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Hope, Freedom & Peace: Kids' Version

  • Age: 4 to 18
  • Grade: k to 12
In many countries, people are fighting for their freedom and for peace. In honour of them, we have compiled this list to help teachers, librarians, and parents help kids understand the importance of peace—close to home and farther afield—and that they can help to make the world more peaceful.

Diversity in CanLit

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
Canadians have written a wide range of diverse books — here are a few to add to the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign. "We Need Diverse Books is a grassroots organization created to ... recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities." However, as Léonicka of #DiverseCanLit explains, a lot of the problem is that there is no cross-over in the genres. An immigrant story is marketed as *just* an immigrant story; a sci-fi Aboriginal narrative is marketed as *just* Aboriginal, not sci-fi; or their experiences are used as tropes and clichés. This is part of the problem—that diverse characters and backgrounds aren't reflected in all genres or story types.

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

  • Age: 17
  • Grade: 12
A list of books that have won the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, administered by the Faculty of Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kids' Books on Home

  • Age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
Notes from a Children's Librarian: Julie Booker: In 1997, when Hong Kong was transferred from Britain back to the People’s Republic of China, the school where I worked had an influx of Chinese families determined to make Canada their home. One five-year-old boy arrived on October 31st, to a parade of ghosts and monsters. He spent the day, refusing to move, tears streaming down his face, occasionally emitting a howl heard round the school. How could this possibly be his new home?

Kids and Crafts

  • Age: 4 to 12
  • Grade: p to 11
Kids love cutting out and drawing. Here are some books to guide their projects into masterpieces.

Books on Heroes for Kids

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
A list of books about Canadian heroes of all stripes for kids. Tweet us or write us on Facebook if you want to add more to the mix!

Booksellers' Picks for Tweens and Teens 2013

  • Age: 8 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
These are the middle grade and YA books chosen by the staff and owners at the following bookstores: McNally Robinson (Winnipeg and Saskatoon), Woozles (Halifax), Ella Minnow (Toronto), Kaleidoscope (Ottawa), and Babar Books (Montreal). The book begins with tween lit (to Seraphina) and moves to YA. fiction.

Winter Books for Little Kids

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
While we adults may bemoan the horrid ten minutes every morning scraping the car off, kids get pretty darned excited as the gray of late-fall morphs into the bright whiteness of winter. Here are some books to help them celebrate, with ages between 2 and 8 represented.

Reading British Columbia: Kids' Books

  • Age: 0 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
The final installment of our Reading British Columbia trilogy, this list includes great kids' lit set in BC.

Bullies Beware

  • Age: 3 to 18
  • Grade: p to 12
Books to help kids of all ages deal with the all-too-persistent problem of bullying. The list starts with non-fiction, moves to elementary, and then hits the YA scene. Many are award-winners or otherwise critically acclaimed. See the blog post on which the list is based at: http://49thshelf.com/Blog/2012/11/13/Bullies-Beware-Kids-and-YA-Books-for-Bullying-Awareness-Week