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Flow, Spin, Grow: Looking for Patterns in Nature
Authors:
Patchen Barss
Artists:
Todd Stewart
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

Branching, spiraling, spinning—you can find patterns almost anywhere in nature, if you look for them. This book is a starting point that introduces kids to some major patterns in the natural world. Just as the branches of a tree spread upwards into the sky, roots branch deep into the ground. Branches also spread through our bodies, inside our lungs and veins. Storms and snail shells spiral; electrons and galaxies spin.

With brief text and full-spread illustrations, this book is designed to inspire kids to observe, discover, and explore hidden structures and shapes in the natural world around them. Why are things the way they are? This question, key to scientific inquiry, runs throughout the text.

Artwork in multilayered screen prints shows how the natural world is inherently beautiful, from the curve of your ear to the spiraling arms of our galaxy. Kids will come away with a deeper understanding that we are all connected to nature and part of its patterns.

Educator Information
Recommended for ages 4-8.

Curriculum Connections:

  • Language Arts: Reading Comprehension
  • Math: Patterns

Key Features:

  • Excellent STEM pick with links to math, space, weather patterns, the human body, and more.
  • Encourages kids to observe and inquire about the world around them.
  • Author's note provides further deatil about patterns in nature and the human body.

Reading Levels
Grade: K-5
Fountas & Pinnell: N

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32 pages | 8.00" x 10.00"

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Kiss by Kiss / Ocêtôwina: A Counting Book for Families
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

One kiss, two kiss, three kiss, four! So many kisses and so many more. From bestselling author Richard Van Camp comes a delightful counting book that honors families and can be used to praise your little ones as they learn to count. Ten kisses from your sweet baby might not be enough to get you through this adorable book, so you'll just have to read it over and over!

Educator Information
This book is a dual-language book in English and Plains Cree Y dialect.

Recommended for Grades K-2 for the following subject areas: English Language Arts, Indigenous Language, Social Studies.

Translated by Mary Cardinal Collins.

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26 pages | 7.00" x 7.00" | Board Book

Authenticity Note
Because this book is written and translated by an Indigenous author and translator, and because it contains Cree language, an element of Indigenous culture, this work has received the Authentic Indigenous text label and a text content label of Cree.  The story itself and the images within the book are not specifically Indigenous or Cree, however.

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Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season
Authors:
Emma Adbåge
Artists:
Emma Adbåge
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

In this innovative book, Emma Adbåge encourages children to get outside, where they can have fun interacting with the natural world while learning math. Adbåge has created twenty-two outdoor activities, organized by season.

Through play, children will learn about numeracy and arithmetic, as well as math concepts such as shapes, time, greater/less than, even and odd numbers, patterns and grids. The activities have simple-to-follow instructions and are accompanied by adorable illustrations that provide clear visual demonstrations. The natural materials required --- stones, pinecones, snowballs, worms --- are easy to find in many environments. Supplementary spreads introduce the numbers 1 to 10 and further explore addition/subtraction and multiplication/division, with simplified explanations and illustrated examples.

Studies have shown that learning outdoors helps kids retain information and skills, and that physically active children perform better in a variety of subjects --- including math. This book could be used alongside other math coursework all school year, since the activities have direct curricular applications. While the thrust of the book is math, there are also science lessons here, particularly regarding the properties of nature and how things change during the four seasons. Many of the activities can be done in pairs or groups, promoting teamwork and cooperation. A list of activities in the back matter indexes the activities and categorizes them by the math skills they develop.

All activities promote active living and an understanding of the natural world, while developing important character skills, such as teamwork and cooperation.

Review
"This is a worthy addition to a school collection or a public library shelf for motivated parents and preschool teachers who strive to create a rich learning environment."
School Library Journal

Educator Information
Curriculum Links: Math, Number Sense, Early Numeracy.

Covers math fundamentals including counting, addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Cross-curricular applications in math, science, physical education, and language arts.

Recommended for ages 5 to 8 / grades K to 3.

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26 pages | 8.12" x 9.75"

$16.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Ten in a Tent
Authors:
Maren Vsetula
Artists:
Jimena Mora
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

When 10 Arctic animals come across a tent on the land, they all want to find out what's inside!

This story will help children learn to make the number 10 in different ways while learning a bit about 10 different animals in the Arctic and what they eat. It will help support foundational mathematics learning in a fun and accessible way.

