Gift Ideas: 5 Kids Books Written By Local Authors

While it can be easy to indulge when holiday shopping, many families are keeping a handle on their spending by following the “four gift rule”: Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read. This allows for a well-balanced pile of goodies found under the tree, and an easier-on-your-wallet shopping experience.

When it comes to buying books for your kids, consider supporting local Canadian authors! To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of 5 great books for kids, all written by authors found right here in our own country.

When We Are Kind// Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íįgo (by Monique Gray Smith)

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Learn More


Lou and the Whale of a Crime (by Inga Kruse)

Fifteen-year-old Lou can’t seem to help herself. When she sees something suspicious, she just has to break out her homemade spy gear and investigate. After Lou’s family moves to Squamish, BC, Lou spots something fishy, and with the help of her clumsy dog, Rocky, and her new best friend, Oliver, she sets out to find clues and uncover the truth about what the nefarious criminals are doing. Learn More

Related: How To Encourage Your Kids To Enjoy Reading


Ghost of Lanturna: The Lunar Lair (by Sophie Torro)

The epic adventure continues! After uncovering a shocking secret that forever changed the course of Gritheria, Draven and Sora continue their quest to save the griffin world. Not everyone is as they appear, and some prove to carry more secrets than others. When faced with an unexpected traitor, an astonishing secret about themselves, and a daring race against time, will Draven and Sora manage to defy the odds and save their kingdom? Find out as this epic adventure continues! Learn More


Blingja: The Mindful Adventurer (by Mara St. Onge)

This book is about Blingja, the Mindful Adventurer Ninja who focuses on solutions to problems. Blingja uses a special tool to create a feeling of calm. This book can be paired with the Blingja Social Emotional Learning Lesson Plans. Learn More


The Girl and the Sun (by Ashley McIntosh)

Follow along with a spirited girl as she dances in the beauty of the world…until she notices a cloud floating above her head. The girl tries everything to get rid of the cloud but it won’t go away. It’s only when she looks outside of herself to help a boy struggling with his own cloud that she learns the only way to shrink a cloud is to grow her sun. Learn More

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