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.

By Today's Parent
Kids' books Photo: Tony Lanz

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

Ranking the top 100 Canadian kids' books: How we did it
This article was originally published on May 07, 2016

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