Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Integrity

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

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The following picture books about integrity feature characters with a strong moral code, those who find a way to stay true to themselves and the things they believe in.

The Stamp Collector, by Jennifer Lanthier, illustrated by Francois Thisdale, introduces the concept of freedom of speech and imprisoned writers around the world. Two points of view are eloquently portrayed in this story. A city boy finds a stamp, igniting a lifelong love of stamps. A country boy reads voraciously and ends up bursting with stories. The first boy loves stories, too, but he must take a job as a prison guard to make a living. The country boy writes stories that expose the harsh conditions of his people, landing him in prison. Letters of support come from around the world and the guard wrestles with his desire to share them with the writer. A heavy tale, with an afterword outlining the role o …

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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.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Great, Great Books About Grandparents

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

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Spring Books

Dirt, butterflies, flora, and native stories make this spring book list.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Deborah Ellis

Julie Booker explains how she became a convert of The Breadwinner series. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Friendship Books for February

Friendship and frost go hand in hand in these warm and cold tales for February.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books from the North

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

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Dystopian YA

Strong female characters dominate these dystopian tales for teens, with common themes of environmental decay, orphanhood, and the question of knowing who to trust.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Halloween Books

Picture books, a first chapter book, a junior novel, and a collection of Canadian ghost stories all make for spooky reads this Halloween.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Great KidLit by Authors of Adult Fiction

A selection of kids' books from some of Canada's most acclaimed authors for grown-ups. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Adventure and the Reluctant Reader

What better way to draw kids in to literature than through exciting plot-driven graphic novels?

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Graphic Novels for Summer

Each of these picks delivers its own take on the graphic form, and makes for easy reading during the summer months.

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