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Pride

Robin Stevenson (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821255

Like the original version, this new edition of Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle celebrates the LGBTQ+ community's diversity and the incredible victories of the past 50 years—but it also has a larger focus on activism, the need to keep fighting for equality and freedom around the world and the important role that young people are playing. The new edition has been updated and expanded to include many new Proud Moments and Queer Facts as well as a profile of LGBTQ+ refugees from Indonesia, a story about a Pride celebration in a refugee camp in Kenya and profiles of young activists, including teens from a Gender and Sexuality Alliance organizing Pride in Inuvik and a trans girl from Vancouver fighting for inclusion and support in schools. There is also a section on being an ally, a profile of a family with two gay dads (one of them trans) and much, much more!

On Our Nature Walk

Jillian Roberts (author) Jane Heinrichs (illustrator)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459821019

This illustrated nonfiction picture book by child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts introduces children to the important topic of the environment. Crafted around a conversation between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book using age-appropriate language and tone will help children shape their understanding of the natural world and how they participate in protecting it. Dr. Roberts starts the discussion with the types of pollution and trash that children might notice on a nature walk or a trip to the beach, how they are caused and how to work to improve things in their own lives and communities. The World Around Us series introduces children to complex cultural, social and environmental issues they may encounter outside their homes, in an accessible way. Sidebars offer further reading for older children or care providers who have bigger questions. For younger children just starting to make these observations, the simple question-and-answer format of  the main text will provide a foundation of knowledge on the subject matter. This is the newest title in The World Around Us series, following books that address poverty, tragedy, prejudice, online awareness and body safety and body image.

Oh Brother

Sonya Spreen Bates (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459824348

Moving to a new city and a new school is never easy. So Lauren is relieved when Callie, Treena and Maddy welcome her into their group. But then Lauren witnesses their reaction to a first grader in a wheelchair. That boy is her little brother, Will. But she’s afraid that if she tells them, they may not want to be friends with her. Soon Lauren finds herself living a double life as she struggles with the challenges of building new friendships and trying to make it up to Will for not acknowledging him at school. At some point Lauren will have to make a decision. What is more important? Friends or family?

Blood Sport

Tash McAdam (author)

Publisher: Orca Book Publishers ISBN: 9781459824379

Jason is sure his sister, Becca, was murdered, but he’s the only one who thinks so. After finding a photograph Becca kept hidden, he decides to infiltrate a boxing gym to prove that she didn’t die accidentally. As a transgender kid, Jason’s been fighting for as long as he can remember, and those skills are going to come in handy as he investigates. Quickly invited into the inner circle, Jason must balance newfound friendships with the burning hate that drives him. Jason soon feels torn between two worlds, determined to discover what happened to his sister but struggling with the fact that this is the first time he’s ever felt like he belonged somewhere.

Swan

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004870

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of swans, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these long-necked water birds.

Shark

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004863

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of sharks, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these cartilaginous fish.

Polar Bear

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004856

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of polar bears, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these clear-haired marine mammals.

Monkey

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004849

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of monkeys, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these primates.

Lion

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004832

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of lions, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these roaring big cats.

Koala

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004825

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of koalas, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these arboreal marsupials.

Gorilla

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004818

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of gorillas, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these powerful apes.

Giraffe

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004801

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of giraffes, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these towering land animals.

Bat

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004795

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of bats, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these flying mammals.

Alligator

Melissa Gish (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640004788

A detailed chronology of developmental milestones drives this life study of alligators, including their habitats, physical features, and conservation measures taken to protect these semiaquatic reptiles.

Me + Tree

Alexandria Giardino (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640003224

A young girl and an old tree learn from each other how to find their purpose and foster healing in the world.

Wilderness

John Muir (author)

Publisher: The Creative Company ISBN: 9781640003217

A collection of some of John Muir’s most memorable and inspirational words reminds us of a shared responsibility and inescapable bond—that all inhabitants of this planet “travel the Milky Way together.”

