The 150 bestselling books by Canadian authors

Happy 150th, Canada! You don't look a day over 4 billion.

To celebrate the sesquicentennial, we stayed true to our book-reading, data-loving selves and pulled together a list of 150 Canadian-authored (English language) bestsellers from the last 10 years.*

Which Canadian-authored books sold the most in Canada?

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Celebrate Canada with the top 150 Canadian books. For a full list of titles in the image, see below.
Love You Forever
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Sheila McGraw
The Book of Negroes
By Lawrence Hill
The Paper Bag Princess
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Water for Elephants
By Sara Gruen
The Book of Awesome
By Neil Pasricha
Room
By Emma Donoghue
Mortimer
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Life of Pi
By Yann Martel
I Have to Go!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Thomas' Snowsuit
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Golden Sun
By Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Moose!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
A House in the Sky
By Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
Smelly Socks
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Quinoa 365
By Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming
Playing with Fire
By Theo Fleury
The Orenda
By Joseph Boyden
The Birth House
By Ami McKay
You Are Here
By Chris Hadfield
Late Nights on Air
By Elizabeth Hay
Just One Goal!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
419
By Will Ferguson
Stephanie's Ponytail
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Three Day Road
By Joseph Boyden
99
By Wayne Gretzky
The Bishop's Man
By Linden MacIntyre
The Illegal
By Lawrence Hill
Mud Puddle
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Sami Suomalainen
Debt-Free Forever
By Gail Vaz-Oxlade
The Cat's Table
By Michael Ondaatje
Purple, Green and Yellow
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux
A Porcupine in a Pine Tree
Written by Helaine Becker
Illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
Through Black Spruce
By Joseph Boyden
We Share Everything!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Sisters Brothers
By Patrick deWitt
Sing a Song of Mother Goose
Written by Barbara Reid
Illustrated by Barbara Reid
The Fire Station
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Waging Heavy Peace
By Neil Young
Half-Blood Blues
By Esi Edugyan
Oh She Glows Every Day
By Angela Liddon
ABC of Canada
Written by Kim Bellefontaine
Illustrated by Per-Henrik Gürth
Mr. Hockey
By Gordie Howe
The Year of the Flood
By Margaret Atwood
Fifteen Dogs
By André Alexis
Divisadero
By Michael Ondaatje
The Sentimentalists
By Johanna Skibsrud
Murmel, Murmel, Murmel
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Cellist of Sarajevo
By Steven Galloway
Dear Life
By Alice Munro
Any Known Blood
By Lawrence Hill
Scaredy Squirrel
Written by Mélanie Watt
Illustrated by Mélanie Watt
No Clean Clothes
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Shock Doctrine
By Naomi Klein
The Couple Next Door
By Shari Lapena
Makeup Mess
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Rick Mercer Report
By Rick Mercer
Alligator Baby
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Prisoner of Tehran
By Marina Nemat
Bravo!
By Sally Vaughan-Johnston
Cornered
By Ron MacLean
Make It Right
By Mike Holmes
Andrew's Loose Tooth
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Hormone Diet
By Natasha Turner
All My Puny Sorrows
By Miriam Toews
Milk and Honey
By Rupi Kaur
Bitten
By Kelley Armstrong
Mmm, Cookies!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Best Laid Plans
By Terry Fallis
Pyjama Day!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Z is for Zamboni
Written by Matt Napier
Illustrated by Melanie Rose
The Imposter Bride
By Nancy Richler
The Gargoyle
By Andrew Davidson
David's Father
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Summoning
By Kelley Armstrong
Driven
By Robert Herjavec
The Hockey Sweater
Written by Roch Carrier
Illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
Grumpy Bird
Written by Jeremy Tankard
Illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
Tough Guy
By Bob Probert
The Midwife of Venice
By Roberta Rich
The War That Ended Peace
By Margaret MacMillan
Anne of Green Gables
By L. M. Montgomery
The Silent Wife
By A. S. A. Harrison
A Complicated Kindness
By Miriam Toews
The Luminaries
By Eleanor Catton
Something Good
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Cold Hard Truth
By Kevin O'Leary
Munsch More!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Michael Martchenko, Alan Daniel, and Lea Daniel
Too Much Stuff!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Persuasion
By Arlene Dickinson
A Soldier First
By Rick Hillier
Common Ground
By Justin Trudeau
Canada 123
By Kim Bellefontaine
Illustrated by Per-Henrik Gürth
The Painted Girls
By Cathy Marie Buchanan
Do Not Say We Have Nothing
By Madeleine Thien
Give Me Back My Dad!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Handmaid's Tale
By Margaret Atwood
Mad about Munsch!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
All of Me
By Anne Murray
One False Note
By Gordon Korman
Extreme Vinyl Cafe
By Stuart McLean
Much More Munsch!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Michael Martchenko, Alan Daniel, and Lea Daniel
The Darkest Dark
Written by Chris Hadfield
Illustrated by Eric Fan and Terry Fan
My Best Stories
By Alice Munro
Changing My Mind
By Margaret Trudeau
The Juicing Bible
By Pat Crocker
50 Below Zero
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Ru
By Kim Thuy
The Munschworks Grand Treasury
Written by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko, Hélène Desputeaux, and Vladyana Krykora
The Rule of Three
By Eric Walters
The Awakening
By Kelley Armstrong
The Flying Troutmans
By Miriam Toews
Something from Nothing
Written by Phoebe Gilman
Illustrated by Phoebe Gilman
A Great Game
By Stephen J. Harper
Boo!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
An Irish Country Doctor
By Patrick Taylor
Swamp Water
By Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Look at Me!
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
The Flood Of 2013
By Calgary Herald
Oryx and Crake
By Margaret Atwood
Pigs
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Secret Daughter
By Shilpi Somaya Gowda
Hockey Towns
By Ron MacLean
S. E. C. R. E. T.
By L. Marie Adeline
The Virgin Cure
By Ami McKay
Survive!
By Les Stroud
Money Rules
By Gail Vaz-Oxlade
The Tiger
By John Vaillant
Too Much Happiness
By Alice Munro
The Sandcastle Contest
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko
Red is Best
Written by Kathy Stinson
Illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis
Payback
By Margaret Atwood
Pewter Angels, 1956-1957
By Henry K. Ripplinger
Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook
By Sally Vaughan-Johnston
Class Clown
Written by Robert Munsch
Illustrated by Michael Martchenko

