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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Great Biographies

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Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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Here are some great biographies for Grades 3 to 6, part of both the Reading and Writing curricula.

Book Cover Dennis Lee

Weigl’s Canadian Writers Series is aimed specifically at students writing a biography, and it includes Dennis Lee, Gordon Korman (whose first book was an English assignment, mailed to the Scholastic Arrow Book Club address, at age 12), Jean Little, and Melanie Watt. Each book is organized in a way that students can see how a biography might be structured (e.g., Introduction, School Years, Early Writing, Successes, etc.) and includes writing prompts, creative writing tips from the author, and a quiz. Weigl has other series: Canadian Explorer, Canadian Prime Minister and Aboriginal Biography. These also teach the format of a biography along with a concept web and Internet resources. Grades 4–6.

The Scholastic Canada Biographies, by Maxine Trottier, with various illustrators, does it differently with each book highlighting five figures in each of the following: Artists, Explorers, Stars (e.g., Mike Meyers, Celine Dion), Pioneers, Heroes, Leaders (e.g., Pierre Trudeau), Greats (e.g., Billy Bishop), and Inventors. The format includes short chapters with photos, drawings, images of artifacts, and posters of the time. Grades 4–6.

Elizabeth MacLeod has a knack for choosing just the right facts to keep the reader engaged in Kids Can Press’s biographical series about artists, inventors, and scientists. For example, in Alexander Graham Bell: An Inventive Life, MacLeod tells of Bell’s early sound experiments in which he massaged his dog’s vocal cords to say, “How are you, grandmama?” Lucy Maud Montgomery: A Writer's Life is also a wonderful read. Grades 3–6.

The Kids Book of Great Canadians, also by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by John Mantha, is chockablock with bite-size bios and fact boxes. Divided into explorers, scientists, artists, government, sports, and Nobel This series is a great springboard for further research. There’s also The Kids Book of Great Canadian Women, by the same author and illustrator, and The Kids Book of Black Canadian History, by Rosemary Sadlier, illustrated by Quijun Wang. Grades 3–6. 

Lorimer’s Record Books series comprises inspirational tuck-in-your-back-pocket paperbacks with a smattering of black and white photos. Titles include Annaleise Carr: How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer, by Annaleise Carr as told to Deborah Ellis, (nominated for the Silver Birch Award), Knockout! How "Little Giant" Tommy Burns Became the World Heavyweight Champion Overcame Poverty and Always Looked Out for the Underdog, by Rebecca Sjonger, and Champion for Health: How Clara Hughes Fought Depression to Win Olympic Gold, by Richard Brignall. Grades 4–12.

Book Cover Hayley Wickenheiser

Saunders’ Canada's Hockey Greats series by Press Box Books will inspire kids to write biographies. The first page drops the reader into a tense moment or game in the player’s career, and is then followed up with background information and a chronology of events in manageable chapters, text boxes, and photos. At the back is a timeline, “at a glance” career bullet points, glossary, and website/book lists for further research. Titles include Hayley Wickenheiser, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby. Grades 4–6.

Kids Who Rule: The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs, by Charis Cotter, is a compelling read. Nominated for the Silver Birch Award, this book chronicles the fascinating foreign existences of King Tut, Mary Queen of Scotland (engaged to be married at age four), two-year-old Puyi, emperor of China, who spent his life in the Forbidden City, as well as the Dalai Lama’s unique childhood. Grades 5–6.

The 10 series includes Greatest Canadian Female Trailblazers by Rose Fine-Meyer and The 10 Most Inspiring Canadians by Kathryn L. Whitfield. Today’s visual learner will love the large glossy format, full-colour photos, and quick facts. Each book counts down with a four-page spread for each of the chosen 10. There's just enough information, along with some higher-level thinking questions to inspire further inquiry. Grades 4–6.

The Capstone Pebble Plus Canadian Biography series, for the younger crowd, includes Patrick Chan, Terry Fox, Chris Hadfield, Stephen Harper, Robert Munsch, Carey Price, and Barbara Reid. Three to four sentences per page and an accompanying photo place events on a cumulative timeline—perfect for teaching research. Grades 1–3.

