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I Am Canada: A Celebration Canadian Title

By Heather Patterson   Illustrated by Jon Klassen   and Barbara Reid   and Marie-Louise Gay   and Danielle Daniel   and Geneviève Côté   and Ashley Spires   and Qin Leng   and Jeremy Tankard   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443175982 Board book
28 Pages | 6.721" x 6.751" | Ages 0 to 3

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443163040 Hardcover
32 Pages | 9.89" x 9.8" | Ages 3 to 7

A board book edition of this beautiful picture book with art by Canada’s finest illustrators!

What is being a Canadian kid all about?

Simple text describes the ample space available to our children in this country, and the freedom they have to grow and dream and share. With artwork from 13 of Canada’s finest illustrators, each page is a celebration and a reminder of the infinite variety of our home and native land.

Heather Patterson’s free verse poem I Am Canada, originally published in 1996, speaks to a new generation. Bright illustrations by some of Canada’s best children’s book creators provide a view of different art styles, highlighting Canada’s diversity in a very special way.

Illustrations by

Jeremy Tankard
Ruth Ohi
Barbara Reid
Jon Klassen
Marie-Louise Gay
Danielle Daniel
Ashley Spires
Geneviève Côté
Cale Atkinson
Doretta Groenendyk
Qin Leng
Eva Campbell
Irene Luxbacher

Learn about the creators’ inspiration for this book.