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Living Book List: Canada

Canada Living Book List

This living book list includes recommendations for elementary and middle school students. Use parent discretion. Some books contain sensitive content and are not appropriate for all ages. Some books are vintage with original language, including terms that are not respectful or appropriate today. Reading vintage living books aloud with your student creates an opportunity to engage in important dialogue about historical misconceptions/wrongs and the importance of word choice to show respect to all people. Four Square condemns any words used to describe people or people groups that undermine their value as created in the image of God.

Canadian Picture Books


A is for Algonquin: An Ontario Alphabet, by Lovenia Gorman
A Dog Came Too, by Ainslie Manson
A Newfoundland Alphabet, by Dawn Baker
A Prairie Boy’s Summer, by Wiliam Kureleck
A Prairie Boy’s Winter, by William Kureleck
A Salmon For Simon, by Waterton/Blades
B is for Bluenose: A Nova Scotia Alphabet, by Susan Tooke
C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet, by Dee Hobsbawn-Smith
Charlotte, by Janet Lunn 
Eenie Meenie Manitoba, by Robert Heidreder
Emma and the Silk Train, by Julie Lawson
F is for Fiddlehead: A New Brunswick Alphabet, by Marilyn Lohnes
F is for French: A Quebec Alphabet, by Elaine Arsenault
G is for Golden Boy: A Manitoba Alphabet, by Larry Vestraete
Ida and the Wool Smugglers, by Sua Ann Alderson
L is for Land of Living Skies: A Saskatchewan Alphabet, by Linda A.
Looking for Loons, by Jennifer Lloyd
Lucy Maud and the Cavendish Cat, by Lynn Manuel
Making Room, by Joanne Taylor
Mary’s Atlas, by Gwen Smid
Mary of 18 Mile, by Ann Blades
Ode to Newfoundland, by Geoff Butler
P is for Puffin: A Newfoundland Alphabet, by Janet Skirving
Pettranella, by Waterton/Blades
Race the Wild Wind, by Sandra Marckle
See Saw Saskatchewan, by Robert Heidreder
Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown 
S is for Spirit Bear: A British Columbia Alphabet, by Gregory Roberts
T is for Territories, by Michael Kusugak
Tommy’s New Block Skates, by Garth Vaughn
The Auction, by Jan Andrews
The Dust Bowl, by David Booth
The Killick: A Newfoundland Story, by Geoff Butler
Very Last First Time, by Jan Andrews 

General Canada Living Books


Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Mongomery
A Puli Named Sandor, by Sharon Siamon
Belle’s Journey, by Marilynn Reynolds
Canadian Summer, by Hilda Van Stockum
Canada’s Maple Leaf: The Story of our Flag, by Ann-Maureen Owen
If You’re Not From the Prairie, by David Bouchard
Incident at Hawk’s Hill, by Allan Eckert
Madeleine Takes Command, by Ethel Brill
Owls in the Family, by Farley Mowat
Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling C. Holling
The Giant of the North, by R. M. Ballantyne
The Hockey Sweater, by Roch Carriere
The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford
The Magical Christmas Light of Old Nova Scotia, by Bruce Nunn
The Mitchell’s, by Hilda Van Stockum
Waiting for Whales, by Sheryl McFarlane
Who Has Seen the Wind, by W.O. Mitchell

Canadian History


Canada Year by Year, but Macleod
Famous Canadian Stories, by George Tait
Great Canadian Lives: Portraits in Heroism to 1867, by Karen Ford
My First History of Canada, by D. Dickie
The Big Book of Canada, by Christopher Moore
The Canadian Story, by May McNeer
The Story of Canada, by Janet Lunn 

Indigenous People


Anak the Eskimo Boy, by Piet Prins
As Long as the River Flows, by Larry Loyie
Lost in the Barrens, by Farley Mowat
Morning on the Lake, by Jan Bourdeau Waboose
Mwakwa Talks to the Loon, by Dale Auger
Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling C. Holling
Seasons of the Circle, by Joseph Bruchac

Early Explorers


Cartier Discovers the St. Lawrence, by William Toye
Champlain, by Christopher Moore
Exploring the Frozen North, by Pierre Berton
Explorers Who Got Lost, by Diane Dreher
John Cabot, by Tanya Larkin
Leif the Lucky, by d’Aulaire
Norsemen of the West, by R.M. Ballantyne
The Great Canoe, by Leitch 
The Vikings, by Elizabeth Janeway
Viking Adventure, by Clyde Robert Bulla
Who Were the Vikings, by Jane Chisholm

Colonists


A Pioneer Christmas, by Barbara Greenwood
A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood
A Pioneer Thanksgiving, by Barbara Greenwood
A Proper Acadian, by Downie & Rawlyk
Dear Canada: The Plains of Abraham Diary of Geneviève Aubuchon, by Maxine Trottier
Escape From Grand Pre, by Thompson
Father Gabriel’s Cloak, by Swayze
Indian Captive, by Lois Lenski
Sign of the Beaver, by Elizabeth George Speare
The Nor’Westers: The Fight for the Fur Trade, by Marjorie Wilkins Campbell
The Settlers in Canada, by Captain Marryat
The Young Fur Traders, by R.M. Ballantyne 
With Wolfe in Canada, by G.A. Henty

Gold Rush and Westward Expansion


Canada Moves West, by Pierre Berton
Gold Rush Fever, by Barbara Greenwood
The Great Klondike Gold Rush, by Pierre Berton
The Golden Trail: The Story of the Klondike Rush, by Pierre Berton
The Klondike Cat, by Julie Lawson
Megan, by Iris Noble
West to the Cariboo, by Lorrie McLaughlin

1800’s 


Danger in the Coves, by Thompson
Lukey Paul From Labrador, by Leitch
Rats in the Sloop, by Nan Doerksen
Stories of the Maple Land, by Katherine A. Young
The Heroine of Long Point, by Benham

The War of 1812


Bully Boys, by Eric Walters 
The Battles of the War of 1812, by Pierre Berton
The Scout Who Led an Army, by Ballantyne

Underground Railroad


Adventure at the Mill, by Bramwell
Crossing to Freedom, by Virginia Schwartz
Henry’s Freedom Box, by Ellen Levine
I Came as a Stranger, by Bryan Prince
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt, by Deborah Hopkins
The Last Safehouse, by Barbara Greenwood
Underground to Canada, by Barbara Smucker
Unspoken, by Henry Cole

1900’s


Dear Canada: The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton, by Sarah Elllis
At Vimy Ridge, by Hugh Brewster
Canada’s Greatest WWI Victory, by Hugh Brewster
Dieppe – Canada’s Darkest Day of WWII, by Hugh Brewster
The Island Horse, by Susan Hughes
Trapped in Ice, by Eric Walters

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