Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Kindness and Caring

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

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The following books explore ideas about kindness and caring, which are important traits in character-based education.

Quiet offerings feature in Sidewalk Flowers, by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Sydney Smith. This wordless picture book follows a young girl walking through the city with her distracted father. He’s often on the phone as they pass shops, fruit stands, taxis, bus stop lineups, and busy pedestrians. All images are rendered in black and white, except the girl’s red hoodie and the flowers she picks from obscure places, including out of cracks in the sidewalk. Their stroll takes them through a park where she lays a bouquet on a dead bird, another near a snoozing man on a park bench, and one behind a dog’s collar. Finally, back home, she adorns her mother’s hair, and then her siblings in the backyard, before walking off into the bird-and-flower-filled …

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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

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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. 

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