Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Rocks and Minerals

Our children's librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

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The first two nonfiction titles support the Grade 4 study of rocks and minerals. 

The strength of Underworld: Exploring the Secret World Beneath Your Feet, by Jane Price, illustrated by James Gulliver Hancock, lies in its cartoonlike cross-sections and cutaways of the earth. Rocks and minerals are covered in Chapters 1, 2, and 6. This book has a lovely, accessible feel, mainly because interesting facts are sidebars to Hancock’s easily readable illustrations. For example, in Chapter 1, “Underground, Earth’s Crust and Below,” shows one inclusive cutaway depicting the layers of the earth and the three types of rocks. Tectonic plates, fold mountains, tsunamis, earthquakes, fossils, volcanoes, etc. are all shown to be interconnected. Similarly, in Chapter 2, “Holes in the Ground, Crystals and Cave Cities,” all types (e.g., prehistoric, underwater, stalactites, st …

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Media Literacy for Kindergarten

Our Resident Children's Librarian recommends resources to complement the Media Literacy objective for kindergarten. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Animal Books

Great nonfiction titles to introduce "Animal Classifications," the Grade 2 science unit. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On Structures

Great fiction and nonfiction titles to launch the Grade 3 science unit on structures and buildings. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Citizenship

How do you inspire kids to be good citizens? How do you launch a student’s understanding of rights and responsibilities?

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Respect

Books about respecting differences, community, one's own self, and the earth.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Canadian Heritage and Identity

Books to support the Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Kindness and Caring

Picture books featuring traits from character-based education. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: On Perseverance

Books that show the development of perseverance as a character trait. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Integrity

Julie Booker on characters with a strong moral code, those who find a way to stay true to themselves and the things they believe in.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Cooperation

These picture books make good springboards for discussion on cooperation and the complexities involved when people work together.

Picture Books on Honesty

These picture books about honesty run the gamut—from blatant lies to a mere fudging of the rules.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On Fairness and Justice

Race, bullying and difficult choices are all addressed in these picture books about fairness for children from Kindergarten to Grade 3.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Working Together

What's gonna work? Team work! Especially in this great kids book recommendations. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: On Empathy

Books that encourage young readers to relate to and connect with others. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: On Responsibility

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Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Food Books

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Making Things

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: First Chapter Books

Great books to entice reluctant readers or to read aloud to a younger crowd.

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