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Adrift at Sea: a Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival. Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, with Tuan Ho, Illustrated by Brian Deines, $22.95

It is 1981. In the middle of the South China Sea, a fishing boat overloaded with 60 Vietnamese refugees drifts. The motor has failed; the hull is leaking; the drinking water is nearly gone. This is the dramatic true story recounted by Tuan Ho, who was six years old when he, his mother, and two sisters dodged the bullets of Vietnam’s military police for the perilous chance of boarding that boat. Illustrated with sweeping oil paintings and complete with an expansive historical and biographical section with photographs, this non-fiction picture book is all the more important as the world responds to a new generation of refugees risking all on the open water for the chance at safety and a new life.


All the Colors We Are: the Story of How We Get Our Skin Color. Katie Kissinger, photographs by Chris Bohnhoff, $18.95

ALL THE COLORS WE ARE offers children a simple, scientifically accurate explanation about how our skin color is determined by our ancestors, the sun, and melanin. It's also filled with photographs that capture the beautiful variety of skin tones. Reading this book frees children from the myths and stereotypes associated with skin color and helps them build positive identities as they accept, understand, and value our rich and diverse world. Unique activity ideas are included to help you extend the conversation with children. 


All You Need Is Love: Celebrating Families of All Shapes and Sizes. Shanni Collins, $21.95

All families come in different shapes and sizes, but they are all special when they love and respect each other. These rhyming stories are a celebration of the diversity of families and encourage inclusion and acceptance in a child's relationships.

By promoting diversity and understanding in family life and elsewhere, these stories support a positive approach to life at a young age, which fosters strong mental health and well-being. Each page is dedicated to a different family, with stories exploring adoption, fostering, disability, race, gender, and illness. Filled with humour and delightfully illustrated, children will love reading these stories with friends, family and in school again and again.

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Amelia's Road. Linda Jacobs Altman & Enrique Sanchez, $14.95

Amelia Luisa Martinez hates roads. Los caminos, the roads, take her migrant worker family to fields where they labor all day, to schools where no one knows Amelia's name, and to bleak cabins that are not home. Amelia longs for a beautiful white house with a fine shade tree in the yard, where she can live without worrying about los caminos again. Then one day, Amelia discovers an "accidental road." At its end she finds an amazing old tree reminiscent of the one in her dreams. Its stately sense of permanence inspires her to put her own roots down in a very special way.


Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl? Sarah Savage & Fox Fisher, $21.95

Tiny loves costumes! Tiny likes to dress up as an animal, or a doctor, or a butterfly. Tiny also prefers not to tell other children whether they are a boy or a girl. Tiny's friends don't mind, but when Tiny starts a new school their new friends can't help asking one question:

"Tiny, are you a boy or are you a girl?"

This brightly illustrated book will open a dialogue with children aged 3+ about gender diversity in a fun and creative way. Featuring a gender neutral protagonist, the book imparts an important message about identity and being who you want to be. Tiny's story will assist parents, family and teachers in giving children the space to express themselves fully, explore different identities and have fun at the same time.


Around the World: Hair. Kate Petty, $10.95

Around the World: Playtime. Kate Petty, $11.50

With beautiful colour photos from around the world, this series is perfect to share with young children.

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The Barefoot Book of Children. Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma & David Dean, $24.99

Empower tomorrow's global citizens to grasp today's critical social issues with The Barefoot Book of Children. Hand-painted illustrations and straightforward text directly engage the reader, inviting children to ask themselves: How do other children live? How are we different? And most importantly: How are we alike? The Barefoot Book of Children is a playful, powerful and thought-provoking celebration of both the big ideas and the everyday moments that reveal our common humanity and tie us all together.

  • Ignites curiosity about diverse lifestyles and cultures — The stunning artwork by bestselling Barefoot Books World Atlas illustrator David Dean entices young readers to pore over the detailed illustrations and 15 pages of informational endnotes.
  • Accommodates a range of literacy levels — By addressing the reader directly, the simple text prompts caretaker-child interaction, while empowering independent readers to consider the social issues on their own.
  • Indispensable for raising global citizens — The creative team worked with diversity, inclusivity and early childhood specialists to accurately portray a wide range of shapes, sizes, races, abilities and lifestyles from countries and cultures all over the world.
  • Timely and topical — The Barefoot Book of Children facilitates important conversations with children about diversity and inclusivity.

BAXTER, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher.  Laurel Snyder, illustrated by David Goldin, $17.99

Baxter is a curious pig. So when he finds out about something called Shabbat dinner, he can’t wait to find out what all the fuss is about. While learning about the meaning of Shabbat (and what is — or isn’t — kosher), Baxter comes to know the warmth and welcome that is an essential part of the Friday night table.


Because I Am a Girl I Can Change the World. Rosemary McCarney, $16.95

Meet some amazing girls. They are from all over the world and tell stories of their lives that are sometimes hard to imagine. They tell of the barriers and dangers that they, and millions of girls like them, face every day. Despite the hardships, they have great hope for the future. All are willing to do whatever they can to make their lives and those of their families and communities better. 

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Birthdays Around the World. Margaret Ruurs & Ashley Barron, $19.99

Everyone in the world has a birthday. But birthdays are not celebrated in the same way everywhere. Meet Mercedes in Peru, who eats a cake and a purple pudding called mazamorra morada. Ieva in Latvia is raised in the birthday chair, one lift for each year. And rather than celebrating his own birthday, Phúc Khang in Vietnam joins in the festivities during Tet, when everyone in the country turns one year older. Based on interviews with real people, award-winning author Margriet Ruurs tells the unique stories of how seventeen children from all around the globe celebrate a birthday, including how they each say happy birthday in their native language. Following the memorable stories, children are invited to compare their own birthday traditions with the ones they've learned about in the book.


The Blessing Cup. Patricia Polacco, $19.99

As a young Russian Jewish girl in the early 1900s, Anna and her family lived in fear of the Czar’s soldiers. The family lived a hard life and had few possessions — their treasure was a beautiful china tea set. A wedding gift to Anna’s parents, the tea set came with a wish that “Anyone who drinks from this will have blessings from God. They will never know a day of hunger. Their lives will always have flavor. They will know love and joy and they will never be poor.”

When Anna’s family leaves Russia for America, they bring the tea set and its blessings. A source of heritage and security, the tea set helps Anna’s family make friends and find better lives in America. A cup from the tea set — The Blessing Cup — became an anchor of family history, and it remains a symbol of lasting love more than a century later. This tender tribute to the importance of loving lineage is a prequel and companion to the perennial bestseller The Keeping Quilt and is told and illustrated with authenticity and tremendous heart.


The Book of Languages: Talk Your Way Around the World. Mick Webb, $17.95

We use language all day, every day — probably without thinking much about it. But if you stop and consider it, language is not only extremely important, it’s fascinating, too! Use of language is one of the key things distinguishing humans from other animals, and nearly 7,000 languages are spoken around the world. Without it, we’d be hard pressed to communicate, express ourselves, or understand others.

The Book of Languages begins with an introduction to why language is important, how it originated and how it changes. From there, the book profiles 21 of the world’s languages. Each spread showcases a language’s history, where it’s spoken, what it looks like and how to speak a few phrases and count to ten. Rounded out with sections on non-verbal and animal language, this book will stimulate readers’ curiosity about the world and spark appreciation for language learning.

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The Boy & the Bindi. Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

In this beautiful children's picture book by Vivek Shraya, a five-year-old boy becomes fascinated with his mother's bindi, the red dot commonly worn by South Asian women to indicate the point at which creation begins, and wishes to have one of his own. Rather than chastise her son, she agrees to it, and teaches him about its cultural significance, allowing the boy to discover the magic of the bindi, which in turn gives him permission to be more fully himself.

Beautifully illustrated with hand paintings by Rajni Perera, The Boy & the Bindi is a joyful celebration of gender and cultural difference. 


Can We Get Along? Dealing with Differences. $9.95 (Grades 3-6)

Learning to tolerate different opinions, perspectives, and beliefs is vital to a healthy society. CAN WE GET ALONG helps students understand the need and importance for tolerance, and the steps they can take to increase peace in their lives and in the world.


Carmen Learns English. Judy Cox, $11.95

The first day of school can be scary, especially when no one else speaks your language. Carmen, who speaks only Spanish, knows she must be brave. Her teacher's Spanish is muy terrible; but with a little encouragement from la Senora, Carmen teaches the class Spanish words and numbers, and she in turn learns English from her new friends. 


