Wednesday, February 24, 2021 is Pink Shirt Day (also known as Anti-bullying day). Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Picture Books

I walk with Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness
by Kerascoët.
PZ7.1.K5093 Iw 2018

The cool bean
written by Jory John; illustrations by Pete Oswald.
PZ7.J62168 Cl 2019

You hold me up
Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel.
PS8613.R3894 Y69 2017

Words and your heart
Kate Jane Neal.
PZ7.1.N38 Wr 2017

Willow finds a way
written by Lana Button; illustrated by Tania Howells.
PZ4.9.B877 Wl 2013

YA Books

The pain eater
Beth Goobie.
PZ7.G6525 Pn 2016

The other boy
M.G. Hennessey; illustrated by SféR. Monster.
PZ7.1.H464 Ot 2016

All the Rage
Courtney Summers.
PZ7.S95397 Al 2015

by Kwame Alexander.
PZ7.5.A44 Bk 2019

Non-Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Bullying: deal with it before push comes to shove
Elaine Slavens; illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan.
BF637.B85 S58 2014

The survival guide to bullying: written by a teen
by Aija Mayrock.
BF637.B85 M293 2015

Cyber bullying
Rachel Stuckey.
HV6773.15.C92 S78 2013

Professional Resources

Bully-go-round: a handbook of literacy and arts strategies for promoting bully awareness in the classroom
Larry Swartz.
LB3013.3 .S93 2013

Bully: an action plan for teachers and parents to combat the bullying crisis
edited by Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen; with Dina Santorelli.
LB3013.3 .B8139 2012

Rethinking school bullying : dominance, identity and school culture
Ronald B. Jacobson
LB3013.3 .J3 2013

Understanding school bullying: its nature & prevention strategies
Peter K. Smith.
LB3013.3 .S55 2014

Freedom to Read Week 2021 will take place from February 21 to 27, 2021. We have selected some of the challenged books from the challenged book list on the Freedom to Read website which are available at UBC Education library.

French Books

Les papas de Violette
Émilie Chazerand; Gaëlle Souppart.
PZ23.C467 Pp 2017 French Collection

Qu’est-ce queue vous faites là?

PZ20.9.J554 QS 1993 French Collection

Juvenile Literature


Julie Murphy.
PZ7.M95352 Dm 2017

Maus: a survivor’s tale
Art Spiegelman.
D804.3 .S66

Trouble Is a Friend of Mine

Stephanie Tromly.
PZ7.1.T76 Tr 2015

The Scorpion Rules
Erin Bow
PZ7.B67167 Sc 2015

The graveyard book
Gaiman; with illustrations by Dave McKean.
PZ7.G1273 Gr 2008

Rabbit ears
Maggie de Vries
PZ7.D497 Rb 2014

Power Play
Eric Walters
PZ7 .W168 Pw 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Stephen Chbosky.
PZ7 .C3978 Pr 1999

Children’s Books

The penguin and the pea
retold and illustrated by Janet Perlman.
PZ4.9.P315 Pn 2004

Little Rat Makes Music

Monika Bang-Campbell; illustrated by Molly Bang.
PZ7.B2218 Lr 2007

Hop on Pop
Dr. Seuss
PZ8.3 .G276 Hp 2006

Spooky A B C

Merriam; illustrated by Lane Smith.
PZ8.3 .M25 Sp 2002

And Tango makes three
Justin Richardson and Peter
Parnell; illustrated by Henry Cole.
PZ10.3.R414 An 2005

Asha’s mums
Rosamund Elwin & Michele Paulse; illustrated by Dawn Lee.
PZ4.9.E468 AS 1990

Mrs. Lilly is Silly!
Dan Gutman; pictures by Jim Paillot.
PZ7.G9846 Mr 2011

Bedtime for Frances

Hoban; pictures by Garth Williams.
PZ10.3 .H646 Be

Donovan’s big day
Lesléa Newman; illustrations by Mike Dutton.
PZ8.3.N4655 Dn 2011

Want to learn more about banned books? Check this out:

Hit list for young adults 2: frequently challenged books
Teri S. Lesesne and Rosemary Chance for the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library
Association; with a foreword by Chris Crutcher. Online

A guide for librarians containing profiles of twenty young adult books that are often challenged by parents, presenting plot summaries, lists of reviews, and discussions of each book’s controversial issues. Also provides the ALA Library Bill of Rights and explains how to write a book rationale.

Z1019 .L48 2002

Featured new resources for the month of February.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.


