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Book List

Do you want to know more about people and facts in early days of our land? Or are you looking for more information for your projects? Here, we provide a great selection of children’s books to help you find more resources.

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Our Book List by Subjects:

  • Aboriginal People
  • Pioneers
  • Natural Resources
  • Food
  • Houses
  • Clothing
  • Playing and Learning
  • Childrens Role
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Craft
  • Vocabulary
  • Explorers
  • Others

Pioneers:

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? MeetSarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1841

Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was Thanks giving like in pioneer times? Follow the Robertson family as they prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate the harvest in the fall of 1841. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Roughing it in the Bush
Moodie, Susanna
In 1832, Susanna and John Wedderburn Dunbar Moodie emigrated from England to Canada. After living for seventeen months on cleared farmland near Port Hope, they moved to a bush farm in Douro Township. "Roughing it in the Bush" describes experiences in these locations.

Customs and Traditions
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the customs and traditions of nineteenth century North American communities.

19th Century Girls and Women

Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines various aspects of lives of girls and women during the nineteenth century, including educational, employment opportunities, clothing, pastimes, and marriage.

Tools and Gadgets
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)

The Gristmill
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines features of nineteenth-century mills, including building, grinding, gears, and the story of wheat. It also looks at the problems and fun at the mill and the role of the miller.

Pioneer Crafts

Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids can do it)
Pioneer children made almost everything they used, wore or played with. Now you can make your own traditional crafts.

Pioneer Projects
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book presents instructions for handicrafts and activities in the spirit of the pioneers, including decoupage, hooked rugs, cornhusk dolls, and making a Jacob’s Ladder.

Pioneer Recipes
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book presents information on pioneer cookery and instructions for recopies prepared in the spirit of pioneers, including multicultural dished, historical methods, and current adaptations.

Early Christmas
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The early settler life series)

Victorian Christmas
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines Christmas traditions that began or were received during the Victorian era, including Christmas trees and decorations, gift giving, caroling, and other less well-known customs.

Travel in the Early Days

Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book introduces readers to transportation used by settlers in North America. Topics include covered wagons, canal boats, steam power, and hazard that early travelers faced.

Natural Resources:

The Gristmill
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines features of nineteenth-century mills, including building, grinding, gears, and the story of wheat. It also looks at the problems and fun at the mill and the role of the miller.

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? Meet Sarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Food:

The Gristmill
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines features of nineteenth-century mills, including building, grinding, gears, and the story of wheat. It also looks at the problems and fun at the mill and the role of the miller.

The Kitchen
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book takes a close look at a pioneer kitchen and examines the utensils used. Cooking, making bread and butter, and preserving food are among the topics discussed.

Pioneer Recipes
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book presents information on pioneer cookery and instructions for recopies prepared in the spirit of pioneers, including multicultural dished, historical methods, and current adaptations.

Food for the Settler
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The early settler life series)

A Pioneer Story: The aily life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? MeetSarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Houses:

The Victorian Home
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the exteriors, interiors and furnishings of Victorian style homes.

The General Store

Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines features of nineteenth-century general stores, including merchandise, packaging, communications, and the post office. It also looks at the barter system, the store’s place in community life, and the role of the shopkeeper.

Visiting a Village
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book shows life in a pioneer village with emphasis on the craftspeople, school, the general store, and the home.

The Blacksmith

Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The colonial people series)
Introduces the tools, activities, and importance of the blacksmith in colonial communities

The Woodworkers
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The colonial people series)
Discusses the importance of wood in colonial times, describing how trees were cut down and made into lumber and the training of apprentice carpenters, cabinetmakers, coopers, and wheelwrights.

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? Meet Sarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Clothing:

18th Century Clothing
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the clothing styles, accessories, and hygiene habits of men, women, and children in 18th century North America.

19th Century Clothing
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the clothing and accessories worn by 19th century men, women, and children in North America.

