January 01, 2024

Upcoming releases for Winter and Spring 2024

Happy New Year!
Canadian publishing of books for young people, from babies and non-readers to early readers, middle graders, and young adults, is strong. Though we've lost some noteworthy authors, illustrators and publishers in the last few years, the industry continues to provide readers with fabulous stories for learning, for entertainment, and more. This new year looks like another amazing year of new titles, and I hope that, as readers, teachers, librarians, and others, you'll find at least a few tomes to enjoy in 2024.

What am I looking forward to reading? Well, if I had to name just a handful, I'd have to say:
  • Night of the Living Zed by Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester (HarperCollins) >>> follow-up on the wildly successful The Fabulous Zed Watson!;
  • Professor Goose Debunks The Three Little Pigs by Paulette Bourgeois, illus. by Alex G. Griffiths (Tundra) >>> twisted fairy tale meets STEM;
  • Hugo’s Haunted Handbook by Dave Whamond (Owlkids) >>> I'm a big fan of Dave Whamond;
  • Someone is Always Watching by Kelley Armstrong (Tundra) >>> I love a good thriller!;
  • Waking the Dead and Other Fun Activities by Casey Lyall (Greenwillow);
  •  Song of Freedom, Song of Dreams by Shari Green (Andrews McMeel Publishing) >>> I'm always up for a new novel in verse, especially from Shari Green; and,
  • Two Pieces of Chocolate by Kathy Kacer, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard (Second Story Press) >>> a true story of historical significance and beautifully illustrated.

Whatever your tastes, our Canadian creators have got you covered. Enjoy!

Picture Books
All Our Love by Kari-Lynn Winters, illus. by Scot Ritchie (Scholastic Canada)
Angela's Glacier by Jordan Scott, illus. by Diana Sudyka (Neal Porter Books)
Baker Makers by Kim Smith (HarperCollins)
Charlie's Balloons: A Story of Big Emotions by  Sarah Degonse, illus. by Élodie Duhameau, trans. by Arielle Aaronson (Second Story Press)
Get Out of Bed! by Robert Munsch, illus. by Dave Whamond (Scholastic Canada) >>>revised edition of the 1998 classic
Kaiah's Garden by Melanie Florence, illus. by Karlene Harvey (Scholastic Canada)
People Are My Favorite Places by Ani Castillo (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Reg Goes Swimming: A Self-Regulation Story for Kids (Tales for Big Feelings) by Lori Gard, illus. by Emma Martin (Pownal Street Press)
Silly My Tessa by Sylv Chiang, illus. by Mathias Ball (Scholastic Canada)
When I Wrap My Hair by Shauntay Grant, illus. by Jenin Mohammed (Quill Tree Books)
A World of Love by Aimee Elizabeth Reid, illus. by Christopher Lyles (Nancy Paulsen Books)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
The Curse of Eelgrass Bog by Mary Averling (Razorbill)
Marshmallow Martians: Museum Sleepover by Deanna Kent, illus. by Neil Hooson (Random House Graphic) >>> Marshmallow Martians Book 3 early reader graphic novel series
Night of the Living Zed by Basil Sylvester and Kevin Sylvester (HarperCollins) 
The Racc Pack by Stephanie Cooke, illus. by Whitney Gardner (Simon & Schuster Books for Young People) >>> Book 1 in new graphic novel series
Super Friends! by Cale Atkinson (Tundra) >>> Simon & Chester Book 4
The War of the Witches by Zetta Elliot, illus. by Cherise Harris (Random House Books for Young Readers) >>> Dragons in a Bag Book 5

Young Adult
Burning Cold: An Indigenous Comics Collection from the North by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, and Richard Van Camp (Arvaaq Press) >>> short stories in graphic format
The Lost Expedition by Douglas Smith (Spiral Path Books) >>> final book in The Dream Rider Saga, after The Hollow Boys and The Crystal Key
Someone is Always Watching by Kelley Armstrong (Tundra)

Kid Olympians: Summer: True Tales of Childhood from Champions and Game Changers by Robin Stevenson, illus. by Allison Steinfeld (Quirk Books) >>> Kid Champions 9
Meet Clara Hughes
by Elizabeth MacLeod, illus. by Mike Deas (Scholastic Canada) >>> newest title in Scholastic Canada Biography series
Two at the Top: A Shared Dream of Everest by Uma Krishnaswami, illus. by Christopher Corr (Groundwood)
We Need Everyone by Michael Redhead Champagne, illus. by Tiff Bartel (HighWater Press)
What Do We Know About the Kraken? by Ben Hubbard, illus. by Robert Squier (Penguin Workshop) >>> What Do We Know About? series


