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The Corn Chief

by Karen Whetung, photographs by Lindsay Delaronde
edition: Hardcover
tagged: values & virtues

With the wizened old chief set to step down, young Linny dreams of being chosen as his replacement. As she struggles to pass his test, Linny learns with the help of her family what it really takes to become chief...in the most unexpected way. This story is told with the help of traditional cornhusk dolls. Corn dolls protect the home, livestock, and …

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The Witness Blanket

Truth, Art and Reconciliation

by Carey Newman & Kirstie Hudson
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: prejudice & racism, cultural heritage, native canadian

For more than 150 years, thousands of Indigenous children were taken from their families and sent to residential schools across Canada.

Artist Carey Newman created the Witness Blanket to make sure that history is never forgotten. The Blanket is a living work of art—a collection of hundreds of objects from those schools. It includes everything from …

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You Know, Sex

Bodies, Gender, Puberty, and Other Things

by Cory Silverberg & Fiona Smyth
edition: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: adolescence, social topics, homosexuality

A completely new approach to learning about puberty, sex, and gender for kids 10+. Here is the much-anticipated third book in the trilogy that started with the award-winning What Makes a Baby and Sex Is a Funny Word

In a bright graphic format featuring four dynamic middle schoolers, You Know, Sex grounds sex education in social justice, covering no …

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El salto largo

La historia de Jean-Baptiste Alaize

by Francesca Cavallo, illustrated by Kezna Dalz
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: sports & recreation, special needs, diversity & multicultural, olympics

Escrito por Francesca Cavallo, autora de Cuentos de buenas noches para niñas rebeldes, uno de los libros más vendidos según el New York Times.

Esta es la verdadera historia de Jean-Baptiste Alaize.
Ahora, un atleta excepcional y saltador de largo, Jean-Baptiste perdió su pierna derecha cuando tenía solo tres años durante la guerra civil en Bur …

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What Happens When a Loved One Dies?

Our First Talk About Death

by Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook Audiobook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: death & dying, emotions & feelings

Whether children are experiencing grief and loss for the first time or simply curious, it can be difficult to know how to talk to them about death.

Using questions posed in a child’s voice and answers that start simply and become more in-depth, this book allows adults to guide the conversation to a natural and reassuring conclusion. Additional que …

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Journey of the Midnight Sun

by Shazia Afzal, illustrated by Aliya Ghare
edition: eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: islam, cars & trucks, values & virtues, cultural heritage

This is the true story of the journey of the Midnight Sun Mosque.

In 2010 a Winnipeg-based charity raised funds to build and ship a mosque to Inuvik, one of the most northern towns in Canada’s Arctic. A small but growing Muslim community there had been using a cramped trailer for their services, but there just wasn't enough space. The mosque trave …

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Pink, Blue, and You!

Questions for Kids about Gender Stereotypes

by Elise Gravel & Mykaell Blais
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: homosexuality, body

Simple, accessible, and direct, this picture book is perfect for kids and parents or teachers to read together, opening the door to conversations about gender stereotypes and everyone's right to be their true selves.
 

Is it okay for boys to cry? Can girls be strong? Should girls and boys be given different toys to play with and different clothes to …

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