Children’s Clothing of the 1800s
Schimpky, David / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the clothing styles and accessories of children in nineteenth-century North America.

Charlie Needs a Cloak
dePaola, Thomas Anthony/ Aladdin Paperbacks
A shepherd shears his sheep, cards and spins the wool, weaves and dyes the cloth, and sews a beautiful new red clock. (Ages 5 to 9)

Hooray for Sheep Farming
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company
This book introduces the farming of sheep for wool, covering such aspects as shearing, lambs, sheep dogs, wool processing, farm maintenance, and the proper care of sheep.

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840

Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? Meet Sarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Playing and Learning:

A One-Room School
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines daily routine of the one-room school and includes stories and activities.

Classroom Games
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines classroom games for different subjects, including mathematics, spelling, geography, and history, as well a art and music, played by children in 19th century North America.

Schoolyard Games
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the different types of outdoor schoolyard games, including dodge ball, tag, and skipping, as well as recess activities played by children in 19th century North America.

Old-time Toys

Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the different toys with which children played in the nineteenth century.

A Pioneer Story: The Daily life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? MeetSarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Children’s Role:

A One-Room School
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines daily routine of the one-room school and includes stories and activities.

Classroom Games

Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines classroom games for different subjects, including mathematics, spelling, geography, and history, as well a art and music, played by children in 19th century North America.

Schoolyard Games
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the different types of outdoor schoolyard games, including dodge ball, tag, and skipping, as well as recess activities played by children in 19th century North America.

Old-time Toys
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines the different toys with which children played in the nineteenth century.

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? MeetSarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Thanksgiving:

A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1941
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was Thanks giving like in pioneer times? Follow the Robertson family as they prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate the harvest in the fall of 1841. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Thanksgiving Day in Canada

Lewicki, Krys Val / Napoleon Publishing Christmas

Early Christmas
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The early settler life series)

Victorian Christmas
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines Christmas traditions that began or were received during the Victorian era, including Christmas trees and decorations, gift giving, caroling, and other less well-known customs.

Christmas Long Ago from A to Z

Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (AlphaBasiCs series)
This book is an alphabetical introductions to Christmas traditions in the nineteenth century, such as “Christmas Carols,” “Ornaments,” and “Toys under the Tree.”

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? MeetSarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Christmas:

A Pioneer Thanksgiving: A Story of Harvest Celebrations in 1941
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was Thanks giving like in pioneer times? Follow the Robertson family as they prepare for a Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate the harvest in the fall of 1841. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Thanksgiving Day in Canada
Lewicki, Krys Val / Napoleon Publishing Christmas

Early Christmas
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The early settler life series)

Victorian Christmas
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book examines Christmas traditions that began or were received during the Victorian era, including Christmas trees and decorations, gift giving, caroling, and other less well-known customs.

Christmas Long Ago from A to Z
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (AlphaBasiCs series)
This book is an alphabetical introductions to Christmas traditions in the nineteenth century, such as “Christmas Carols,” “Ornaments,” and “Toys under the Tree.”

A Pioneer Story: The Daily Life of a Canadian Family in 1840

Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
What was it like to be a child in pioneer days? MeetSarah and Willy Robertson. Visiting with their family, you can experience the fun, hard work and danger of a year on their backwoods farm. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

Craft:

Pioneer Crafts
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids can do it)
Pioneer children made almost everything they used, wore or played with. Now you can make your own traditional crafts.

Pioneer Projects

Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book presents instructions for handicrafts and activities in the spirit of the pioneers, including decoupage, hooked rugs, cornhusk dolls, and making a Jacob’s Ladder.

Home Crafts
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
A wide variety of home crafts are examined, including spinning and weaving, soap and candle making and quilting.

Native Crafts: Inspired by North America’s First Peoples
Trottier, Maxine / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids can do it)
The First Peoples of North America turned to the natural world to make everything from clothing to cooking utensils to ceremonial items. In the same tradition of using materials and designs found in nature, you can make your own beautiful crafts.

