The Charter for Children

This series introduces children to the basic principles of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Each story is set in a different province or territory and addresses topics such as racism, sexism, aboriginal rights, and religious freedom, relating them to the laws that prevent discrimination based on these differences.

The series seeks to empower children by providing them with a basic awareness of their rights and by fostering a respect for fundamental Canadian values.


Ages: 5 - 7

Language: English / French

ISBN (soft cover): 978-1-926776-99-6

ISBN (hard cover): 978-1-926776-98-9


Also available in French!


“This series is dedicated to the children of Canada.”

- Dustin Milligan
Dustin Milligan

Dustin Milligan is a native of Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island. He received a bachelor’s degree with double honours in history and political science from the University of Ottawa, and degrees in civil law and common law from McGill University. He has worked in the field of constitutional advocacy and litigation in Canada, South Africa, and Burma. He was called to the bar of Prince Edward Island in 2011.


Hi!  My name is Taylor.  I'm from Prince Edward Island, and I'm going to tell you about our right to choose a best friend.


Hi! I'm Aatma. I'm from St. John's, Newfoundland, and my story "The Golden Hook" is about our right to practice our faith


Hi! I'm Aliya. I'm a painter from Shediac, New Brunswick, and my story "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Lobster" is about our right to speak, sing, and laugh.


Hi! I'm Marie Castor, the beaver from Montreal Quebec.  My story "The Case of the Missing Montreal Bagel" is about our right to privacy and security


Hi! I'm Iqsituittuq and my home is Hudson Bay, Nunavut.  My story "The Plight Beneath The Northern Light" is about our right to meet and form groups.


Hi! My name is Noah and I'm from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.  My book "A Large Jaw in Moose Jaw" is about our right to participate and be included.


Hi!  My name is Alexander.  I'm from Okanagon Valley, British Columbia.  My story "Alexander the Grape" is about our right to be considered no matter how old we are.


Hi!  I'm Eva.  The Calgary Stampede is my home.  My story "In the Hoofsteps of Emooly Murphy" is about the right for boys and girls to be treated as equals.


Hi!  My name is Thanadel and I'm from the Northwest Territories.  In my story "The First Flock", I will tell you about rights based on Aboriginal heritage.


Hi!  I'm Bario Leblieux.  I'm a hockey player from Oxford, Nova Scotia.  In my story, I'm going to tell you about our right to learn in French or English.


Hi!  My name is Emma and I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  My story "Little Courthouse on the Prairie" is about standing up for yourself and the right to play and be free.


Hi!  My name is Sam and I'm from Dawson, Yukon.  My story "The Greyest Tale on the Yukon Trail" is about the right to be treated fairly no matter what colour you are.


Hi!  My name is Arahkun.  My story "An Unusual Thrill on Parliament Hill" is about me going to parliament and learning from Sir John Owl MacDonald himself that we are responsible for respecting the rights of others.


Hi! I'm Anne. I'm from Leamington, Ontario, and my story "Anne of Green Tomatoes" is about our right to be safe and secure.



Alexander the Grape

The right to be considered no matter how old you are

Nine-year-old Alexander the Grape dreams of becoming Oh-Grape Juice. But the Maturity Rule does not allow grapes to be considered before they reach age 10. Alexander and his friends get involved in the local election campaign. Will they be successful in getting the rule changed so they can become Oh-Grape Juice in the fall?


The First Flock

Certain rights based on Aboriginal heritage

Thanadel, a Canadian goose, and her family have been migrating south from the Northwest Territories for centuries. When a flock of crows moves in on the migrators’ resting grounds, the geese are forced off their land and struggle to survive. Will the flock be able to make peace with the crows and live in harmony?


Anne of Green Tomatoes

The right to be safe and secure

In the vines of Leamington, Ontario, lives Anne, a green tomato. Every day at the market, the red tomatoes are set out on display. When there is a shortage of red tomatoes, the veggislature orders that green tomatoes be painted red to fill the basket at the market. Anne must learn to outsmart the veggislature or be caught and painted for the market.


The Golden Hook

The right to believe and have faith

In St. John’s Harbour, Newfoundland, Aatma the cod is banished from his school for wearing a golden hook. This accessory holds significant symbolic value to followers of Newfinism, Aatma’s religion. For the other fish in the harbour, hooks are a symbol of danger. Aatma’s classmates plead with their teacher to make Aatma remove his hook or leave school.


In the Hoofsteps of Emooly Murphy

The right for boys and girls to be treated
as equals

The Calgary Stampede is home to many cows and bulls who work hard all summer to entertain tourists. Eva loves watching her mother give rides to children. When Eva learns that her mother is being paid much less than the bulls, she makes her voice heard. Will rallying the community draw enough attention from City Stall to change this unfair practice?


The Greyest Tale on the Yukon Trail

The right to be treated fairly no matter what
colour you are

Sam HusGee is determined to prove his athletic might but the dogsledding administration doesn’t want a grey dog to lead the team. Perhaps when trainer Dogavan Bailey works his magic, the administrator and the community will have second thoughts about Sam’s abilities—and all grey dogs for that matter!


