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Same Here!

The Differences We Share

by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Sophie Casson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: customs, traditions, anthropology, daily activities

Explore how kids around the world live and the common needs that unite them
Whether they live in Turkey, Thailand, or Uganda, kids around the globe share many things in common. They all have families, favorite foods, and hobbies. They all need to learn, eat, play, communicate, and dream.
Grounded in extensive research, this book by best-selling …

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Govern Like a Girl

The Women Who Became Canada’s First Ministers

by Kate Graham
edition: Paperback
also available: 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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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
also available: Hardcover
  • 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
also available: Paperback
  • 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, strik …