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