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If Kids Ran the World

In a colourful tree house, a rainbow of children determine the most important needs in our complex world, and the following spreads present boys and girls happily helping others. Kids bring abundant food to the hungry; medicine and cheer to the sick; safe housing, education, and religious tolerance to all; and our planet is treated with care. Forgiveness and generosity are seen as essential, because kids know how to share, and they understand the power of love. 

A tribute to peace and a celebration of diverse cultures, this last collaboration by the Dillons captures the wondrous joy of all people, and the unique beauty within each one of us shines forth. If kids ran the world, it would be a better place — for grown-ups, too.​

Link about the authers:

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Each Kindness​

Each kindness makes the world a little better
This unforgettable book is written and illustrated by the award-winning team that created The Other Side and the Caldecott Honor winner Coming On Home Soon. With its powerful anti-bullying message and striking art, it will resonate with readers long after they've put it down.


Don't Laugh at Me – Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin –  Includes teacher's guide, music CD and book

Don’t Laugh at Me is a beautifully illustrated book about tolerance. A CD of the song, Don’t Laugh at Me, is included with the book.


Fill A Bucket
Fill a Bucket is the perfect gift for anyone with little ones they love. When children have their buckets filled and learn how they can fill other people's buckets too, they understand how special, valuable, and capable they are.​​

The Crayon Box that Talked – Shane DeRolf 

uarrelsome talking crayons learn to appreciate one another when the narrator draws with them, thus showing them how each helps create a bigger picture.


Every Human has Rights – National Geographic 

In 1948 the United Nations set down 30 rights for every human being. In this beautifully photographed book students are offered an easily understood list of these rights.


An Integrat​​ed Primary Peace Curriculum – A BCTF Lesson Aid 


This resource package includes integrated primary peace education activities and worksheets related to language arts, literature, math, science, social studies, art, music and drama plus ideas for peace themed presentations and multicultural activities. Peace education web sites are also listed.​

We Are All Born Free: Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Pictures - Amnesty International

A beautiful rendition of the United Nation’s 30 Human Rights, each illustrated by a different renowned illustrator.
  The text is written in kid-speak.


Woolbur – Leslie Helakoskie

This is the story of a young sheep who doesn’t follow the herd but dares to be different.


Free the Children – Craig Kielburger

The incredible story of a grade seven boy’s journey to expose child labour practices overseas.  This is the story that precipitated the ‘Me to We' movement.


My Maasai Life – Robin Wisowaty – Novel

My Maasai Life tells the story of Robin, a young woman who left behind all of her belongings, friends, and family and entered a world very different from our North American culture. The author records the joys and sorrows of the year she spends living in a mud hut with a Maasai family. She learns Swahili and performs daily chores like collecting water and firewood, cooking, and cleaning. This is a delightful memoir that clearly expresses the contrast between cultures.


My Maasai Life – Robin Wisowaty – Storybook 

This is a picture book version of the memoir, My Maasai Life. In this version the reader will enjoy learning a number of Swahili words as the author makes comparisons to her home-life in North America and life of her adopted Maasai family.  The illustrations are bright and beautiful.

The Golden Rule - Ilene Cooper

Everyone knows a version of the Golden Rule. But what does it really mean? And how do you follow it? In this gorgeously illustrated book, a grandfather explains to his grandson that the Golden Rule means you “treat people the way you would like to be treated. It’s golden because it’s so valuable, and a way of living your life that’s so simple, it shines.” And though it may be a simple rule, it isn’t easy to follow. Fortunately, following the Golden Rule is something everyone can do, which means that every person—old or young, rich or poor—can be a part of making the world a better place.

Please is a Good Word to Say - Barbara Joose

Please is a good word to say. It puts a smile on your words. And that’s not the only advice curly-burly-haired Harriet has for you. Asking, taking, interrupting, eating, answering the phone—if there’s a nice way to do it, Harriet can tell you just how to do it.

Jennifer Plecas’ infectious illustrations bring Barbara Joosse’s hilarious heroine to life in this offbeat and adorable approach to manners. Kids will be (very politely) clamoring to hear it over and over again . . . and parents will be pleased to oblige.

Tricycle - Elisa Amado

A young girl faces a difficult decision in this beautifully illustrated story about class and conscience. Margarita lives in a mansion. When she climbs her favorite tree, she can look down into the beautiful garden below. She can also see the small house next door where her friend Rosario and her family live. One day she sees Rosario and her brother dragging her tricycle into their yard and hiding it under a pile of boxes. Margarita decides to lie to protect her friends. This sensitive story, illustrated in magic-realist style, powerfully presents complex issues of friendship, maturity and social standing.