The reading turn-around with emergent bilinguals: a five-part framework for powerful teaching & learning (grades K-6) / Amanda Claudia Wager, Lane W. Clarke, and Grace Enriquez; with Camille M. Garcia, Gilberto P. Lara, and Rebecca Reynolds.

LC3725 .W34 2019

“This practical resource will help K-6 practitioners grow their literacy practices while also meeting the needs of emergent bilingual learners.

Building on the success of The Reading Turn-Around, this book adapts the five-part framework for reading instruction to the specific needs of emergent bilinguals.

Designed for teachers who have not specialized in bilingual instruction, the authors provide an accessible introduction to differentiating instruction that focuses on utilizing students’ strengths, identities, and cultural backgrounds to foster effective literacy instruction.

Chapters include classroom vignettes, teacher exercises, illustrations of powerful reading plans for the student and teacher, resources for culturally and linguistically diverse children’s literature, and tools to engage with students’ families and communities”


Every child can write, grades 2-5: entry points, bridges, and pathways for striving writers
Melanie Meehan; foreword by M. Colleen Cruz. 

LB1576 .M434 2020

“In all classrooms, there are students who have difficulty with writing, either because of developmental challenges or previous experiences with limited instruction.

These are kids who can’t think of ideas or organize thoughts or integrate the many components of written language; and these are the students who keep teachers up at night.

This book focuses on specific approaches to take when working with striving writers. This is not a book about how to teach writing – but a book about how to teach students.

And the ideas here are based firmly in the belief that every child can write when given adequate entry points, bridges, and pathways to success by a knowledgeable, intentional teacher”


The ultimate read-aloud resource: making every moment intentional and instructional with best friend books
Lester L. Laminack.

LB1573.5 .L36 2019

Award-winning children”s author and acclaimed educator Lester L. Laminack provides guidelines, lessons, and resources for making every read-aloud experience intentional and instructional to engage students in deep thinking about fiction and nonfiction books.

Central to Laminack”s message is his breakthrough thinking about the value and importance of “Best Friend Books”- a small, carefully curated collection that you turn to repeatedly for specific teaching purposes.

Featured new children’s and young adult books for the month of February.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Amy Wu and the perfect bao
Kat Zhang ; illustrated by Charlene Chua.
PZ7.Z454 Am 2019

My papi has a motorcycle
Isabel Quintero ; illustrated by Zeke Peña.
PZ7.Q438 My 2019

Like a love story
Abdi Nazemian.
PZ7.1.N378 Lk 2019

Family Day in B.C. falls on Monday, February 15 this year.  Celebrate it by reading books about…All Kind of Families!

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Juvenile Literature: Fiction

When Aidan became a brother
Kyle Lukoff; illustrated by Kaylani Juanita.
PZ7.1.L8456 Wh 2019

We are brothers
Yves Nadon; illustrated by Jean Claverie.
PZ7.N133535 Wr 2018

It’s great being a dad
Dan Bar-el; illustrated by Gina Perry.
PZ4.9.B36134 It 2017

Hey, kiddo
Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
WS462.5.F2 K76 2018 Graphic Novel

Jesse Unaapik Mike and Kerry McCluskey; illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko.
HQ744 .M54 2017

Ready, set … baby
Elizabeth Rusch; illustrated by Qin Leng.
HQ774 .R87 2017


Juvenile Literature: Non-Fiction

With your family
Janet Gurtler.
HQ744 .G87 2018

Families around the world
Margriet Ruurs; illustrated by Jessica Rae Gordon.
HQ744 .R88 2017

Shelley Rotner and Sheila M. Kelly; photographs by Shelley Rotner.
HQ744 .R68 2015

This is my family: a first look at same-sex parents
Pat Thomas; illustrated by Lesley Harker.
HQ75.27 .T54 2012

Family gatherings
L.L. Owens; illustrated by Chris Davidson; content consultant M. A.
HQ744 .O94 2011

The great big book of families
Mary Hoffman; pictures by Ros Asquith.
HQ744 .H54 2010

My family community
Bobbie Kalman.
HQ519 .K35 2010


Juvenile Literature: French

Une famille c’est une famille
Sara O’Leary; illustrations de Qin Leng; texte français d’Isabelle Montagnier.
PZ23.O425 Fm 2018 French Collection

Ah! les papas!
Nick Bland; texte français d’Isabelle Montagnier.
PZ23.B55147 Ah 2012 French Collection

Familles du Monde
photos des agences Biosphoto, Corbis, Cosmos et al.
HQ744 .F35 2008 French Collection

As we enter into the month of February, please enjoy browsing this selection of children’s books and teacher resources in celebration of Black History Month.

