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Top Grade: CanLit for the Classroom highlights the best of Canadian literature for children.
The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

The Phone Booth in Mr. Hirota's Garden

by Heather Smith
illustrated by Rachel Wada
edition:eBook
also available: Hardcover

When the tsunami destroyed Makio's village, Makio lost his father . . . and his voice. The entire village is silenced by grief, and the young child's anger at the ocean grows. Then one day his neighbor, Mr. Hirota, begins a mysterious project—building a phone booth in his garden. At first Makio is puzzled; the phone isn't connected to anything. It just sits there, unable to ring. But as more and more villagers are drawn to the phone booth, its purpose becomes clear to Makio: the disconnected …

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Phyllis's Orange Shirt

Phyllis's Orange Shirt

edition:Hardcover

Phyllis's Orange Shirt is an adaptaion of The Orange Shirt Story which was the best selling children's book in Canada for several weeks in September 2018(Book manager). This true story also inspired the movement of Orange Shirt Day which could become a federal statuatory holiday. When Phyllis was a little girl she was excited to go to residential school for the first time. Her Granny bought her a bright orange shirt that she loved and she wore it to school for her first day. When she arrived at …

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Gifts from Raven

Gifts from Raven

edition:Hardcover

In this books the author Kung Jaadee shares with us that we have each received a special gift from Raven. That gift is our special talent or passion to share with the world. Suggested for ages 4-6

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The Owl and the Two Rabbits

The Owl and the Two Rabbits

edition:Hardcover

When two rabbit sisters ignore their parents' warnings and decide to play outside on the open tundra, a hungry owl soon spots them and decides they will make a delicious meal. As a chase ensues, the sisters must act quickly, using the owl's own greed against him in order to get away. 

A traditional Inuit story and cautionary tale, this book presents a centuries-old narrative for a new generation of readers. 

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Trudy's Healing Stone

Trudy's Healing Stone

edition:Hardcover

Everyone gets sad, angry, frustrated and disappointed. Difficult emotions are a natural part of life. In this book, Trudy's Healing Stone, Trudy Spiller shares a special teaching about a practice that anyone can use to help them process their feelings with the help of Mother Earth. Recommended for ages 4-6

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Tallulah Plays the Tuba

Tallulah Plays the Tuba

by Tiffany Stone
illustrated by Sandy Nichols
edition:Hardcover

Tallulah is tiny, but the TUBA is not!
Tallulah isn’t big, but the instrument she dreams of playing sure is. Try as she might, tiny Tallulah keeps coming up short on how she can play the tuba in her school band. But with some perseverance and a lot of creativity, Tallulah hatches a plan that she hopes will turn her musical dream into reality.
Children will laugh along with this fun and engaging story featuring a diverse protagonist who takes matters into her own hands to solve a problem.

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Inukpak and His Son (English)

Inukpak and His Son (English)

edition:Hardcover

Discover this gigantic Northern tale.

This book introduces children to a traditional Inuit legend. Learn how the great giant Inukpak adopted a human hunter as his son.

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Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids

Billy Stuart and the Zintrepids

by Alain M. Bergeron
translated by Sophie B. Watson
illustrated by Sampar
edition:eBook
also available: Paperback

Billy Stuart is a young raccoon who aspires to be just like his grandfather, a globe-trotting adventurer who knows no fear. When he learns that his grandfather has found a way to travel through time and is leaving on another great voyage, he sets out to see him off (and maybe sneak along). Billy Stuart follows his grandfather's puzzling clues through a maze of caves and caverns to find him before he leaves, trailed by his Scout pack, the Zintrepids. What Billy doesn't know is that once they go …

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