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1 2 3 Kindergarten
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Grade Levels: University/College;

1 2 3 Kindergarten is a down-to-earth, practical guide to help parents, caregivers and educators ensure children's readiness for kindergarten. Written by a kindergarten teacher and parent, this award-winning book, has tips, explanations, short-cuts and fun. It includes ideas that use resources already available at home or in child care centers and strategies to incorporate learning time into busy, active days. An easy-to-use developmental checklist and rating scale, guidance for the this-year-or-next-year debate, and suggestions for home-school transition make this a birth-to-kindergarten resource.

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Bullied: What Every Parent, Teacher, and Kid Needs to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear
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Winner of National Parenting Publications Award and Mom's Choice Award!

Everybody knows how it feels to be ostracized, isolated or taunted, but most of us are at a loss when it comes to knowing how to make it better. In Carrie Goldman's groundbreaking book, Bullied, she offers concrete solutions for parents, teachers, and kids on how to effectively respond to painful situations—whether it is normal social conflict or more serious bullying.

Goldman's warm, engaging style combines the real-life stories of bullies, victims, bystanders, and their parents with the most cutting edge scientific research to provide a thorough analysis of cruelty in our culture. She explores how the pop culture permeates homes and schools, often impacting the way kids view those who are different from the accepted norm.

Bullied comprehensively addresses issues such as:
- The media's influence on aggression and bullying
- How to prevent cyberbullying, or how to manage cyberbullying once it has begun
- How to safely shift from being a bystander into a witness or an ally
- Effects of bullying on the brain, both for bullies and for victims
- Steps to take with the school if you are being bullied or sexually harassed
- A comprehensive look at restorative justice as a non-punitive response to bullying
- Techniques to help you deal with verbal taunting in the moment it is happening
- Identifying the difference between normal social drama and bullying
- Knowing when to ask for help and how to access effective help

The mother of a bullied first grader, Goldman's inspiring true story triggered an outpouring of support from online communities around the world. Bullied is a research-based book born from Goldman's blog post about the ridicule her daughter suffered for bringing a Star Wars thermos to school—a story that went viral on Facebook and Twitter before exploding everywhere, from CNN.com and Yahoo.com to sites all around the world. More than 200 people were interviewed for the book, including parents, teachers, kids, social workers, authors, celebrities, researchers, psychologists, actors, actresses, and school administrators. It is a wealth of knowledge packaged in a fascinating read.

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Childhood Vaccinations: Answers to Your Questions
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Few issues can cause such widespread confusion-and even panic-as vaccination. Childhood Vaccinations provides parents with clear answers to their questions regarding childhood vaccines.

Bailetti puts fears to rest with up-to-date and reliable information about safety, side effects, and efficacy. This guide is an indispensible tool that will enable parents to make informed, empowered decisions about their child's health.

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For the Love of Reading Books to Build Lifelong Readers
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Grade Levels: University/College;

What should we read to our children? Four experts share their favorite books.
In For the Love of Reading, David Bouchard has teamed up with literacy experts Sally Bender, Anne Letain, and Lucie Poulin-Mackey to give lists of books to inspire us and our children. Whether you are a parent, a teacher, an administrator, an auntie, a grandpa or Mum's best friend, in For the Love of Reading you will find books to strike your fancy and the fancies of all the children in your life. Each author provides lists of books for all ages, as well as lists of seasonal books, resources, favorite strategies to encourage reading and those strategies to avoid. Lucie Poulin-Mackey's lists are of books in French. Indices are provided by author and title.

David Bouchard has been a tireless champion of literacy for many years. A non-reader until adulthood, he fell in love with children's books one day when he was asked to read a chapter of a novel aloud.

Sally Bender is a teacher-librarian who writes a book review column for the Brandon Sun. She brought the children's book section to her local teachers' supply store, Total Teacher, where she worked for several years.

Anne Letain is a teacher-librarian, a consultant and the host of the website, The Reading Registry (www.readingregistry.com).

Lucie Poulin-Mackey has been a teacher for almost twenty years. Lucie is now a literacy specialist for her French school board.

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2005 CCBC Our Choice

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Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence, Revised Edition
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When Ghosts from the Nursery: Tracing the Roots of Violence was published in 1997, it was lauded for providing scientific evidence that violence can originate in the womb and become entrenched in a child’s brain by preschool. The authors’ groundbreaking conclusions became even more relevant following the wave of school shootings across the nation including the tragedy at Columbine High School and the shocking subsequent shootings culminating most recently in the massacre of first graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Following each of these media coverage and public debate turned yet again to the usual suspects concerning the causes of violence: widespread availability of guns and lack of mental health services for late-stage treatment. Discussion of the impact of trauma on human life—especially early in life during chemical and structural formation of the brain—is missing from the equation.

