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Fight for Life!

How Sara Josephine Baker Saved the Lives of America's Children

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Renné Benoit
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: united states, diseases, illnesses & injuries, girls & women

This thoughtful and beautifully illustrated picture book shares the story of a trailblazer who has inspired generations of girls to change the world.

Sara Josephine Baker was a strong girl who loved adventure. Growing up in New York in the late 1800s was not easy. When she lost her brother and father to typhoid fever, she became determined to pursue …

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Louis Riel Day

The Fur Trade Project

by Deborah L. Delaronde, illustrated by Sheldon Dawson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: native canadian, canada, non-classifiable, post-confederation (1867-)

When a young boy is assigned a project about the fur trade by his teacher, he doesn’t know who to turn to because his mom works all day. With help from his grandfather and the internet, they travel back in time and discover how the fur trade began, a new people emerged, the Métis’ role in the fur trade, Louis Riel and the Red River Resistance, …

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Maurice and His Dictionary

A True Story

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Enzo Lord Mariano
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: historical, school & education, holocaust

This is the story of one refugee family’s harrowing journey, based on author Cary Fagan’s own family history. The graphic novel follows a young Jewish boy, Maurice, and his family as they flee their home in Belgium during the Second World War. They travel by train to Paris, through Spain to Portugal, and finally across the ocean to Jamaica, wh …

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The Boy Who Moved Christmas

by Eric Walters & Nicole Wellwood, illustrated by Carloe (Shan) Liu
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: christmas & advent, death & dying

It's October, but in seven-year-old Evan's town, every house is decorated for Christmas and a giant holiday parade is about to begin. The bump in Evan's head means he might not make it to December, so all his friends, family, neighbours, and thousands of strangers have moved Christmas just for him.

Evan is delighted to see the trees, the lights, an …

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Bobby Orr and the Hand-me-down Skates

by Kara Kootstra & Bobby Orr, illustrated by Jennifer Phelan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: hockey, siblings, canada

Even hockey legends start with hand-me-downs. A beautifully illustrated true childhood story about hockey great Bobby Orr.

Bobby eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. So when his birthday is coming up, he only wants one thing: new skates. He's seen the exact pair he wants in the shop window: sparkling blades, shiny leather, clean new laces tied in perfe …

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The Paper Boat

A Refugee Story

by Thao Lam
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: emigration & immigration, asia, multigenerational

New from Thao Lam, the award-winning author of picture books My Cat Looks Like My Dad, Wallpaper, and Skunk on a String, comes a personal story inspired by her family’s refugee journey.
In The Paper Boat, Thao’s signature collage art tells the wordless story of one family’s escape from Vietnam—a journey intertwined with an ant colony’s …

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A Super Sticky Mistake

The Story of How Harry Coover Accidentally Invented Super Glue!

by Alison Donald, illustrated by Rea Zhai
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: united states, 20th century

Everyone makes mistakes, and Harry Coover is no different. A brilliant scientist, Harry keeps making the same extra-sticky mistake, but he begins to wonder whether it's not such a mistake after all...
A fun story about the scientist, Harry Coover, who accidentally invented super glue!

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When Emily Was Small

by Lauren Soloy
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: imagination & play

A joyful frolic through the garden helps a little girl feel powerful in this beautiful picture book that celebrates nature, inspired by the writings of revered artist Emily Carr.

Emily feels small. Small when her mother tells her not to get her dress dirty, small when she's told to sit up straight, small when she has to sit still in school.

But when …

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Where Are You, Agnes?

by Tessa McWatt, illustrated by Zuzanna Celej
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: art & architecture, girls & women

Agnes Martin was born on the Canadian prairies in the early twentieth century. In this imagining of her childhood from acclaimed author Tessa McWatt, Agnes spends her days surrounded by wheat fields, where her grandfather encourages her to draw what she sees and feels around her: the straight horizon, the feeling of the sun, the movement of birds …

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