The Idea of North in Canadian Children’s Literature Today

  • Björn Sundmark
Keywords: North


Review of:

Bastedo, Jamie. Sila’s Revenge. Toronto: Red Deer, 2010.

Bastedo, Jamie. On Thin Ice. Toronto: Red Deer, 2006.

Bedesky, Baron. Peary and Henson: The Race to the North Pole. St. Catharines: Crabtree, 2006.
Bell, Joanne. Juggling Fire. Victoria: Orca, 2009.

Chartier, Daniel. Norđur. Illus. Ólöf Gerour Sigfúsdóttir. Montreal: P de l’U du Québec, 2009.

Crawford, Laura. In Arctic Waters. Illus. Ben Hodson. Mount Pleasant: Sylvan Dell, 2007.

Guiberson, Brenda Z. Life in the Boreal Forest. Illus. Gennady Spirin. Toronto: Groundwood, 2009.

Harrison, Ted. A Northern Alphabet. Toronto: Tundra, 2009.

Hodge, Deborah. Who Lives Here? Polar Animals. Illus. Pat Stephens. Toronto: Kids Can, 2008.

Jocelyn, Marthe. Ready for Winter. Toronto: Tundra, 2008.

Kusugak, Michael. The Littlest Sled Dog. Illus. Vladyana Krykorka. Victoria: Orca, 2008.

Pasquet, Jacques. Mon île blessée. Illus. Marion Arbona. Montreal: Isatis, 2009.

Polak, Monique. The Middle of Everywhere. Victoria: Orca, 2009.

Rivera, Raquel. Tuk and the Whale. Toronto: Groundwood, 2008.

Service, Robert. The Cremation of Sam McGee. Illus. Ted Harrison. Toronto: Kids Can, 2006.

Teevee, Ningeokuluk. Alego. Toronto: Groundwood, 2009.

Wallace, Mary. I is for Inuksuk: An Arctic Celebration. Toronto: Maple Tree, 2009.

Zeman-Spaleny, Linda. Lord of the Sky. Illus. Ludmila Zeman. Toronto: Tundra, 2009.


DOI: 10.1353/jeu.2011.0007

Author Biography

Björn Sundmark

Björn Sundmark is Associate Professor (Docent) of English in the Department of Culture, Languages, and Media at Malmö University (Sweden). He is currently chair of the English program and teaches the course “Children’s Literature in a Global Perspective.” Sundmark’s research is mainly oriented towards children’s literature and literary fairy tales. Publications include the monograph Alice in the Oral-Literary Continuum, as well as several articles on the construction of national identity in children’s literature.

How to Cite
Sundmark, B. (2011). The Idea of North in Canadian Children’s Literature Today. Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, 3(1). Retrieved from
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