The Plight Beneath the Northern Light

The right to meet and form groups

After an oil deposit is found in a town on Hudson’s Bay, Nunavut, the mayor sees his chance to get rich. He becomes consumed with greed, ignoring the voices of his community. In an effort to continue the oil project, he imposes the Two-Bears Rule. This rule prevents the bears from meeting to protest the oil project. Will the bears find a way to overcome this rule?


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Lobster

The right to speak, sing, and laugh

Aliya is an avid painter who loves expressing her creativity through art. But when her town of Shediac, New Brunswick is overrun by the Lob-Mob, she must use her talents as a visual artist to challenge the crabby gang that has a rule of silence imposed on everyone in the town. It is up to Aliya to use her talents as a visual artist to challenge the Lob-Mob and restore the town’s freedoms.


The Case of the Missing Montreal Bagel

The right to privacy and security

The Castor Family runs a successful bagel shop in Montreal. One morning, a mysterious Miracle Bagel is pulled from the oven but it soon disappears. The city is turned upside down in the Castor Cops’ efforts to locate the bagel and expose the thief. The beavers of Montreal, who are being searched with no respect for their privacy, are outraged!


The Two Two-eyed Potatoes

The right to choose a best friend

In a small warehouse, the potatoes are gearing up for the Potato Blossom Festival. The “Best Friends Rule” prohibits Taylor and Jordan from being best friends. The Potato Blossom Ball is approaching, and Taylor wants to take Jordan. Will the other potatoes open their hearts and allow the friendship to blossom?


A Large Jaw in Moose Jaw

The right to participate and be included

The passionate and musical moose Noah is confronted with discrimination based on his appearance when he tries to audition for Moose Jaw Idol. Driven by the inspiring music and careers of Canadian music stars such as Alanis Moosette, Noah is compelled to tell his story and raise awareness about the discrimination to which he is subjected!


Little Courthouse on the Prairie

The right to play and be free

Just outside of Winnipeg, there lived herds of athletes on the prairie. Bisonesse, the leader of the prairie, is taking over all the fields on the prairie in order to play hoofball! First, the soccer players are hoofcuffed and taken to the Bison Pen. Then it’s the lacrosse players. Will there be any bisons left to speak up to Bisonesse?


Bario Leblieux

The Right to be Taught in French or English

Bario's family is French-Canadian. In the hockey-loving blueberry patch of Oxford, most of the blueberries speak English. While the rest of his hockey team is excited about making it to the Stemley Cup finals, Bario has the blues. He is worried that he is slowly losing his ability to speak in French. How can Bario protect his language and culture in Oxford?

An Unusual Thrill on Parliament Hill

An Unusual Thrill on Parliament Hill

The responsibility to respect the rights of others

A raccoon named Arahkun travels all the way to Ottawa along with a group of young Canadians to tour Parliament Hill. Things quickly get out of control. With a pounding headache, Arahkun tries to get away. She stumbles upon a secret room where she finds Sir John Owl MacDonald, John Beefenbaker, and Hare Trudeau eating poutine, and ends up learning the most important lesson of all.



Review - Charter for children

Review by Lucienne Béatrice Koua Dubé, EAO, teacher, Gabrielle-Roy school, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, Toronto.


You have a noisy class in which certain students do not follow instructions or the school’s rules? Here is a resource you mind find useful. An Unusual Thrill on Parliament Hill is part of a 14 book series, The Charter for Children. With its playful characters, including Olivia the raccoon, the author makes students from 9 to 11 years old aware of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, whose concept can be complex and hard to understand. In this book, Olivia, while visiting Parliament Hill with a tiresome group of students, ends up in a room where former Canadian ministers are gathered, Sir John A. Machouettald, namely! The great man reminds her that our rights will only be respected if certain limits are. In relation to this book, you could organize, with your students, a brainstorming activity: ask them to name some rights and freedoms or to write a paragraph on their opinion of the book. In social studies, you can create opposing teams: those who militate for a right and those who think that, for a good protection, certain limits must be respected.


Peter Hogg

Leading Constitutional Scholar, Blakes

I read the first two books in The Charter for Children series last night, and I thought they were excellent. Nicely written, amusing, beautifully presented. I tried them out on my assistant this morning, and she loved them too!

Joseph Restoule General

Six Nations School

Each book exists in its own right as a wonderful story to share in a classroom, but as a series, the six books would create an excellent unit in almost any division in elementary classrooms.

Suzanne Pierson

Retired teacher - librarian

Clever, quirky, humorous, informative. It is hard to beat that combination. Then add in the fact that you need this series, and these books go to the top of the ‘Must Buy’ list.

Danielle M. Downing

Resource Teacher/Librarian, King George Public School

This one series has touched a school and I truly believe a seed of social justice and leadership has been planted. Thank you for giving us this opportunity to see an incredible side of our students.

Anika Paterson

Age 10, Montreal, QC

I really liked the book! It is funny! Whenever the beavers talk, they always rhyme and the beaver who stole the miracle bagel was always in the pictures.