Chapter 10 Facts & Figures

In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
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Abstract

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.

Children are like sponges, always absorbing information and learning from their surroundings. Contemporary picture books honour this ability by offering easy-to-read materials, with clear and instructive graphics, on a variety of subjects and themes. Many non-fiction titles are discussed in other chapters, with content about the natural world assigned to Chapter 7: “Our Living Earth.” Here in Chapter 10 we identify other fact-based picture books, including biographies and autobiographies of important people. At times, the titles here seem like combinations of fiction and non-fiction; we have categorised them based on whether their primary goal is to inform as well as entertain, and whether their format promotes recognition of the non-fiction genre.

We read non-fiction materials for both education and entertainment. Classroom libraries have seen transformational changes in this regard, and many of them now contain as many non-fiction titles as fiction. As educators and parents began to realise that children benefit from reading about subjects of interest, the market for non-fiction has increased. In 2005, approximately 16% of Canadian picture book titles were non-fiction; in 2015, that number had risen to 34%. We wonder if similar parallels exist in the adult market – if literary non-fiction is truly experiencing a monumental rise across all reading ages – and we are curious about this possibility.

In this chapter, we present some excellent Canadian picture books, published between 2017 and 2019, that aim for compelling storytelling as well as accuracy in both text and image. Some of them are serious while others are exceptionally funny, but all of them encourage reading for a variety of purposes. Additional sources for information are commonly listed in these books, and photographs that present further details are often inserted too. Some of these titles connect to Education’s current focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). We particularly celebrate the inclusion here of previously unheard voices in terms of subject matter, including Phyllis Webstad’s autobiographical title The Orange Shirt Story that has inspired Orange Shirt Day across Canada.

Where not otherwise indicated, the name of the author(s) appears first under each title, and the illustrator last.

, LindaBailey , JúliaSardà

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

This intriguing book shares key details about the writing of Frankenstein, starting with the background of its author, Mary Shelley. Júlia Sardà’s moody illustrations combine digital art and watercolour. For ages 7–11+.

, DarrylBaker , AliHinch

Kamik Takes the Lead

In this installment of the “Kamik” series, Jake and Kamik are finally ready to run their first dogsled race with a full team! This story covers their detailed training and takes readers to the moment the race starts. Darryl Baker is an Inuit teacher in Arviat, Nunavut, and this book is inspired by his joy for dog mushing. For ages 5–8.

, HelaineBecker , Marie-ÈveTremblay

Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs

This book is both the biography of a creative thinker, and a historical and mathematical look at the use of graphs. While the main text is written in simple narrative prose, three pages at the end contain more detailed information, including original 18th century graphs. Marie-Ève Tremblay’s digital illustrations are mischievous and absorbing, enhancing the math focus. For ages 6–9.

, KathyKacer , JulianaKolesova

The Brave Princess and Me

Inspired by a true story, this book follows a young Jewish girl and her mother who take refuge with Princess Alice of Greece (Prince Philip’s mother) during World War II. When the Nazis appear, Princess Alice uses stereotypes about deafness to throw them off the track. For ages 7–10+.

, LesleyChoyce , BrendaJones

Sid the Kid and the Dryer: A Story About Sidney Crosby

This picture book tells a well-known story about hockey player Sidney Crosby, who as a child practiced shooting pucks into his family’s dryer. The creative version here, however, is written from the dryer’s perspective. With additional facts about Crosby at the end, this title is a slam dinger! For ages 5–8.

, KathrynCole , IanRichards

A Friend Like Iggy

This is the true story of Iggy, a special dog who supports young people in difficult times related to abuse, police interviews, counseling sessions, court preparation, and testifying. It may have specific interest for children in programs similar to Iggy, or for those wanting to learn more about therapy dogs. The photographs included of Iggy in action are engaging, and audiences will find clarity in the scenes with volunteer youngsters posing for the camera. For ages 4–10.

, TheoHeras , AliceCarter

Our New Kittens

Two fictional boys bring home their new kittens and begin to care for them in productive ways. Lists of helpful strategies for looking after cats are included on the endpapers and the extra soft cover will help small hands get a grip on this one. Alice Carter’s gentle watercolour, pencil, and digital artwork depicts the joy of having family pets. For ages 3–6.