The Red Thread (fairy tale but great message) –Grace Lin

There is an ancient Chinese belief that an invisible, unbreakable red thread connects all those who are destined to be together.

A king and queen rule a beautiful and peaceful land. They should be full of joy and contentment, but they both feel a strange pain that worsens every day.

Then a peddler's magic spectacles reveal a red thread pulling at each of their hearts. The king and queen know they must follow the thread-wherever it may lead.

Grace Lin's lovely adoption fairy tale is for all children-and the parents who would search the world to find them. 

Lily and the Paper Man - Rebecca Upjohn

Walking home with her mother one day, Lily runs into a gruff and untidy-looking man selling papers on the street. Lily is afraid of the man, but when the weather turns cold, she sees the Paper Man differently.

Nothing - Jon Agee

Otis has an antique shop crammed to the gills with stuff. So he’s delighted when someone comes in and buys it all. Next day, Suzie Gump arrives, the shop is empty, full of nothing, and Suzy loves it—and takes it all. Suzie has set a trend, and soon everybody is craving nothing—the stores are full of it. It’s only when there’s not even a towel for drying off after a bath that Suzie realizes she may have gone a bit too far. Funny and silly, this is another solid entry by Agee.

Thank You World - Alice B. McGinty

Thank you, breeze, for lifting up my kite wings past treetops tall and proud.

Thank you, trees. Your branches are my playhouse. I?m climbing to the clouds! Eight very different kids, from eight different continents, all go about their day and experience the same moments of happiness: greeting the sun in the morning, swinging on a swing, flying a kite, being tucked in by Mommy at bedtime. Uplifting and visually rich, this book reminds us that the world isn?t as large as it seems, and that life?s greatest pleasures are the simple ones.

Pebble - Susan Milord

There once was a pebble on a rocky shore. It was small and round and nearly smooth.

Amid a seascape dotted with endless rocks, one pebble yearns to be special.

Can you find the pebble?

Susan Milord's clear prose and exquisite collages offer a timeless message about finding one's place in the world.

Thank You, Bear - Greg Foley

Early one morning, a little bear found a little box.

He looked inside. Then he exclaimed,

“Why, it’s the greatest thing ever! Mouse will love this.”

Bear’s friends aren’t so sure of his newfound treasure, however. “That’s not so great,” says Monkey. “I’ve seen those before,” says Owl. And by the time Bear finds Mouse, his own doubts have grown. But Mouse has the last say when he looks inside the little box. “It is the greatest thing ever,” he tells his friend. “Thank you, Bear.”

Part mystery, part fable, this deceptively simple story of true friendship is perfect for the very youngest reader. It is sure to tug at your heart.

Good Luck Bear is the 2008 winner of the Charlotte Zolotow Award.

A Good Day - Kevin Henkes

It started out as a bad day for little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox, and little brown squirrel. Until . . .

A discovery, and love, and luck and persistence, and a different point of view changed all that. What can turn a bad day into a good day? You decide.

Edwardo, The Horriblist Boy in the World – John Burningham

Edwardo is an ordinary boy, so sometimes he can be a bit grubby or clumsy, a bit cruel or noisy or rude. The more that he is criticised, the worse he becomes, until one day they call him 'the horriblest boy in the whole wide world'. Just then, Edwardo's luck begins to change, and a series of chance events reveal that really he is a lovely boy, and has been all along.Edwardo is an ordinary boy, so sometimes he can be a bit grubby or clumsy, a bit cruel or noisy or rude. The more that he is criticised, the worse he becomes, until one day they call him 'the horriblest boy in the whole wide world'. Just then, Edwardo's luck begins to change, and a series of chance events reveal that really he is a lovely boy, and has been all along.


Fox - Kate Banks (primary)

Against the rhythmic background of turning seasons, a little fox learns that there is a time for everything. The rain, the clouds, the days all come and go as the little fox, guided by his wise and loving parents, learns to hunt on his own and bury his food, cover his trail and run like the wind. Now he is ready to go out on his own.


As depicted by an award-winning pair, the gentle story of the rearing of a baby fox, together with sensuous illustrations, takes readers on a journey deep into the woods to tell a tale that all will recognize - that of growing up and moving out.

We - Alice Schertle (story of human development –evolution)

We cooled our feet and our throats in the river

and ate what we could catch or find

in Africa

And we changed slowly

as the river-washed stones grew smooth as moons.

