Author Feature: Kari Jones

A Fair Deal

Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It’s about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a […]






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Litter Bug Arts & Crafts

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In What Matters by Alison Hughes and illustrator Holly Hatam, a young boy picks up a single piece of litter. He doesn’t know it, but his small act has big consequences for the little critters whose path would have been blocked, for the grass that would have wilted and for the tiny stream that would have been clogged. The young boy in the story recycles the soda can. But did you know you can reuse materials that often end up in the trash as arts and crafts supplies? It’s easy and fun! How to Make Litter […]






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Author Feature: Nicholas Read

A Bear's Life

Black bears, grizzly bears, and spirit bears all make their home in the Great Bear Rainforest. A Bear’s Life uses Ian McAllister’s stunning photographs to follow these beautiful animals through a year in the British Columbia wilderness—catching fish, eating berries, climbing trees and taking long naps. A Bear’s Life is the second in the My Great Bear Rainforest series, after Wolf Island. What planning and research did you do for you book? My writing partner, Ian McAllister, lives in the Great Bear Rainforest, so he knows everything there is to know about it. I also […]






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A Reading List for Bike to Work Week

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It’s Bike to Work Week in BC! Bike to Work BC is a non-profit society that aims to create a future in which as many people as possible experience the joy of commuting to work—or school—by bicycle. In celebration of Bike to Work Week, we put together a list of five great books that feature cycling. Pedal It! How Bicycles are Changing the World by Michelle Mulder   Pedal It! celebrates the humble bicycle—from the very first boneshakers to the sleek racing bikes of today, from handlebars to spokes to gear sprockets—and shows you why […]






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5 books for Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day, readers! Every little thing matters (as we learn in the playful picture book featured below). So let’s get into the green, planet-saving mode with some of our favorite earth-related books!   1. What Matters by Alison Hughes and Illustrated by Holly Hatam What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we […]






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World Water Day

Every Last Drop by Michelle Mulder

      By 2040, as a result of climate change, one in four children will have extremely limited access to water. On World Water Day, it’s important to learn about water, the challenges we currently face with it and what we need to change for the future. Climate change is a big topic to cover with your kids. To help, we have some books to help introduce it, and to help you talk about it. Every Last Drop Michelle Mulder In the developed world, if you want a drink of water you just turn […]






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