, Nadia L.Hohn , EugenieFernandes

A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice

This narrative non-fiction biography about a girl finding her voice is inspired by the early years of Jamaican poet Louise Bennett Coverley. Later known around the world as Miss Lou, she popularised Jamaican patois on the international stage. Additional information, including a glossary and references, appears at the end of the book. For ages 4–8.

, SusanHughes , ValérieBoivin

Walking in the City with Jane: A Story of Jane Jacobs

This narrative non-fiction book is based on the life of influential writer, urbanist, and activist Jane Jacobs. Readers may be aware of “Jane’s Walks” in their area, inspired by Jane’s example of adventuring out and learning firsthand about our cities. Valérie Boivin’s stylised Adobe Photoshop illustrations are warm and inviting. For ages 5–9.

, RitaJoe , PaulineYoung

I Lost My Talk

One of Mi’kmaw Elder Rita Joe’s most influential poems tells the story of being forced to lose her language, and the impact of this loss, as a resident of a residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. This powerful yet easy-to-read picture book invites readers to explore the effects of the residential school system as part of Canada’s history, including a biography of Rita Joe and vivid illustrations by Mi’kmaw artist Pauline Young. For ages 4–8+.

, WabKinew , JoeMorse

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes

Author Wab Kinew is a member of the Midewin and an honorary witness for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. In this title he uses rhyming couplets to celebrate the impact of contemporary and historical Indigenous heroes. The book spotlights Sacagawea, Jim Thorpe, Sue LaFlesche Picotte, Beatrice Mosionier, Pegahmagabow, Te-Wau-Zee, Evan Adams, John Herrington, Carey Price, Waneek Horn-Miller, Tecumseh, Crazy Horse, and Net-no-kwa. Joe Morse’s captivating artwork involves watercolour, digital colour, and collage. For ages 5–9.

, ChristineKrahn-Matias , PatDanino Mayer

Sweet Grass Farm: A Story About Milk Alternatives

A fictional class visit to a farm provides an unexpected context for information on veganism. This book includes perspectives uncommon in other titles for children. Pat Danino Mayer’s artwork for this modern view on nutrition was created using alcohol inks. For ages 6–8.

, AndrewLarsen , KattyMaurey

The Man Who Loved Libraries: The Story of Andrew Carnegie

This biography of philanthropist Andrew Carnegie shows how he used his wealth to build libraries around the world. Two pages of additional information, including photographs and sources, are included at the end of the book. For ages 5–9.

, HilaryLeung , NiallEccles

Stego-cumulus

Panda loves the shapes and stories of the clouds while Parrot can only see the science. In the end, they combine their perspectives on the last cloud. Instead of calling it a stegosaurus or a cumulus they used the combined name “STEGO-CUMULUS.” This title is an interesting combination of fiction and non-fiction, and we have listed it in this chapter for its factual content. Niall Eccles’ ink and watercolour artwork uses colour and detail to demonstrate the differences between Panda and Parrot’s points of view. For ages 3–8.

, KyoMaclear , JulieMorstad

Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli

This non-fiction biography uses a first-person narrative to share the life story of fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli. Further information is included in a double-page spread at the end of the book and Julie Morstad’s art deco illustrations, created with liquid watercolour, gouache, and pencil crayons, beautifully convey the difficult childhood and spectacular imagination that underpin Schiaparelli’s work. For ages 5–9.

, KyoMaclear , JulieMorstad

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way

This beautiful story chronicles the life of artist Gyo Fujikawa, a groundbreaking hero in the fight for racial diversity in picture books. A timeline and additional information appear at the end of this informative title. Julie Morstad’s captivating illustrations extend the text and use liquid watercolour, gouache, and pencil crayons. For ages 5–10.

, ElizabethMacLeod , MikeDeas

Meet Chris Hadfield

This picture book combines narration and comic-style characters with speech bubbles to produce a biography of astronaut Chris Hadfield, part of a Scholastic Canada biography series. A timeline at the end further illustrates Hadfield’s life experiences. Mike Deas successfully employs a variety of media here, including watercolour, ink, gouache, and digital components. For ages 6–10.

