Kids’ Books Set in Canada

Kids’ Books Set in Canada

Make the MOST of any trip:

To make the most out of any trip with kids you need to prepare them by letting them become familiar with what they will see and experience. Reading kids’ books set in Hawaii is the very best way to do just that! Get little minds thinking of all the wonderful things to see on the family’s adventure! Have them use critical thinking skills and discuss questions like: What will be the same as the way we do things at home? What will be different?

Don’t let this happen to you!

Some people go on a trip, come home, look at the photos and think….where was that taken? Which church was that?? Or even worse, spend time on a guided tour thinking, “Another Madonna and child painting?? Another church? Another beach? ” and have no idea what they are seeing or why.

Improve your trip AND your child’s intelligence:

We want children to remember, internalize, and make these experiences part of their core being! When a child learns something they add to their schema, or background knowledge, which will help them in their education until the end of time. Layering the learning by introducing information and then showing it to them on a vacation is the best way to internalize information. Use travel to get smarter and improve skills for the kids in the family!

“Reading is at the heart of all formal education.”

A GREAT way to get the wheels turning and introduce information about your adventure destination AND improve your childs’ intelligence and academic educational success is reading. Stories with familiar characters or beloved animals will pave the way for learning – really learning about the new culture they are going to experience. I’ve spent hours and hours reading books, reading summaries, reading about authors, reading reviews, so YOU DON’T HAVE TO! This list is comprehensive and all you need for getting starting daydreaming and learning about your trip. Read with the kids! Read kids’ books set in Hawaii or listen with an audio book. Check out the lists for other destinations, too like Paris and London.

Need more proof that reading is valuable? A study published in the Economic Journal, shows that ‘boys with easy access to books tend to have higher incomes when they become adults than their counterparts who grow up with few or no books by their side’ and “Men who grew up in households filled with books earn 21 percent more..”. So, read before your trip! It will be fun AND will make your kiddo smarter and wealthier in the long run.

Read at bedtime and have sweet dreams about your upcoming trip! Or download to an IPAD or Kindle and read on the loooooooooooong flight over. These are perfect for any storytime before, during, and after a trip, too.

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Do not be afraid to read picture books to kids who seem ‘older’ than picture book age. These books have colorful photos and give a short overview of Canada. Think of them as fun Cliff notes.

Kids’ Books Set in Canada –  Read Before You Go

The Kids Book of Canada, Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

The Kids Book of Canada by Barbara Greenwood is a great resource on all things Canadian for kids. Written for kids aged 8 – 12 years but useful for older teens, too as a simple resource. Length: 60 pages Lexile Measure: N/A

Wow Canada by Vivien Bowers, Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Wow Canada! by Vivien Bowers is full of facts, photos and cool information on famous spots and unusual places. This book has won lots of awards! Guy and his family make a road trip across Canada and has great fun along the way. Written for ages 8 – 12 years. Length 160 pages. Lexile Measure: 840 L

Good Night Canada by Adam Gamble, Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Good Night Canada by Adam Gamble is a twist on the bedtime story Goodnight Moon. If your littles enjoy Goodnight Moon then this is the perfect way to introduce Canada as a wonderful destination. Written for the littles aged 2 and up. Board Book length: 28 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

ABCs of Canada by Kim Bellefontaine, Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

ABC of Canada by Kim Bellefontaine is a great book for kids learning their ABCs. From Arctic to Zamboni, this book is a great resource for littles and what makes Canada unique. Board book written for  kiddos aged 1 – 4 years. Length: 15 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

M is for Mountie: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Alphabet, Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

M is for Mountie: A Royal Canadian Mounted Police Alphabet by Polly Horvath  Talk about  Dudley Do Right and the silly Bullwinkle, but also talk about the serious job of Mounties. They are real police officers. This book is a great resource to explain the mounties and their very important jobs. Book written for elementary aged kids but easily used for teens, too, as a resource. Length: 40 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Hey Canada! by Vivien Bowers, Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Hey Canada, by Vivien Bowers is a written in more than just narrative. Poems and photographs and comics make this book a fun way to follow a grandmother and her eight year old grandchild on a ‘let’s find it’ tour of Canada. Written for kids aged 7-10. Length 72 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Kids’ Books Set in Canada – Puzzles