Picture Books
Country Baby by Laurie Elmquist, illus. by Ellen Rooney (Orca) >>> board book
Dear Muslim Child
by Rahma Rodaah, illus. by Aya Ghanameh (HarperCollins)
A Garden Called Home by Jessica J. Lee, illus. by Elaine Chen (Tundra)
Hair Oil Magic by Anu Chouhan (Bloomsbury)
I Do Not Eat Children by Marcus Cutler (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) 
I Love Myself by Wai Mei Wong, illus. by Julia Vasileva (Orca)
Khadija and the Elephant Toothpaste Experiment by Farah Qaiser and Hajer Nakua, illus. by Natalya Tariq (Second Story Press)
The Only Lonely Fairy by Lana Button, illus. by Peggy Collins (Pajama Press)
P Is for Pastrami: The ABCs of Jewish Food by Alan Silberberg (Viking Books for Young Readers)
Professor Goose Debunks The Three Little Pigs by Paulette Bourgeois, illus. by Alex G. Griffiths (Tundra) >>> Professor Goose Debunks Fairy Tales 2
Retro Radio Rainbow by Aaron Zevy, illus. by Jeric Tan (Tumbleweed Press) >>> concept book
Sally's New Look by Andrew Larsen, illus. by Dawn Lo (Orca)
Sleepy Sheepy and the Sheepover by Lucy Ruth Cummins, illus. by Pete Oswald (Flamingo Books)
This is a Tiny Fragile Snake by Nicholas Ruddock, illus. by Ashley Barron (Groundwood) >>> poetry 
You Are Not Alone by Tagiuk Ikkidluak, illus. by Arnaq Pitsiulak (Bookland Press)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Cosplay Crime by Marty Chan (Orca) >>> Orca Currents
Emily Posts by Tanya Lloyd Kyi (Tundra)
The Inside Scouts Help the Kind Lion (The Inside Scouts #1) by Mitali Banerjee Ruths, illus. by Francesca Mahaney (Orchard Books) >>> new early reader series The Inside Scouts, Book 1
Leon Levels Up by Paul Coccia (Orca) >>> Orca Currents
The Peacock by Jennifer Tzivia MacLeod, illus. by Jaimie MacGibbon (Orca) >>> Orca Echoes
Power Play by Kevin Sylvester (Scholastic Canada) >>> Book 7 in Hockey Super Six series
Rabia's Eid by Rukhsana Khan, illus. by Debby Rahmalia (Scholastic) >>> Step Into Reading
Slugfest by Gordon Korman (Scholastic Canada)
Swimming into Trouble by Angela Ahn, illus. by Julie Kim (Tundra) >>> Julia on the Go! Book 1
Viewfinder by Christine D.U. Chung and  Salwa Majoka (Tundra)

Young Adult
Belong With Me by Jessica Cunsolo (Wattpad)
Dead Girls Don't Say Sorry by Alex Ritany (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Dropped! by Alice Kuipers (Orca) >>> Orca Anchor
The Headmasters by Mark Morton (Shadowpaw Press) 
Heartless Hunter by Kristen Ciccarelli (Wednesday Books)
Hope Ablaze by Sarah Mughal Rana (Wednesday Books)
My Life Off-Key by Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Orca) >>> Orca Anchor
Phobos and Deimos by Jonathan Dalton (Cloudscape Comics) >>> graphic novel
Skater Boy by Anthony Nerada (Soho Teen)
Tender Beasts by Liselle Sambury (Margaret K. McElderry Books) 
Who We Are in Real Life by Victoria Koops (Groundwood)
Why We Play With Fire by Giselle Vriesen (100 Block Futures)

Animal Minds: What Are They Thinking? by Dana L. Church (Orca) >>> Orca Wild 12
Find Momo Everywhere by Andrew Knapp (Quirk Books)
The Longest Shot: How Larry Kwong Changed the Face of Hockey by Chad Soon and George Chiang, illus. by Amy Qi (Orca)
Make Your Mark, Make a Difference: A Kid's Guide to Standing Up for People, Animals, and the Planet
by Joan Marie Galat (Aladdin) 
Mighty Scared: The Amazing Ways Animals Defend Themselves by Erin Silver, illus. by Hayden Maynard