And, if you want to figure out just how many of these 150 books you've read, you can take the quiz right here!

Interesting facts about this list

Robert Munsch appears on this list the most times of any author. He's written 35 of the titles on the list! That means 23% of the top Canadian books are Munsch titles. He's one prolific and beloved author.

Margaret Atwood is second-most frequent author. She has four titles that made the list: The Year of the FloodThe Handmaid's TaleOryx and Crake, and her Massey lecture, Payback.

Kelley Armstrong, Joseph Boyden, Chris Hadfield, Lawrence Hill, Alice Munro, and Miriam Toews all have three titles each.

The subject breakdown is a pretty even split, all things considered, with 54 Fiction titles, 49 Non-Fiction titles, and 49 Juvenile titles (of those, 47 are Fiction and two are Non-Fiction). Biography & Autobiography is the largest category of Non-Fiction titles, followed closely by Cooking. 

How did we get these titles?

The bestselling books in this list were determined by calculating the total units sold in Canada over the last 10 years according to BNC SalesData, the national sales tracking service for the English-language print trade market.

The list of all the bestsellers by Canadian authors

And, if you would prefer a list to a clickable infographic, here it is. All 150 titles from the poster above in alphabetical order by author:

  • S. E. C. R. E. T. by L. Marie Adeline
  • Fifteen Dogs by André Alexis
  • The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
  • Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
  • Payback by Margaret Atwood
  • The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood
  • A Porcupine in a Pine Tree written by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Werner Zimmermann
  • ABC of Canada written by Kim Bellefontaine, illustrated by Per-Henrik Gürth
  • Canada 123 written by Kim Bellefontaine, illustrated by Per-Henrik Gürth
  • The Orenda by Joseph Boyden
  • Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
  • Through Black Spruce by Joseph Boyden
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley
  • The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • The Hockey Sweater written by Roch Carrier, illustrated by Sheldon Cohen
  • The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
  • Don Cherry's Hockey Stories and Stuff by Don Cherry
  • The Juicing Bible by Pat Crocker
  • The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
  • The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
  • Persuasion by Arlene Dickinson
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan
  • The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
  • 419 by Will Ferguson
  • Playing with Fire by Theo Fleury
  • The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
  • Something from Nothing written and illustrated by Phoebe Gilman
  • The Golden Sun by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • Secret Daughter by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
  • Quinoa 365 by Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming
  • 99 by Wayne Gretzky
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  • The Darkest Dark written by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by Eric Fan and Terry Fan
  • You Are Here by Chris Hadfield
  • A Great Game by Stephen J. Harper
  • The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
  • Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay
  • The Flood Of 2013 by Calgary Herald
  • Driven by Robert Herjavec
  • Any Known Blood by Lawrence Hill
  • The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
  • A Soldier First by Rick Hillier
  • Make It Right by Mike Holmes
  • Mr. Hockey by Gordie Howe
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
  • The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
  • One False Note by Gordon Korman
  • Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena
  • The Oh She Glows Cookbook by Angela Liddon
  • Oh She Glows Every Day by Angela Liddon
  • A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett
  • The Bishop's Man by Linden MacIntyre
  • Cornered by Ron MacLean
  • Hockey Towns by Ron MacLean
  • The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Maté
  • The Birth House by Ami McKay
  • The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay
  • Extreme Vinyl Cafe by Stuart McLean
  • The Vinyl Cafe Notebooks by Stuart McLean
  • A Nation Worth Ranting About by Rick Mercer
  • Rick Mercer Report by Rick Mercer
  • Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  • Dear Life by Alice Munro
  • My Best Stories by Alice Munro
  • Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro
