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Yellow Cedar Award 2020

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 7 to 100
  • Grade: 2 to 17
tagged: forest of reading, award nominees
For the 2020 program year, the Forest of Reading consolidated our two school-aged non-fiction programs, the Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award and the Red Maple Non-Fiction Award, into one award program — the Yellow Cedar Award. It is a curated list of 10 non-fiction titles for grades 5–8. This Award will be given at the annual Festival of Trees in Toronto every May. The nominated titles will be announced with the other school-aged programs in October. 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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Beavers

by Rachel Poliquin, illustrated by Nicholas John Frith
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: mammals

Beavers, the first book in the new middle-grade nonfiction Superhero Field Guide series by Rachel Poliquin and award-winning illustrator Nicholas John Frith, is a delightfully informative, laugh-out-loud full-color look at the most unsuspecting of animal heroes, perfect for readers who like their facts served with a large dose of humor. 

Meet Elmer, …

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Too Young to Escape

A Vietnamese Girl Waits to be Reunited with Her Family

by Van Ho & Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: cultural heritage, multigenerational, modern, new experience, emigration & immigration

The 2019 USBBY Outstanding International Book and 2019 ILA Notable Books for a Global Society selection is now available in paperback!

One day they will send for her, but how long must Van Ho wait for her family to find a way to get her out of South Vietnam?

During the aftermath of the Vietnam War, Van wakes up one morning to find that her mother, he …

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Highrise

The Towers in the World and the World in the Towers

by Katerina Cizek, adapted by Kristy Woudstra
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: sociology, architecture

Adapted from the Emmy-winning, multimedia interactive documentary of the same name, Highrise is an in-depth exploration of the world's highrises and the people who live inside them.

From the multi-story dwellings of Ancient Rome to the soaring glass skyscrapers of today, humans have used highrises for thousands of years to house the poor, protect …

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Killer Style

How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History

by Alison Matthews-David & Serah-Marie McMahon, illustrated by Gillian Wilson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: clothing & dress, customs, traditions, anthropology, history of science, sociology

The clothes we wear every day keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style—but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed or even killed people. From silhouette-cinching corsets and combustible combs to lethal hair dyes and flammable flannel, this nonfiction book …

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Extreme Abilities

Amazing Human Feats and the Simple Science Behind Them

by Galadriel Watson, by (artist) Cornelia Li
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 10 to 100
  • Grade: 5 to 17
tagged: anatomy & physiology, fitness & exercise, curiosities & wonders

 

These people did what?!

 

Join author Galadriel Watson as she takes us on a journey of discovery—a tour of the human body’s amazing abilities, featuring masters of muscle, speed demons, brain bosses, and more! Extreme Abilities is a fun and fascinating survey of what humans are capable of, with examples from around the world and throughout histo …

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Follow Your Stuff

Who Makes It, Where Does It Come From, How Does It Get to You?

by Kevin Sylvester & Michael Hlinka
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 11 to 100
  • Grade: 6 to 17
tagged: money, business & economics

 

Get ready to go global!

 

Our cellphones, our clothes, our food: All are everyday things we consider essential, but we seldom think of what and who is involved in making them and getting them into our hands. In Follow Your Stuff, award-winning children’s author Kevin Sylvester and business professor Michael Hlinka team up again, this time to tackl …

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Hubots

Real-World Robots Inspired by Humans

by Helaine Becker, illustrated by Alex Ries
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: inventions, how things work-are made

Using increasingly sophisticated levels of artificial intelligence (AI) and embodied intelligence (EI), a new generation of robots is being designed to look, act and even think like humans. Hubots, or human-inspired robots, are expanding the boundaries of what robots can do. Here, ten different real-life hubots are described, highlighting each one' …

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My River

Cleaning up the LaHave River

by Stella Bowles, with Anne Laurel Carter
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 7 to 11
  • Grade: 3
tagged: environmental conservation & protection, experiments & projects, water (oceans, lakes, etc.)

Stella Bowles was a Grade 6 Nova Scotia student when she turned environmental activist to campaign against sewage pipes draining straight into the LaHave River. This is the inspirational first person account of Stella's Grade 6 science fair project which caught the eyes of the media, the public and government leaders propelling her into the limelig …