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A Terrible Thing Happened
Authors:
Margaret M. Holmes
Artists:
Cary Pillo
Format: Paperback

A Story for Children Who Have Witnessed Violence or Trauma

Sherman Smith saw the most terrible thing happen. At first he tried to forget about it, but soon something inside him started to bother him. He felt nervous for no reason. Sometimes his stomach hurt. He had bad dreams. And he started to feel angry and do mean things, which got hi m in trouble. Then he met Ms. Maple, who helped him talk about the terrible thing that he had tried to forget. Now Sherman is feeling much better.

This gently told and tenderly illustrated story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violent or traumatic episode, including physical abuse, school or gang violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, and natural disasters such as floods or fire. An afterword by Sash a J. Mudlaff written for parents and other caregivers offers extensive suggestions for helping traumatized children, including a list of other sources that focus on specific events.

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32 pages | 8.03" x 8.04"

$13.95

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Accept and Value Each Person
Authors:
Cheri J. Meiners
Artists:
Meredith Johnson
Format: Paperback

The world is becoming more diverse, and so are the daily lives of our children. Accepting and valuing people and groups who are different from oneself and one's immediate family are critical social skills. This book introduces diversity and related character education concepts: respecting differences, being inclusive, and appreciating people just the way they are. Includes questions, activities, and games that reinforce the ideas being taught.

Presented in a social story format, the book includes a special section for adults, with discussion questions, games, activities, and tips that reinforce improving social skills. For all homes, childcare settings, and primary classrooms as well as special education, including settings with children on the autism spectrum.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Learning to Get Along Series, which helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life scenarios, lots of diversity, and captivating illustrations make these read-aloud books perfect for home and childcare settings, as well as schools and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned.

Common Core:
RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10
W.K-1.2
SL.K-1.1,1a,1b,2,3,4,5,6

Head Start:
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/H

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40 pages | 9.09" x 9.17"

$15.95

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Be Polite and Kind
Authors:
Cheri J. Meiners
Artists:
Meredith Johnson
Format: Paperback

When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, people enjoy being around them and reciprocate with the same behaviour.

Teach manners using this book that helps kids understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking kindly, using basic courtesies (“please,” “thank you,” “excuse me”), and respecting the feelings of others.

Scenarios and role-play activities help adults reinforce the book’s lessons.

Reviews
“Fills a demand for simple, straightforward books promoting social skills and attitudes helpful to preschool and primary-grade children.”— Booklist

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Learning to Get Along Series, which helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life scenarios, lots of diversity, and captivating illustrations make these read-aloud books perfect for home and childcare settings, as well as schools and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned.

Common Core:
RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10
W.K-1.2
SL.K-1.1,1a,1b,2,3,4,5,6

Head Start:
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/H

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40 pages | 8.97" x 9.09"

$15.95

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Chickadee Trust
Authors:
Angel St. Cyr
Artists:
Diane Lucas
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: M├ętis;

When a youong boy moves to a new neighbourhood, bullies and thieves worry him, and he doesn't know whom to trust. It's up to his kind mother, with her friendship with the local birds, to show him how patience and a trusting heart can make the strangest new territory feel like home.

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32 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

 

$10.95

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Cool Down and Work Through Anger
Authors:
Cheri J. Meiners
Artists:
Meredith Johnson
Format: Paperback

Everyone gets angry, so it’s never too early for children to learn to recognize feelings of anger, express them, and build skills for coping with anger in helpful, appropriate ways. Children learn that it is okay to feel angry—but not okay to hurt anyone with actions or words. They discover concrete social skills for anger management: self-calming, thinking, getting help from a trusted person, talking and listening, apologizing, being patient, and viewing others positively. Reassuring and supportive, the book helps preschool and primary children see that when they cool down and work through anger, they can feel peaceful again.

Presented in a social story format, the book includes a special section for adults, with discussion questions, games, activities, and tips that reinforce improving social skills.

Reviews
Cool Down and Work Through Anger is an ideal resource for home, school, and childcare settings. When children understand and learn important basic social skills, they are better prepared for successful interactions with teachers, family, and friends.” — Arizona Parenting

Cool Down and Work Through Anger is highly recommended for kids ages 4–8 who have anger management issues or concerns.”— Midwest Book Review

Cool Down and Work Through Anger is an excellent book for helping children understand this unpleasant but normal emotion. The book gives very helpful strategies for helping children deal with anger.”—Marian Marion, Ph.D., professor, early childhood education, Governors State University

“A delightful addition to the series. I particularly like the focus on what kids can do to handle their anger more constructively, rather than focusing on what not to do . . . The cognitive-behavioral perspective is also quite helpful—that changing thoughts as well as behaviors can help with handling anger . . . Will appeal to kids as well as those who work with them.”— James J. Crist, Ph.D., author of What to Do When You’re Scared and Worried and Mad

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Learning to Get Along Series, which helps children learn, understand, and practice basic social and emotional skills. Real-life scenarios, lots of diversity, and captivating illustrations make these read-aloud books perfect for home and childcare settings, as well as schools and special education settings. Each book ends with a section of discussion questions, games, and activities adults can use to reinforce what children have learned.