Picture Books
All That Grows by Jack Wong (Groundwood)
Amondo, Son of the Baobab by Hélène Ducharme, illus. by Judith Gueyfier (The Secret Mountain) >>> QR code link to accompanying recorded story, presented as a play in English with seven songs in Bambara
Benny Loves Beans by Jane Whittingham (Pajama Press) >>> Big, Little Concepts
The Blue Bowl by Flo Leung (Owlkids)
Butterfly on the Wind by Adam Pottle, illus. by Ziyue Chen (Roaring Brook Press) 
Circle of Love by Monique Gray Smith, illus. by Nicole Neidhardt (Heartdrum/HarperCollins)
Everyone Gets a Turn by Marianne Dubuc (Princeton Architectural Press)
A Fire Truck for Chuck by Annika Dunklee, illus. by Cathon (Owlkids)
The Girl Who Loved Poutine by Lorna Schultz Nicholson, illus. by Rachel Qiuqi (Sleeping Bear Press)
I Am a Book by Joren Cull (Penguin Workshop)
I'm From by Gary R. Gray Jr., illus. by Oge Mora (Puffin Canada)
The Little Regent by Yewande Daniel-Ayoade, illus. by Ken Daley (Owlkids)
Lost Stick by Anoosha Syed (Viking Books for Young Readers)
Oma's Bag by Michelle Wang, illus. by Sam Nunez (Arsenal Pulp Press)
One Giant Leap by Thao Lam (Owlkids)
Our Woolly Bear by Kate Arthur (Owlkids) 
The Pig and the Dumpling: A Tale of Witless Bay by Bonnie Johnstone, illus. by Veselina Tomova (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)
The Scooter Twins by Dorothy Ellen Palmer, illus. by Maria Sweeney (Groundwood)
So Loud! by Sohar Goldshan, illus. by Shiva Delshooz (Annick)
Sparkles, No Sparkles by Shannon McNeill (Tundra)
Spider in the Well by Jess Hannigan (Katherine Tegen Books)
Wake Up, Little Pin!: The Story of a Sleepy Sapling by Loretta Garbutt, illus. by Marianne Ferrer (Owlkids)
Walking Trees by Marie-Louise Gay (Groundwood)
Was It a Cat I Saw? by Laura Bontje, illus. by Emma Lidia Squillari (The Creative Company)
We're Happy You're Here by Julie Wilkins, illus. by Brady Sato (Orca)
West Coast Wild Rainforest by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch (Groundwood)
What If Bedtime Didn't Exist? by Francine Cunningham, illus. by Mathias Ball (Annick)
What's In a Bead? by Kelsey Borgford, illus. by Tessa Pizzale (Second Story Press) >>> also Bilingual English and Ininîmowin (Cree, N-dialect)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Asha and Baz Meet Katia Krafft by Caroline Fernandez, illus. by Dharmali Patel (Common Deer Press) >>> Asha and Baz series, Book 4
Bird Brain by Joanne Levy (Orca)
Call Me Al by Wali Shah and Eric Walters (Orca) 
The Club by Eric Walters (DCB)
The Case of the Pilfered Pin by Michael Hutchinson (Second Story Press) >>> Book 5 in the Mighty Muskrats Mystery series
Hugo’s Haunted Handbook by Dave Whamond (Owlkids) >>> early reader graphic novel
Maya Plays the Part by Calyssa Erb (Annick)
Moira's Birthday Early Reader by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko (Annick)
Purple, Green and Yellow Early Reader by Robert Munsch, illus. by Hélène Desputeaux (Annick)
Salma Joins the Team by Danny Ramadan, illus. by Anna Bron (Annick)>>> The Salma Series, Book 3
Something Good Early Reader by Robert Munsch, illus. by Michael Martchenko (Annick)
Super Switch by Jeff Szpirglas, illus. by Danielle Saint-Onge (Orca) >>> Orca Currents
Taming Papa by Mylène Goupil, trans. by Shelley Tanaka (Groundwood)

Young Adult
The Gulf  by Adam de Souza (Tundra) >>> graphic novel
Heirs of Bone and Sea by Kay Adams (Emerge)
The Lightning Circle by Vikki VanSickle, illus. by Laura K. Watson (Tundra) >>> novel in verse
Song of Freedom, Song of Dreams by Shari Green (Andrews McMeel Publishing) >>> novel in verse 