Here is the fascinating story of human development, from its beginnings in Africa millions of years ago to modern times. In spare, lyrical verse Alice Schertle highlights the emergence of rich diversity among peoples and the spread of culture, technology and extraordinary societies.

With vibrant collage illustrations by Kenneth Addison, this book provides readers with a remarkable glimpse into the ever-evolving history of our human community.

A Little Peace - Barbara Kerley

The latest National Geographic Children's Books title by Barbara Kerley, A Little Peace, gives a richly evocative and thought-provoking view of the world our children will inherit. Wise words and moving images offer a unique and enriching experience for every young reader. According to author Barbara Kerley, "I believe that peace doesn't just rest in the hands of politicians and world leaders. We all have the power to make the world more peaceful."


The book juxtaposes photographs from around the world with a simple, reflective message about our responsibilities for finding and keeping peace on the planet. Like the highly acclaimed titles A Cool Drink of Water and You and Me Together, this beautiful children's picture book features superb National Geographic images accompanied by a brief, poetic text on a subject of global importance. All the photography is reproduced in miniature at the back of the book with geographic, historic, and cultural context and details explained. A world map leads readers to the location of each image. A Little Peace offers a vital lesson for children everywhere.

Those Shoes - Maribeth Boelts

"In this witty, wise picture book, Boelts presents a kid’s-eye view of a

consumer fad that rages through school at gale force." — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

All Jeremy wants is a pair of those shoes, the ones everyone at school seems to be wearing. Though Jeremy’s grandma says they don’t have room for "want," just "need," when his old shoes fall apart at school, he is more determined than ever to have those shoes, even a thrift-shop pair that are much too small. But sore feet aren’t much fun, and Jeremy soon sees that the things he has — warm boots, a loving grandma, and the chance to help a friend — are worth more than the things he wants.


All​ About My Brother (a sister's introduction to her brother with Autism) - Sara Peralta

Screen Shot 2014-12-14 at 9.59.10 AM.pngThis is an invaluable contribution to helping typically developing children understand that a child with autism is a child first, and is someone interesting to know. Sarah gives insight into the sibling relationship in a way only a child would know. The book is heart-warming and introspective, with a writing style that makes it appropriate for children and adults alike.


Pink - Nan Gregory

Vivi is dizzy with wanting pink. Perfect pink. The kind the rich girls have, beyond the budget for her beloved truck-driver dad.

One day in the window of a fancy toy store she sees something that embodies everything she longs for — a bride doll in a dress of perfect glistening pink. Vivi wants it more than anything. She saves and saves to buy the doll, walking the next-door dog and running errands for the neighbors. But when she takes her parents to show them the precious doll, she experiences a crushing disappointment.

A touching story about longing for something beyond reach and finding something better close to home.


Somewhere Today(Shelly Moore Thomas)


Full-color photographs of multiethnic children and adults. The premise is that all over the world, people are helping one another, and in doing so, they are bringing about peace: "Somewhere today...someone is being a friend instead of fighting" or "someone is fixing old toys to give to new friends." (K-4)


This is the Way We Go to School (Edith Baer and Steve Bjorkman)

Each page or double-page shows and tells how children from very different cultures travel to school. (K-3)


Fly Away Home(Eve Bunting and Ronald Himler)

A small child narrates the facts of his homeless existence--sleeping sitting up, washing in the restroom, and above all, avoiding being noticed. The brief text runs through all his emotions from a matter-of-fact acceptance to a fierce longing that makes him angry at those who have homes. (K-3)


The Summer My Father was Ten (Pat Brisson and Andrea Shine)

A young girl tells how every year she and her father plant a garden together, and every year he tells her the story of the summer he was 10 when he and his friends vandalized the garden of their lonely, old Italian neighbour.  The young boy is full of remorse and helps replant the garden every until the old gentleman dies.  (K-5)


Me and Mr. Mah (Andrea Spalding)

After his parents' separation, Ian and his mother move far from their farm home on the prairie to a large Canadian city. There, Mr. Mah, a Chinese neighbor, introduces the boy to gardening, and they share memories of earlier times and distant places-his neighbor's youth in China, and Ian's childhood on the farm. (K-5)


Let’s Talk About Race (Julius Lester)

This picture book introduces race as just one of many chapters in a person's story. Beginning with the line, "I am a story," Lester tells his own story with details that kids will enjoy, like his favorite food, hobbies, and time of day. Then he states, "Oh. There's something else that is part of my story…I'm black." Throughout the narrative, he asks questions that young readers can answer, creating a dialogue about who they are and encouraging them to tell their own tales. (1-6)