Corking
Sadler, Judy Ann / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids and do it)
Recycle bathroom tissues rolls and tin cans into corkers, and you’re on your way to making more than 20 original projects.

Quilting
Storms, Biz / Kids Can Press Ltd. (Kids can do it)
What traditional handicraft lets you tap into your creativity and imagination? Quilting! By mixing your favorite colours, fabrics and textures, you can design one-of –a-kind gifts and accessories.

Vocabulary:

Christmas Long Ago from A to Z
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (AlphaBasiCs series)
This book is an alphabetical introductions to Christmas traditions in the nineteenth century, such as “Christmas Carols,” “Ornaments,” and “Toys under the Tree.”

Pioneer dDctionary
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (AlphaBasiCs series)
This book is an alphabetical listings of words related to life in the North American frontier, from ague and bank bark to wheelwright and zoetrope.

Pioneer Life from A to Z
Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (AlphaBasiCs series)
This alphabet book introduces various aspects of the pioneer lifestyle in North America, including toys, clothing, school, home crafts, and special occasions.

Settler Sayings

Kalman, Bobbie/ Crabtree Publishing Company (Historic communities series)
This book explores the words, phrases and sayings that were used by settlers in North America and looks at their modern meanings.

Explorers:

Christopher Columbus: Sailing to a New World
Morganelli, Adrianna / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Ferdinand Magellan: cCrcumnavigating the World
Bailey, Katharine / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Francisco Pizarro: Journeys through Peru and South America
Zronik, John Paul / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Henry Hudson: Seeking the Northwest Passage

Gleason, Carrie / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

James Cook: The Pacific Coast and Beyond

Beales, R.A./ Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Lewis and Clark: Opening the American West
Roger, Ellen / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Marco Polo: Overland to China
Zelenyj, Alexander / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Ponce de León: Exploring Florida and Puerto Rico
Eagen, Rachel / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Samuel de Champlain: From New France to Cape Cod
Morganelli, Adrianna / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Samuel de Champlain
Sherwood, Betty / Canchron Books (Explorer Chronicles)

Sieur de La Salle: New World Adventurer
Zronik, John Paul / Crabtree Publishing Company (In the footsteps of explores)

Others:

Canada’s Maple Leaf: The Story of our fFag
Owens, Ann- Maureen / Kids Can Press Ltd.
In Canada’s Maple Leaf you can
• Find out how to make your own flag, flag pole and secret flag messages
• Learn about Canada’s provincial and territorial flags
• Discover fascinating stories about flags from around the world
• Learn the right way to fly and display Canada’s flag
(Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

The Kids Book of Canadian Prime Ministers

Hancock, Pat / Kids Can Press Ltd.
Canada has a rich heritage of leadership. Meet the 21 prime ministers who have governed our country since its creation in 1867 through such major events as World War I and II, the Great Depression, the Winnipeg General Strike and the October Crisis. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

The Kids Book of Canada’s Railway: And How the CPR was Built
Hodge, Deborah / Kids Can Press Ltd.
This is the story of Canada’s first transcontinental railway – the CPR. Read this dramatic tale of the people who built, operated and rode the Canadian Pacific Railway, the enormous challenges they faced, and how the railway evolved over the last century to help shape the Canada we know today. (Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad
Greenwood, Barbara / Kids Can Press Ltd.
Late one night in June 1856, a “package” is delivered to the Reid family in St.Catherines, Ontario. The package is 11-year old Eliza Jackson, on the run from a southern plantation. She is one of many escaped slaves who followed a network of hiding places and forest trails, traveling to free northern states and later across the border into Canada.
(Ages 8 to 12 / Social Studies / Canadian History)

A Slave Family
Kalman, Bobbie / Crabtree Publishing Company (The colonial people series)
Introduces the personal relation ships and daily activities that were part of the family life of slaves in colonial America