Books published by Groundwood Books


Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 32 pages

Shin-chi's Canoe

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 40 pages

Hey, Dad!

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 144 pages
Thirteen-year-old Megan does not want to go on her family's summer vacation trip--a drive from their home in Ontario to the Pacific Ocean--and it is only when she decides to run away that she comes to appreciate her family.  More Info

Boy O'Boy

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 169 pages
Young Martin O'Boy describes life in Ottawa as World War II ends while telling of his dealings with the less than perfect adults around him, especially Mr. George, an organist whose intentions seem more than friendly.  More Info

Up to Low

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 108 pages
A cast of motley characters helps Young Tommy and Baby Bridget discover that there are many ways to love and heal and die.  More Info

Uncle Ronald

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 163 pages
In 1895, to escape his violent father, Mickey is sent to stay with his Uncle Ronald and his twin aunts in the hills north of Ottawa and learns to feel safe for the first time in his life.  More Info

Easy Avenue

Groundwood Books Ltd | January 1, 2004 | 147 pages
Shortly after World War II, Hubbo O'Driscoll lives in a shelter outside Ottawa with a distant relative who works as a cleaning woman at his school, tries to make friends with a girl at the shelter and with the rich kids in the Hi-Y club, and reads "War and Peace" to wealthy Miss Collar-Cuff.  More Info

Covered Bridge

Groundwood Books Ltd | January 1, 2004 | 139 pages
Centered on the theme of cherishing the past, "Covered Bridge" pits earnest Hubbo O'Driscoll against two determined, cynical land developers. Hubbo is beginning to enjoy the pleasures of country life while staying with his guardian aunt and uncle, and he even has a job as curator of the area's... More Info

You Can Pick Me Up at Peggy's Cove

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 140 pages
When Ryan's father leaves the family during a midlife crisis, his mother sends him to spend the summer with his aunt in Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, where he learns to fish and gets into trouble.  More Info

Pure Spring

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 158 pages
Martin O'Boy finally has a home and a job--at the Pure Spring soft drink factory--but not everything is perfect, as sometimes Grandpa Rip's mind wanders, he gets involved with a crooked coworker, and his memories of the past overwhelm him.  More Info

Spud in Winter

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 170 pages
After witnessing a murder on the coldest day of the year, Spud Sweetgrass becomes the target of both Detective Kennedy of the police department and the murderer himself. Reprint.  More Info

Becca at Sea

Groundwood Books Ltd | March 1, 2009 | 165 pages
Shortlisted for the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award Becca has often gone with her parents to visit Gran at her rustic cabin by the sea. But this year Becca's mother is expecting a baby, and Becca visits her grandmother on her own. The prospect of spending time at... More Info

Mary Ann Alice

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 181 pages
When a new project is presented to dam up the Gatineau River, Mary Ann Alice McCrank and her teacher, Patchy Drizzle, know that many fossils and rocks will be lost forever and experience mixed feelings like others in the community.  More Info

Wanting Mor

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 190 pages
Jameela, a young girl living in war-torn Afghanistan, struggles to find her place in the world after her mother dies and she moves to Kabul with her drunken father where she clashes with her stepmother and ends up in an orphanage.  More Info

The Mosaic

Groundwood Books | September 1, 2017 | 272 pages
A teenaged pacifist and a PTSD-afflicted Marine form an unexpected bond over a secret buried in a decommissioned nuclear missile silo.  More Info

The Curiosity Cabinet

Groundwood Books | September 1, 2017 |
Ian Wallace, one of Canada's best-known children's book creators, invites us to look inside his cabinet of curiosities, which contains treasures from his decades of traveling the country from sea to sea to sea, sharing stories with young readers. Over the past forty years, Ian Wallace has made... More Info

Buddy and Earl Go to School

Groundwood Books | August 1, 2017 | 32 pages
Buddy and Earl know that with the right education they can become anything -- even a dentist or a hot-dog vendor! So they eagerly gather their silly, smelly supplies and head to school. Soon after they arrive, their teacher, Miss Meredith, is called away and Professor Earl takes charge of the... More Info

Seamus's Short Story

Groundwood Books | August 1, 2017 | 32 pages
Seamus would give anything to be taller! One day, while playing dress-up in his mother's closet, he finds a way to reach new heights. With his mother's high-heeled shoes on, Seamus can suddenly reach everything that was once too high: the top-floor elevator button, the chocolate milk in the fridge,... More Info

