May 31, 2018

Spotlight on diverse Canadian books

On my one-and-only trip to Toronto, I was delighted by three things: Kensington Market/Spadina Avenue, Coffee Crisp candy bars, and Toronto's vibrant civic commitment to multiculturalism and diversity (see -- Kensington Market/Spadina Avenue). 

Since that fateful visit, I've learned to count on Canadian publishers to address timely diversity issues with depth and sensitivity. Publishers like Groundwood BooksPajama Press, and Flying Eye consistently release innovative books featuring all kinds of characters. Not to mention the boutique presses like Inhabit Media and Second Story Press that focus on particular aspects of diversity, like First Nations people or feminism. 

NoveList can help you find reliable content spotlighting the best in diverse books by Canadian authors and/or published by Canadian presses.

For example, Kay Weisman offers a roundup of recent Canadian picture books about refugee kids and their families that inspired our print-and-post flyer. Just search UI 445426 in NoveList to find it.

For more suggestions, try a couple Recommended Reads lists:  Canada: Diverse Picture Books (UI 445439) and Canada: First Nations (9-12) UI 435529.

Looking for graded lists particularly appropriate for school use? Try Anne Woodrow's Grab and Go lists featuring books starring First Nations characters for Grades K-3 (UI 425659), Grades 4-6 (425661), and Grades 7-8 (UI 431482).

NoveList also includes a wealth of searchable terms to help you create your own booklists and displays. You might want to try the following searches to find books by authors of Canadian fiction who share a particular ethnicity:

  • GX "Canadian fiction" AND AC "First Nations"
  • GX "Canadian fiction" AND AC "Black Canadian"
  • GX "Canadian fiction" AND AC "Asian-Canadian"

If you’d like more information on creating your own searches like the ones above, check out our guides to searching by field codes. All of NoveList’s metadata, from appeal to time period to awards, is easily searched by field codes. Or, head to the advanced search page and let us guide you through your searching. If you’re not sure what to search by, our appeal and genre books will help you sort through all the information you need to help the readers, teachers, and students in your community.

Want to learn more about searching NoveList for diverse books? Sign up for our Diverse Reading newsletter from the NoveList BookSquad.

Autumn Winters is a Readers' Advisory Librarian at NoveList.  


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