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Picture Books and Juvenile Non-Fiction

Viola Desmond won’t be budged!
Jody Nyasha Warner; pictures by Richard Rudnicki.
FC2346.26.D48 W37 2010

Tells the story of Viola Desmond, an African Canadian woman who, in 1946, challenged a Nova Scotia movie theater’s segregation policy by refusing to move from her seat to an upstairs section designated for use by blacks.

“Jody Nyasha Warner and Richard Rudnicki’s rendering of Desmond’s tale is a wonderful marriage of text and image. Warner uses a warm oral storytelling voice that invites the reader to “come on here, listen in close” to the tale of a woman who “sat down for her rights.” Rudnicki’s bright illustrations capture the changing emotions on Viola’s face while supplying details of architecture and fashion that bring the period vividly to life.” Quill & Quire

The youngest marcher: the story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a young civil rights activist
Cynthia Levinson; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton.
F334.B653 H465 2017

Meet the youngest known child to be arrested for a civil rights protest in Birmingham, Alabama, 1963, in this picture book that proves you’re never too little to make a difference. Nine-year-old Audrey Faye Hendricks intended to go places and do things like anybody else. So when she heard grown-ups talk about wiping out Birmingham’s segregation laws, she spoke up. As she listened to the preacher’s words, smooth as glass, she sat up tall. And when she heard the plan — picket those white stores! March to protest those unfair laws! Fill the jails! — she stepped right up and said, I’ll do it! She was going to j-a-a-il!

Voici Viola Desmond
Elizabeth MacLeod; illustrations de Mike Deas; texte français
de Louise Binette.
FC2346.26.D48 M3414 2018

Faites la rencontre de Viola Desmond, entrepreneure et véritable pionnière en matière d’égalité raciale au Canada.

Par un jour pluvieux de novembre 1946, Viola, de passage à Glasgow en Nouvelle-Écosse, décide d’aller au cinéma. Elle s’installe dans la section officieusement réservée aux Blancs, mais l’ouvreuse lui demande de changer de place. Viola refuse, car elle sait que c’est à cause de la couleur de sa peau. La police l’emmène de force. Viola est emprisonnée, jugée et déclarée coupable. Cela ne l’empêche pas, avec l’aide de ses partisans, de continuer à se battre pour la justice sociale.

Bien qu’elle ait ultimement perdu sa cause devant la Cour suprême, elle fut une pionnière pour les premiers militants des droits civils. Grâce au travail acharné de sa sour Wanda qui s’est battue pour que son héritage soit reconnu à sa juste valeur, le portrait de Viola figurera sur les nouveaux billets de 10$ canadiens.

Meet Viola Desmond
Elizabeth MacLeod; illustrated by Mike Deas.
FC2346.26.D48 M34 2018

Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!

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.

Sister to courage: stories from the world of Viola Desmond, Canada’s Rosa Parks
Wanda Robson with Ronald Caplan.
FC106B6 eBook ONLINE

In Sister to Courage, Wanda takes us inside the world she shared with Viola and ten other brothers and sisters. Through touching and often hilarious stories, she traces the roots of courage and ambition, god fun and dignity, of the household that produced Viola Desmond.

Tough and compassionate, Viola shines through beyond the moment she was carried out of Roseland movie theatre for refusing to sit I the blacks-only section. Viola emerges as a defender of family and a successful entrepreneur whose momentum was blocked by racism.

With honesty and wit, Wanda Robson Tells her own brave story, giving new life to two remarkable women.


Harriet Tubman
Kit Jazynka; illustrated by Charlotte Ager.
E444.T82 J39 2019

In this kids’ biography, discover the inspiring story of Harriet Tubman, a fearless activist and abolitionist who helped free many slaves.

Born into slavery in c.1820, Harriet Tubman would later run away and help scores of other African American slaves escape to freedom in the North using the “Underground Railroad.” A nurse, scout, and advisor during the American Civil War, Harriet co-led the Combahee River Raid, in which 700 slaves were liberated. After the war, Harriet became involved in women’s suffrage, or the right to vote, and opened a retirement home for sick and elderly African Americans. In this biography book for 8-11 year olds, learn all about Harriet Tubman’s fascinating life, the hardships she endured, her visions, the people she helped and rescued, the battles she fought, and how this American icon of justice and strength continues to inspire so many people today.