Alone Together: A Curious Exploration of Loneliness
by Petti Fong, illus. by Jonathan Dyck (Orca) >>> Orca Think 12
Change Is in the Air: Carbon, Climate, Earth, and Us by Debbie Levy, illus. by Alex Boersma (Bloomsbury)
Do Hippos Brush Their Teeth?: How Animals Care for Their Bodies by Etta Kaner, illus. by Jenna Piechota (Owlkids) >>> Do Animals? 4
Harboring Hope: The True Story of How Henny Sinding Helped Denmark's Jews Escape the Nazis by Susan Hood (HarperCollins)
Is It Weather or Is It Climate Change?: Answers To Your Questions About Extreme Weather by Rachel Salt (Firefly Books)
The Monarch Effect: Surviving Poison, Predators, and People by Dana L. Church (Scholastic)
Remember This: The Fascinating World of Memory by Monique Polak, illus. by Valéry Goulet (Orca) >>> Orca Think 13
West Coast Wild Rainforest by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch (Groundwood) >>> West Coast Wild 5



Picture Books
Ali Hoops by Evanka Osmak, illus. by Megan Chew (Plumleaf Press)
Archie Celebrates an Indian Wedding by Mitali Banerjee Ruths, illus. by Parwinder Singh (Charlesbridge)
Coco and the Caterpillars
by Geraldo Valério (Groundwood)
Crow Helps a Friend by Andrea Fritz (Orca) >>> Coast Salish Tales 2
A Flock of Gulls, A Chorus of Frogs, illus. by Roy Henry Vickers, text by Robert Budd (Harbour Publishing)
Follow the Goose Butt to Prince Edward Island by Colleen Landry, Beth Weatherbee, and Odette Barr, illus. by Odette Barr (Acorn Press)
Glory Days in New Orleans! by Bia Krieger, illus. by Fanny Berthiaume (The Secret Mountain) >>> We're a Possum Family Band, Book 2; QR code links to narrated story with songs
It's a They! by Dr. Lindsay Herriot (Orca) >>> board book
K is in Trouble by Gary Clement (Little, Brown Ink)
The Keeper of Stars by Jennifer Harris, illus. by Dorothy Leung (Owlkids)
Look! Look! by Uma Krishnaswami, illus. by Uma Krishnaswamy (Groundwood)
Mai and the Strangers by Leon Erickson, illus. by Michelle Simpson (Orca) >>>Mai and Dani', Book 1
Métis Like Me by Tasha Hilderman, illus. by Risa Hugo (Tundra)
ninitohtênân / We Listen by Caitlin Dale Nicholson (Groundwood) >>> Nôhkom series
Nova Scotia Loves Gus by Doretta Groenendyk (Acorn)
The Old Oak Tree by Hilary Briar, music by Reid Briar, illus. by Angela Doak (Nimbus)
Princess Pru and the Switcheroo by Maureen Fergus, illus. by Danesh Mohuiddin (Owlkids)
Roy is Not a Dog by Esmé Shapiro and Daniel Newell Kaufman (Tundra)
Rumie Goes Rafting by Meghan Marentette (Owlkids)
Sometimes I Feel Like an Oak by Danielle Daniel, illus. by Jacqueline Traverse (Groundwood)
Two Pieces of Chocolate by Kathy Kacer, illus. by Gabrielle Grimard (Second Story Press)

When I Visited Grandma by Saumiya Balasubramaniam, illus. by Kavita Ramchandran (Groundwood)
When You Meet a Dragon by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illus. by Udayana Lugo (Orca)
Wild Trails to the Sea by Penelope Jackson, illus. by Elena Skoreyko Wagner (Nimbus)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Beyond Amelia by Heather Stemp (Nimbus) >>> Book 3 in Ginny Ross series
Blue to the Sky by Sylvia McNicoll (DCB)
Coop for Keeps by Larry Verstraete (Yellow Dog)
Dragon on the Loose by Marty Chan, illus. by Grace Chen (Orca) >>> Orca Echoes
Fairest of All: The Graphic Novel by Sarah Mlynowski, illus. by Anu Chouhan (Scholastic Graphix) >>> Whatever After #1
The Kodiaks: Home Ice Advantage by David A. Robertson (HighWater Press)
Lo Simpson Starts a Revolution by Melanie Florence (Orca)
Mile End Kids Stories : Colette, Albert and Maya by Isabelle Arsenault (Tundra)
Nightmares in Paradise by Aden Polydoros (Inkyard Press) >>> Ring of Solomon Book 2
The Not-So-Simple Question by Christina Matula (Inkyard Press) >>> third Holly Mei Book
The Other Side of Perfect by Melanie Florence and Richard Scrimger (Scholastic)
Otis & Peanut: Forever and Ever by Naseem Hrab, illus. by Kelly Collier (Owlkids) >>> sequel to Otis & Peanut
Out of the Valley of Horses by Wendy Orr (Pajama Press) 
Pet Tales by Heather Tattrie Rushton (Nevermore Press)
Queenie Jean is in Trouble Again by Christine Read (Heritage House) 
Spotting Dottie by Gail Anderson-Dargatz (Orca) >>> Orca Currents
Tatia and the Camping Trip Troubles by Kallie George, illus. by Lorena Alvarez Gomez (Disney Hyperion) >>> Bibbidi Bobbidi Academy #5
Teddy vs. the Fuzzy Doom by Braden Hallett (Annick)
The Weird Sisters: A Coop, Some Goop, and a Sandwich by Mark David Smith, illus. by Kari Rust (Owlkids) >>> Book 3 in The Weird Sisters series
Zevi Takes the Spotlight by Carol Matas (Orca) >>> Orca Currents 

