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A World of Mindfulness

by Erin Alladin, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo; Rebecca Bender; Gabrielle Grimard; Tara Anderson; François Thisdale; Scot Ritchie; Miki Sato; Tamara Campeau; Emma Pedersen; Carmen Mok; Aino Anto; Sue Macartney; Dubois & Andrea Blinick
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 6
  • Grade: p to 1
tagged: non-classifiable, emotions & feelings

 

I am here. I know who I am. I breathe in the smell of sun-warmed grass and it fills my lungs with energy.

Parents, educators, and health practitioners everywhere are recognizing the importance of mindfulness practice, particularly for children. Meditation and yoga are becoming common activities in kindergarten classes and beyond. Taking time to be …

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Follow Your Breath!

A First Book of Mindfulness

illustrated by Scot Ritchie
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: sense & sensation, emotions & feelings

Part of the popular Exploring Our Community series, here's the perfect child-friendly introduction to mindfulness.

Friends Yulee, Nick, Martin and Sally are at Pedro's house for a sleepover. Pedro is moving in a few days, and he's been feeling both sad about leaving his old house and worried he won't be happy in his new one. To try to help Pedro fee …

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The Name I Call Myself

text by Hasan Namir, illustrated by Cathryn John
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: alternative family, self-esteem & self-reliance, lgbt

A sweet and moving picture book depicting Ari's gender journey from childhood to adolescence in order to discover who they really are.

Meet Ari, a young person who doesn't like to be called by their birth name Edward: "When I think of the name Edward, I imagine old kings who snore a lot." Throughout this beautiful and engaging picture book, we watch …

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Perfect Pigeons

illustrated by Katherine Battersby
edition: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: birds, peer pressure, self-esteem & self-reliance

One plucky pigeon dares to fly against the flock in this brightly illustrated, laugh-out-loud picture book about embracing the things that make us different.

A colorful flock of pigeons pride themselves on their perfect unity. All except one: a bespectacled pigeon who is happiest doing its own thing.
While the flock all looks the same, this pigeon e …

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International Day of the Girl, The

Celebrating Girls Around the World

by Jessica Dee Humphreys & Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 10
  • Grade: 2 to 5
tagged: girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance

This introduction to the International Day of the Girl and its worldwide significance encourages children to recognize their own potential to make change, providing both a perfect lesson in social justice and a celebration of girl power.

The United Nations designated October 11th as the International Day of the Girl, a day to increase awareness of …

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Kévin la licorne : On a toutes sortes d’amis

illustrated by Jessika von Innerebner
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: mythical, self-esteem & self-reliance, friendship

 

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Kévin la licorne est de retour dans une toute nouvelle aventure! Lorsqu’il apprendre qu’une licorne déménage dans la maison voisine, l’adorable Kévin est convaincu qu’ils doivent être les meilleurs amis du monde. Mais qu’arrive-t-il lorsque ces deux êtres ont plus de différences que de points comm …

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Benjamin's Blue Feet

illustrated by Sue Macartney
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: birds, self-esteem & self-reliance, humorous stories, new experience

A young bird with a flair for discovery and invention learns self-acceptance one blue-footed step at a time.

Benjamin the blue-footed booby is coming of age in his flock’s world of flying, diving, swimming, and fishing. But he already has a unique gift: treasure-hunting. One day, after finding a mirror, Benjamin becomes convinced that his beak is …

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Under Our Clothes

Our First Talk About Our Bodies

by Jillian Roberts, read by Heather Gould
edition: Audiobook
also available: Hardcover eBook
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: body, safety, self-esteem & self-reliance

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the topics of bodies, body safety and body image through a conversation-based story that begins with an observation at the community pool. Modesty, privacy and boundaries are discussed, along with how self-image is formed and how some people a …

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Simon Steps Into the Ring

by Marylène Monette, translated by Sophie B. Watson, read by Kelly Nakatsuka
edition: Audiobook
also available: eBook Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
tagged: emotions & feelings, self-esteem & self-reliance, imagination & play

Simon tries to be kind. But sometimes he loses his temper and acts without thinking, which almost always gets him into trouble. As Simon begins to understand his outbursts, he imagines himself in a boxing ring with his emotions. Can he come out on top and learn how to acknowledge his feelings?

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