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tâpwê êkwa mamâhtâwastotin (Tâpwê and the Magic Hat, Cree edition)

illustrated by Buffy Sainte-Marie & Michelle Alynn Clement, translated by Solomon Ratt
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: native american, values & virtues, self-esteem & self-reliance, native canadian, chapter books, country & ethnic, friendship

A Cree edition of  beloved Indigenous icon Buffy Sainte-Marie's chapter book inspired by oral histories and traditions. On a prairie reserve, Tâpwê receives a mysterious gift from Kokhom (grandma)—and finds himself on an unforgettable adventure. 

Tâpwê can’t wait to spend a week with his cousins on the other side of the Cree reserve—especi …

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Our Playground Rules!

by Kallie George, illustrated by Jay Fleck
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: imagination & play, friendship, values & virtues

Explore what it means to share space and have fun on the playground with this sweetly funny picture book of playground rules based in social-emotional learning.

There are so many reasons why our playground RULES!
 
1. Everyone gets a turn, no matter how long it takes...
2. We play fair (even when the weather isn't).
3. We try to be patient, which i …

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Be a Good Ancestor

by Leona Prince & Gabrielle Prince, illustrated by Carla Joseph
edition: eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: visionary & metaphysical, self-esteem & self-reliance, environment, values & virtues

Rooted in Indigenous teachings, this stunning picture book encourages readers of all ages to consider the ways in which they live in connection to the world around them and to think deeply about their behaviors.

Addressing environmental issues, animal welfare, self-esteem and self-respect, and the importance of community, the authors deliver a poign …

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For the Record

by Monique Polak
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 12
tagged: marriage & divorce, values & virtues, emotions & feelings, parents

A middle-grade novel thoughtfully explores the realities of parents’ divorce

Twelve-year-old Justine’s parents are recently divorced. She and her little sister, Bea, go back and forth between their parents’ homes in Montreal. Their mother, whose anxiety manifests as the need to control, believes that their father and beloved half-sister are a …

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Tanna's Lemming

by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, illustrated by Tamara Campeau
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: mice, hamsters, guinea pigs, etc., values & virtues, native canadian, polar regions

“Stories have hearts, just like people. And the heart of this story is true, even if the things said or done have been switched around a bit.”

In this follow-up to the critically acclaimed Tanna’s Owl, Tanna finds a small, grey lemming, far too cute to turn over to the scientist who has sent the children out to gather lemmings for his research …

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The Language of Flowers

by Dena Seiferling
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: insects, spiders, etc., values & virtues, environment

An adopted bumblebee learns the language of flowers from her floral family in this enchanting picture book, inspired by floriography, that celebrates one of nature's most important relationships.

Deep within a magical meadow, some lonely flowers receive a very special gift: a baby bumblebee in need. The flowers name her Beatrice, they care for her …

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One Summer in Whitney Pier

by Mayann Francis, illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux-Heikalo
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 4
tagged: baseball & softball, values & virtues, country life

A nostalgic picture book set in the diverse Cape Breton community of Whitney Pier from the duo behind Mayann's Train Ride, written by Nova Scotia's first Black lieutenant-governor.

School is out for the summer, but eleven-year-old Mayann Francis doesn't have much to look forward to. Her two best friends, Eunice and Betty, will be away and her older …

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La Merveille

illustrated by Terry Fan & Eric Fan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: insects, spiders, etc., values & virtues, imagination & play

 

See below for English description.

Une mystérieuse bille tombe du ciel et atterrit dans une communauté d’insectes. Les petites bêtes sont fascinées par cet objet mystérieux. L’araignée décide que la bille lui appartient et demande à ses concitoyens de payer des droits d’entrée pour l’approcher. Les insectes viennent de contrées é …

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