Young Adult
Crash Landing by Li Charmaine Anne (Annick)
The End of Always by Rebecca Phillips (Second Story Press)
Heavenly Tyrant by Xiran Jay Zhao (Tundra) >>> Iron Widow
The Lady of Rapture by Sarah Raughley (Margaret K. McElderry Books) >>> Book 3 in Bones of Ruin Trilogy
Normal Kids by Melinda Di Lorenzo (Orca) >>> Orca Soundings
Pillow Talk by Stephanie Cooke, illus. by Mel Valentine Vargas  (Harper Alley)
Pretty Furious by E. K. Johnston (Dutton Books for Young Readers) 
Song of the Six Realms by Judy I. Lin (Feiwel & Friends)
The Summer Between Us by Andre Fenton (Formac)
Where Was Goodbye? by Janice Lynn Mather (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)

Always Beginning: The Big Bang, the Universe, and You by Candace Savage, illus. by Rachel Wada (Greystone Kids)
Calculating Chimpanzees, Brainy Bees, and Other Animals with Mind-Blowing Mathematical Abilities by Stephanie Gibeault, illus. by Jaclyn Sinquett (MIT Kids Press)
Club Microbe by Elise Gravel (Drawn & Quarterly)
Elizabeth Quocksister: Keeper of History by Haley Healey, illus. by Kimiko Fraser (Heritage House) >>> Trailblazing Canadians Book 4
Get Outside!: How Humans Connect with Nature by Leah Payne (Orca) >>> Orca Footprints 30
Jennie Butchart: Gardener of Dreams by Haley Healey, illus. by Kimiko Fraser (Heritage House) >>> Trailblazing Canadians Book 3
Making Sense of Dog Senses: How Our Furry Friends Experience the World by Stephanie Gibeault, illus. by Raz Latif (Owlkids)
Mwâkwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children by Dale Auger (Heritage House)
Save Our Seeds: Protecting Plants for the Future by Sheryl Normandeau (Orca) >>> Orca Footprints 31
Whales and Us: Our Shared Journey by India Desjardins, illus. by Nathalie Dion (Orca) 
When Nature Calls: The Unusual Bathroom Habits of the World's Creatures by Maria Birmingham, illus. by David Whamond (Red Deer Press)
Wildlife of the Arctic for Kids by Wayne Lynch (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Why We Need Vaccines: How Humans Beat Infectious Diseases by Rowena Rae, illus. by Paige Stampatori (Orca) >>> Orca Timeline 6



