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Because I am a Girl: I Can Change The World
Format: Paperback
  • Because when a girl is given her basic human rights she can lift herself - and everyone around her - out of poverty.

    Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan International Canada, has followed up the her popular picture book Every Day is Malala Day with a book for middle grade readers, also inspired by her international development work. Working with Plan, Rosemary helped craft its Because I am a Girl global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls' rights, and lift millions of girls out of poverty, and helped lead the charge for the United Nations to declare October 11th the "International Day of the Girl" - a day each year to recognize and advocate for girls' rights globally.

    This book illustrates the Because I am a Girl call to change by telling the stories of individual girls throughout the world. They tell us: "Because I am a girl, I eat if there is food left over when everyone is done" and "I am the poorest of the poor." The later stories are about hope, with chapters like "Because I am a girl, I will share what I know" and " I am the heart of my community" and "I can change the world." Illustrated with Plan's amazing photographs and including "Did You Know" fact sections.

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Environmental Activist
Author: Carrie Gleason
Format: Paperback
  • Environmental activists are concerned for the well being of the environment, including all people, plants, and animals. This wonderfully informative title shows how environmentalists work to preserve and improve the natural environment and how young environmentalists can become positive activists themselves. Readers will learn what actions they can take to make the world a better place to live in.

    Reading Level: Gr. 4
    Interest Level: Gr. 3-6
    Guided Reading Level: S

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Environmentalists from our First Nations
Format: Paperback
  • Like the other books in the First Nations Series for Young Readers, this books offers ten short and engaging biographies of First Nations/Native activists who advocate not only for the environment but for Native rights. Their stories are full of highs and lows, triumphs and setbacks. Environmental trailblazers, these men and women are role models for children everywhere.

    The men and women profiled here are united by their work to protect the environment and to support indigenous rights. Their stories take us from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to the Black Mesa in Arizona.

    Melina Laboucan-Massimo uses her passion to stop oil extraction in Alberta’s tar sands.
    Winona LaDuke is a voice for reclaiming Native lands, advocating renewable energy resources, and protecting Native cultures.
    Clayton Thomas-Muller is a dynamic advocate for indigenous self-determination and campaigner against tar sands extraction.
    Ben Powless brings his youthful energy and skills to addressing climate change issues.
    Tom Goldtooth protects sacred sites and organizes global direct-action campaigns for the environment.
    Grace Thorpe is a grandmother who dedicated her retirement years to keeping Native reservations from becoming nuclear waste dumps.
    Sarah James is a voice from northern Alaska defending the Porcupine caribou herd and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
    Enei Begaye & Evon Peter are married activists who work as a team on environmental issues and sustainable strategies for Native people.
    Klee Benally uses the media to empower Native communities in their fight for environmental justice.
    Teague Allston works to ensure a tribal voice is heard in Washington DC.

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Every Day is Malala Day
Format: Hardcover
  • Malala Yousafzai - as of October 2014 the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize - is an inspiration. A young girl living in Pakistan, she was shot by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school. Since that moment, she has captured the attention of the world with her bravery, becoming a voice for the rights of girls everywhere. In the fall of 2014 she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

    This is a letter to Malala, illustrated with beautiful photographs from Plan International. Girls from around the world express their sympathy, sisterhood, and admiration for her. Many of them know first-hand the barriers that stand in the way of girls going to school – barriers like poverty, discrimination, and violence.

    In Malala these girls recognize a leader, a champion, and a friend.

$18.95

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How to Build Your Own Country
Author: Valerie Wyatt
Format: Hardcover
  • How to Build Your Own Country is an interactive and totally original learning experience that shows kids how to build their very own country from scratch.
    This book, the only one of its kind, offers children the expertise and advice they'll need to plant their flag in the backyard, in the bedroom or online. Kids will be amazed to discover that anyone can do it. Nation-building advice is peppered with examples of events that have shaped countries throughout history, teaching young readers about government, elections, geography and global issues.

    Backed up with lots of amazing examples of real micronations - some established or ruled by kids - How to Build Your Own Country promises to inspire, entertain and inform young nation-builders.

    Want to build your very own country from scratch? It's easy:

    Step 1: Stake Out Your Identity ... with a flag, money and a national anthem. Learn how to put your country's name on the map.

