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World Book Giving Day Book List

Did you know that February 14 is International Book Giving Day? To celebrate, we asked Alberta publishers which of their books they would give as a gift, and why. Find their recommendations below. And don’t worry, you can “gift” these books to yourself as well– we won’t tell!

TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION THROUGH EDUCATION
By Yvonne Poitras Pratt, Sulyn Bodnaresko

Educators have a special role in furthering truth and reconciliation in education, but many struggle to understand exactly what that means and how to accomplish it. Truth and Reconciliation Through Education is the perfect gift for a teacher looking for guidance in this area.

Truth and Reconciliation Through Education: Stories of Decolonizing Practices

Published: May 29, 2023 by Brush Education
ISBN: 9781550599336

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

BRAVE LIKE THE BUFFALO
By Melissa Allan, illustrated by Jadyn Fischer-McNab

Brave Like the Buffalo is a children’s book with a message that will inspire all readers to face the storms in their lives with the help of their support systems and with a brave mindset. We would gift this book to a classroom library or parents with young children.

Brave Like the Buffalo

Melissa Allan (CA)

Published: Sep 12, 2023 by RMB | Rocky Mountain Books
ISBN: 9781771606431

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

YYC POP
Ed. Sheri-D Wilson

YYC Pop is a perfect gift for anyone who has dreamed of writing. This collection is the work of real Albertans sharing (extra)ordinary stories. From students, first-time poets, and a mayor to established wordsmiths such as Jann Arden and Aritha van Herk. 

YYC POP: Poetic Portraits of People

Published: Apr 26, 2020 by Frontenac House Ltd.
ISBN: 9781989466100

HOW TO READ LIKE YOU MEAN IT
By Kyle Conway

This book is for the reader who wants to learn how we can open ourselves to others and to ideas that scare us by reading difficult texts. As the authors says, “To read like you mean it is to find ways to live with other people, exploring their worlds as they explore yours.”

How to Read Like You Mean It

Kyle Conway (CA)

Published: Jul 25, 2023 by Athabasca University Press
ISBN: 9781771993746

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

TO THE RESCUE! EMERGENCY VEHICLES
By Genevieve Boyer

To The Rescue is the perfect gift for young readers who devour books loaded with facts to satisfy their inquisitive personalities.

To the Rescue!: Emergency Vehicles

Genevieve Boyer

Published: Sep 01, 2023 by Blue Bike Books
ISBN: 9781989209400

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

THE RANGELAND DERBY
By Glen Mikkelsen

I would gift this book to a die-hard Calgary Stampede fan that is looking to dive into the history of the rangeland derby, a uniquely Canadian sport.

Rangeland Derby, The: 100 Years of Chuckwagon Racing at the Calgary Stampede

Glen Mikkelsen (CA)

Published: Mar 01, 2023 by Folklore Publishing
ISBN: 9781773110134

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

THE RAINBOW, THE MIDWIFE, AND THE BIRDS
By Raymond Yakeleya

Filled with interactive supplementary resources (a film, video game, phone app and virtual art gallery), The Rainbow, The Midwife and The Birds is a perfect gift for children.

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

Raymond Yakeleya (CA)

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

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible audiobook

MOLLY OF THE MALL
By Heidi L.M. Jacobs

Molly of the Mall is roughly based on Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice— except it is set in West Edmonton Mall— and would make a great gift for a Jane Austen and romance lover. 

Molly of the Mall: Literary Lass & Purveyor of Fine Footwear

Heidi Jacobs (CA)

Published: May 15, 2019 by NeWest Press
ISBN: 9781988732596

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

COQ
By Ali Bryan

There’s enough tenderness and laugh-out-loud moments in Coq to please just about anyone! It would make a great gift when paired with Roost.

Coq

Ali Bryan (CA)

Published: May 01, 2023 by Freehand Books
ISBN: 9781990601255

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

BUSHCRAFT
By Mors Kochanski

Bushcraft is an in-depth guide that includes all the practical skills and knowledge essential for survival in the wilderness and is an ideal gift for the outback enthusiast in your life. 

Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival

Mors Kochanski (CA)

Published: Mar 15, 2016 by Lone Pine Publishing
ISBN: 9781772130072

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

THE SIGNS OF NO
By Judith Pond

We would gift this book to everyone who appreciates the power— and the contradictions — of middle age womanhood. Deeply observed and immersive, melancholy, humours, and wise, The Signs of No is an unforgettable story of loss, love, and transformation. 

The Signs of No

Judith Pond (CA)

Published: Feb 15, 2024 by University of Calgary Press
ISBN: 9781773854823

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

POSEIDON & CLEITO
By Andrew J. Peters

We would gift Poseidon and Cleito to readers who have devoured similar mythology-based fiction, such as Song of Achilles, Circe, and other favorites. 

Book Cover: Poseidon and CleitoPoseidon & Cleito

Andrew J. Peters (CA)

Published: August 29, 2016 by EDGE Science Fiction & Fantasy Publishing
ISBN: 9781770531871

 

ALBERTA BLUE
By Pat Hatherly, illustrated by Jesse Horne

With beautiful illustrations and soothing verse, Alberta Blue is an ideal gift for parents of young children. 

Alberta Blue: A prairie sky lullaby

Pat Hatherly (CA)

Published: Oct 10, 2021 by Red Barn Books
ISBN: 9781989915028

ALL THE WORLD’S A MALL
By Rinny Gremaud; Translated by Luise von Flotow

Travel enthusiasts, cultural critics, business and economic students, and journalists would all enjoy reading Rinny Gremaud’s smart and wry writing in All the World’s a Mall. The book appeals to a broad audience interested in the cultural, economic, and social dimensions of global consumerism and urban development.

All the World’s a Mall

Rinny Gremaud

Published: Sep 22, 2023 by University of Alberta Press
ISBN: 9781772127126

Accessible icon: a stick person inside a circle. Available as an accessible eBook

Looking for more gift recommendations? Ask your local independent  bookseller— they’re a wealth of information!