Picture Books
The Adventures of Spencer the Church Mouse by Tracy Barron, illus. by Georgia Graham (Boulder Books) 
 The Broken Heart by Aaron Chan, illus. by Josiane Vlitos (Rocky Pond Books)
The Day Dancer Flew by Tiffany Stone, illus. by Brittany Lane (Orca)
A Fleurlings Alphabet by Kaitlin Hoyt (Monster House Publishing)
The Green Baby Swing by Thomas King, illus. by Yong Ling Kang (Tundra)
I Am A Rock by Ashley Qilavaq-Savard, illus. by Pelin Turgut (Inhabit Media)
I'm Afraid, Said the Leaf by Danielle Daniel, illus. by Matt James (Tundra)
Jacinta's Orderly World by Margaret Sullivan, illus. by Scot Ritchie (Plumleaf Press)
Let's Go / haw êkwa! by Julie Flett (Greystone Kids)
My Bunny Lies Over the Ocean by Bill Richardson, illus. by Bill Pechet (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)
Nature is an Artist by Jennifer Lavallee, illus. by Natalia Colombo  (Greystone Kids)
Not a Smiley Guy by Polly Horvath, illus. by Boris Kulikov (Margaret Ferguson Books)
Once Upon a Sari by Zenia Wadhwani, illus. by Avani Dwivedi (Tundra)
The Pie Reports by Hayley Lowe (Orca)
Rising by Sidura Ludwig, illus. by Sophia Vincent Guy (Candlewick)
The Shaman Who Became Many Animals, adapted by Jaypeetee Arnakak, illus. by Sigmundur Thorgeirsson (Arvaaq Press) >>> Bilingual English and Inuktitut
Songs of the Sea by Pheilm Martin (Breakwater Books)
Soccer Scaries by Sunshine Punzalan, illus. by Mike Deas (Plumleaf Press)
The Spirit of the Sea by Rebecca Hainnu, illus. by Hwei Lim (Inhabit Media)
Storytime with Franklin: A Collection of Six Favorites by Paulette Bourgeois, illus. by Brenda Clark (Kids Can Press)
The Sun Never Hurries by Roxane Turcotte, illus. by Lucie Crovatto (Pajama Press)
West Coast Wild Baby Animals by Deborah Hodge, illus. by Karen Reczuch (Groundwood) >>> board book
Wolf, Gull, and Raven, adapted by Barbara Olson, illus. by Amiel Sandland (Arvaaq Press) >>> Bilingual English and Inuktitut

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Buns Gone Bad by Anna Humphrey, illus. by Irma Kniivila (Tundra) >>> Book 1 of new graphic novel series Fluffle Bunnies
Bertie Stewart is Perfectly Imperfect by Melanie Mosher (Nimbus)
Fairy Tale Puppy Picnic by Mitali Banergee Ruths, illus. by Aaliya Jaleel (Scholastic) >>> The Party Diaries 4
A Galaxy of Whales by Heather Fawcett (Rocky Pond Books)
The Go-Between by Jennifer Maruno (Red Deer Press)
Hazel Hill is Gonna Win This One by Maggie Horne (HarperCollins)
Iggy Included by Deborah Kerbel (Scholastic Canada)
Jurassic Jeff: Race to Warp Speed by Royden Lepp (random House Graphic) >>> Jurassic Jeff, Book 2 
Lark Goes the Distance by Natasha Deen, illus. by Marcus Cutler (Orca) >>> Orca Echoes
Lights Along the River by Pat Lamondin Skene, illus. by Sabrina Gendron (Orca)
Mortified by Kristy Jackson, illus. by Rhael McGregor (HarperCollins)
Noah Frye Gets Crushed by Maggie Horne (HarperCollins)
Picture a Girl by Jenny Manzer (Orca)
Plague Thieves by Caroline Fernandez (DCB) 
Seeking Draven by Michael F. Stewart (Red Deer Press)
Ullak and the Creatures of the Sea by Suzie Napayok-Short, illus. by Sho Uehara (Arvaaq Press)
Waking the Dead and Other Fun Activities by Casey Lyall (Greenwillow)
A Witch's Guide to Burning by Aminder Dhaliwal (Drawn (& Quarterly)

Young Adult
Age 16 by Rosena Fung (Annick) >>> graphic novel
And Then There Was Us by Kern Carter (Tundra)
Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian (Balzer + Bray)
Secrets of Stone by Coltrane Seesequasis (Kegedonce) >>> A Wolf in the Sun, Book 1
Takedown by Ali Bryan (DCB)

The Bee Mother by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illus. by Natasha Donovan (HighWater Press) >>> Mothers of Xsan 7
Girl Takes Drastic Step!: How Molly Lamb Bobak Became Canada’s First Official Woman War Artist by Jillian Dobson, illus. by Genevieve Simms (Nimbus)
In It To Win It by Erin Silver, illus. by Pui Yan Fong (Orca) >>> Orca Think 15
Let's Get Creative: Art for a Healthy Planet by Jessica Rose, illus. by Jarett Sitter (Orca) >>> Orca Think 14
Mushrooms Know: Wisdom From Our Fungus Friends by Kallie George, illus. by Sara Gillingham (Greystone Kids)
Owls: Who Gives a Hoot by Frances Backhouse (Orca) >>> Orca Wild 13
A Planet is a Poem by Amanda West Lewis, illus. by Oliver Averill (Kids Can Press)
Queer History A to Z: 100 Years of LGBTQ+ Activism by Robin Stevenson, illus. by Vivian Rosas (Kids Can Press)
Your Story Matters: A Surprisingly Practical Guide to Writing by Richard Scrimger, illus. by D. McFadzean (Tundra)