Me and You and the Red Canoe

Groundwood Books | August 1, 2017 | 32 pages
In the stillness of a summer dawn, two siblings leave their campsite with fishing rods, tackle and bait, and push a red canoe into the lake. A perfect morning on the water unfolds, with thrilling glimpses of wildlife along the way. The narrator describes the experience vividly. Trailing a lure... More Info

My Name is Seepeetza

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 1992 | 126 pages
Seepeetza must leave her family's ranch and go live at the Indian residential school, where she is forced to deny her native heritage  More Info


Groundwood Books | August 19, 2019 | 32 pages
Anna, the daughter of migrant farm workers, feels like different animals as she follows her family as they travel looking for work.  More Info

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

Groundwood Books Ltd | November 1, 2010 | 32 pages
Tells the story of Viola Desmond, an African Canadian woman who, in 1946, challenged a Nova Scotia movie theater's segregation policy by refusing to move from her seat to an upstairs section designated for use by blacks.  More Info


Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 24 pages
The life of an Inuit girl and her world in the Arctic is presented in this charming tale featuring a girl named Alego, her devoted grandmother, and their special trip to the shore to collect clams where the wonders of life within the tide pools are revealed.  More Info

Lessons from Mother Earth

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 24 pages
With the help of her beloved grandmother, Tess learns some valuable lessons about plants and discover the wonders and joys of nature.  More Info

As Long as the Rivers Flow

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 40 pages
Before he is taken away to a government sponsored school, a young Cree boy spends the summer learning how members of his tribe participate in Cree traditions, such as watching his Grandmother make winter moccasins. Reprint.  More Info

Children of War

Groundwood Books Ltd | February 17, 2009 | 128 pages
Provides interviews with twenty young Iraqi children who have moved away from their homeland and tells of their fears, challenges, and struggles to rebuild their lives in foreign lands as refugees of war.  More Info

The Great Poochini

Groundwood Books Ltd | March 22, 2010 | 32 pages
While Poochini is an ordinary dog by day, at night he becomes the "Great Poochini," an opera singer among dogs, but his career is threatened when his master accidentally locks him in, until a cat burglar provides the solution.  More Info

Angel Square

Groundwood Books, 2003 | April 14, 2004 | 144 pages
In 1945 in Ottawa's Lowertown, Tommy, also known as "The Shadow," and two of his friends, one French Canadian, one Irish, try to find out who attacked the father of their Jewish friend Sammy. Reprint.  More Info

Everything on a Waffle

Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 2019 | 179 pages
A Newbery Honor Book, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and winner of the Mr. Christie's Book Award and Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Award Eleven-year-old Primrose is having a difficult time. Her parents have been lost at sea, but she knows — somewhere, deep... More Info

Zoom at Sea

Groundwood Books | October 15, 2013 | 32 pages
This fanciful nautical adventure stars a winsome cat named Zoom who stays indoors paddling in the sink or sailing in the bathtub all night when other self-respecting cats are out mousing and howling at the moon. One day Zoom finds in his Uncle Roy's diary a map of the sea and how to get there,... More Info


Groundwood Books Ltd | August 19, 1999 | 32 pages
Sam is full of questions on his first trip to the seashore and his older sister has an answer for each one, except whether or not Sam will ever come into the water.  More Info

Jane, the Fox, and Me

Groundwood Books | August 13, 2013 | 104 pages
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Read Me a Story, Stella

Groundwood Books | August 13, 2013 | 32 pages
In this lovely addition to Marie-Louise Gay's renowned Stella series, Stella introduces little brother Sam to the pleasures of reading. Sam is as busy and worried as ever, and Stella almost always has her nose in a book these days, but she finds time to help him out, while sharing her new pastime... More Info

Once Upon a Northern Night

Groundwood Books | August 13, 2013 | 32 pages
In this exquisite lullaby, a parent paints a picture of a northern winter night for their sleeping child, describing the beauty of a snowfall, the wild animals that appear in the garden, the twinkling stars, the gentle rhythm of the northern lights and the etchings of frost on the window pane. As... More Info

Good Morning, Sam

Groundwood Books | March 1, 2011 | 32 pages
When Sam has trouble getting dressed in the morning, his very exasperated big sister, Stella, helps him get into his clothes.  More Info

I Dreamt...

