Danielle Degelman

Children's Literature

I took ELIB 216 this semester, and developed the skills I need to evaluate children’s literature and recognize high-quality selections. I also learned how to choose books that connect with outcomes and indicators for all subject areas in the Saskatchewan Curriculum. I recommend this class to ANY elementary, middle years, or secondary education student who plans on incorporating rich and varied literature to meet the needs of diverse students. Here is a list of high-quality literature that can be used for oral storytelling, explicit instruction, discussions, booktalks, shared reading, literature circles, readers’ theatre, or independent reading time:


  • Bouchard, David. Qu’Appelle.
  • Fleischman, Paul. Big Talk: Poems for Four Voices.
  • Giovanni, Nikki. Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat.
  • Grossman, Linda. Sam Speaks Out.
  • Janeczko, Paul B. A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms.
  • Kirk, Daniel. Cat Power!
  • MacDonald Denton, Kady. Til All the Stars Have Fallen: Canadian Poems for Children.
  • Martin, Bill Jr. The Bill Martin Jr. Big Book of Poetry.
  • Prelutsky, Jack. The Random House Book of Poetry for Children: A Treasury of 572 Poems for Today’s Child.
  • Silverstein, Shel. Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook.

Traditional Literature

  • Aardema, Verna. Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People’s Ears.
  • Galdone, Paul. The Little Red Hen.
  • Jane, Mary. Chickerella.
  • Kellogg, Steven. Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crocket.
  • McDermott, Gerald. Anansi the Spider.
  • Montes, Marisa. Juan Bobo Goes to Work.
  • Noonuccal, Oodgeroo. Father Sky and Mother Earth.
  • Root, Phyllis. Big Momma Makes the World.
  • Sierra, Judy. Tell the Truth, B.B. Wolf.
  • Wildsmith, Brian. The Seven Ravens.

Modern Fantasy

  • Barrie, James Matthew. Peter Pan and Wendy.
  • Briggs, Raymond. Ug: Boy Genius of the Stone Age.
  • Horstman, Lisa. Squawking Matilda.
  • Kampen, Vlasta van. Marigold’s Wings.
  • Kempter, Christa. Wally and Mae.
  • Kraus, Robert. Leo the Late Bloomer.
  • Lowry, Lois. The Giver.
  • McGhee, Alison. Mrs. Watson Wants Your Teeth.
  • Ormerod, Jan. When an Elephant Comes to School.
  • Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Realistic Fiction

  • Bradbury, Jennifer. Shift.
  • Bradford, Karleen. You Can’t Rush a Cat.
  • Landolf, Diane Wright. What a Good Big Brother.
  • Lewis, Wendy A. In Abby’s Hands.
  • Lohans, Alison. Waiting for the Sun.
  • Moss, Peggy. Say Something.
  • Olsen, Sylvia. Yetsa’s Sweater.
  • Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
  • Polacco, Patricia. For the Love of Autumn.
  • Sones, Sonya. What my Mother Doesn’t Know.

Historical Fiction & Biography

  • Bishop, Mary Harelkin. Tunnels of Time.
  • Campbell, Nicola. Shin-chi’s Canoe.
  • Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bud, Not Buddy.
  • Farley, Carol. The King’s Secret.
  • Hesse, Karen. Out of the Dust.
  • Lasky, Katherine. First Painter.
  • Lloyd, Tanya. Canadian Girls Who Rocked the World.
  • Punshon, Lori. He Who Flies by Night: The Story of Grey Owl.
  • Rappaport, Doreen. Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Ryan, Pam Munoz. When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson.

Informational Books

  • Basso, Michael. The Underground Guide to Teenage Sexuality.
  • Bradley, Kimberly. Pop! A Book About Bubbles.
  • Christelow, Eileen. What Do Illustrators Do?
  • Curtis, Jamie Lee. Big Words for Little People.
  • Ellis, Deborah. Children of War: Voices of Iraqi Refugees.
  • Jakubiak, David. A Smart Kid’s Guide to Internet Privacy.
  • Llewellyn, Claire. Save Energy.
  • Marcus, Leonard. The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy.
  • Strauss, Rochelle. One Well: The Story of Water on Earth.
  • Wells, Don. Canada’s Road to Independence.

Multicultural Literature

  • Base, Graeme. The Water Hole.
  • Bluitgen, Kare. A Boot Fell from Heaven.
  • Bouchard, David. Buddha in the Garden.
  • Chen, Chih-Yuan. Guji Guji.
  • Danticat, Edwidge. Eight Days: A Story of Haiti.
  • Lee, Day’s. The Fragrant Garden.
  • Nelson, Kadir. He’s Got the While World in his Hands.
  • Smith, David. If the World Were a Village.
  • Soto, Gary. My Little Car (Mi Carrito).
  • Young, Ed. My Mei Mei.

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