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!
General manager, Mabel’s Fables Bookstore, Toronto
Co-manager, Woozles Children’s Bookstore, Halifax
Children’s librarian, Toronto Public Library
Editor-in-chief, Today’s Parent
Library coordinator, The Canadian Children’s Book Centre
Professor emeritus, Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia
Marketing and publicity manager, Scholastic Canada
Co-owner, Mabel’s Fables Bookstore, Toronto
Publicity and marketing manager, Random House of Canada
Deputy editor, Today’s Parent
Children’s book illustrator and author; adjunct professor, Children’s Literature, University of British Columbia
Director, Kids and Teen Print, Indigo Books & Music