Fall Book Preview

14 Canadian picture books to check out this fall

Here are 14 picture books your whole family can enjoy that are coming out in the second half of 2018.

Here are 14 picture books your whole family can enjoy that are coming out in the second half of 2018.

Mustafa by Marie-Louise Gay

Marie-Louise Gay is the author of Mustafa. (Courtesy of House of Anansi)

What it's about: Mustafa's new country is very far away from his old home. Sometimes he wakes up forgetting where he is, but then his mother shows him the moon — the same moon from their old country. In the park, Mustafa watches kids play, but he always feels like he's an outsider looking in. One day, "girl-with-a-cat" invites him to join in the fun.

When you can read it: Aug. 1, 2018

Deep Underwater by Irene Luxbacher​

Irene Luxbacher is the author of the children's picture book Deep Underwater. (Yellow Butterfly Photography/House of Anansi Press)

What it's about: Brave Sophia dives deep into the sea to find its hidden treasures. She meets beautiful fish, explores floating forests and encounters tentacled creatures in the dark waters.

When you can read it: Aug. 1, 2018

I'm Glad That You're Happy by Nahid Kazemi​

Nahid Kazemi is an artist, illustrator, graphic designer and author of I'm Glad That You're Happy. (Yasaman Ameri/House of Anansi Press)

What it's about: A florist puts two plants in a pot together and asks the larger one to take care of the smaller one. An artist takes the two plants home and they become part of the family. When the plants grow too big to be in the same pot, the larger plant is sad to be separated but happy to see the small one grow and flourish on its own.

When you can read it: Aug. 1, 2018

Anna at the Art Museum by Hazel Hutchins​ & Gail Herbert, illustrated by Lil Crump

Anna at the Art Museum is by Hazel Hutchins (pictured) and Gail Herbert. It is illustrated by Lil Crump. (Courtesy of Annick Press)

What it's about: Anna thinks art museums are boring and have way too many rules. When she sees a "No Entry" sign on a half-open door, Anna is intrigued and surprised to be invited in. There, she watches people work to clean and repair paintings, including one that features a bored little girl that reminds Anna of herself.

When you can read it: Aug. 20, 2018

Moving Day! by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Moving Day! is an illustrated children's book by Robert Munsch. (Scholastic Canada)

What it's about: From Canada's beloved storyteller comes a tale about moving. Moving day is a lot of work and Danielle's parents have put her in charge of her little, trouble-making siblings. Danielle knows the perfect way to help — she'll just pack them away with all of their stuff.

When you can read it: Aug. 28, 2018

Fox & Squirrel Help Out by Ruth Ohi​

Fox and Squirrel Help Out is by Ruth Ohi. (Annie T/Scholastic Canada)

What it's about: A baby bat has fallen from the sky and Fox is thrilled to take care of it. Squirrel is less certain about the squeaky stranger, who doesn't seem to enjoy their favourite activities. Fox and Squirrel put their heads together to find out how they can help Squeak.

When you can read it: Aug. 28, 2018

Africville by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Eva Campbell

Africville is written by Shauntay Grant and illustrated by Eva Campbell. (Shyronn Smardon/House of Anansi Press)

What it's about: Shauntay Grant tells the story of Africville through the eyes of a young girl visiting for the annual Africville Reunion/Festival. She brings her family's stories to life by imagining brightly painted houses on the hillside and envisioning how kids played on the former football field and in the pond. She then visits the sundial in the park where her great-grandmother's name is carved. Africville was home to a vibrant Black community in Halifax, N.S. for more than 150 years, but never received running water, sewers, paved roads or police, fire-truck and ambulance services. In the 1960s, the city officials relocated all residents and demolished the community. It is now a park.

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2018​

Grandmother's Visit by Betty Quan​, illustrated by Carmen Mok

Grandmother's Visit was written by Betty Quan and illustrated by Carmen Mok. (Carrie Duncan/House of Anansi Press)

What it's about: Grace loves her grandmother very much. She teaches Grace how to make rice, tells her stories about living in China and drops her off and picks her up at school every day. One day, Grace discovers that grandmother's room is empty. Her mother turns on the lights outside so grandmother's spirit can come home to say goodbye.

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2018

Zombie Prince by Matt Beam, illustrated by Luc Melanson

The Zombie Prince is written by Matt Beam and illustrated by Luc Melanson. (Courtesy of Groundwood Books)

What it's about: When a bully calls Brandon a fairy, he decides to turn into a zombie that can take down enemies with tears. His best friends become a ghost and a vampire so they can help protect him at recess. Together, the zombie, ghost and vampire are able to put an end to the bullying.

When you can read it: Sept. 1, 2018

Rosie's Glasses by Dave Whamond​

Dave Whamond is the author of Rosie's Glasses. (Courtesy of Kids Can Press)

What it's about: One day, Rosie wakes up and the world around her is dull and grey. A dark cloud follows her around all day, until Rosie finds a pair of magical glasses. When she puts them on, the world turns into a vivid and colourful place.

When you can read it: Sept. 4, 2018

Go Show the World by Wab Kinew, illustrated Joe Morse

Go Show the World is a children's book written by Wab Kinew and illustrated by Joe Morse. (Courtesy of Penguin Random House)

What it's about: This rap-song-turned-picture-book by politician Wab Kinew celebrates Indigenous leaders in the U.S. and Canada. Some of the figures mentioned include Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington and Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price.

When you can read it: Sept. 11, 2018

Lucy Tries Hockey by Lisa Bowes, illustrated by James Hearne

Sports journalist Lisa Bowes is the author of the children's picture book Lucy Tries Hockey, illustrated by James Hearne. (Ewan Nicholson/Orca Book Publishers)

What it's about: When Lucy sees a hockey game on an outdoor rink, she's too scared to try it. Her parents sign her up for a beginner's lesson where Lucy learns that hockey is really fun.

When you can read it: Sept. 18, 2018

I Am Small by Qin Leng​

Qin Leng is the author of the illustrated children's book I Am Small. (Courtesy of Kids Can Press)

What it's about: Mimi hates being small, even though her friends tell her she's the best at finding hiding places because of her size. One day, Mimi hears that a tiny surprise is waiting for her at home and she's about to learn something unexpected about being little.

When you can read it: Oct. 2, 2018

Una Huna? by Susan Aglukark​, illustrated by Danny Christopher & Amanda Sandland

Una Huna is a children's book by Inuk musician Susan Aglukark. (Submitted by Inhabit Media)

What it's about: Ukpik loves her life at camp in the North with her family, friends and puppy. When a trader from the south arrives, Ukpik learns how to use forks, knives and spoons and is excited to teach other children as well. But then Ukpik wonders if the new tools will change their way of life. She turns to her grandmother for guidance.

When you can read it: Oct. 16, 2018​

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