Common Core:
RI.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
RI.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,8,9,10
W.K-1.2
SL.K-1.1,1a,1b,2,3,4,5,6

Head Start:
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/I

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40 pages | 8.98" x 8.98"

$18.50

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F Is for Feelings
Authors:
Lisa Berger
Goldie Millar
Artists:
Hazel Mitchell
Format: Paperback

We all feel many different emotions every day. For young children, those feelings can be extra strong. And sometimes, children need help finding the words to describe how they’re feeling. This friendly and positive alphabet book gives children those “feelings words,” and explores the idea that while some feelings are more comfortable than others, all are natural and important. F Is for Feelings invites children to share, express, and embrace their emotions—every day!

A section in the back provides tips and activities for parents and caregivers to reinforce the themes and lessons of the book.

Reviews
"F Is for Feelings helps adults teach children a language as essential as our ABCs: the language of emotions without which we cannot communicate what is most real and important in our lives, without which we cannot communicate ourselves to others.”—Gabor Maté, M.D., coauthor of Hold On to Your Kids

Educator Information
Reading Level: Grade 1
Interest Level: Ages 3–8
Guided Reading Level: J

Common Core:
SL.1.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6
W.1.1,3,5,6,8
L.1.1,1a,1e,1f,4,4a,4c,5c,5d,6
RL.1.1,2,3,4,6,7,9
RF.1.1,1a,2,2c,3,4,4a,4b,4c

LEXILE: 130L

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40 pages | 12.05" x 8.46"

Authentic Canadian Content
$17.99

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I Don't Want to Be Nice!: A book about showing kindness
Authors:
Sue Graves
Format: Hardcover

Finn is not very kind to his classmates, and he cares mostly about himself. He doesn't help Ahmed or Lily. He shoves Molly and Freddy on the playground. In soccer, he doesn't play fair. The children are mad at Finn. Then, when no one wants to play with him at recess, he feels sad and lonely. How will Finn find a way to make it all better? Ultimately, Finn's teacher helps him see that he can change his mean behavior and that kindness leads to friendship and fun.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Our Emotions and Behavior series, which uses cheerful, vividly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their feelings and actions are related—and how they can get better at managing both. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings.

Common Core:
W.1.1,3,5,6,7,8
SL.1.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6
RF.1.1,2,3,3f,4,4a,4b,4c
L.1.5,5a,5b,5c,5d,6
L.1.1,1b,1d,1f,1g,1j,4,4a,4b,4c
RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/I

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.07" x 9.49"

$18.95

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I Like Being Me: Poems About Kindness, Friendship, and Making Good Choices
Authors:
Judy Lalli
Format: Paperback

These twenty-five rhyming poems invite children to believe in themselves, learn from mistakes, cooperate, share, help others, solve problems, be kind, tell the truth, make positive choices, and more. The short poems are quick to read, easy to learn, and fun to recite—making them perfect for teaching social skills to young children. Children can memorize their favorite poems, talk about them, act them out, and get ideas for creating their own. Accompanying photographs show children from diverse backgrounds in realistic settings, and back matter provides adults with ideas for thought-provoking discussion, activities, and learning. This charming update to a popular volume of poetry for children is a book that adults and children will love sharing again and again.

Educator Information
Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: L

Additional Information
64 pages | 8.23" x 7.83"

$14.99

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I Want to Win!: A book about being a good sport
Authors:
Sue Graves
Format: Hardcover

Bella always needs to win - no matter what. At summer Fun Club, she gets mad whenever someone beats her in a game. When she struggles during a tent-making competition, Bella would rather give up than keep trying. Can she learn to do her best and feel good about it, even if she's not the winner? With the help of the club leader, Bella discovers that she can make a tent, even if it's not the best tent - and that being a good sport feels much better than being a sore loser.

I Want to Win! uses simple, easy-to-read text to introduce the concept of being a good sport. The book also includes a two-page series of pictures that invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings. Ideal for home and K-3 classroom setting.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Our Emotions and Behavior series, which uses cheerful, vividly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their feelings and actions are related—and how they can get better at managing both. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings.

Common Core:
SL.1.1,1a,1b,1c,2,3,4,5,6
RF.1.1,2,3,3f,4,4a,4b,4c
L.1.5,5a,5b,5c,5d,6
L.1.1,1b,1d,1f,1g,1j,4,4a,4b,4c
RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/I

Additional Information
28 pages | 7.87" x 9.76"

$18.95

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Lila and the Crow
Authors:
Gabrielle Grimard
Artists:
Gabrielle Grimard
Format: Hardcover

Lila is bullied because of her dark skin, but the crows have a solution for that!

Lila has just moved to a new town and can't wait to make friends at school. But on the first day, a boy points at her and shouts: "A crow! A crow! The new girl's hair is black like a crow!" The others whisper and laugh, and Lila's heart grows as heavy as a stone.

The next day, Lila covers her hair. But this time, the boy points at her dark skin. When she covers her face, he mocks her dark eyes. Now every day at school, Lila hides under her turtleneck, dark glasses, and hat. And every day when she goes home, she sees a crow who seems to want to tell her something. Lila ignores the bird and even throws rocks at it, but it won't go away.