Children Like Us: Schools Around the World. Moira Butterfield, $18.99 (ages 6-11)

From cave schools to rainforest classrooms, schools are different all over the world. Discover how students travel across cities and mountains to get to school. Find out about playground games and school sports, and learn what life is like at boarding school.

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CHITCHAT: Celebrating the World’s Languages. Judy Isabella, Illustrated by Kathy Boake, $18.95

CHITCHAT gives an entertaining overview of the world of languages — and the languages of the world, in this eye-popping, kid-friendly book.


Colors of Me. Brynne Barnes & Annika Nelson, $16.95

Beautiful collage illustrations tell the story of a young girl discovering a world full of color.


The Colour of Home. Mary Hoffman & Karin Littlewood, $9.95

Mary Hoffman's story of a refugee child, illustrated by Karin Littlewood's sensitive art, introduces the issue of asylum to a young audience. This compassionate book will be a great resource for classrooms, homes and libraries.

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Come and Eat! George Ancona, $7.95

Take a tour around the world, and see all the wonderful foods and different ways that people eat. Illustrated with beautiful photographs of children and their families, this engaging book feasts on the joys of eating!


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Community Soup. Alma Fullerton, $19.95

In a garden outside a Kenyan schoolhouse, children are working together to harvest the vegetables they have grown and make them into a soup for everyone to share. But Kioni is having trouble: her herd of mischievous goats followed her to school today and they are trying to eat all the vegetables. The ensuing chaos caused by the goats is cleverly resolved by the children, making their vegetable soup very tasty while saving Kioni’s four-legged intruders at the same time.


The Day I Became a Canadian: a Citizenship Scrapbook. Jo Bannatyne Gugnet, illustrated by Song Nan Zhang, $12.99

On a snowy morning, little Xiao Ling Li and her parents are about to take part in a ceremony — one that will make them Canadian citizens. To record the day for her new brother or sister, she decides to keep a scrapbook to treasure the day.

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The Diary of Laura’s Twin: a Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers. Kathy Kacer, $14.95

Laura has just three weeks to go before her Jewish “coming of age” ceremony, called a Bat Mitzvah, when she is assigned a special project. She is to read the diary of Sara Gittler, a young girl her own age who was imprisoned by the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. Sara never had the chance to celebrate her coming of age, so Laura is to learn about Sara’s life and then share her Bat Mitzvah with her “twin” by speaking of her at the ceremony.

Reluctant to undertake the project at first, Laura quickly becomes caught up by Sara’s struggle to survive. Sara’s diary unfolds with the details of her daily life in the Ghetto, a world full of fear, confusion, tragedy and above all, courage. From Sara’s brave story in the past, Laura learns how to find the courage to confront the possibility of a friend’s current involvement in the desecration of a Jewish cemetery.


Different is Just … Different! Karen Tompkins, illustrated by Karen Morand, $7.50 (ages 3-6)

With bright illustrations and a simple but clear message, this picture book will help families and teachers start discussions about acknowledging and accepting differences.


Dreams of Freedom in Words and Pictures. Amnesty International, $20.99

This inspirational book contains 17 quotations about many different aspects of Freedom, from the freedom to have an education to the freedom not to be hurt or tortured, the freedom to have a home and the freedom to be yourself. All the quotations have been chosen to be understood and appreciated by children.


Ellington Was Not a Street. Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, $25.99

In a reflective tribute to the African-American community of old, noted poet Ntozake Shange recalls her childhood home and the close-knit group of innovators that often gathered there. These men of vision, brought to life in the majestic paintings of artist Kadir Nelson, lived at a time when the color of their skin dictated where they could live, what schools they could attend, and even where they could sit on a bus or in a movie theater.

Yet in the face of this tremendous adversity, these dedicated souls and others like them not only demonstrated the importance of Black culture in America, but also helped issue in a movement that "changed the world." Their lives and their works inspire us to this day, and serve as a guide to how we approach the challenges of tomorrow.

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Faith: Five Religions and What They Share. Richard Steckel & Michele Steckel, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

This kid-friendly exploration of faith provides a superb overview of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. Young readers will learn about different aspects of each, including historical origins and beliefs, holy texts, religious clothing and places of worship. They will also find out about the values, customs and symbols all five religions share, such as the golden rule, charity, prayer and candles. Straightforward, simple text makes the content interesting and accessible, as do the vivid photos of children around the world. Parents and teachers will find FAITH: FIVE RELIGIONS AND WHAT THEY SHARE an invaluable tool for teaching respect for people of different beliefs.


Families. Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly, $11.95

Celebrate diversity with a picture book for very young children about the many faces of contemporary families. Big or small, similar or different-looking, there are all kinds of families. Some have one parent, some have two, and many include extended family. This inclusive look at many varieties of families will help young readers see beyond their own immediate experiences and begin to understand others.


Fight to Learn: the Struggle to Go to School. Laura Scandiffio, $16.95 (ages 10-14)

In many countries around the world, universal access to education is a seemingly unattainable dream; however, determined individuals with vision and drive have made this dream come true for many.

Fight to Learn highlights people such as Okello, a former child soldier in Uganda, who founded a school for children like him whose education was derailed by war; Chicago teen Deonte Tanner, who changed one high school’s culture from guns and gangs to talking and learning; Shannen Koostachin, a feisty 13-year-old Cree whose fight for the right of First Nations children to have proper schools endured even after her untimely death.

The uplifting stories of people who were undeterred in their fight to bring education to children will leave young readers with excellent models of how to mobilize support when fighting for a cause you believe in.

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Friends at School/Les amis à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $12.95 (PreK-3)

It's very fun to have a friend at school. What do you like to do with your friend? What do you have in common? How are you different? Learn all about friends in a 1st grade class from Canada. You'll have extra fun learning new words in English and French.

Opposites at School/Les contraire à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $13.50 (PreK-3)

How would you teach someone what is little or big?  Matteo and Cristian have fun ways to teach you many opposites at their school.  It's even more fun learning them in English and French.

Places at School/Les endroits à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $12.95 (PreK-3)

Why did Aaron have to go to the office? There's a lot that can happen in different places in school. 1st grade students in Canada have fun sharing news about places in their school. They make it extra fun by telling you in both English and French.

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French Toast. Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by François Thisdale, $19.95

Phoebe — half Jamaican, half French-Canadian — hates her school nickname of “French Toast.” So she is mortified when, out on a walk with her Jamaican grandmother, she hears a classmate shout it out at her. To make things worse, Nan-Ma, who is blind, wants an explanation of the name. How can Phoebe describe the colour of her skin to someone who has never seen it? “Like tea, after you’ve added the milk,” she says. And her father? “Like warm banana bread.” And Nan-Ma herself? She is like maple syrup poured over... well ...

In French Toast, Kari-Lynn Winters uses descriptions of favourite foods from both of Phoebe’s cultures to celebrate the varied skin tones of her family. François Thisdale’s imaginative illustrations fill the landscape with whimsy and mouthwatering delight as Phoebe realizes her own resilience and takes ownership of her nickname proudly.


From Far Away. Robert Munsch & Saoussan Askar, illustrated by Rebecca Green, $23.95

Although first published in 1995, From Far Away is more relevant today than it has ever been. This story is based on the real-life experience of Saoussan Askar, who emigrated with her family from war-torn Lebanon when she was seven years old. While still in elementary school, Saoussan wrote to bestselling author Robert Munsch about her situation. Together, they turned her story into a book. This updated edition, with revised text including a note from Saoussan today and fresh, new illustrations, belongs in every classroom. Young children who themselves have arrived as immigrants will readily relate to Saoussan’s frustrations of not understanding the teacher, not knowing how to ask to go to the bathroom, and being terrified of a prop skeleton. From Far Away will also help sensitize other children to the difficulties experienced by their immigrant classmates.


Geeta’s Day: from Dawn to Dusk in an Indian Village. Prodeepta Das, $10.95

Colourful photos convey the vibrancy of an Indian plains village. This dawn-to-dusk journal will encourage young readers to think about and compare their own day with the lively Geeta’s.

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Gift Days. Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Stephen Taylor, $18.95

Nassali wants so very much to go to school and to learn to read. Every day she hears “Prepare the breakfast, fetch the water, and take care of your sisters.” Since her mother had died, Nassali did the same chores every day. There was no time, and no money for school for a young girl. But then one morning, she wakes up to a special day — a gift day...


Girls are Not Chicks Coloring Book. Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated by Julie Novak, $11.00

27 pages of ingenious, subversive fun, Girls are Not Chicks is a playful way to examine how pervasive gender stereotypes are in every aspect of our lives.


Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim Book of Colors. Hena Khan & Mehrdokht Amini, $10.99

Magnificently capturing the colorful world of Islam for the youngest readers, this breathtaking and informative picture book celebrates Islam’s beauty and traditions. From a red prayer rug to a blue hijab, everyday colors are given special meaning as young readers learn about clothing, food, and other important elements of Islamic culture, with a young Muslim girl as a guide. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Golden Domes and Silver Lantern is equally at home in a classroom reading circle as it is being read to a child on a parent’s lap.


The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough. Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault, $19.95

The Good Garden is a simple story about a big issue: food insecurity. This introduction to a global issue provides children with the tools and information to help them make a difference locally and globally.

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A Good Trade. Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau, $19.95

In a small Ugandan village, Kato wakes early to start the long, barefoot trek beyond his village and along fields dotted with cattle and guarded by soldiers. His destination is the village well, where he will pump a day’s supply of water into two jerry cans. Like every day, Kato lets the water splash over his hot, tired feet before carrying his heavy load back home, where his chores await him. But this is no ordinary day. The aid-worker’s truck has come to the village square, and in the back is a gift so special, the little boy rushes home to look for something to repay the aid-worker.


The Great Big Body Book. Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith, $22.99

Everybody needs some body! Our bodies come in all shapes and sizes and they change throughout our lives, from newborn babies and children through to teenagers, and maybe to mums and dads and grandparents. Find out about growing and learning, big and small, keeping fit, breaks and bruises, the five senses, using our minds, how we are the same and how we are different — and lots more. There are all kinds of bodies in the world. What are YOU like?


Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food. Shelley Rotner, $26.50

In a book filled with bright and enticing photographs and an accessible text, Shelley Rotner offers a breakdown of the farm-to-table process that is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarten students.

Who grows our juicy fruits and yummy vegetables? Who raises animals for our tasty eggs, milk and meat? Who catches fresh fish for our table? Farmers and fishermen show off their bounty in this lively look at the people who produce the food on which we all rely.

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HAITI My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren. Illustrated by Rogé, $14.95

For several months, Quebec illustrator Rogé prepared a series of portraits of Haitian children. Students of Camp Perrin wrote the accompanying poems, which create, with flowing consistency, Haiti, my country. These teenaged poets use the Haitian landscape as their easel. The nature that envelops them is quite clearly their main subject. While misery often storms through Haiti in the form of earthquakes, cyclones, or floods, these young men and women see their surrounding nature as assurance for a joyful, confident future.


Here I Am. Patti Kim, $8.95

Newly arrived from their faraway homeland, a boy and his family enter into the lights, noise, and traffic of a busy American city in this dazzling wordless picture book. The language is unfamiliar. Food, habits, games, and gestures are puzzling. They boy clings tightly to his special keepsake from home and wonders how he will find his way. How will he once again become the happy, confident kid he used to be? Walk in his shoes as he takes the first tentative steps toward discovering joy in his new world. A poignant and affirming view of the immigrant experience.


I Am Latino: the Beauty in Me. Sandra Pinkey & Myles Pinkey, $7.99

I Am Latino: the Beauty in Me is a celebration of Latino children in all of their various shades, cultures, and customs. A poetic, affirmative text accompanies the bright and striking photographs of children and uses the five senses to take the reader on a tour of Latino foods, music, language, and more.

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I Am Mixed. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastien Jones, illustrated by James Webster, $17.95

Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds, and as they will discover, they can enjoy the best of both. From Mommy's jazz beats to Daddy's classical piano, we will dance with the twins through a book that explores what it is to be of mixed ancestry, proving that a child is more than the sum of their parents.


I Came from the Water: One Haitian Boy’s Incredible Tale of Survival. Vanita Oelschlager, $11.50

The story is based on the actual experiences of Moses, an eight year-old boy and resident of St. Helene’s orphanage outside Port-au-Prince. As an infant, he was literally plucked from the waters of a nearby river, having been placed in a basket by his grandmother. The rest of his family perished in floods that wiped out their upland village in 2004. He was given his name by the nuns at St. Helene’s. The title is Moses’ reply to the author when she asked where he is from.

After the earthquake of 2010 destroyed Port-au-Prince and much of the surrounding area, the orphanage was flooded with a new wave of parentless boys and girls. Moses helped these children adapt to their new lives and in so doing displayed the kind of fearless hope and determination that may lead to Haiti’s renewal as a self-supporting nation.

St. Helene’s orphanage is run by Father Rick Frechette known globally for his dedication to improving the lives of poor children across Latin America. Net profits from I CAME FROM THE WATER will go to support St. Helene’s and Father Rick’s efforts to help rebuild Haiti by offering a safe place to live and a free education for children like Moses.


I Have the Right to Be a Child. Alain Serres & Aurélia Fronty, $18.95

With a very simple text accompanied by rich, vibrant illustrations a young narrator describes what it means to be a child with rights — from the right to food, water and shelter, to the right to go to school, to be free from violence, to breathe clean air, and more. The book emphasizes that these rights belong to every child on the planet. It also makes evident that knowing and talking about these rights are the first steps toward making sure that they are respected.

A brief afterword explains that the rights outlined in the book come from the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1989. The treaty sets out the basic human rights that belong to children all over the world, recognizing that children need special protection since they are more vulnerable than adults. It has been ratified by 193 states, with the exception of Somalia, the United States and the new country of South Sudan. Once a state has ratified the document, they are legally bound to comply with it and to report on their efforts to do so. As a result, some progress has been made, not only in awareness of children's rights, but also in their implementation. But there are still many countries, wealthy and poor, where children's basic needs are not being met.

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I Love My Purse. Belle DeMont, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, $21.95

Charlie loves the bright red purse that his grandmother let him have. One day, he decides to take it to school. First his father, then his friends, and even the crossing guard question him about his “strange” choice. After all, boys don’t carry purses. But Charlie isn’t deterred. Before long, his unselfconscious determination starts to affect those around him. His father puts on his favorite Hawaiian shirt to go to work, his friend Charlotte paints her face, and the crossing guard wears a pair of sparkly shoes. Thanks to Charlie, everyone around him realizes that it isn’t always necessary to conform to societal norms. It’s more important to be true to yourself. With its humorous, energetic illustrations, this book is sure to entertain young readers. It can also be used to open a discussion on gender roles.


If the World Were a Village: a Book about the World’s People, 2nd Edition. David Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

This eye-opening book promotes "world-mindedness" by imagining the world's population — all 6.8 billion of us — as a village of just 100 people. If the World Were a Village looks at the languages, wealth, food security, energy and health of the citizens in the village. By exploring the lives of the 100 villagers, children will discover that life in other nations is often very different from their own.

Includes extensive resources and access to an online teaching guide.


I'm Awesome Because. Ipsita Paul, $13.99 paperback; $34.99 hardcover

Gabby celebrates all of her differences and recognizes that everyone is awesome in their own unique way! I’m Awesome Because is an uplifting book for multiracial children and families. With eye catching illustrations and poetic verses, your child will be building a solid foundation of confidence and self-love.

You can create your very own Awesome List at the end of the book so that your child can tap into their own unique awesomeness.

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I’m New Here. Anne Sibley O’Brien,$18.95

Maria is from Spain, Jin is from Korea, and Fatima is from Somalia. All three are new to their American elementary school, and each has trouble speaking, writing, and sharing ideas in English. Through self-determination and with encouragement from their peers and teachers, the students learn to feel confident and comfortable in their new school without losing a sense of their home country, language, and identity. 


Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto. Susan Goldman Rubin, Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, $13.99

Irena Sendler was a diminutive Polish social worker who helped spirit more than four hundred children out of the Warsaw Ghetto during World War II. Using toolboxes, ambulances, and other ingenious measures, Irena Sendler defied the Nazis and risked her own life by saving and then hiding Jewish children. Her secret list of the children's real identities was kept safe, buried in two jars under a tree in war-torn Warsaw. An inspiring story of courage and compassion, this biography includes a list of resources, source notes, and an index.


It's Hard Not to Stare: Compassion Series Book 2. Tim Huff, $12.50

Helping children to understand disabilities is the focus of the second book in the Compassion Series. The Compassion Series books offer the impetus for a dynamic and interactive elementary school program, encouraging children to look at their world through the lens of compassion and understanding.


It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out. St. Stephen’s Community House, $12.95

What’s it really like to be biracial or multiracial? Here are the voices of youth who know. The youth in this book describe with utter frankness what it’s like to have roots in many places and cultures.