This new, revised edition of Ghosts from the Nursery continues to shift the conversation among parents and policy makers toward more fundamental preventative measures, incorporating significant advances in the field of neurobiological research over the past decade.

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I'm Adopted!
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Why was I adopted? What was it like where I was born? How did you find me? 

Children have many questions about adoption. With a perceptive text and dynamic photographs, the creators of this book demystify adoption for young children and celebrate the joy that comes with adding to a family.

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32 pages | 9.25" x 11.00"

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Meet the Teacher: How to Help Your Child Navigate Elementary School
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Two veteran teachers guide parents through the challenging waters of a child's elementary school years.

Parents want their child to succeed in school. This book helps them promote smooth sailing for their child through all those important early school years, encouraging them to communicate with teachers early and regularly. The authors, two teachers who are also mothers, share ways to establish positive parent-teacher relationships and provide an insider's understanding of how schools actually work. Here is outstanding practical advice that parents need to help their child thrive in school.

Tips for parents cover a variety of topics, including:

* Establishing a positive relationship with teachers and the school
* Managing homework
* Interpreting report cards
* Suggestions for successful parent-teacher interviews
* Addressing conflict
* How to prepare young children to enter school
* Early reading and writing development
* Effective home-school communication
* Improving their child's study skills
* Tips for parents who need to help their child deal with peer pressure and bullying

Special chapters include information on the different ways children learn, legal and medical matters and special education concerns. There are also fun and educational activity pages for family-oriented activities that support school curriculum topics.

Borowski and Mayne have extensive experience sitting on both sides of the parent-teacher conference table, and they offer valuable insights from both perspectives.

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Money-Smart Kids
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Want to teach your kids to see money as a tool, not a trap? Determined to help them avoid the mistakes you made?

As a parent you want the best for your kids. You work hard to provide every advantage you can. You want them to be safe, smart and healthy. Yet, when it comes to money, it’s a whole different story. If you’re like most people, you’d rather run a mile through a desert with a camel on your back than talk financial realities with your children.

Your parents told you that talking about money just wasn’t polite. Look where that left you! A healthy, balanced attitude towards money begins when kids are just toddling, so pull your head out of the sand and roll up your sleeves.

Gail Vaz-Oxlade, Canada’s #1 personal finance expert, will teach you everything your children need to know. Gail believes that building confidence and money skills starts with an age-appropriate allowance. In Money-Smart Kids, she’ll show you how to start an allowance and use it effectively to help your kids:
- make saving a habit
- learn the difference between a need and a want
- use the “magic jars” to balance competing goals
- create life-long money management skills

What better gift could you give your kids than the confidence to control their money, rather than letting their money control them? Let Gail help you raise Money-Smart Kids.

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Moving Forward, Giving Back
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

Aboriginal people who choose to improve their education as adults often face many challenges, most of which arise from the ongoing impact of colonialism and of racialized poverty. Yet in Winnipeg’s low-income inner city, a variety of innovative and effective Aboriginal adult education initiatives have emerged. Drawing upon the voices and experiences of Aboriginal adult learners themselves, this book describes the initiatives and strategies that have proven successful and transformative for adult Aboriginal students.

These programs also positively influence the lives of the students’ families and are even felt on the community level, functioning as anti-poverty initiatives. Moving Forward, Giving Back posits that effective Aboriginal adult education initiatives need to be dramatically expanded to improve the health and vibrancy of Aboriginal people and communities across Canada.

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Native American Gardening: Stories, Projects, and Recipes for Families
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;

Learn how to plan and prepare a garden site, celebrate the harvest, create traditional gardens, such as the "˜Three Sisters Garden" of corn, beans, and squash, and make Native American crafts such as gourd rattles and corn husk dolls, and use its many recipes to cook Native meals.

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Never Too Late (Revised Edition)
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We all know we should save for retirement, right? But we don’t. We’re just not sure where to start . . . or when. Experts conjure magic numbers and use complicated terminology. Do we really need a million dollars? And if we don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of saving that much, should we even bother?

Gail’s answers are no and yes -- there is no magic number that fits everyone, and yes, you must bother! The hardest part of retirement planning is getting started, so Gail walks you through the steps to put momentum on your side -- even if it’s with as little as a dollar a day. She’ll help you figure out where you are now, where you want to be and how to get there.