  • 50 Below Zero written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Alligator Baby written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Andrew's Loose Tooth written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Boo! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Class Clown written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • David's Father written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • The Fire Station written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Give Me Back My Dad! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • I Have to Go! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Just One Goal! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Look at Me! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Love You Forever written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sheila McGraw
  • Mad About Munsch! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Makeup Mess written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Mmm, Cookies! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Moose! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Mortimer written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Much More Munsch! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Michael Martchenko, Alan Daniel, and Lea Daniel
  • Mud Puddle written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Sami Suomalainen
  • Munsch More! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes, Michael Martchenko, Alan Daniel, and Lea Daniel
  • The Munschworks Grand Treasury written by Robert Munsch and Michael Kusugak, illustrated by Michael Martchenko, Hélène Desputeaux, and Vladyana Krykora
  • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • No Clean Clothes written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • The Paper Bag Princess written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Pigs written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Purple, Green and Yellow written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Hélène Desputeaux
  • Pyjama Day! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • The Sandcastle Contest written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Smelly Socks written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Something Good written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Stephanie's Ponytail written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Swamp Water written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Thomas' Snowsuit written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • Too Much Stuff! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • We Share Everything! written by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko
  • All of Me by Anne Murray
  • Z is for Zamboni written by Matt Napier, illustrated by Melanie Rose
  • Prisoner of Tehran by Marina Nemat
  • Cold Hard Truth by Kevin O’Leary
  • Lullabies for Little Criminals by Heather O'Neill
  • The Cat's Table by Michael Ondaatje
  • Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje
  • The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha
  • The Book of (Even More) Awesome by Neil Pasricha
  • Tough Guy by Bob Probert
  • Sing a Song of Mother Goose written and illustrated by Barbara Reid
  • The Midwife of Venice by Roberta Rich
  • The Imposter Bride by Nancy Richler
  • Pewter Angels, 1956-1957 by Henry K. Ripplinger
  • Why Your World Is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller by Jeff Rubin
  • The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  • The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
  • The Best of Chef at Home by Michael Smith
  • Chef Michael Smith's Kitchen by Michael Smith
  • Red is Best written by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Robin Baird Lewis
  • Survive! by Les Stroud
  • Grumpy Bird written and illustrated by Jeremy Tankard
  • An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor
  • Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien
  • Ru by Kim Thuy
  • A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews
  • All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
  • The Flying Troutmans by Miriam Toews
  • Common Ground by Justin Trudeau
  • Changing My Mind by Margaret Trudeau
  • The Hormone Diet by Natasha Turner
  • The Tiger by John Vaillant
  • Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook by Sally Vaughan-Johnston
  • Bravo! by Sally Vaughan-Johnston
  • Debt-Free Forever by Gail Vaz-Oxlade
  • Money Rules by Gail Vaz-Oxlade
  • The Rule of Three by Eric Walters
  • Scaredy Squirrel written and illustrated by Mélanie Watt
  • Knights of the Black and White by Jack Whyte
  • Waging Heavy Peace by Neil Young

* We rely on publisher-supplied metadata feeds to identify Canadian titles in our lists, by use of the Canadian contributor marker.