, ElizabethMacLeod , MikeDeas

Meet Elsie MacGill

Meet Elsie MacGill, internationally renowned aeronautical engineer and feminist! She was the first woman in the world to earn a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering, and she oversaw the production of Canada’s Hawker Hurricane war plane during World War II. Mike Deas once again applies mixed-media to extend an inspirational text in this biographical series. For ages 6–10.

, ElizabethMacLeod , MikeDeas

Meet Tom Longboat

This is a biography of Tom Longboat, an Indigenous athlete who, after escaping from residential school, went on to become a marathon champion. He was part of the 107th Pioneer Battalion during World War I and used his physical agility to deliver important messages. In 1951 he was honoured with the establishment of the Tom Longboat Awards for Aboriginal Athletes, and in 1995 he was posthumously entered into Canada’s Hall of Fame. Mike Deas provides mixed-media illustrations, and there are archival photographs included in the endnotes. For ages 5–10.

, ElizabethMacLeod , MikeDeas

Meet Viola Desmond

Viola Desmond’s experience of racial discrimination and her courageous response is the heart of this biography. On a rainy day in November, 1946, she refused to give up her seat in the unofficial white section of a Nova Scotia movie theatre. The story is told through both narration and speech-bubble dialogue, along with Mike Deas’ mixed-media illustrations, helping readers understand characters’ emotions and details of a campaign for social justice. For ages 6–10.

, MireilleMessier , KassReich

Sergeant Billy: The True Story of the Goat Who Went to War

During World War I, Billy the Goat is adopted by a platoon of soldiers and travels from his small prairie town and across the ocean where he saves lives. A photo essay at the end supports the literal truth of this interesting tale! Kass Reich’s digitally enhanced gouache illustrations are vivid and comical. For ages 5–10.

, Naomi M.Moyer

Black Women Who Dared

Powerful biographies and portraits of ten Black women and women’s collectives from North America are presented here, ranging in time from 1793 to the present. This book explores leadership regarding anti-slavery, business, community organising, and education. The beautiful mixed-media images feature acrylic, stencil, ink, and pencil – resulting in a whole that is celebratory, dynamic, inspiring and engaging. For ages 9–13+.

, CarmenOliver , KatyDockrill

A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal

This narrative non-fiction story is based on the real life of David Simon Jackson. His lifelong work protecting the environment and especially endangered bears is ongoing, and began at a young age. Additional facts about Jackson’s causes, along with photographs, are presented at the end of the book. Katy Dockrill’s illustrations use brush and ink, brushpen and pencil on paper, and are coloured digitally. For ages 6–9.

, MiaPelletier , DannyChristopher

A Children’s Guide to Arctic Butterflies

This visually spectacular book discusses twelve of the several dozen species of butterfly found on the tundra of the North American Arctic. With interesting facts, such as how they keep themselves warm in cool summers and endure freezing cold winters, this book is engaging and concise. With a table of contents, tips for butterfly identification, and suggestions for further reading, this title is a rich resource. For ages 8–12+

, AndréePoulin , FélixGirard

That’s Not Hockey!

This is a highly readable biography of Jacques Plante, goalie for the Montreal Canadiens when they won the Stanley Cup and a seven-time winner of the Vezina Trophy. After experiencing a number of serious injuries during games, Plante is credited for introducing and popularising goalie face-masks. For ages 5–8+.

, AnneRenaud , MilanPavlović

The Boy Who Invented the Popsicle: The Cool Science Behind Frank Epperson’s Famous Frozen Treat

This narrative non-fiction story follows the life of Frank Epperson, who always knew he wanted to be an inventor. A lively exploration of the invention of the popsicle, this title also shares four science activities for readers to try, as well as further information and vintage photographs. For ages 4–9.

, AnneRenaud , RichardRudnicki

Fania’s Heart

This deeply moving true story is based on a tiny cloth heart discovered among the belongings of Sorale’s mother, an Auschwitz survivor. As the heart’s backstory is revealed, readers learn more about the immeasurable resilience and courage of Fania and the women around her in the concentration camp. In the author’s note at the end of the book, more information is provided through additional text and historical photographs. For ages 6–adult.

