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Character Education

The following selections are derived from Julie Booker’s ongoing column “Notes From a Children’s Librarian”, and are offered in support of Ontario school curriculum for character development.

The curriculum incorporates eight aspects of character development, including:

Respect

A Promise is a Promise
If the World Were a Village
One Well
The Crying Christmas Tree
Spork
Suki's Kimono
Small Saul
The Polar Bear Son
The Elders Are Watching
A River Ran Wild
Earth to Audrey
The Enchanted Caribou
How we saw the World 
I’m Here
Willow’s Whispers

Responsibility

Two Pairs of Shoes
Migrant
The Roses in my Carpets
Charlie Wilcox
Ladybug Garden
That Boy Red
The Nine Lives of Travis Keating
Duncan's Way
Hide and Sneak
The Secret Under My Skin
War Brothers
Gottika
A Simple Case of Angels
Voices from the Wild
Ryan and Jimmy Build a Well
If the World Were a Village
A Good Trade
How to Build Your Own Country
Princess Pistachio
The Whatever After Series
Breadwinner
I am a Taxi
On a Stormy Night
Chin Chiang and the Dragon's Dance
Jillian Jiggs
This is not my Hat
Child Soldier
Being Me
The Art of the Possible
Boy of the Deeps
The Red Sash
The Night Gardener 

Empathy

Migrant
Winter of Peril
No Girls Allowed
A Good Trade
Shannon and the Dream for a School
The Lion and the Bird
Red Parka Mary
The Crying Christmas Tree
Two Generals
Factory Girl
Every Day is Malala Day
Kids of Kabul
Morning on the Lake
Here Comes Hortense
No Ordinary Day
The Iron Man
Roses in my Carpets
Big Red Lollipop
A New Life
Gilmore's Gita Trilogy
The Road to Afghanistan
Ryan and Jimmy Build a Well
Flame and Ashes
The Day I Became a Canadian
Tiktala
For the Birds
Baboon
The Cat at the Wall
Rescue Pup
Asha's Mums
Voices from the Wild
Three Wishes
We Need to Go to School
Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress
The Cardboard Shack Beneath the Bridge
We Want You to Know: Kids Talk about Bullying

Kindness/Caring

Really & Truly
Big Red Lollipop
My Two Grandmothers
The Polar Bear Son
Lessons from Mother Earth
Voices from the Wild
Mr. Frank
Virginia Wolf
Small Saul
The Crying Christmas Tree
The Lion and the Bird
Hope Springs
Abby's Birds
Waiting for the Whales
Name Calling
The Legend of the Panda
The Secret of the Village Fool
Sidewalk Flowers
A Good Trade
Those Shoes
Silly Chicken

Teamwork

Luz Sees the Light
Parvana's Journey
Sacred Leaf
The Big Swim
The Silver Six
Baboon
Camilla Chameleon
Mattland
Any Questions?
Wolf Island
The White Horse Talisman
Mustang Mountain Books
The Enormous Potato
Dolphin SOS 
Solomon's Tree
The F-Team
Perfect Snow
Oddrey
Splinters
Our Corner Grocery Store
Small Saul

Fairness

Big Red Lollipop
Factory Girl
The Hockey Sweater

Shi-shi-etko
Shin-chi's Canoe
As Long as the Rivers Flow
This Land is My Land
Shannon and the Dream for a School
Mr. Hiroshi's Garden
Pay it Forward Kids
Our Rights
Yeny and the Children for Peace 
I Have the Right to be a Child
Viola Desmond Won't be Budged
You're Mean, Lily Jean
Noni Speaks Up
We Found a Hat
The Busy Beaver
Nana's Getting Married
The Stone Thrower

Honesty

No Ordinary Day
Flux
Gottika
Coyote's New Suit
This One Summer
Skim
The Lynching of Louie Sam
Charlie's Key
Coyote Columbus
Nothing Scares Us
This is Not My Hat
I Want My Hat Back
A Hat for Izzy Pipik
Orphan Boy
Mud Puddle
Purple, Green, and Yellow 
Angela's Airplane
My New Shirt
Ella May and the Wishing Stone

Cooperation

Baboon
Any Questions
Mattland
Luz Sees the Light
A Tree in a Forest
Wolf Island
Ladybug Garden
Dolphin SOS
Ryan and Jimmy Dig a Well
Walk on the Wild Side
Up the Creek
Stranded
Boy of the Deeps
The Enormous Potato
Franklin Plays the Game
Mortimer
Matthew and the Midnight Tow Truck
Bone Button Borscht
The Wolf Birds
Murmel, Murmel, Murmel
Clara and the Bossy
The Mole Sisters and the Moonlit Night
The Mole Sisters and the Cool Breeze
Cat Magic
Not a Drop to Drink 
Something Good  

Integrity

A Promise is a Promise
The Polar Bear's Son
Naomi's Road
A Simple Case of Angels
One Peace
Every Day is Malala Day
Charlie Wilcox
Morning on the Lake
The Lynching of Louie Sam
Charlie's Key
Suki's Kimono
Noni Says No
Noni Speaks Up
The Princess and the Pony
Sidewalk Flowers
A Handful of Seeds
Cremation of Sam McGee
Swan
The Man With the Violin

Perseverance

Airborn
Baboon
Charlie Wilcox
The Lynching of Louie Sam
A Horse Called Farmer
From Vimy to Victory 
Dance of the Banished 
Smelly Socks
Orphan Ahwak 
Terry Fox 
Sergeant Gander: A Canadian Hero 
Sadie the Ballerina 
Sam and Dave Dig a Hole
Our Heroes 
The Stone Thrower
The Most Magnificent Thing
Boy in Motion: Rick Hansen's Story
Caramba
Little Hummingbird
Ten Birds
Ten Birds Meet a Monster
Jeremiah Learns to Read
Sky Colour
Amos’s Sweater