Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Jewish Heritage

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

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These stories showcasing Jewish heritage will be enjoyed by all ages, from Kindergarten to Grade 6.

In Ten Old Men and a Mouse, by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Gary Clement, a party of elderly characters keep the synagogue alive by shuffling there daily, even with their aches and pains. When a mouse appears, the party sets out to catch it, but they fall in love instead. They create a mouse home, complete with dollhouse table and cut-up magazine pictures on the wall. The “boy” mouse becomes round and reclusive—and has babies! They drive the burgeoning family out to the country to a perfect new home in a hollow tree. After some time, the lonely empty-nest mother returns in a hilarious ending. “Don’t worry…” the men tell her, “You’ll hear from your kids again…when they need something.”

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Stories for Asian Heritage Month

Great picture books celebrating Asian heritage.

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Celebrating STEM

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Scrumptious Stories

DELICIOUS books about food and eating.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Money Money Money

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: The "I Am Canada" Series

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Bird Books

A flock of tales to get young readers into birding.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Texts on Textiles

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

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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. 

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Text to Text

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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

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