The Skin I’m In: A First Look at Racism (PatThomas)

Racial discrimination is cruel—and especially so to younger children. This title encourages kids to accept and be comfortable with differences of skin color and other racial characteristics among their friends and in themselves. (K-3)


The Big Book For Peace (Lloyd Alexander)

34 artists and writers come together in an anthology celebrating peace.  The stories about the roots of war are told on a scale that children can grasp: envy between two girls in neighboring tree-houses escalates into a cold war; a pair of princes squabble over their turf and eventually destroy each other's kingdoms. (2-7)


Apple’s Not the Only Pie (Vicki Rogers) 

An early picture book written to to increase children's acceptance of cultural diversity.(K-2)


The Patchwork House (Sally Fitz-Gibbon) The book traces the occupancy of a West Coast homestead from the original Polish settler, to some pre-diaspora Japanese, to a huge extended family from Finland, and finishes with a professional couple and offspring. The house, garden, and barn undergo adaptations and renovations to suit the culture of each occupant.


Whoever You Are(Mem Fox) 

This book’s message is, ``we-are-all-the-same-under-the-skin'' (K-3)


How Pizza Came to Our Town (Dayal Kaur Khalsa)

In May’s town, before there were frozen pizzas, and take-out pizza, and pizzerias, there was hardly anything good to eat. But that all changed when Mrs. Pellegrino came to town. (K-3)


Thunderbird Spirit (Sigmund Brouwer)

Not everyone accepts Dakota's Aboriginal heritage on his hockey team. Book 3 in the Lightning on Ice Series. (6-9)


Rebecca(Carol Matas)

Rebecca is sent to live with a non-Jewish family until her parents get settled. There, she learns the true meaning of bravery, loyalty, and friendship. As she struggles to re-unite her family, Rebecca bridges the distance between the old world and the new, between her family’s traditional immigrant values and the opportunities of the modern world. (5-7)


Caged Eagles(Eric Walters) 

In this companion to War of the Eagles (1999), Walters hopes to help readers "understand a neglected and sad time" in Canadian history. This novel portrays the internment of Japanese Canadians during World War II. (6-9)


After the War(Carol Matas)

Matas's historical novel shows that the persecution of Europe's Jewish population did not end with their liberation from the Nazi death camps. She tells the story of Ruth, 15, who makes her way back from Buchenwald to her Polish homeland to discover that Jews are still viewed by others with suspicion and hatred. (7-10)


Hat Trick(Jacqueline Guest)

Leigh Aberdeen is one of the top players on her Alberta hockey team, the Falcons. But as a Métis and the only girl on the team she's different--and not everyone is happy about that. (4-7)


Peace Begins With You This book (Katherine Scholes)

This book explains, in simple terms, the concept of peace, why conflicts occur, how they can be resolved in positive ways, and how to protect peace. (1-6)


It’s Okay to be Different (Todd Parr)

Beautiful and bright primary colours depict ways we are different The author handles diverse families sensitively this could cover either same-sex families or stepfamilies and also on the opposite page, a kangaroo with a dog in its pouch ("It's okay to be adopted"). He focuses on acceptance and individuality and encourages readers to do the same. (K-4)


Luba – The Angel of Bergen Belsen (Luba Tryszyska Frederick)

‘Luba’ discovered a number of abandoned children among her fellow prisoners in Bergen-Belsen. Through her own creativity and strength of will, she managed to keep them fed and safe until the liberation of the camp at the end of WWII. (3-6)


The Bomb and the General (Umberto Eco & Eugenio Carmi)

A story about the war and the atomic bomb. An important general collects atoms and puts them into bombs that he stores in his attic in preparation for war, but the atoms prefer to live in harmony and sneak out. (K-4)


The Butter Battle Book (Dr. Seuss) 

Two communities wage war on each other because of each community’s preference regarding how they butter bread. This book has a lot to teach about intolerance and how tit-for-tat violence can quickly get out of hand. (K-5)


Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes (by Eleanor Coerr)

A true story about a little Japanese girl who developed leukemia after the US dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima just at the end of WWII (2-7)


The Peace Book (byTodd Parr)

A beautiful, bright, primary colour picture book with images of what peace is.  (K-3)


The Whispering Cloth (by Pegi Deita Shea)


