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Bucket Filling From A to Z: The Key to Being Happy
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Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

This award-winning book uses the letters of the alphabet to help young and old see the many, simple ways that they can fill buckets and fill their own buckets in return. When you help children become bucket fillers, you give them the key to happiness...for it is in friendship, love, and goodwill to others that we are truly happy. Yes, bucket filling is the moment by moment choice to be kind and caring. Teaching and encouraging children to be bucket fillers is one of the greatest gifts you can give to them.

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32 pages | 8.50" x 10.98"

$14.95

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Deal with it before push comes to shove: Bullying
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Kids deal with bullying in its many forms on a daily basis. This newly revised and reissued edition of Bullying: Deal With It is a popular and proven resource in the Deal With It conflict resolution series. Quizzes, comics and graphic novel-style illustrations help make this an engaging and accessible way to approach a complex and all-too-common problem.

This book will give kids the know-how to deal with bullying, whether they are the targets, witnesses, or even bullies themselves.

- Bullying 101 explains the many forms that bullying can take, from name-calling to physical fights to cyberbullying
- Letters to the “Bully Counsellor” illustrate real-life examples of bullying
- Quizzes test your anti-bullying skills
- A resource page lists helpful organizations, books, and websites

Awards
- 2015 Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens winner

Educator & Series Information
The Deal With It series helps adolescents cope with conflicts in everyday life and promote peaceful homes, schools, and communities.

Recommended Ages: 9+

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32 pages | 8.50" x 11.00" | colour illustrations throughout

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$12.95

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F Is for Feelings
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

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.

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"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"

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$17.99

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Fight for Justice
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

10-year-old Justice feels like the "man of the house" for his twin sister, Charity and their Mom. He would much rather be snowmobiling on his grandparents' reserve. It is there that he can leave the grimy city and the bullying kids of his neighbourhood.

When Charity is attacked by the school bullies, Justice decides to take matter into his own hands. When his plan to frame the ring-leader, Trey goes awry, Justice finds himself in more trouble than he bargained for.

A realistic look at life on the inner city streets for many kids: gangs, bullying and learning to fight for what you believe in. Through the help of his multi-generational family and his native heritage, Justice learns the importance of believing in your self and fighting for what you know is right.

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"A gentle, positive and authentic tale."— Canadian Children's Book News, January 2010

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128 pages | 5.48" x 7.25"

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$7.95

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Fill a Bucket: A Guide to Daily Happiness for Young Children
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Fill a Bucket is the perfect gift for anyone with little ones they love. When children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people's buckets too, they understand how special, valuable, and capable they are.

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24 pages | 6.97" x 6.97"

$12.95

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Have You Filled a Bucket Today?
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4;

Through sweet, simple prose and vivid illustrations, this heartwarming book encourages positive behaviour as children see how very easy and rewarding it is to express kindness, appreciation and love on a daily basis. This wonderful book is a winner of seven awards.

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"A childhood play toy becomes the symbol of universal compassion and caring. Carol McCloud guides the readers towards making the world a better place to be. Her bucketfilling symbolism is written with sheer simplicity, yet results in powerful returns." -- Donna DeWitt-Schnell, thirty-year public education teacher

"This delightful book leads the reader to draw from the wisdom of his or her own heart. The power of affirming words and actions to strengthen families and spread joy is captured in the simple and enduring concept of bucket filling." -- Karen Wells, parenting facilitator; mental health clinician; counselor and teacher; mother and grandmother

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32 pages | 10.59" x 7.99

$14.95

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Ho'onani: Hula Warrior
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Hawaiian;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

An empowering celebration of identity, acceptance and Hawaiian culture based on the true story of a young girl in Hawaiʻi who dreams of leading the boys-only hula troupe at her school.

Ho'onani feels in-between. She doesn't see herself as wahine (girl) OR kane (boy). She's happy to be in the middle. But not everyone sees it that way.

When Ho'onani finds out that there will be a school performance of a traditional kane hula chant, she wants to be part of it. But can a girl really lead the all-male troupe? Ho'onani has to try . . .

Based on a true story, Ho'onani: Hula Warrior is a celebration of Hawaiian culture and an empowering story of a girl who learns to lead and learns to accept who she really is--and in doing so, gains the respect of all those around her.

Ho'onani's story first appeared in the documentary A Place in the Middle by filmmakers Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson.

