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Wild Books About the Natural World

by Rachel Poliquin

Seriously fun non-fiction for middle-grade readers.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Drawing the Line

by Julie Booker

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: For the Love of Snail Mail

by Julie Booker

These picture books address the epistolary form in different ways—and high inspire some writing from holiday destinations this summer or to penpals.  …

Books Beat Boredom: 8 Things for Your Kids to Do this Summer

by Kerry Clare

Engaging titles that also suggest amazing ways to engage with and have fun in the natural world. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Text to Text

by Julie Booker

As part of the Language curriculum, primary readers are asked to make connections between books, identifying similarities. The following titles are paired …

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books About Math

by Julie Booker

Great books that complement the Primary Math curriculum and make for entertaining reads at the same time. 

10 Books for Young People to Read with PRIDE

by Kerry Clare

A selection of recent books by LGBTQ authors and/or featuring LGBTQ characters or themes—and also featuring hamsters, promposals, Walt Whitman, and …

Misfits, Marvelous Worlds and Magical Creatures in YA Fantasy

by Katherine Magyarody

Adventures don’t just happen to princesses and Chosen Ones…they also happen to lone wanderers and misfits.

How an Email to an Astrophysicist Changed My (Book’s) Life

by Ria Voros

YA Author Ria Voros explains how two literary worlds collided—and tells the amazing story of what happened next. 

Farley Mowat, Comics, SciFi and Manitoba

by Michael Hutchinson

A recommended reading list by Michael Hutchinson, whose Mighty Muskrats middle grade series launches with The Case of Windy Lake. 

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