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Caring For Me series: Eat, Run and Live Healthy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Nurse Ellen visits Annie Calf Robe's classroom. Nurse Ellen's use of pictures and fun activities helps the children learn about the importance of healthy foods.

Educator & Series Information
The Caring For Me series was developed through consultations with health promotion workers and early childhood educators. There are six titles in the series that deal with issues such as healthy eating, safety, dealing with feelings and notions of respect. This series is appropriate for ages three to five, and the books have full-colour illustrations.

In this book, diabetes — an issue of growing concern in many northern and First Nations communities — is mentioned, along with the importance of nutrition, sleep/rest and exercise. 

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20 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

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Authentic Indigenous Text
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$10.95

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Caring For Me series: Eyes, Ears, Nose and Mouth
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

What happens when you get a bead stuck up your nose? Tony's visit to the doctor's office shows how to take care of eyes, ears, nose and mouth.

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$10.95

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Grow Strong! A Book about Healthy Habits
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Healthy habits form the foundation of a positive, productive life. Developing and practicing these habits - such as eating nutritious foods, moving and playing outdoors, and getting plenty of sleep - helps children feel good, learn well, and enjoy greater happiness in all areas of their lives. As children become more aware of their own unique bodies and abilities, their confidence will grow.

With this warm and cheerful book, help young children appreciate their bodies and learn to take good care of themselves and their health. At the same time, encourage them to understand how making small but positive choices every day helps them to be their best.

Mean to be read aloud, Grow Strong! includes a special section for adults, featuring discussion questions, activities, games, and tips that reinforce the lessons from the book.

Reviews
"As Meiner's previous, series, Learning to Get Along, has shown, there's a ready audience for simple picture book that communicate values to young children." - Booklist 

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40 pages | 7.40" x 9.13" 

$14.99

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Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Jenny dealt with the stress by forgiving her mom -- over and over and over again.

This collection of ten true stories is based on interviews with people who, in their youth, lived with an addicted parent or sibling. The subjects speak honestly about what it was like to grow up with a family member addicted to alcohol, drugs, food, pills, or gambling.

While describing how they managed to care for themselves and younger siblings, as well as the addicted family member, interviewees also touch on the topics of depression, social stigma, coming out gay or transgendered, and the health problems caused by addiction and stress.

The maturity, sensitivity, and even the sense of humor in these accounts will give teens going through similar situations the important realization that they are not alone and that there are many ways to break free from the chains of others' addictions and to move on positively with one's own life.

It's estimated that 1 in 8 Americans struggles with addiction to drugs or alcohol. Hooked is an excellent resource for both kids and adults affected by the addiction of friends and family members.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 12 - 18

Additional Information
120 pages | 5.00" x 7.25" | question and answer section; help/advice section

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$12.95

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Jon's Tricky Journey: A Story for Inuit Children with Cancer and Their Families
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Jon loves his life in the North. But when he feels a pain that won’t go away, he must go to a children’s hospital in the south to find out what is wrong. A doctor there tells Jon he has cancer and will have to stay at the hospital for a while.

Suddenly Jon’s life is upside down! But with a handful of tricks from the doctors and nurses, and new friends, Jon discovers ways to cope with some of the tricky parts of having cancer.

Accompanied by a resource guide for parents and caregivers, including hospital and support information, Jon’s Tricky Journey opens a conversation between Inuit children facing a cancer diagnosis and their families to help make a difficult and confusing time more manageable.

Educator Information
Ages 5-7.

Bilingual: Inuktitut and English.

Additional Information
70 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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$19.95

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Mimi's Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

In this addition to the CitizenKid™ collection of inspiring stories from around the globe, Mimi Malaho and her family help bring basic health care to their community. By making small changes like sleeping under mosquito nets and big ones like building a clinic with outside help, the Malahos and their neighbors transform their Kenyan village from one afraid of illness to a thriving community.

Reviews
"A great resource for introducing children to the issues surrounding global health and empowering them to get involved." — Ophelia Dahl, Executive Director, Partners In Health

Educator Information
Author Katie Smith Milway, a former aid worker in Africa, has written the best kind of global education book for children, filled with information that engenders empathy and understanding. The picture-book format with captivating artwork by award-winning illustrator Eugenie Fernandes brings Mimi's story to life. Along with further information, a glossary and a map, an addendum includes suggestions for how young children can get involved, highlighting how inexpensive, easy-to-make improvements can transform people's lives. This terrific book would find many uses in elementary classrooms, including lessons on African culture, African family life and the basic health care needs of people everywhere. Most important, it offers opportunities for inspiring discussions about compassion, volunteerism and making a difference in one's own community and the larger world community.

This book is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens. 

