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Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians

Inspiring Stories of Courage and Achievement

by Lindsay Ruck, illustrated by James Bentley
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: cultural heritage, prejudice & racism, african american

This fascinating, full-colour illustrated book features over 50 amazing Black people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, sharing their incredible stories and accomplishments, past and present.

Among these amazing Black Atlantic Canadians are people who saved lives, set sports records (Delmore Willia …


Puppy in My Head

A Book About Mindfulness

illustrated by Elise Gravel
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: non-classifiable, emotions & feelings, dogs

Kids experience anxiety and can feel overwhelmed just like adults do, and this picture book serves as both a story and a step-by-step guide to help calm kids down. Ollie is the puppy living inside of our narrator's head, and when Ollie panics or is too energetic, the narrator feels that way, too! But she learns to handle the situation with her brea …


A World of Mindfulness

by Erin Alladin, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo; Rebecca Bender; Gabrielle Grimard; Tara Anderson; François Thisdale; Scot Ritchie; Miki Sato; Tamara Campeau; Emma Pedersen; Carmen Mok; Aino Anto; Sue Macartney; Dubois & Andrea Blinick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: non-classifiable, emotions & feelings

I am here. I know who I am. I breathe in the smell of sun-warmed grass and it fills my lungs with energy.  
Parents, educators, and health practitioners everywhere are recognizing the importance of mindfulness practice, particularly for children. Meditation and yoga are becoming common activities in kindergarten classes and beyond. Taking time to …


Why Do Families Change?

Our First Talk About Separation and Divorce

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

Separation and divorce are difficult on the entire family. Often young children blame themselves or are unsure of their place in the family if these events occur. Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts designed the Just Enough series to empower parents/caregivers to start conversations with young ones about difficult or challenging subject matter. …


Chinese New Year

A Celebration for Everyone

by Jen Sookfong Lee
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: other, non-religious, asia, emigration & immigration

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver and weaves family stories into the history, tr …


Follow Your Breath!

A First Book of Mindfulness

illustrated by Scot Ritchie
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: sense & sensation, emotions & feelings

Part of the popular Exploring Our Community series, here's the perfect child-friendly introduction to mindfulness.

Friends Yulee, Nick, Martin and Sally are at Pedro's house for a sleepover. Pedro is moving in a few days, and he's been feeling both sad about leaving his old house and worried he won't be happy in his new one. To try to help Pedro fee …


Emmy Noether

The Most Important Mathematician You've Never Heard Of

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Kari Rust
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: prejudice & racism, women

In this engaging and inspiring biography, a groundbreaking but relatively unknown woman finally gets her due as one of the most influential mathematicians of the twentieth century.

Emmy Noether is not pretty, quiet, good at housework or eager to marry --- all the things a German girl is expected to be in her time. What she is, though, is a genius at …


The Courage to Feel

For Young Children

by Andrew Seubert & Claire Malcolm
edition: Paperback
tagged: emotions & feelings

The Courage to Feel: For Young Children is designed to educate children towards emotional awareness and competence. In addition to describing the steps, activities to enhance learning via the use of common childhood experiences are presented throughout the book to provide multiple opportunities to learn through different learning styles.

Feelings ar …


International Day of the Girl, The

Celebrating Girls Around the World

by Claudia Dávila & Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance

This introduction to the International Day of the Girl and its worldwide significance encourages children to recognize their own potential to make change, providing both a perfect lesson in social justice and a celebration of girl power.

The United Nations designated October 11th as the International Day of the Girl, a day to increase awareness of …


This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes

How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: prejudice & racism, sociology, psychology

An essential overview of the science behind stereotypes: from why our brains form them to how recognizing them can help us be less biased.

From the time we're babies, our brains constantly sort and label the world around us --- a skill that's crucial for our survival. But, as adolescents are all too aware, there's a tremendous downside: when we do t …