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By Elizabeth MacLeod. 2018
On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in…the "unofficial" whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre... and was arrested for it. Supported by the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NSCAACP) and the black-owned newspaper The Clarion, Viola took her quest for the right to freedom from discrimination to the courts. While she ultimately did not succeed, she was a beacon to other early civil-rights activists. Her sister Wanda worked hard to promote Viola's legacy, which has been finally honoured by Viola's inclusion on the new Canadian $10 bill. This new picture book features historical photos and a timeline. Grades K-3. Winner of the 2019 Silver Birch Express Award. 2018.
Innovation nation: how Canadian innovators made the world smarter, smaller, kinder, safer, healthier, wealthier, and happier
By David Johnston, Tom Jenkins, Mary Leatherdale. 2017
Successful innovation is always inspired by at least one of three forces -- insight, necessity and simple luck. 'Innovation Nation'…moves through history to explore what circumstances, incidents, coincidences and collaborations motivated each great Canadian idea, and what twist of fate then brought that idea into public acceptance. From the marvels of aboriginal inventions such as the canoe, igloo and lifejacket to the latest pioneering advances in medicine, education, science, engineering and the arts, Canadians have improvised and worked together to make the world a better place. 'Innovation Nation' will surprise, enlighten and entertain young readers. Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2019 Red Maple Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2017.
By Claire Eamer. 2018
As the Earth's climate continues to warm, the permafrost melts, glaciers are receding and ice patches are shrinking. It is…a unique time on our planet, one that has resulted in a treasury of preserved organic material (e.g., caribou droppings and human and animal remains) and inorganic artifacts (e.g., tools and clothing) is being revealed by the big melt, providing us with entirely new information about how people and animals lived up to several thousand years ago. But it's a race against time for archaeologists because as soon as the objects begin to thaw, they also begin to disintegrate. Grades 4-7.
By James Gladstone, Katherine Diemert. 2017
It has taken billions of years for Earth to become the planet it is today. 'When planet Earth was new'…looks back to the very beginning, using a poetic approach grounded in scientific fact to give an overview of how the planet has changed over time: from hot lava to the formation of oceans to the evolution of living things in water and on land. The book also includes the relatively recent evolution of humans - who are just a tiny speck in the sweep of Earth's history. Grades K-3 and older readers. 2017.