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Water, Water

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Jon McNaught
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 18
  • Grade: 5 to 12
tagged: survival stories, dystopian, homelessness & poverty

One morning Rafe wakes up to discover his bedroom is floating in a vast sea of water. An unforgettable middle-grade novel with elements of James and the Giant Peach meets Waterworld and The Road.

One morning Rafe wakes up to discover his bedroom is floating in a vast sea of water. Alone with only his dog for company, Rafe adapts to this strange new …


Sur la rue Tout-le-Monde

by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Emma FitzGerald
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: friendship, homelessness & poverty, drugs, alcohol, substance abuse, daily activities

Sheree Fitch's playful words lead you into this beautiful children's book and invite you to celebrate our gifts, our weaknesses, our differences, and our sameness. Marie Cadieux did a wonderful job of adapting into French Fitch's display of wit and mastery of words in quick, rollicking rhymes that are complemented by Emma Fitzgerald's lively illust …


The Magic Beads

by Susin Nielsen, illustrated by Genevieve Cote
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: school & education, violence, imagination & play, physical & emotional abuse, homelessness & poverty

It's seven-year-old Lillian's first day at a new school, and she's got butterflies in her tummy. When she learns she has to bring something for Show and Tell at the end of the week, her butterflies turn into grasshoppers. Lillian and her mother have just moved away from Lillian's abusive father and into a family shelter, leaving behind all of their …


Tough Like Mum

by Lana Button, illustrated by Carmen Mok
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: homelessness & poverty, emotions & feelings, parents

What does it mean to be tough? Kim finds out in this moving mother-daughter story about family hardship, vulnerability and love, perfect for fans of Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors.

Kim's mum is tough. Everyone says so. She can deal with unruly customers at the Red Rooster with a snap of her fingers.

Kim is tough, too. She doesn't need to wear a h …


The One with the Scraggly Beard

by Elizabeth Withey, read by Kelly Nakatsuka
edition: Audiobook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: homelessness & poverty, city & town life, emotions & feelings

A child tries to understand the life of a man he has seen sleeping under a bridge. The boy’s mother patiently answers his questions and explains how people’s life paths can be so different. The child observes the things he has in common with the man and wonders where his own path will lead.

The One With the Scraggly Beard is defined by a simple …



by Philippa Dowding
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, homelessness & poverty

Winner of the 2021 Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature - Text
Firefly lived in the park across from her mother’s home. It was safer there. But after the bad night happens, and her baseball-bat-wielding mother is taken away, social services sends Firefly to live with her Aunt Gayle. She hardly knows Gayle, but dis …


L’Homme à la barbe hirsute

by Elizabeth Withey, illustrated by Lynn Scurfield, translated by Rachel Martinez
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: homelessness & poverty, emotions & feelings, city & town life

Un enfant essaie de comprendre la vie d’un homme qui vit sous un pont. Sa mère répond patiemment à ses questions et lui explique comment des personnes peuvent suivre des parcours si différents. Le garçon remarque les similarités entre l’homme et lui, et se demande où le mènera son propre parcours de vie.
Dans le récit simple de L’Ho …

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