I campaigned hard, and I think I am on the verge of winning. I have been suggesting more Canadian content in the books at work and my boss has asked me for a list of Canadian books I think might be suitable to add to our library. Right now, we are heavy on the American Newberry and Caldecott winners.
I’ve been through the awards lists (Why do so many of them only go up to 1999, anyway? Els?) but these are, for the most part, books chosen by adults for children and young adults. Even the readers’ awards draw on pools chosen for them by adults. It’s a very controlled experiment.
My question to my vast readership: What are some Canadian books that you have enjoyed reading? What have your children enjoyed reading? Anything: Fiction or non, awarded/nominated or not. High level, low level, whatever. Actually, not just Canadian. Just not American Caldecott or Newberry winners.
I know, I know. I’m asking a lot of you. But I know all eight of the people who read this blog are avid literary types who want to help me subvert my student population. Excuse me, now. I have to go explain for the thousanth time that Malcom X was not, in fact, Canadian.