Youth Book Corner: July Recommendations

Our Outreach Coordinator Leena Desai shares must-read books for youth by authors participating in this year’s Festival, from October 21-27.

Unicorns 101
by Cale Atkinson

Did you know that unicorn horns are made of 50% magic, 45% mystery and 5% sugar? Or that they survive almost entirely on a diet of ruby-and-emerald flapjacks, 24-carat cake and peanut butter and pixie dust sandwiches? These and other unknown facts can be found in this gorgeously illustrated picture book by illustrator, writer and animator Cale Atkinson. Suitable for grades K-1. Cale Atkinson will be at the Festival on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Meet Elsie MacGill 
by Elizabeth MacLeod

A pioneer in aviation and a champion of women’s rights, Elsie MacGill was the first woman to graduate from the University of Toronto’s electrical engineering program in 1927. Two years later she became the first woman to earn a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. Elsie contracted polio while pursuing her studies, but that did not deter her from writing her exams. Meet Elsie MacGill is part of a series of books that celebrates women in STEM and unsung Canadian heroes. Suitable for grades 1-5. Elizabeth MacLeod will be at the Festival on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

by Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver

It is 1917 and as World War I rages on, in France, a young indigenous fighter from the 1st Canadian Division rushes headlong into battle with nothing but a standard-issue infantry shovel. This soldier, Jonathan Woodrow a.k.a Half Blood gains a reputation for being one of Canada’s most fearless fighters. Written as a play and a graphic novel by indigenous writer Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver, Redpatch dramatizes the invaluable contribution by indigenous soldiers who volunteered to fight and die for Canada. Suitable for ages 8-12. Raes Calvert and Sean Harris Oliver will be at the Festival on Wednesday, Thursday, October 24, 2019.

The full lineup of our events will be announced on Thursday, August 22.


Leena Desai