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Picture Books

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  • Age: 3 to 11
  • Grade: p to 12

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I's the B'y

The Beloved Folk Song

illustrated by Lauren Soloy
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: music, country life, imagination & play

For kids who love to sing and dance: this vibrant picture book shares lyrics from a classic folk song about community, culture, and the seaside.

  • Rhyming lyrics are easy to read and memorize and fun for the whole family.
  • Perfect for kids aged 3 to 8 who love dancing, singing, and the ocean.
  • The history of this famous ballad is explored in vivid …

Runs with the Stars

by Darcy Whitecrow & Heather M. O'Connor, illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: native canadian, horses, multigenerational

“Elders say they were always here. The horses were small, but strong.”
“Like me?”
“Like you.”

As they await the birth of a new foal, a man teaches his grandchild about the Ojibwe Horses that used to roam the forests of northwestern Ontario. The horses once ran wild and free, but when Grandfather was a boy, they almost disappeared. Now …


Sun in My Tummy

by Laura Alary, illustrated by Andrea Blinick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: flowers & plants, diet & nutrition, cooking & food, chemistry

The cooking of a healthy breakfast moves from parent-child bonding to an eloquent conversation about energy, the growth of plants, and the miraculous ways the sun’s light nourishes us all.

It began with the sun,
Who showers the earth
With heat and light—
Tiny packets of energy.

How does a home-cooked breakfast give a little girl the energy sh …


Abuelita and Me

by Leonarda Carranza, illustrated by Rafael Mayani
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: hispanic & latino, prejudice & racism, multigenerational

In this touching, empowering picture book debut, a girl and her beloved abuelita lean on each other as they contend with racism while running errands in the city.

Spending time at home with Abuelita means pancakes, puddle-jumping, and nail-painting. But venturing out into the city is not always as fun. On the bus and at the grocery store, people are …


The Tunnel

by Sarah Howden, illustrated by Erika Rodriguez Medina
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 12
tagged: emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, death & dying

A spare, powerful story about taking space to process difficult feelings 

After something bad happens, a boy feels sad and gray. Mom and Aunt Cheryl try to talk about it, but he feels like running away. So he picks up a shovel and starts digging a tunnel from his room, deep down and into the backyard. Out there, far from the lights of the house, …


Journey of the Midnight Sun

by Shazia Afzal, illustrated by Aliya Ghare
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: islam, cars & trucks, values & virtues, cultural heritage

This is the true story of the journey of the Midnight Sun Mosque.

In 2010 a Winnipeg-based charity raised funds to build and ship a mosque to Inuvik, one of the most northern towns in Canada’s Arctic. A small but growing Muslim community there had been using a cramped trailer for their services, but there just wasn't enough space. The mosque trave …


Sangeet and the Missing Beat

illustrated by Kiranjot Kaur
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: diversity & multicultural, multigenerational, music

Sangeet loves music, and she's good at composing it, too. Her favourite instrument is the tabla. One day, Sangeet hears all kinds of noises everywhere and together, they have the most incredible beat. But when she tries to play it on her tabla--something is missing! Will Sangeet be able to find her Missing Beat? Teacher resources available on publi …


The Gift of the Little People

A Six Seasons of the Asiniskaw Ithiniwak Story

by William Dumas, illustrated by Rhian Brynjolson
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: native canadian, pre-confederation (to 1867), diseases, illnesses & injuries, short stories

I don’t recall seeing books when I was a little boy. But the old people, they grew up listening to stories. And so, every night, when the old people were done their evening prayers, they would sit and they would tell us stories too.

At the time of the spring thaw, the Rocky Cree fill their canoes with furs, eager to trade with the new visitors in …