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Water WOW! A Visual Exploration

Water WOW! A Visual Exploration by Antonia Banyard & Paula Ayer, art by Belle Wuthrich

Water WOW coverA colorful infographic look at the many surprising and fascinating facts about water.

Where did water come from—before it got to Earth? Why is the water you drink the same stuff that was around when dinosaurs were alive? If water can’t be created or destroyed, how can we run out? Find out the answers to these and many more intriguing questions in this vibrant book, designed to appeal to visual learners.

Dive in and discover:
• Why water is so important to different religious faiths;
• Amazing extreme lakes and rivers around the world;
• The surprising connection between water access and girls’ education worldwide;
• How climate change affects water, and vice versa—and what you can do about it;
…and more.

Filled to the brim with colorful illustrations and diagrams, easy-to-understand infographics, and illuminating photos, Water Wow is a dazzling and fun introduction to the importance of water in our lives. (Annick)

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community

Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community by Robin Stevenson

Pride coverFor LGBTQ people and their supporters, Pride events are an opportunity to honor the past, protest injustice, and celebrate a diverse and vibrant community. The high point of Pride, the Pride Parade, is spectacular and colorful. But there is a whole lot more to Pride than rainbow flags and amazing outfits. How did Pride come to be? And what does Pride mean to the people who celebrate it? (Orca)

Making Canada Home: How Immigrants Shape This Country

Making Canada Home:  How Immigrants Shape This Country by Susan Hughes

Making Canada Home coverPeople from every single country in the world call Canada home. From the very first arrivals as long as 30,000 years ago—the ancestors of Canada’s Aboriginal peoples—right up until today, people have settled in this country to build a better life.

Making Canada Home chronicles the country’s major waves of immigration, from welcoming early European arrivals to becoming a modern-day safe haven for refugees. The book also acknowledges times when Canada has not been especially welcoming. It explores how each period of immigration has shaped the laws, values, and face of Canada on the way to today’s multicultural society.

This book is a rich and thorough source of informational text, packed with primary sources including compelling personal accounts, historic documents, memorabilia, and archival photographs, as well as maps, sidebars, a timeline, and a glossary. Publishing in anticipation of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017, Making Canada Home will be a valuable resource to help young Canadians understand their country’s history and identity, and feel proud to call Canada home. (OWLKIDS)

Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Pro Sports

Level the Playing Field: The Past, Present, and Future of Women’s Pro Sports by Kristina Rutherford

Level the Playing Field coverThe experience of being a professional athlete is very different for men and women. While men’s pro sports command throngs of fans, media attention, and money, many of the world’s top professional female athletes aren’t valued or recognized equally for their talent—even though female athletes prove time and time again that they have all the skill, drama, and rivalries of their male counterparts.

Level the Playing Field examines the root of these issues by taking readers through the history of women’s pro sports, exploring how far we have come in a relatively short time and exposing what ground is left to gain. The book provides first-person insight through exciting interviews with professional female athletes, including Canadian hockey player Cassie Campbell, American MMA fighter Miesha Tate, and WNBA star Elena Delle Donne. Along the way, author and sports journalist Kristina Rutherford covers important topics like opportunity, female role models, and stereotypes.

Drawing on examples from a wide range of sports, and complete with sidebars, photographs, sources, and an index, this is an informative and authoritative book that makes an important contribution to the movement for women’s acceptance in professional sport. (OWLKIDS)

I Am Not A Number

I Am Not A Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer, illustrated by Gillian Newland

I Am Not a Number coverWhen Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school, she is confused, frightened and terribly homesick. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from despite being told to do otherwise. When she goes home for summer holidays, her parents decide never to send her away again, but where will she hide and what will happen when her parents disobey the law? (Second Story Press)

Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying

Half-Truths and Brazen Lies: An Honest Look at Lying by Kira Vermond, illustrated by Clayton Hanmer

Half-Truths and Brazen Lies coverDo you believe in telling the truth? Sure you do. But even that’s a lie — because we all lie. Whether to protect a friend, to make someone feel better, or to avoid telling even bigger lies later, lying is actually central to human nature. Usually we’re taught that lying is bad, and that’s that. But in reality, it’s rarely so black and white.

Kira Vermond’s latest book answers questions like: Why do we lie? What types of lies are there? What are the consequences of lying? What methods are used to detect lies? And when is it okay or even good to lie?

From forgeries and hoaxes to plagiarism and placebos, Half-Truths and Brazen Lies offers historical anecdotes, scientific studies, and sociocultural analyses to help unpack the complex world of untruths. Told in a witty, conversational tone with an index and full-color illustrations, the book takes a thorough, nuanced approach to a fascinating aspect of human behavior.(OWLKIDS)

Fight To Learn: The Struggle to Go to School

Fight To Learn: The Struggle to Go to School by Laura Scandiffio

Fight to Learn coverIn 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. This book highlights people such as Okello, a former child soldier in Uganda, who founded a school for children like himself whose education was derailed by war; Julia Bolton Holloway who realized that the only effective way to educate Roma children was to teach literacy to their parents at the same time; Shannen Koostachin, a passionate 13-year-old whose fight for the right of First Nations children to have proper schools endured even after her untimely death. These 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 social justice. (Annick)

Dot to dot in the Sky: Stories of the Aurora Borealis

Dot to dot in the Sky: Stories of the Aurora by Joan Marie Galat, illustrated by Lorna Bennett

Dot to Dot coverThe night sky is a treasure trove of stories filled with heroes, wild animals, and adventure. It’s just a matter of knowing where to look. In this new edition of the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, Joan Marie Galat explores the legends and facts of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights).

Like the rest of the books in this series, Stories of the Aurora contains all the scientific facts a child should know about this beautiful phenomenon in the night sky. Beautifully illustrated by Lorna Bennet, it also chronicles the many legends surrounding the event including tales of the afterlife from the Inuit, a European & Mi’kmaq fairy tale and even a story from the ancient Romans on what an Aurora could possibly mean. These tales and more make this a one—of—a—kind book on this incredible phenomenon in the Canadian sky.  (Whitecap Books)

Diwali: Festival of Lights

Diwali: Festival of Lights by Rina Singh

Diwali coverDuring Diwali, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains celebrate the legends and stories that describe the triumph of good over evil and justice over oppression. Critically acclaimed author Rina Singh explores her Indian roots as she tells the Diwali stories, which remind us that eventually light will prevail over darkness.

Enriched by personal stories and spiced with festive recipes, including two by acclaimed chef, Vikram Vij, Diwali: Festival of Lights brings to life the holiday’s traditions, food and rituals and takes you on a journey to see how this festival is celebrated around the world! (Orca)

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet

Deep Roots: How Trees Sustain Our Planet by Nikki Tate

Deep Roots coverMost of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element—water, air, fire and earth—and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and livable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbors better. (Orca)