, AnneRenaud , MarieLafrance

The True Tale of a Giantess: The Story of Anna Swan

This picture book biography tells the compelling story of a girl whose physical differences were both a barrier and a gift. Told in Anna’s own first-person voice, readers will learn more about her Nova Scotia home and the world of the mid-19th century. An informative section at the end of the book extends the learning. Marie Lafrance’s pastel-toned illustrations were rendered in mixed-media and Adobe Photoshop. For ages 4–8.

, ScotRitchie

Join the No-Plastic Challenge! A First Book of Reducing Waste

This book supports caring for the environment by reducing the use of plastic in our homes and communities. Part of the “Exploring our Community” series, it covers how plastic is made as well as how it is harmful to our environment, and includes a table of contents and a list of definitions. Scot Ritchie’s digital illustrations are engaging and educational. For ages 4–8.

, ScotRitchie

See How We Move! A First Book of Health and Well-Being

In this addition to the non-fiction “Exploring our Community” series, five fictional friends prepare for their school’s swim meet. In the process, they discover that keeping their bodies and minds healthy can advance their performance and improve their lives. This book covers the benefits of physical fitness, goal setting, and nutrition, and includes three fun activities to try. The digital illustrations continue to highlight the relationships among the five children. For ages 4–7.

, ScotRitchie

See What We Eat! A First Book of Healthy Eating

In the framework of making an apple crisp for a potluck supper, five friends go on a quest to find out where food comes from, exploring the farm, grocery store, and kitchen. This book includes details on nutrition as well as beneficial activities such as composting. A table of contents and a glossary are included, along with Scot Ritchie’s signature digital illustrations. For ages 4–9.

, JillianRoberts , CindyRevell

Why Do Families Change? Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce

Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts provides answers and explanations to common questions young children may have about separation and divorce. Cindy Revell’s digital illustrations include many cultural groups as well as diverse family composition. For ages 5–8.

, JillianRoberts , JaneHeinrichs

On the Internet: Our First Talk About Online Safety

This title is part of a series called “The World Around Us,” written by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts. Common safety concerns related to online contexts are addressed in this installation, with advice on how to maintain smart boundaries when using the internet. Jane Heinrichs’ lively watercolour illustrations blend well with the stock photographs displayed. For ages 7–11.

, JillianRoberts , JaneHeinrichs

On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice

Covering different types of discrimination, this timely book in a series by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts supports inclusion and acceptance. Additional resources, print and online, are included on the last page, and photographs are presented throughout. Jane Heinrichs’ illustrations, created with English watercolours and Japanese brush pens on Italian watercolour paper, show a diverse group of children. For ages 7–11.

, JillianRoberts , JaneHeinrichs

On the News: Our First Talk About Tragedy

This well designed and informative series’ book works hard to help children who are exposed to tragic events through media. Dr. Jill Roberts has experience as a primary school teacher, a child psychologist, and an associate professor at the University of Victoria. Jane Heinrichs’ skillful illustrations, combined with full-colour photographs, extend the learning potential of this book. For ages 7–11.

, JillianRoberts , JaimeCasap , JaneHeinrichs

On Our Street: Our First Talk About Poverty

Simple and straightforward answers are provided here to kid-centred questions about poverty and homelessness. This series’ book also touches on mental health, refugee experiences, and essential services offered in communities. The last page includes a helpful resource list for extra information, and Jane Heinrichs’ signature watercolour illustrations add to full-colour photographs used throughout. For ages 7–11.

, MargrietRuurs , RobertBateman

Robert Bateman: The Boy Who Painted Nature

This spectacular biography of nature artist Robert Bateman includes many of his paintings and sketches as well as photographs of aspects of his life and craft. It is dedicated to all children who enjoy and protect nature as well as to the young at heart. For ages 5–9.

, TomRyan , ChristopherHoyt

A Giant Man from a Tiny Town: A Story of Angus MacAskill

This biography of a 19th-century Cape Breton man who travelled all over the world in P. T. Barnum’s circus focuses selectively on his positive experiences in a book that celebrates difference. For ages 3–8.