Navigating mixed-race relationships and family dynamics, dealing with prejudice and assumptions, and working through identity confusion to arrive at a strong and positive sense of self — these are just some of the topics explores in these pages. Whether in the form of rants or poems, personal reflections or interviews, the voices come through loud, strong and empowered.

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It’s Our Nature. Rebeca Orozo, Illustrated by Menena Cottin, $14.99

In the grasslands, the forests, the deserts, and the seas, animals learn to get along. They tolerate each other’s differences and embrace diversity. We are part of the same animal kingdom. We too, can learn to live in harmony with the world around us!


Know Me. Linda Briden, illustrated by Daria Pekh, $8.99

Pick any page and enter the Know Me journey to a place where differences are embraced, curiosity of others is encouraged and understanding is promoted. A place where true and lasting relationships are built. Know Me asks essential questions in the voice of a child. This empowering approach invites sharing between children and their peers, parents and teachers — anyone who cares to ask.  Recommended for children ages 5 to 10 years.  

Whether you are a parent, a teacher or a helping professional, Know Me will get conversations started with its simple, direct prose and thought- provoking illustrations. 


Lacey and the African Grandmothers. Sue Farrell Holler, $14.95 (ages 10-14)

Can a sewing project make a difference half-way across the world?

Lacey Little Bird loves spending time with Kahasi, an elder on her reserve who is like a grandmother to her. Then Lacey hears about a project to help grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren because their parents have died from AIDS. Even though Africa is far, far away, Lacey wants to help and emails the grandmothers with a plan to raise money by selling beaded purses.

What difference can a young Blackfoot girl from North America make in the lives of grandmothers in Africa? A lot, as Lacey discovers. Her decision to help will bring about amazing changes in her life and her community.

Lacey and the African Grandmothers is based on true events, real people, and the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign.


The Last Train: a Holocaust Story. Rona Arato, $16.95 (ages 10 and up)

THE LAST TRAIN is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II. First they are forced into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. In the spring of 1945, the boys see British planes flying over the camp, and a spark of hope that the war will soon end ignites. And then, they are forced onto a dark, stinking boxcar by the Nazi guards. After four days on the train, the boys are convinced they will be killed, but through a twist of fate, the train is discovered and liberated by a battalion of American soldiers marching through Germany.

The book concludes when Paul, now a grown man living in Canada, stumbles upon photographs on the internet of his train being liberated. After writing to the man who posted the pictures, Paul is presented with an opportunity to meet his rescuers at a reunion in New York — but first he must decide if he is prepared to reopen the wounds of his past.

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Layla's Head Scarf. Miriam Cohen, illustrated by Ronald Himler, $22.95

Layla is a shy new girl in first grade and her classmates wonder why she wears a head scarf. As the school day progresses, the first graders learn about Layla's culture and help make her feel more at ease in her new school.


Let’s Talk About Race. Julius Lester, illustrated by Karen Barbour, $8.50

Dramatic, vibrant illustrations help tell the unique stories that make each of us special.


Look at This! CLOTHES. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $21.95

Hats, shorts, long skirt and top, wrapper … all kinds of things to wear, photographed in this vibrant mix of Western and traditional African clothing.

Look at This! FOOD. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $21.95

So many delicious things to eat! Mango, rice, plantain, okra!

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The Luck of Jude. Andrew Larsen, $9.95 (ages 8-10)

A story about fighting, friendships and fitting in.


MIGRANT. Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, $18.95

Each spring Anna leaves her home in Mexico and travels north with her family where they will work on farms harvesting fruits and vegetables. Sometimes she feels like a bird, flying north in the spring and south in the fall. Sometimes she feels like a jack rabbit living in an abandoned burrow, as her family moves into an empty house near the fields. But most of all she wonders what it would be like to stay in one place.

The Low German-speaking Mennonites from Mexico are a unique group of migrants who moved from Canada to Mexico in the 1920s and became an important part of the farming community there. But it has become increasingly difficult for them to earn a livelihood, and so they come back to Canada each year as migrant workers in order to survive.

Beautifully written by Maxine Trottier and imaginatively illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, this book describes what it is like to be a child in a migrant family.


MINGAN My Village: Poems by Innu Schoolchildren. Illustrated by Rogé, $14.95

Illustrator Rogé visited a school in Mingan, an Innu village in northeastern Quebec. He spent a few days taking the time to photograph each child. Once he returned home to his studio, brush in hand, he revisited the eyes of these children and drew their portraits.

MINGAN my village is a collected of fifteen faces, and fifteen poems written by young Innu. Given a platform to be heard, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature.

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MIXED: Portraits of Multicultural Kids. Kip Fulbeck, $24.95

This joyful collection reflects the voices and faces of mixed race children, and celebrates family, individuality and identity.


My First Book of Hindi Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Hindi Language and Indian Culture. Liana Romolo & Jaime Laurel, $15.95

My First Book of Japanese Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Japanese Language and Indian Culture. Michelle Haney Brown & Aya Padrón, $14.95

My First Book of Korean Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Korean Language and Indian Culture. Henry Amen IV & Aya Padrón, $14.95

My First Book of Tagalog Words: Filipino Rhymes and Verses. Rina Singh & Farida Zaman, $17.95

By learning a few words in another language, young children can appreciate the culture and beauty of  cultures different from their own. Bold and bright illustrations accompany these fun rhyming ABC books, and a helpful glossary at the end of each book makes it easy for readers — including parents and teachers — to review what they've learned!

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My Mother’s Sari. Sandhya Rao, illustrated by Nina Sabnani, $9.50

A young child’s connection to her mother is observed through the colors and textures of her mother’s saris.


My Princess Boy: a Mom’s Story about a Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up. Cheryl Kilodavis, $18.99 (ages 4 and up)

This is a book about acceptance, a tool to help children and adults talk about unconditional friendship and love. Supporting those who express themselves differently and learning to live compassionately, takes effort. It takes practice and it takes focus. This book helps readers of all ages celebrate the unique person within us all, with acceptance and compassion.

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My Religion and Me: We are Buddhists. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Christians. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Hindus. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Jews. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Muslims. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Sikhs. Philip Blake, $12.99

Children living in different places around the world explain their religious beliefs and practices. These vibrant books are illustrated with colourful photographs that take readers around the world.


My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School around the World. Margaret Ruurs, $24.50 (ages 9-12)

From Afghanistan to Guatemala, this lovely photo essay chronicles the school day of children around the world.


My Tata's Remedies. Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, illustrated by Antonio Castro L, $12.50 (English & Spanish text)

Aaron has asked his grandfather Tata to teach him about the healing remedies he uses. Tata is a neighbor and family elder. People come to him all the time for his soothing solutions and for his compassionate touch and gentle wisdom. Tata knows how to use herbs, teas, and plants to help each one. His wife, Grandmother Nana, is there too, bringing delicious food and humor to help Tata's patients heal. An herbal remedies glossary at the end of the book includes useful information about each plant, plus botanically correct drawings.

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My Two Blankets. Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood, $21.99

Cartwheel moves to a new country with her auntie, and everything is strange: the animals, the plants — even the wind. An old blanket gives Cartwheel comfort when she’s sad — and a new blanket just might change her world. This multicultural story of friendship is about leaving home, moving to a foreign and strange place, and finding a new friend. It's a story for all who have experienced change. 


My Village: Rhymes from Around the World. Danielle Wright & Mique Moriuchi, $19.99

In a new edition of this special book, 22 nursery rhymes from Iran to Iceland and Samoa to Switzerland have been carefully chosen and beautifully illustrated by Mique Moriuchi. A celebration of cultural diversity, each poem appears in its original language (19 languages are included) next to an English translation so young children can delight in quirky, touching and funny verses from all over the world. 


Nasreen’s Secret School: a True Story from Afghanistan. Jeanette Winter,  $19.99

Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared.

In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret school for girls. Will a devoted teacher, a new friend, and the worlds she discovers in books be enough to draw Nasreen out of her shell of sadness?

Based on a true story from Afghanistan, this inspiring book will touch readers deeply as it affirms both the life-changing power of education and the healing power of love.

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No Girls Allowed. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Willow Dawson, $8.95

Tales of daring women, dressed as men — for love, freedom and adventure!


Not My Girl. Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, $9.95

Margaret leaps off the boat and races toward her family. It's been two years since she left her Arctic home for the outsider's school, and she can barely contain her excitement. But the years at school have changed her, and Margaret's mother takes one look at her and says "Not my girl". Now Margaret must relearn her people's ways, and find her place in the world once again.


