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date: 23 October 2019

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The blossoming of Canadian children’s publishing in the 1970s produced works that continue, expand, and diversify the legacy of early Canadian children’s literature by such authors as Catharine Parr Traill and L.M. Montgomery, who first brought national and international attention to Canadian children’s literature. While nationally explicit texts such as Dennis Lee’s Alligator Pie dominated the field in the 1970s, late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century Canadian children’s fiction engages fewer national markers; instead, racial, ethnic, sexual, physical, regional, and familial diversity govern plot and theme in domestic fiction, and local or regional events, as much as those of national value, generate historical setting.

Keywords: Canadian children’s literature, Dennis Lee, L.M. Montgomery, diversity, Catharine Parr Traill

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