West Word Kids: Favorite Canadian Authors + Giveaway



Today we are talking about our favorite Canadian authors over at The Canadian Homeschooler.

I'll be honest and say that when I think of "Canadian book" I first think of Anne Of Green Gables.  So predictable, I know.  I can't deny my love for Lucy Maud Montgomery though.

For the purpose of this post though, I want to talk more about our most treasured Canadian children's books we use in our school.

When Connor was about 4 years old he became terrified of storms.  I searched for books about Thunderstorms, at his level, and I found Franklin and the Thunderstorm, by Canadian author, Paulette Bourgeois.  We read it each time a storm came (which is fairly often here in the summer months) and Franklin's experience with a storm helped Connor to overcome his own fear. I just adore this book as a way to talk about storms in a relatable way for the little guys.  (now Emma enjoys reading about Franklin during our summer storms).

 

Another favorite title that we enjoy often is Jillian Jiggs by Phoebe Gilman.  Jillian Jigs is a very endearing story of a disorderly imaginative young gal, that we just adore - because it fits our own life with little children so perfectly!  Jillian's mother keeps pleading with her to clean up her mess, "Jillian Jillian Jillian Jiggs, it looks like your room has been lived in by pigs!", but the child is just much to busy creating costumes and putting on plays to stop and clean up her mess.
 
 
 
These are just two of several beloved Canadian authors, in our large home library.  We also enjoy weekly trips to the library, and as a result have a new favorite Canadian author, Nicholas Oldland.  We were doing a unit on bears and I just grabbed a book I seen on the shelves, Big Bear Hug .  It looked fun so I put it in the bag to take home.  When we actually read it I was so pleasantly surprised - it has a gentle eco-conscious message as well as a nod towards learning to display a self-control, but it is done with hilarious illustrations and a super funny storyline.  Connor was in stiches.
 

 
 
There are numerous others we love to read, but I'll leave it at that for now, with our top 3 favorite Canadian children's books.
 
See what the rest of The Canadian Blogging Team chose as their favorite Canadian books over at The Canadian Homeschooler.

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We are bringing you another great giveaway this month!  This is for residents of Canada ages 18+.  This give away is a set of Disaster Strikes! books by Coteau Books.  This series of 8 books feature various disastrous moments in Canadian history.  For more detailed information on the books you can check out Lisa Marie's reviews of the books over at her blog, The Canadian Homeschooler.
 
 
 The giveaway will end on March 11th at 11:59EST
 
 
 
 

 


14 comments:

  1. Oh Franklin! He was always one of my favourites back when I was doing preschool stuff - I even had the cutest little Franklin finger puppet. :) And Jillian is a girl after my own heart. :D My room looks like it was lived in by pigs. hehe.
    Thanks so much for sharing about the new book you found too! we might have to check it out. :)

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  2. Franklin is an awesome series that teaches great values without kids even being aware of the character building.

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  3. Those are great, my daughter is at the age now where she can hopefully start reading Jillian Jigs on her own ;)

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  4. My daughter and I went online to request all the Jillian books from the library (we LOVED them years ago!) and discovered a few others we hadn't heard of before! So we requested them too ;)

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  5. I didn't know the Franklin books were Canadian! :) And like you, when I thought Canadian books, I also thought of Anne of Green Gables. I love L.M. Montgomery too. I'll have to check out the other two books you mentioned - they sound like fun! :) Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. Jillian Jiggs looks like a book I would LOVE to read with my kids, I'm sure it will make them giggle! Didn't realize how many Canadian authors we really have! :)

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  7. We love reading, everytime my children come home from school with the Scholastic forms they have so much fun looking through it and picking out some books.

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  8. Great choices! My boys did enjoy reading the Jillian Jiggs stories when they were younger.

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  9. some of those are new to me. others were simply not a hit in our house (like Franklin)

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  10. I didnt mind the Franklin books, my boys really liked them. The show though was terrible!

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  11. I read Jillian Jiggs to my first daughter sooo much!

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  12. Anne of Green Gables is my all-time favourite!

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  13. Anne of Green Gables is my all-time favourite!

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  14. I also love Anne of Green Gables. :) She is an amazing character. My son really enjoys Franklin books.

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