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A Terrible Thing Happened
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

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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A World of Kindness
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

Are you kind?

In a series of simple yet evocative questions, this impactful book asks children how they will show kindness and consideration for others. Written by the editors of Pajama Press, and illustrated by celebrated Pajama Press artists, these stunning pages inspire meaningful discussion and storytelling about the understated yet powerful ways in which children might influence the world around them. A World of Kindness goes beyond mere rhetoric to examine, in a child-friendly way, everyday social interactions where a kind word or act could have a transformative affect on others.

Royalties from the proceeds of this book will be donated to Think Kindness.

Many of the original images in this book have been donated by the artists. The cover art was created and donated by award-winning author-illustrator Suzanne Del Rizzo.  Some other artists whose work is featured include Brian Deines, Kim La Fave, Manon Gauthier, Tara Anderson, Rebecca Bender, Francois Thisdale, Wallace Edwards, and Dean Griffiths.

Reviews
"A tool to spur kindness conversations..."—Kirkus Reviews

"Every page of this book has a unique style of artwork....The settings and children featured in each scene reflect a diversity of cultures....Every child (and parent) could benefit from this book."—Resource Links

"The real strength of A World of Kindness is its art...each illustration in its own way and style authentically highlights the joy of kindness...Preschool and Kindergarten teachers will find that A World of Kindness makes a lovely companion to now-classic picture books on kindness such as Have You Filled a Bucket Today?"—CM Magazine

"The ideas are simple, but they're also transformative and profound, and the depth and diversity of illustrations on this book provide another layer of richness, making A World of Kindness a deeply meaningful read."—Pickle Me This

"The questions are asked of young readers, and the illustrations inspire quiet conversation about the many ways we can show kindness to others...Empathy and kindness can be severely lacking in these divisive times, and we can often look to children to show us the way."—Sal's Fiction Addiction

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Recommended Ages: 3-6

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32 pages | 10.00" x 9.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$19.95

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Birdsong
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

A tender, luminous portrait of art, nature, and connecting across generations.

When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flett’s textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships and shared passions.

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Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Recommended Grade Range: Preschool to Grade 3.

Curriculum Connections: Family - Indigenous, Friendship, Emotions and Feelings, Nature, Seasons

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48 pages | 10.00" x 10.00"

Authentic Canadian Content
$22.95

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Bucket Filling From A to Z: The Key to Being Happy
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Format: Paperback
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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But What If?: A book about feeling worried
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Daisy’s family is moving, and Daisy is very worried. What if she doesn’t like her new home? What if her cat runs away? What if her new teacher isn’t nice? A conversation with her grandpa helps Daisy learn that many worries don’t come true—and if one does, someone will be there to help her solve the problem.

Part of the Our Emotions and Behavior series, But What If? uses simple, easy-to-read text to address worry in children and introduce coping skills. 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 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

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32 pages | 8.07" x 9.49"

$18.99

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But Why Can’t I?: A book about rules
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Kids and rules don’t always make a perfect match right away. Following rules that adults make can be hard for children, yet it is an important skill in character education and development. They want to know, “But why can’t I?”

Part of the Our Emotions and Behavior books, But Why Can’t I? explores these feelings using simple text, cheerful illustrations, and a light touch of humor. When Jenny comes over to babysit, Noah doesn’t want to do what she says. Rules for games, rules for bedtime—rules, rules, rules! But Jenny helps him understand that adults have to follow rules as well as kids, and rules help keep everybody safe, healthy, and happy.

Following the story, a series of pictures invites children to tell a story in their own words about following rules. A section for adults suggests ideas for talking with kids about why rules are important, and gently presents positive coping skills for children when it comes to dealing with their 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

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32 pages | 7.44" x 10.04"

$18.99

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Calm-Down Time: Toddler Tool
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

Every parent, caregiver and young child knows the misery that comes with meltdowns and temper tantrums. Through rhythmic text and warm illustrations, this gentle, reassuring book offers toddlers simple tools to release strong feelings, express them, and calm themselves down. Children learn to use their calm-down place - a quiet space where they can take time out. After a break, toddlers will feel like new - and adults will, too. It features a dynamic, award-winning author/illustrator team of the best-selling "Best Behavior" series. The books engage toddlers in facing daily routines and transitions with confidence.

