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All about Anne. Created by Anne Frank House, $24.95 (ages 9-13)

Anne Frank’s life story is told by answering the most frequently asked questions posed by children and young people visiting the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam. Text, detailed photographs and beautiful illustrations combine to give the fullest picture of Anne’s life, her diary, and the Secret Annex. Full of information about Anne’s life, World War II, and the Holocaust, the book provides both an overview of the history as well as intimate insights into the life of the young Anne Frank.


All about Families. Felicity Brooks, $18.95 (ages 3-6)

Families come in all shapes and sizes and from all sorts of backgrounds. They speak various languages, eat different sorts of food, live in different kinds of homes and celebrate special occasions in a variety of ways. This book lets children explore questions such as ‘What is a family?’, ‘What different sorts of families are there?’ and more. A entertaining and gently informative book that portrays diverse families and helps children think, talk about and understand difference.


All the Colors We Are: the Story of How We Get Our Skin Color. Katie Kissinger, photographs by Chris Bohnhoff, $25.50 (ages 3+)

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 (ages 3-8)

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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Are You a Boy Or Are You a Girl? Sarah Savage & Fox Fisher, $21.95 (ages 3-7)

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.


Back to School: a Global Journey. Maya Ajmera & John Ivanko, $9.99 (ages 4-8)

Back to School invites young minds to sit in the front row and share the exciting experience of learning with kids just like themselves all over the world. Whether they take a school bus, a boat, or a rickshaw to get there, kids around the globe are going to school and growing smarter and more curious every day.

Beautiful, joy-filled, color photographs of children studying, learning, exploring, and having fun from nation to nation, will inspire readers of all ages with the excitement of discovery and sharing new ideas.


The Barefoot Book of Children. Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma & David Dean, $24.99 (ages 5-8)

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.

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Big Dreamers: The Canadian Black History Activity Book for Kids, Volume 1. Akilah Newton & Tami Gabay, $15.95 (ages 7-10)

Learn about Canada's Big Dreamers — trailblazers, politicians, artists, and athletes who have shaped our great country. 

Big Dreamers: The Canadian Black History Activity Book for Kids Volume 1 celebrates the inspiring contributions of Black Canadians who overcame adversity and went on to achieve greatness while changing the course of history. The book highlights the achievements of Black Canadians whose stories are often left untold. Big Dreamers explores the people, places and events that paved the way for future generations of Canadians. The book profiles individual “Big Dreamers” from A-Z, provides a historical timeline, examines Black History in each province and territory, and keeps readers engaged with a variety of fun activities including Connect the Dots, Face Match, a Crossword Puzzle and more.


Bilal Cooks Daal. Aisha Saeed, illustrated by Anoosha Syed, $23.95 (ages 4-8)

Six-year-old Bilal is excited to help his dad make his favorite food of all-time — daal. The slow-cooked lentil dish from South Asia requires lots of ingredients and a whole lot of waiting. Bilal wants to introduce his friends to daal. As the day goes on, the daal continues to simmer, and more kids join Bilal and his family, waiting to try the tasty dish. And as time passes, Bilal begins to wonder: Will his friends like it as much as he does?

This debut picture book by Aisha Saeed, with charming illustrations by Anoosha Syed, uses food as a means of bringing a community together to share in each other’s family traditions.


Birthdays Around the World. Margaret Ruurs & Ashley Barron, $19.99 (ages 3-7)

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.


#BlackLivesMatter Freedom School Workbook. Leroi Newbold & Janine Carrington, $20.00 (ages 7-10)

The Freedom School work book has 100 pages of Black liberation history and activities for children. Learn about the Brotherhood of the Sleeping Train Car Porters, Nanny Maroon, Oromo Resistance, disabilities justice, and so much more!

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The Book of Languages: Talk Your Way Around the World. Mick Webb, $17.95 (ages 8-12)

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.


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. 


