Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Money Money Money

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

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Financial literacy is part of the new math curriculum for grades 4–6. But why not start even sooner, as young as kindergarten? The concepts of saving, spending, earning, and donating are familiar to all ages. The complexities of budgeting, payment methods, taxes, and interest rates are found in books mentioned near the end of this list.

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Cinders McLeod has written a series for readers as young as four. “It’s never too early to teach your little bunny about money,” the afterword tells us. Her loveable bunny characters (often with simple “carrot” charts to demonstrate basic mathematical notions) will appeal to students from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 1. Sometimes math stories can feel like the plot is secondary, propping up a teaching concept, but these tales are completely satisfying. The series includes the following four titles:

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Notes From a Children's Librarian: Wild Summer Fun

Sky and earth, large scale to small, these books cover the gamut of wild summer fun.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Graphic Novels for Summer

Bliss is a hammock in summer and a stack of graphic novels.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Aboriginal Stories

Each month, Julie Booker, our resident Children's Librarian, brings us a new view from the stacks. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Mystery Novels for Young Readers

Our resident children's librarian, Julie Booker, with five great mystery picks. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Funny Books for Young Readers

Where are the funny books? Julie Booker gives us the scoop. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Home

Whether transitioning to a new location or determining to stay in one place, the desire for stability is common to all these picture books about home.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books for Black History Month

Julie Booker shares a reading list about Canadian black history. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Equine Books for the Year of the Horse

Julie Booker offers up horse books in anticipation of the Lunar New Year. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books With Sole(s)

Our resident children's librarian on big ideas and books about shoes. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Into the Land of Nod

As our children's librarian columnist says, "the true antidote to sleep anxiety is a great book."

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Great Sequels (and Great Cats)

Our children's librarian columnist, Julie Booker, on very good kids' series where cats (and/or superheroes) figure large.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: On Books About Displacement

Julie Booker shares five stellar narratives which happen to share a theme of displacement.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Enviro Fiction Picks

Julie Booker selects great Earth Day books for readers through the ages.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On Real Women and Strong Girls

Julie Booker recommends books about real women and strong girls who’ve made an impact on the world.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On the Literary Quest

Our Children's Librarian Columnist on Books that (Literally) Take You Places. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian 800: On Poetry

"As a teacher, I tell my students: Write what you know. Maybe it’s time to add: Write what you yearn to know."

Notes from a Children's Librarian 398: On Storytelling

Our new Children's Librarian columnist Julie Booker shares the magic of the oral tale.

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