Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: What I Miss About the Library

Our Children's Librarian columnist, Julie Booker, brings us a new view from the stacks every month. This month she, like many of us, is working from home—and missing the library. 

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“My” library, where I spend each morning, is a long room with bookshelves all around the perimeter, beneath sky blue walls. Meeting tables are hexagonal and fit together like a beehive. A spinning holder of graphic novels stands as a leaning tower. Someone, long ago, built castle turret bookshelves, which punctuate the picture book area. They house popular series such as Arthur, and Elephant and Piggie, with small stuffies as clues to favourite authors. Various tiny Franklins cluster near Paulette Bourgeois’ books. A jumbo-sized Madeline slumps next to an ever-smiling Curious George, cotton poking through his midriff. A grey and white chickadee is perched near Frank Glew’s That Chickadee Feeling. More characters used to live here but I came in one morning to find Captain Underpa …

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books That Make the List

Great mentor texts for the writing and reading curriculum.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Procedural Writing

Great books involving "how to" text, and also pictures and symbols showing steps in a procedure.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Descriptive Language

Beautiful books that exemplify descriptive language for Grades 1–6.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Text to Text

Great kids books in conversation with each other. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: For the Love of Snail Mail

These picture books address the epistolary form in different ways—and high inspire some writing from holiday destinations this summer or to penpals. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Text to Text

As part of the Language curriculum, primary readers are asked to make connections between books, identifying similarities. The following titles are paired through like-minded themes.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books About Math

Great books that complement the Primary Math curriculum and make for entertaining reads at the same time. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Earth Hour Books

Great titles to read by flashlight. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books on Health and Wellness

Books that focus on self-awareness—understanding personal strengths, recognizing sources of stress, making decisions, and evaluating choices

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Health and Safety

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

STEM Books to Inspire Young Readers

Great recommendations from our Children's Librarian in her latest column.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books on Biodiversity

Books complementing the Grade 6 Biodiversity unit. 

Exploring Space: Notes From a Children's Librarian

Reading the books on this list (which complement the Grade 6 Science and Technology Unit) will result in a thirst for all-things-space, as well as a deep appreciation for the scientific imagination.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Great Biographies

Great biographies for Grades 3 to 6, part of both the Reading and Writing curricula.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Flight

Great books to complement the Grade 6 Science and Technology Unit. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Rocks and Minerals

Nonfiction, picture books, and novels that support the Grade 4 curriculum. 

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. 

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