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. Ten in a Tent is a Level 8 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Ten in a Tent's F&P Level is L.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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28 pages | 6.00" x 9.00"

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Machu Picchu: The Story of the Amazing Inkas and Their City in the Clouds
Authors:
Elizabeth Mann
Artists:
Amy Crehore
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous South American; Inca;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7;

"The story of the rise of the Inkas and the building of the great city of Machu Picchu is described in this book. The city is as astonishing as were its builders. Set in a remote, inaccessible area of the high Andes, this breathtaking city was never found by the Spanish Conquistadors and remains an untouched example of Inka genius.

Reviews
"Readers will be fascinated by the narrative. Once again, Mann has written an engaging and accessible introduction to one of humankind's great architectural achievements."— School Library Journal

"Informative, entertaining, often riveting, these books offer readers important pieces of history and bring the civilizations to life... A must-have series! Highly Recommended." — Gail Hamilton, Canadian Materials, October 2006

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The winner of numerous awards, Wonders of the World series is renowned for Elizabeth Mann's ability to convey adventure and excitement while revealing technical information in engaging and easily understood language. The illustrations are lavishly realistic and accurate in detail but do not ignore the human element. Outstanding in the genre, these books are sure to bring even the most indifferent young reader into the worlds of history, geography, and architecture.

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48 pages | 10.00" x 10.00" | full color illustrations and photographs, map, double gatefold, and index 

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Raven Series: Raven and Frog Count (Big Book)
Format: Coil Bound
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

Join Raven and Frog as they both count to ten in their own way. Raven teaches one to ten in rhyme and with a focus on number recognition. Frog teaches one to ten with visual supports of number representation.

A Little Note about Counting:
Learning to count is a foundational skill and our world is full of numbers. Young learners will learn early on in life that they can have one candy, not ten. In order to support the learning we can teach first what the numbers 1 – 10 look like while counting/naming them. After many practises counting/naming we can then teach the amount of each number. For example, we can show the learners; I can hold one cracker in my left hand and two crackers in my right hand. Last, we can show number representation in a pattern, like the number patterns on dice. Of course, this is only the beginning of discovering that our world is full of math but this is such a great start for any young learner.

16 pages
Size: 10" x 14"

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Nunavummi Reading Series Big Book: Ten in a Tent
Authors:
Maren Vsetula
Artists:
Jimena Mora
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

When 10 Arctic animals come across a tent on the land, they all want to find out what's inside!

This story will help children learn to make the number 10 in different ways while learning a bit about 10 different animals in the Arctic and what they eat. It will help support foundational mathematics learning in a fun and accessible way.

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. Ten in a Tent is a Level 8 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. Ten in a Tent's F&P Level is L.

This is a Big Book. Its large print and colourful, large images make it ideal for read-alouds and shared readings.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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32 pages | 13.00" x 19.50"

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How to Build an Iglu and a Qamutiik: Inuit Tools and Techniques, Volume One
Artists:
Andrew Breithaupt
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

The iglu, a traditional winter shelter built in the Arctic for centuries, is a vital part of Inuit culture. The qamutiik, a traditional sled used for hunting, is an essential tool whose versatility and dependability have allowed it to endure over time.

In How to Build an Iglu & a Qamutiik, Solomon Awa provides thorough how-to instructions on building iglus and qamutiiks, along with general background information on their construction and importance to survival. Complete with detailed, clear illustrations, this valuable resource will teach readers to build these structures that are so central to Inuit culture and tradition.

Educator Information
Delivered in a dual-language format of English and Ikutitut.

Additional Information
32 pages | 9.00" x 7.00" | b&w illustrations, colour photographs

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Powwow Counting in Cree
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

A unique book for young children that teaches counting from one to ten in the Cree language. Both words and pictures reflect the rich culture and tradition of the Cree people.

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Counting Wild Bears of the Native Northwest Coast
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Haida;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

Offers young readers a window into the Haida culture and the importance of bears in that world; counting from 1 to 10. This 20-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating. Haida artist Gryn White introduces young readers to the wild bears of Haida culture. Bears are an important part of Haida traditions because the ancestors have honoured and respected bears. To acknowledge this respect the Haida feature images of bears in their regalia and art. Early childhood teachers will find this counting book from 1 to 10 a useful resource because it introduces Northwest Coast culture into arithmetic. Colours are also highlighted in the board book.

