June 30, 2014
by Megan Radford
drawings by Peter Cook
Kids can doodle their way across Canada with this amusing activity book. Basically, they're asked to complete a collection of pictures that depict various Canadian tourist spots. For example, they can draw moose white-water rafting at Hell's Gate rapids, add helmets to buffalo at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, or fireworks exploding over Parliament Hill. There are too many Toronto-centric pictures, but otherwise, this compact little book is perfect to take along on any Canadian road trip.
The Big Book of Canada: Exploring the Provinces and Territories
by Christopher Moore
illustrations by Bill Slavin
Before embarking on a cross-Canada road trip, kids would do well to check out Moore's book. It'll give them a brief overview about each province or territory's geography, history (with timeline), important people (past and present), prominent cities, law and order, and statistics (provincial mottos, flowers, population). Then there are the interesting and unusual stories about Newfoundland vocabulary, Maritime poetry and song, Niagara Falls daredevils, Alberta weather, and Cree writings.
With modern and archival photographs, recipes, and Slavin's colorful maps & illustrations.
A big, entertaining look at Canada that kids will actually read and enjoy.