Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Cooperation

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

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What is cooperation? In these recommended titles, it's illustrated by a single character igniting a coordinated effort or a symbiotic relationship in nature. And what happens when competition is chosen over collaboration? These picture books make good springboards for discussion on cooperation and the complexities involved when people work together.

Alma Fullerton and Brian Deines’ In a Cloud of Dust is set in Tanzania, where children often walk a long way to school. One day a pickup truck arrives with the sign "Bicycle Library." There are enough bikes for everyone except Anna, who spends the day encouraging friends with their shaky bike skills. Mohammad offers her a ride on the back of his bike and then lets Anna take it the rest of the way home. "Pick you up in the morning!" she yells.

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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.

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.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Summer Reads Most Feral

Ever wonder how a baboon thinks about his fellow baboons? Or how a cat views the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Or how a seeing-eye dog-in-training tunes into people's feelings? This summer list lets the reader explore animal nature.

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