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Raven Series Complete Set - ON SALE
Author: Terri Mack
Traditional Territory: Kwakwaka'wakw
Format: Coil Bound
  • The Raven Series are a set of six books written for the emergent reader and learner. Each book focuses on a specific learning intention that builds on strengthening learning with the support of an adult. The titles and their learning intentions are:

    Raven and the Box: promotes an oral retell
    Raven and Duck: basic concepts
    Raven and Frog Count: number recognition
    I Spy Raven: rhyme and perspective
    Raven Sings the ABC's: letter recognition, vocabulary building
    Raven Makes a Necklace: colours and patterns

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Spirit Bear et les enfants passent à l’histoire: Basé sur une histoire vraie
Traditional Territory: Indigenous
Format: Paperback
  • Lorsque la mère de Spirit Bear lui explique cette importante cause en matière de droits de la personne qui se déroule à Ottawa en Ontario, il fait le LONG voyage (en train, son mode de transport favori) pour assister aux audiences et supporter les enfants des Premières Nations.

    Et il n’est pas le seul ! De nombreux enfants viennent aussi pour écouter et démontrer leur appui. Spirit Bear sait que les enfants peuvent changer le monde parce qu’il est là pour le constater.
    C’est l’histoire de la façon dont les enfants, des enfants comme vous, pouvez faire la différence...avec un peu d’aide d’autres oursons et d’autres animaux!

    Educator Information
    Spirit Bear and Children Make History tells the story of a landmark human rights case for First Nations children at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal. Nine years after the case was filed, the Tribunal ruled that the government of Canada was racially discriminating against 165,000 First Nations children by underfunding child welfare and failing to provide equitable public services. The book contributes to the Indigenization of curriculum by centering the agency, histories and realities of First Nations children and communities. The story supports an Indigenous pedagogical approach by encouraging critical and independent thought. In keeping with Indigenous pedagogy, Spirit Bear teaches readers about Indigenous worldviews and values not through direct instruction, but through the modelling of ethical and respectful behaviour and action.

    Spirit Bear and Children Make History addresses a gap in reconciliation education. There are few Canadian books for children linking reconciliation with social justice. Meaningful reconciliation in Canada requires the active engagement of children and youth. It also requires a critical and social justice approach that links the residential school system to contemporary inequities and discrimination. Educating children and families about contemporary inequities creates a foundation for change and challenges the myth that colonialism is a thing of the past.

    Spirit Bear and Children Make History was written to engage a younger audience in learning about the child welfare case, and to demonstrate and affirm the powerful role of young people in the reconciliation movement. Inspired by the voices of children, and in keeping with to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action, the story highlights the power of people of all ages and backgrounds to make a difference for First Nations children and families.

    Recommended Grades: K-6

    Additional Information
    54 pages | 8.25" x 8.25"

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10 Plants That Shook The World
Format: Paperback
  • Dig up the amazing stories of the plants that have transformed our lives.

    Plants might start out as leafy things growing in the earth, but they can come into our lives in unexpected ways. And believe it or not, some have even played an exciting role in our world's history. Discover how:
    - Countries went to war to control trade centers for pepper
    - A grass called papyrus became the first effective tool for sharing knowledge through writing
    - Europeans in the 1600s cut down rainforests to grow sugar, contributing to soil erosion
    - Cotton improved the livelihoods of a few, but caused unthinkable suffering for many more
    - Corn fuelled new technologies and turns up in thousands of everyday products
    - The discovery of rubber revolutionized transportation, making bike and car tires possible
    - Tea and chocolate became big business, and the race for profits was on
    - Dependence on the potato caused one of the greatest tragedies in history, while the bark of the cinchona tree saved countless lives from malaria.

    The ten plants in this book are the source of profound changes in the world, both good and bad. Through vibrant illustrations and astonishing facts, you'll discover that without them, our lives today would be vastly different.

    - de Bary Children’s Science Book Award

    - Green Book Festival Award

    "A treat to read no matter what age you are... Each section begins with a fact sheet on the plant and its place of origin, various "pros and cons" associated with the species (which might involve nutritional benefits versus environmental issues), followed by a one-page short story designed to pique the reader's interest. The bulk of the chapters then flesh out how the world has been affected by the spread of items, such as corn or rubber, which underpin modern civilization. Richardson is a fine writer and the text is accompanied by vibrant illustrations. There are useful maps, as well as a bibliography, a suggested further reading section and an index." — George Sheppard, Canadian Teacher Magazine, May 2014