The Breadwinner. Deborah Ellis, $9.95 (ages 10-14)

A special edition of The Breadwinner, the first book in Deborah Ellis’s riveting Breadwinner series, coincides with the launch of the animated movie. It is an award-winning novel about loyalty, survival, families and friendship under extraordinary circumstances during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.

Eleven-year-old Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for the crime of having a foreign education, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food. As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.

The book includes a map, author’s note and a glossary to provide young readers with background and context. An eight-page color insert features stills from the movie. All royalties from the sale of this book will go to Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan. Parvana’s Fund supports education projects for Afghan women and children.

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CHITCHAT: Celebrating the World’s Languages. Judy Isabella, Illustrated by Kathy Boake, $18.95 (ages 8-12)

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, $19.95 (ages 6-9)

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


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Come and Eat! George Ancona, $7.95 (ages 5-8)

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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Common Threads: Adam's Day at the Market. Huda Essa, illustrated by Mercè Tous, $21.99 (ages 4-8)

Adam and his family spend an exciting day at the colorful and bustling Eastern Market. But when Adam gets briefly separated from Mom and Dad, he mistakes a friendly, diverse cast of characters for his parents in their traditional Muslim clothing — and shows that we all have more in common than you might think. This nearly-wordless picture book celebrates diversity and community in vibrant, dynamic art.

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Community Soup. Alma Fullerton, $11.95 (ages 4-8)

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.


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Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets: a Muslim Book of Shapes. Hena Khan, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini, $24.99 (ages 3-6)

From a crescent moon to a square garden to an octagonal fountain, this breathtaking picture book celebrates the shapes — and traditions — of the Muslim world. Sure to inspire questions and observations about world religions and cultures, Crescent Moons and Pointed Minarets is equally at home in a classroom reading circle and on a parent's lap being read to a child.


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

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.

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Families. Shelley Rotner & Sheila Kelly, $11.99 (ages 3-6)

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.


Fearless Females: the Fight for Freedom, Equality, and Sisterhood. Marta Breen, illustrated by Jenny Jordahl, $17.99 (graphic novel, ages 14++)

This beautifully illustrated graphic novel tells the stories of fearless females who have fought, and continue to fight, for the rights of women today. Featuring familiar icons like Harriet Tubman and Malala Yousafzai, and introducing hidden figures like Táhirih, readers will be fascinated reading about these female activists who advocated for equality, education, and bodily integrity throughout history.


Feminism from A to Z. Gayle Pitman, $21.50 (ages 15-18)

Dive into Feminism From A to Z for an accessible primer on history, current events, and essential issues through the lens of feminist theory and perspective. Not only will you learn something about yourself, your community, your people, and your world, you will discover kick-ass call-to-action suggestions and resources to take your feminism to a higher level! A book for all teens — no matter what gender you are — about feminism: what it is, what it means, and how to do it... from A to Z.

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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.


Friends at School/Les amis à l'école. Mary Birdsell & Vera Lynne Stroup-Rentier, $13.50 (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, $13.50 (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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From Far Away. Robert Munsch & Saoussan Askar, illustrated by Rebecca Green, $11.95 (ages 5-8)

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.


Gift Days. Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Stephen Taylor, $18.95 (ages 5-8)

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.

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Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns: a Muslim Book of Colors. Hena Khan & Mehrdokht Amini, $11.99 (ages 2-5)

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 (ages 8-12)

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.


A Good Trade. Alma Fullerton, illustrated by Karen Patkau, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

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.

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HAITI My Country: Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren. Illustrated by Rogé, $14.95 (ages 10-14)

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.


Hats of Faith. Medeia Cohan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh, $13.99 (ages 3-5)

Hats of Faith is a simple and striking introduction to the shared custom of religious head coverings. With bright images and a carefully researched interfaith text, this thoughtful book inspires understanding and celebrates our culturally diverse modern world.


I Am Mixed. Garcelle Beauvais & Sebastien Jones, illustrated by James Webster, $21.95 (ages 4-7)

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.