One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists. Janet Wilson, $19.95 (ages 8-14)

ONE PEACE celebrates the accomplishments of children and youth from around the globe who have worked to promote world peace.

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Our Heroes: How Kids are Making a Difference. Janet Wilson, $18.95

True stories of children who opened up their hearts and minds to the unfairness of the world and decided to try and make a difference, because everyone deserves to be happy. Andrew Adansi-Bonnah from Ghana raised thousands of dollars for refugee children in Somalia after seeing their terrible situation on the news. Jonathan Lee from South Korea was given special permission to travel to North Korea to talk about the environment. Mimi Ausland from the USA, nicknamed “Dr. Doolittle,” started a website to collect donations for shelter animals. All of them are everyday heroes, and you can be one too.


Our Rights: How Kids are Changing the World. Janet Wilson, $18.95

A girl who spoke out against her government for the rights of aboriginal children, a boy who walked across his country to raise awareness of homelessness, and a former child soldier who wants to make music not war. Here are true stories of kids just like you who are standing up for their rights. Read about how they have made a difference. Dylan Mahalingam from the USA started an online charity to raise money to fight child poverty. The bravery of Nujood Ali Mohammed from Yemen inspired other girls who were being forced to marry too young. Anita Khushwaha from India became a beekeeper to pay for school, even though it was considered a job only men could do. All of them are making a difference for children’s rights.


Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS. Deborah Ellis, $17.95

In Sub-Saharan Africa, there are more than 11.5 million orphans. The AIDS pandemic has claimed their parents, their aunts, and their uncles. What is life like for these children? Who do they care for, and who cares for them? Come and meet them. They might surprise you.


OUT. Angela May George & Owen Swan, $14.99

I'm called an asylum seeker, but that's not my name.

We came here on a boat. Our trip took so long, sometimes I wondered if I would ever walk on grass again.

A brave little girl and her mother escape a war-torn land. On the difficult sea voyage there is little to eat, but there is abundant love and caring. Her adopted country offers a safe place to live, a new school, and supportive friends. There are also hurtful labels, flashbacks, and the ever-present ache of a missing father. Over time there’s a new job for her mother, time for play, music — even dancing! — and hope for the future.

Timely, powerful and moving, Out celebrates the resilience of the human spirit in the darkest times, and the many paths people take to build a new life.

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Poverty and Hunger. Louise Spilsbury & Hanane Kai, $12.50 (ages 6-10)

Refugees and Migrants. Ceri Roberts & Hanane Kai, $12.50 (ages 6-10)

The Children in Our World picture book series helps children make sense of the larger issues and crises that dominate the news in a sensitive and appropriate manner. With relatable comparisons, carefully researched text and striking illustrations, children can begin to understand who refugees and migrants are, why they've left their homes, where they live and what readers can do to help those in need.

Where issues aren't appropriate to describe in words, Hanane Kai's striking and sensitive illustrations help children visualise in images that are suited to their age and disposition. The series forms an excellent cross-curricular resource that looks at refugees, war, poverty and racism making them ideal for tying into discussions on current affairs.


Race: a History Beyond Black and White. Marc Aronson, $21.99 (ages 12 and up)

Historian Marc Aronson traces the history of racial prejudice in Western culture back to ancient Sumer and beyond. He shows us Greeks dividing the world into the civilized and the barbarian; medieval men writing about the traits of monstrous men and Enlightenment scientists scrapping all those mythologies and to come up with a new one: charts that spell out the traits of human races.

Aronson's journey of discovery yields many surprising discoveries. Illustrated with over one hundred images, this is a dynamic, thought-provoking work.


Racism: Deal with it Before It Gets Under Your Skin. Anne Marie Aikins, $12.95 (ages 10-15) http://www.parentbooks.ca/images/tiny%20maple%20leaf.JPG

The Deal with It Series helps adolescents cope with conflicts in everyday life and aims to promote peaceful homes, schools and communities. 

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Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education. Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Suana Verelst, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Based on the true story of a girl in Afghanistan who desperately wants an education and convinces the men in her family to allow her to attend school, the story’s protagonist goes to the Zabuli Education Center for girls outside of Kabul, started by Razia Jan.

The book also includes information about the real Razia Jan and the Zabuli Education Center, Dari words, a lesson plan (“A Day in Razia’s Life"), and questions for discussion, making it ideal for school, library, and personal use when discussing the fundamental human right of education for all children. 


Rosie the Raven. Helga Bansch, $12.95

There’s something very different going on in the raven’s nest. When the eggs hatch, a little girl emerges from one of the shells, along with her black raven siblings. Loving raven parents take their little Rosie just the way she is.

In the beginning, Rosie tries to do everything her siblings do. She opens her mouth to receive worms from her parents, tries to caw until she is hoarse, and wildly flaps her arms in an attempt to fly. The neighbors offer encouragement. “Rub it with birch leaves. That will make its feathers grow!” Rosie finally realizes she is different. Maybe she can’t caw or fly, but a world of discovery awaits her nonetheless.

Helga Bansch’s exquisite artwork of collages and colored images bring humor, mood, and emotion to Rosie’s story. The reader is drawn to Rosie from the instant she pushes herself from the egg, smiling and happy to greet her family, oblivious to her differences.


The Same Heart. Chris Helene Bridge, $25.95

Lilting rhymes show children that everyone is different on the outside, but in all the ways that matter, we are the same. Known for her collaborative projects with children, Chris looks at eyes, ears, hair, feelings and thoughts. Using simple direct language, she shows that while they appear different, they provide us the same experiences. Text in English and Spanish is amplified by call out words in major languages, and illustrations created by students celebrate the beauty of individual faces in the rich landscape of diversity. The Same Heart provides children with respect for every individual’s uniqueness and the importance of finding connection.

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Say Hello!  Rachel Isadora, $21.00

It’s fun to say “Hello” in so many different ways.


School Days Around the World. Margriet Ruurs & Alice Feagan, $19.95

“What is a school? Is it a building with classrooms? Or can it be any place where children learn?” The fascinating stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world. From Marta in Azezo, Ethiopia, and Luciano in Mérida, Venezuela, to Alina in Taraz, Kazakhstan, and Lu in Shanghai, China, the children who are profiled live in places that truly span the globe. However, while there are huge differences in their environments, all the children share similar desires to learn, read and play with others. Alice Feagan's charming cut-paper collage artwork further enhances the idea of a global community by featuring smiling, enthusiastic children's faces, which are equally joyous and filled with life in every situation.


Shades of People. Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly, $10.95

Beautiful photographs of children show the joys of family, friendship and diversity.

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Shanyi Goes to China. Sungwan So, $10.25

Arriving first on the island of Hong Kong, Shanyi goes by train to Panyu in mainland China to see where her grandmother was born, visits her family's 700-year-old ancestral hall and embarks on a busy schedule of sightseeing, meeting relations, eating and shopping. From red bean pie to lunar calendars, from firecrackers to dragons, she learns about the Chinese way of life and returns home delighted with the land of her grandparents.


The Sky of Afghanistan. Ana Eulate & Sonja Wimmer, $16.95

Beautifully illustrated and undeniably moving, this is the story of a little Afghan girl’s dreams of peace. As her country is wracked by war, a girl’s imagination drifts toward the idea of peace for her people and for her country. Her powerful dreams soon take wing and fill the homes and hearts of those around her, uniting a people in their common desire for peace.


Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon. Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated by Nathaniel Kusinitz, $11.00

This radically different activity book takes anecdotes from the lives of real kids and mixes them with classic tales to create true-to-life characters, situations and resolutions. Featuring massive beasts who enjoy dainty jewelry and princess who build rocket ships, this fun for all-ages coloring book celebrates those who do not fit into disempowering gender categorizations, from sensitive boys to tough girls.

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SPORK. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault, $18.95

His mum is a spoon, his dad is a fork and he’s a bit of both... he’s SPORK!


Stepping Stones: a Refugee Family's Journey. Margaret Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr, $20.00

Stepping Stones tells the story of Rama and her family, who are forced to flee their once-peaceful village to escape the ravages of the civil war raging ever closer to their home. With only what they can carry on their backs, Rama and her mother, father, grandfather and brother, Sami, set out to walk to freedom in Europe. Nizar Ali Badr’s stunning stone images illustrate the story.