Harriet Tubman: freedom seeker, freedom leader
Rosemary Sadlier.
E444.T82 eBook ONLINE

Born in the United States and enslaved as a child, Harriet Tubman (circa 1820-1913) is one of the best-known figures connected to the Underground Railroad. Through her knowledge and outdoor survival skills, honed through her unpaid labour in the fields and through the later connections she made in the abolitionist community, Tubman was well poised to command her followers. By her discipline and example, she never lost a “passenger.”

Tubman’s exploits helped to empower those opposed to slavery and enrage those who supported it. Her success encouraged enslaved Africans to make the brave break for freedom and reinforced the belief held by abolitionists in the potential of black freedom and independence. Referred to as “General Tubman” due to her contributions to the Underground Railroad and to the Union Army, Tubman’s numerous rescue missions ending in Canada helped to build the interest in escape and reinforce the position of Canada as the final stop on the journey to freedom.

Hidden figures: the true story of four Black women and the space race
Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling; illustrated by Laura Freeman.
QA27.5 .S548 2018

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918- ), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942- ).
Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were all good at math. Really good. And it was their understanding of numbers that helped them do what seemed impossible. They were women, and they were African-American, and they lived during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were hardworking and persistent and, most important, smart. And that’s why NASA hired them to do the math that would one day send the United States into space for the very first time. New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring to life the inspiring story of the struggles of these four “hidden figures” and what they overcame to succeed. The math work they did would change not only their own lives, but the face of air and space travel forever. — From dust jacket.

Martin & Mahalia: his words, her song
Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney.
E185.97.K5 P54 2013

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and his strong voice and powerful message were joined and lifted in song by world-renowned gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It was a moment that changed the course of history and is imprinted in minds forever. Told through Andrea Davis Pinkney’s poetic prose and Brian Pinkney’s evocative illustration, the stories of these two powerful voices and lives are told side-by-side — as they would one day walk — following the journey from their youth to a culmination at this historical event when they united as one and inspiring kids to find their own voices and speak up for what is right.

Freedom song: young voices and the struggle for civil rights
Mary C. Turck.
E185.61 .T845 2009

Melding memorable music and inspiring history, Freedom Song presents a fresh perspective on the civil rights movement by showing how songs of hope, faith, and freedom strengthened the movement and served as its voice.

In this eye-opening account, you’ll discover how churches and other groups–from the SNCC Freedom Singers to the Chicago Children’s Choir–transformed music both religious and secular into electrifying anthems that furthered the struggle for civil rights.

Coretta Scott
poetry by Ntozake Shange; paintings by Kadir Nelson
E185.97.K47 S53 2009

Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south.

A yearning for equality began to grow.

Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision and a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.

This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.

The Kids Book of Black Canadian History
Rosemary Sadlier; illustrated by Wang Qijun.
FC106.B6 S22 2003

From the first Black person who came to Canada about 400 years ago to the most recent wave of African immigrants, Black Canadians have played an important role in our country’s history.

In this informative overview, kids will discover the inspiring stories and events of a people who fought oppression as they searched for a place to call their own.

Featuring fact boxes, mini-profiles, a timeline and more, this book in the acclaimed Kids Book of series offers a glimpse into an often-overlooked part of Canadian history.

We’ve got a job: the 1963 Birmingham Children’s March
Cynthia Levinson.
F334.B69 N4476 2012

The inspiring story of one of the greatest moments in civil rights history as seen through the eyes of four young people who were at the center of the action.

The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March was a turning point in American history. In the streets of Birmingham, Alabama, the fight for civil rights lay in the hands of children like Audrey Hendricks, Wash Booker, James Stewart, and Arnetta Streeter.
Through the eyes of these four protesters and others who participated, We’ve Got a Job tells the little-known story of the 4,000 black elementary, middle, and high school students who voluntarily went to jail between May 2 and May 11, 1963. The children succeeded – where adults had failed – in desegregating one of the most racially violent cities in America.
By combining in-depth, one-on-one interviews and extensive research, author Cynthia Levinson recreates the events of the Birmingham Children’s March from a new and very personal perspective.

The Underground Railroad
Rachel Seigel.
FC106.B6 S45 2020

Discusses the development of the Underground Railroad used by escaped slaves to travel north to freedom.

Also discusses the challenges faced by these Black settlers after reaching Canada.





