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My Art, My World

by Rita Winkler, with Mark Winkler & Helen Winkler
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: special needs, parents, painting

Rita: Do we have any boxes?

Mom: Sure, Why do you need a box?

Rita: My teacher says I have to think outside the box!

Approaching her daily life with enthusiasm and a dry sense of humor, Rita rides public transit to her job working at a university coffee shop. She takes yoga and folk dance classes and enjoys drama and music at a day program, and she …



Women With Disabilities

by Helen Wolfe, illustrated by Karen Patkau
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: special needs, non-classifiable, girls & women

Around the world, people living with disabilities face barriers in the built environment, in employment and education, and in social attitudes and policies that can make it hard to live a full and satisfying life.

The ten women we meet in this book face physical and mental health challenges, some from birth and some who became disabled later in life …


Biographie en images : Voici David Suzuki

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: social activists, values & virtues, environmental conservation & protection


See below for English description.

David Suzuki, un universitaire canadien, vulgarisateur scientifique et environnementaliste, est en train de changer le monde. Lorsqu’il était jeune, David était passionné par la nature et par l’environnement. Plus âgé, grâce à des études en sciences et en zoologie, il a créé sa propre émission de t …


Math Hacks 2

Stress Less + Do Better

by Vanessa Vakharia, illustrated by Hyein Lee
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, non-classifiable


Feeling jinxed by geometry? Messed up by measurement? Antagonized by angles? Don't worry — help is here!



Written in The Math Guru's signature super-friendly style, Math Hacks 2 is packed with all-new advice on reducing math anxiety, de-stressing, self-care, test preparation strategies and how to make math your new BFF!

This full-colour book tack …



Self-Love, Yoga, and Making a Better World--A Handbook

by Ally Maz
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: yoga, self-esteem

A handbook for the self--a compassionate, honest, and personal guide to empowering yourself, and others, for a safer and more inclusive world.

BEING A TEENAGER can be a beautiful time in your life. But it can also be one filled with self-doubt, worries, and complicated relationships. Focusing on school and activities, friendship and family, feeling …


Baby Faces Feelings

by HarperCollins Publishers Canada
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 4
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: emotions & feelings, new baby

A first introduction to emotions, illustrated with real photos and perfect for tummy time!

How do you feel today?





This bright and beautiful board book is a perfect exploration of all kinds of feelings—and just the right size for little hands! Featuring engaging photos and a diverse group of babies, this is sure to be a stor …


The Doll

by Nhung N. Tran-Davies, illustrated by Ravy Puth
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: 2 to 4
tagged: emigration & immigration

A young girl and her family arrive in an airport in a new country. They are refugees, migrants who have travelled across the world to find safety. Strangers greet them, and one of them gives the little girl a doll.

Decades later, that little girl is grown up and she has the chance to welcome a group of refugees who are newly arrived in her adopted …


Carry On

Poetry by Young Immigrants

by Various contributors, illustrated by Rogé Girard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: new experience, emigration & immigration

A moving #OwnVoices poetry collection written by young newcomers to Canada
Carry On began in a high school in Outremont, Quebec, where author and poet Simon Boulerice conducted creative-writing workshops for young newcomers to Canada. As the students began writing, their poems gave voice to their reflections on leaving family, friends, and countr …



A Picture Book

by Thao Lam
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: cultural heritage, prejudice & racism, non-classifiable, asian american

An honest #OwnVoices story about growing up with a name that is unfamiliar to the kids around you, told with humor and heart by critically acclaimed author/illustrator Thao Lam
Even though it’s only four simple, familiar letters long, nobody can ever pronounce Thao’s name. She’s been called Theo, Tail, even Towel! But the teasing names—To …


How to Become an Accidental Activist

by Elizabeth MacLeod & Frieda Wishinsky, illustrated by Jenn Playford
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: social activists, non-classifiable, values & virtues

Just Get Started! Be Unstoppable! Dream Big! How to Become an Accidental Activist profiles almost 100 activists from around the world, including change-makers like Greta Thunberg, Pete Seeger and Lilly Singh. This book shows us how ordinary people have persevered throughout history to do extraordinary things to help themselves and others.

These acti …