    "Sugarcane, rubber, pepper, cacao, cotton, tea, papyrus, corn, potato, and cinchona have something in common: their influence on human culture. Gillian Richardson explores the history and value of these plants in 10 Plants That Shook the World. Facts, stories, and sidebars combine with photographs and folk art in this intriguing book for middle grade readers. [Richardson] integrates the discovery, politics, science, economics, agriculture, and technology behind the featured plants. Each engaging chapter offers both "pros" (cinchona bark for the treatment of deadly malaria) and "cons" (the role of slavery and child labor in the growth of cotton). Reference to ancient times (using BCE terminology) and religious practice (such as the Mayans' worship of corn as a gift from the gods) are presented alongside modern concepts such as "biorespecting", deforestation, and genetic modification. 10 Plants That Shook the World is a fascinating read on many levels; adults as well as students would surely find the information noteworthy and the back-stories compelling. Kim Rosen's bold illustrations have a dramatic quality. Each page is a colorful array of text and graphics that invite the reader to peruse and revisit. Plant origins are displayed on a two-page world map, and references for further reading are included along with a detailed index. — Nina Ditmar, Christian Library Journal, June 2014

    Educator Information
    Themes: history, social studies, ancient civilizations, multicultural, nature, war, slavery.

    Interest Age: 9-12 | Grade Level: 4-7 | Guided Reading Level: Fountas and Pinnell W

    Additional Information
    132 pages | 7.25" x 9.50" | color illustrations throughout, bibliography, further reading, index

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101 Things For Kids To Do Outside
Author: Dawn Isaac
Format: Paperback
  • Let them go outside and play! More parents are heeding the advice of specialists who urge them to do just that. By playing outside with friends, kids learn valuable interpersonal and negotiation skills and how to make decisions. Outdoor play teaches about the natural world, fosters creativity, and encourages physical activity.

    101 Things For Kids To Do Outside is ideal for parents, teachers, and all those working with youth. This book is ideal for the children who like gaming, TV, movies, the soft couch, and even too many snacks. The kids who believe "there's nothing to do outside" can learn and be encouraged to experience the joy of outdoor play.

    Each activity is described in language easy for a 6- to 9-year-old and illustrated with engaging graphics. Younger children may need direction, at least the first time. Large pictures display all the fun to be had. The activities range from 10 minutes to hours and hours of fun. Some require creativity, make-believe or physical exertion but they are all outside. Perfect for rainy days, sunshiny days, even snowy days.

    Examples of the 101 activities are:
    Weave a bird's nest
    Set up a potion lab
    Make nature rubbings
    Build a crawl tunnel
    Hold a mini Olympics
    Build a human sundial
    Make a nature walk bracelet
    Capture animal tracks
    Fly a homemade kite
    Make a rain gauge
    Make a snow maze.

    While the cover art is adorable, the photos inside are stunning! This book is full of creative, easy, and original ideas that your kids will adore.
    MaryAnne, Mama Smiles Blog

    Great gift for any child... Would also be resourceful to any parent, teacher or caregivers... Plenty of fun ideas not only for children, but for families to enjoy together. And the most important thing -- with 101 Things For Kids To Do Outside, your kids will never be bored again.
    Lily Zunic, Craft, Learn and Play Blog

    The hands-on guide, 101 Things for Kids to Do Outside, gives you more than enough activities, games and projects to get your children or students moving and learning in the great outdoors. Colorful illustrations and photographs combine with detailed and easy to follow instructions in order to spark lots of outdoor exploration... This book is great for parents and educators, but also for young people ages 5-12 to lead their own explorations.
    Raine Sillito, Green Teacher

    Additional Information
    224 pages | 8.25" x 8.50" | full colour throughout, line drawings, resources, index


1234 First Nations Explore
Traditional Territory: Lakota
Format: Paperback
  • 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.


1234 First Nations Explore Activity Book
Traditional Territory: Lakota
Format: Paperback
  • 1234 First Nations Explore Activity Book, a companion book to 1234 First Nations Explore.

    21 activities that include information from various First Nations.


7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga
Traditional Territory: Cree
Format: Paperback
  • The 7 Generations series is available in one book, and the illustrations are in vivid colour. 7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga includes the four graphic novels: Stone, Scars, Ends/Begins, and The Pact.

    Edwin is facing an uncertain future. Only by learning about his family's past—as warriors, survivors of a smallpox epidemic, casualties of a residential school—will he be able to face the present and embrace the future.


A Ball for Daisy
Author: Chris Raschka
Format: Hardcover
  • This New York Times Bestseller and New York Times Best Illustrated Book relates a story about love and loss as only Chris Rashcka can tell it. Any child who has ever had a beloved toy break will relate to Daisy's anguish when her favorite ball is destroyed by a bigger dog. In the tradition of his nearly wordless picture book Yo! Yes?, Caldecott Medalist Chris Raschka explores in pictures the joy and sadness that having a special toy can bring. Raschka's signature swirling, impressionistic illustrations and his affectionate story will particularly appeal to young dog lovers and teachers and parents who have children dealing with the loss of something special.


