Notes From a Children's Librarian

By Julie Booker

Notes from a Children's Librarian: For the Love of Snail Mail

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

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Letter writing is one form of writing covered in the language curriculum. These picture books address the epistolary form in different ways—and might inspire some writing from holiday destinations this summer or to penpals. 

Postcards are the chosen form of communication in Flock of Shoes, by Sarah Tsiang, art by Qin Leng. Abby loves her sandals that “invited the wind to come kiss her toes,” but when they fly off her feet, mid-swing, and continue flying south, Abby is sad. She receives postcards from her sandals, proclaiming, “We miss you to the bottom of our soles.” Sarah is forced to transition to snow boots, which she eventually comes to love as much as sandals, until they, too, leave on a train in spring, and send her a postcard showing the Northern Lights.

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Notes from a Children's Librarian: Text to Text

As part of the Language curriculum, primary readers are asked to make connections between books, identifying similarities. The following titles are paired through like-minded themes.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books About Math

Great books that complement the Primary Math curriculum and make for entertaining reads at the same time. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Earth Hour Books

Great titles to read by flashlight. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books on Health and Wellness

Books that focus on self-awareness—understanding personal strengths, recognizing sources of stress, making decisions, and evaluating choices

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Health and Safety

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

STEM Books to Inspire Young Readers

Great recommendations from our Children's Librarian in her latest column.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Books on Biodiversity

Books complementing the Grade 6 Biodiversity unit. 

Exploring Space: Notes From a Children's Librarian

Reading the books on this list (which complement the Grade 6 Science and Technology Unit) will result in a thirst for all-things-space, as well as a deep appreciation for the scientific imagination.

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Great Biographies

Great biographies for Grades 3 to 6, part of both the Reading and Writing curricula.

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Flight

Great books to complement the Grade 6 Science and Technology Unit. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Rocks and Minerals

Nonfiction, picture books, and novels that support the Grade 4 curriculum. 

Media Literacy for Kindergarten

Our Resident Children's Librarian recommends resources to complement the Media Literacy objective for kindergarten. 

Notes From a Children's Librarian: Animal Books

Great nonfiction titles to introduce "Animal Classifications," the Grade 2 science unit. 

Notes from a Children's Librarian: On Structures

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

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Citizenship

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

Notes from a Children's Librarian: Books on Respect

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

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

Books to support the Grade 6 Social Studies curriculum. 

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

Picture books featuring traits from character-based education. 

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