Discover new Canadian books expertly chosen for K–12 classrooms

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Picture Books

Created by craigriggs
  • Age: 3 to 10
  • Grade: p to 12
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Picture books featured in the Winter 2022 Top Grade collection.

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A Sky-Blue Bench

by Bahram Rahman & Peggy Collins
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: special needs, self-esteem & self-reliance, school & education, diversity & multicultural

It's Afghan schoolgirl Aria's first day back at school since her accident. She's excited, but she's also worried about sitting on the hard floor all day with her new prosthetic "helper-leg."

Just as Aria feared, sitting on the floor is so uncomfortable that she can't think about learning at all. She knows that before the war changed many things in …

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Birds on Wishbone Street

by Suzanne Del Rizzo
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: emigration & immigration, birds, friendship, diversity & multicultural

A simple act of neighborly kindness and a bird that needs their aid helps former refugee Sami settle into his new community with new-found friend Moe

Moe’s neighbors on Wishbone Street come from all over the world, and she’s excited to meet the new boy who just arrived from Syria. Sami isn’t quite ready to talk about his past, but he loves bir …

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Loudest Bark, The

by Gail Marlene Schwartz & Lucie Gagnon, illustrated by Amélie Ayotte
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: lgbt, friendship

Samuel knows that their real name is Simone, but things at their house are too quiet to think about how to tell their parents. When Chloe the costume designer moves in across the street with a dog about to have puppies, life becomes bigger, more colourful, and louder. And so does Simone.Teacher resources available on publisher website: rebelmountai …

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The Sour Cherry Tree

by Naseem Hrab, illustrated by Nahid Kazemi
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: 2 to 12
tagged: death & dying, emotions & feelings, multigenerational, middle eastern & arab american

A heartwarming look at love, loss, and memorable objects through the eyes of a child by critically-acclaimed creators Naseem Hrab and Nahid Kazemi

"Deeply evocative ... A beautifully poignant celebration of memories of a loved one that live on in those that remain." — Kirkus Reviews – STARRED REVIEW

After her grandfather’s death, a young girl w …

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Lights Day and Night

The Science of How Light Works

by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Ellen Rooney
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: physics, how things work-are made

A young girl and her cat watch a firefly glow, make shadows in the sun and learn all about how light works in this accessible, kid-friendly introduction to the science of light.

Where does light come from? How does it work? What is it made of? Join a young girl and her cat on a journey of scientific discovery to find the answers to these questions a …

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I Hear You, Forest

by Kallie George, illustrated by Carmen Mok
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: environment, mammals, imagination & play, values & virtues

Kids will look forward to their next nature walk after reading this playful yet calming book about wonderful forest sounds.

The forest has lots to say… if you listen. 

When a child steps into the forest, her ears are open and her heart is too. She listens carefully and hears marvelous things. She hears the rustling of leaves sharing their secrets. …

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Researcher

by Abbie Saunders
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
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Why are Researchers important in the fight against Covid 19? Who do they help? What is their impact? Find out in this informative title.

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Paramedic

by Abbie Saunders
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
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Why are Paramedics important in the fight against Covid 19? Who do they help? What is their impact? Find out in this informative title.