I was going to review books for #IreadCanadian Day, but instead I am going to list some of my favourite Canadian authors, understanding I can’t possibility list them all.

If you look through Book Time, you’ll see the majority of my monthly author Q&As are from Canadians. Feel free to read through. Thank you to Canadian authors who opened up their lives for me and to Canadian publishers/distributors for bringing these amazing books out into the world.

And, in no particularly order…

Eric Walters

I haven’t read all of Eric Walters‘ work – there is a lot – but everything I have read, I have loved from picture books to middle grade and young adult. I loved Regenesis and look forward to reading that to my guy now that he is a bit older. Read my Q&A with Walters, here.

Kathy Kacer

Kathy Kacer is another prolific author whose work I love. I am not sure I could pick a favourite, although I did like Gabi’s Dresser, which shares her mom’s experience during the Holocaust. Kacer and Walters have teamed up to write a number of books, including their most recent book Broken Strings, which I haven’t yet read. Read my Q&A with Kacer here.

Lucy Maud Montgomery

You can’t offer a Canadian favourite list without including Lucy Maud Montgomery, the creator of Anne of Green Gables, which I loved, and a variety of other books including Emily of New Moon, which I didn’t like as a kid, but liked as a young adult, and Jane of Lantern Hill. I recently went to Montgomery’s home in Leaksdale, now a museum, as is the church where her husband preached. If you are ever in the neighbourhood, it’s worth the visit. One day I will read her journals. As a side note, Megan Follows, the original Anne in the CBC movies, and Amybeth McNulty, who played Anne Shirley in the CBC/Netflix show Anne with an E (recently cancelled. On a side note, we got a tour of the set of the show last summer at Rockwood Conservation Area. It was super interesting.) are in a movie called Maternal.

Linda Bailey

Another author who writes such a variety of books. I have also loved everything of Linda Bailey‘s that I have read. I just finished re-reading Seven Dead Pirates to my 11-year-old son, who didn’t like it as much as I thought her would. (As a note, there is magic destroying info in this book. I read over those parts.) He certainly didn’t like it as much as Stanley’s Party, which he received as an infant. That book made him laugh for years and while we enjoyed other Stanley books, that one was his favourite. We also love the On the Run series, where three siblings go back in time and survive various parts of history.

Shari Green

I always anxiously await Shari Green‘s books. Considered free prose, the books are quick reads and always so enjoyable. I particularly loved Macy McMillan and the Rainbow Goddess,a book about book lovers. I love books about book lovers. They get me.

Margaret Atwood

Thanks to the miniseries, most people have heard about Margaret Atwood and the Handmaid’s Tale, which I read years ago. I read a number of Atwood books in my younger years, including another favourite Onyx and Crake, which I highly recommend. I listened to Atwood speak. She is an interesting person.

Jennifer Dance

I read Hawk years ago and it has stayed with me. I recently got to meet Jennifer Dance in my other life, and she is wonderful. She kindly gave me her book Red Wolf, which talks about residential schools. This book is in classrooms across the country. She is currently working on a new manuscript about Alzheimer’s disease, which I have had the pleasure read. Thank you for the opportunity.

Marina Cohen

I have read a number of books by Marina Cohen and they are all pretty fantastic. I actually stopped reading her latest book Box of Bones a number of times so I could comment out loud on her quality of writing.

Guy Gavriel Kay

In my fantasy days, I really enjoyed Guy Gavriel Kay‘s books, particularly The Summer Tree, which mentions the University of Toronto in its opening chapter. I always found that really neat.

Nancy Baker and Tanya Huff

Before the Twilight series was a thing, I read a lot of vampire books including A Terrible Beauty by Nancy Baker and Tanya Huff’s series starring Henry Fitzroy, the bastard son of Henry VIII.

Monica Hughes and Jean Little

As a kid, I read every Monica Hughes books I could get my hands on. I need to find these at the library so my guy can get pulled into her world as well. The same with Jean Little. I read out her entire collection at my local library. Still love her books and have biography, Stars Come Out Within.

There are other great books I have read by Canadians including:

My most recent Q&Awith Tanya Lloyd Kai.

The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham .

Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll

The Inkling and The Nest by Kenneth Oppel

Murder on the Canadian by Eric Wilson

The Ghost Collector by Allison Mills

The Mask that Sang by Susan Currie

The Hill by Karen Bass

Five Roses Alice Zorn

Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell, Don’t Tell Liane Shaw

There are no shortage of great Canadian writers, many of whom I have missed in this list. Not because I haven’t enjoyed their books, but simply as there is not enough space. Learn more about #IReadCanadian day here.