O Canada Puzzles for Kids by The Puzzling Sports Institute, Kids Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Oh Canada Puzzles for Kids (Books 1, 2, and 3) by The Puzzling Sports Institute Kids will love these interesting facts and odd tidbits about all things Canada. Very up to date and enjoyable for the tween set! Written for kids aged 4 – 9 but easily used for tweens. Length: 72 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Kids’ Books Set in Canada –  Animals

Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose by Geraldo Valerio, Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Moose, Goose, Animals on the Loose by Geraldo Valerio The art is wonderful in this ABC book about interesting animals from Canada. Written for kids aged 2- 5 years. Length 40 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Kids’ Books Set in Canada – Moose

A Moose for Jessica by Pat A Wakefield, Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

A Moose for Jessica by Pat A. Wakefield Once upon a time a moose walked out of the Vermont forest and fell in love with a…….cow. Fun story for kids of all ages. Written for kids aged 8-12. Length: 64 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Moose's Loose Tooth by Jacqueline A. Clarke, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Moose’s Loose Tooth by Jacqueline A. Clarke If your kiddos have loose teeth, they’ll love this silly rhyming tale about a experience everyone shares. Written for kids aged: 4-6. Length: 30 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

 

Kids’ Books Set in Canada – Beaver

They have a clear membrane over their eyeballs so they can see while swimming AND they can shut their noses and ears to keep the water out. On top of that they can hold their breath for 15 minutes. How awesome is that??

Beavers by Gail Gibbons, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

 

Beavers by Gail Gibbons This book gives the reader a glimpse into the world of beavers. Interesting little creatures who build their own homes and live in large family groups. Kids will enjoy the tidbits.  Written for kids aged: 4-8 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 870L.

Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Little Beaver and the Echo by Amy MacDonald Little Beaver has a new friend who lives across the pond. They both need a friend. Sweet story for youngsters. Written for kids aged: 4-8 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

The Beaver's Busy Year by Mary Holland, Kids' Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

The Beaver’s Busy Year by Mary Holland Beavers are a really interesting animals with fascinating abilities like being able to close their nose and ears (without the help of fingers!) while swimming. Written for kids aged 5-8 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 940L.

Kids’ Books Set in Canada – Hockey

Hockey Morning Noon and Night by Doretta Groenendyk, Kids' Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Hockey Morning Noon and Night by Doretta Groenendyk Seven year old Pepper loves hockey! He loves is so much that he tries to include hockey in every part of his life! Written for kids aged 4-8 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Goodnight Hockey by Michael Dahl, Kids' Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Goodnight Hockey by Michael Dahl and Christina E. Forshay The youngest hockey fans will love this book and for those new to hockey it is a good introduction. Written for the littles: 4-7 years. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: 380L.

The Magic Hockey Stick, Kid's Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

The Magic Hockey Stick by Peter Maloney I love this wonderful story. What child does not think of the fantastic sports moments they could have with a heroes’ piece of equipment? A little girl plays with Wayne Gretzky’s hockey stick that her parents won at an auction. Gretzky goes into a slump until the little girl returns his stick. Inspired by a true story. Written for kids aged: 5-8 years. Length: 48 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Number Book by Matt Napier, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Hat Tricks Count: A Hockey Numbers Book by Matt Napier A book for hockey lovers and those who want to know a little bit more about Canada’s sport passion. Written for kids aged: 8-12 years. Length: 40 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

Z is for Zamboni by Matt Napier, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Z is for Zamboni: A Hockey Alphabet by Matt Napier  The Zamboni brother’s started in the ice block business but had to branch out when refrigerators made ice blocks a thing of the past. Cool story about this interesting and still used invention.

