Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Earth Hour Books

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

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Here are a few gems to read by flashlight….

In the Tree House, by Andrew Larsen, illustrated by Dusan Petricic, is a perfect story for Earth Hour. A little boy dreams of having a tree house. So does his brother. They draw up plans and show them to their dad, whose own childhood dreams are ignited. Together, they construct their treehouse, but the following summer the little boy's brother is older, off with his friends. The protagonist finds himself alone in the summer heat, listening to the neighbourhood air conditioners, unable to see the night sky because of all the city lights. Then boom, there’s a blackout. “The melting ice crackles in the bowl. Something sparkles overhead. The night sky is filled with stars, more than I can count.” His brother returns to the treehouse where they play card games and read comics long after the city lights come back on.

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

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Respect

Books about respecting differences, community, one's own self, and the earth.

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Picture books featuring traits from character-based education. 

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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.

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