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Some Bodies

Our bodies! Our amazing, astounding, and all-around awesome bodies! Bodies come in all shapes, sizes, and colours, and can do extraordinary things. Our bodies are uniquely our own yet they connect us to the world around us in so many ways. Through playful rhymes and colourful engaging artwork, all the things that make our bodies special--from the texture of our hair to the color of our eyes--are celebrated. This sweet and inclusive book encourages young readers to acknowledge and accept differen

Song for the Cosmos, A

Blues guitarist Blind Willie Johnson led a hardscrabble life, but in 1977, NASA's Voyager spacecrafts were launched, carrying a golden record to introduce planet Earth to the cosmos, and one of his songs became the defining anthem.

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

Story of Our Tree, The

As it grows from a seed to a mature giant, discover how a tree makes oxygen, cleans the air, feeds the soil, and becomes a home for millions of tiny creatures.

Sun & Son  

Paired verbs tell two parallel stories between the human world and the natural world: While a father nurtures a son during a birthday camping trip, the sun nurtures our planet in this inspirational picture book.

Teen Activists: Youth Changing the World

Teens throughout the world are taking a stand on a variety of societal issues that matter to them. Teen Activists: Youth Changing the World introduces readers to some of these young people, the issues that motivate them, the challenges they face, their activities and achievements, and their hopes for the future.

Teen Guide to Side Gigs: Working in the New Economy

Generation Z is sometimes referred to as Generation Side Hustle because so many are using their skills and creativity to launch side gigs. Teen Guide to Side Gigs: Working in the New Economy provides a roadmap to the best opportunities and provides examples on ways to use social media and other tools to earn money on the side.

Teen Guides

Today's teens face and are expected to deal with a wide array of personal, social, and other issues involving home-life, school, dating, major life transitions, finances, social responsibility. These guides help motivate, inform and teach them. These books include many fully documented quotes from teens as well as an annotated list of resources.

Teen Innovators: Nine Young People Engineering a Better World with Creative Inventions

From Gitanjali Rao, who discovered a new way to test for lead in water, to William Kamkwamba, who built a windmill out of spare parts for his village in Malawi, Teen Innovators celebrates the determination and ingenuity of youth. Each chapter tells the story of invention, the discovery of a problem, the science and research the innovators completed, and the creation of a unique device or method to solve the issue. The profiles explore the challenges, motivations, and lives of these teen visionar

The Adventures of Dr. Sloth : Rebecca Cliffe and Her Quest to Protect Sloths

True or false: Sloths are lazy. Answer: False! True or false: Sloths are mysterious. Answer: True! Scientists are only beginning to discover how sloths live in the wild.Sloths spend most of their lives in trees, and until recently scientists didn’t know very much about them. But Dr. Rebecca Cliffe was determined to discover their secrets. To find out more, she fitted sloths with special backpacks containing a device to track their activity.