Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Life Sciences

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

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Celebrate Earth Day with these (mainly nonfiction) picture books. Ties to the Life Sciences curriculum include: Characteristics of Living Things (Grade 1), Growth and Change in Animals (Grade 2), Habitats (Grade 4) and Biodiversity (Grade 6).

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Wanted! Criminals of the Animal Kingdom, written by Heather Tekavec, illustrated by Susan Batori, is a clever way of presenting information. Each “wanted” animal is showcased alongside a rap sheet of aliases, distinguishing features, life span and sightings (location), and most fun—witnesses and previous arrests. There’s lazy Big Bad Mama (aka the common cuckoo), who sneaks her egg into a neighbouring nest, forcing another mother to do all the hatching. When Big Bad Mama’s baby is born, she pushes out the other eggs and moves into the newly vacated dwelling. The witnesses? Hundreds of angry mother birds. Older studen …

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Celebrating STEM

This list includes all kinds of STEM’ers—science enthusiasts, builders, inventors, real life engineers—in both fiction and non-fiction texts.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Scrumptious Stories

DELICIOUS books about food and eating.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Money Money Money

Financial literacy is part of the new math curriculum for grades 4-6. But why not start even sooner, as young as kindergarten?

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

"These first-person narratives are so compelling that a reader doesn’t even notice that they’re actually learning history."

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Think Outside the (Hat) Box!

From fedoras to bowlers to shoe hats to winter toques to Carnival headdresses, this list is for anyone looking to inspire the creation of a hat.

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

Exploring the art of sewing? Here are some tales to comfort and inspire.

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

"When I think of the job of librarian, I think of time, layers of time."

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.

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