No expert, Gail included, should offer a one-size-fits-all solution, which is why Never Too Late has concrete steps for developing a plan that is right for YOU. Never Too Late is about cutting through the crap, taking charge, and taking action to create the future you want.

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The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander: From Pre-School to High School--How Parents and Teachers Can Help Break the Cycle of Violence
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Practical solutions to a problem that may affect 80% of school children.

Drawing on her decades of work with troubled youth and her wide experience with conflict resolution and reconciliatory justice, bestselling parenting educator Barbara Coloroso offers a practical and compassionate book destined to become a groundbreaking guide to this escalating problem.

Coloroso helps readers recognize the characteristic triad of bullying: the bully who perpetrates the harm; the bullied who is the target (and who may become a bully); and the bystander––peers, siblings, or adults who don't act to defuse the situation. Readers learn:

- What bullying is and what it isn't; the three kinds of bullying; and the differences and similarities between boy and girl bullies
- How to read the subtle clues that a child is being bullied
- Seven steps to take if your child is a bully
- Four abilities that protect your child from succumbing to a bully
- Why zero tolerance policies can equal zero thinking
- Why contempt, not anger, drives bullying, and how to confront this in bullies.

Bullying is a widespread problem. In a 2001 study by the Kaiser Foundation in conjunction with Nickelodeon TV network and Children Now, 86% of children ages 12–15 interviewed said they get teased or bullied at school––making bullying more prevalent than smoking, alcohol, drugs, or sex among the same age group. Barbara Coloroso is an award wining author. Parenting Through Crisis and Kids Are Worth It! each won a Parent's Guide Award 2001 from Parent's Guide to Children's Media.

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The Entitlement Trap: How to Rescue Your Child with a New Family System of Choosing, Earning, and Ownership
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Dump the allowance-and use a new "Family Economy" to raise responsible children in an age of instant gratification.

Number-one New York Times bestselling authors Richard and Linda Eyre, have spent the last twenty-five years helping parents nurture strong, healthy families. Now they've synthesized their vast experience in an essential blueprint to instilling children with a sense of ownership, responsibility, and self-sufficiency. At the heart of their plan is the "Family Economy" complete with a family bank, checkbooks for kids, and a system of initiative-building responsibilities that teaches kids to earn money for the things they want. The motivation carries over to ownership of their own decisions, values, and goals. Anecdotal, time-tested, and gently humorous, The Entitlement Trap challenges some of the sacred cows of parenting and replaces them with values that will save kids (and their parents) from a lifetime of dependence and disabling debt.

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The Making of a Star Blanket
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

The Making of a Star Blanket provides students with an opportunity to work with paper and colour, while integrating the concepts of numbers into the learning and teaching process. The hands-on experience of being able to fold the paper into different shapes, patterns and designs, adding colour, and coordinating all of this is an excellent strategy to motivate students to learn math. Being able to manipulate and visualize different concepts of math before engaging in the actual activity of making a star blanket is a good learning experience.

The section, The Star Blanket Making Process From the Sewing Perspective, shows a step-by-step progression of how to assemble a star blanket. The skill of how to create and sew a star blanket is a desired outcome for all learners. Not only does it teach the skill and manipulation of numbers, colours and patterns, it also teaches patience and builds positive self-esteem with the learner.

There are many mathematical concepts that can be taught and assessed with the Star Blanket. These concepts are not an end to itself, but generates a foundation of ideas and skills for teachers and students.

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The World Needs Your Kid Revised Edition: How to Raise Children Who Care and Contribute
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This unique guide to parenting is centred on a simple but profound philosophy that will encourage children to become global citizens. One of the greatest legacies parents can leave is a generation of conscientious and thoughtful children. This updated and revised edition from international child rights activists Craig and Marc Kielburger includes a new foreword from His Holiness the Dalai Lama along with new celebrity contributors, Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel and Betty Williams, Jason Mraz, and Robert Kennedy Jr. Drawing on life lessons from remarkable individuals and success stories from unconventional childhoods, Marc and Craig Kielburger demonstrate how small actions can make a huge difference in the life of a child and ultimately change the world.

With a new clean and interactive layout and design, the second edition of The World Needs Your Kid offers updated stories, new sections, and photography alongside additional tips for parents to take action. The updated book highlights the latest thinking from experts and leading research, but it is not academic. It is brimming with hands-on suggestions, plus first-person contributions from many leaders and celebrities, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Steve Nash, Dr. Jane Goodall, Jane Fonda, Mia Farrow, Sol Guy, Jeff Skoll, and Ethan Zohn. The World Needs Your Kid provides everything you need to know to raise kids, lend a hand, and change the world-all at the same time.

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