A small Hmong girl lives with her grandmother, after her parents were killed, in a Thai refugee camp, where she learns to embroider the pa'ndau, the story cloth that is an important source of income for the refugee women. The author has based her story on the experiences of refugees at Ban Vinai camp in Thailand. (1-4)


Stand Up, Speak Out – A Book about Children’s Rights

(A Peace International Project)
Children from 53 countries contribute poetry, artwork, commentary, and stories while an international group of teenage editors focus the selections around particular issues, from child labor and child soldiers to the threat of AIDS and domestic abuse. Each readable double-page spread combines facts and statistics ("80 million girls between ages 6 and 11 don't go to school") with personal experiences. NOTE: If you cannot find this book locally, there are used copies for sale on (6-8)


Peace Crane (by Sheila Hamanaka)

A poem dedicated to the life of Sadako Sasaki, who died of Leukemia as a result of the atomic bomb dropped on the city of Hiroshima  (2-7)


Iqbal (by Francesco D’Adamo)

Thirteen-year-old Iqbal Masih was murdered in his Pakistani village in April, 1995, a few months after he had received an international prize and traveled to Sweden and the United States, speaking about his six years as a bonded child in Lahore carpet factories. The murderers-perhaps part of the "Carpet Mafia"-have never been caught. In smoothly translated prose, D'Adamo retells the boy's story through the eyes of a fictional coworker. (5-8)


Burning Up (Caroline Cooney)

Arson in the inner-city church where Macey volunteers leaves her asking why life should be so hard for some people--a question that becomes more urgent when her new friend Venita is killed in the crossfire of a gang shootout. As Macey and her new love Austin delve into the mystery they become more frightened of the truth--of answers that will rekindle fires of bigotry much too close to their own lives. (age 12 and up)


Witness (Karen Hesse)

This book tells the story of the Ku Klux
Klan's attempt to recruit members in a small town in Vermont in 1924. (6-9)


White Girl (Sylvia Olson) 

Josie Jessop, 15, moves onto an Indian reserve when her mother marries Martin Angus, whom her mom describes as a "real ponytail Indian." Angry at losing her "normal" life and friends to become a stepdaughter and the target of racial conflict on the reserve, Josie finds untapped integrity within herself, a supportive new family complete with a grandmother, the truest friend she has ever had, and a new love interest to boot. (9-12)


Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry – (Mildred Taylor) Newberry Award Winner

The story of one African American family, fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s. (5-7)


Maniac Magee (JerrySpinelli) - Newberry Award Winner

The story of how Jeffrey Lionel "Maniac" Magee, confronts racism in a small town. (5-9)


Yellow Line (Sylvia Olson)

Vince lives in A Small town--a town that is divided right down the middle. Aboriginal on one side, whites on the other. The unspoken rule (not to mix) has been there as long as Vince remembers and no one challenges it until Vince’s friend starts seeing an Aboriginal boy and he is attracted to an Aboriginal girl. Note:
 (The content is Middle / High School but the reading level is closer to grade 3)


The $66 Summer:  A Novel ofthe Segregated South – (John Armistad)

Set in 1955 Alabama, this carefully developed first novel explores a white boy's introduction to the devastating effects of racism. (6-9)


Chanda’s Secrets – (Allan Stratton)

The statistics of the millions infected with HIV/AIDS in southern Africa find a human face in this gripping story of one teenager, Chanda Kabele, who sees the disease threaten her family and community.


Meet Danitra Brown – (Nikki Grimes)

A collection of 13 poems that stand individually and also blend together to tell a story of feelings and friendship between two African-American girls. Grimes creatively uses the voice of Zuri Jackson to share tales of the girls' moments of admiration, pain, self-assurance, pride in their cultural heritage, sadness, disappointments, play, and their thoughts and feelings about future dreams and aspirations. (2-4)


How Smudge Came (Nan Gregory)

Mr. Christie Book Award winner - A lost puppy (Smudge) is rescued by a young woman with Down's syndrome who must hide the puppy as she lives in a structured group home and works for a Hospice. (2 and up)


Amazing Grace (Mary Hoffman)

Grace thinks she can play any character she reads about but when her classmates tell her she can't play Peter Pan because she's a girl, and because she's black, Grace gets downhearted. When Grace's grandmother proves, through a positive black role model, that Grace really can be anyone she wants to be, Grace believes in herself once more--just in time for the auditions. (2-4)


The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito (Shiela Garrigue)

