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Life Literacy

Real Life Knowledge and Resources for the Next Generation to Succeed

by Matt Young; Nelson Soh & Stan Peake
edition: Paperback
tagged: success, personal success

It has become almost cliché to say that the world has changed.

The pace of technology change, the increasing number of new businesses, and growing global workforce has made the world a more competitive place. Global economic events have delayed retirement for millions around the world and thinning margins are making employers more risk adverse to p …

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The Umbrella

by Lisa Lebedovich
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: beginner, friendship

A beautiful book about how the power of friendship can help overcome fears.

One day, Sebastian wakes up to find a little grey raincloud floating above his head. Afraid of getting wet, he carries a big umbrella everywhere he goes. Sure, the umbrella keeps him safe and dry (and ensures he never has to share a seat on the school bus) but it also makes …

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The Night Is Deep and Wide

by Gillian Sze, illustrated by Sue Todd
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p to 12
tagged: bedtime & dreams, poetry (see also stories in verse), stories in verse

? “A lovely visual lullaby to soothe youngest readers to sleep.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
Rich imagery, gentle rhythm and soothing repetition will lull your little one to sleep as the tulips close for the night, one by one. In this bedtime story written as an Italian villanelle, poet Gillian Sze makes use of the poetic forms of cycl …

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Malaika’s Surprise

by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: new baby, stepfamilies, birthdays

When Malaika finds out she is going to have a new baby brother or sister, she worries that her mother will forget about her. But a surprise arrives on Malaika’s birthday that gives her more reason to celebrate her family’s love.

It’s summertime, and Malaika and Adèle are enjoying playing carnival in their bright costumes, dancing and laughing …

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Anonymouse

by Vikki VanSickle, illustrated by Anna Pirolli
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: art & architecture, city & town life

Animal-friendly street art is popping up all over the city, but who is creating these masterpieces? There is no explanation, only a name: Anonymouse. For fans of Sidewalk Flowers and Art & Max.

Art for the birds.
Art for the ants.
Art for the dogs, cats and raccoons.
Art to make them laugh, make them think, make them feel at home.
But who is cr …

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Rokko

by Paola Opal
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: baby animals, mammals

It's time to find a place to sleep. Rokko the baby raccoon is sure he can find the perfect spot. He doesn’t need help from anyone, especially not his mommy. But when he finally does find the perfect spot, something is missing... what could it be? Perhaps someone to snuggle with?

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Perry

illustrated by Paola Opal
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 3
  • Grade: p
tagged: bears

Perry the polar bear, a little baby in the big, cold North who is afraid of the water, refuses to learn to swim when his mother tries to teach him.

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À chacun son masque

by Marla Lesage, translated by Olivier Bilodeau
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: diseases, illnesses & injuries, clothing & dress, daily activities

Il y a une foule de raisons de porter un masque : par sécurité, pour respirer sous l’eau, pour se déguiser ou même tout simplement parce que ça pue ! Les plongeurs, les cowboys, les scienti?ques et plein d’autres gens ont besoin de masques. Et parfois, couvrir sa bouche, c’est faire preuve de bonté et de considération à l’égard d …

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Grandfather Bowhead, Tell Me A Story

by Aviaq Johnston, illustrated by Tamara Campeau
edition: Hardcover
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p
tagged: bedtime & dreams, baby animals, polar regions, mammals, multigenerational

Bowhead whales are the longest-living mammals on the planet, living over 200 years. In this heartwarming story, a grandfather bowhead recounts to his young grandchild calf all the beautiful, amazing, and surprising things he has seen in his lifetime—all while assuring the little calf that there is nothing more wondrous than the love a grandfather …

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From Wages to Riches

For young adults who want to become financially independent

by Nancy O'Hare
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: personal finance, money

Just starting out and want to know how to manage your money? This handbook outlines what you need to know to make financially savvy choices—from emergency cash funds to reducing your investment fees.

Based on research and her own experiences after leaving home when she was eighteen and retiring at age forty-one, the author learned what choices mat …