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“Boldly outlined watercolor and ink artwork . . . convey visual information with strength that suggests Ho‘onani’s own. And Gale grounds the child’s experience, based on a true story, in Hawaiian traditions, modeling showing ‘every person the same unconditional acceptance and respect’.” --Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Ho'onani’s courage to be true to herself and her place in the middle is empowering. Hawaiian words are intermixed, and Song’s illustrations are full of emotion and determination.” --Kirkus Reviews

Ho’onani: Hula Warrior tells the story of a young gender-nonconforming child who, though she still uses female pronouns, does not wish to be either a girl or a boy. Ho’onani is seen by some as too loud, too brash, too masculine. But when she starts to show an interest in leading a group of students in a hula chant, some don’t believe she can do it because she’s not a boy, not strong enough, not bold enough! Stuck in the middle but not willing to back down, Ho’onani and her teacher, Kumu Hina (“kumu” means teacher), work to build her skills and prepare her to take the tests necessary to show that she is skilled enough to lead. And while her parents and brother are not very surprised at Ho’onani’s determination, Kana, her sister, is less than pleased and stops hanging out with Ho’onani like they used to. But in the end, Ho’onani works hard and continues to buck stereotypes in the process, ultimately bringing her closer to her goal with each passing day, until the moment arrives when she must prove herself in front of the whole community.

This empowering and delightfully engaging picture book is based on the true story of Ho’onani Kamai who was raised in Honolulu and was coached by Hinaleimoana Kwai Kong Wong-Kalu (shortened in the book to Kumu Hina). An author’s note at the beginning gives a more detailed explanation of the real-life story, some history and a mention of the documentary (A Place in the Middle) which was inspired by Ho’onani and Kumu Hina’s working together.

.... The story is not simply one of strength and overcoming obstacles, but it is also a story about traditions, acceptance, and respect for others. Ho’onani is not simply a determined youngster, but also an individual trying to help others understand that gender stereotypes are harmful and limiting. Gale’s picture book will help young readers and adults better understand a small slice of Hawaiian traditions and nonbinary people, referred to as Mahu, those who embody both feminine and masculine traits.

.... An entertaining, illuminating, and empowering read, Ho’onani: Hula Warrior will make a welcome addition to classrooms, libraries, and story times!” --CM Magazine

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 4-8.

The author thanks Ho'onani Kamia and Kumu Hina on her website for allowing her to write this story.

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40 pages | 8.80" x 11.40"

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$21.99

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I Know I Am Precious and Sacred
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

I Know I Am Precious and Sacred follows a conversation between a child and loving grandfather as they talk about what the words “precious” and “sacred” mean. These culturally integral concepts are explained in simple, practical terms, so that Little Ones may recognize how they affect relationships in families and communities. Readers and listeners are invited to explore how these ancestral teachings impact their families and communities.

I Know I Am Precious And Sacred is a soft-cover children’s book, geared towards readers and listeners ages 5 to 10 years old, but holds out important truths for their adults as well.

Educator & Series Information
This is the second book in the Precious and Sacred series.

Reading level: K-3.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

Authenticity Note: This book has received an Authentic Text label because it was written by Debora Abood with the support and participation of Elders from the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

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$12.00

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I Like Being Me: Poems About Kindness, Friendship, and Making Good Choices
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

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.

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

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64 pages | 8.23" x 7.83"

$14.99

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I Like Who I Am
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

Celina is a young Mohawk girl who moves to her mother's home reserve. She is teased by her classmates who tell her that she is not Mohawk and does not belong because she has blond hair and blue eyes. Celina starts to believe her classmates and decides not to dance at an upcoming Pow Wow. But her great-grandmother helps Celina understand that being Mohawk is not about how she looks but about what she feels in her heart. When the drumming starts at the Pow Wow, Celina decides to dance after all. A beautifully illustrated story, I Like Who I Am explores issues of bullying and belonging as Celina looks for acceptance in her new community.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 6-11

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44 pages | 8.00" x 9.00"

 

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$12.95

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I Love Me
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool;

I Love Me is a vibrant, multi-colored board book that teaches kids one of life's most important lessons: self acceptance.

"I love my eyes, I love my nose, I love the way my curly hair grows!" Acclaimed Indigenous Australian creators Sally Morgan and Ambelin Kwaymullina celebrate individuality and joyous self-esteem in bouncy, rhythmic prose and lively color. I Love Me is inclusive, fun, simple, and contains a necessary lesson for all about the positivity of self love.

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"[A] 4-page affirmation of self-worth for children everywhere.

