Living Book List: Canada

Canada Living Book List

This is a family living book list. 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. Four Square condemns any words used to describe people or people groups that undermine their value as created equally in the image of God.

General Canadian Picture Books 

*More living picture books are listed in specific categories below. 

Abigail’s Wish, by Gloria Ann Wesley
A Canadian Year: Twelve Months in the Life of Canada’s Kids, by Tania McCartney
An Arctic Story: The Animals of the Frozen North, by Jane Burnard
Anne of Green Gables: Stories for Young Readers, by Lucy Maud Montgomery adapted by Deirdre Kessler
A is for Algonquin: An Ontario Alphabet, by Lovenia Gorman
A Newfoundland Alphabet, by Dawn Baker
B is for Bluenose: A Nova Scotia Alphabet, by Susan Tooke
Canada Wild: Animals Found Nowhere Else on Earth, by Maria Birmingham
Carson Crosses Canada, by Linda Bailey
C is for Chinook: An Alberta Alphabet, by Dee Hobsbawn-Smith
Charlotte, by Janet Lunn 
Eenie Meenie Manitoba, by Robert Heidreder
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
I Know Here, by Laurel Croza
Ida and the Wool Smugglers, by Sua Ann Alderson
Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story, by Donald Uluadluak 
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
Nature All Around: Plants, by Pamela Hickman
Nature All Around: Trees, by Pamela Hickman

Mary’s Atlas, by Gwen Smid
Mary of 18 Mile, by Ann Blades
M is for Mountie: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Alphabet, by Polly Horvath
Ode to Newfoundland, by Geoff Butler
On the Shoulder of a Giant, by Neil Christopher
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 
S is for Spirit Bear: A British Columbia Alphabet, by Gregory Roberts
T is for Territories, by Michael Kusugak
The Flying Squirrel Stowaways: From Halifax to Boston, by Marijke Simons
Tommy’s New Block Skates, by Garth Vaughn
The Auction, by Jan Andrews
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
Heartwood Hotel: A True Home, by Kallie George
If You’re Not From the Prairie, by David Bouchard
Loon, by Susan Vande Griek
Loonies and Toonies: A Canadian Number Book, by Michael Ulmer
Madeleine Takes Command, by Ethel Brill
Owls in the Family, by Farley Mowat
Paddle-to-the-Sea, by Holling C. Holling
The Light at Tern Rock, by Julia L. Sauer
The Giant of the North, by R. M. Ballantyne
The Incredible Journey, by Sheila Burnford
The Kid’s Book of Canada, by Barbara Greenwood
The Magical Christmas Light of Old Nova Scotia, by Bruce Nunn
Our Flag: The Story of Canada’s Maple Leaf, by Ann-Maureen Owens
The Mitchell’s, by Hilda Van Stockum
The Trumpet of the Swan, by E.B. White
Waiting for Whales, by Sheryl McFarlane
Who Has Seen the Wind, by W.O. Mitchell
Wild Animals Have I Known, by Ernest Thompson Seton

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 and Christopher Moore
The Story of Canada, by George W. Brown
The Story of Canada, by E.L. Marsh

First Nations

Anak the Eskimo Boy, by Piet Prins
A Salmon For Simon, by Waterton/Blades
As Long as the River Flows, by Larry Loyie
Buffalo Woman, by Paul Goble
Hiawatha, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, pictures by Susan Jeffers
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
The Adventures of Sajo and Her Beaver People, by Grey Owl
The Life of Joseph Brant, by Ryan Nagelhout

Early Explorers

A Dog Came Too, by Ainslie Manson
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
Henry Hudson: Seeking The Northwest Passage, by Carrie Gleason
He Went With Champlain, by Louise Andrews Kent
John Cabot, by Tanya Larkin
Leif the Lucky, by d’Aulaire
Norsemen of the West, by R.M. Ballantyne
Samuel De Champlain: From New France to Cape Cod, by Adrianna Morganelli
The Great Canoe, by Leitch 
The Vikings, by Elizabeth Janeway
Viking Adventure, by Clyde Robert Bulla
Who Were the Vikings, by Jane Chisholm


Abigail’s Wish, by Gloria Ann Wesley
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
Jason’s Gold, by Will Hobbs
Pedro’s Pan: A Gold Rush Story, by Matthew Lasley
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


Danger in the Coves, by Thompson
Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project, by Deborah L. Delaronde
Lukey Paul From Labrador, by Leitch
Making Room, by Joanne Taylor
Rats in the Sloop, by Nan Doerksen
Stories of the Maple Land, by Katherine A. Young
The Heroine of Long Point, by Benham
The Summer of the Marco Polo, by Lynn Manuel

The War of 1812

Bully Boys, by Eric Walters 
Laura Secord: A Story of Courage, by Janet Lunn
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
Follow the Drinking Gourd, by Jeanette Winter
Elijah of Buxton, by Christopher Paul Curtis
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


A Prairie Boy’s Summer, by Wiliam Kureleck
A Prairie Boy’s Winter, by William Kureleck
Dear Canada: The Titanic Diary of Dorothy Wilton, by Sarah Elllis
At Vimy Ridge, by Hugh Brewster
Canadian Boys Who Rocked the World, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World, by Tanya Lloyd Kyi
Canada’s Greatest WWI Victory, by Hugh Brewster
Dieppe – Canada’s Darkest Day of WWII, by Hugh Brewster
Emma and the Silk Train, by Julie Lawson
Great, by Glen Gretzky
High Flight: A Story of World War II, by Linda Granfield
Incident at Hawk’s Hill, by Allan Eckert
In Flanders Fields, by Norman Jorgensen
Mine for Keeps, by Jean Little
This Can’t Be Happening at MacDonald Hall!, by Gordon Korman
The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be
, by Farley Mowat
The Dust Bowl, by David Booth
The Hockey Sweater, by Roch Carrier

The Island Horse, by Susan Hughes
Trapped in Ice, by Eric Walters
Terry Fox: His Story (Revised), by Leslie Scrivener

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