Ontario Library Association Best Bets

Given by Ontario Library Association (OLA)

Other Names: Ontario Library Association Best Bets for Children, Ontario Library Association Best Bets for Young Adults, Ontario Library Association's Best Bets List
133 Works 11,069 Books 569 Reviews 4.1
OPLA Best Bets Committee

This committee is comprised of Librarians and Library Technicians who are OLA members, work in public libraries and are committed to children’s and young adult services show more and eager to evaluate and promote Canadian books. We are a long standing committee with a strong voice in promoting Canadian literature for children and young adults. Our goals include highlighting excellence in the current publishing year for the OLA membership, bolstering the Canadian publishing industry, developing recognition for Canadian authors and Canadian books, and providing teachers, teacher-librarians, librarians and other interested parties with a meaningful list to assist in collection development and readers’ advisory.




Meetings are held a minimum of four times a year. Members discuss and evaluate recent publications by Canadian authors and illustrators. The books evaluated are suitable for children and young adults from birth to nineteen years old. From these discussions, the Committee produces “Best Bets” lists, annual annotated lists of recommended titles. These lists are released each year at the OLA Super Conference.
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Categories:
All, Children (3), Junior Fiction (28), Junior Non-Fiction (29), Picture Books (30), Young Adult (29), Young Adult Non-Fiction (11), Young Adults (2), No Category (1)
Years:
All, 2023 (39), 2022 (60), 2021 (28), 2014 (1), 2010 (1), 2009 (1), 2007 (1), 2006 (1), 1998 (1)
Announced:
January 22: 2023 Recent
WorkCategoryYear
Simon Sort of Says by Erin Bow
Junior Fiction2023
Squire & Knight by Scott Chantler
Junior Fiction2023
The Probability of Everything by Sarah Everett
Junior Fiction2023
The Stars by Jacques Goldstyn
Junior Fiction2023
Gnome Is Where Your Heart Is by Casey Lyall
Junior Fiction2023
The Umbrella House by Colleen Nelson
Junior Fiction2023
Salma Makes a Home by Danny Ramadan
Junior Fiction2023
Salma Writes a Book by Danny Ramadan
Junior Fiction2023
Jude Saves the World by Ronnie Riley
Junior Fiction2023
P.S. Tell No One by Vikki Vansickle
Junior Fiction2023
Polar: Wildlife at the Ends of the Earth by L. E. Carmichael
Junior Non-Fiction2023
A Star Explodes: The Story of Supernova 1054 by James Gladstone
Junior Non-Fiction2023
The Antiracist Kitchen: 21 Stories (and Recipes) by Nadia L. Hohn
Junior Non-Fiction2023
The Secret Pocket by Peggy Janicki
Junior Non-Fiction2023
The Trailblazing Life of Viola Desmond: A Civil Rights Icon by Rachel Kehoe
Junior Non-Fiction2023
The Skull: A Tyrolean Folktale by Jon Klassen
Junior Non-Fiction2023
Biphobia : deal with it and be more than a bystander by noregordonwe
Junior Non-Fiction2023
Alone on the Darkside: Echoes From Shadows of Horror by John Pelan
Junior Non-Fiction2023
Mountain of Fire: Into the Heart of Volcanoes by Julie Roberge
Junior Non-Fiction2023
Mr. S by Monica Arnaldo
Picture Books2023
The Last Two Crayons by Leah Freeman-Haskin
Picture Books2023
Molly's Tuxedo by Vicki Johnson
Picture Books2023
Storyteller Skye: Teachings from My Ojibway Grandfather by Lindsay Christina King
Picture Books2023
Egyptian Lullaby by Zeena M. Pliska
Picture Books2023
Just Like Grandma by Kim Rogers
Picture Books2023
Waking Ben Doldrums by Heather Smith
Picture Books2023
Bompa's Insect Expedition by David Suzuki
Picture Books2023
Salat in Secret by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Picture Books2023
The Never-Ending Sweater by Erin Welch
Picture Books2023
Dragging Mason County by campbellcurtis
Young Adult2023
Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline
Young Adult2023
Those Pink Mountain Nights by Jen Ferguson
