Portolan

About Portolan: the Atlantic Canadian Children's Literature Bibliography

Portolan is an annotated bibliography of Atlantic Canadian books for children and young adults. Atlantic Canada consists of the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia.

Portolan is divided into four parts:

Criteria for Inclusion

Books are included in this bibliography if:

The author is Atlantic Canadian. More specifically, this means:

The book is set in Atlantic Canada. This was determined by the presence of:

The book features Atlantic Canadian characters, even if the story takes place outside of an Atlantic Canadian setting.

The book is about Atlantic Canadian culture or history.

The book was published in Atlantic Canada.

The following sorts of books have not been included in the Database to any major extent:

Fields: Portolan CLC

The fields in Portolan CLC contain the following value added information:

Abstract
a detailed annotation of the book, including information about the format and content as well as the relevance of the book to Atlantic Canada. The levels of the books in the bibliography are described by the following terms, defined below:
  • Picture book: A book in which the illustrations are central to the story and are found on every other page if not every page.
  • Easy Reader: A longer, more challenging picture book. That is, fewer illustrations and more words, but illustrations still play an important role.
  • Chapter Book: A book in which the story is relatively short and relatively simple, sometimes in large print, divided into chapters where black and white illustrations are frequent but do not dominate the story.
  • Novel: A longer story, usually directed at young adults, with complex plots and characters and rare, if any illustrations.
CLC Location
Contains the full call number for the book in the Eileen Wallace Children's Literature Collection.
Other Location
Includes the location code and the full call number for the book in a location in the UNB Libraries other than the Eileen Wallace Collection.
Jurisdiction
This field contains the name of the province:
  • where the book is set
  • that the book is about
  • where the publishing house is located
  • where the author was born and/or resides
If the book meets the above criteria for more than one province, the province names are separated with a semi-colon. If the location in Atlantic Canada is not specified, but the book is obviously Atlantic Canadian, it is marked "General." If the book is relevant to all four Atlantic provinces, all four province names are listed.
Age Range
The age of children to whom the particular book is directed. The information for this section has been derived from notes from the publishers and book reviews, especially in Canadian Review of Materials and Resource Links.

Fields: Portolan UNB Libraries

The user-defined fields in Portolan UNB Libraries contain the following information:

HIL Location:
Includes the location code and full call number for the book in the Harriet Irving Library.
WCL Location:
Includes the location code and full call number for the book in the Ward Chipman Library at UNBSJ.
Jurisdiction:
This field contains the name of the province
  • where the book is set
  • that the book is about
  • where the publishing house is located
  • where the author was born and/or resides
If the book meets the above criteria for more than one province, the province names are separated with a semi-colon. If the location in Atlantic Canada is not specified, but the book is obviously Atlantic Canadian, it is marked "General."

Fields: Portolan Wish List

The user-defined fields in Portolan UNB Libraries contain the following information:

Jurisdiction:
This field contains the name of the province
  • where the book is set
  • that the book is about
  • where the publishing house is located
  • where the author was born and/or resides
If the book meets the above criteria for more than one province, the province names are separated with a semi-colon. If the location in Atlantic Canada is not specified, but the book is obviously Atlantic Canadian, it is marked "General."

Resources

The following resources have been used in the construction of this database

List of Search Terms used in conducting research for Portolan:

Geographical Locations:


Cultures:


History:


Publishing Houses:


Specific author names, when other sources indicate that they meet the criteria for inclusion.

Specific book titles, when other sources indicate that they meet the criteria for inclusion.

Individual author names and book titles from print resources.