Monday 27 January 2020

2020 USBBY Outstanding International Books List

Each year, the United States Board of Books for Young People (USBBY) compiles its Outstanding International Books List of books that, while published or distributed in the U.S., originated or were first published outside of the USA. These books "deemed most outstanding of those published" in the previous year are assessed on:
• artistic and literary merit;
• originality or creativity of approach;
• distinctiveness of topic;
• uniqueness of origin; and
• qualities that engage and appeal to children.
Not surprisingly, a number of Canadian books have earned this honour.

to the following Canadian books for young people
published in 2019
for inclusion on the 

Grades Pre-K to Grade 2

The Pencil
Written by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
Illustrated by Charlene Chua
Inhabit Media
Reviewed here

Written and illustrated by Julie Flett
Greystone Kids

The Girl and the Wolf
Written by Katherena Vermette
Illustrated by Julie Flett
Theytus Books

Grades 3-5

The Grizzly Mother
Written by Hetxw’msGyetxw (Brett D. Huson)
Illustrated by Natasha Donovan
HighWater Press

The Case of Windy Lake
Written by Michael Hutchinson
Second Story Press

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden
Written by Heather Smith
Illustrated by Rachel Wada
Orca Book Publishers

 Grades 6-8

Girl of the Southern Sea
Written by Michelle Kadarusman
Pajama Press
Reviewed here

The Taste of Rain
Written by Monique Polak
Orca Book Publishers

The Girl Who Rode a Shark and Other Stories of Daring Women
Written by Alisa Ross
Illustrated by Amy Blackwell
Pajama Press

Grades 9-12

Perception: A Photo Series
Written and art by K.C. Adams
HighWater Press

This Place: 150 Years Retold
Written by Katherena Vermette, Sonny Assu, Jen Storm, David A. Robertson, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Richard Van Camp, Brandon Mitchell, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Chelsea Vowel
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson, Kyle Charles, Natasha Donovan, GMB Chomichuk, Ryan Howe, Jen Storm, Tara Audibert, Andrew Lodwick
Colour by Donovan Yaciuk, Scott A. Ford, Natasha Donovan, GMB Chomichuk, Andrew Lodwick
HighWater Press
Reviewed here