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: Art Books

Six books to appeal to the young artist.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books About Disguises

October is the superb month for books about disguise, because of Halloween, of course, and because of how the whole outdoors is dressing up in glorious colour.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Creative Thinking and Collaboration

September is about change, new routines, working things out and learning to work together with friends and schoolmates. These books about creative thinking and collaboration to solve problems have never been so timely.

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."

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