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Equity & Diversity (141 series)

Second Dad Summer

Jeremiah just wants a normal summer with his dad. But his dad has moved in with his new boyfriend Michael who serves weird organic food and is constantly nagging him. Worst of all, Michael rides a bicycle decorated to look like a unicorn. This is not the summer Jeremiah wanted. But Jeremiah soon learns that being a family comes in many surprising forms.

Seekers of the Aweto

In this poetic adventure across medieval China, roguish bands of "seekers" chase a plant like treasure that may lead to fortune and even eternal life. Acclaimed artist and storyteller Nie Jun (My Beijing: Four Stories of Everyday Wonder) presents an environmental fantasy rich with mystery, betrayal, and an adorable baby deity.


You feel way too much. "Will you stop being dramatic?" A young girl hears messages that she's too sensitive and needs to change. In a slightly surreal moment, the messages travel inside her body and won't leave her alone. It is only when she gets time to herself that she finds a solution she transforms the negative comments into a poem affirming that being sensitive is her strength. A unique and thoughtful picture book that builds empathy and compassion.

Sesame Street® Character Guides

Elmo, Abby, Big Bird, and their Sesame Street friends join this positive introduction to character traits and social-emotional wellness. Hands-on activities help kids model each topic, while simple text and a colourful design keep things engaging and fun.

Smashing Stigma: Dismantling Stereotypes, Prejudice, and Discrimination

Stigma is everywhere, from mistrust of unhoused people to discrimination based on weight. Having and discussing mental health challenges has been stigmatized for years until recently when high-profile actors, athletes, and professionals started to share their experiences. Where do these ideas come from and how are they perpetuated in our society? Readers will learn how to stop the spread of stereotypes and prejudice. Informational text on how to identify and confront stigma is paired with person


It's not easy being the weirdest kid in fourth grade. Soraya finds her escape reading comic books about a space superhero who saves the day. But everything changes when Soraya's class goes on a field trip to an aquarium. Can Soraya rise to the occasion and save the day like her superhero idol?

Sports Superstars (Torque)

Crushing records, earning trophies, achieving greatness: sports superstars combine immense talent with dedicated hard work to achieve these goals and become the best. Each title in this high-low series covers the childhood, career, and highlights of superstars from basketball, football, gymnastics, and more. Engaging text and eye-catching photos showcase each athlete’s skills. Features include maps, trophy shelves, athlete favourites, and more!

Stand UP, Speak OUT (45th Parallel Press)

The Stand UP, Speak OUT series hopes to empower a new generation of activists. Books delve deeper into different issues in our world today, from animal rights to racial justice. Each book takes a global look at the history of these movements, showcases the big players and activists involved, and celebrates some of the victories! Chapters end with a call to action, so kids can feel inspired to get involved in their own communities. This series is written at a high interest level with a lower read

States of Mind (Blue Owl Books)

Each book in States of Mind highlights a different mood, what can cause it, how we experience and show it, how we can identify it in others, how it affects our thinking and behaviours, and how we can best respond to and understand these moods and emotions.

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