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What the Kite Saw

by Anne Laurel Carter
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: imagination & play, emotions & feelings, middle east

In this memorable story, a young boy finds solace flying his kite from the rooftop after soldiers take his father and brother away.

Without his father and brother, the young boy’s life is turned upside down. He and his family have to stay inside, along with everyone else in town. At suppertime, he can’t stop looking at the two empty places at th …

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Travels in Cuba

by Marie-Louise Gay & David Homel
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: caribbean & latin america, travel, politics & government

Even for an experienced traveler like Charlie, Cuba is a place unlike any he has visited before — an island full of surprises, secrets and puzzling contradictions.

When Charlie’s artist mother is invited to visit a school in Cuba, the whole family goes along on the trip. But the island they discover is a far cry from the all-inclusive resorts th …

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City of Water

by Andrea Curtis, illustrated by Katy Dockrill
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: water (oceans, lakes, etc.), environmental conservation & protection, environmental science & ecosystems

The second book in the ThinkCities series explores water as a precious, finite resource, tracing its journey from source, through the city, and back again.

Living in cities where water flows effortlessly from our taps and fountains, it’s easy to take it for granted. City of Water, the second book in the ThinkCities series, shines a light on the w …

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My Heart Fills With Happiness / sâkaskinêw nitêh miywêyihtamowin ohci

by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett, translated by Mary Cardinal Collins, edited by Cree Literacy Network
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: emotions & feelings, native canadian

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful picture book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.
In …

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The Day the Rain Moved In

by Éléonore Douspis, translated by Shelley Tanaka
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: friendship, weather

In this beautiful picture book, the wondrous merges with the ordinary when it starts to rain … inside the house!

One day, it starts to rain in Pauline and Louis’s house. The whole family looks for the source of the rain, but nothing can be found! Dad tries to mop up the puddles that form on the floor, Mom holds an umbrella over her head to read, …

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The Dog’s Gardener

by Patricia Storms, illustrated by Nathalie Dion
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: friendship, dogs, pets

A dog delights in a summer day spent in the garden with his owner, an avid gardener.

When a dog named Dutch hears the gardener going down the stairs each morning, he anticipates her every move. But most of all, he waits for the beautiful words, “Okay, Dutch. Let’s go outside.”

It’s a bright summer day. Dutch stands back from the dark, dusty t …

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On the Other Side of the Forest

by Nadine Robert, illustrated by Gerard DuBois
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 9
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: friendship, non-classifiable, rabbits, environment

What’s on the other side of the forest? A young rabbit and his father are determined to find out in this modern picture book that feels like a classic, calling to mind the tender work of Beatrix Potter.

Some say that wolves, ogres, and giant badgers live in the forest beside Arthur’s house. That’s why no one ever goes in there, to see what’s …

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A Bear, a Hare, and Some Underwear

by Jory John, illustrated by Erin Kraan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: humorous stories

A hilarious picture book from #1New York Times bestselling author Jory John, paired with new illustrator Erin Kraan, about a bear whose friends help him make it through a bad day!
Jeff the bear has definitely forgotten something. He ate his breakfast, he watered his plant, he combed his fur…what could it be? Why does he feel so oddly off? So he …

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Lorsque j’étais un ours…

illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: bears, new experience, emotions & feelings

 

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Franchir des rivières tumultueuses, gravir des montagnes imposantes et traverser des forêts pleines d’arbres gigantesques : Oh! Vivre la vie d’un ours! Mais quand cet ours est transporté dans un autre monde, il réalise qu’on ne tombe pas toujours au bon endroit. Pourtant, parfois, la vie est exaltante, p …

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This House Is Home

by Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Yong Ling Kang
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: multigenerational, new experience, city & town life

An empowering story about coming to terms with change through creative problem solving
Lily’s family is happy in their old green house at the end of the lane, but progress soon encroaches. When Grandma refuses to sell their home to developers, the city just builds around them. Soon their house is smack-dab in the middle of a multi-lane highway. …