Ages: 8 to 12

Reading Levels:
Fountas & Pinnell: S
Grade Level: 4/5

Curriculum Connections:
Social Studies: Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness, rural communities

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32 pages | 9.37" x 12.37"

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$19.95

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Moe & Malaya Visit the Nurse
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5;

Follow Moe and Malaya as they make fascinating discoveries at the nurses' office.

Moe wants to play with his best friend and cousin, Malaya. But before they can go exploring, Malaya has to visit the nurse for a checkup. What seems like an ordinary visit is going to be a fun-filled learning experience with Moe coming along.

With a keen eye for what captivates young readers, this book will teach curious children about nurses and their strange instruments, including that funny looking necklace, the stethoscope. On their visit the children learn about the unique career options nursing has to offer. While joining Moe and Malaya on their visit, children will learn how cool nursing can be and how they can become a nurse too!

Educator Information
Text in Inuktitut/English.

Additional Information
40 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

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$14.95

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Move Your Body with Mia and the Monsters (English/Inuktitut)
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Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Let’s move our bodies!

In this interactive book, children can play along with Mia and her monster friends, trying out the movements shown in the book.

Educator Information
This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills.

This is an interactive book, which encourages children to actively participate in the stories they are listening to. Through directions or instructional text, children are encouraged to play, move, or make sounds along with the characters in the book.

Recommended Ages: 3 and under

Dual-Language: English and Inuktitut

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24 pages | 8.25" x 8.25"

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$14.95

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My Body Belongs to Me
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Without being taught about body boundaries, a child may be too young to understand when abuse is happening - or that it's wrong. This straightforward, gentle book offers a tool parents, teachers and counselors can use to help children feel, be, and stay safe. The rhyming story and simple, friendly illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic, guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to them alone. The overriding message of My Body Belongs To Me is that if someone touches your private parts, tell your mom, your dad, your teacher or another safe adult.

Reviews
"Well thought-out and clearly communicated . . . A useful resource." - Booklist

"In only 19 sentences, this simple book will empower children while promoting open communication." - School Libraryn

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.62" x 7.83"

 

$18.99

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Nunavummi Reading Series: All about Ama
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Meet Ama!

This book introduces readers to simple vocabulary for parts of their body, such as eyes, ears, and arms.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. The Nunavummi Reading Series is now offering books that explore a global perspective. This is one of those books, focusing on the daily life of people in Ghana, West Africa. 

This book is a level 5 book in the Nunavummi Reading Series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P level: B.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity; Identity 

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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20 pages | 6.50" x 7.00"

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$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Country Food
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

Learn about the country foods people eat in the North. 

This book features different kinds of food people get from the land and sea in Nunavut, such as caribou and maktaaq.

Educator & Series Information 
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic.  It is a Level 3 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P Level is LB.

Curriculum Connections: Language and literacy; Diversity; Indigenous perspectives; History; Heritage

Recommended for ages 3-6.

Additional Information 
12 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

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$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Food I Like to Eat
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

What do you like to eat?

This book features some of the foods people eat in the North, such as bannock and cheese.

Educator & Series Information 
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic.  It is a Level 4 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. This book's F&P Level is A.

Curriculum Connections: Language and literacy; Diversity; Indigenous perspectives

Recommended for ages 3-6.

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12 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

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$7.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Inuit Games
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

Inuit games have been played as long as anyone can remember!

Learn all about Inuit games and why they are important for staying healthy and strong for life in the Arctic.

Educator & Series Information 
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. It is a Level 11 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. F&P Level of this book: L.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity; Indigenous Perspectives; History and Heritage.

Recommended for ages 6 to 8.

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24 pages | 10.30" x 8.50"

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$16.95

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Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook
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Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5;

For beginners and green-thumbed foodies, this unusually all-inclusive garden-to-kitchen cookbook is part lesson in gardening and part collection of healthy, delicious, kid-friendly recipes.

With vibrant photo-illustrations and clearly organized sections, discover how to plant seeds in patio containers, window boxes, or on an allotment; harvest fruits and vegetables; determine which plant parts are edible; spot pests in the garden; and use home-grown crops to cook everything from bean and bacon spaghetti to polenta chips to tomato, feta, and basil pizza.

Reviews
"A horticulturalist (from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, no less) and a food writer partner to produce a kid-friendly guide to growing and preparing food.