Fitzhenry & Whiteside's Larger Than Life series includes famous Canadians Tim Horton, Rick Hansen, and Robert Munsch. Great for in-depth research (and a good read). Did you know that Paperbag Princess and Love You Forever are the bestselling books ever written by a Canadian author, selling 1 million copies each year? Grades 4–6.

Fitzhenry and Whiteside’s series, The Canadians, includes titles such as Ernie Coombs, Joseph Brant, Tommy Douglas, and Alexander Graham Bell. Grade 6.

Second Story Press’s First Nations series includes Environmentalists, Musicians, Great Women and Men, and Athletes. Short chapters with black and white photos. Grade 6.

Book Cover Terry Fox A Story of Hope

In Terry Fox: A Story of Hope, by Maxine Trottier, old family photos make the story personal and poignant. Grade 2+.

The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone: The Story of Tom Longboat, by Jack Batten, is an interesting in-depth look at the life of this long-distance runner (and member of the Onondaga Nation) who broke records and ran in the 1908 Olympics. Grade 6+.

Shannen and the Dream of a School is the compelling true story of Shannen Koostachin, the Northern Ontario girl who raised global awareness of the Attawapiskat First Nations’ fight to get a new school after a fuel spill. It anchors the reader in a story before introducing facts that might otherwise be less meaningful to a young reader. Also by Janet Wilson, Severn and the Day She Silenced the World is the story of David Suzuki’s daughter’s environmental path which led her to speak to world leaders in 1992. Grades 4–6.

Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything, by Anne Dublin, reads like a novel about a girl who defied views about women. Immigrating to Barrie with her family in the 1920s, Rosenfeld's incredible athletic skills led her to become one of six women in the 1928 Olympics. Grade 6.

A Brush Full of Colour: The World of Ted Harrison, by Margariet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson (a past Silver Birch Award nominee) reads like a picture book about the development of Harrison's distinctive style. The book includes key paintings and thought-provoking questions. Grades 4–6.

In The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson: An Introduction, by Ann Newlands, each painter’s background is accompanied by paintings to illustrate the Group's collective style. Grade 6.

Biographical Picture Books

When Emily Carr Met Woo, by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths, is a picture book about Carr’s beloved pet monkey and how he almost died after eating some paint. An afterword gives an overview of Carr's life and career. Grades K–4.

book Cover Emily Carr at the Edge of the World

Emily Carr: At the Edge of the World, by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse, is a great read-aloud. Grade 5+.

Book Cover Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker, by Robbie Robertson, illustrated by David Shannon, includes a CD of the story of how the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy was formed. The Peacemaker was a spiritual leader with a stutter who wanted to unite the five nations of Iroquois people so he took along Hiawatha, a great speaker. The consensus decision-making council of the Six Nations was used as a role model and is said to have influenced Benjamin Franklin and others who wrote the US Constitution.

The Stone Thrower, by Jael Ealey Richardson, illustrated by Matt James, is the childhood story of Chuck Ealey, the first Black quarterback to win the Grey Cup. Ealey's stone throwing helped to lead him out of poverty and a difficult upbringing. Grades 1–4.

The Darkest Dark, by Chris Hadfield, illustrated by the Fan Brothers, is a Blue Spruce Award-winning tale of how the astronaut overcame his fear of the dark, inspired by Neil Armstrong’s walk on the moon. Grades 1–3.

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged!, by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki, tells of Desmond being arrested after refusing to move to the rear of a movie theatre. The book features gripping illustrations and a relaxed story-telling style, with a one-page synopsis describing Desmond’s role in African Canadian history. Grades 1-4.

Boy in Motion: Rick Hansen’s Story, by Ainslee Manson, illustrated by Renne Benoit, recounts the accident that put Rick Hansen in a wheelchair and the subsequent events that lead to his Man in Motion Tour. Grades 3–5.

All Aboard! Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine is the story of McCoy’s life as an inventor and how he made train travel faster and safer in the late 1800s. By Monica Kulling, illustrated by Bill Slavin, this book is part of the Tundra Books series that illustrates biographical stories. Grades 1–4.

Laura Secord, by Janet Lunn, illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse, is the story of Secord's role in War of 1812. With her husband wounded, Secord overheard American soldiers plotting an attack and walked 20 miles through the night to warn the Canadian army. Biographical info follows in the epilogue. Grades 2–4.

