Road by Kirsten Marion (Common Deer Press)
Moonwalking by Zetta Elliott and Lyn Miller-Lachmann (Farrar, Straus and Grioux)
The Not-So-Uniform Life of Holly-Mei by Christina Matula (Inkyard Press)
Peanut Butter and Chaos: The Mythic Adventures of Samuel Templeton by Anita Daher (Yellow Dog)
The Science of Boys by Emily Seo, illus. by Gracey Zhang (Tradewind Books)
The Tales of Dwipa by Prajwala Dixit, illus. by Duncan Major (Breakwater Books)
These Are Not the Words by Amanda West Lewis (Groundwood)
The Triangle Secret by David Cole, illus. by Shannon O'Toole (Common Deer Press) >>> The Math Kids, Book 6
The Weird Sisters: A Note, a Goat and a Casserole by Mark David Smith, illus. by Kari Rust (Owlkids)>>>new mystery series
 

Young Adult
Boys and Girls Screaming by Kern Carter (DCB)
Queen's Hope (Star Wars) by E. K Johnston (Disney Lucasfilm Press) >>> sequel to Queen's Peril and Queen's Shadow
Sulfur Heart by Brooke Carter (Orca) >>> Orca Soundings 
Version Control by David A. Robertson, illus. by Scott B. Henderson, colour by Donovan Yaciuk (HighWater Press)>>>The Reckoner Rises 2
The Summer Between Us by Andre Fenton (Lorimer) 

Non-Fiction
Dig, Dance, Dive: How Birds Move to Survive by Etta Kaner, illus. by June Steube (Owlkids)
Flowers Are Pretty ... Weird! by Rosemary Mosco, illus. by Jacob Souva (Tundra)
Same Here! The Differences We Share by Susan Hughes (Owlkids Books) 
The Seal Garden by Ian McAllister and Nicholas Read (Orca) >>> My Great Bear Rainforest 3
Sky Wolf's Call: The Gift of Indigenous Knowledge by Eldon Yellowhorn (Annick Press) 
Who's Looking? How Animals See the World by Carol Matas, illus. by Cornelia Li (Orca)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Picture Books
All Cats Welcome by Susin Nielsen, illus. by Vivian Mineker (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome by Kat Zhang, illus. by Charlene Chua (Simon & Schuster)
And J. J. Slept by Loretta Garbutt, illus. by Erika Rodriguez Medina (Kids Can Press)
Another Squiggly Story by Andrew Larsen, illus. by Mike Lowery (Kids Can Press)
Be a Good Ancestor by Leona Prince and Gabrielle Prince, illus. by Carla Joseph (Orca)
Bibi's Got Game: A Story about Tennis, Meditation and a Dog Named Coco by Bianca Andreescu with Mary Beth Leatherdale, illus. by Chelsea O'Byrne (Tundra)
Bye Bye Binary by Eric Geron, illus. by Charlene Chua (HarperCollins)
Charlotte Diamond's Animal Friends: A Collection of Songs by Charlotte Diamond, illus. by Eunji Jung (Orca)
A Day for Sandcastles by JonArno Lawson, illus. by Qin Leng (Candlewick)
The Family Tree by Sean Dixon, illus. by Lily Snowden-Fine (Tundra)
A Garden of Creatures by Sheila Heti, illus. by Esmé Shapiro (Tundra)
I's the B'y: The Beloved Newfoundland Folk Song, illus. by Lauren Soloy (Greystone Books)
The Language of Flowers by Dena Seiferling (Tundra)
Like Cats and Dogs by Mélanie Perreault, illus. by Marion Arbona (Second Story Press)
Little Pine Cone: Wildfires and the Natural World by Johanna Wagstaffe, illus. by Julie McLaughlin (Orca)
Lizzy and the Cloud by Eric Fan and Terry Fan (Simon & Schuster)
ka-aciwikicik / The Move by Doris George and Don K. Philpot, illus. by Alyssa Koski (Heritage House) >>> bilingual edition (Cree/English)
Nature is an Artist by Jennifer Lavallee, illus. by Natalia Colombo (Greystone Books)
Pugs Cause Traffic Jams by Jennifer McGrath, illus. by Kathryn Durst (Kids Can Press)
Runs With the Stars / Wiijibibamatoon Anangoonan by Heather M. O'Connor and Darcy Whitecrow, illus. by Lenny Lishchenko (Second Story Press) >>> dual-language in English and Ojibwa
Sitting Shiva by Erin Silver, illus. by Michelle Theodore (Orca)
Sun Wishes by Patricia Storms, illus. by Milan Pavlovic (Groundwood)
Sweetgrass by Theresa Meuse, illus. by Jessica Jerome (Nimbus)>>>Indigenous Knowledge Series
Tanna's Lemming by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, illus. by Tamara Campeau (Inhabit Media)
Up and Adam by Debbie Zapata, illus. by Yong Ling Kang (Kids Can Press)
Whistling for Angela by Robin Heald, illus. by Peggy Collins (Pajama Press)
Wildflower by Melanie Brown, illus. by Sara Gillingham (Greystone Books)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Alina in a Pinch by Shenaaz Nanji (Second Story Press)
Harvey Takes the Lead by Colleen Nelson (Pajama Press)
Hermit Hill by Mike Deas and Nancy Deas (Orca) >>> Book 3 in Sueño Bay Adventures graphic novel series
Hush, Puppy by Sigmund Brouwer, illus. by Sabrina Gendron (Orca)>>> Orca Echoes
Linty: A Pocketful of Adventures by Mike Shiell (Kids Can Press)>>> graphic novel
Project Bollywood by Mahtab Narsimhan (Orca) >>> Orca Currents
Scaredy Squirrel Gets a Surprise by Melanie Watt (Tundra) >>>2nd book in Scaredy's Nutty Adventures graphic novel series
The Secret Diary of Mona Hasan by Salma Hussein (Tundra) 
Shadow Grave by Marina Cohen (Roaring Brook Press)
She Holds Up the Stars by Sandra Laronde (Annick Press)
ValHamster by Angela Misri (DCB) >>> Tales from the Apocalypse
What the Dog Knows by Sylvia McNicoll (Dundurn)

