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My Fade Is Fresh

by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Kitt Thomas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: african american, self-esteem & self-reliance, girls & women

A little girl learns the importance of speaking up for what she wants while at the barbershop and ends up rocking the fabulous hair style she chooses in this fun and empowering picture book.

When a little girl walks into her local barbershop, she knows she wants the flyest, freshest fade on the block! But there are so many beautiful hairstyles to c …

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I Am Picky

Confessions of a Fussy Eater

by Kristen Tracy, illustrated by Erin Kraan
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: cooking & food

A laugh-out-loud picture book about a self-proclaimed picky eater of a raccoon—perfect for human picky eaters!
Don’t look at this raccoon and think she’ll eat just anything. Oh, no. She is picky! She’s been choosy forever—and listen, it’s a tough life. It’s not as though the perfect snacks just fall from the sky (except when they do) …

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Person Can Be ..., A

by Kerri Kokias, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, emotions & feelings

A one-of-a-kind book that shows how naughty and nice (and other opposite qualities!) can describe the same person --- at the same time!

This deceptively simple book uses children's everyday experiences to explore the complexities of human nature. Each page features an illustration of a child embodying two seemingly contradictory characteristics, wit …

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Water Love

by Natalie Hodgson & Rajean Willis, by (artist) Sahle Robinson
edition: Hardcover
tagged: diversity & multicultural, water sports

Water Love, a beautifully illustrated spoken word picture book, tells the story of Kaya, a young Black girl as she navigates her lifelong love of water amid the disapproval of her friends and despite her mother’s deep-seated fear of the water. Combatting stereotypes, Kaya joins an all-Black surfing program; in this program, as she begins to under …

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C'est mon corps!

illustrated by Elise Gravel
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance

 

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Chaque corps est unique! Il y en a de différentes formes, tailles et couleurs, avec différents cheveux… et qui peuvent faire différentes choses. Ces différences rendent le corps de tout un chacun spécial, et tous les corps doivent être respectés. Ton corps T’APPARTIENT, alors fais-lui un câlin… mais …

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Fiona the Fruit Bat

by Dan Riskin, illustrated by Rachel Qiuqi
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: nocturnal, self-esteem & self-reliance, new experience, mammals

A sweet, fun, and informative picture book about bat echolocation for kids 3-7. Written by a scientist who works with bats in his everyday life!

It’s time for Fiona the fruit bat to take her very first flight, but she’s scared. How will she fly when she can’t see in the dark? Mama just says, “listen.” But how will listening help her to see …

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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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I Can, Too!

by Karen Autio, illustrated by Laura Watson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: special needs, friendship, self-esteem & self-reliance

A wonderful story of new friendship between two children with diverse abilities.

 

Piper and Kayla love to move. They ride bikes, glide on ice, swoosh down mountains and much more — each in her own way. While Piper pedals her tricycle with her feet, Kayla uses her hands to move her trike forward. While Kayla coasts across the ice on a sled, Piper s …

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It's My Body!

illustrated by Elise Gravel
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 8
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, monsters

From bestselling author Elise Gravel comes a book that celebrates our amazing bodies.

 

Through her trademark quirky monster characters, author Elise Gravel illustrates ways that bodies can be different. They have different shapes, different sizes, different colours, different hair, and can do different things. These differences make everybody’s bo …

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My Lala

by Thomas King, illustrated by Charlene Chua
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: self-esteem & self-reliance, native american, imagination & play

A joyful picture book about confidence featuring a little girl making her mark on the world, from acclaimed author Thomas King, and for fans of Ladybug Girl.

Lala wakes up one morning and decides that she owns the world. Quick as a fox, she bounds to her box of treasures and finds her shiny red dots — to mark what is hers, because there's nothing …