Teacher Resources

Viola Desmond’s Canada: a history of blacks and racial segregation in the promised land
Graham Reynolds; with Wanda Robson.
FC106.B6 R49 2016

In 1946, a Black Halifax businesswoman, Viola Desmond, was wrongfully arrested for sitting in a white’s-only section of a movie theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. In 2010, sixty-four years later, the Nova Scotia government recognized this gross miscarriage of justice and posthumously granted her a free pardon. Most Canadians are aware of Rosa Parks, the American civil rights icon who refused to give up her seat on a racially segregated bus in Alabama, but Viola Desmond’s similar act of courage in resisting the practice of racial segregation occurred nine years before this historic event. However, today, even after the Nova Scotia Government’s unprecedented pardon of Desmond, many Canadians are still unaware of her story or that racial segregation existed throughout many parts of Canada during most of the twentieth century. On the subject of race, Canadians seem to exhibit a form of collective amnesia. Viola Desmond’s Canada is a groundbreaking book aimed at providing both general readers and students of Canadian history with a concise overview of the narrative of the Black experience in Canada. The book traces this narrative from slavery under French and British rule in the eighteenth century to the practice of racial segregation and the fight for racial equality in the twentieth century. Included are personal recollections by Wanda Robson, Viola Desmond’s youngest sister, together with important but previously unpublished documents and other primary sources in the history of Blacks in Canada

I have a dream: writings and speeches that changed the world
Martin Luther King, Jr.; foreword by Coretta Scott King; edited by James Melvin Washington.
E185.97.K5 A25 1992

On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial looking out over thousands of troubled Americans who had gathered in the name of civil rights and uttered his now famous words, “I have a dream . . .” It was a speech that changed the course of history.

This anniversary edition honors Martin Luther King Jr.’s courageous dream and his immeasurable contribution by presenting his most memorable words in a concise and convenient edition. As Coretta Scott King says in her foreword, “This collection includes many of what I consider to be my husband’s most important writings and orations.” In addition to the famed keynote address of the 1963 march on Washington, the renowned civil rights leader’s most influential words included here are the “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” the essay “Pilgrimage to Nonviolence,” and his last sermon, “I See the Promised Land,” preached the day before he was assassinated.

Editor James M. Washington arranged the selections chronologically, providing headnotes for each selection that give a running history of the civil rights movement and related events. In his introduction, Washington assesses King’s times and significance.

The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, usually falls sometime between January 21 and February 20. This year, Lunar New Year falls on Friday, February 12 and it’s the Year of the Ox!

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Juvenile Literature

Ruby’s Chinese New Year
Vickie Lee; illustrated by Joey Chou.
PZ7.1.L437 Rb 2018

As Ruby travels to her grandmother’s house to bring her a gift for Chinese New Year, she is joined by all of the animals of the zodiac.

Includes the legend of the Chinese horoscope and instructions for making a paper lantern, a paper fan, and good luck banners.


A New Year’s reunion
Yu Li-Qiong; illustrated by Zhu Cheng-Liang.
PZ4.9.Y888 Nw 2011

Little Maomao’s father works in faraway places and comes home just once a year, for Chinese New Year. At first Maomao barely recognizes him, but before long the family is happily making sticky rice balls, listening to firecrackers, and watching the dragon dance in the streets below.

Papa gets a haircut, makes repairs to the house, and hides a lucky coin for Maomao to find. Which she does! But all too soon it is time for Papa to go away again.

The runaway wok: a Chinese New Year tale
Ying Chang Compestine; illustrated by Sebastià Serra.
PZ4.9.C6462 Rw 2011

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, a poor man who works for the richest businessman in Beijing sends his son to market to trade their last few eggs for a bag of rice, but instead he brings home an empty–but magic–wok that changes their fortunes forever.

Includes information about Chinese New Year and a recipe for fried rice.

Bringing in the New Year
Grace Lin.
PZ7.L644 Br 2008

This exuberant story follows a Chinese American family as they prepare for the Lunar New Year. Each member of the family lends a hand as they sweep out the dust of the old year, hang decorations, and make dumplings. Then it’s time to put on new clothes and celebrate with family and friends. There will be fireworks and lion dancers, shining lanterns, and a great, long dragon parade to help bring in the Lunar New Year. And the dragon parade in our book is extra long–on a surprise fold-out page at the end of the story.

Grace Lin’s artwork is a bright and gloriously patterned celebration in itself! And her story is tailor-made for reading aloud.

The cat’s tale: why the years are named for animals
Doris Orgel; illustrated by Meilo So
PZ8.1.O59 Ct 2008

Willow’s pet cat Mao relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in the Chinese calendar and why there is no Year of the Cat.