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I Came from the Water: One Haitian Boy’s Incredible Tale of Survival. Vanita Oelschlager, $12.95 (ages 4-8)

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.


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; $38.99 hardcover (ages 3-8)

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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Irena Sendler and the Children of the Warsaw Ghetto. Susan Goldman Rubin, Illustrated by Bill Farnsworth, $8.99 (ages 6-10)

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, $10.95 (ages 3-8)

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 (ages 13-18)

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!


Jacob's Room to Choose. Sarah & Ian Hoffman, illustrated by Chris Case, $24.95 (ages 4-8)

The beloved lead character from Jacob's New Dress is back in an encouraging story about gender expression. When Jacob goes to the boys’ bathroom he is chased out because the boys think he looks like a girl because of the way he is dressed. His classmate, Sophie, has a similar experience when she tries to go to the girls’ bathroom. When their teacher finds out what happened, Jacob and Sophie, with the support of administration, lead change at their school as everyone discovers the many forms of gender expression and how to treat each other with respect.


Jacqueline and the Beanstalk. Susan Sweet & Brenda S. Miles, illustrated by Valeria Docampo, $22.50 (ages 4-8)

Once upon a time, there lived a princess named Jacqueline. The royal knights protected her from danger — even if there wasn't any! When Jacqueline climbs the beanstalk, she meets a giant who is just as afraid of the knights. In this modern retelling of a classic fairy tale, Jacqueline shows everyone that just because something — or someone — is different, doesn't mean you need to be afraid of those differences.

Includes a Note to Parents and Caregivers with worry-busting strategies and calming tools.


Know Me. Linda Briden, illustrated by Daria Pekh, $8.99 (ages 5-10)

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. 

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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, $17.95 (ages 10+)

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.


Layla's Head Scarf. Miriam Cohen, illustrated by Ronald Himler, $9.95 (ages 4-8)

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.

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Let’s Talk About Race. Julius Lester, illustrated by Karen Barbour, $9.99 (ages 4-8)

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


Love is Love. Michael Genhart, illustrated by Ken Min, $26.99 (ages 4-8)

It's love that makes a family!

When a boy confides in his friend about bullies saying he doesn't have a real family, he discovers that his friend's parents — a mom and a dad — and his two dads are actually very much alike.

Dr. Michael Genhart's debut story is the perfect resource to gently discuss discrimination with kids. This sweet and straightforward story shows that gay families and straight families and everything in between are all different kinds of normal. What makes a family real is the love that is shared.


MIGRANT. Maxine Trottier, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault, $18.95 (ages 4-7)

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.

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My First Book of Hindi Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Hindi Language and Indian Culture. Liana Romolo & Jaime Laurel, $15.95 (ages 3-7)

My First Book of Japanese Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Japanese Language and Japanese Culture. Michelle Haney Brown & Aya Padrón, $14.95 (ages 3-7)

My First Book of Korean Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Korean Language and Korean Culture. Henry Amen IV & Aya Padrón, $14.95 (ages 3-7)

My First Book of Tagalog Words: an ABC Rhyming Book of Filipino Language and Culture. Liana Romulo & Jaime Laurel, $14.95 (ages 3-7)

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!


My Friends and Me: a Celebration of Different Kinds of Families. Stephanie Stansbie, illustrated by Katy Halford, $23.95 (ages 3-6)

Jamie has a lot of friends-a lot of friends with different kinds of families. Kate has two dads. Olivia has two moms. And Jade has her very own butler! But no matter what the families look like, the love they feel for each other is all the same.


My Mother’s Sari. Sandhya Rao, illustrated by Nina Sabnani, $10.95 (ages 4-8)

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

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My Princess Boy: a Mom’s Story about a Young Boy Who Loves to Dress Up. Cheryl Kilodavis, $21.99 (ages 4 - 8)

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.


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.

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My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School around the World. Margaret Ruurs, $23.95 (ages 4-8)

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


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

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.