Meanwhile, the great autumn festival is approaching. While the other kids prepare their costumes, Lila is sadder and lonelier than ever. At her lowest point of despair, a magical encounter with the crow opens Lila's eyes to the beauty of being different, and gives her the courage to proudly embrace her true self.

Educator Information
Interest Age 5 - 8 
Grade K - 3
Guided Reading Level: Fountas and Pinnell L
Lexile Measure: AD610L

Themes: diversity; self-esteem; conflict resolution; Native peoples; prejudice; bullying; school

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"

 

Authentic Canadian Content
$21.95

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Little Bear's Vision Quest
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

A full-colour storybook that teaches respect for others. The paintings were done by Joe Silvey (Salish). The book deals with name calling, initially showing the main character, Little Bear, as selfish and inconsiderate of other's feelings. The book is a modern First Nations legend applying the traditional method of using stories as a teaching tool. Little Bear learns to value the traditions of his ancestors and through the daily ritual of cleansing himself becomes in tune with nature. The book can be used by teachers, parents and other caring adults to teach children the value of respect. Discussion questions are included for parents and teachers.

Educator Information
Recommended Grades: 1-4.

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$15.00

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Manners, Please! Why It Pays to Be Polite
Authors:
John Burstein
Format: Paperback

Manners, Please!: Why It Pays to Be Polite (Slim Goodbody's Life Skills 101)

Slim Goodbody helps children understand the value of manners and the essentials of behaving well in school, at home, and with friends. Often children come to school without a clear understanding of what it means to be polite and respect the rights of others. Manners make a difference in all aspects of a person's life. The way you present yourself often determines how others see you.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 8-11 / Grades 3 - 6

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.30" x 10.80"

$9.95

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Medicine Cards: The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals
Artists:
Angela Werneke
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;

Discover the tool that millions of people worldwide are using for guidance, inspiration, and help in finding answers to life's questions. now, revised and expanded to include eight additional cards, this unique and powerful divination system draws upon ancient wisdom and tradition to teach the healing medicine of animals. Medicine Cards has found its way into the hearts and hands of many, guiding the way to healing the body, emotions, mind, and spirit, and providing insight into and understand of one's unique purpose in life.

A great resource to use with intermediate and secondary students! -Terri Mack

Reviews
“Since the publication of the Navaho novel, Seven Arrows, over twenty years ago, I haven't seen anything so adventurous or beautifully executed as Medicine Cards...this handsome and inviting package has much to teach us all.” —Patricia Holt, San Francisco Chronicle

“A potent yet refreshingly simple divination tool that can help up reconnect to the sources of life's natural guidance...extraordinarily well crafted. This work is plentiful, overflowing with the richness of the Native American way of life.” —Yoga Journal

Additional Information
256 pages | 5.77" x 8.84" | 62 black-and-white illustrations, cards include full color illustrations 

Authentic Indigenous Text
$34.95

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Not Fair, Won't Share: A book about sharing
Authors:
Sue Graves
Artists:
Desideria Guicciardini
Format: Hardcover

Playing fairly doesn’t always come naturally to kids—and sharing isn’t always easy. Plus, the hurt feelings that happen when others won’t share can make matters even worse. Nora, Henry, and Dan find this out when Miss Clover builds a special space station in their classroom. Everyone wants to play at once! Can they figure out how to share?

Not Fair, Won't Share shows that when kids get frustrated and mad, there are ways for them to calm down. Soon they see that playing fairly with other kids, and sharing with them, can make the day more fun for everyone.

Near the end of this humorous child behavior book, a series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults presents positive coping skills for children and ideas for talking with kids about feeling reluctant to share—or feeling mad when someone else won’t share—and how to deal with those emotions. Ideal for home and K–3 classroom settings.

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Our Emotions and Behavior series, which uses cheerful, vividly illustrated stories to help kids understand how their feelings and actions are related—and how they can get better at managing both. At the end of each book, a two-page series of pictures invites kids to tell a story in their own words. A special section for adults suggests discussion questions and ideas for guiding children to talk about their feelings.

Common Core:
RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9
RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10
W.1.1,3,5,8
RF.1.1,4a,4
SL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6
SL.1.1,1b,4,5,6
L.K.6
L.1.6
RF.K.1,1b,3c
W.K.1,3,5,8

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/I

Additional Information
32 pages | 7.44" x 9.96"

$18.99

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Nunavummi Emotional Literacy Series: Being a Friend
Authors:
Jessie Hale
Artists:
Amanda Sandland
Format: Paperback

How can you be a good friend?

This book features characters from the Emotional Literacy series and shows what it means to be a good friend.

Educator 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. Being a Friend is a Level 10 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 L.

This book is part of the Nunavummi Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Emotional Literacy Series. These books feature thoughtful, engaging stories that teach children to identify and regulate their emotions in healthy ways. The delightful cast of anthropomorphic animal characters each personify a different emotion.

Curriculum Connections: Language and literacy; Identity; Roles and responsibilities.

Recommended ages: 5-7.

Additional Information 
20 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$8.95

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