Laura: A Childhood Tale of Laura Secord, by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Karen Reczuch, is a good companion piece to the previous book, about Laura bravely helping her beloved cow who has given birth deep in the forest. Grades 1–4.

Book Cover Mathieu Da Costa: First to Arrive

Mathieu Da Costa: First to Arrive, by Itah Sadu, illustrated by Roy Condy, is a song in book form (with CD) about the first free African in Canada. Da Costa worked as a translator between natives and early explorers such as Samuel de Champlain.

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On her first day as teacher-librarian, Julie Booker was asked by a five-year-old if that was her real name. She's felt at home in libraries since her inaugural job as a Page in the Toronto Public Library. She is the author of Up Up Up, a book of short stories published by House of Anansi Press.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 21, 2018

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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Artists

by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Tony Meers
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 3
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Meet five outstanding Canadian artists who reveal our country through their magnificent works of art. Learn about the lives of five renowned Canadian artists whose paintings represent Canada, each in a very different style. Loaded with full colour illustrations and photographs, this book includes the biographies of Cornelius Kreighoff, who recorded …

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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Explorers

by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Tony Meers
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 3
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Meet five amazing adventurers and learn about their historic Canadian journeys. Meet five explorers whose travels opened up our country! Packed full of illustrations and photographs, this book includes the biographies of Pierre de La Verendrye and Samuel Hearne, as well as Jacques Cartier, who gave Canada its name; Samuel de Champlain, the founder …

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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Stars

by Maxine Trottier
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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Learn how five Canadian entertainers traveled the road to fame and fortune. Included are the lives of Celine Dion, Michael J. Fox, Tom Jackson, Mike Myers and Shania Twain. This book is packed with photographs and written for 7- to 9-year olds to read themselves.

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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Pioneers

by Maxine Trottier; Lea Daniel & Alan Daniel
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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Read the amazing true stories of five pioneers who helped shape our country. Follow Marie-Anne Gaboury as she treks across Canada with her husband. Learn how Louis Hébert became the first habitant as he made his living as a farmer. All the stories will make you appreciate how this country came to be.

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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Heroes

by Maxine Trottier
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 4
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Read fascinating biographies of five heroic Canadians who have confronted danger or adversity in brave, resourceful and admirable ways. Included are Madeleine de Verchères, the young defender of the family fort in New France; Dr. Norman Bethune, the innovative surgeon of war-torn Spain and China; Sergeant Tommy Prince, whose daring exploits made h …

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Scholastic Canada Biographies: Canadian Inventors

by Maxine Trottier
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
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Five fascinating biographies of some of the most famous Canadian inventors who ever lived. From Alexander Graham Bell and the telephone, to James Naismith and the game of basketball, this book is written in easy-to-understand language and is a terrific introduction to Canadians who have changed how we live today

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Lucy Maud Montgomery

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by John Mantha
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover Paperback Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: literary

Meet Lucy Maud Montgomery --- world-famous author. The story of her dedication to her craft and the creation of Anne of Green Gables, her best-loved novel, is told in level-appropriate language and detailed illustrations. A Level 3 first reader.

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Kids Book of Great Canadians, The

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by John Mantha
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
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Canada is the world's second largest country, but Canadians are second to none. Many of our extraordinary men, women and children have been recognized worldwide for their contributions to exploration, science and technology, business, the arts, government and sports.

Featuring fact boxes, quotes, a timeline and more, this title in the Kids Book of …

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Kids Book of Great Canadian Women, The

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by John Mantha
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: historical, girls & women

From artists and inventors to astronauts and engineers, Canadian women have played an extraordinary role in the development of Canada. In this title in the Kids Book of series, meet more than 130 women and read about their amazing feats in exploration, science, the arts, politics and many other fields. Some made their mark hundreds of years ago, wh …

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The Kids Book of Black Canadian History

by Rosemary Sadlier, illustrated by Qijun Wang
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
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From the first Black person who came to Canada about 400 years ago to the most recent wave of African immigrants, Black Canadians have played an important role in our country's history. In this informative overview, kids will discover the inspiring stories and events of a people who fought oppression as they searched for a place to call their own. …

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Annaleise Carr

How I Conquered Lake Ontario to Help Kids Battling Cancer

by Annaleise Carr, with Deborah Ellis
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: sports & recreation, values & virtues, water sports

Over eight months worth of planning, hundreds of hours of hard physical training, amassing a team of dedicated crewmates, approaching sponsors and collecting donations -- and finally, swimming for twenty-seven hours across the cold, rough waters of Lake Ontario.