Not My Idea: a Book about Whiteness. Anastasia Higginbotham, $28.50 (ages 8-12)

A white child sees a news report of a white police officer shooting and killing a person with brown skin who had their hands up. “We don’t see color,” the child’s mother says, but the child senses a deeper truth. An afternoon in the library uncovers the reality of white supremacy in America. The child connects to the opportunity and their responsibility to dismantle white supremacy — for the sake of their own liberation out of ignorance and injustice.


On the Playground: Our First Talk about Prejudice. Jillian Roberts, illustrated by Jane Heinrichs, $19.95 (ages 6-8)

On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice focuses on introducing children to the complex topic of prejudice. Crafted around a narrative between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book will help children shape their understanding of diversity so they are better prepared to understand, and question, prejudice witnessed around them in their day-to-day lives and in the media. Dr. Jillian Roberts discusses types of discrimination children notice, what prejudice means, why it's not okay, how to stand up against it and how kids can spread a message of inclusion and acceptance in the world around them.

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One Day, Many Ways: a Day in the Life of Over 40 Children around the World. Laura Hall, illustrated by Loris Lora, $27.99 (ages 2-5)

Discover what daily life is like for kids all around the world! Meet children from over 40 countries and explore the differences and similarities between their daily routines. Over 24 hours, follow a wide variety of children as they wake up, eat, go to school, play, talk, learn, and go about their everyday routine in this stunning retro-style illustrated picture book that celebrates different cultures.


Our Stories, Our Songs: African Children Talk about AIDS. Deborah Ellis, $17.95 (ages 11-18)

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 (ages 4-8)

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.


Prince & Knight. Daniel Haack, illustrated by Stevie Lewis, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

Once upon a time, in a kingdom far from here, there was a prince in line to take the throne, so his parents set out to find him a kind and worthy bride. The three of them traveled the land far and wide, but the prince didn't quite find what he was looking for in the princesses they met.

While they were away, a terrible dragon threatened their land, and all the soldiers fled. The prince rushed back to save his kingdom from the perilous beast and was met by a brave knight in a suit of brightly shining armor. Together they fought the dragon and discovered that special something the prince was looking for all along. This book is published in partnership with GLAAD to accelerate LGBTQ inclusivity and acceptance.


The Promise. Margie Wolfe & Pnina Bat Zvi, illustrated by Isabelle Cardinal, $18.95 (ages 7++)

The night that Rachel and Toby’s parents are taken away by the Nazis, they give their young daughters three gold coins with the instructions to “use these wisely to help save your lives.” They also ask the girls to promise that they will always stay together. This compelling true story follows the sisters as they confront the daily horrors of Auschwitz, protecting one another, sharing memories, fears, and even laughter — always together. But when Rachel becomes ill and is taken away by Nazi guards, likely forever, Toby risks her own life and uses the well-hidden gold coins to rescue her little sister.

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The Proudest Blue: a Story of Hijab and Family. Ibtihaj Muhammad, with SK Ali, illustrated by Hatem Aly, $23.49 (ages 4-8)

With her new backpack and light-up shoes, Faizah knows the first day of school is going to be special. It's the start of a brand new year and, best of all, it's her older sister Asiya's first day of hijab — a hijab of beautiful blue fabric, like the ocean waving to the sky. But not everyone sees hijab as beautiful, and in the face of hurtful, confusing words, Faizah will find new ways to be strong.

Paired with Hatem Aly's beautiful, whimsical art, Olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad and Morris Award finalist S.K. Ali bring readers an uplifting, universal story of new experiences, the unbreakable bond between siblings, and of being proud of who you are.


Race: a History Beyond Black and White. Marc Aronson, $29.99 (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) https://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. 


Say Hello!  Rachel Isadora, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

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


School Days Around the World. Margriet Ruurs & Alice Feagan, $19.95 (ages 3-8)

“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.

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

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


The Sky of Afghanistan. Ana Eulate & Sonja Wimmer, $23.95 (ages 5-7)

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.