Includes endnotes on the twelve-year lunar cycle and the Chinese zodiac animals.

Silk Peony, parade dragon
Elizabeth Steckman; illustrated by Carol Inouye.
PZ4.9.S7325 Sl 1997

This is the story of Silk Peony, a magnificent dragon who is rented by a powerful mandarin for the annual New Year’s parade.

Based on legend, this is the story of how the dragon came to lead the New Year’s parade. The traditional story and whimsical illustrations of dragons are sure to appeal to young children and the young at heart.  (SJ Cheng)

The Dragon New Year: A Chinese Legend
David Bouchard, Zhong-Yang Huan
PZ4.9.B689 Dr 1999

Every spring, a clash of cymbals, a splash of colorful fireworks, and the Dragon Dance herald the coming of the Chinese New Year. But how did these celebrations begin?

Charming and masterfully illustrated, this enticing tale involves a monstrous sea dragon, a mother’s sorrow, and a magical Buddha. Set in the words of a wise grandmother passing on her traditions to her adored granddaughter, this story of courage and kindness, love and revenge will delight both children and adults alike.

Le Nouvel An Chinois
David F. Marx; texte français de Dominique Chichera.
GT4905 .M3614 2007 French Collection

Chaque titre de cette collection, destinée aux apprentis lecteurs, propose une découverte de l’histoire et des traditions liées à diverses fêtes, ainsi qu’à la façon dont elles sont célébrées aux quatre coins de la planète. — Des photographies, mettant en scène des enfants croqués dans le feu de l’action, animent cette petite plaquette que conclut une double page reprenant certains mots-clés du texte. Une agréable ouverture au monde et à la diversité culturelle.


Chinese New Year: a celebration for everyone
Jen Sookfong Lee.
GT4905 .L434 2017

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts, and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture.

Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver and weaves family stories into the history, traditions, and evolution of Chinese New Year.

Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.

Chinese New Year
Carrie Gleason.
GT4905 .G54 2009

Kung hay fat Choy means ‘may you prosper’ and is a greeting heard often during Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year, sometimes called Lunar New Year, is celebrated in Chinese communities throughout the world.

Children will love this colorful and easy-to-understand introduction to this famous holiday.


New Year celebrations in different places
Robin Johnson.
GT4905 .J63 2018

Did you know that New Year celebrations can be traced back more than 4,000 years ago?

Dynamic photographs and well-crafted text introduce readers to New Year celebrations including Songkran, Chinese New Year, Rosh Hashanah, and Diwali.


Lighting our world: a year of celebrations
Catherine Rondina; illustrated by Jacqui Oakley.
GT3933 .R66 2012

Throughout the year and around the globe, people use light — candles, bonfires, lanterns and fireworks — to celebrate special occasions.

This richly illustrated book is an illuminating tour of the world’s brightest and warmest festivities.


Neal-Schuman guide to celebrations and holidays around the world
Kathryn I. Matthew, Joy L. Lowe.
GT3930 .M377 2004

Ramadan, Rosh Hashanah, Kodomono-Hi, Diwali, Dia de los Muertos, the Festival of St. Lucia, Mardi Gras. Each month there’s another holiday or special event teachers and librarians can choose to explore with children. Grouped by month, and with chapters on year-round special events (such as birthdays, weddings, Powwows, and quincea-eras), this innovative and easy-to-use guide provides grade-specific advice on books, media, and activities that allow children to learn how people of various nationalities and religions celebrate holidays.


Red eggs and dragon boats: celebrating Chinese Festivals
Carol Stepanchuk

This is a book about the celebration of Chinese festivals. Most of the Chinese festivals are based on the lunar calendar. It includes festivals such as the Chinese lunar New Year, Clear Brightness festival, Full-month red egg and ginger party, Dragon Boat festival and Moon festival.

Featured new resources for the month of January.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Teacher narratives from the Eikaiwa classroom: moving beyond “McEnglish”
edited by Daniel Hooper and Natasha Hashimoto.

PE1130.J3 T43 2020

This book includes 16 chapters written by current and former eikaiwa (English conversation school) teachers to illustrate a complexity within the eikaiwa profession that has been thus far largely ignored.

Through teacher narratives, the authors explore the unique and often problematic world of eikaiwa to present a counter-narrative to what the editors regard as blanket stereotyping of a multifaceted and evolving teaching context.



Move, play, learn: interactive storytimes with music, movement, and more
Alyssa Jewell.

Z718.3 .J49 2020

Jewell provides ideas, suggestions, and strategies to help you energize your storytime, reading circles, and other early literacy programs.