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More Math Games & Activities from Around the World
Authors:
Claudia Zaslavsky
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

More than 70 math games, puzzles, and projects from all over the world are included in this delightful book for kids.

Math, history, art, and world cultures come together in this delightful book for kids, even for those who find traditional math lessons boring. More than 70 games, puzzles, and projects encourage kids to hone their math skills as they calculate, measure, and solve problems. The games span the globe, and many have been played for thousands of years, such as three-in-a-row games like Achi from Ghana or the forbidden game of Jirig from Mongolia. Also included are imaginative board games like Lambs and Tigers from India and the Little Goat Game from Sudan, or bead and string puzzles from China, and Möbius strip puzzles from Germany. Through compelling math play, children will gain confidence and have fun as they learn about the different ways people around the world measure, count, and use patterns and symmetry in their everyday lives.

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176 pages | 11.00" x 8.50"

 

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Strong Readers Set A: Crossing the River (L6) 6-Pack
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 6 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: This story is about counting bears who want to cross the river. You will be counting by two’s. Can you count by two’s from 0 to 12? Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571514

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Strong Readers Set A: Crossing the River (L6)
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Level 6 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: This story is about counting bears who want to cross the river. You will be counting by two’s. Can you count by two’s from 0 to 12? Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781927571118

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Strong Readers Set A: Salmon to Share (L3) 6-Pack
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten;

Level 3 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: Baby Bear likes to share salmon with his friends. Who do you think could be some of Baby Bear’s friends? Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571422

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Strong Readers Set A: Salmon to Share (L3)
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten;

Level 3 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: Baby Bear likes to share salmon with his friends. Who do you think could be some of Baby Bear’s friends? Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9781927571026

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Strong Readers Set A: Frogs! Frogs! Frogs! (L1) 6-Pack
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten;

Level 1 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: This book is about counting frogs. Can you count from 1-10? Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in Pages: 16 6-Pack ISBN: 9781927571323

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Strong Readers Set A: Frogs! Frogs! Frogs! (L1)
Authors:
Brenda Boreham
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten;

Level 1 Illustrated by Bill Helin. Back cover book introduction: This book is about counting frogs. Can you count from 1-10? Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in Pages: 16 ISBN: 9780987967022

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Math Games & Activities from Around the World
Authors:
Claudia Zaslavsky
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

More than 70 math games, puzzles, and projects from all over the world are included in this delightful book for kids. Multicultural fun for ages 9+.

Reviews
“A powerful book of games, puzzles, and art-related projects for middle-grade students.” —Mathematics Teaching in Middle School

“This book is a splendidly sneaky means of countering math anxiety.” —Hungry Mind Review

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160 pages | 11.00" x 8.50"

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Tipi, Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters
Authors:
Paul Goble
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American;

Award-winning author Paul Goble examines the construction, art, and significance of the tipi to the Plains in his newest book, entitled Tipi: Home of the Nomadic Buffalo Hunters. Through a re-telling of the old-timer's stories, Goble shows how the tipi was more than just a home, but an expression of spiritual beliefs.

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How To Build An Igloo: And Other Snow Shelters
Authors:
Norbert E. Yankielun
Artists:
Amelia Bauer
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4;

How are the ice blocks of igloos so perfectly formed and fitted, and able, it's been said, to withstand the weight of a polar bear? How can you determine if the fresh snow that's fallen outside your front door is as good for making a slab shelter as a snowman? What is a slab shelter, anyway? For that matter, what are drift caves, spruce traps, snow block walls, and bivy bag shelters, and how would you go about building them, whether for winter fun or protection from the weather?

In this instructive, whimsical, illustrated manual, Norbert E. Yankielun, a seasoned cold-regions explorer and researcher, takes readers step-by-step through the process of constructing and inhabiting a range of useful snow structures, from the most basic to the more complex. Whether you're a veteran back country skier or a backyard builder, this is one book you won't want to be without. 100 black-and-white line drawings.

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208 pages | 9.00" x 5.60"

Territory Note:
While this book does give a short historical perspective of igloos, the main content is not focused on Indigenous peoples or cultures.

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1234 First Nations Explore
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Reading Level: N/A

1234 First Nations Explore

There are so many wonderful and interesting facts about First Nations Culture. The 1234 book gives children a chance to count while they learn about Aboriginal Peoples from all over "Turtle Island".