 

I Spy with My Little Eye by Matt Napier, Kids' Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

I Spy with My Little Eye Hockey by Matt Napier Use your observation skills to see if you can find hockey items. Matt Napier has done it again with this fun book. Written for kids aged: 4-7. Length: 32 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

Dino-Hockey by Lisa Wheeler, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

 

Dino-Hockey by Lisa Wheeler Everyone loves hockey, even dinosaurs! Fun book about team carnivore and team herbivore which includes some science lessons! Written for kids aged: 5-8 years. Length: 30 pages. Lexile Measure: AD370L

 

Kids’ Books Set in Canada – Maple syrup!

From Maple Trees to Maple Syrup by Kristin Thoennes Keller, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

 

 

From Maple Trees to Maple Syrup by Kristin Thoennes Keller Every kiddo can appreciate maple syrup and it is fun to learn how you get something so yummy and delicious from a tree! Written for kids aged: 6-9 years. Length: 24 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A.

A Kid's Guide to Maple Tapping: Let's Make Maple Syrup by Julie Fryer, Kids' Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

A Kid’s Guide to Maple Tapping: Let’s Make Maple Syrup by Julie Fryer  Great photos help even the youngest travelers understand how maple syrup is made. Instructions for doing it yourself at home, too! Written for kids aged: elementary school Length: 56 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Kids’ Books Set in Canada: A book to make!

Love this easy book about  Canadian money for kids from Kidzone. Print and read the assembly directions here. 

Kidzone FREE download book for kids, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Kids’ Books Set in Canada: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery Classic novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, this good is still a wonderful read for kids. It also makes a nice bedtime story for the whole family. Read before visiting Prince Edward Island! Written for kids aged: 8-12 years. Length: 260 pages. Lexile Measure: N/A

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Anne of Green Gables is not read much anymore, but it is FULL of wonderful quotes like…

“Tomorrow is always fresh, with no mistakes in it yet.”

You can wear your book! This t-shirt has the text of Anne of Green Gables on it. How cool is that??

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, Kids' Books Set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Canada is a wonderful destination for a family vacation! Download your Adventures in Canada book for the kids and keep them engaged and interested on your journey!

The Educational Tourist and kids at Hopewell Rocks, Canada, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

Happy Travels!

Natalie, The Educational Tourist

The Educational Tourist logo, Kids' Books set in Canada, www.theeducationaltourist.com

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13 Responses

  1. I do it even until now. Lol. I read books and watch documentaries/movies about the place that I’m going to and more often than not, I will do it again after visiting it. It makes my visit more meaningful is I had read/watched something about it and it makes the book/move more meaningful as well after visiting it. :p

  2. John Rodgers says:

    Reading is so important and I wonder where it is headed in the future. Writing has become almost a thing of the past with the computer age and I so hope that we dont lose that as well. These are good books and a great idea for any parent who is on the road with family.

  3. Christina says:

    What a fun collection of Canadian kids books. I know just what to buy my nephews for Christmas! Did you know that Winnie the Pooh has a Canadian connection too? Winnie was named after a Canadian black bear spotted by the author in London Zoo.

  4. Brenda says:

    This is a great idea. I still check kids book on destination even though Im a grown up with no children. Maybe it has to do a lot with my personal interest for travel literature.

    Great post!

  5. This post hits home. I have a niece who I love dearly – and every time I come home from an adventure I bring her books about that culture and country. I hope one day she will be a traveler like I am. <3

  6. gobeyondbounds says:

    This is one concern we always have. We have grown up reading books and our toddler kid is happy learning through videos on laptops. Loved your idea and once our kid is big enough to read books will make sure we have these in our backpacks.

    • NatalieTanner says:

      It is never too early to start with reading. Kids who start school having heard more ‘words’ rather than less do much better in school. Talking, reading, video words all count! The library is a great resource because it is FREE!! Then, we little picks a favorite you can buy a few.

  7. What a great idea. I don’t have kids, but when I do, books will be a big part of their lives for sure. I also think it’s great to promote books to kids these days because everyone seems to be playing on their iPads or other devices and the old fashioned books aren’t getting as much attention!

    • NatalieTanner says:

      Isn’t that true? We love electronics and they have a place, but nothing can replace using imagination like you do when you read! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. biancaayuu says:

    books are really important to the children nowadays. this blog is really helpful and it is a really good post! thumbs up!

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