HOOKED ON BOOKS – Start off the New Year with Canadian Reads #teachmetuesday

As we embark on the month of January, we welcome the start of a new year. This is a very exciting time, as our country has a special milestone approaching, Canada’s 150th birthday … and the countdown is on!

Now more than ever, Canada is a great theme to include in your children’s reading material. Choose books by Canadian authors and illustrators, as well as books that explore all things Canadian. To borrow a phrase from Canada’s biggest bookstore, as a new year’s resolution let’s “Read the North.”

Here are some special items to consider for Canadian youngsters.

Canada ABC

Written and Illustrated by Paul Covello
For ages: baby – 4

What better way is there for little Canadian readers to learn their ABCs than with an alphabet book about their very own country? A is for Arctic, B is for Beaver, C is for Canada … and the list goes on. This board book is very bright and colourful which will appeal to youngsters. Adults will also have a lot of fun flipping through the pages all the way until Z is for Zamboni Machine.




The Darkest Dark

Written by Chris Hadfield and Kate Fillion, Illustrated by The Fan Brothers
For ages: 3 – 7

Perfect for all the kids who dream of outer space, this picture book is inspired by the childhood of celebrated Canadian astronaut, Chris Hadfield. Readers may be surprised to learn that young Chris was afraid of the dark. This story has a meaningful message about having big aspirations and conquering your fears. As an added bonus, at the very end there is a personal message from Chris and a collection of photos from his youth and from outer space.



The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

Written and Illustrated by Lost My Name books
For ages: 3 – 10

The Lost My Name customized book series has captivated children across the globe. In their latest edition, The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home, young readers go on a personalized adventure through outer space until they reach their very own street. It’s a truly unique and sophisticated gift that is created by entering the child’s name and address. Based on the info I provided for my personalized copy, the book was customized to Toronto, Ontario, and Canada in particular. While only available online, shipping is free worldwide.

GREAT-Inspired by Walter Gretzky

Written by Glen Gretzky and Lauri Holomis, Illustrated by Kevin Sylvester
For ages: 4 – 8

Hockey fans will not want to miss this story with a foreword by Wayne Gretzky. This athletic adventure follows a young boy named Taylor who is excited to play on the same team as The Great One and be mentored by Wayne’s dad, Coach Wally. The creative and colourful pictures are from award-winning illustrator Kevin Sylvester and are also not to be missed. GREAT is a true celebration of teamwork and what it takes to be “great.”



Read the North Accessories

Available at Indigo while supplies last
For ages: All

Reading accessories are a lot of fun to encourage and promote the love of learning.

Check out the Read the North line at Indigo which includes t-shirts, sweatshirts, and an adorable tote for books or lunches. Not to worry parents … they have adult sizes too!


What will you add to your collection?


Joanne - Professional PicJOANNE SALLAY is a Director at Teachers on Call, a personalized home tutoring service with over 30 years of experience, providing one-on-one instruction in all subjects and grades. Visit Teachers on Call at www.teachersoncall.ca

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