Picture Books
Cantaloupe and HoneyDo Ride a Bike by Mike Boldt (Dial Books) >>>  Can Do book
The Giant and the Grizzly Bear by Rosemarie Avrana Meyok, illus. by Thamires Paredes (Inhabit Media)
Greetings, Floof! by C. J. Hong, illus. by A. J. Smith (Kids Can Press)
Have You Heard a Whale Exhale? by Caroline Woodward, illus. by Claire Watson (Pownal Street Press)
I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
by Alan Mills, illus. by Pishier (The Secret Mountain) >>> QR links to songs  
Lobster's Vacation by Michelle Robinson, illus. by Paul G. Hammond (Nimbus)
SOS Water by Yayo (Tradewind Books)
Squirrels! This is Not a Book about Dinosaurs by Melina Shoenborn, illus. by Felipe Arriagada-Nunez (Tradewind Books)
The Three Sisters by Paul Yee, illus. by Shaoli Wang (Tradewind Books)

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Asking for a Friend by Ronnie Riley (Scholastic)
Dot the Ladybug: The Missing Dot by Kallie George, illus. by Stephanie Fizer Coleman (HarperCollins)
Frankie D, Vegan Vampire by Sally Dutra and Brian Dutra, illus. by Tiffani Brown (Kids Can Press) >>>new early chapter book series
Help the Brave Giraffe by Mitali Banerjee Ruths, illus. by Francesca Mahaney (Scholastic) >>> The Inside Scouts #2
Willa and Wade and the Way-Up-There by Judith Henderson, illus. by Sara Sarhangpour (Kids Can Press) >>> new early reader graphic novel series
Zia's Story by Shahnaz Qayumi, illus. by Nahid Kazemi (Tradewind Books) 

Young Adult
The ANNEthology: A Collection of Kindred Spirits Inspired by the Canadian Icon, compiled by Judith Graves, stories by Paul Coccia, Hope Dalvay, Matthew Dawkins, Natasha Deen, Judith Graves, Shari Green, Mere Joyce, Deidre Kessler, Susie Moloney, and Susan White (Acorn)
Little Sanctuary by Randy Boyogoda (Tradewind Books)
Lockjaw by Matteo L. Cerilli (Tundra)
Something More by Jackie Khalilieh (Tundra)
Animals Illustrated: Ravens by Monica Ittusardjuat, illus. by Kagan McLeod (Inhabit Media)
Disgusting Critters: A Creepy Crawly Collection by Elise Gravel (Tundra)
Îethka: Stories & Language in Stoney Nakoda Country by Valentina Fox and Trent Fox, illus. by Tanisha Wesley (UpRoute)
The Kids Book of Black History in Canada by Rosemary Sadlier, illus. by Arden Taylor (Kids Can Press)
My Trip to Pond Inlet by Solomon Awa, illus. by Emma Pedersen (Arvaaq Press) >>> Bilingual Inuktitut and English Edition
Traditional Inuit Games from Arviat by Donald Uluadluak (Arvaaq Press)


Picture Books
ABC'S for a Peaceful Me: A Mindfulness Seek-and-Find Book by Shelly Becker, illus. by Dan Yaccarino (Abrams Kids)
Adela's Mariachi Band by Denise Vega, illus. by Erika Medina (Charlesbridge)
Agnes's Garden by Lori Doody (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)
Birds On the Brain by Uma Krishnaswami, illus. by Julianna Swaney (Groundwood) >>> sequel to Book Uncle and Me
Dad, I Miss You by Nadia Sammurtok, illus. by Simji Park (Inhabit Media) 
Divya Far from Home by Sita Jit, illus. by Abhilasha Khatri (Capstone)
Into the Goblin Market by Vikki VanSickle, illus. by Jensine Eckwall (Tundra)
It Bears Repeating by Tanya Tagaq, illus. by Coo Pootoogook (Tundra)
Kuekautsheu Creates the World by Annie Picard, illus. by Elizabeth Jancewicz (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides) >>> in both English and Innu-aimun
Mattie and Me by Michael McCreary, illus. by Tallulah Dumont (Annick)
Mooncakes Mean Family by Benson Shum (Penguin Workshop)
The Museum of Very Bad Smells: A Dare to Scratch "n' Sniff Mystery by Monica Arnaldo (HarperCollins)
The Pup by Lori Doody (Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides)
The Runaway by Nancy Vo (Groundwood)
Sea Snooze by Sarabeth Holden, illus. by Emma Pedersen (Inhabit Media)
See You Later, Alligator! by Lana Button, illus. by Noémie Gionet Landry (Scholastic)
Somewhere In Between by Laan Cham (Random House Books for Young Readers)
Stars in My Crown by Antonio Michael Downing, illus. by Richy Sánchez Ayala (Tundra)
Who's Walking Dawg? by Marie Prins, illus. by Leanne Franson (Red Deer Press) 

