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An Inuksuk Means Welcome

by Mary Wallace
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: customs, traditions, anthropology, alphabet, polar regions

An inuksuk is a stone landmark that different peoples of the Arctic region build to leave a symbolic message. Inuksuit (the plural of inuksuk) can point the way, express joy, or simply say: welcome. A central image in Inuit culture, the inuksuk frames this picture book as an acrostic: readers will learn seven words from the Inuktitut language whos …

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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 …

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Working Toward Protecting the Planet

by Cynthia O'Brien
edition: Paperback
  • age: 11
  • Grade: 6
tagged: non-classifiable, environmental conservation & protection, sociology

This book looks at the impact of environmental activists, from John Muir to Rachel Carson, and the events that had wide-ranging impact, such as the Santa Barbara oil spill, the Standing Rock Sioux protest, and the campaigns by Indigenous communities around the world. Today, Earth activism is widespread and powerful, and often led by young voices, s …

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Working Toward Gaining Equality for Women

by Cynthia O'Brien
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 11
  • Grade: 6
tagged: non-classifiable, girls & women, sociology

Women make up about half the world's population, but women worldwide have had to fight for equal rights - to be able to vote, do the same jobs as men for the same rate of pay, own property, and have the same opportunities in education. This book looks at the campaigns fought throughout history, including suffrage movements around the world, strikes …

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Fight On!

Cape Breton Coal Miners,1900-1925

by Joanne Schwartz
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: post-confederation (1867-), politics & government

In early twentieth-century Cape Breton, coal mines stretched far out under the ocean. The workers, mostly men, but also children and ponies, spent all day in the dark, damp mines. Each day the workers descended into the mines, they risked never seeing sunlight or their families again. They were miserable and fearful, working in dangerous conditions …

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The Northern Lights (Inuinnaqtun)

by Diane Ellis
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6
  • Grade: 1
tagged: beginner, folklore & mythology, astronomy

Learn all about the northern lights!
This book is an introduction to the northern lights, what they look like, where they can be seen, what causes them, and traditional stories about them.

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A Last Goodbye

by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: death & dying, customs, traditions, anthropology, environmental science & ecosystems

How do we say goodbye to a loved one after they die? This book broaches a difficult topic in a heartfelt way by exploring the beauty in how animals mourn. From elephants to whales, parrots to bonobos, and lemurs to humans, we all have rituals to commemorate our loved ones and to lift each other up in difficult times.
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A One-Room School (revised edition)

by Bobbie Kalman
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8
  • Grade: 3
tagged: 19th century, pre-confederation (to 1867), customs, traditions, anthropology

This newly revised edition describes how building a school was a priority once an early community became established. Students of all ages shared one teacher and the same four walls year after year. A One-Room School describes how the teacher, a respected member of the community, was entrusted with the responsibility of teaching reading, ‘riting, …

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