Tips for parents and caregivers are included at the end of each book. It is ideal for both home and childcare settings.

Educator Information
An award-winning author-illustrator team offers a fresh look at the times and transitions all toddlers face daily, giving young children coping skills to ease temper tantrums and handle strong feelings with confidence and cooperation.

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24 pages | 7.01" x 7.01"

$12.99

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Cool Down and Work Through Anger
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

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"

$17.95

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Dancing with the Cranes
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4; 5;

Dancing with the Cranes gives an understanding of birth, life and death. Chi's momma is soon to have a baby, but Chi is having a hard time being happy about it. Chi misses Temma (her grandma), who has passed away. Chi's momma and daddy help ease the pain of losing Temma and help Chi to understand life and death as a part of nature. Chi soon finds herself feeling comforted, knowing Temma will always be a part of her and looking forward to the new baby who will be a part of their lives.

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24 pages | 7.97" x 9.95"

Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text
Authentic Indigenous Artwork
$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.

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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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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From There to Here
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

A little girl and her family have just moved across the country by train. Their new neighborhood in the city of Toronto is very different from their home in the Saskatchewan bush, and at first everything about “there” seems better than “here.”

The little girl’s dad has just finished building a dam across the Saskatchewan River, and his new project is to build a highway through Toronto. In Saskatchewan, he would come home for lunch every day, but now he doesn’t come until supper. The family used to love to look at the stars, and the northern lights dancing in the night sky. But in the city, all they can see is the glare from the streetlights. All the kids used to run and play together, but now older brother Doug has his own friends.

Then one day there is a knock on the door. It is Anne, who lives kitty-corner and is also eight, going on nine, and suddenly living in Toronto takes on a whole new light.

Laurel Croza and Matt James have beautifully captured the voice and intense feelings of a young child who, in the midst of upheaval, finds hope in her new surroundings.

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36 pages | 7.50" x 9.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$18.95

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Grandmother's Visit
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Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Grandmother lives with Grace’s family. She teaches her how to measure water for rice. She tells her stories about growing up in China and together they savor the flavors of her childhood. Grandmother says goodbye when she drops Grace off at school every morning and hello when she picks her up at the end of the day.

Then, Grandmother stops walking Grace to and from school, and the door to her room stays closed. Father comes home early to make dinner, but the rice bowls stay full. One day, Grandmother’s room is empty. And one day, Grandmother is buried. After the funeral, Grace’s mom turns on all the outside lights so that Grandmother’s spirit can find its way home for one final goodbye.

Carmen Mok’s gentle illustrations show the love between a child and her grandmother in this story that will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one. Betty Quan’s picture-book debut is haunting yet hopeful.

Educator Information

Recommended for ages 4-7, grades K-2.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Social studies / heritage, identity, family
  • Health / life and death, human development

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32 pages | 8.62" x 9.50"

Authentic Canadian Content
$17.95

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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.

Reviews
"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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How to Take the Grrr Out of Anger
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Kids need help learning how to manage their anger. This book speaks directly to them and offers strategies they can start using immediately. Blending solid information and sound advice with jokes and funny cartoons, it guides kids to understand that anger is normal and can be expressed in many ways - some healthy, some not. It teaches them how to recognize anger in themselves and others, how to handle situations and emotions (loneliness, guilt, frustration, fear) that lead to or mask anger, and how to deal with the anger they feel.

Young readers learn that violence is not acceptable and there are better, safer, more positive ways to resolve conflicts.

Educator Information
Reading Level: Grade 4
Interest Level: Ages 8–13
Guided Reading Level: Q

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128 pages | 5.51" x 6.73"

$14.99

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