Young Adult2023
Catfish Rolling by Clara Kumagai
Young Adult2023
Mall Goth by Kate Leth
Young Adult2023
Killing the Wittigo: Indigenous Culture-Based Approaches to Waking Up, Taking Action, and Doing the Work of Healing by Suzanne Methot
Young Adult2023
Only This Beautiful Moment by Abdi Nazemian
Young Adult2023
Bonesmith by Nicki Pau Preto
Young Adult2023
The Grimmer by Naben Ruthnum
Young Adult2023
Delicious Monsters by Liselle Sambury
Young Adult2023
Peter Lee's Notes from the Field by Angela Ahn
Junior Fiction2022
Swim Team by Johnnie Christmas
Junior Fiction2022
Forever Birchwood by Danielle Daniel
Junior Fiction2022
Firefly by Philippa Dowding
Junior Fiction2022
The Gift of the Little People: A Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Story (The Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak) by William Dumas
Junior Fiction2022
Living With Viola by Rosena Fung
Junior Fiction2022
Wednesday Wilson Fixes All Your Problems by Bree Galbraith
Junior Fiction2022
Wednesday Wilson Gets Down to Business by Bree Galbraith
Junior Fiction2022
Travels in Cuba (Travels with My Family) by Marie-Louise Gay
Junior Fiction2022
Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer by Leslie Gentile
Junior Fiction2022
Berani by Michelle Kadarusman
Junior Fiction2022
Linked by Gordon Korman
Junior Fiction2022
Thanks a Lot, Universe by Chad Lucas
Junior Fiction2022
Last Week by Bill Richardson
Junior Fiction2022
Children of the Fox by Kevin Sands
Junior Fiction2022
Birdspell by Valerie Sherrard
Junior Fiction2022
Apartment 713 by Kevin Sylvester
Junior Fiction2022
Eight Days by Teresa Toten
Junior Fiction2022
Journey of the Midnight Sun by Shazia Afzal
Junior Non-Fiction2022
The Fossil Whisperer: How Wendy Sloboda Discovered a Dinosaur by Helaine Becker
Junior Non-Fiction2022
That's No Dino!: Or Is It? What Makes a Dinosaur a Dinosaur by Helaine Becker
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow by Aimée Craft
Junior Non-Fiction2022
The Science of Song: How and Why We Make Music by Alan Cross
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project by Deborah L. Delaronde
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Her Epic Adventure: 25 Daring Women Who Inspire a Life Less Ordinary by Julia De Laurentiis Johnston
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Killer Underwear Invasion!: How to Spot Fake News, Disinformation & Conspiracy Theories by Elise Gravel
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Pink, Blue, and You!: Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes by Elise Gravel
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Growing Up Trans: In Our Own Words by Lindsay Herriot
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Beware the Burmese Pythons: And Other Invasive Animal Species by Etta Kaner
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Germy Science: The Sick Truth about Getting Sick (and Staying Healthy) (Gross Science) by Edward Kay
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Finding Home (Wild Heart Book 3) by Miya Lee
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Muinji'j Asks Why: The Story of the Mi'kmaq and the Shubenacadie Residential School by Shanika MacEachern
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Amazing Athletes: An All-Star Look at Canada's Paralympians by Marie-Claude Ouellet
Junior Non-Fiction2022
The Museum of Odd Body Leftovers: A Tour of Your Useless Parts, Flaws, and Other Weird Bits by Rachel Poliquin
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Where We Live: Mapping Neighborhoods of Kids Around the Globe by Margriet Ruurs
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Proud to Play by Erin Silver
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Little Pine Cone: Wildfires and the Natural World by Johanna Wagstaffe
Junior Non-Fiction2022
Sky Wolf's Call: The Gift of Indigenous Knowledge by Eldon Yellowhorn