Something Happened In Our Town: a Child's Story about Racial Injustice. Marianne Celano, Marietta Collins & Ann Hazzard, $23.50 (ages 4-8)

Something Happened in Our Town describes a traumatic event — a police shooting — from the perspective of a White family and an African American family. This story models productive conversations around racial-ethnic socialization and social-emotional learning, and provides an excellent platform for discussing social justice and race relations with children. Includes a “Note to Parents and Caregivers” with conversation guides, child-friendly vocabulary, and lists of related resources.

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Sometimes the Spoon Runs Away with Another Spoon. Jacinta Bunnell, illustrated by Nathaniel Kusinitz, $11.00 (ages 3-8)

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.


Spectacularly Beautiful: a Refugee's Story. Lisa Lucas, illustrated by Laurie Stein, $16.99 (ages 4-8)

Spectacularly Beautiful tells the story of Shahad, a refugee who has moved to a new country and started at a new school with her new teacher, Ms. Truong. Shahad comes to school every day with perfectly braided hair tied in ribbons. But her hair can't hide the scars on her face and leg that are painful reminders of the country she fled, making her feel less than beautiful, and different from her peers. When a class project proves difficult for Shahad, Ms. Truong helps her come to see that her scars are only part of her story, and that she is not just beautiful...she is spectacularly beautiful. Little by little Shahad's confidence is renewed and she is able to return the same kindness to Ms. Truong.


SPORK. Kyo Maclear & Isabelle Arsenault, $9.95 (ages 3-7)

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

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Stepping Stones: a Refugee Family's Journey. Margaret Ruurs, illustrated by Nizar Ali Badr, $20.00 (ages 6-8)

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.


The Stone Thrower. Jael Ealey Richardson, illustrated by Matt James, $18.95 (ages 5-9)

The African-American football player Chuck Ealey grew up poor, in a racially segregated neighborhood of Portsmouth, Ohio, but his mother assured him that he wouldn’t stay in Portsmouth forever. Education was the way out, and a football scholarship was the way to pay for that education.

Against all odds, he became an incredible quarterback. But despite his unbeaten record in high school and university, he would never play professional football in the United States. Instead, he moved to Canada and became a quarterback with the Canadian Football League, leading his team the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to victory, and the Grey Cup, his first year there.

This inspirational story is told by Chuck Ealey’s daughter, author and educator Jael Richardson, with striking and powerful illustrations by award-winning illustrator Matt James.


Ten Cents a Pound. Nhung N Tran-Davies, illustrated by Josee Bisailon, $18.95 (ages 5-9)

A young girl is torn by her desire to stay home with her family and the familiarity of their village, and her desire to go to school and discover the world beyond the mountains that surround them. Every time the girl insists that she will stay, her mother repeats that she must go — that there is more to life than labor in the coffee fields. Their loving exchange reveals the struggles and sacrifices that they will both have to make for the sake of the young girl’s future. The sweet, simple text captures a mother’s love and her wish for a life of opportunity for her daughter.

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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.


Three Wishes: Palestinian and Israeli Children Speak. Deborah Ellis, $9.95 (ages 7-11)

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.


A Ticket Around the World. Natalie Diaz & Melisa Owens, illustrated by Kim Smith, $9.95 (ages 5-8)

Join a young boy as he hops around the globe, visiting friends in 13 different countries spanning all 6 populated continents. Along the way, he introduces us to each friend’s environment and customs, and shares interesting facts about each country’s culture, language, food, geography, wildlife, landmarks and more. Each country has a dedicated spread with a small map that shows geography and landmarks, letting readers imagine they are traveling, too. This informational picture book brings engaging nonfiction content to younger readers by showing them how other children just like them live around the world. Playful, realistic illustrations done with stylized realism lend warmth and whimsy to the book, making each locale feel welcoming. A Ticket Around the World will leave readers feeling like they’ve toured the globe without ever having left home.

