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Two Amazing Books for Young Readers

by Kerry Clare

At a moment when so many of us are looking for inspiration and longing for visionary leadership, here are two extraordinary new releases.

Launchpad: West Coast Wild Babies, by Deborah Hodge

by Kerry Clare

"There are a growing number of books for young children that celebrate and encourage an appreciation for the natural world. I am happy to add to this …

Seeing the Forest AND the Trees

by Andrea Curtis

When self isolation and physical distancing has got your family cooped up, the next best thing might just be reading picture books about trees.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Catchy Beginnings

by Julie Booker

Great books with great starts.

Role Models for—Everyone!

by Helaine Becker

"And please don’t say these books are good for “girls.” Girls already KNOW what we can do. It’s everyone elsewho needs to be clonked over the head …

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Procedural Writing

by Julie Booker

Great books involving "how to" text, and also pictures and symbols showing steps in a procedure.

CanLit's Favourite Cakes

by Kerry Clare

For Family Literacy Day, we're celebrating delicious cakes (with recipes!) from classic Canadian picture books.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Descriptive Language

by Julie Booker

Beautiful books that exemplify descriptive language for Grades 1–6.

Picture Books We Loved in 2019

by 49th Shelf Staff

Picture books...they're not just for kids. They make perfect books for readers of all ages.


Notes from a Children’s Librarian: Self-Regulation, Organization, Initiative

by Julie Booker

The learning skills part of the report card is divided into areas such as Self-Regulation, Organization, Initiative—habits that affect all areas of …

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