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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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Canadian GreenSmart: Protecting Our Big Home

Ages 6-9

by Popular Book Company
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
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Canadian GreenSmart invites children on an important journey to protect and preserve our big home – the Earth!  This two-title series is a collection of informative and inspiring stories that introduce children to our Earth and the importance of caring for it.  With five wonderful and beautifully illustrated stories in each book, children will b …

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Canadian GreenSmart: Learning About Our Big Home

Ages 6-9

by Popular Book Company
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
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Canadian GreenSmart invites children on an important journey to protect and preserve our big home – the Earth!  This two-title series is a collection of informative and inspiring stories that introduce children to our Earth and the importance of caring for it.  With five wonderful and beautifully illustrated stories in each book, children will b …

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Trash Talk

Moving Toward a Zero-Waste World

by Michelle Mulder
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: recycling & green living, environmental conservation & protection

Humans have always generated garbage, whether it’s a chewed-on bone or a broken cell phone. Our landfills are overflowing, but with some creative thinking, stuff we once threw away can become a collection of valuable resources just waiting to be harvested. Trash Talk digs deep into the history of garbage, from Minoan trash pits to the Great Pacif …

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Wild Outside

Around the World with Survivorman

by Les Stroud, illustrated by Andrew P. Barr, photographs by Laura Bombier
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: discoveries, adventure & adventurers

Join TV’s Survivorman on twelve edge-of-your-seat adventures as he proves anyone can be an outdoor explorer.
From surviving a frigid night in northern Canada to munching on grubs in the Australian Outback, Les Stroud’s passion for the outdoors has driven him to some of the planet’s most remote and beautiful locations. In Wild Outside, he inv …

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Nature Out of Balance

How Invasive Species Are Changing the Planet

by Merrie-Ellen Wilcox
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: environmental conservation & protection, flowers & plants, environmental science & ecosystems

Plants, animals, insects and fish are moving in. Invasive species threaten local ecosystems and the planet’s biodiversity, but are they all as bad as we think they are? In Nature Out of Balance:How Invasive Species Are Changing the Planet author Merrie-Ellen Wilcox profiles all-star invasive species around the world, starting in her own neighbour …

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Don't Tell the Nazis

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: military & wars, prejudice & racism, holocaust

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch (author of Making Bombs for Hitler) crafts a story of ultimate compassion and sacrifice based on true events during WWII.

 

The year is 1941. Krystia lives in a small Ukrainian village under the cruel -- sometimes violent -- occupation of the Soviets. So when the Nazis march into town to liberate them, many of Krystia's neighb …

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Blue Fire

by E. C. Blake
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: epic

From the author of the acclaimed fantasy trilogy The Masks of Agyrima (DAW Books), comes another epic YA fantasy adventure.

Centuries ago, the people of Nevyana were forced to leave their old kingdom across the sea after it was devastated by the War of the Twelve Gods. The only three gods to survive that war, Vekrin of the Earth, Arrica of the Sun, …

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Small History of a Disagreement

by Claudio Fuentes, translated by Elisa Amado, illustrated by Gabriela Lyon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
tagged: non-classifiable, friendship, politics & government

A lively introduction to voting, democracy, and activism for kids.

“The message of this book, which focuses on a student body’s divided opinion about an issue vital to its future, is that disagreements can lead to fruitful discussion, better understanding and great ideas.” —New York Times

Should an ancient monkey puzzle tree be cut down to ma …

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A Home Away from Home

True Stories of Wild Animal Sanctuaries

by Nicholas Read
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 17
tagged: animal welfare, hippos & rhinos, apes, monkeys, etc.

An informative book for middle-grade readers about sanctuaries across North America that rescue wild animals and provide them with safe places to live.

Years ago, most major cities in North America had zoos full of exotic or wild animals in tiny cages. It was also not uncommon for wild animals to be kept as pets or trained to perform in circuses. To …