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A Critical Review for Educators, Librarians, Families, Researchers & Writers
This enriched reference guide offers a unique overview of more than 200 picture books published by Canadian publishing houses between 2017–2019. The authors cover key themes in contemporary Canadian titles that match broad curriculum trends in education. Response activities are included in the text, for example frameworks for critical literacy discussions, along with annotated bibliographies that specifically recognize titles by Indigenous authors and illustrators. The book also contains original interviews with a dozen rising stars in Canadian writing and book illustration. While the book is specifically geared for educators, it also supports public libraries, Education researchers, and future picture book creators, as well as families who are interested in learning more about reading development and related literacy activities for the home setting.
Chapter 13 Author and Illustrator Spotlight

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Twelve new and exemplary Canadian picture book writers and illustrators are in-terviewed here, illuminating their work on our current landscape of picture books in Canada.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 12 Canadian Classics New and Old

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This chapter references some particularly exemplary titles that have either re-mained highly relevant, or else have qualities we predict will render them timeless. The books are summarized in three sections, depending on key aspects of their content: new forms and formats; changing perspectives; and changing boundaries. All three categories are representative of Eliza Dresang’s notion of Radical Change: how children’s literature is evolving in our digital world. Thirty-eight titles are separated into annotated bibliographies in each of these three sections.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 5 Dual Language Books

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Including additional languages alongside English in picture book format is a spec-tacular way to advance multilingual goals. Many titles here focus on Canadian In-digenous languages while others explore languages with origins around the world. Non-English words range from a carefully selected few to complete translations. Fourteen titles are included in the annotated bibliography.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 10 Facts & Figures

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Informational picture books are definitely on the increase in Canada, and the titles in this chapter contain facts and figures embedded in a variety of genres. A large number of them are biographies of famous or otherwise interesting people. Forty-nine titles are included in the annotated bibliography for this chapter.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 2 Identity Themes

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Many of the picture books published in Canada between 2017 and 2019 contain themes related to identity. This corresponds with a heightened focus in Canadian elementary school curricula related to diversity and exceptionality. Thirty-two titles are summarized in the annotated bibliography of this chapter, with positive mes-sages about difference appearing in text and illustration.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 1 Introduction

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An introduction to why picture books are important, this chapter also explores their history in addition to descriptions of key picture book elements. Readers’ advisory in terms of awards’ lists accompanies background information regarding the research study underpinning this book.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 8 Newcomer Experiences

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Titles in this chapter range from contextualized stories about immigration to more general narratives about finding home in a new place. While numbers of books representing newcomer experiences are smaller than numbers related to other themes in this volume, the work presented here is particularly compelling in terms of both illustration and text. Ten titles are included in the annotated bibliography.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 9 Older Characters

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One trend noted in research on contemporary Canadian picture books is the increase of older protagonists. This chapter presents titles with dynamic characters who represent aspects of the adult world. While many will engage young children, some will also interest older readers beyond the typical 4 – 8 age range, making this group of books particularly suitable for striving readers in intermediate grades and older learners acquiring English as an additional language. Twenty-two titles are included in the annotated bibliography.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books