Our current book display is New Year Wellness, located in the library entrance. Are you worried about the upcoming semester, or feel dread about 2018? In the Education Library you can find books on mindfulness, mental health, yoga, meditation, and other topics related to wellness for both teacher and student. Here is a small sampling of the books we have showcased:

Books for Young Children

What do you do when you’re having a bad day? Meditation is an Open Sky tells kids that you simply need to find a quiet place, sit down, and meditate. This picture book describes meditation in a simple way so that kids of any age can learn how to feel calm when they’re scared, angry, or anxious, as well as how to spread kindness to others.

In The Sound of Silence, young Yoshio seeks to find quiet amidst the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. This
book teaches children to seek peace and calmness amidst silence. This book also introduces the concept of Japanese ma.

I Am Yoga by Susan Verde engages children’s imaginations through colourful illustrations and prose about the transformative power of yoga. Through yoga and using her imagination, a young girl transforms into a soaring eagle, a star twinkling in the night sky, a camel crossing the desert, or a boat rocking in the sea. Yoga and its healing elements is described simply so that children of all ages can understand.

Often while we lie in bed at the end of a long day, our mind races with thoughts that keep us awake. In Camelea Like a Seagull, the young girl Camelea finds that she is too excited to sleep. She replays the day’s events in her head to calm her down and fall asleep peacefully.

Books for Teens and Older Children

Each line in the autobiographical poetry book Brown Girl Dreaming acts as a glimpse into the hopeful young mind of author Jaqueline Woodson’s childhood. Woodson grew up in the racially discriminate south during 1960s. Despite the racism she frequently experiences in South Carolina, Woodson remains optimistic about the future and describes finding her literary voice and place in this world. Brown Girl Dreaming is a hopeful, lyrical, and emotionally charged read.

My Kind of Sad is a book for teens about how to deal with adolescent depression. The book speaks to teens directly rather than to their parents. Topics include reactive depression vs. clinical depression, anxiety, mental disorders, disordered eating, self-mutilation, and suicide. Along with constructive guidance from professionals and stats from the latest studies, the book shares thoughts and feelings from teens who have experienced different forms of depression.

Being a teenager can be stressful enough, but when you have ADHD sometimes life can seem overwhelming. In Mindfulness for Teens with ADHD, a clinical social worker offers advice based in neuroscience and mindfulness for teens who have troubles focusing. Skills taught include making good choices, completing tasks, increasing academic success, excelling at sports, driving safely, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and more.

Strike a Pose demystifies yoga for tweens and teens in a fresh way and steers clear of the fluff. The anatomically articulated illustrations clearly depict basic and more advanced poses, while the stay-open ring binding is perfect for hands-free posing. Girls can also pump up their practice with tips on mastering yogic flows, breathing exercises, meditation, mantras and more.

Guides for Teachers

Dancing in the Rain is intended as a guide for education leaders who are struggling with the difficult feelings (inadequacy, frustration, burnout) that surface as a result of their roles and responsibilities. It draws on mindfulness practice and Buddhist-influenced psychology to create a step-by-step process for dealing with difficult emotions. Every day, education leaders find themselves swamped in a maelstrom of pressures that add to the complex challenges of educating all students to a high level. With humor and compassion, Dancing in the Rain shows educators how to lead lives of consequence and purpose in the face of life’s inescapable downpours.

In How to Develop Growth Mindsets in the Classroom, bestselling author Mike Gershon presents you with everything you need to develop growth mindsets in your classroom. Calling on a wealth of teaching and training experience, Mike sets out the different areas of pedagogy you need to focus on, then gives you the practical strategies you can use to make change happen. With more than 200 exemplar questions and over sixty strategies, activities and techniques, this book is your go to guide for establishing, cultivating and sustaining growth mindsets in the students you teach. It’s the starting point for your growth mindsets journey.

You must embody mindfulness in order to teach it. The Mindfulness Teaching Guide offers a thorough and practical guide for mindfulness teachers and professionals, offering a systematic approach to developing the teaching methods, skills, and competencies needed to become a proficient mindfulness teacher. In this guide, you’ll learn the three essential skills of being an effective mindfulness teacher: how to guide mindfulness practice, how to explore mindful inquiry, and how to give didactic presentations. Along with teaching underlying theory, this book also offers practical options, suggestions, examples, and even reminder lists so you can swiftly put what you learn to use. The approach in this book is descriptive instead of prescriptive, offering options instead of instructions to help you develop your own style of teaching.

Teacher Resources

Health for Life Volume 1 and Volume 2 are teaching resources intended for grades 7-8 but are applicable to younger or older children. Topics include stress management, battling depression, relationships, living a healthy and balanced life, and developing plans.

Canadian Health Activities Grades 1-3 and Grades 4-6 are activity books for school-aged children. Topics include healthy habits, nutrition and physical exercise, conflict resolution, personal safety, and assessment strategies.

Also worth checking out are our bibliographies on Mindfulness and Health/Food.

UBC Education Library is preparing for a renovation to the public area surrounding the Circulation Desk on level 1. The planned space improvements include new furniture, a significant increase in seating capacity of 25 additional seats, upgrades to the Wi-Fi system, and 6 new public computers.

On April 1st, the public entrance and circulation services will be temporarily relocated down the hall to the back lab. The renovation begins on April 7th with completion anticipated for the end of June.   There will be noise and construction until the summer completion date.

Some services will be reduced and the branch will be closed weekends during this time but will remain open as usual Monday to Friday.


UBC Education is getting a


A new year and a new display at Education Library!
nowshowingPlease feel free to visit us and browse through our display near the circulation desk. These are staff picked educational films -the best of the best!  There are some hard to find titles included: http://guides.library.ubc.ca/friendly.php?s=educationdvds  This DVD display will be updated and refreshed daily.  See you at the movies!

booksUBC Faculty of Education and Education Library are hosting a book drive to help out the non-profit organization Books for Me!

For many families, buying children’s books just isn’t possible.  Books for Me! provides children from these families an opportunity to build a personal library and experience the excitement of book ownership.  The program comes to life as children choose their own book to take home and keep.

Please consider dropping off gently used children’s books in the plastic bin at the South West Entrance in the Scarfe Building just outside the library.

Since October 2011 Books for Me!’s volunteers have helped children and families choose over 22,000 books.  With your help
we would like to reach even more.

For more information about Books for Me! check out www.booksformevancouver.org

photo(28)A new month is just around the corner and that means a new display is up at Education library!  “Fairy Tales: Grow Your Imagination” showcases just a few of the many fairy tales and fairy tale themed books we have here at this branch.

Please feel free to browse our Fairy Tale Guide:

Fairy Tales / Myths / Nursery Rhymes: Alternate Versions Bibliography

photo(23)We’ve put up a great collection of books over here at the Education Library that we feel capture the idea of celebrating diversity.  From books that have main characters of different backgrounds to picture books showcasing what it’s like to grow up in different cultures to kids’ books that embrace loving who you are and those around you –we have a great selection to browse!

Coincidentally, this display coincides with the launching of the #WeNeedDiverseDooks campaign on Twitter, Tumblr and the Internet-at-large.

Read more about this much needed campaign, which has gone viral almost overnight, in this Salon article.

Happy reading!

citizenAfter a successful Black History Month display for February, Education Library has prepared a display of teachers’ citizenship resources for the month of March.  Titles range from books on civics, politics, parliament, rights and laws, as well as take-home bookmarks, pamphlets and handouts to use in the classroom. 

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