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Ranking the top 100 Canadian kids' books: How we did it

Ranking the top 100 Canadian kids' books is tough work. We consulted kids' lit experts and came up with a pretty amazing list (if we do say so ourselves!). Here's how we did it.

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We surveyed experts from coast to coast to help us create this awesome list of titles. The writing and illustrations were assessed, of course, but we were also on the lookout for books that are iconic—or on their way to becoming iconic—members of the canon of English-language Canadian children’s lit. All our panelists completed a survey and the results were tabulated by statistical software, giving us this list of everything from time-honoured classics to pleasant surprises.

Meet our panel!

Melissa Bourdon-King
General manager, Mabel’s Fables Bookstore, Toronto

Lisa Doucet
Co-manager, Woozles Children’s Bookstore, Halifax 

Janet Eastwood
Children’s librarian, Toronto Public Library

Sasha Emmons
Editor-in-chief, Today’s Parent

Meghan Howe
Library coordinator, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Ronald Jobe
Professor emeritus, Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia

Nikole Kritikos
Marketing and publicity manager, Scholastic Canada

Eleanor lefave
Co-owner, Mabel’s Fables Bookstore, Toronto

Pamela Osti
Publicity and marketing manager, Random House of Canada

Leah Rumack
Deputy editor, Today’s Parent

Kathryn Shoemaker
Children’s book illustrator and author; adjunct professor, Children’s Literature, University of British Columbia

Robin Tameshtit
Director, Kids and Teen Print, Indigo Books & Music

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