Still a Family. Brenda Reeves-Sturgis, illustrated by Jo-Shim Lee, $22.95 (ages 4-8)

A little girl and her parents have lost their home and must live in a homeless shelter. Even worse, due to a common shelter policy, her dad must live in a men’s shelter, separated from her and her mom. Despite these circumstances, the family still finds time to be together. They meet at the park to play hide-and-seek, slide on slides, and pet puppies. While the young girl wishes for better days when her family is together again under a roof of their very own, she continues to remind herself that they’re still a family even in times of separation.

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Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. Mary Beth Leatherdale & Eleanor Shakespeare, $14.95 (grades 5-8)

The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea has, unfortunately, made the headlines all too often in the past few years. This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life.

Stormy Seas combines a vivid and contemporary collage-based design with dramatic storytelling to produce a book that makes for riveting reading as well as a source of timely information. These remarkable accounts will give readers a keen appreciation of the devastating effects of war and poverty on youth like themselves, and helps put the mounting current refugee crisis into stark context.


Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure. Naomi Rose, $21.95

TASHI AND THE TIBETAN FLOWER CURE shines a tender light on the special bond between a grandchild and grandparent.


This Child, Every Child: a Book about the World’s Children. David Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Every second of every day, four more children are added to the world's population of over 2.2 billion children. Some of these 2.2 billion children will be cared for and have enough to eat and a place to call home. Many others will not be so fortunate. This Child, Every Child uses statistics and stories to draw kids into the world beyond their own borders and provide a window into the lives of their fellow children.

As young readers will discover, there are striking disparities in the way children live. Some children lack opportunities that others take for granted. What is it like to be a girl in Niger? How are some children forced into war? How do children around the world differ in their home and school lives? This Child, Every Child answers such questions and sets children's lives against the rights they are guaranteed under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Includes extensive resources and access to an online teaching guide.

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Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak. Deborah Ellis, $12.95

This book is about the children of the war-torn Middle East. Deborah Ellis, author of the enormously popular Breadwinner trilogy, turns her attention from the children of Afghanistan to the children of Israel and Palestine, presenting their stories based on interviews done in the winter of 2002 while in Israel and Palestine. This simple and telling book allows children everywhere to see those caught in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as children just like themselves, but who are living far more difficult, dangerous lives. The book does not take sides, but it does present an unblinking portrait of how victimized these children are by the endless struggle that the adults around them seem unable or unwilling to resolve. The text includes brief background information, black-and-white photographs taken by the author, a map, a glossary and suggestions for further reading.


Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red. Rosemary McCarney, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart, $15.95

Arriving at school, Rosie is dismayed to see the kids on the playground taunting her classmate Fadimata, who is Muslim and wears a headscarf. Rosie comes up with a plan. Rosie has a red cape she likes to wear, so she asks Fadimata if she would turn the cape into a headscarf for her. The other kids in their class don’t want to be left out, so they ask Fadimata to make them headscarves as well. The experience confirms Rosie's belief that if you tilt your head and look at things differently, you can see the world through someone else's eyes.


Victoria Goes to Brazil. Maria de Fatima Campos, $22.95 (ages 6-10)

Victoria travels with her Mum form their home in England to Brazil where Victoria gets to meet her cousins, aunts and uncles, and make many new friends on a visit that is far too short!

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Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged. Jody Nyasha Warner & Richard Rudnicki, $18.95

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theatre told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. After all, she was the only black person downstairs. All the other black people were up in the balcony. In no time at all, the police arrived and took Viola to jail. The next day she was charged and fined, but she vowed to continue her struggle against such unfair rules. She refused to accept that being black meant she couldn't sit where she wanted.

Viola's determination gave strength and inspiration to her community at the time. She is an unsung hero of the North American struggle against injustice and racial discrimination whose story deserves to be widely known.


Violet. Tania Duprey Stehlik, illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovaniovic, $15.95 (ages 4-8)

Violet goes to a new school where none of the other children look like her. When one of her new classmates asks why Violet is purple, not blue like her Dad or red like her Mom, she wonders how she came to be so unique.

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Walking Home. Eric Walters, $12.99 (novel)

13-year-old Muchoki and his younger sister, Jata, can barely recognize what's become of their lives. Only weeks ago they lived in a bustling Kenyan village, going to school, playing soccer with friends, and helping at their parents' store. But sudden political violence has killed their father and destroyed their home. Now, Muchoki, Jata, and their ailing mother live in a tent in an overcrowded refugee camp. By day, they try to fend off hunger and boredom. By night, their fears about the future are harder to keep at bay. Driven by both hope and desperation, Muchoki and Jata set off on what seems like an impossible journey: to walk hundreds of kilometers to find their last remaining family.


The Way to School. Rosemary McCarney, with Plan International, $18.95 (ages 6-9)

Minimal text and stunning photographs from around the world describe the remarkable, and often dangerous, journeys children make every day on their way to and from school. No simple school bus picks them up each day, but rather children travel through disaster zones, cross rapids, climb mountains, and maneuver on ziplines daily to get to the classroom. Some of them even carry their desks!

In this beautiful picture book for young readers, every image and spread speaks to the desire for an education and the physical commitment the children make each day as they journey to school.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl Fund.


There's a Cat in Our Class! A Tale about Getting Along. Jeanie Franz Ransom, illustrated by Bryan Langdo, $20.95

Max, Rusty, Ginger, and Tanner assume without question that their new classmate is just like them... a DOG. Guess what? Samantha is NOT a dog, which leads to whole heap of questions. But in little time, all the tails in Miss Biscuit's classroom start wagging, and Samantha is celebrated for the CAT she is, just in time for another new student!

There's a Cat in Our Class! is a kid-friendly exploration of diversity, teaching kids the value of not only accepting but embracing the differences of those around us. Includes a Note to Readers that discusses how parents, teachers, and other adults can talk with children about diversity in a way that's meaningful and effective.

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We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina, $8.95

Who is in your family? Let's share and celebrate what makes each family special!


We Are All Born Free: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures. $25.95

This unique picture book is published in association with Amnesty International to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights, with introductions by David Tennant and John Boyne. Each of the thirty articles has been illustrated by a major children’s artist. All royalties from the sale of this book are donated to Amnesty International.


We Are Their Voice: Young People Respond to the Holocaust. Created & Edited by Kathy Kacer, $16.95

In an attempt to make sense of this history in the world in which they now live, children respond to the Holocaust with a variety of writings and artwork. This thoughtful collection offers unique perceptions and observations that create hope for a more peaceful future.

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Welcome to the Family. Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith, $19.99

How did you arrive in your family? Have you got a mom and a dad, or a step-mom, or foster parents, or maybe two dads or two moms? Find out about the many different ways of making a family. Maybe you can find one just like yours.

This book takes one element of The Great Big Book of Families — the arrival of new members into a family — and explores all the different ways a baby or child can become part of a family. The book includes natural birth within a nuclear family, adoption, fostering, same sex families and many other aspects of bringing babies or children into a family. This is a unique information book, with an important and positive message — every family is different and every family is equally valid and special, no matter how or when the children arrive.


What Does it Mean to be Global? Rana DiOrio, $23.95

In this whimsically-drawn and thoughtfully told story, children learn what it means to be global by visiting the pyramids, eating sushi, celebrating Kwanzaa, and learning how to say “hello” in Swahili. The book is a conversation starter for parents and educators to teach children about the goodness in exploring, appreciating, and respecting other children’s traditions, religions, and values the world over.


What If Someone I Know is Gay? Answers to Questions about What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian. Eric Marcus, $12.99 (teens)

Eric Marcus candidly and clearly pushes aside the myths and misinformation about being gay and lesbian, answering more than one hundred questions asked by teens. No questions go unanswered and the answers contain all the information you — and perhaps your parents — want to know.


What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk about Diversity. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95 (ages 3-6) 

When it comes to explaining physical, cultural and religious differences to children, it can be difficult to know where to begin. What Makes Us Unique? provides an accessible introduction to the concept of diversity, teaching children how to respect and celebrate people's differences and that ultimately, we are all much more alike than we are different. Additional questions at the back of the book allow for further discussion.

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What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. Andrea Curtis & Yvonne Duivenvoorden, $12.95

Whether their school is under a banyan tree, in a dusty tent, or in a sturdy brick structure in the heart of a bustling city, children everywhere need a healthy lunch to be able to learn and grow. Good food nourishes both bodies and brains. WHAT’S FOR LUNCH highlights the ways kids all over the world are taking charge of their school lunches and speaking out about their right to healthy food.


When The Horses Ride By: Children in Times of War — Poems by Eloise Greenfield. Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist, $9.95

Poems of hope, life and love shine through in this look at a most difficult subject.