, HeatherSmith , RachelWada

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota’s Garden

This is a touching fictionalised story in the aftermath of a Japanese tsunami. A surviving neighbour, based on the character of a real man, places a phone booth in his garden, and Makio, who has lost his father, uses it as a way to speak to his dad and begin the process of healing. Based on the real “phone of the wind” created by Itaru Sasaki and described on the last page, this book is about grief and recovery. Rachel Wada’s digitally assembled watercolour, black ink, and pencil illustrations were inspired by traditional Japanese art techniques. For ages 6–8.

, JillianTamaki

They Say Blue

In this evocative book, a young girl matter-of-factly ponders the colours of her life through the changing seasons. Jillian Tamaki’s extraordinary artwork combines acrylic paint on watercolour paper and Adobe Photoshop techniques. For ages 4–8.

, Mư?nThị Văn , PierrePratt

One is a Lot (Except When It’s Not)

This fun story explores how the value of numbers really depends on perspective. For example, “1 sun is a lot”… but for a squirrel, “2 nuts are too much.” Pierre Pratt’s active illustrations, rendered in pencil and then digitally in Photograph, convey multiple plotlines. For ages 3–9.

, PhyllisWebstad , BrockNicol

The Orange Shirt Story

Author Phyllis Webstad is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’s Zgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). In this honest autobiography, she relates an experience from residential school when her orange shirt was taken away and lost forever. Additional information and conversation starters are included at the end of the book. This story has inspired national Orange Shirt Day, an important time of remembrance for all Canadians when we honour residential school survivors. A book for younger children, Phyllis’s Orange Shirt, is also available from Medicine Wheel Education. For ages 6–9.

, JanetWilson

Our Future: How Kids Are Taking Action

This socially conscious book spotlights children around the world, including Greta Thunberg, whose voices are contributing to positive change. Janet Wilson’s illustrations demonstrate a mixed-media encaustic technique: hot beeswax, combined with resin and oil colour, is applied in layers and fused with heat. For ages 7–12+.

, RitaWilson , EmmaFitzGerald

A Pocket of Time: The Poetic Childhood of Elizabeth Bishop

This is the story of Elizabeth Bishop’s childhood days in Great Village, Nova Scotia, paired with quotations from her poetry and Emma FitzGerald’s college-style illustrations. Additional resources at the end of the book provide fuel for further understanding. For ages 7–10+.

, NicolaWinstanley , JohnMartz

How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps

This hilarious title offers a little girl’s step-by-step guide to bathing a cat – a fictional story encased in a non-fiction format. After many failures, she realises that this activity really only has one step: sit quietly while your cat licks himself clean. John Martz’s ink and digital colour illustrations add action and humour to this genre-bending title. For ages 4–8.

, Kari-LynnWinters , LoriSherritt-Fleming , PeggyCollins

Hungry for Science: Poems to Crunch On

These humorous rhyming poems introduce children to science topics that include magnetism, pollination, geology, the seasons, and the life cycle of fleas. The last page of this book includes definitions to extend the learning. For ages 4–8.

, FriedaWishinsky , NatalieNelson

How Emily Saved the Bridge: The Story of Emily Warrant Roebling and the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge

This inspiring story relates how the chief engineer’s daughter-in-law stepped in to finish building the Brooklyn Bridge after John Roebling’s death and the illness of her husband. At a time when many people considered women incapable of achievements in math and science, Emily Warren Roebling proved them wrong. She became a lawyer and continued to champion equal rights for women. A page at the end of the book extends further facts about the Brooklyn Bridge. Natalie Nelson’s illustrations were created using digital collage and found photographs. For ages 7–10.

, AngeZhang

A Song for China: How My Father Wrote Yellow River Cantata

This is the fascinating story of how Guang Weiran, a young Chinese author, fought with art, theatre, poetry and song, for a socially just China. Ange Zhang’s text and wood block-style art are accompanied by sidebars and photographs that explain historical details. For ages 10–adult.

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Contemporary Canadian Picture Books

A Critical Review for Educators, Librarians, Families, Researchers & Writers

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