Kim is a Lakota artist, teacher in Vancouver, BC and children's TV show writer.

These watercolour paintings are part of a collection that teaches about First Nation's culture. The paintings were featured in “Wakanheja“ in counting time with Terry Turtle.

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Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6; 7;

Native American stories combine with related hands-on activities to inspire children with a deep respect and interest in the Earth and in Native cultures in this popular and critically acclaimed book. Keepers of the Earth uses an interdisciplinary approach to introduce environmental concepts to children, aged five through twelve. The activities include theatre, reading, writing, science, social studies, and mathematics, and are designed to engage all of the senses.

Reviews
"Keepers of the Earth is an excellent school resource introducing children to Aboriginal worldviews. The book is comprised of 21 story packages which may be used as teaching tools in the classroom. The stories are divided by subject nature and include three stories about creation, two about fire, one about the earth, one about wind and weather, three about water, two about sky, one about seasons, six about plants and animals, one about life, death, and spirits, and about the unity of earth.... Following each story is a discussion prompt to help teachers explain the story’s context. The discussion prompts relate the story to First Nations traditional worldviews and emphasize mankind’s interconnection with the natural world. Following the discussion prompts, there is a list of questions to encourage student reflection. Some of the questions are focussed more on story comprehension while others encourage children to reflect on the greater meaning of the story and how it relates to their daily life.... Keepers of the Earth offers suggestions for activities to solidify and expand the learning of the story. Activity suggestions include field trips, demonstrations, experimentationand further discussion. Each story is accompanied by at least one activity with recommendations as to which age group tocater the activityto. While most of the activities seem directed at grades 3-8, there are many activities that could suit the needs of older or younger children with little or no modification." - Rachel Yaroshuk, CM Magazine

Educator & Series Information
This book is part of the Keepers Series.

Foreword by N. Scott Momaday.

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240 pages | 8.25" x 10.72"

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Crafts and Skills of the Native Americans: Tipis, Canoes, Jewelry, Moccasins, and More
Authors:
David R. Montgomery
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;
Reading Level: N/A

Crafts and Skills of Native Americans is a fascinating, practical guide to the skills that have made Native Americans famous worldwide as artisans and craftsmen. Readers can replicate traditional Native American living by trying a hand at brain tanning, identifying animal tracks, or constructing a horse saddle. Readers can even make distinctive Native American beaded jewelry, a variety of moccasins, headdresses, and gourd rattles. Native American style is unique and popular, especially among young people, historians, and those with a special interest in the American West.

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240 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

$19.95

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My Arctic 1,2,3
Artists:
Vladyana Krykorka
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Readers discover counting and creatures, and learn who's predator and who's prey. They witness five Arctic foxes hunting six furry siksiks. They watch seven fisherman catch eight Arctic char. Numbers explored include 1 to 10, 20, 100 and even 1,000,000 millions of berries ripen in the fall.

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"From one polar bear walking along the edge of a huge ice floe to millions of berries ready for picking, My Arctic 1, 2, 3 takes young readers on a counting tour in the Far North. With the rich Arctic environment as a background, this classic not only provides small children with opportunities to practice their counting skills, it introduces them to the extraordinary animals that make the Far North their home. Stunning artwork, the author's memories of life in the Arctic and information about many of the featured animals make My Arctic 1, 2, 3 the perfect book for families to share and cherish. You can count on it!" - Parent Council

"A fascinating tale... The book is well thought out, colourful and imaginative, giving us a glimpse of life in the vast Arctic. Recommended." 
Naomi Gerrard, reviewer for Amelia Frances Howard-, Children's Materials, Vol. 3, No. 2, September 1996

"Emerging readers will appreciate the easy-to-read, large print...A unique addition for libraries, particularly those building multicultural or Arctic-region collections." — School Library Journal

Educator Information
Recommended Ages: 4-6.

Numbers are in Inuktitut and English.

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24 pages | 8.25" x 10.50"

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Northwest Native Arts: Creative Colours 1
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Nisga'a;

Full-page native illustrations skillfully produced, designed to be colored showing style and techique.

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$6.95

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Northwest Native Arts: Creative Colours 2
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Nisga'a;

More full-page native illustrations skillfully produced, designed to be colored showing style and techique.

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