Mi vida con autismo

Mari Schuh (author) Isabel Muñoz (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645492290

Zen loves to draw and play video games. He also has autism. Zen is real and so are his experiences. Learn about his life in this illustrated narrative nonfiction picture book for elementary students. This is a North American Spanish translation of My Life with Autism. Kids are naturally curious about differences and disabilities. Zen sheds light on his life, with the help of experienced children’s author Mari Schuh. Zen is not defined by his condition, but he does some things differently than neurotypical people.

Mi vida con TDAH

Mari Schuh (author) Isabel Muñoz (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645492283

Meet Annabelle! She loves to draw and play her ukulele. She also has Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Annabelle is real and so are her experiences. Learn about her life in this illustrated narrative nonfiction picture book for elementary students. This is a North American Spanish translation of My Life with ADHD. Kids are naturally curious about differences and disabilities. Anabelle sheds light on his life, with the help of experienced children’s author Mari Schuh. Anabelle is not defined by her disorder, but she does some things differently than neurotypical people. Let Annabelle tell you a little about her life.

You Can Be Helpful: Step Aside or Pitch In?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490708

Charlotte and Evan can’t wait for the Independence Day picnic. But a storm blows down branches that block their grandparents’ road, and they can’t go until it’s cleared. Would you pitch in and help clean up? In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending picture book, Charlotte and Evan have to choose between playing and helping their grandparents clean up after a storm. What will they do? Readers make choices for Charlotte and Evan and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

You Can Be Polite: Be Rude or Use Tact?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490715

William hates pepperoni pizza. And that’s what the neighbors are serving when William’s family visits for dinner. What would you do if you didn’t like the food? In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending picture book, William is served food he doesn’t like. Will he be polite and use tact or get upset and be rude? Readers make choices for William and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

You Can Persevere: Quit or Keep Going?

Connie Colwell Miller (author) Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490722

Observe. Question. Hypothesize. Predict. Test. Record. When the science fair turns out to be more work than expected, would you quit or persevere? In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending picture book, Dahabo must decide whether to keep working on her science fair project or quit. Readers make choices for Dahabo and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

You Can Use Money Wisely: Spend or Save?

Connie Colwell Miller (author)Victoria Assanelli (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490739

Candy. Trading Cards. A cool t-shirt. What would you spend money on? In this illustrated choose-your-own-ending picture book, Miles must choose between spending his hard-earned money on small items right away and saving up for a more expensive video game that he really wants. Readers make choices for Miles and read what happens next, with each story path leading to different consequences. Includes four different endings and discussion questions.

My Life with Blindness

Mari Schuh (author) Isabel Muñoz (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490746

Kadence loves to bake cookies and hang out with friends. She’s also partly blind. Kadence is real and so are her experiences. Learn about her life in this illustrated narrative nonfiction picture book for elementary students. Kids are naturally curious about differences and disabilities. Kadence sheds light on her life, with the help of experienced children’s author Mari Schuh. She’s not defined by visual impairment, but she does some things differently than sighted people.

My Life with Deafness

Mari Schuh (author) Isabel Muñoz (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490753

Meet Danton! He loves his dogs and playing football. He’s also deaf. Danton is real and so are his experiences. Learn about his life in this illustrated narrative nonfiction picture book for elementary students. Kids are naturally curious about differences and disabilities. Danton sheds light on his life, with the help of experienced children’s author Mari Schuh. He’s not defined by his deafness, but he does some things differently than people who can hear.

My Life with ADHD

Mari Schuh (author) Isabel Muñoz (illustrator)

Publisher: Amicus Publishing ISBN: 9781645490760

Meet Annabelle! She loves to draw and play her ukulele. She also has Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Annabelle is real and so are her experiences. Learn about her life in this illustrated narrative nonfiction picture book for elementary students. Kids are naturally curious about differences and disabilities. Anabelle sheds light on his life, with the help of experienced children’s author Mari Schuh. Anabelle is not defined by her disorder, but she does some things differently than neurotypical people. Let Annabelle tell you a little about her life.