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Silver Birch Express Award 2020

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 4 to 12
  • Grade: k to 7
tagged: forest of reading, award nominees
The Silver Birch Express Award is comprised of fiction and non-fiction titles and is geared to reluctant readers and is typically suited for Grades 3 and 4. The Forest of Reading® is Canada's largest recreational reading program! This initiative of the Ontario Library Association (OLA) offers ten reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages.

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Megabat

by Anna Humphrey, illustrated by Kass Reich
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: chapter books, friendship, nocturnal

A sweet and hilarious chapter book about a boy and a bat, two unlikely friends who bond over loneliness, jellyrolls and Darth Vader.

Daniel Misumi has just moved to a new house. It's big and old and far away from his friends and his life before. AND it's haunted . . . or is it?

Megabat was just napping on a papaya one day when he was stuffed in a box …

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Wicked Nix

by Lena Coakley
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: siblings

Mischievous woodland fairy Nix is up to no good. His beloved fairy queen has gone away, leaving him with a very important job: protecting the forest from a most dangerous enemy—humans.

When a determined invader trespasses on his territory, Nix’s skills are put to the test as he invents several wicked tricks to chase the sorry fellow away. But wh …

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Light a Candle

by Godfrey Nkongolo & Eric Walters, illustrated by Eva Campbell
edition: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: boys & men, africa, adolescence

In the northeast of what is now the country of Tanzania sits Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa. At the base of the mountain live the Chagga people, known throughout the region as the caretakers of the mountain.

Co-written by Eric Walters and Godfrey Nkongolo, Light a Candle weaves nonfiction with fiction to tell the story of a boy co …

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Dragons in a Bag

by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Geneva B
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: fantasy & magic, mythical, african american

The dragon's out of the bag in this diverse, young urban fantasy from an award-winning author--with two starred reviews!

When Jaxon is sent to spend the day with a mean old lady his mother calls Ma, he finds out she's not his grandmother--but she is a witch! She needs his help delivering baby dragons to a magical world where they'll be safe. There a …

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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Tom Longboat

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: sports & recreation, native canadian

 

Meet Tom Longboat, the Onondaga runner who broke world records . . . on his own terms!

On April 19, 1907, a hundred thousand people lined up to watch the eighth running of the Boston Marathon. At the start of the race, more than one hundred runners surged forward, and at the end, Tom Longboat won it in a record-breaking 2 hours,24 minutes and 24 se …

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Earthrise

Apollo 8 and the Photo That Changed the World

by James Gladstone, illustrated by Christy Lundy
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: discoveries, media studies, astronomy, 20th century

1968 was a year of unrest: many nations were at war. People marched for peace, fairness, and freedom. At the same time, the Apollo 8 crew was about to go farther into space than anyone had gone before—to the moon.
As they surveyed the moon’s surface, astronauts aboard Apollo 8 looked up just when Earth was rising out of the darkness of space. …

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Go Show the World

A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes

by Wab Kinew, illustrated by Joe Morse
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: native american, native canadian

"We are a people who matter." Inspired by President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea and former NASA astronaut John Herrington.

Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerf …

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Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein

by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Julia Sarda
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: european, books & libraries, girls & women

The inspiring story of the girl behind one of the greatest novels -- and monsters -- ever, perfectly timed for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein. For fans for picture book biographies such as I Dissent or She Persisted.

How does a story begin? Sometimes it begins with a dream, and a dreamer. Mary is one such dreamer, a little …