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New Nonfiction for Kids: Spring 2018

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When we give our kids books, we're giving them the world. Here are new and recent nonfiction books worth checking out.
On Our Street

On Our Street

Our First Talk About Poverty
edition:Hardcover

The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues in a straightforward and accessible way. These illustrated nonfiction picture books tackle global concerns and initiate conversations about subjects that are difficult, sad or overwhelming with school-aged children who are just beginning to observe the world outside their homes.

A gentle introduction to the issue of poverty, On Our Street explores the realities of people living with inadequate …

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Eat This!

Eat This!

How Fast Food Marketing Gets You to Buy Junk (And How to Fight Back)
by Andrea Curtis
illustrated by Peggy Collins
edition:Paperback

A provocative follow-up to the bestselling What's for Lunch?, Eat This! zooms in on fast food marketing to children — an immense industry worth billions of dollars.

Andrea Curtis shows how fast food companies push their unhealthy food and beverages by embedding their sales pitches in everything from Snapchat filters to movies, from videogames to school curriculum. An exploration of media literacy and food literacy, Eat this! looks at what exactly marketing is and touches on the latest strategi …

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Rising Seas

Rising Seas

Flooding, Climate Change and Our New World
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback

"This is an important book but we don't have time for its young readers to replace those in power. So read this book and then give grown-ups hell and demand something be done. It's your future that's at stake."
-- David Suzuki

The Earth's oceans are on the rise. Since 1900, global sea levels have risen steadily each year to a global average of about 8 inches (20cm) today, and they're still rising. By 2100, the sea could climb as much as 14 feet (4.3m) to 32 feet (9.75m).

Rising Seas: Floodin …

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Wild Animals in Captivity

Wild Animals in Captivity

edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover eBook

Good Zoos! Bad Zoos!!

A large family of elephants ambles all day along a well-remembered route across the hot African savanna. Halfway around the world in a zoo in Alaska, a single female elephant paces back and forth in her cramped, concrete pen. During the sub-arctic winter, she lives alone in a dark barn.

As it plods great distances across the ice in the Canadian Arctic, a polar bear continually sniffs the wind, closing in on a ringed seal. In a zoo in Jakarta, another polar bear lies motionle …

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Can Your Outfit Change the World?

Can Your Outfit Change the World?

edition:Paperback

What you choose to wear becomes part of your identity, but it doesn't affect just you. Your clothing sends a message to the world, whether you want it to or not! And often we don't know what that message really is. Can Your Outfit Change the World? looks at how and where clothes are made, how the people who make the clothes are treated and how the companies who sell the clothes affect the health of our planet. Armed with information, you can follow the book's guide to spending your fashion dolla …

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Way Downtown, The

Way Downtown, The

Adventures in Public Transit
by Inna Gertsberg
illustrated by Mike Lowery
edition:Hardcover

In this one-of-a-kind book, the complex and fascinating world of urban public transit is explored using five different characters' journeys through the imaginary city of Zoom. From the Zanies, a family of street performers; to Agent Theodore Rybka, a spy on a very secret mission; to Robbie, a seven-year-old boy visiting the city for the first time, the characters are quirky and full of personality. On this particular morning, they are all headed downtown from different locations, but they all en …

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Professor Astro Cat's Solar System

Professor Astro Cat's Solar System

illustrated by Ben Newman
by Dominic Walliman
edition:Hardcover
tagged : astronomy

Welcome planet explorers! Did you know that Venus is covered in volcanoes? Have you ever wondered why Mars is red? Well, you're in luck! Professor Astro Cat and the gang are about to set off on a journey around our solar system--so buckle up, join the tour, and get your learn on!

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

A Celebration for Everyone
edition:Hardcover

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.

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