Groundwood Books | May 14, 2013 | 32 pages
Children whose daily lives are afflicted by violence dream of a different world in this powerful book created by Mexican artists as a fundraiser for the IBBY Fund for Children in Crisis. In many parts of the world, including North America, children are living with violence. Wars, gangs, guns,... More Info


Groundwood Books | May 14, 2013 | 128 pages
Amazonia is an extraordinary book of Brazilian folktales that combines the authentic voice of Munduruku, an Indian who grew up in the Amazon rainforest, with the imagined Amazon of Russia's foremost children's book illustrator. Many years ago, Nikolai Popov, Russia's leading children's book... More Info

What a Party!

Groundwood Books | April 9, 2013 | 32 pages
If it is just a few days until your birthday, and your mother says you can invite anyone you like to come over to play, be careful! If you don't watch out, you might soon be having the craziest party ever, with people and food from around the world. Before you know it, night could come and go and a... More Info

Night Sounds

Groundwood Books | April 9, 2013 | 36 pages
When the moon comes up over the mountains, all the animals in the rain forest go to sleep. But?what's that noise? And how can the animals make it stop? ?Wuaaah, wuaaah, wuaaah.” The noise goes on and on. Cuddled up inside an abandoned box, someone is sobbing, and one by one, the animals try to... More Info


Groundwood Books | April 9, 2013 | 32 pages
In his new cooking poem for young children, Jorge Argueta encourages more creativity and fun in the kitchen as he describes how to make tamalitos from corn masa and cheese, wrapped in cornhusks. The book opens with an homage to corn ? white, yellow, blue, purple, red and black ? in Maya mythology... More Info

Oy, Feh, So?

Groundwood Books | March 12, 2013 | 40 pages
In this hilariously written and illustrated story, three children turn their family's weekly Sunday visits from Aunt Essy, Aunt Chanah and Uncle Sam on their head. And in the end, they all have a ball. Every Sunday Aunt Essy, Aunt Chanah and Uncle Sam drive up in the old Lincoln for the afternoon.... More Info

I See the Promised Land

Groundwood Books | December 11, 2012 | 156 pages
African American writer, griot and blues singer Arthur Flowers and Indian scroll painter Manu Chitrakar combine their very distinctive storytelling traditions in an extraordinary jam session, creating this stunning graphic novel-style biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. The engaging text describes... More Info

A Coyote Solstice Tale

Groundwood Books Ltd | September 1, 2009 | 64 pages
Excited about having his friends at his house in the wood for a solstice party, clever Coyote is surprised when a little girl suddenly appears in their midst, but when she invites them to go with her on a trip to a local mall, Coyote mistakenly thinks that all the goodies he sees are his for the... More Info

A Coyote Columbus Story

Groundwood Books | August 28, 2007 | 32 pages
Reinterprets the Christopher Columbus conquest story as a trickster tale, where Coyote the trickster is challenged by a funny looking red-haired man who has no interest in the animals of Coyote's land but, rather, the human beings that he can take back with him to sell in Spain. Reprint.  More Info

My Name Is Parvana

Groundwood Books | September 25, 2012 | 201 pages
In post-Taliban Afghanistan, Parvana is held on a U.S. military base and interrogated as a possible terrorist, reflecting on the previous four years of her life she spent with her mother and sisters while she waits to learn her fate.  More Info

Few Bites

Groundwood Books | September 4, 2012 | 48 pages
When her little brother Ferdie is reluctant to stop playing long enough to eat and even more resistant to eating vegetables, Viola spins a tale about how dinosaurs ate broccoli to escape predators and carrots provide alien super-vision, an effort that is repaid when Viola becomes tired and Ferdie... More Info


Groundwood Books | July 24, 2012 | 32 pages
Johnny describes his relationship with his father, who sometimes has warm hands that smell like applesauce, and sometimes has cold hands and becomes a "thunder daddy" who gets very angry with his son.  More Info


Groundwood Books | August 26, 2012 | 32 pages
Offers glow in the dark illustrations in a spiral-bound book with a stand intended to be placed at the reader's bedside and considered in order to influence the dreams of the night to come.  More Info

Snow Children

Groundwood Books | July 24, 2012 | 32 pages
Hearing about a meeting on global warming while attending an ice festival, snow children Yuta and Yuna encounter groups of animals whose survival has been threatened by climate change, stories they share with other snow people to raise awareness about saving the world.  More Info

Un Barrilete / Barrilete

Groundwood Books | July 24, 2012 | 32 pages
Juan, a Quichâe Indian boy from the village of Santiago Sacatepâequez, Guatemala, his brother, and his friends make a giant kite to fly on the Day of the Dead in memory of Juan's grandfather, who taught him how to make the traditional kites.  More Info