History for Kids

Kids Book of Canadian Immigration

The Kids Book of Canadian Immigration

Illustrated by John Mantha; published by Kids Can Press.

Canada is a diverse land with a rich immigration history. Our roots begin with the Aboriginal peoples who have lived here since time immemorial and extend to the wide array of newcomers who have arrived over hundreds of years from almost every part of the globe. People from more than 200 cultures now call Canada home — and each one has a fascinating story to tell. Many of their stories, past and present, and their amazing contributions to this country are told in these pages.

Featuring stories of ethnic groups, mini-profiles, maps, archival documents and first-person accounts, this richly illustrated title is a celebration of multicultural Canada and a comprehensive look at our fascinating immigration history. (Check your library for a copy.)

• Information Book Award, Honour Book, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada
• Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize, Finalist, BC Book Prizes
• Honor Book in Social Studies: K-6, Society of School Librarians International
• Our Choice starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
• Best Books for 2007, Resource Links

“This outstanding book takes readers on a journey through time, helping them to understand the cultural makeup of this country… Well-researched and informative, with the added appeal of personal anecdotes, this book has a definite place in any school or public library.” Canadian Materials Magazine

“The text explores the subject thoroughly and from a variety of vantage points… Memorable for their frankness are the first-person accounts from a group of young people ranging in age from 11 to 14, from countries like Russia, Ukraine and Chile. While each is delighted to be a new Canadian, many describe the losses and difficulties of all immigrants…” Globe and Mail

Kids Book of Canadas Railway

The Kids Book of Canada’s Railway

Illustrated by John Mantha; published by Kids Can Press

This is the story of Canada’s first transcontinental railway — the CPR, completed on November 7, 1885. It was one of the longest, most expensive, most challenging engineering feats in the world. This book tells the dramatic tale of the people who built, operated and rode the Canadian Pacific Railway. It documents the enormous challenges they faced and how the railway evolved over time to help shape the Canada we know today.

• Winner, Information Book Award, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada
• Our Choice starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
• Silver Birch Award, shortlist, Ontario Library Association
• Red Cedar Award, shortlist
• Alcuin Society Book Design Award, Honorable Mention

“This book is a blueprint for the successful Canadian history book for kids.” Times Colonist

“A book for fans either of Canadian history or trains. It documents the mammoth task of constructing a railway across an unknown and unfriendly terrain. It talks honestly about the issues involved and the consequences of the decisions made that still have ramifications today.” Canadian Materials Magazine

“Deborah Hodge, whose grandfathers worked for the CPR, communicates a real love of her topic.” St. Catherine’s Standard

Rescuing the Children, The Story of the Kindertransport

Published by Tundra Books

This book tells the story of how ten thousand Jewish children were rescued from Nazi Europe just before the outbreak of World War 2. They were saved by the Kindertransport — a rescue mission that transported the children (or Kinder) from Nazi-controlled countries to safety in Britain.

The book includes real-life accounts of the children and is illustrated with archival photographs, paintings of pre-war Nazi Germany by artist, Hans Jackson, and original art by the Kinder commemorating their rescue.

• National Jewish Book Awards, Finalist, Children’s and Young Adult Literature, Jewish Book Council
• Information Book Award, Honour Book, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada
• Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Nonfiction, Finalist
• Lasting Connections of 2012 List, Book Links, American Library Association
• Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award, shortlist
• The Year’s Best Books, Resource Links, 2012

“Even with all the books out there about the Kindertransport, readers will grab this exemplary title for historical research and for personal reading.” Starred Review, Booklist, American Library Association

“Explaining the Holocaust is never easy, but Hodge does an outstanding job of describing the horrors of what was happening and then putting them in a historical context that is comprehensible to even young students with only a passing knowledge of the period.” School Library Journal