Great Canadian Reads

Reviews here are divided only by recommended reading level and have been placed in the lowest level that would appreciate the material. According to the Ontario curriculum, there are 4 groups: primary (kindergarten to grade 3; ages 3 – 9), junior (grades 4 to 6; ages 9-12), intermediate (grades 7 to 10; ages 12-15), senior (grades 11 and 12; ages 16-18).  I’m including an adult category because the themes and subject matter in the book would be best left to a venue outside of a school library although many of them are wonderful in this category.


  1. Augustine by Melanie Watt
  2. You’re Finally Here! by Melanie Watt
  3. The Farm Team by Linda Bailey
  4. Jeffrey and Sloth by Kari-Lynn Winters and Ben Hodson
  5. Chickadee Magazine


  1. The Adventures of Medical Man by Dr. Michael Evans and David Wichman


  1. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  2. The Calling by Kelley Armstrong
  3. From Then to Now: A Short History of the World by Christopher Moore
  4. Nice Recovery by Susan Juby
  5. Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay
  6. Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts
  7. The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje
  8. Pyongyang: A journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
  9. Darkest Light by Hiromi Goto
  10. Under My Skin by Charles de Lint
  11. The Taming by Eric Walters and Teresa Toten
  12. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  13. DC: The New Frontier by Darwyn Cooke
  14. Skim by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki
  15. The Bear by Claire Cameron
  16. The Silent Summer of Kyle McGinley by Jan Andrews
  17. A Spy in the House (The Agency #1) by Y.S. Lee
  18. The Art of Getting Stared At by Laura Langston
  19. Delusion Road by Don Aker
  20. Trillium by Jeff Lemire


  1. Triptych by J.M. Frey
  2. The Book of Human Skin by Michelle Lovric
  3. Kiss of the Fur Queen by Tomson Highway
  4. The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb
  5. The Lady of the Rivers by Philippa Gregory
  6. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  7. A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
  8. The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
  9. Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
  10. The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  11. This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein
  12. We Are Water by Wally Lamb
  13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  14. Medicine Walk by Richard Wagamese
  15. Sadie by Courtney Summers


  1. Misconceptions by Naomi Wolf
  2. The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

Professional Development

  1. Comprehension & Collaboration: Inquiry Circles in Action by Stephanie Harvey and Harvey Daniels
  2. Becoming a Great High School by Tim Westerberg
  3. The Third Teacher by OWP/P Architect
  4. Grown Up Digital: How the net generation is changing your world by Don Tapscott
  5. Design Space for Children and Teens in Libraries and Public Places by Sandra Feinberg
  6. Research methods & methodologies in education by Larry Hedges
  7. Literacy is Not Enough by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes, and Andrew Churches
  8. The Shallows by Nicholas Carr