She explains the benefits of music and movement storytime, as well as how to design, lead, and implement it.

The second half of the book offers practical resource materials, including ready-to-use plans for different age groups. —



Canadian structures and sustainability
by James Bow; editor: Meg Gaertner.

NA2542.35 .B69 2019

“Examines the importance of building structures to withstand extreme weather as well as day to day stresses, the impact of structures on the environment, and technological innovations that help cities to use limited resources sustainably.”–

Featured new children’s and young adult books for the month of January.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Kiss number 8
written by Colleen AF Venable ; artwork by Ellen T. Crenshaw.
PZ7.7.V46 Ks 2019 Education GREAT READS

“Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not.

Her dad is hiding something big–so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn’t want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.

Just like that, Mad’s tidy little life has gotten epically messy–and epically heartbreaking. And when your heart is broken, it takes more than an awkward, uncomfortable, tooth-clashing, friendship-ending kiss to put things right again. It takes a whole bunch of them”–


by Shaun Tan.
PZ7.T16123 Cc 2019

From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for older picture book readers and beyond

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he’s given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.





Mireille Messier et Irene Luxbacher.
PZ23.M4774 Tr 2019

“Dans ce livre superbement illustré, un frère et une sœur explorent leur environnement à la recherche d’un trésor.”–
When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren’t sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for. What they do know is that treasures are shiny, mysterious, and precious. And that all the really good treasures are hidden!

Notes: Published simultaneously in English under the title: Treasure.
In French.

The UBC Education Library Collection Spotlight features resources supporting the Core Competencies in BC Education, both professional and picture books.

In October 2019, the Core Competencies were updated. What changed? A few of the updates included: Collaboration was added as a second sub-competency to the Communication Core Competency, the second Thinking sub-competency was changed to Critical and Reflective Thinking (not just Critical Thinking) and the third Personal and Social sub-competency became Social Awareness and Responsibility (not just Social Responsibility).

Please visit our Core Competencies Booklists to browse our curated lists of resources from home.

Here are just a few resource highlights:

Teacher Resources

· Creative thinking and arts-based learning: preschool through fourth grade / Joan Packer Isenberg, George Mason University, Emerita; Mary Renck Jalongo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Emerita.

LB1139 .A37 I86 2018

With an emphasis on thinking creatively and being resourceful as keys to surviving and thriving in today’s society, this evidence-based book provides practical ways for teachers to promote creativity, play, art, music/movement/dance, and drama for all children. It contains many authentic activities and examples to support children’s learning in the arts and content areas. The book examines the teacher’s role from a philosophical, pedagogical, and curricular stance by addressing key components, including the classroom environment, materials and resources, child guidance, assessment, technology applications, and culturally responsive teaching. Practical, readable, and illustrative features and discussions include Snapshots of Classrooms, Teachers’ Reflections, Frequently Asked Questions, Meeting Standards guidelines, Differentiating Instruction and Making Adaptations for Diverse Learners, and Integrating the Curriculum. Also included in 7th edition are samples of children’s work, how to how to use cooking as a creative activity, and using nature as a critical learning tool.

· Teaching creative and thinking in schools / Russell Grigg and Helen Lewis.

LB1062 .G75 2019

How do we encourage children to think deeply about the world in which they live? Research-based and highly practical, this book provides guidance on how to develop creative and critical thinking through your classroom teaching.

Key coverage includes:

· Classroom-ready ideas to stimulate high-order thinking
· How to think critically and creatively across all areas of the curriculum
· Case studies from primary, secondary and special schools
· Philosophical approaches that give pupils the space to think and enquire

This is essential reading for anyone on university-led and schools-based primary and secondary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), School Direct, Teach First and employment-based routes and also anyone training to work in early years settings.

· Protocols in the classroom: tools to help students read, write, think, & collaborate / David Allen, Tina Blythe, Alan Dichter, Terra Lynch; foreword by Joseph P. McDonald.

LB3051 .A45 2018

For nearly 2 decades, Looking Together at Student Work and The Power of Protocols have sustained educators in their professional learning.

Protocols in the Classroom expands the scope of those books from teachers’ professional learning to include students’ learning, providing teachers with the tools they need to use discussion protocols to support students in developing crucial skills and habits as readers, writers, critical thinkers, and active participants within the classroom community.

· Group work that works: student collaboration for 21st-century success / Paul J. Vermette and Cynthia L. Kline.

