Canadian Fiction for the Home Based Learner

Have you read a Canadian book of children’s fiction that you’d like to recommend to other homelearners? Let us know so we can add it to this page!

We’ll also list here children’s books that were written or illustrated by Canadian homelearners or their parents, and Canadian children’s books recommended by home educators for their literary merit, informative/educational content, or homelearning characters.

Some books written and/or illustrated by homelearners who are Canadian or live in Canada

The Zaporadia Girls
INCOCO in Compastix

by Ayeshah Somani

Zaporadia Girls

The adventures of two best friends named Carole and Aneshah who live on the planet Zaporadia. They love to have fun… and shop! Find out what happens when they go to Compastix, Drac, to enter a Christmas Cooking Contest.

Publication Date: Apr 15 2010
ISBN/EAN13: 1449940617 / 9781449940614
Page Count: 56
Binding Type: US Trade Paper Trim
Size: 5.5″ x 8.5″
Language: English
Colour: Black and White
Related Categories: Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Intermediate

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At the time of publication, Ayeshah was 8 years old. She was a homelearner at the time, with a brother and two cats. This was her first novel but she planned to write a whole series of “The Zaporadia Girls” as well as many other novels. In her free time Ayeshah liked to play with friends, read, listen to music, dance and sing.

Some Canadian books written and/or illustrated by home educators

Ryan’s Giant

picture book written by Allen Morgan
illustrated by home educator Marian Buchanan
ISBN 1-895092-02-7
Oasis Press
38 Nina St
Toronto ON M5R 1Z4

Three stories: The Giant Who Liked Bad Dreams (Ryan makes friends with a giant who wants to buy his bad dreams); The Giant and the Dinosaur (The giant finds a frozen dinosaur and thaws him out… but then needs to find him something to eat); Dinosaur Doughnuts (The dinosaur is hiding and Ryan and the giant have to lure him out with a special “doughnut”).

Some Canadian books of children’s fiction recommended by homelearners and/or their parents

A Real Farm Girl

This illustrated children’s novel for ages 8-10 was written by Susan Ioannou from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It tells about a 1940s city girl’s first encounter with life on the farm.


by Munira Judith Avinger
illustrated by Lisa Neulicht
published by Borealis Press Ltd., Ottawa, 2003
ISBN 0-88887-271-2
$15.95 CAN, 193 pages

A story about a 13-year-old homeschooler living with her parents in the woods in Quebec, where she befriends a tree, a fawn and another homeschooler, and embarks on an inner journey of spiritual discovery.

See our review for a fuller description.