Early Readers and Middle Grade Fiction
Anne Dreams by Kallie George, illus. by Abigail Halpin (Tundra >>> An Anne Chapter Book 6
Crimson Twill: Witch in the Country by Kallie George, illus. by Birgitta Sif (Candlewick)
Faker by Gordon Korman (Scholastic)
Flow by Dana Goldstein (Young Dragons) >>> sequel to Shift 
From Megabat with Love by Anna Humphrey, illus. by Kris Easler (Tundra)
Gamerville by Johnnie Christmas (HarperAlley) >>> graphic novel
The Ice Chips and the Killer Wave by Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor, illus. by Kim Smith (HarperCollins)
Liar, Liar by Sarah Mlynowski (Scholastic) >>> Whatever After #16
Little By Little: You Can Change the World by Sonya Ballantyne, illus. by Rhael McGregor (HighWater Press) >>> graphic novel 
The Outsmarters by Deborah Ellis (Groundwood)
Scaredy Squirrel Scared Silly by Mélanie Watt (Tundra) >>> Scaredy's Nutty Adventures 4
The Sleeping Giant by David A. Robertson (Tundra) >>> The Misewa Saga Book 5
Today I Am: 10 Stories of Belonging, ed. by Jael Richardson, written by Marty Chan, Rosena Fung, Michael Hutchinson, Chad Lucas, Angela Misri, Jael Richardson, Liselle Sambury, and Brandon Wint, illus. by Rosena Fung (Scholastic Canada) >>> short stories
Wish Maker by Uchechukwu Peter Umezurike, illus. by Henry Ezeokeke (Nwata) 

Young Adult
Between the Pipes by Albert McLeod with Elaine Mordoch and Sonya Ballantyne, illus. by Alice RL (HighWater Press)
Both Sides Now by Peyton Thomas (Penguin Teen)
Brighter than the Sun by Daniel Aleman (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Little Moons by Jen Storm (HighWater Press)
Sparks: Portals by Revel Guts (Dark Horse Books) >>> graphic novel, Book 1 in new series
We Are the Medicine by Tasha Spillett, illus. by Natasha Donovan (HighWater Press) >>. Surviving the City 3
Zombie Apocalypse Running Club by Carrie Mac (Crown Books for Young Readers)
Zoom in on Zombies by Catherine Rondina and Kari-Lynn Winters (Fitzhenry & Whiteside) 

Extraordinary Eyeglasses: The Amazing Invention That Helps Us See by Caroline Stevan illus. by Francois Vigneault, trans. by Jeffrey K. Butt (Helvetiq)
Hungry for Engineering by Kari-Lynn Winters and Lor Sherritt-Fleming, illus. by Peggy Collins (Fitzhenry & Whiteside)
Making Rope Out of Bearded Sealskin by Susan Avingaq and Elisapee Avingaq, illus. by Lenny Lishchenko (Arvaaq)
There Are No Ants in This Book by Rosemary Mosco, illus. by Anna Pirolli (Tundra)
Any omissions or errors in details, including release dates, are my own. Please share any additions or corrections with me in the comments below.  I'm always happy to make the listing more accurate and complete. 


  1. Once again thanks so much for putting this together!

  2. Love to see this list. Adding Divya Far from Home by Indian-Canadian author Sita Jit, illustrated by Abhilasha Khatri. Publishing in August 2024 from Capstone

  3. Thanks for this wonderful list! I have a picture book coming out Fall 2024. ABC'S FOR A PEACEFUL ME: A MINDFULNESS SEEK-AND-FIND BOOK, illustrated by Dan Yaccarino, published by Abrams Appleseed.