LB1032 .V38 2017 and FULL TEXT ONLINE

iPromote cooperative learning more effectively by transforming your classroom into a learning community. Experienced K–12 educators Paul J. Vermette and Cynthia L. Kline offer their Dual Objective Model as a tool for improving your students’ academic achievement and problem-solving skills, while encouraging their social and emotional development. You’ll discover how to: assign meaningful tasks that require students to rely on one another; build efficient teams, purposefully monitor group dynamics, and assess group projects effectively; engage students in schoolwork while developing crucial career and life skills; motivate students to see the importance of personal and group responsibility; maximize the benefits of student diversity in your classroom. Emphasizing teamwork, persistence, communication, self-regulation, and empathy in a complex, diverse, and technological setting, these strategies can be easily incorporated into any curriculum. The book is filled with vignettes and sample exercises to help you apply the ideas to your own classroom. Each chapter includes a list of “Big Ideas,” which invites you to consider how these strategies can evolve over time.

· All learning is social and emotional: helping students develop essential skills for the classroom and beyond / Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith.

LB1072 .F74 2019

If you teach kids rather than standards, and if you want all kids to get what they need to thrive, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith offer a solution: a comprehensive, five-part model of SEL that’s easy to integrate into everyday content instruction, no matter what subject or grade level you teach. You’ll learn the hows and whys of * Building students’ sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn, overcome challenge, and influence the world around them. * Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses. * Promoting the cognitive regulation skills critical to decision making and problem-solving. * Fostering students’ social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and their ability to establish and repair relationships. * Equipping students to becoming informed and involved citizens.

· Simple stuff to get kids self-regulating in school: awesome and in control lesson plans, worksheets and strategies for learning / Lauren Brukner and Lauren Liebstein Singer.

LB1060.2 .B78 2018

Packed with photocopiable lesson plans and tried and tested strategies, this illustrated guide is the ideal companion for teachers and therapists wishing to help kindergarten and elementary school children to self-regulate. It contains everything you need to integrate the successful, research-based ‘Awesome and In Control’ program, which focuses on empowering children to regulate their own emotions and senses and helping them to develop excellent coping strategies. Explaining how the popular, universal ‘Awesome and In Control’ program works, the guide enables you to help children to keep calm and in control during everyday tasks including reading, writing and paying attention to others.


Picture Books

· Quiet please, Owen McPhee! / Trudy Ludwig; illustrated by Patrice Barton.

PZ7.L9763 Qt 2018

Owen McPhee doesn’t just like to talk, he LOVES to talk. He spends every waking minute chattering away at his teachers, his classmates, his parents, his dog, and even himself.

But all that talking can get in the way of listening.

And when Owen wakes up with a bad case of laryngitis, it gives him a much-needed opportunity to hear what others have to say.

· We are all dots: a big plan for a better world / Giancarlo Macri, Carolina Zanotti.

PZ7.1.M25874 We 2018

The perfect book for any child curious about differences and diversity, this visually driven story bears a decidedly modern and inspiring message about compassion, cooperation, and a sense of shared humanity—all qualities that appear increasingly rare in recent months. With simple black-and-white drawings—little more than black and white dots and the images (of a hamburger, of a skyscraper, of a Ferris wheel, etc.) they make when arranged just so—this fantastic tale of neighbors tells a story of a world, much like our own, of haves and have-nots.

Beginning with a set of prosperous dots on one page and another set of impoverished dots on the other, the book takes us through their struggle to bridge their differences. Just when it looks look like the dots will be forever doomed, they work together to find a solution that will help them all. Great things happen when we learn to share and work together.

· I walk with Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness / by Kerascoët.

PZ7.1.K5093 Iw 2018

This simple yet powerful picture book–from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team–tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events,  I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help.

By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without having to say a word. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

· Sometimes you fly / by Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.

PZ7.A644 Sm 2018

This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation.

A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail . . . sometimes you fly.””

· Everybody’s different on everybody street / words by Sheree Fitch; art by Emma FitzGerald.

PZ8.3.F587 Ev 2018

If ever you go travelling
On EveryBody Street
You’ll see EveryBody’s Different
Than EveryOne you meet

Sheree Fitch’s playful words lead you into this beautiful children’s book and invite you to celebrate our gifts, our weaknesses, our differences, and our sameness. Fitch displays her wit and mastery of words in quick, rollicking rhymes that are complemented by Emma Fitzgerald’s lively illustrations. EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street was originally produced in 2001 as a fundraiser to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees in support of the Nova Scotia Hospital and to raise awareness for mental illness and addiction.


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