Junior Non-Fiction2022
I Can, Too! by Karen Autio
Picture Books2022
This is the Boat That Ben Built by Jen Lynn Bailey
Picture Books2022
My Name is Saajin Singh by Kuljinder Kaur Brar
Picture Books2022
Abuelita and Me by Leonarda Carranza
Picture Books2022
All from a Walnut by Ammi-Joan Paquette
Picture Books2022
Sitting Shiva by Erin Silver
Picture Books2022
Annie's Cat Is Sad by Heather Smith
Picture Books2022
Beautiful You, Beautiful Me by Tasha Spillett-Sumner
Picture Books2022
Wiijibibamatoon Anangoonan/Runs with the Stars (English and Ojibwa Edition) by Darcy Whitecrow
Picture Books2022
Hat Cat by Troy Wilson
Picture Books2022
The Signs and Wonders of Tuna Rashad by Natasha Deen
Young Adult2022
How to Live Without You by Sarah Everett
Young Adult2022
Blood Scion by Deborah Falaye
Young Adult2022
The Summer of Bitter and Sweet by Jen Ferguson
Young Adult2022
As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh
Young Adult2022
TJ Powar Has Something to Prove by Jesmeen Kaur Deo
Young Adult2022
A Magic Steeped in Poison by Judy I. Lin
Young Adult2022
The Chandler Legacies by Abdi Nazemian
Young Adult2022
Cold by Mariko Tamaki
Young Adult2022
Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton
Young Adult Non-Fiction2022
Naked: Not Your Average Sex Encyclopedia by Myriam Daguzan Bernier
Young Adult Non-Fiction2022
Urgent Message from a Hot Planet: Navigating the Climate Crisis by Ann Eriksson
Young Adult Non-Fiction2022
We Dream Medicine Dreams by Lisa Boivin
Picture Books2021
Meet Your Family / Gikenim Ginii'igoog (English and Ojibwa Edition) by David Bouchard
Picture Books2021
It Fell from the Sky by Terry Fan
Picture Books2021
We Move Together by Kelly Fritsch
Picture Books2021
Sour Cakes by Karen Krossing
Picture Books2021
A Kid Is a Kid Is a Kid by Sara O'Leary
Picture Books2021
On the Trapline by David A. Robertson
Picture Books2021
The Sorry Life of Timothy Shmoe by Stephanie Simpson McLellan
Picture Books2021
Pride Puppy! by Robin Stevenson
Picture Books2021
In My Mosque by M. O. Yuksel
Picture Books2021
Misfit in Love by S. K. Ali
Young Adult2021
Hello (From Here) by Chandler Baker
Young Adult2021
Bruised by Tanya Boteju
Young Adult2021
Hunting by Stars by Cherie Dimaline
Young Adult2021
Some Other Now by Sarah Everett
Young Adult2021
If I Tell You the Truth (English Edition) by Jasmin Kaur
Young Adult2021
Borders by Thomas King
Young Adult2021
Tremendous Things by Susin Nielsen
Young Adult2021
Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
Young Adult2021
Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao
Young Adult2021
The Power of Style by Christian Allaire
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
Righting Canada's Wrongs: Anti-Semitism and the MS St. Louis: Canada's Anti-Semitic Policies in the Twentieth Century by Rona Arato
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
My Body in Pieces by Marie-Noëlle Hébert
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
How to Change Everything: The Young Human's Guide to Protecting the Planet and Each Other by Naomi Klein
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging by Hannalora Leavitt
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
Fired Up about Consent by Sarah Ratchford
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians: Inspiring Stories of Courage and Achievement by Lindsay Ruck
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
Carry On: Poetry by Young Immigrants by Various Contributors
Young Adult Non-Fiction2021
The Power of Harmony by Jan L Coates
2014
Not Suitable for Family Viewing by Vicki Grant
Young Adults2010
Warden of Greyrock by K. V. Johansen
Young Adults2009
Nightwalker by K. V. Johansen
Children2007
Torrie and the Firebird (The Torrie Quests) by K. V. Johansen
Children2006
Circus: An Album by DK
Children1998

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