Why would a fourteen-year-old girl take on such a challenge?

For Annaleise Carr, the moti …

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Champion for Health

How Clara Hughes fought depression to win Olympic gold

by Richard Brignall
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: sports & recreation, women, depression & mental illness, ice skating, olympics, cycling

Clara Hughes has won multiple medals in both summer and winter Olympic Games. As a cyclist and speed skater, Clara pushed through pain to get to the finish line, trying to have her best race every day. Few knew that the same determination and focus were also needed to fight her own personal battles. Abusing drugs and alcohol from her early teens, C …

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Kids Who Rule

The Remarkable Lives of Five Child Monarchs

by Charis Cotter
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
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Tim Horton

From Stanley Cups to Coffee Cups

by Don Quinlan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 100
  • Grade: 4 to 17
tagged: sports & recreation

Rocky Mountain Book Award Shortlist, 2011

No Canadian can fail to recognize the name Tim Horton. For many, however, the name suggests coffee and donuts, especially "donuts with sprinkles". But Tim Horton was more than that. He was a tough but fair sportsman reknowned as the "strongest man in hockey". This junior biography presents his true story to …

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Rick Hansen

A Life in Motion

by Don Quinlan
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: social activists, special needs

2015 Golden Oak nominee

A biography for young readers of activist Rick Hansen

Rick Hansen suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 15 after a car accident. But it didn't stop him - during the 1980s he was active in the Paralympics as a wheelchair basketball player. He became inspired by Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope and when Terry Fox was forced to …

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Joseph Brant

by Roy Petrie
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: historical

Joseph Brant, the greatest Iroquois leader, was a powerful organizer of his own people and a loyal ally of the British colonial forces. Born in 1742, Brant gained his first battle experience at the age of thirteen, in the wars against the French. His loyalty to the British continued and by 1757 he had earned a commission as captain.

It was Brant wh …

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Terry Fox: A Story of Hope

A Story of Hope

by Maxine Trottier
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
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The first authorized biography written specifically for young readers! First published in 2005 in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the Marathon of Hope, Terry Fox: A Story of Hope was created in co-operation with the Terry Fox Foundation and the Fox family, and is the first authorized biography of Terry Fox written specifi cally for young r …

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The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone

The Story of Tom Longboat

by Jack Batten
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: olympics, track & field

Tom Longboat was a hero. A member of the Onondaga Nation, he was born on the Six Nations reserve in Oshwegen, near Brantford, Ontario. Despite poverty, poor training, and prejudice, Longboat went on to become one of the world’s best runners. In 1907, at the height of his fame, he won the Boston Marathon and ran in the 1908 Olympic Marathon. Longb …

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The Man Who Ran Faster Than Everyone

The Story of Tom Longboat

by Jack Batten
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: olympics, track & field

Tom Longboat was a hero. A member of the Onondaga Nation, he was born on the Six Nations reserve in Oshwegen, near Brantford, Ontario. Despite poverty, poor training, and prejudice, Longboat went on to become one of the world’s best runners. In 1907, at the height of his fame, he won the Boston Marathon and ran in the 1908 Olympic Marathon. Longb …

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Shannen and the Dream for a School

by Janet Wilson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: politics & government, native canadian, social activists, native american

The true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat First Nation, a Northern Cree community, who have been fighting for a new school since 1979 when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building. Shannen's fight took her all the way to Parliament Hill and was taken up by children around the world. Shannen’s dream contin …

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Severn and the Day She Silenced the World

by Janet Wilson
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: social activists, politics & government, environmental conservation & protection

Severn Cullis-Suzuki’s speech at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio caught the attention of the world. As the daughter of environmentalists David Suzuki and Tara Cullis, Severn's concern for the environment was fueled by a trip to the Amazon rainforest at age nine. Back home in Vancouver, she and her friends started ECO, the Environmental Children’s …

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Bobbie Rosenfeld

The Olympian Who Could Do Everything

by Anne Dublin
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: sports & recreation, women

Sportswriters agree that Bobbie Rosenfeld may be Canada’s greatest female athlete of the twentieth century. But her popularity was due to more than athletic brilliance; she was admired for her honesty and sense of fair play.