Young Adult
The Backbone of Night by GMB Chomichuk (Yellow Dog) >>> Book 2 in The Automatic Age Saga
The Limitless Sky by Christina Kilbourne (Dundurn)
The Queen of Junk Island by Alexandra Mae Jones (Annick Press)
Rachel Bird by Becky Citra (Second Story Press)
White Lies by Sara de Waard (DCB)
Wish Upon a Satellite by Sophie Labelle (Second Story Press)
 
Non-Fiction
Animals Illustrated: Ringed Seal by William Flaherty, illus. by Sara Otterstatter (Inhabit Media) >>> Book 9 in series
The Astronomer Who Questioned Everything: The Story of Maria Mitchell by Laura Alary, illus. by Ellen Rooney (Kids Can Press)
Better Connected: How Girls Are Using Social Media for Good by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Julia Kyi, illus. by Vivian Rosas (Orca) >>> Orca Think 5
City Streets are for People by Andrea Curtis, illus. by Emma FitzGerald (Groundwood)>>> ThinkCities 3
The Global Ocean by Rochelle Strauss (Kids Can Press)>>> CitizenKid
Granville Island ABC: A Family Adventure by Alison Kelly, illus. by Linda Sharp (Heritage House)
Naked: Not Your Average Sex Encyclopedia by Myriam Daguzan Bernier, illus. by Cécile Gariépy, trans. by Charles Simard (Orca)
Our Green City by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illus. by Colleen Larmour (Kids Can Press) 
Rush Hour: Navigating Our Global Traffic Jam by Erin Silver (Orca) >>> Orca Footprints
Sand Between My Toes: Summer Activity Book by Erin Alladin (Pajama Press)
Trapped in Terror: Solving the Mystery of the Lost Franklin Expedition by Sigmund Brouwer (Kids Can Press)
West Coast Wild ABC by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch (Groundwood)
Why Humans Work: How Jobs Shape Our Lives and Our World by Monique Polak, illus. by Suharu Ogawa (Orca) >>> Orca Think

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
Picture Books
First Broom by Kallie George, illus. by Joelle Murray (Cartwheel Books)
My LaLa by Thomas King, illus. by Charlene Chua (Tundra)
Room for More by Michelle Kadarusman, illus. by Maggie Zeng (Pajama Press)
Professor Goose Debunks Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Paulette Bourgeois, illus. by Alex G. Griffiths (Tundra)
Soccer Baby by Diane Adams, illus. by Charlene Chua (Viking Kids)
Tâpwê and the Magic Hat by Buffy Sainte-Marie, illus. by Michelle Allyn Clement (Greystone Books)
Tayra's Not Talking by Lana Button, illus. by Christine Battuz (Kids Can Press)
Una Huna?: Ukpik Learns to Sew by Susan Aglukark, illus. by Amiel Sandland and Rebecca Brook (Inhabit Media)
We Adopted a Baby Chick by Lori Joy Smith (Tundra)
Wheels, No Wheels by Shannon McNeill (Tundra)
When the Wind Came by Jan Andrews, illus. by Dorothy Leung (Kids Can Press)
Wild about Camping by Jane Whittingham, illus. by Bryanna Chapeskie (Nimbus)
You Are My Favorite Color by Gillian Sze, illus. by Nina Mata (Philomel Books)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Cat's Cradle: The Golden Twine by Jo Rioux (First Second) >>> graphic novel
The Final Trial by Kelley Armstrong >>> Royal Guide to Monster Slaying, Book 4
The Fort by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
Sloth Sleuth by Cyndi Marko (HMH) 
Threshold by Angela J. Reynolds (Moose House Publications)
Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith, illus. by Morgan Goble (Kids Can Press)>>> Wednesday Wilson Book 2
Wild Ghost Chase by Deborah Toogood (Nimbus)>>sequel to Chasing the Phantom Ship