    Step 2: Run the Country ... with a government, constitution, laws and an economy.

    Step 3: Meet the Neighbors … and join other nations on the big issues that face the whole world, such as poverty, global warming, security and international aid.

    How To Build Your Own Country is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

    Ages: 8 to 12

    Reading Levels:
    Fountas & Pinnell: U
    Grade Level: 5
    Accelerated Reader: LG 6.7

    Curriculum Connections:
    Social Studies
    - Cultures, Local & Global Community, citizenship

$18.95

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I Want to be in The Show
Format: Paperback
  • Young Tristan dreams of playing in the NHL,"The Show", and he won't let his crippled foot stop him. This is an encouraging story of determination and friendship, set against the annual Limestone Classic hockey tournament in Kingston, Ont.

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If the World Were a Village: A Book about the World's People
Author: David J. Smith
Format: Hardcover
  • The 2nd Edition of the best-selling book which has sold over 400 000 copies in 17 languages – updated with new content and insights about the world's people.

    First published to wide acclaim in 2002, this eye-opening book has since become a classic, promoting "world-mindedness" by imagining the world's population – all 6.8 billion of us – as a village of just 100 people.

    Now, If the World Were a Village has been newly revised with updated statistics, several new activities and completely new material on food security, energy and health. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own.

    If the World Were a Village is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

    Ages: 8 to 12

    Reading Levels:
    Fountas & Pinnell: R
    Grade Level: 4
    Accelerated Reader: MG 5

    Curriculum Connections:
    Social Studies
    - Cultures, Local & Global Community, human geography, multiculturalism, global awareness

$19.95

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Jen and the Great One
Author: Peter Eyvindson
Format: Paperback
  • Jen and the Great One is a children's picture book with a strong environmental message. Jen is a young child who enjoys playing and sitting beside a giant evergreen tree. She loves the texture of its bark and its Christmas tree smell. If Jen sat very still she could sometimes hear the wind whisper and then the old tree would speak.

    The remainder of the text is a heavy-handed account of clear cutting as explained by this lone tree. It tells the girl how it began from a seedling, how it grew and its role in the forest. But one day a greedy businessman came along and saw money in the forest's resources. Next came a nasty yellow machine that cut down the trees and this went on until only the lone great tree remained. After hearing all of this, Jen leaves the tree. The great tree moans about its fate but is surprised to see Jen and other children returning to rescue the tree.

    Jen and the others begin to plant the tree's seedlings and rejoice in the fact that the great one will once again have fellow trees. Although the author and illustrator clearly speak out against clear cutting of forests, the strong main character is a child who takes action along with other children. The message is clear that even a small child can make a difference when it comes to the environment. This would make an excellent book for discussions about the role of the forest and the devastation brought about by their loss.

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Lacey and the African Grandmothers
Format: Paperback
  • Can a sewing project make a difference half-way across the world?
    Lacey Little Bird loves spending time with Kahasi, an elder on her reserve who is like a grandmother to her. From Kahasi, Lacey is learning about their people, the Siksika Blackfoot tribe of Alberta, including the art of beadwork.

    Lacey hears about a project to help grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren because their parents have died from AIDS. Even though Africa is far, far away, Lacey wants to help and emails the grandmothers with a plan to raise money by selling beaded purses.

    What difference can a young Blackfoot girl from North America make in the lives of grandmothers in Africa? A lot, as Lacey discovers. Her decision to help will bring about amazing changes in her life and her community.

    Lacey and the African Grandmothers is based on true events, real people, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.

    This is a Kids Power Book – our series inspired by real stories of young people who have taken action to make their lives, and their world, better.

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Maggie and the Chocolate War
Author: Michelle Mulder
Format: Paperback
  • Maggie has been saving her delivery-job money for weeks to buy her best friend, Jo, a chocolate bar for her birthday. It's 1947, and while the war is over and ration tickets are gone, food prices are going up. Then it is announced that the price of chocolate is going up too - now Maggie can never afford to buy a chocolate bar! And neither can the other kids. Maggie and her friends leap into action and wage a strike against the price hike. But what can a bunch of kids do? More than you think?

