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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

Emma’s Story

Emmas StoryIllustrated by Song Nan Zhang; published by Tundra Books

In gentle text, this book tells the story of one small girl’s adoption: the hopes and prayers of her Canadian parents, their trip to the other side of the world, their meeting with the new baby, and the long flight home to the new family waiting for Emma.

Thousands of baby girls from China have been adopted by North American families. Although this lovely book tells the story of one such little girl, it is about much more than the logistics of adoption. It is about the many ways in which we can come together to form a family.

“Hodge writes with a quiet tenderness, creating the mood of the story…. Zhang’s soft, but wonderfully detailed illustrations match the mood of the story perfectly… Highly Recommended.” CM Magazine

“The softness of Zhang’s paintings, rich in detail, matches the mood of the text… heartwarming…” Montreal Review of Books

Emmas Story

Up We Grow

Up We Grow!

Up We Grow 
Photographs by Brian Harris; published by Kids Can Press

This book lovingly tells the story of four seasons on a small, sustainable farm. Follow the farmers through the seasons as they plow, plant, compost, mulch, harvest and market their fruits and vegetables. Find out how these farmers are caring for our future and helping us all to grow up strong and healthy!

• Top Ten Best Environmental Book for Youth, Booklist, American Library Association
• Information Book Award, Finalist, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada
• Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Book Award, Finalist, BC Book Prizes
• Best Books for Children and Teens 2010, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
• The Year’s Best Books, Resource Links, 2010

“Filled with sensory descriptions, the rhythmic text gives a strong sense of life on the farm and in the field, and direct questions create interactive opportunities for adults and kids to talk about each scene together.” Booklist

“Divided into seasonal chapters this photographic picture book journey of a ‘small farm not too far from the city’ provides wonderful pictures and accessible text about the process and cycle of small-scale farming.” Youth Services Book Review, Massachusetts Librarians

Up We Grow

Watch Me Grow

Watch Me Grow!

Watch Me GrowPhotographs by Brian Harris; published by Kids Can Press.

This book takes an inspiring look at the children and adults who are transforming our cities into greener, more beautiful spaces and growing earth-friendly food right where they live. Take a journey through city gardens of all shapes and sizes, see gardeners at work, and find out how to care for the earth as you plant and grow your own food. (Check your library for a copy.)

• Winner, Green Prize for Sustainable Literature, in Best Community Garden Book for Children, Santa Monica Public Library
• Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2012, Bank Street College of Education
• Best Books for Children and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
• Best Books of 2011, Resource Links
• Finalist, Green Earth Book Award, Newton Marasco Foundation

“Growing, sharing and eating food we’ve grown is an act of caring – for ourselves, for others, for our cities and for the world we live in. Who could resist the call that ends this book: ‘What will you grow?” Globe and Mail

“First reaction after reading this inviting title: I wanna move to Vancouver … at least for a summer or two! Who wouldn’t want to be part of this ‘bustling city’ depicted in these colorful, diverse, delicious pages?” Book Dragon

Watch Me Grow