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8 Alberta Published Children’s Books

In honour of Canadian Children’s Book Week, Read Alberta has compiled a list of Alberta-published children’s books. Included in the list are engaging non-fiction books packed full with facts, accessible stories based on real-life experiences, captivating fiction, and more! 

The Rainbow, the Midwife & the Birds
By Raymond Yakeleya

The Rainbow, the Midwife & the Birds contains four Dene First Nation stories, as experienced by Raymond Yakeleya. “Flight Through the Rainbow” is about flying in a small plane through a rainbow, and tells a legend of how spiders catch drops of colour in their webs. “The Midwife” is a story told to Raymond by his Granny Harriet about bringing the spirit of babies into the world. “The Slingshot and the Songbird” is about a boy’s contrition over killing a friendly songbird. “The Medicine Brothers,” told to Raymond by his uncle George Blondin, is about giant birds when the world was new.

The Rainbow, the Midwife & the Birds: 4 Dene Tales

Raymond Yakeleya (CA)

Published: May 31, 2023 by Durvile Publications
ISBN: 9781988824574

Sunflower’s Story
By Sunflower Paul

Sunflower’s Story is a personal account of a young Indigenous girl who experiences intolerance, a sense of not belonging, and family struggles. She learns from her grandfather the traditional ways of ceremony and fasting to go beyond the needs of the body to where she begins to know her higher self.

Sunflower’s Story

Sunflower Paul (CA)

Published: Sep 15, 2020 by Eschia Books
ISBN: 9781926696843

Rescue at Fort Edmonton
By Rita Feutl

Janey doesn’t want to spend the summer away from her friends in Toronto—and certainly not in Edmonton with the grandmother she hardly knows. Her first surprise is her feisty grandma, who meets her at the airport in her vintage Cadillac, Marilyn. The second comes when she visits the Fort Edmonton historic park and time travels to 1907. The third is learning the real reason she’s in Edmonton. Her grandma is going through cancer treatment and needs someone to be with her. Rescue at Fort Edmonton is perfect for an older reader who is interested in Alberta history and time travel stories.

Rescue at Fort Edmonton

Rita Feutl (CA)

Published: Sep 01, 2021 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781774390412

Prehistoric Mammals
By Tamara Hartson

Prehistoric Mammals takes young readers back in time to see many of the amazing mammals that lived from the time of dinosaurs to the last ice age. Readers will meet mammals both small and large, and be engaged learning about high-concept topics.

Book Cover: Prehistoric MammalsPrehistoric Mammals

Tamara Hartson

Published: March 01, 2024 by Blue Bike Books
ISBN: 9781989209424

A Slug Story
By Hana & Mandi Kujawa

Marcus is an enthusiastic boy, but when ridiculed at school, he begins to feel that his best efforts are second rate. His confidence already low, Marcus suffers a serious, virus-induced, brain injury. While in the hospital, and with the help of fellow patient Emily, Marcus learns to embrace the reality of who he is.

A Slug Story

Mandi Kujawa (CA), Hana Kujawa

Published: Sep 09, 2020 by Renegade Arts Entertainment
ISBN: 9781988903767

Jaysen’s Story
By Jaysen Flett-Paul

Jaysen’s Story is fourteen-year-old Jaysen Flett-Paul’s true story of how Elders guided him through his first Sundance ceremony to heal the anger and grief stemming from his mother’s violent murder. It sensitively tackles the heart-breaking problem of suicide in Indigenous communities, an issue of great importance to this community and for communities across North America.

Jaysen’s Story

Jaysen Flett-Paul (CA)

Published: Sep 15, 2020 by Eschia Books
ISBN: 9781926696829

Rocky Mountain Rangers: Guardians of the Wild
Based on songs by The Wardens, illus. Lia Golemba

Rocky Mountain Rangers: Guardians of the Wild is based on the music of Alberta band, The Wardens, with illustrations by award-winning artist Lia Golemba. Ideal for ages 4+, this uniquely Canadian book aims to bring the majesty of the Rockies to kids across the country, inspire a love of the outdoors, and pride in our natural heritage.

Rocky Mountain Rangers: Guardians of the Wild

The Wardens (CA)

Published: Sep 01, 2019 by Red Barn Books
ISBN: 9781999108700

LOL Nature on Safari
By Wendy Pirk

LOL Nature on Safari is a part of a series that showcases neat facts about animals in accessible, colourfully illustrated ways that early readers will enjoy. This book focuses on the animals seen on safari. And, like other books in the LOL series, it has animal-themed jokes that, paired with the photographs, will hold the attention of early readers.

Laugh Out Loud Nature On Safari

Wendy Pirk

Published: Sep 01, 2023 by Folklore Publishing
ISBN: 9781897206362