Top5: February Reading Round-Up (Black Canadian Authors, Children’s Lit edition)

In honour of Black History Month, this Reading Round-Up is all about Black Canadian Authors! It’s not always easy to find a readily available list of children’s books written by Canadian authors specifically let alone Black Canadian authors but they are out there and doing really wonderful work. If you’re searching for representation or to add more diversity to your kids book shelves these are some great choices.

Malaika’s Costume

by Nadia L. Hohn

Picture Book

This is a sweet story about the resilience of children, familial love, and how even when we don’t have “a lot” we can make something beautiful.

Apples and Butterflies

by Shauntay Grant

Picture Books, Poetry

Poetry and illustrations that carry you through the beauty of P.E.I in the Autumn.

The Stone Thrower

by Jael Ealey Richardson

Picture Book

Richardson takes us on a journey of strength and persistence as we follow her father, professional football player (first Black Quarterback to win the Grey Cup) Chuck Ealey through his childhood in Ohio to the life he created for his family in Canada.

The Field Guide To The North American Teenager

by Ben Phillipe

YA (12+)

A sometimes frustrating main character makes Phillipe’s debut novel that much more engaging. Following the protagonist from his home in Montreal to a new life in Austin, Texas and all the trials and tribulations of being a teenager, Black, and moving to a new country.

Facing The Sun

by Janice Lynn Mather

YA (14+)

Facing The Sun is a coming of age story about 4 friends facing the next stage of their lives, in the vein of Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, with a Caribbean backdrop.

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