    Based on real events, Maggie and the Chocolate War is filled with photographs and newspaper documents covering an amazing historical moment that united children from British Columbia to the Atlantic coast.

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Mimi's Village: And How Basic Health Care Transformed It
Format: Hardcover
  • In this addition to the CitizenKid™ collection of inspiring stories from around the globe, Mimi Malaho and her family help bring basic health care to their community. By making small changes like sleeping under mosquito nets and big ones like building a clinic with outside help, the Malahos and their neighbors transform their Kenyan village from one afraid of illness to a thriving community. "A great resource for introducing children to the issues surrounding global health and empowering them to get involved." — Ophelia Dahl, Executive Director, Partners In Health

    Ages: 8 to 12

    Reading Levels:
    Fountas & Pinnell: S
    Grade Level: 4/5

    Curriculum Connections:
    Social Studies
    - Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness, rural communities

$19.95

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Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest
Author: Caitlyn Vernon
Format: Paperback
  • You don't have to live in the Great Bear Rainforest to benefit from its existence, but after you read Nowhere Else on Earth you might want to visit this magnificent part of the planet. Environmental activist Caitlyn Vernon guides young readers through a forest of information, sharing her personal stories, her knowledge and her concern for this beautiful place.

    Full of breathtaking photographs and suggestions for ways to preserve this unique ecosystem, Nowhere Else on Earth is a timely and inspiring reminder that we need to stand up for our wild places before they are gone.

    Visit the website for some great downloadable resources!
    http://www.greatbearrainforest.ca/

$22.95

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One Well: The Story of Water on Earth
Format: Hardcover
  • Seen from space, our planet looks blue. This is because almost 70 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water. Earth is the only planet with liquid water — and therefore the only planet that can support life.

    All water is connected. Every raindrop, lake, underground river and glacier is part of a single global well.

    Water has the power to change everything — a single splash can sprout a seed, quench a thirst, provide a habitat, generate energy and sustain life. How we treat the water in the well will affect every species on the planet, now and for years to come. One Well shows how every one of us has the power to conserve and protect our global well.

    One Well is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

    Ages: 8 to 12

    Reading Levels:
    Fountas & Pinnell: R
    Grade Level: 4
    Accelerated Reader: MG 6

    Curriculum Connections:
    Social Studies
    - Cultures, Local & Global Community, global awareness

    Science & Technology
    - Life Science, habitats and communities

    Earth Science
    - environment, water

$19.95

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One World, One Day
Author: Barbara Kerley
Format: Hardcover
  • One World, One Day uses exquisite, moving photographs and Barbara Kerley’s poetic text to convey a simple yet profound concept: we are one global family. This is a sophisticated concept book, presented as an elegant picture book with contributions from top international photographers.

    This beautiful photo book follows the course of one day in our world. Sunrise to sunset is captured in the essential things we all do daily, wherever we live in the world, and in the different ways we do them. The first meal of the day will take on a whole new dimension for American kids as an American pancake breakfast is contrasted with porridge in North Korea and churros in Spain.

    At the end, each image is reprinted as a thumbnail and accompanied by a detailed caption. Selected images feature photographers’ notes that share the thoughts and methodology involved in the making of the picture and reveal fascinating behind-the-scenes information. The photographers reflect on how the pictures might resonate within the theme of the global family. Such reflections are rooted in the life experiences of these well-traveled professionals. Their global viewpoints, in tandem with Barbara Kerley’s powerful message, set an ideal example for all future world citizens.

$21.00

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Our Heroes: How Kids Are Making a Difference
Author: Janet Wilson
Format: Hardcover
  • A girl who founded a charity for girls’ education, a boy who raised money with every baseball he could hit. True stories of children who opened up their hearts and minds to the unfairness of the world and decided to try and make a difference, because everyone deserves to be happy.

    Andrew Adansi-Bonnah from Ghana raised thousands of dollars for refugee children in Somalia after seeing their terrible situation on the news. Jonathan Lee from South Korea was given special permission to travel to North Korea to talk about the environment. Mimi Ausland from the USA, nicknamed “Dr. Doolittle,” started a website to collect donations for shelter animals. All of them are everyday heroes, and you can be one too.

$18.95

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