During World War II, Sara, a schoolgirl, is evacuated to live with her aunt and uncle in Vancouver. The family gardener, Mr. Ito, a decorated hero of the First World War, becomes Sara's special friend. Mr. Ito encourages Sara to think for herself; introduces her to the concept of many paths to enlightenment; and teaches her to appreciate the continuity of life, which is expressed in the delicate but sturdy bonsai trees he tends. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and Hong Kong, Japanese-Canadians are persecuted and interned, but Sara manages to maintain her relationship with the Itos. (5-8)


Kensuke’s Kingdom (Michael Morpurgo) In the middle of the night, Michael is swept overboard in a fierce storm, and he later awakens on an island beach. The island is a hostile jungle full of howling gibbons, voracious mosquitoes, and brutal heat, all of which challenge his ability to survive. Yet when he finds fresh water and food mysteriously laid out for him each morning, he realizes that he is not alone. He soon comes face-to-face with Kensuke, an old Japanese soldier who has been stranded on the island since WW II.  For nearly a year, the man and boy help each other, and develop a great friendship. (4-7)


Riding the Tiger (Eve Bunting)

A tiger is used to personify the powerful allure of the gang. When the tiger calls Danny by name and invites him for a ride through their tough city neighborhood, the boy accepts, but soon learns that he has made a dangerous mistake. The tiger talks about respect, but wins it through taunts and intimidation.(1-4)


The Cello of Mr. O (Jane Cutler) 

A young girl describes what it is like to live in a city ravaged by war. Schools are closed, electricity and telephone service is out, and the only consolation is the arrival each Wednesday of the relief truck bringing food and supplies.  But the week after the relief truck is bombed, the reclusive Mr. O takes his cello into the courtyard and plays for all of the frightened, hungry people. The music is described as something "which feeds us as truly as the supplies brought by the truck did." (1-7)


Love is a Family (Roma Downey)

Lily storms home to her mother one day, demanding a real family. It's Family Fun Night at school, and she's positive they'll be the weirdest family there.  This book sensitively addresses the issue of being different and finding common values in diversity. (K-3)


Sami and the Time of the Troubles (Florence Parry Heide)

A "poignant and appealing" story, about a boy who longs for peace in war-torn Beirut (3-6)


Wilfred Gordon Macdonald Partridge (Mem Fox)

An original take on the capacity of children to help and relate to the elderly (K-4)


Feathers and Fools (Mem Fox)

A pride of peacocks notices that a flock of nearby swans can both swim and fly, feats they themselves cannot do. They wonder if the swans will use their strength aggressively. Soon they convince themselves that they are in danger, and begin stockpiling arms?  only to be used defensively, of course. The swans then gather their own weapons. Fear and tension increase until the war both groups have been preparing for breaks out, triggered by a nervous mistake.


My World, Your World (Melanie Walsh)

A fun and colourful look at the differences and similarities in people throughout the world.


"Tell Me Why:  How Young People Can Change the World" – Eric Walters


Responding to the searching questions of a thoughtful thirteen-year-old, more than twenty-five influential, inspiring figures – including Canadians Roméo Dallaire, Robert Munsch, Marc Garneau, Lynn Johnston, Rick Hansen, and many others – have shared their wisdom, their experience, and their convictions about how to make the world a better place.

My Librarian is a Camel (Margriet Ruurs)

An inspiring book about the many ways books are brought to children of the world.(6-9)


Children Just Like Me (Barnabas & Anabel Kindersley)

A unique celebration of children around the world (3-6)


Children Just Like Me Celebrations! (Anabel Kindersley) 

A unique celebration of children around the world (3-6)

Spork - Kyo Maclear

His mum is a spoon. His dad is a fork. And he's a bit of both. He's Spork! Spork sticks out in the regimented world of the cutlery drawer. The spoons think he's too pointy, while the forks find him too round. He never gets chosen to be at the table at mealtimes until one day a very messy ? thing arrives in the kitchen who has never heard of cutlery customs. Will Spork finally find his place at the table? This "multi-cutlery" tale is a humorous and lively commentary on individuality and tolerance. Its high-spirited illustrations capture the experience and emotions of anyone who has ever wondered about their place in the world.​

Central Okanagan Library​

See if the above books are available for loan.

Different and the Same Series (Canadian Learning Company Video Recordings)


Long Distance:  Speaking a Different Language

Proud to Be Me:  Cultural Identity

Sticks and Stones:  Name-Calling

Cinderella and Me:  Being Excluded

The Club:  Standing up against Prejudice

Play Ball:  Stereotyping

Tug of War:  Interracial Friendships

Words on the Wall:  Hate Crimes

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