Their collaboration is packed with all the basic information would-be green thumbs need to start a garden. They’ll learn about the importance of soil health and composting, tools and equipment, as well as wildlife friends and foes. After a brief intro to plant anatomy and reproduction, the book walks kids through the tasks necessary throughout the growing cycle, from sowing and planting, watering and weeding, to, finally, harvesting. Whether gardening in the backyard, in containers or window boxes, or in a community-garden allotment, tips and tricks galore demonstrate how easy it is. Kids can then delight in transforming home-grown produce into delicious meals. Step-by-step growing guides to individual vegetables precede recipes. Learn how to grow tomatoes before making tomato, feta, and basil pizza or peas for pea gnocchi. All the recipes are simple, tasty, and definitely not boring! This book shares a tactic valued by parents in the know—kids are typically actively excited to eat the foods they grow and cook themselves, thus cultivating healthy eating habits. Vibrant photographs featuring culturally diverse youngsters, sprightly decorative illustrations, and a well-organized layout make the book easy to digest and enjoyable to read. In the back, suggestions for growing varieties and a plant glossary take away the guesswork.

Part gardening how-to, part healthy cookbook, this effort offers budding young gardeners (and their adults) a comprehensive, hands-on guide to gardening and cooking." —Kirkus Reviews STARRED review

"Thoroughly 'kid friendly' in organization and presentation, Plant, Cook, Eat!: A Children's Cookbook is especially and unreservedly recommended for family, elementary school, and community library collections." —Midwest Book Review

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 7 to 10.

Would be a useful resource for school or classroom gardening, as well as for budding chefs and gardeners. 

Additional Information
112 pages | 9.00" x 10.13"

$22.99

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Small Things
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

In this wordless graphic picture book, a young boy feels alone with his worries. He isn't fitting in well at school. His grades are slipping. He's even lashing out at those who love him.

Talented Australian artist Mel Tregonning created Small Things in the final year of her life. In her emotionally rich illustrations, the boy's worries manifest as tiny beings that crowd around him constantly, overwhelming him and even gnawing away at his very self. The striking imagery is all the more powerful when, overcoming his isolation at last, the boy discovers that the tiny demons of worry surround everyone, even those who seem to have it all together.

This short but hard-hitting wordless graphic picture book gets to the heart of childhood anxiety and opens the way for dialogue about acceptance, vulnerability, and the universal experience of worry.

Reviews
"Much like the boy's ever-transforming anxieties, panels shift from slender, compressed squares to sweeping double-page spreads. The otherworldly glow of the black-and-white palette, too, elegantly underscores the boy's ongoing battle against darkness. More than a moving portrayal of one boy's struggle, this is also a magnifying lens through which to identify and discuss mental illness with readers of all ages. Don't let its title or page count fool you, Small Things' effects are monumental."—Booklist Starred Review

"[An] incredibly moving tale...This wordless, picture book–size graphic novel is rendered in beautiful gradients of pencil....[A] sympathetic examination of anxiety that never assigns blame; instead, the authors acknowledge the complexity of the situation and that resolutions aren't easy....VERDICT: With direction from educators, guidance counselors, or parents, this poignant title will resonate with those dealing with mental illness. A superb example of bibliotherapy."—School Library Journal Starred Review

"Small Things, a wordless graphic novel by Mel Tregonning...is an extraordinary example: an illustrated book that communicates difficult, painful ideas solely via intricate monochrome graphite drawings....[I]t offers a significant potential gift: understanding, and the possibility of recovery...The image of a small, vulnerable body breaking down by degrees, while deeply discomfiting, honours the weight of what it conveys; and the book as a whole celebrates the helpfulness of unconditional love, while successfully avoiding a superficial, unduly swift resolution."—The Times Literary Supplement, "Buzz-saw of the imagination"

"In this wordless story told through paneled graphite art that makes achingly attuned use of chiaroscuro, a boy is having a hard time—not the kind many picture-book kids have en route to finding a problem's clear-cut solution, but an enduringly hard time....One hopes this book will reach children who relate to the boy's plight and anyone who, like the boy's sister, suspects that a loved one is in pain and needs help."—The Horn Book Magazine

"[R]efreshing visibility and validity of childhood pressures accompanied by the equally important realization that no one is alone in their experience..."—Kirkus Reviews

"Every once in a while, we are privileged with the gift of holding in our hands truly unique and emotionally riveting books which have the capacity to leave permanent footprints etched in the heart. Mel Tregonning's Small Things is, undeniably, one of those books....[A] wordless masterpiece that...effortlessly taps into the rawness of the human experience....This beautifully depicted textless narrative which effectively honours not only the life of Tregonning, herself, but also the lives of all those who have been impacted by struggles with mental health, is a must-have, one-of-a-kind addition to every school library and home collection. Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine

"The book is wordless, but the black and white panel illustrations tell a thousand words about the plight of anxiety and ultimately the healing power of acceptance and connection."—Vancouver Family Magazine

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 8-12

Wordless, picture-book size graphic novel.

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40 pages | 9.30" x 12.20" | wordless book with halftone illustrations throughout.

$24.95

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