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The Magic Beads

by Susin Nielsen, illustrated by Geneviève Côté
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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Firefly

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

Finalist for 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 …

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L’Homme à la barbe hirsute

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

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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The Hermit

by Jan L. Coates
edition: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: friendship, homelessness & poverty

Eleven year old Danny was hoping to have a simple, fun summer, but his plans are derailed when developers threaten to build condos on his community’s beloved soccer field and when he cultivates an unexpected friendship with a hermit living in the nearby woods. Further uncovered secrets might just help Danny save the soccer field once and for all.

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