Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Respect

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

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Respect can be understood in different ways: respect for differences, respect for community, for self, or for the earth.

In Malaika’s Costume by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher, Malaika is sad because her mother is far away in Canada. She’s promised to help Malaika buy a new Carnival costume but letters arrive without money. Grandma offers her the costume she used to wear as a girl, but the angry Malaika runs out into the neighbourhood. There, she hears a song: “It is true we are poor but we have dignity…” Together, grandma and granddaughter rebuild her costume into a proud peacock, incorporating traditions of her absent mother, her grandmother, and her community. K+

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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

With great power comes...

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.

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