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The Brushmaker's Daughter

by Kathy Kacer
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 13
  • Grade: 4 to 8
tagged: holocaust, europe, prejudice & racism

It is 1939 in Berlin, Germany, and twelve-year-old Lillian and her Papa are on the run from Nazi soldiers. Because they are Jewish, they are in danger of being arrested and put in prison. Lillian's father is blind and it seems no one is willing to help them, until they meet Otto Weidt. Mr. Weidt runs a factory that makes brushes for the Nazi army, …

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This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes

How Science Is Tackling Unconscious Bias

by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Drew Shannon
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 11 to 14
  • Grade: 6 to 9
tagged: prejudice & racism, sociology, psychology

An essential overview of the science behind stereotypes: from why our brains form them to how recognizing them can help us be less biased.

From the time we're babies, our brains constantly sort and label the world around us --- a skill that's crucial for our survival. But, as adolescents are all too aware, there's a tremendous downside: when we do t …

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Islamophobia

Deal with it in the name of peace

by Safia Saleh, illustrated by Hana Shafi
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 14
  • Grade: 5
tagged: prejudice & racism, values & virtues, social topics, islam

Today's kids have lived their whole lives in a world where the topic of religious belief has become a serious social issue. The media and social media are full of stereotypes and misinformation about Islam in particular, and this atmosphere of fear and distrust has entered the everyday life of kids. When kids encounter conflict based on intolerance …

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La promesse du bout du monde

by Danielle Marcotte, illustrated by Stéphanie Bourgeois
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 13
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867), prejudice & racism, native canadian, emigration & immigration

Summer 1786. Two fifteen year-old orphan boys have embarked on a ship in Southhampton, Britain, that's heading for the North-East of the Pacific Ocean. Alexis is of Acadian descent and is looking for his scattered family while his friend Hugh dreams of a better life. But once they arrive on the North American continent, a young starving cougar will …

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When Morning Comes

by Arushi Raina, narrator Jamie Bloch; John Fleming; Patience Mpumlwana & Tony Ofori
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 13 to 17
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism, class differences

 

It’s 1976 in South Africa, and four young people are living in Johannesburg and its black township, Soweto: Zanele, a black female student organizer; Meena, a South Asian girl working at her father's shop; Jack, an Oxford-bound white student; and Thabo, a teen-gang member, or tsotsi. From each of their points of view, this book explores the root …

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Uncertain Soldier

by Karen Bass
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 16
  • Grade: 7 to 11
tagged: military & wars, canada, prejudice & racism

Seventeen-year-old Erich is a prisoner of war working at a northern Alberta logging camp. Twelve-year-old Max goes to school—reluctantly—in the nearby town. The two would be unlikely friends, except that neither has anyone else to turn to. At the height of World War II, nobody wants to befriend a German. It doesn’t matter that Erich was force …

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P.K. Subban

Fighting racism to become a hockey superstar and role model for athletes of colour

by Catherine Rondina
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: sports & recreation, cultural heritage, prejudice & racism

Born in Canada to parents who emigrated from the Caribbean, P.K. Subban is a remarkable athlete and role model. A talent on the ice, playing for some of the best teams in the NHL, P.K. has set records and won the Norris Trophy, the highest honour in hockey for a defenceman. Often the centre of controversy, at one time named one of the most hated ho …

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Willie O'Ree

The story of the first black player in the NHL

by Nicole Mortillaro
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: sports & recreation, cultural heritage, prejudice & racism

Willie O'Ree quietly made NHL history at the Montreal Forum on January 18, 1958, when he became the first black player to take to the ice. In the dressing room before the game, his Boston Bruins teammates told him not to worry. If any one of the Montreal players said anything to him, they'd have his back.

There was a round of applause when O'Ree ste …

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Jordin Tootoo

The highs and lows in the journey of the first Inuit player in the NHL

by Melanie Florence
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Hardcover Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 3
tagged: sports & recreation, cultural heritage, prejudice & racism

Hockey is a relatively new sport in Canada's North. It wasn't until 2003 that Jordin Kudluk "Thunder" Tootoo became the first Inuk to play in an NHL game. Although hockey is a rough sport to begin with, Jordin Tootoo is known for having to "fight his way through." Jordin has had more than his fair share of fights both on and off the ice. He's had t …

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