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NoveList Canadian Content: Frequently Asked Questions

How are Canadian titles added to NoveList?  What does NoveList track?

Bestseller Lists
We track bestseller titles using the following materials:

  • Canadian Booksellers Association (weekly)
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Radio Books (weekly)
  • CBC Cross Country Checkup Booklists (twice annually)
  • CBC Radio- Canada Reads (annually)
  • Globe and Mail (weekly)
  • Macleans (weekly)
  • Calgary Herald (monthly)
  • The Ottawa Citizen (monthly)
  • The Vancouver Province (monthly)  

Book Distributors
In 2011, NoveList began working with Library Services Centre (LSC), one of Canada’s largest providers of bibliographic and collection development materials for Canadian libraries, to bring you more information on the popular and well-reviewed Canadian titles that your readers want.  LSC provides NoveList with records based on the following criteria:

  • The author currently lives in Canada.
  • The author says s/he is Canadian in sources such as interviews or on his or her website (even when the author currently lives elsewhere).
  • Works by an author are eligible for awards that are limited to Canadian literature, such as the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
  • Reputable sources indicate the author is Canadian; sources may include Canadian librarians, bibliographies of Canadian literature, or English department websites of Canadian universities.

Award Winners
NoveList tracks a large number of Canadian literary awards, including:

  • Scotiabank Giller Prize (adult)
  • Governor General’s Literary Awards (adult and children’s)
  • Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award (children’s picture books)
  • Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award (children)
  • Forest of Reading Awards (Blue Spruce, Silver Birch, etc.)

Here’s how you can easily find these awards:

  1. At the top of the NoveList homepage, hover over the “Browse By” drop-down menu and then select "Award Winners."
  2. Under the “Awards by Genre” heading on the right side of the Awards page, click the “Canadian” link.
  3. You will pull up a Result List of all the Canadian Awards in NoveList. You can find awards of a particular genre by selecting a link from the Genre drop-down in the column on the left side of the Result List. You can also sort the list in a variety of ways.
  4. Select any award title link to view more information about an award, including a description and past winners.
What additional content does NoveList have for Canadian users?

Recommended Reads Lists - NoveList’s Recommended Reads lists are ready-made lists of book recommendations. Each has approximately 20 titles grouped by sub-genre or topic. NoveList has Canadian Fiction Recommended Reads lists for all four reading levels (Adult, Teen, Ages 9-12, and Ages 0-8). 

  1. Recommended Reads lists are located on the left side of the homepage directly below the NoveList logo.
  2. Select the Fiction tab is selected under the Recommended Reads Lists heading (note that NoveList and NoveList K-8 will not have the Nonfiction tab).
  3. To find lists for a specific audience, select the appropriate reading level using the links under the Fiction tab. 
  4. Click on “Canadian Fiction” to open a pop-up list of subgenres for the age group selected.
  5. Selecting a subgenre from the pop-up will display a list of 18-20 selected titles.

Book Discussion Guides - Designed to prompt in-depth discussion with a book group, these guides can also be used by students to expand their own experience of a book. The Book Discussion Guides based on books by Canadian authors include:

  • Touch by Alexi Zentner
  • Annabel by Kathleen Winter
  • Galore by Michael Crummey
  • Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay
  1. Click the Advanced Search link under the Basic Search box.
  2. Type “canadian” (not including the quotation marks) in the Search box. 
  3. Select "SU Subject" from the drop-down menu to search subjects associated with the documents.
  4. From the Document Type limiter, select Book Discussion Guides.
  5. Click the Search button. 

Feature Articles - Feature Articles introduce books at all reading levels. Each presents a genre, subgenre, or topic along with brief notes about the titles mentioned. The Feature Articles that NoveList has at the adult level include:

  • Canadian Women Mystery Authors
  • Magic Realism: A Canadian Collection
  • Canadian Historical Fiction
  1. Click the Advanced Search link under the Basic Search box.
  2. Type “canad*” (not including the quotation marks) in the Search box.  This will search for the terms “Canada” and “Canadian.”
  3. From the Document Type limiter, select Feature Articles.
  4. Click the Search button. 

Grab and Go Book Lists - These curriculum-based lists focus specifically on the topics that students, teachers, and librarians have asked for. Canadian lists feature readily available titles by Canadian writers and illustrators, set in Canada, and/or expressing a Canadian point of view. We have over 40 distinct book lists.  Our Canadian Grab and Go Book Lists include:

  • Multiculturalism K-3 (Canada)
  • Caring and Kindness K-3 (Canada)
  • Pioneer Life Grades 4-6 (Canada)
  • Myths and Legends Grades 4-6 (Canada)
  • Immigrants and Early Settlers Grades 7-8 (Canada)
  • Adventure Stories: Fiction for Grades 7-8 (Canada)
  1. Click the Advanced Search link under the Search box.
  2. Type “canad*” (not including the quotation marks) in the Search box.  This will search for the terms “Canada” and “Canadian.”
  3. From the Document Type limiter, select Grab and Go Book Lists.
  4. Click the Search button.

Curricular Connections - Whether you are a parent, teacher, or librarian looking for new titles for your students, books to help connect reading across curricular areas, or different ways to engage young readers with text, Curricular Connections will point the way. Our Canadian Curricular Connections articles include:

  • Canada Is: Series on the Canadian Provinces, for Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12
  • Canadian Aboriginal Literature
  • A New Home: Canadian Immigrant Stories
  1. Click the Advanced Search link under the Basic Search box.
  2. Type “canad*” in the Search box to search to the terms “Canada” and “Canadian.”
  3. From the Document Type limiter, select Curricular Connections.
  4. Click the Search button.

Note: If you have any feedback on our Canadian content or suggestions for new content, contact us at