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Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red. Rosemary McCarney, illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart, $15.95 (ages 4-8)

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.


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.


Walking Home. Eric Walters, $14.99 (novel, ages 10+)

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.

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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.


We All Have Different Families. Melissa Higgina, $8.95 (ages 3-8)

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


We Are Their Voice: Young People Respond to the Holocaust. Created & Edited by Kathy Kacer, $16.95 (ages 9-13)

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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We Know Better Games. Elaheh Bos, $19.95 (ages 5-8)

We come in all shapes and sizes, with different abilities, talents and challenges. Our experiences make us unique and allow us to share something different and special with each other. When we can appreciate what we each have to offer and focus on helping each other out and learning from one another, we can start to create stronger friendships and make better choices.

This book was written to help children understand that they can make better choices in regards to their behaviour and attitudes towards their peers. The goal of this book is to inspire, guide, and facilitate change through conversations and inner reflection.


Welcome to the Family. Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith, $19.99 (ages 5-9)

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.


We're All Wonders. R. J. Palacio, $24.99 (ages 4-8)

The unforgettable bestseller Wonder, now a major motion picture, has inspired a nationwide movement to Choose Kind. Now parents and educators can introduce the importance of choosing kind to younger readers with this gorgeous picture book, featuring Auggie and Daisy on an original adventure, written and illustrated by R. J. Palacio.

Over 6 million people have fallen in love with Wonder and have joined the movement to Choose Kind. Now younger readers can meet Auggie Pullman, an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face, and his beloved dog, Daisy.

Countless fans have asked R. J. Palacio to write a book for younger readers. With We’re All Wonders, she makes her picture-book debut as both author and artist, with a spare, powerful text and striking, richly imagined illustrations. Palacio shows readers what it’s like to live in Auggie’s world — a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he’s not always seen that way.

We’re All Wonders may be Auggie’s story, but it taps into every child’s longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It’s the perfect way for families and educators to talk about empathy and kindness with young children.

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What Does it Mean to be Global? Rana DiOrio, $25.95 (ages 4-8)

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 (ages 6-9)

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.


Where Will I Live? Rosemary McCarney, $19.95 (ages 5-9)

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.


Whispers from the Ghettos. Kathy Kacer & Sharon McKay, $16.99 (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.

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Who Believes What? Exploring the World's Major Religions. Anna Willis & Nora Tomm, $19.95 (ages 7-10)

In today’s multicultural cities and interconnected world, understanding different belief systems can help kids appreciate the differences of people they see every day, or people who live on the other side of the globe. This book introduces readers to the five major world religions by population: Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Each mini-section opens with a fully illustrated spread representing one religion. Designed in a search-and-find style, the illustrated spreads are busy, bright, and jam-packed with details that show people worshipping among symbolic places, rituals, and objects. A text spread follows, pulling out details from the illustrated page and providing further information about the history, festivals, places of worship, celebrations, religious leaders, and gods of each religion.

Front matter gives broader overall context about religion and each featured belief system, making this a comprehensive go-to resource for introducing religion and global cultures.


Who Is In Your Family? A Celebration in Diversity. Susan Bowman, illustrated by Poppy Moon, $19.95 (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.

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Why Am I Me? Paige Britt, Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, $23.99 (ages 4-8)

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.


World Issues Series. Harriet Brundle, $26.99 each (ages 5-8)

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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Young, Gifted and Black. Jamia Wilson, illustrated by Andrea Pippins, $27.99 (ages 7-10)

This book brings together 52 icons of colour from the past and present and celebrates their inspirational achievements. Meet figureheads, leaders and pioneers such as Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and Rosa Parks, as well as cultural trailblazers and sporting heroes, including Stevie Wonder, Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams. Strong, courageous, talented and diverse, these extraordinary men and women's achievements will inspire a new generation to chase their dream... whatever it may be.


Your Faith Series. Harriet Brundle, $26.99 each (ages 5-8)

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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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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