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A Last Goodbye

by Elin Kelsey, illustrated by Soyeon Kim
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: death & dying, customs, traditions, anthropology, environmental science & ecosystems

How do we say goodbye to a loved one after they die? This book broaches a difficult topic in a heartfelt way by exploring the beauty in how animals mourn. From elephants to whales, parrots to bonobos, and lemurs to humans, we all have rituals to commemorate our loved ones and to lift each other up in difficult times.
New from the award-winning tea …

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The Art of the Possible

An Everyday Guide to Politics

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

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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How and Why Stuff Gets Popular

by Kira Vermond & Clayton Hanmer
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: peer pressure, sociology, values & virtues, customs, traditions, anthropology

Fads and trends: How do they start? Why do they spread? And how deep can their impact be? Although trends might seem trivial, if you dig deeper, you’ll find that our desire to chase the next big thing can have an even bigger impact than expected.

Established middle-grade author Kira Vermond and cartoonist Clayton Hanmer team up in this fun and ac …

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Killer Style

How Fashion Has Injured, Maimed, and Murdered Through History

by Alison Matthews-David & Serah-Marie McMahon, illustrated by Gillian Wilson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: clothing & dress, customs, traditions, anthropology, history of science, sociology

The clothes we wear every day keep us comfortable, protect us from the elements, and express our unique style—but could fashion also be fatal? As it turns out, history is full of fashions that have harmed or even killed people. From silhouette-cinching corsets and combustible combs to lethal hair dyes and flammable flannel, this nonfiction book …

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After Life

Ways We Think About Death

by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: body, mind & spirit, customs, traditions, anthropology, death & dying

Why do we die? Why can't we live forever? What happens to us after death? Moving between science and culture, After Life: Ways We Think About Death takes a straightforward look at these and other questions long taboo in our society. By showing the fascinating, diverse ways in which we understand death, both today and throughout our history, the boo …

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From the Heart of Africa

A book of Wisdom

compiled by Eric Walters
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: africa, customs, traditions, anthropology

A collection of African wisdom gorgeously illustrated by artists from Ghana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Canada, the United States and more.

Aphorisms are universal. They give guidance, context and instruction for life's issues, and they help us understand each other and the world around us. We use them every day, yet never think about where they came f …

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A Fair Deal

Shopping for Social Justice

by Kari Jones
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: farm & ranch life, customs, traditions, anthropology

Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It's about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global tr …

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Speaking Our Truth

A Journey of Reconciliation

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

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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