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Equity & Diversity (112 series)

Stompin' at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums

Though a disability stunted his growth and left him with a hunched back, William Henry "Chick" Webb did not let that get in the way of his musical pursuits. Even as a young child, Chick saw the world as one big drum, pounding out rhythms on everything from stair railings to pots and pans. His love of percussion brought him to the big time as an influential big band leader. This picture-book biography details the life of black American jazz drummer Chick Webb, who in the 1930s led one of the big

Teen Activism Library

Teenagers today are taking a stand on many important societal issues. This series explores what they are doing and why, how they are going about it, and what they hope to achieve. It also offers guidance on some of the tools and knowledge that young people will need if they want to take stands on issues that matter to them. In all books in the series, teen activists and others share their experiences on the front lines of activism.

The Christmas Mitzvah

When Al Rosen helps out at the local newsstand one Christmas Eve, he starts a tradition that spans 30 years of doing small jobs for friends and neighbours so they can enjoy their Christmas holiday.

The Floating Field: How a Group of Thai Boys Built Their Own Soccer Field

After watching the World Cup on television, a group of Thai boys is inspired to form their own team. But on the island of Koh Panyee, in a village built on stilts, there is no open space. The boys can play only twice a month on a sandbar when the tide is low enough. Everything changes when the teens join together to build their very own floating soccer field.This inspiring true story by debut author Scott Riley is gorgeously illustrated by Nguyen Quang and Kim Lien. Perfect for fans of stories a

The Get-Together

When the Johnson family gathers for a family reunion to celebrate the birthday of Uncle Wesley, the family's patriarch, it becomes a day filled with fun and games, favourite foods, a little arguing, and lots of dancing. Readers will leave this picture book feeling like they just spent the day with a family they will want to visit again and again and again.

The Knockout

Seventeen-year-old Muay Thai fighter Kareena Thakkar’s world is turned upside down when she learns she’s landed an invitation to the US Open, which could lead to a spot on the first-ever Muay Thai Olympics team. But to make it to the US Open, she has to come clean about being a Muay Thai fighter-a sport that her traditional Indian community deems too violent for girls-and own her destiny.

The Orange Horse

An orange horse is desperate to find his long-lost brother, but the only clue he has is one half of an old photo. The horse decides to advertise, but the answers he gets leave him feeling hopeless. Then, one day, the orange horse meets a brown horse and they immediately become good friends. Coincidentally, the brown horse also has one half of an old photo. Could he be the long-lost brother the orange horse has been searching for?

The Queen on the Corner

Nobody notices the queen on the corner-they just wolk on past. But one day, when danger comes to the street, who will stand up and save them?

The Red Canoe

As an abandoned canoe reminisces about bygone adventures with its beloved boy, are the best days behind it-or is there a glimmer of new life just ahead?

The Tale of the Tiny Man

There was once a tiny man. One day, at the first sign of spring, he decided to pin a note to a tree that said FRIEND WANTED. Then he sat down on the step to wait. After ten days, he woke to find a cold nose in his hand. Beside him was a big dog with a beautiful curve in its tail. The tiny man had made a friend at last. They play and walk and laugh every day. But then the girl in the polka dot dress comes to the step. The little man watches as the dog put his soft muzzle into the girl's hand and