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A Brush Full of Colour

The World of Ted Harrison

by Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: art, post-confederation (1867-), painting

Ted Harrison’s brightly coloured and wildly imaginative paintings set in the Yukon have become synonymous with the North. His instantly-recognizable images of the land of the midnight sun hang in galleries and private collections around the world. But how did a boy who grew up in a drab mining town in northeast England become one of Canada’s mo …

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The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson

An Introduction

by Anne Newlands
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: canadian

An introduction to the artists who symbolize the Canadian spirit.

Canada's most renowned artists, the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson, celebrated the country's wild beauty. They saw in the untamed land a reflection of the national spirit, and called themselves "adventurers in paint."

For decades, their work has been instantly familiar to Canadian …

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When Emily Carr Met Woo

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: art, apes, monkeys, etc., painting

Emily Carr is one strange bird. She makes paintings nobody wants, keeps a houseful of animals, and often disappears into the woods in a tiny house on wheels. But even those used to Emily's eccentricities are surprised when she comes home from a trip to buy birdseed with a small, lonely monkey. In Emily's rambunctious household, Woo the monkey is no …

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Emily Carr

At the Edge of the World

by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: art, painting, historical

Shortlisted for the 2005-2006 Red Cedar Book Award, Nonfiction

Selected as Honour Book by the Children's Literature Roundtable Information Book of the Year

The brilliant artist Emily Carr lived at the edge. When she was born, in 1871, Victoria, British Columbia was a small, insular place. She was at the edge of a society that expected well-bred young …

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The Stone Thrower

by Jael Ealey Richardson, illustrated by Matt James
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: african american, football, cultural heritage

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up in a segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio. Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States.

Chuck Ealey grew up poor in a racially segregated community th …

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The Darkest Dark

by Chris Hadfield; Kate Fillion, illustrated by Terry Fan & Eric Fan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: science & technology, canada, emotions & feelings

Inspired by the childhood of real-life astronaut Chris Hadfield and brought to life by Terry and Eric Fan's lush, evocative illustrations, The Darkest Dark will encourage readers to dream the impossible.
Chris loves rockets and planets and pretending he's a brave astronaut, exploring the universe. Only one problem--at night, Chris doesn't feel s …

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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged

by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: women, post-confederation (1867-), prejudice & racism

Finalist for the 2011 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

"On behalf of the Nova Scotia government, I sincerely apologize to Mrs. Viola Desmond’s family and to all African Nova Scotians for the racial discrimination she was subjected to by the justice system . . . We recognize today that the act for which Viola Desmond was arrest …

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Boy in Motion

Rick Hansen's Story

by Ainslie Manson, illustrated by Renné Benoit
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
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The true story of a boy's courage and triumph, by an award-winning children's author and a renowned children's illustrator.

As a young boy, Rick Hansen loved fishing from the moment he dangled a willow fishing rod over the water and felt that first tug on the line. Then, on his way back from a fishing trip, his life was changed forever when the truc …

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All Aboard!

Elijah McCoy's Steam Engine

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Bill Slavin
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: historical, science & technology

In the second of Tundra's Great Idea series, biographies for children who are just starting to read, Monica Kulling presents the life of an extraordinary man.

There were few opportunities for the son of slaves, but Elijah McCoy's dreams led him to study mechanical engineering in Scotland. He learned everything there was to know about engines - how t …

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Laura Secord

A Story of Courage

by Janet Lunn, illustrated by Maxwell Newhouse
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: historical

Laura Secord never thought of herself as brave. She was gentle, shy, and soft spoken. But Laura was brave, and Janet Lunn tells her compelling story. A war between Great Britain and the United States was raging. The American political leaders were sure they would win the war. “It will be a mere matter of marching,” they said. For two years, fro …

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Laura

A Childhood Tale of Laura Secord

by Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Karen Reczuch
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
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This fictional story of a young girls courage sets the stage for the heroism that made Laura Secord a household name. When her cow, Peg, wanders off one day Laura follows her and soon finds herself deep in the forest. Peg dies giving birth and Laura struggles to bring the newborn calf home safely. The final pages include factual information about o …

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