Dear Canada is a multi-volume book series that presents moments of Canadian history through the eyes and diaries of fictional young girls from each time period.
Homeschooling mom, Alex, reports: “My nine year old is absolutely addicted to the ‘Dear Canada’ series of books. Because the history is presented in the form of a story, from the perspective of a child, my daughter is retaining a surprising amount of history. And she’s just reading them for pleasure…no formalized “lesson” involved.”
Topics covered include:
- The Underground Railroad
- The Spanish Flu Epidemic
- Les Filles Du Roi
- The Titanic
- Residential Schools
- The Great Depression
- The Holocaust
- Gold Rush
- The Acadian Exile
- Japanese Internment
- and many more.
If you want to expand on the learning aspect, you can also purchase teacher’s guides which provide extended learning on each topic, offer discussion questions, and present activities like creating job ads or trying to make your own homemade butter. Scholastic’s Dear Canada website itself offers free recipes and crafts, an interactive timeline throughout Canadian history, outlines to write your own Dear Canada diary, and more.
There is also a whole companion series of books written from the eyes of young men called I Am Canada.
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