An extensive collection of Canadian Children’s Books is housed at Mount Saint Vincent University. This page will feature some of the titles that can be found there…
The Canadian Children’s Book Collection maintains mirror collections of Canadian children’s books in each region of the country. In Atlantic Canada the collection had been housed at the Writer’s Federation of Nova Scotia but needed a new home. Donna Bourne-Tyson, Mount Saint Vincent University’s Librarian, arranged for the collection to be housed in their Library and the transfer was effected in April, 2010. There are over 6,000 books in the collection from Canadian publishers – currently arranged into Young Adult, Series, Non-fiction and Picture Books. Several hundred books will be added each year as they are published.
This is an amazing resource. According to the terms of the deposit the books can not circulate, but they will eventually be entered into the Novanet catalogue and be available for research and reference purposes.
Some of the books that can be found there…
Award-winning author Marie-Louise Gay has created an endearing new character – Caramba is a sweet, shy cat who bravely accepts that he is different, and then discovers his own special talent.
This is a wonderful, quirky book with a great message that touches young and old alike.
Written by Carrie Muller & Jacqueline Halsey and Illustrated by Eric Orchard, this book won the 2009 Halifax Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Book Illustration.
Set in the misty waters around Halifax Harbour, this fun read-aloud pirate story follows the adventures of a terrible, horrible, smelly pirate named Sydney and his friend Parrot Polly.Carrie Muller grew up in Cape Breton and now lives in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Jacqueline Halsey is a writer, artist, and avid reader who for the last fifteen years has worked as a programmer in the youth services department of Alderney Gate Library. Eric Orchard attended the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design where he studied painting and art history.
Writer Barbara Greenwood recounts the plight of North American working children during the early 1900s, using a blend of fiction and non-fiction.
The fictional story describes the life of 12-year-old Emily Watson who has to leave school to work as a factory girl. The non-fiction in the text discusses the historical aspects of Emily’s story.
This is an amazing book that includes archival photos of a time in our history when children’s lives were somewhat less priviledged then they are today. A wonderful insight into our past.
Written by Veronika Martenova Charles Illustrated by Annouchaka Gravel Galouchko and Stéphane Daigle
This is the true story of a broken man who wanders the streets of Calcutta until he finds a new purpose: rescuing and freeing thousands of illegally captured birds.
This is a journey into another world with startling and captivating imagery.
The Inuit Thought of It: Amazing Arctic Innovations
Alootook Ipellie is an Inuit artist, writer and poet who wrote this book along with David MacDonald in order to draw attantion to Inuit culture and ingenuity.
This book is full of over forty inventions that the Inuit designed in order to help them survive in the harsh arctic weather.
Beautiful illustrations as well as interesting facts about Inuit inventions make this an important Canadian book and a wonderful addition to any classroom.
Nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Awars for Children’s Literature and shortlisted for the CLA Children’s Book of the Year Award in 2009, Jill MacLean’s first novel for young readers deals with bullying, alcoholism, stereotypes, and even animal cruelty. It is an excellent “read-aloud” book about a young boy named Travis and his father, who move to Ratchet, a small fishing community in Newfoundland.
There is lots of action to keep readers interested, with breathtakingly vivid descriptions of the geographical area. Readers will easily relate to Travis’s loneliness and the twisting plot will provoke many interesting class discussions.
Sir Reginald’s Logbook
Written and illustrated by Matt Hammill, this book features Sir Reginald, who is a lovable but nutty armchair explorer on a quest for the “Lost Tablet of Illusion”. The book is full of lush watercolours which depict his incredible jungle adventure as it exists in his mind, but the stark black-and-white illustrations show the journey for what it really is – an imaginative man’s heroic exploration into the depths of his living room.
This is a dark vision of Edgar Allen Poe’s classic dark poem. Ryan Price has used a drypoint technique, with rich blacks and feathery lines, capturings the poem’s nightmarish tone.
Price is an artist from Guelph Ontario who graduated from the technical arts program at BealArt in London, Ontario. His focus for the most part has been in printmaking, specifically in the areas of drypoint and monotype. His works in these mediums have won several awards and have been viewed and collected fairly extensively. This is his first children’s book.
The Subway Mouse
Barbara Reid is a well known Canadian children’s book artist who works with plasticine. She incorporates found objects into her art and has won many awards for her children’s book illustrations.
In The Subway Mouse we meet Nib, who lives deep in the subway and has heard stories of the mythical land known as Tunnel’s End, where the air is sweet and the nests soft, but where scary, mouse-eating monsters roam.
Written and illustrated by Wallace Edwards
P.T. Vermin, ring mouse extraordinaire, ushers patrons into the Big Top to behold astonishing stunts featuring optical illusions. This work of art will leave readers spellbound by the power of perception and the magic of imagination.
Every page holds hidden treasures and imaginative journeys into visual illusions as well as a text full of fabulous fun and word play.