A Bear's Life
Author: Nicholas Read
Format: Hardcover
  • Black bears, grizzly bears, and spirit bears all make their home in the Great Bear Rainforest. A Bear's Life uses Ian McAllister's stunning photographs to follow these beautiful animals through a year in the British Columbia wilderness—catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps.

    "The incredible close-up photos lead the reader from spring to fall in the rainforest as the easy-to-read text introduces each unique and special aspect of the bears' home...Impressive presentation. The writing style is especially inviting to younger readers...Hopefully this author-photographer duo still have more to offer all ages about British Columbia's endangered rainforest as a way to encourage conservation efforts. Highly Recommended." — CM Magazine, April 2017

    "The heart of this album is [McAllister's] photography: two beautiful landscapes showing the pristine Great Bear Rainforest bookend many, many close-ups of bears…An appropriate companion to Wolf Island to nourish the sense of wonder." — Kirkus Reviews, May 2017

    "Read emphasizes how much time it takes for cubs to learn survival skills from their mom and the importance of a balanced ecosystem…McAllister's close-up images of the creatures and the forest radiate with energy and atmosphere, in part because of the clean layout, which lets them shine…A title sure to be enjoyed over and over again. An easy pick for nonfiction animal collections." — School Library Journal, June 2017

    "A Bear's Life is highly recommended for school and public libraries for study units and for story times. This book would enhance study units on bears, ecological systems, rainforests, indigenous mythology, the Raven, and photography." — Resource Links, October 2017

    Educator Information
    A Bear's Life is the second book in the My Great Bear Rainforest series.

    Recommended Ages: 5-8

    Additional Information
    32 pages | 10.75" x 8.75"

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A Big Mistake?
Format: Paperback
  • Written by Richelle Lovegrove and illustrated by Amber Green, A Big Mistake? is a beautiful children’s book that explores friendship, gifts and generosity.

    When Summer’s best friend compliments the necklace her kokum gave her, she remembers her Elder’s teaching and gives the necklace away. But when her kokum comes over for supper, Summer worries that she made a big mistake by giving away such a special gift.


A Boy Called Slow
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
  • A proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, he eventually earns the new name of Sitting Bull.


A Boy, A Dog, and a Frog
Author: Mercer Mayer
Format: Hardcover
  • A boy and his dog go walking in the swamp.

    They spot a frog in the water.

    Can they use a net to catch him?

    A great wordless book to promote building vocabulary.


A Caribou Alphabet
Author: Mary Beth Owens
Format: Paperback
  • A fun and lyrical celebration of the caribou.

    Once common in the northern United States, caribou are more closely identified with the Canadian arctic – and with Lapland, where their domesticated relatives, reindeer, are essential to the lives of the indigenous people. Through art and rhyme, this book celebrates the strength and beauty of one of nature's great survivors.

    “ unusually attractive and, ultimately, informative book, certain to engage young readers and instill in them a feeling of respect for these lovely creatures and their environment” -Marcia Hupp, From School Library Journal

    Educator Information
    Nature and letters come together in this enchanting classic about the mighty caribou, one of the great symbols of the arctic wilderness. It's a counting book too--follow the number of hoof prints through the letters of the alphabet.

    Also included are a compendium of caribou facts and a new afterword about caribou in the twenty-first century. Journey into the magical world of the caribou, North America's own reindeer.

    Both an alphabet book and a child's nature book.

    Additional Information
    32 pages | 9.00" x 10.00"


A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds
Author: Mia Pelletier
Format: Hardcover
  • Nearly 200 species of birds nest in the North American Arctic. While a few hardy species live in the Arctic year-round, most birds travel seasonally to the Arctic to lay their eggs and raise their young. In this first volume of A Children's Guide to Arctic Birds, young readers will learn about twelve of the birds that call the Arctic home, whether that be for the whole year or just for the summer. With a simple layout and easy-to-follow headings for each bird, this beautiful book is filled with fun, useful facts, including where each bird nests during the short Arctic summer, and how young readers can recognize each bird's song in the wind.


A Circle of Friends
Author: Terri Mack
Format: Paperback
  • Level 7

    Illustrated by Bill Helin.

    Back cover book introduction:
    There are many things that we do with friends and family.
    What are some activities that you do with your friends and family?

    Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
    Pages: 16
    ISBN: 9781927571187

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