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Canada 150 Staff Picks

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In celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial, BPL staff compiled a (very long) list of our favourite Canadian books written for kids, teens, and adults. From classic & cozy reads to blockbuster novels, here’s our list of 150 finalists.

Many of the teen and adult titles are available in print, eBook, audiobook, large print, and DAISY formats. Most of the links provided below are to books in our regular print collection. Please check Overdrive and Hoopla for digital options. Enjoy!

Picture Books

Alligator Pie by Dennis Lee

Giraffe and Bird by Rebecca Bender, Celebrate Burlington

Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

I Know Here by Laurel Croza

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

If Kids Ruled the World by Linda Bailey

If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay

In the Tree House by Andrew Larsen

Mortimer by Robert Munsch

Oh, Canada! by Per-Henrik Gürth

Owls See Clearly at Night by Julie Flett

Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid

Red is Best by Kathy Stinson

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Shi-shi-etko by Nicola Campbell

Snap! by Hazel Hutchins

Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel

Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

Stella, Star of the Sea by Marie Louise Gay

Stop, Thief! by Heather Tekavec

The Busy Beaver by Nicholas Oldland

The Hockey Sweater by Roch Carrier

The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton

Willow’s Smile by Lana Button, Celebrate Burlington

Zoe and the Fawn by Catherine Jameson

For Children

A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson

And Then It Happened by M. & L. Wade

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Avis Dolphin by Frieda Wishinsky

Clover’s Luck by Kallie George

Everyday Hero by Kathleen Cherry

Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton

From Anna by Jean Little

Lost in the Backyard by Alison Hughes

Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat

Red Wolf by Jennifer Dance

Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel

Speechless by Jennifer Mook-Sang, Celebrate Burlington

The Best Mistake Mystery by Sylvia McNicoll, Celebrate Burlington

The Cat at The Wall by Deborah Ellis

The Cremation of Sam McGee by Robert W. Service

The End of the Line by Sharon McKay

The Hunter's Moon by O. R. Melling

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

The Night Gardener by Jonathan Auxier

The Secret World of Og by Pierre Berton  

The Summoning by Kelly Armstrong

The Swallow: A Ghost Story by Charis Cotter

This Can’t Be Happening! by Gordon Korman

Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker

For Teens

Alice, I Think by Susan Juby

All the Rage by Courtney Summers  

Blood Red Road by Moira Young

Calvin by Martine Leavitt

Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

Camp X by Eric Walters

Essex County by Jeff Lemire

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston

Fate of Flames by Sarah Raughley

Flickers by Arthur Slade

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

Hold Fast by Kevin Major   

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese​

Ink by Amanda Sun    

Jane, the Fox, & Me by Fanny Britt

Karma by Cathy Ostlere

One in Every Crowd by Ivan Coyote

Scars by Cheryl Rainfeld

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki

Tisha by Anne Purdy & Robert Specht

We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielsen

For Adults

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

A Secret Music by Susan Doherty Hannaford

Above All Things by Tanis Rideout

All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

And Also Sharks by Jessica Westhead

Apples to Oysters by Margaret Webb

Baltimore’s Mansion by Wayne Johnston

Barney’s Version by Mordecai Richler

Beach Strip by John Lawrence Reynolds, Celebrate Burlington

Birdie by Tracie Lindberg

Black Apple by Joan Crate

Clara Callan by Richard B. Wright

Coke Machine Glow by Gord Downie  

David and Goliath by Malcom Gladwell

Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady

Far to Go by Alison Pick

Fifth Business by Robertson Davies

Forgiveness by Mark Sakamoto

Generation X by Douglas Coupland

In the Skin of a Lion by Michael Ondaatje

Invisible North by Alexandra Shimo

It's a Good Life, if You Don't Weaken by Seth​

Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Monkey Beach by Eden Robinson

No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Not Wanted on the Voyage by Timothy Findley

Obasan by Joy Kogawa

Requiem by Frances Itani

Room by Emma Donoghue

Roughing it in the Bush by Susanna Moodie

Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda

Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella

Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Stories from the Vinyl Café by Stuart McLean

Stranger Music by Leonard Cohen

Tears in the Grass by Lynda Archer

The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

The Birth House by Ami McKay

The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill, Celebrate Burlington

The Cat by Edeet Ravel

The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

The Crooked Maid by Dan Vyelta

The Deserter by Paul Almond

The Disappeared by Kim Echlin, Celebrate Burlington

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

The Hidden Keys by Andre Alexis

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

The Naturalist by Alissa York

The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

The Piano Maker by Kurt Palka

The Polished Hoe by Austin Clarke

The Sea Captain’s Wife by Beth Powning

​The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence

The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart

The Water Rat of Wanchai by Ian Hamilton, Celebrate Burlington

The Western Light by Susan Swan

The World Before Us by Aislinn Hunter

They Called Me Number One by Bev Sellars

Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

Trick of the Light by Louise Penny

Two Solitudes by Hugh MacLennan

Up Ghost River by Edmund Metatawabin

Whale Music by Paul Quarrington

Whiteoaks of Jalna by Mazo de la Roche

Who Has Seen the Wind by W.O. Mitchell

419 by Will Ferguson

One Book One Burlington 2017 Classic Family Read

green gables pei tourism In celebration of Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, we launched a special family edition of One Book One Burlington and the winner is Canadian classic and perennial favourite... Anne of Green Gables!

We invite readers of all ages to participate in our community read and programs throughout the year—all about Anne and her creator, Lucy Maude Montgomery.