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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 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 11 Teachable Moments

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Picture book resources are an important aspect of literacy education, encouraging rich multi-faceted learning. This chapter covers three categories where picture books can offer supportive, teachable moments: the strategic sharing of picture books with young children; ideas for encouraging rich reader response through art, drama, and creative writing; and critical literacy, where picture books help audiences learn to disrupt the commonplace, unpacking stereotypes and considering multiple perspectives, supporting social justice education. Sixty-one titles are separated into annotated bibliographies in each of these three sections.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 3 Places Near and Far

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A small but solid focus on themes of here and away appears in this chapter, celebrating interesting settings and comparing and contrasting various habitats through a range of fiction and non-fiction titles. The twenty-three books that are presented in the annotated bibliography demonstrate a range of time periods, locations, and characters across Canada and around the world.

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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
Chapter 7 Our Living Earth

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Many titles in this volume represent respect for the natural world and interest in its many living things, and a sample of exemplary books are included in this chapter, fiction as well as non-fiction. A number of these speak to older audiences beyond the typical 4 – 8 age range often associated with picture books. Forty-eight titles are included in the annotated bibliography for this chapter.

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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books
Chapter 4 Traditional Tales and Modernised Folk Literature

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Most of the titles in this section offer traditional tales presented by Canadian Indigenous authors and illustrators from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis cultures, while folk stories from other cultural backgrounds appear to a lesser extent. The annotated bibliography containing summaries of twenty-three books is divided into two sections: traditional tales, and modern tales based on traditional patterns.

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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
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In: Contemporary Canadian Picture Books