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Speaking Our Truth

A Journey of Reconciliation

by Monique Gray Smith
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: prejudice & racism, customs, traditions, anthropology, values & virtues

Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survi …

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Birthdays

Beyond Cake and Ice Cream

by Nikki Tate & Dani Tate-Stratton
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: birthdays, customs, traditions, anthropology

Inspired by memories of fantastic family birthday parties, mother-and-daughter team Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton researched the history of birthdays in order to answer such questions as, How much does where you grow up influence the way you celebrate getting a year older? Have people always celebrated birthdays? The more they investigated, the …

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All the Dirt

A History of Getting Clean

by Katherine Ashenburg
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: personal hygiene, customs, traditions, anthropology

Cleanliness is next to godliness. At least that was the point of view espoused by John Wesley in 18th century England. But accounts of people bathing go back to the Bronze Age in the Indus Valley. All the Dirt on Getting Clean is a lively, informative exploration of the evolution of keeping clean. Starting with a number of myths about cleanliness, …

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A Beginner's Guide to Immortality: From Alchemy to Avatars

by Maria Birmingham, illustrated by Josh Holinaty
edition: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: exploration & discovery, folklore & mythology, inventions, customs, traditions, anthropology, discoveries

Is it possible to live forever? People have been trying to figure out a way to escape mortality since, well, forever. This book takes readers on a fast-paced tour of several wacky and wise methods humans have used to try prolonging their lives, from ancient immortality elixirs and quests for a fountain of youth to modern-day research into cryogeni …

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The Art of the Possible

An Everyday Guide to Politics

by Edward Keenan, illustrated by Julie McLaughlin
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 8
tagged: politics & government, customs, traditions, anthropology, values & virtues, sociology

We all know what a politician looks like, right? They’re old people who wear suits and make long, boring speeches full of indecipherable words. Not so fast! As The Art of the Possible explains, everyone is a politician — even young people who aren’t yet eligible to vote. We all have influence over how politics function.
But what are politics …

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Branching Out

How Trees Are Part of Our World

by Joan Marie Galat, drawings by Wendy Ding
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: trees & forests, environmental conservation & protection, customs, traditions, anthropology

Trees have been around for nearly 400 million years, and today about 25,000 species of trees have been identified. We've relied on trees for everything from fuel, food, and medicine to building railways. Today, trees still touch our lives in countless ways. But what do we really know about them?
Branching Out takes an in-depth look at these incredi …

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