Wigham Family Literature Site

Our Literature Site is dedicated to the Wigham family, whose generous donations since 1982 have made our outstanding literature collection possible. View more about the Wigham Family Collection.

Curriculum Lab Guides

Teaching Ideas Showcase (Ideas for Using Literature Across the Curriculum):

Our Lesson Plans for Using Literature Across the Curriculum. These lessons are developed by Curriculum Laboratory staff, produced in cooperation with teachers, field-tested in classrooms, and presented at various teacher's professional development sessions:


 Advantages of Using Children's Literature Across the Curriculum

 Student-Teacher Produced Guides and Lesson Plans For Using Literature Across The Curriculum. Summaries of outstanding titles that advocate the use of literature in all subject areas, (including Alberta school textbook titles) and student-teacher produced lesson plans that incorporate children's literature.


Links to Awards and Literature Lists in Various Genres

Picture Books: Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award * Caldecott Medal * Bill Glaister's Bucket List of Best Picture Books For Educators * Art and Picture Books

Science Fiction: Monica Hughes Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy *

Contemporary Realistic (and others):* TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award * Rocky Mountain Book Award * Michael L. Printz Award (Young Adult) * Newbery Award *

Historical Fiction: Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Informational: Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction, Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12

Graphic Novels: Joe Shuster: Comics for Kids Award, Graphic Novels K-5, Graphic Novels 6-12, Graphic Novels: Ideas and Resources for Developing Units, Toon Books

Beginning Readers: Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for Beginning Readers, Toon Books

High Interest Low Vocabulary (Hi-Low; aimed at struggling/ developing readers aged 12+): Orca Currents, Orca Soundings, Orca Sports, Lormier Sidestreets, High Interest Low Vocabulary Books for Youth and Adults

Curriculum Connections: Resource Links (The Year’s Best), Lasting Connections (Booklist, annual list)