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Call Me Bill

by (artist) Lynette Richards, introduction by Emily Burton
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: history, social topics, lgbtq+

A gorgeously illustrated historical graphic novel based on a real person who, defying gender expectations, left home in search of adventure and a more authentic life.

It was April 1, 1873. In the middle of the night, Sarah Jane spotted flares off the coast of her island home. She woke her father, who quickly gathered their neighbours. Over the next …

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Union

by Sara Cassidy
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, sexual abuse, novels in verse, contemporary, dating & sex

Tuck navigates new love, past trauma and standing up for what's right in this novel in verse.

Grace has caught my eye
I stare and stare
at this girl I’ve missed
since we were five

Abuse at the hands of his mother's boyfriend has left fifteen-year-old Tuck broken and untrusting. But then he falls hard for his childhood friend Grace and starts to …

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Christmas Elves Being Themselves

by Yolanda T. Marshall, illustrated by Lavrova Daria
edition: Paperback
  • age: 1 to 9
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: christmas & advent, diversity & multicultural, self-esteem & self-reliance

A Christmas story about elves being their unique and merriest selves. These elves ‘ confidence will encourage little readers to celebrate our differences. A curious elf prefers to learn about how families celebrate Christmas worldwide. The busy elf decides to enjoy a beach vacation, while an adventurous elf takes a jolly ride down the chimney. On …

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Kid Trailblazers

True Tales of Childhood from Changemakers and Leaders

by Robin Stevenson, illustrated by Allison Steinfeld
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: social activists, self-esteem & self-reliance, non-classifiable

Inspiring, relatable, and totally true biographies tell the childhood stories of a diverse group of trailblazers including Kamala Harris, Greta Thunberg, Ai Weiwei, Benazir Bhutto, Elliot Page, and John Lewis, along with 10 other powerful figures.

Featuring kid-friendly text and full-color illustrations, Kid Trailblazers highlights contemporary figu …

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She Holds Up the Stars

by Sandra Laronde
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 10 to 14
  • Grade: 5 to 9
tagged: native canadian, horses, multigenerational

 A young Indigenous girl searching for a sense of home finds strength and courage in her gifts, her deepening connection to the land, and her own cultural awakening in this moving coming-of-age story.

The last thing that twelve-year old Misko wants to do is to move away from the city to spend time on the rez with her grandmother. And yet she feels s …

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The Book of Elsie

by Joanne Levy
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: prejudice & racism, jewish, self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbt

Elsie Rose-Miller loves celebrating the Purim holiday and can't wait for the annual costume party at her local synagogue.

Elsie plans to dress up as the fierce and smart Queen Esther, who saved all the Jewish people. But when financial hardship and a terrible incident of hate-inspired vandalism threaten not only the party but the synagogue too, Elsi …

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Legends of Funland

by Melanie Florence
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: ghost stories, siblings, self-esteem & self-reliance

Buddy wants to prove to his big brother that he is not a scared little kid anymore.

For as long as Buddy can remember, there has been a rumour that the local theme park is haunted. After a fight with his brother, he convinces his friends that they should sneak into the park and spend the night. That way, everyone will know how brave they are. But c …

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