Where Will I Live? Rosemary McCarney, $19.95

Every child needs a home. They need somewhere safe where they can be happy, eat their meals with their family, play with their toys, and go to sleep at night feeling unafraid. But many children all over the world have had to leave their homes because they are no longer safe. Because of war and conflict, they and their families have become refugees. For them life is hard and full of questions. In spite of everything, they find time to laugh, play, and make friends. And most importantly, they have hope that somewhere, someone will welcome them to a new home.

Written by Rosemary McCarney, Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations, Where Will I Live? will help children whose lives are not directly affected by this crisis think about the importance of home, and what life is like for a child refugee who does not have a permanent, safe home to shelter them and their family. The beautiful photographs in this book were taken by the UNHCR — the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees — and include images of children on the move and in refugee camps in countries such as Lebanon, Rwanda, Iraq, Niger, Hungary, Jordan, South Sudan, and Greece.

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Whispers from the Ghettos. Kathy Kacer & Sharon McKay, $13.99 (Ages 9+)

The stories in this book come from behind the walls and barbed wire of Europe's ghettos during the Nazi regime. We hear the voices of young boys and girls as they live with the fear that they might be deported to the death camps at any moment. Theirs are stories of courage and determination, of struggle and resistance. They speak for those who, like them, managed to survive the war. And they speak for those who did not.


Who Is In Your Family? A Celebration in Diversity. Susan Bowman, illustrated by Poppy Moon, $21.95 (ages 4-8)

In this full-color, illustrated book, children describe their families including what they like to do together. The wonderfully illustrated drawings bring out the uniqueness of each family. Children are encouraged to describe their own families and create some fun activities they can do together. Some of the families described include:

Parent in the military • Single parent • Incarcerated parent •Adoptive parents •Foster parents • Multicultural parents •Same-sex parents •Terminally ill parents • and others …


Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Being Different Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $21.00 (ages 2-5)

Join Nellie, Gus, baby Jake, and their parents at Funland as they go on rides, watch performers, and play games along with many other children and grown-ups. As they enjoy their excursion, they — and young readers — notice that people are the same as one another in lots of ways, and different in lots of ways too. Accessible, humorous, family-filled illustrations; conversations between Gus and Nellie; and straightforward text come together to help children realize why it’s important to treat others the way they want to be treated and the way you want to be treated — whether a person is a lot like you or different from you, a good friend or someone you have just met or seen for the first time.


Why Am I Me? Paige Britt, Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, $23.99

Have you ever wondered why you are you? Or who you would be if you were someone else? Someone taller, faster, smaller, smarter? Someone lighter, older, darker, bolder? Presented as a poetic exchange between two characters — who don't realize they are thinking and asking the very same questions — this beautiful celebration of our humanity and diversity invites readers of all ages to imagine a world where there is no you or me, only we. If the first step toward healing the world is to build bridges of empathy and to celebrate rather than discriminate, Why Am I Me? helps foster a much-needed sense of connection, compassion, and love.

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Why Are People Different Colors? Big Issues for Little People Identity and Diversity. Emma Waddington & Christopher McCurry, illustrated by Louis Thomas, $15.99

Why Are People Different Colors? provides the perfect platform to explore family issues and questions that children have as they grow up and try to make sense of the world around them. Each fully-illustrated spread poses questions around the theme of identity and diversity, helping children to understand different ethnic structures, cultures, abilities, and ages and generations. Explanations and advice for parents and carers to help guide and inform their child have been compiled by two child psychologists.


A Winter for Leo. Nicole Leroux, translated by Sheila Fischman, $9.99

Winner of the Governor General’s Award in Children’s Literature (French Language), this is the endearing tale of young flying squirrel who runs away from home because he is different. Forced to spend the winter far from home, he is taken in by a kindly mole family where he learns to see the strengths in his differences and make choices about his future before re-connecting with his past.


World Issues Series. Harriet Brundle, $26.99 each (K-2)

Immigration. Harriet Brundle

  • What does it mean to be an immigrant?
  • Why do people move to a new home?
  • How does it feel when they get there?

This informative title answers all the big questions on immigration and helps children to understand this topical issue from a range of perspectives. Modern images and accessible text make each page engaging for young readers.

Racism. Harriet Brundle

  • What is racism?
  • How does racism happen?
  • What can we do to stop racism?

This informative title answers all the big questions about racism and helps children to understand this topical issue from a range of perspectives. Modern images and accessible text make each page engaging for young readers.

Refugees. Harriet Brundle

  • Why do people become refugees?
  • How does it feel to be a refugee?
  • How do refugees travel to a new home?

This informative title answers all the big questions on refugees and helps children to understand this topical issue from a range of perspectives. Modern images and accessible text make each page engaging for young readers.

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You and Me Together: Moms, Dads and Kids Around the World. Barbara Kerley, $9.95


Your Faith Series. Harriet Brundle, $26.99 each

Ideal for introducing young learners to the concept of religion, this exciting series explores places of worship, festivals, celebrations and religious ceremonies through accessible text and engaging illustrations.

  • Buddhism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Christianity. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Hinduism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Islam. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Judaism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Sikhism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99

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Complete Booklist

Adrift at Sea: a Vietnamese Boy's Story of Survival. Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch, with Tuan Ho, Illustrated by Brian Deines, $22.95

All the Colors We Are: the Story of How We Get Our Skin Color. Katie Kissinger, photographs by Chris Bohnhoff, $18.95

All You Need Is Love: Celebrating Families of All Shapes and Sizes. Shanni Collins, $21.95

Amelia's Road. Linda Jacobs Altman & Enrique Sanchez, $14.95

Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl? Sarah Savage & Fox Fisher, $21.95

Around the World: Hair. Kate Petty, $10.95

Around the World: Playtime. Kate Petty, $11.50

The Barefoot Book of Children. Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma & David Dean, $24.99

BAXTER, the Pig Who Wanted to Be Kosher. Laurel Snyder, illustrated by David Goldin, $17.99 (ages 5-8)

Because I Am a Girl I Can Change the World. Rosemary McCarney, $16.95

Birthdays Around the World. Margaret Ruurs & Ashley Barron, $19.99

The Blessing Cup. Patricia Polacco, $19.99

The Book of Languages: Talk Your Way Around the World. Mick Webb, $17.95

The Boy & the Bindi. Vivek Shraya, illustrated by Rajni Perera, $17.95 (ages 4-8)

Can We Get Along? Dealing with Differences. $9.95 (Grades 3-6)

Carmen Learns English. Judy Cox, $11.95

Children Like Us: Schools Around the World. Moira Butterfield, $18.99 (ages 6-11)

CHITCHAT: Celebrating the World’s Languages. Judy Isabella, Illustrated by Kathy Boake, $18.95

Colors of Me. Brynne Barnes & Annika Nelson, $16.95

The Colour of Home. Mary Hoffman & Karin Littlewood, $9.95

Come and Eat! George Ancona, $7.95

Community Soup. Alma Fullerton, $19.95

The Day I Became a Canadian: a Citizenship Scrapbook. Jo Bannatyne Gugnet, illustrated by Song Nan Zhang, $12.99 (ages 8 to 10)

Diary of Laura’s Twin: a Holocaust Remembrance Book for Young Readers. Kathy Kacer, $14.95 (ages 10-14)

Different is Just … Different! Karen Tompkins, illustrated by Karen Morand, $7.50 (ages 3-6)

Dreams of Freedom in Words and Pictures. Amnesty International, $20.99

Ellington Was Not a Street. Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, $25.99

Faith: Five Religions and What They Share. Richard Steckel & Michele Steckel, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

Families. Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly, $11.95

Families Around the World. Margiet Ruurs & Jessica Rae Gordon, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Fight to Learn: the Struggle to Go to School. Laura Scandiffio, $16.95 (ages 10-14)

French Toast. Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by François Thisdale, $19.95

Friends at School/Les amis à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $12.95 (PreK-3)
Opposites at School/Les contraire à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $13.50 (PreK-3)
Places at School/Les endroits à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $12.95 (PreK-3)

From Far Away. Robert Munsch & Saoussan Askar, illustrated by Rebecca Green, $23.95

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Geeta’s Day: from Dawn to Dusk in an Indian Village. Prodeepta Das, $10.95 (ages 7-9)

Gift Days. Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Stephen Taylor, $18.95

Girls are Not Chicks Coloring Book. Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated by Julie Novak, $11.00 (ages 5 and up)

Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim Book of Colors. Hena Khan & Mehrdokht Amini, $10.99

