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Some people think monsters are the stuff of nightmares--the stuff of scary movies and Halloween. But monsters can also be…found right in your backyard. Animals like aye-ayes, goblin sharks and vampire bats may look scary, but they pose no threat to humans. Others, such as the prairie dog, seem innocent--cute, even--yet their behaviour could give you goose bumps. What makes a monster? Read this book to find out, if you dare... Grades 2-4. Winner of the 2019 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2017. Aye-aye -- Vampire bat -- Honey badger -- Portuguese man-of-war -- Horror frog -- Greater honeyguide -- Cordyceps fungus -- Deathstalker scorpion -- Prairie dog -- Assassin bug -- Fangtooth moray eel -- Tyrant leech king -- Goblin shark -- Komodo dragon -- Japanese giant hornet -- Humboldt squid -- Human.
By Joanne George. 2017
Smiley, a most remarkable Golden Retriever, was born without eyes. He was rescued from a puppy mill and has become…a superb therapy dog, providing therapy to people all over the world through social media and television. This is his story. Winner of the 2018 Silver Birch Express Award. Winner of the 2019 Red Cedar Information Book Award. Winner of the 2019 Hackmatack Award for non-fiction. Grades 4-6. 2017. Smiley, the therapy dog -- Smiley and Joanne -- Smiley and Joanne's new family -- St. John Ambulance therapy dogs -- Smiley, the blind therapy dog -- Smiley, the celebrity -- Ways you can help.
By Laure Morali, Joséphine Bacon, Rogé, Rita Mestokosho. 2012
Rogé a visité l'école de Mingan, un village innu au nord-est du Québec. Il y a passé quelques jours, histoire…de prendre le temps de photographier chacun des écoliers. Rentré chez lui, dans son atelier des Îles-de-la-Madeleine, un pinceau à la main, il a revisité le regard de ces enfants. De ce séjour à Mingan, Rogé a gardé quinze visages, et quinze textes, des poèmes écrits par les jeunes Innus. Années 3-6. Gagnant de Prix Euphonia 2015. 2012.
By Joel A Sutherland. 2016
Get underneath the covers, because between these book covers are stories about a supernatural sea hag that haunts Dobbin’s Gardens…marsh on Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador, a used book from a Barrie, Ontario book shop that conjures up a ghostly figure that accompanies the buyer home, and a haunted playground at St. Ignatius School in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Winner of the 2017 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Grades 3-6. 2016.
By Mary Beth Leatherdale. 2017
The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea has, unfortunately, made the headlines all too often in the past…few years. This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life. Grades 4-7. Winner of the 2018 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2017.
By Solange Messier. 2014
"Mingan my village" is a collection of 15 faces and 15 poems written by young Innu. Given a platform to…be heard, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature. Winner of the 2013 Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec (5-11 years category). Grades K-3 and older readers. 2014.
By Jess Keating. 2016
Some people think pink is a pretty colour. A fluffy, sparkly, princess-y colour. But it's so much more. Sure, pink…is the colour of princesses and bubblegum, but it's also the colour of monster slugs and poisonous insects. Not to mention ultra-intelligent dolphins, naked mole rats and bizarre, bloated blobfish. Isn't it about time to rethink pink? Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2017 Silver Birch Express Honour Book Award. 2016.
By Cory Silverberg, Fiona Smyth. 2015
A comic book for kids that includes children and families of all makeups, orientations, and gender identities, this is an…essential resource about bodies, gender, and sexuality for children ages 8 to 10 as well as their parents and caregivers. Much more than the "facts of life" or "the birds and the bees," it opens up conversations between young people and their caregivers in a way that allows adults to convey their values and beliefs while providing information about boundaries, safety, and joy. The follow up to the Lambda-nominated "What Makes a Baby". Winner of the 2016 Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction. Grades 2-4. 2015.
By Etta Kaner. 2015
Rats, mosquitoes, bats, cockroaches, leeches, vultures - it’s easy to fear and despise them. But are they all bad? You…probably know that rats destroy food supplies and can cause house fires when they gnaw on electrical wires, but did you know their supersensitive noses can help detect tuberculosis or even land mines? Are these conventionally icky critters really public enemies, or do they have merits worth appreciating? Takes a close look at what we dislike about each of 10 unpopular animals, and then presents the flip side: these very same animals are often smart, helpful to humans and the environment, or inspiring to scientists. Grades 2-4. Winner of the 2017 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2015.
Think baseball, basketball, and hockey are the only options in the world of sports? Think again! This book uncovers the…"other" sports, from the local and hidden to the strange, bizarre, and downright crazy. Playing football with over 200 people per team? (Just imagine the pile-up!) Chasing a giant wheel of cheese down an English hillside? Wrestling with your toes? This book contains all the funny facts about these sports — and many more! Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2014-15 Hackmatack Award for non-fiction. 2013.
By Rona Arato. 2013
The harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation of…Hungary during the final years of World War II. Grades 4-7. Winner of the 2015 Red Maple Non-Fiction Award. 2013.
By Larry Verstraete. 2011
A killer has been caught, convicted, and sentenced, the case closed, all in 114 days. No one suspected – least…of all the boy on death row – that it would take almost 50 years for a tiny piece of scientific evidence to answer the question: was he really the murderer? 40 amazing stories of how scientists solve crimes, reveal identities, untangle evidence, and discover the truth. Grades 5-8. Winner of the 2013 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. 2011.
By Rob Laidlaw. 2011
Dogs have been loyal to humankind for thousands of years, but today, millions of dogs are neglected and malnourished, and…millions of other dogs are used in scientific research and for entertainment, and kept as pets in a remarkable diversity of conditions. Laidlaw explores the world of homeless, mistreated, and exploited dogs, and the challenges they face, but he also focuses on the people he calls "dog champions" – people around the world who dedicate their lives to helping dogs. Some descriptions of violence. Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2013 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Winner of the 2013-14 Hackmatack Award for non-fiction. 2011.
By Christopher Moore. 2011
Fifty thousand years ago, our ancestors ventured off the African savannah and into the wider world. Now, our technology reaches…far into the cosmos. How did we get where we are today? From Hammurabi to Henry Ford, from Incan couriers to the Internet, from the Taj Mahal to the Eiffel Tower, from Marco Polo to Martin Luther King, from Cleopatra to Catherine the Great, from boiled haggis to fried tarantulas - this is the story of humanity. Winner of the 2011 Governor General's Award for Children's Text. Grades 4-7. 2011.
By Catherine Rondina. 2010
Have your parents ever told you that you shouldn't swallow a watermelon seed because a watermelon will grow in your…stomach? Or not to cross your eyes, because they'll stay stuck like that? Takes a look at many of the old sayings you've heard, examines them and their history, and gives you the truth about them. You'll find out if holding your breath will cure the hiccups, and if eating sugar will really make you hyper. Winner of the 2012 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Grades 3-6. 2010.
By Kathy Kacer. 2006
The true story of Edith Schwalb, a young Jewish girl sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi…invasion of France. Edith's courage was remarkable, as was the bravery of those who helped her: an entire village, including its mayor, that heroically conspired to conceal the presence of hundreds of Jewish children who lived in the safe house. Grades 4-7. Winner of the 2007 Silver Birch Award. 2006.