Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books on Biodiversity

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

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The following books complement the Grade 6 Biodiversity unit. 

Planet Ark: Preserving Earth’s Biodiversity, by Adrienne Mason, illustrated by Margot Thompson, makes biodiversity easy to understand. Using the biblical Noah as a metaphoric guardian, biodiversity is covered in three ways: species biodiversity, genetic biodiversity, and biodiversity within habitats. The text explains that an astounding 15,000–20,000 new species are identified each year, and the reader is asked to think about preservation in the following way: beware trashing your broken skateboard because you might later need one of its parts. At the end of the book is a grocery list of why biodiversity matters, along with examples of modern-day child Noahs who are working to preserve biodiversity. 

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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. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On Structures

Great fiction and nonfiction titles to launch the Grade 3 science unit on structures and buildings. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Citizenship

How do you inspire kids to be good citizens? How do you launch a student’s understanding of rights and responsibilities?

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Respect

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

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Canadian Heritage and Identity

Books to support the Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum. 

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

Picture books featuring traits from character-based education. 

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. 

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