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Govern Like a Girl

The Women Who Became Canada’s First Ministers

by Kate Graham
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: politics & government, girls & women

Only twelve women have ever served as the premier of a Canadian province or territory, and only one has risen to the very top to serve as prime minister. In Govern Like a Girl, Kate Graham tells the stories of these thirteen women, from childhood to political power. Their experiences span three decades, every political stripe, and extend from coast …


Shannen and the Dream for a School

by Janet Wilson, read by Pamela Matthews
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: native canadian, politics & government, native american


All children have the right to a school…

This is the true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat, a Cree community in Northern Ontario, who have been fighting for a new school since the late 1970s when a fuel leak contaminated their original school building.

It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J. …


See Where We Come From!

A First Book of Family Heritage

illustrated by Scot Ritchie
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: customs, traditions, anthropology

In this perfect, kid-friendly introduction to the concept of family heritage, the five friends from Scot Ritchie's popular series participate in a Heritage Festival at their school.

Today is a big day for the five friends. Their class is hosting a Heritage Festival to celebrate the customs and traditions of people from all over the world. Martin, Sa …


Mad for Ads

How Advertising Gets (and Stays) in Our Heads

by Erica Fyvie, illustrated by Ian Turner
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 10 to 12
  • Grade: 5 to 7
tagged: media studies, psychology

This amusing and engaging behind-the-scenes look at advertising and its influence will help kids decode the ads that surround them every day and make smart decisions.

For children growing up in an advertising-saturated world, here's an eye-opening explanation of what advertising is, how it works and why that matters. The book covers the components o …


Follow Your Stuff

Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You?

by Kevin Sylvester & Michael Hlinka
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 12
tagged: money, business & economics

Get ready to go global!

Our cellphones, our clothes, our food: All are everyday things we consider essential, but we seldom think of what and who is involved in making them and getting them into our hands. In Follow Your Stuff, award-winning children’s author Kevin Sylvester and business professor Michael Hlinka team up again, this time to tackle …


Les Tragédies

by Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, translated by Olivier Bilodeau
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: drama

Les enfants sont parfois dépassés et effrayés par les événements tragiques et bouleversants qui font l’actualité. Dans ce livre, la pédopsychologue Jillian Roberts explique ce qu’est une tragédie et parle de la façon de gérer les émotions qu’un tel événement peut susciter. Elle traite aussi des comportements positifs qui résulte …


An Equal Shot

How the Law Title IX Changed America

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Dow Phumiruk
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: politics & government

"The book we needed right now." —Betsy Bird, A Fuse #8 Production
Helaine Becker'sAn Equal Shot is a nonfiction picture book introduction to the history and importance of Title IX as civil rights legislature, featuring illustrations by Dow Phumiruk.
You’ve likely heard of the law Title IX. It protects the equal rights of students, athletes, an …


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 …


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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