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Created for the ALA Midwinter Conference by the Ontario Media Development Corporation

 

We are pleased to present this selection of titles from diverse Canadian authors and illustrators whose wonderful books inspire, delight, engage, and tell important stories about our differences and similarities. Find a PDF catalogue of the collection here.

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French Toast

French Toast

by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Francois Thisdale
edition:Hardcover
tagged : self-esteem & self-reliance, multigenerational, emigration & immigration
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Even though Nan-ma's blind, she sees things others do not. On weekends, I am her neighborhood guide. Today, I fall silent as we pass the school. I stare at my sandals, wishing Nan-ma could walk faster. Then one of the kids--the one who always carries the basketball--shouts, "Hey, French Toast!" Another kid laughs. "Come on, Nan-ma," I say, pulling her. "The park is just up ahead..."

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When the Rain Comes

When the Rain Comes

by Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Kim La Fave
edition:Hardcover
tagged : asia, farm & ranch life, self-esteem & self-reliance, girls & women
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Adrift at Sea

Adrift at Sea

A Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival
by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, illustrated by Brian Deines, with Tuan Ho
edition:Hardcover
tagged : emigration & immigration, historical, asia
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Excerpt

On the second day, our boat springs a leak. I wish I could drink the water that laps around my feet, but it’s full of salt. Ma and Nghia take turns bailing. It’s hard work and few offer to help. Don’t they realize our boat could sink? The captain gives them a bottle of water in thanks. We hide this treasure in our bags.

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As a Boy

As a Boy

by Plan International
edition:Hardcover
tagged : values & virtues, girls & women, boys & men
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Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles

Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles

by Shari Green
edition:Paperback
tagged : multigenerational, marriage & divorce, friendship
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The Mask That Sang

The Mask That Sang

by Susan Currie
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : native canadian, multigenerational, native american
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I Am Not a Number

I Am Not a Number

by Jenny Kay Dupuis & Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland
edition:Hardcover
tagged : native canadian, post-confederation (1867-), prejudice & racism, native american
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The Stone Thrower

The Stone Thrower

by Jael Ealey Richardson, illustrated by Matt James
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : african american, football, cultural heritage
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Maya

Maya

by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Elly MacKay
edition:Hardcover
tagged : death & dying, emotions & feelings, imagination & play
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Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell

Don't Tell, Don't Tell, Don't Tell

by Liane Shaw
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : disabilities & special needs, loners & outcasts, friendship
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The Hill

The Hill

by Karen Bass
edition:Paperback
tagged : survival stories, native american, horror & ghost stories, thrillers & suspense
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Dreaming in Indian

Dreaming in Indian

Contemporary Native American Voices
by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
tagged : native american
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Everyday Hero

Everyday Hero

by Kathleen Cherry
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : special needs, friendship
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Elliot

Elliot

by Julie Pearson, translated by Erin Woods, illustrated by Manon Gauthier
edition:Hardcover
tagged : orphans & foster homes, adoption, emotions & feelings, rabbits
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Excerpt

This is the story of Elliot, a playful little boy who was full of life. His mother and father loved him very much. BUT… When Elliot cried, his mother and his father did not understand why.

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My Heart Fills with Happiness

My Heart Fills with Happiness

by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : emotions & feelings, native canadian
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Malaika’s Costume

Malaika’s Costume

by Nadia L. Hohn & Irene Luxbacher
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : caribbean & latin america, emigration & immigration
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Passover

Passover

Festival of Freedom
by Monique Polak
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : passover, judaism
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Spirit Level

Spirit Level

by Sarah N. Harvey
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : alternative family, dating & sex, siblings
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West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher

West Meadows Detectives: The Case of the Snack Snatcher

by Liam O'Donnell, illustrated by Aurélie Grand
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
tagged : mysteries & detective stories, friendship, school & education, special needs
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An Inuksuk Means Welcome

An Inuksuk Means Welcome

by Mary Wallace
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook
tagged : customs, traditions, anthropology, alphabet, polar regions
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