The Good Garden: How One Family Went from Hunger to Having Enough. Katie Smith Milway, illustrated by Sylvie Daigneault, $19.95 (ages 7 to 10)

A Good Trade. Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau, $19.95

The Great Big Body Book. Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith, $22.99

Grow! Raise! Catch! How We Get Our Food. Shelley Rotner, $26.50

HAITI My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren. Illustrated by Rogé, $14.95

Here I Am. Patti Kim, $9.95

I Am Latino: the Beauty in Me. Sandra Pinkey & Myles Pinkey, $7.99 (ages 4 to 8)

I Am Mixed. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastien Jones, illustrated by James Webster, $17.95

I Came from the Water: One Haitian Boy’s Incredible Tale of Survival. Vanita Oelschlager, $11.50

I Have the Right to Be a Child. Alain Serres & Aurélia Fronty, $18.95

I Love My Purse. Belle DeMont, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer, $21.95

If the World Were a Village: a Book about the World’s People, 2nd Edition. David Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

I'm Awesome Because. Ipsita Paul, $13.99 paperback; $34.99 hardcover

I’m New Here. Anne Sibley O’Brien,$18.95

Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto. Susan Goldman Rubin, Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, $13.99

It's Hard Not to Stare: Compassion Series Book 2. Tim Huff, $12.50

It’s Not All Black and White: Multiracial Youth Speak Out. St. Stephen’s Community House, $12.95

It’s Our Nature. Rebeca Orozo, Illustrated by Menena Cottin, $14.99

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Know Me. Linda Briden, illustrated by Daria Pekh, $8.99

Lacey and the African Grandmothers. Sue Farrell Holler, $14.95 (ages 10-14)

The Last Train: a Holocaust Story. Rona Arato, $16.95 (ages 10 and up)

Layla's Head Scarf. Miriam Cohen, illustrated by Ronald Himler, $22.95

Let’s Talk About Race. Julius Lester, illustrated by Karen Barbour, $8.50 (ages 6-10)

Look at This! CLOTHES. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $21.95

Look at This! FOOD. Ifeoma Onyefulu, $21.95

The Luck of Jude. Andrew Larsen, $9.95 (ages 8-10)

MIGRANT. Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, $18.95

MINGAN My Village: Poems by Innu Schoolchildren. Illustrated by Rogé, $14.95

MIXED: Portraits of Multicultural Kids. Kip Fulbeck, $24.95 (ages 6 and up)

My First Book of Hindi Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Hindi Language and Indian Culture. Liana Romolo & Jaime Laurel, $15.95

My First Book of Japanese Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Japanese Language and Indian Culture. Michelle Haney Brown & Aya Padrón, $14.95

My First Book of Korean Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Korean Language and Indian Culture. Henry Amen IV & Aya Padrón, $14.95

My First Book of Tagalog Words: Filipino Rhymes and Verses. Rina Singh & Farida Zaman, $17.95

My Mother’s Sari. Sandhya Rao, illustrated by Nina Sabnani, $9.50 (ages 4 to 8)

My Princess Boy: a Mom’s Story about a Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up. Cheryl Kilodavis, $18.99 (ages 4 and up)

My Religion and Me: We are Buddhists. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Christians. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Hindus. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Jews. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Muslims. Philip Blake, $12.99

My Religion and Me: We are Sikhs. Philip Blake, $12.99

My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School around the World. Margaret Ruurs, $24.50 (ages 9-12)

My Tata's Remedies. Roni Capin Rivera-Ashford, illustrated by Antonio Castro L, $12.50 (English & Spanish text)

My Two Blankets. Irena Kobald & Freya Blackwood, $21.99

My Village: Rhymes from Around the World. Danielle Wright & Mique Moriuchi, $19.99

Nasreen’s Secret School: a True Story from Afghanistan. Jeanette Winter, $19.99 (ages 7-10)

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No Girls Allowed. Susan Hughes, illustrated by Willow Dawson, $8.95 (ages 8-12)

Not My Girl. Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, $9.95

One Peace: True Stories of Young Activists. Janet Wilson, $19.95 (ages 8-14)

Our Heroes: How Kids are Making a Difference. Janet Wilson, $18.95

Our Rights: How Kids are Changing the World. Janet Wilson, $18.95

Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS. Deborah Ellis, $17.95 (ages 8 and up)

OUT. Angela May George & Owen Swan, $14.99

Poverty and Hunger. Louise Spilsbury & Hanane Kai, $12.50 (ages 6-10)

Race: a History Beyond Black and White. Marc Aronson, $21.99 (ages 12 and up)

Racism: Deal with it Before It Gets Under Your Skin. Anne Marie Aikins, $12.95 (ages 10-15)

Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education. Elizabeth Suneby, illustrated by Suana Verelst, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Refugees and Migrants. Ceri Roberts & Hanane Kai, $12.50 (ages 6-10)

Rosie the Raven. Helga Bansch, $12.95

The Same Heart. Chris Helene Bridge, $25.95

Say Hello!  Rachel Isadora, $21.00 (ages 4 to 8)

School Days Around the World. Margriet Ruurs & Alice Feagan, $19.95

Shades of People. Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly, $10.95(ages 4 to 6)

Shanyi Goes to China. Sungwan So, $10.25 (ages 4 to 8)

The Sky of Afghanistan. Ana Eulate & Sonja Wimmer, $16.95

Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon. Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated by Nathaniel Kusinitz, $11.00 (ages 4 and up)

SPORK. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault, $18.95 (ages 5-9)

Stepping Stones: a Refugee Family's Journey. Margaret Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr, $20.00

Still a Family. Brenda Reeves-Sturgis, illustrated by Jo-Shim Lee, $22.95(ages 4-8)

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. Mary Beth Leatherdale & Eleanor Shakespeare, $14.95 (grades 5-8)

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Tashi and the Tibetan Flower Cure. Naomi Rose, $21.95

There's a Cat in Our Class! A Tale about Getting Along. Jeanie Franz Ransom, illustrated by Bryan Langdo, $20.95

This Child, Every Child: a Book about the World’s Children. David Smith, illustrated by Shelagh Armstrong, $19.95 (ages 8-12)

Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak. Deborah Ellis, $12.95 (ages 8 and up)

Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red. Rosemary McCarney, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart, $15.95

Victoria Goes to Brazil. Maria de Fatima Campos, $22.95 (ages 6-10)

Viola Desmond Won't Be Budged. Jody Nyasha Warner & Richard Rudnicki, $18.95

Violet. Tania Duprey Stehlik, illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovaniovic, $15.95 (ages 4-8)

The Way to School. Rosemary McCarney, with Plan International, $18.95 (ages 6-9)

We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina, $8.95

We Are All Born Free: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures. $25.95 (ages 8 and up)

We Are Their Voice: Young People Respond to the Holocaust. Created & Edited by Kathy Kacer, $16.95

Welcome to the Family. Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith, $19.99

What Does it Mean to be Global? Rana DiOrio, $23.95

What If Someone I Know is Gay? Answers to Questions about What It Means to Be Gay and Lesbian. Eric Marcus, $12.99 (teens)

What Makes Us Unique? Our First Talk about Diversity. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Cindy Revell, $19.95 (ages 3-6)

What’s for Lunch? How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World. Andrea Curtis & Yvonne Duivenvoorden, $12.95

When Horses Ride By: Children in Times of War. Eloise Greenfield, $9.95 (ages 8 and up)

Where Will I Live? Rosemary McCarney, $19.95

Whispers from the Ghettos. Kathy Kacer & Sharon McKay, $13.99 (ages 9 and up)

Who Is In Your Family? A Celebration in Diversity. Susan Bowman, illustrated by Poppy Moon, $21.95 (ages 4 to 8)

Who We Are! All About Being the Same and Being Different Robie H. Harris, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott, $21.00 (ages 2-5)

Why Am I Me? Paige Britt, Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, $23.99

Why Are People Different Colors? Big Issues for Little People Identity and Diversity. Emma Waddington & Christopher McCurry, illustrated by Louis Thomas, $15.99

A Winter for Leo. Nicole Leroux, translated by Sheila Fischman, $9.99 (ages 3-6)

World Issues Series. Harriet Brundle, $26.99 each (K-2)

  • Immigration. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Racism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Refugees. Harriet Brundle, $26.99

You and Me Together: Moms, Dads and Kids around the World. Barbara Kerley, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

Your Faith Series. Harriet Brundle, $26.99 each

  • Buddhism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Christianity. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Hinduism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Islam. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Judaism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99
  • Sikhism. Harriet Brundle, $26.99

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