Morgan and Kwaymullina, both from the Palyku people of the Pilbara region of Western Australia, use traditional Aboriginal-style art to illustrate the unique attributes that make a child loved and lovable. Vibrant, patterned colors in deep, rich hues frame each page while dots, stripes, stars, and swirling bands of color emphasize the joyous message. Two smiling brown-skinned children, sometimes joined by a black-and-white spotted dog, are haloed in variously colored auras that emphasize their singularity and seem to radiate self-love. The occasional rhymes in the text are unobtrusive but not forced.... Onomatopoeic words repeated three times (“tap,” “thump,” etc.) add energy and rhythm. On the next-to-last page, one child with crossed arms looks directly at readers to ask, “Who else would I be?” before returning to the refrain, “And I love, love, love me!”

You just gotta “love, love, love” this joy-filled book." - Kirkus Reviews

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24 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

Authenticity Note: Although by an Indigenous Australian author, this story's text content is not necessarily Indigenous.  The artwork in the book is traditional Aboriginal-style art from an Indigenous illustrator and is, therefore, given the Authentic Indigenous Artwork label. It is up to readers to determine if this work is authentic or not for their purposes.

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I Was Born Precious and Sacred
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

"...and this I need to know." With this refrain, Indigenous children are invited to re-learn their ancestral teachings about the Little People in their communities. With simple language and natural photographs, I Was Born Precious and Sacred acknowledges culturally integral concepts that promote the sacredness of life, the building of positive self-esteem, and an awareness of children's rights to be safe, loved and respected. Readers and listeners of all ages will be reminded that every aspect of a child is sacred and valuable and that each of us must work to preserve and nurture their minds, bodies, spirits and hearts.

Educator & Series Information
This is the first book in the Precious and Sacred series.

Reading level: K-3.

Additional Information
32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

Authenticity Note: This book has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label because it was written by Debora Abood with the support and participation of Elders from the Victoria Native Friendship Centre.

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$12.00

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Indian No More
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American; Umpqua;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Regina Petit's family has always been Umpqua, and living on the Grand Ronde Tribe's reservation is all ten-year-old Regina has ever known. Her biggest worry is that Sasquatch may actually exist out in the forest. But when the federal government enacts a law that says Regina's tribe no longer exists, Regina becomes "Indian no more" overnight--even though she lives with her tribe and practices tribal customs, and even though her ancestors were Indian for countless generations.

Now that they've been forced from their homeland, Regina's father signs the family up for the federal Indian Relocation Program and moves them to Los Angeles. Regina finds a whole new world in her neighborhood on 58th Place. She's never met kids of other races, and they've never met a real Indian. For the first time in her life, Regina comes face to face with the viciousness of racism, personally and toward her new friends.

Meanwhile, her father believes that if he works hard, their family will be treated just like white Americans. But it's not that easy. It's 1957 during the Civil Rights era, and the family struggles without their tribal community and land. At least Regina has her grandmother, Chich, and her stories. At least they are all together.

In this moving middle-grade novel drawing upon Umpqua author Charlene Willing McManis's own tribal history, Regina must find out: Who is Regina Petit? Is she Indian, American, or both? And will she and her family ever be okay?

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 8 to 12 (Interest Level: Grades 3 - 8; Reading Level: Grades 4 - 8).

Guided Reading: W

Themes: Bullying, Courage, Discrimination, Families, History, Home, Identity/Self-Esteem/Confidence, Middle Grade, Native American Interest, US History

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10 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"

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$25.95

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It's Okay To Be Different
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Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

It's okay to need some help.
It's okay to be a different color.
It's okay to talk about your feelings.


From the bestselling author Todd Parr comes a reassuring book about being who you are. 

Told with Todd Parr's signature wit and wisdom, It's Okay to Be Different cleverly delivers the important messages of acceptance, understanding, and confidence in an accessible, child-friendly format. The book features the bold, bright colors and silly scenes that made Todd a premiere voice for emotional discussions in children's literature. Targeted to young children first beginning to read, this book will inspire kids to celebrate their individuality through acceptance of others and self-confidence--and it's never to early to develop a healthy self-esteem. 

It's Okay to be Different is designed to encourage early literacy, enhance emotional development, celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, and promote character growth.

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 3-6

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32 pages | 9.87" x 9.87"

$11.99

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Jenneli's Dance
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

Jenneli is a shy young girl who feels that she is nothing special, until she learns about the Métis Red-River Jig from her grandma. One day, Grandma Lucee enters her into a jigging contest. Jenneli's Dance is a story that instills a sense of pride in the Métis culture, and deals with low self-esteem.

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44 pages | 7.94" x 9.02"

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$12.95

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