Young Adult
Nathalie: An Acadian's Tale of Triumph and Tragedy by Debra Camelin (Ronsdale)
The Signs and Wonders of Tuna Rashad by Natasha Deen (Running Press Kids) 
TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jasmeen Kaur Deo (Viking)
When the Dikes Breached by Martha Attema (Ronsdale)

Non-Fiction
Can You Believe It? How to Spot Fake News and Find the Facts by Joyce Grant, illus. by Kathleen Marcotte (Kids Can Press)
The Fossil Whisperer: How Wendy Sloboda Discovered a Dinosaur by Helaine Becker, illus. by Sandra Dumais (Kids Can Press)
Funny Gyal: My Fight Against Homophobia in Jamaica by Angeline Jackson with Susan McLelland (Dundurn)
Haunted Canada: The Third Terrifying Collection by Joel A. Sutherland (Scholastic Canada)
Inuunira: A Story of Survival by Brian Koonoo, illus. by Ben Shannon (Inhabit Media)


 

 
 
 
 
 
Picture Books
Akpa's Journey by Mia Pelletier, illus. by Kagan McLeod (Inhabit Media)
Amik's Big Day by Nancy Cooper, illus. by Joshua Pawis Steckley (Owlkids)
Blanket by Ruth Ohi (Groundwood)
Boobies by Nancy Vo (Groundwood)
Brady Brady and the Cranky Kicker by Mary Shaw, illus. by Chuck Temple (Scholastic Canada)
The Further Adventures of Miss Petitfour by Anne Michaels, illus. by Emma Block (Tundra) >>> collection
How to Party Like a Snail by Naseem Hrab, illus. by Kelly Collier (Owlkids)
Kindness is a Golden Heart by Jessica Kluthe, illus. by Charlene Chua (Orca) 
The Late, Great Endlings:  Stories of the Last Survivors by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Aimée van Drimmelen (Orca)
The Lonely Little Lighthouse by Lana Shupe, illus. by Maria Lesage (Nimbus)
Luna’s Green Pet by Kirsten Pendreigh, illus. by Carmen Mok (Sleeping Bear Press)
Sharon, Lois and Bram's One Elephant Went Out to Play by Randi Hampson, illus. by Qin Leng (Tundra)
A Spoonful of Frogs by Casey Lyall, illus. by Vera Brosgol (Greenwillow Books)
The Three Hunters by Raymond Gianfrancesco and Grade 4 Class of Leo Ussak School, illus. by Thamires Paredes (Inhabit Media)
The Ugly Place by Laura Deal, illus. by Emma Pedersen (Inhabit Media) 
When Spider Met Shrew by Deborah Kerbel, illus. by Geneviève Côté (Groundwood)
  
Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Asha and Baz Meet Mary Sherman Morgan by Caroline Fernandez,  illus. by Dharmali Patel (Common Deer Press)
Autumn Bird and the Crow by Melanie Florence and Richard Scrimger (Scholasatic Canada)
Berani by Michelle Kadarusman (Pajama Press)
Boldly Go by Eric Walters (Orca) Book 2 in Teen Astronauts series
The Book of Elsie by Joanne Levy (Orca)
Burt's Way Home by John Martz (Tundra) >>> graphic novel 
Crimson Twill: Witch in the City by Kallie George, illus. by Birgitta Sif (Candlewick)
Forever Truffle by Fanny Britt, illus. by Isabelle Arsenault (Groundwood) >>> graphic novel
Horror House by Jeff Szpirglas (Scholastic Canada) >>> Countdown to Danger
Luna by Loraine Kemp (Crwth Press) 
Made 4 You by Eric Walters (DCB)
Nosy Parker by Lesley Crewe (Nimbus)
The Return of the Mummy by Dom Pelletier (Scholastic Canada) >>> The Lunch Club #5 graphic novel series
Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks (First Second) >>> graphic novel
The Stone Child by David A. Robertson (Puffin Canada) >>> The Misewa Saga, Book 3 
Winterkill by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (Scholastic)

Young Adult
Careful What You Wish For by Mahtab Narsimhan (Orca)
Faded Glimpses of Time by Nyah Nichol (Common Deer Press) >>> The Tempus Trilogy Book 2  
Meet Me in Mumbai by Sabina Khan (Scholastic) 
Murder at the Hotel Hopeless by John Lekich (Orca)
Then Everything Happens at Once by M-E Girard (HarperTeen) 
 
Non-Fiction
Baby Alligator by Aubrey Lang, photos by Wayne Lynch (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
The Girl Who Built an Ocean by Jess Keating, illus. by Michelle Mee Nutter (Knopf)
Kid Trailblazers: True Tales of Childhood from Changemakers and Leaders by Robin Stevenson, illus. by Allison Steinfeld (Quirk Books) >>> Kid Legends series

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Enough? Yes and no. This listing will give readers a wonderful glimpse of books coming out in 2022 but, and it's a huge but, I know that there are more written by Canadian creators that I have missed, especially released by non-Canadian publishers, and there are many more titles that will be revealed as the year progresses. (I know many publishers are being cautious about release dates with delays due to supply chain disruptions.)  Look for my July 1st posting with the releases for the last six months of 2022.  Until then, happy reading!