Science Literacy Week (September 16-22, 2019) is an annual celebration of science in Canada, in which libraries, universities, museums and other partners offer events and displays to highlight research and learning at our institutions.

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An educator’s guide to STEAM: engaging students using real-world problems / Cassie F. Quigley, Danielle Herro

LB1585 .Q54 2019

The children you teach: using a developmental framework in the classroom / Susan Engel.

LB1115 .E495 2018


Inspiring writing in primary schools / Liz Chamberlain

LB1576 .C41825 2019

Modelling exciting writing: a guide for primary teaching / Adam Bushnell, Rob Smith, David Waugh.

LB1576 .B953 2019


The Education Library collection includes resources that support a number of activities, including educational research and teaching–both in the Faculty of Education and in K-12 schools. On our shelves, you will find picture books and curriculum items alongside scholarly works. Our hope is that you approach and evaluate all materials in our collection, and those you encounter in other libraries and classrooms, with a critically literate disposition.


What is Critical Literacy?

McNicol (2016) describes critical literacy in the following way: “critical literacy is concerned with the social and cultural contexts in which texts (including not simply written texts, but digital texts, multimedia, visual materials and so forth) are both created and read….The approach taken in critical literacy is not to read texts in isolation, but to develop an understanding of the cultural, ideological and sociolinguistic contexts in which they are created and read” (p. xi). Critical literacy requires us to go beyond what we read on the page to consider the larger narrative in which a text is situated, asking questions about who created a text and why.

Watch educator Dr. Allen Luke further discuss critical literacy, and the role of teaching in developing a critically literate approach to texts, in the following video:

The Learning Exchange. (2018). Allen Luke: Critical literacy.
Retrieved from
Note that closed captions are available.


Indigenous Materials in the Education Library

The texts by and about Indigenous peoples in the Library collection have been added to our shelves (both physical and virtual) over the course of decades and, together, offer multiple representations of Indigenous peoples. In some cases, those representations are inauthentic, problematic, and inaccurate. Those materials remain in the collection to support current and future research but may be unsuitable for use in K-12 schools, at least without properly contextualizing and carefully considering the purpose behind their use. We encourage teacher candidates to apply a critically literate approach to selecting materials from the Library to support their teaching about Indigenous peoples, perspectives, and principles of learning, seeking authenticity in the texts they choose.

According to the First Nations Education Steering Committee (2016), authentic texts are “historical or contemporary texts that:

  • present authentic First Peoples voices (i.e., are created by First Peoples or through the substantial contributions of First Peoples);
  • depict themes and issues that are important within First Peoples cultures…;
  • incorporate First Peoples story-telling techniques and features as applicable….” (“What are Authentic First Peoples Texts?”)

To get a sense of the varying representations of Indigenous peoples found in our collection, have a look at some of the problematic titles we’ve pulled for the display. Then, compare them with the authentic alternatives. What differences do you see?



McNicol, S. (2016). Critical literacy for information professionals. Retrieved from

The Learning Exchange. (2018). Allen Luke: Critical literacy. Retrieved from

First Nations Education Steering Committee. (2016). Authentic First Peoples resources k-9. Retrieved from

Our new major book display is up just in time for the start of the new academic year!  The theme is “how do library services and resources support the development of multiple literacies?”
Browse this display on the main level of the library just outside the Young Learners Library.

The display is designed to complement the Unlock Library Literacy workshops that each teacher education student will participate in as part of LLED 350 or LLED 360 during September. Students will actively explore a selection of library resources and get to know the Education Library at the same time. Exploration stations are focused on themes of Indigenous perspectives and critical literacy, differentiated reading materials, leisure reading, coding and computational thinking resources, and “making” stories through unplugged STEAM activities.

The following essential questions are our guides for exploration: 

What role does the library play in literacy education? How do library services and resources support the development of multiple literacies?

The Unlock Library Literacy workshops model a gamified approach to learning design. Research indicates that gamification of education can improve learning outcomes, engagement and motivation, self-efficacy, and knowledge retention (Rabah, Cassidy, & Beauchemin, 2018). During the workshops, students will receive a series of numbers after completing each station, which can be used to unlock a box and get a surprise.


Rabah, J., Cassidy, R., & Beauchemin, R. (2018, November). Gamification in Education: Real Benefits or Edutainment?. In European Conference on e-Learning (pp. 489-XIX). Academic Conferences International Limited.

UBC Education Library is pleased to announce a new series of themed booklists on topics related to teaching, learning, and children’s literature. The UBC Education Library Booklists offer an entry point to the collection by highlighting suggested books on a variety of topics. Each list features titles about current and historical topics in education, pedagogy, and the BC K-12 curriculum.

Depending on the theme, you will see a list of suggested teaching resources in print or electronic format, picture books, and information books. Topic-specific keyword suggestions accompany each list to help find more titles on the topic in the collection. All books featured on the UBC Education Library Booklists are available at the Education Library, either in print or online.

The booklists are a work in progress. New lists will be released roughly twice per week throughout the year. Check them out today and let us know what you think! And, follow @ubcedlib on Twitter to keep up to date on new booklists as they are available.

UBC Education Library Booklist handouts are available in print at the Service Desk for quick reference.

These lists are also available as a PDF handout if you’re looking for a quick list of books as a jumping-off point on a certain topic.  You can find these print copies at the UBC Education Library Service Desk.

Thanks to Jennifer Abel, Wendy Traas, Emily Fornwald, Carmen Marchal and Elena P. for all their hard work creating these lists and handouts.

Hello new patrons! Welcome to UBC Education Library!

Visit our Collection Spotlight located in the main breezeway area of our branch.  This spotlight changes twice a month, and sometimes more!  Here you’ll find an assortment of books that will highlight a theme, a holiday, or a subject in our collection, displayed in a way that makes it easy for you to view and browse.

Feel free to borrow any book you see on these shelves as we “restock” this area daily!

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New kid / Jerry Craft; with colour by Jim Callahan.
PZ7.7.C733 Nw 2019 at EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks



Anne Frank’s diary: the graphic adaptation / Anne Frank; adapted by Ari Folman; illustrations by David Polonsky.
DS135.N6 F731865 2018
at KOERNER LIBRARY Great Reads (Floor 3)

Shigeru Mizuki’s Kitaro. The Great Tanuki War / Shigeru Mizuki; translated by Zack Davisson.
PN6790.J33 M59913416 2017 at OKANAGAN LIBRARY stacks

Simone: the best monster ever! / written and illustrated by Remy Simard; translated by Karen Li.
PZ7.7.S552 Sm 2017  at EDUCATION LIBRARY Canadian Children’s Book Centre


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A class by themselves? : the origins of special education in Toronto and beyond / Jason Ellis.
LC3965 .E45 2019 at EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks


Nature-based learning for young children: anytime, anywhere, on any budget / Julie Powers, Sheila Williams Ridge.
LB1139.5.S35 P68 2019 at EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks


The orchid and the dandelion : why some children struggle and how all can thrive / W. Thomas Boyce, MD.
HQ755.8 .B694 2019 at EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks

Preparing teachers for deeper learning / Linda Darling-Hammond, Jeannie Oakes.
LB1715 .D344 2019 at EDUCATION LIBRARY stacks


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The squirrels’ busy year / Martin Jenkins ; illustrated by Richard Jones.

Call Number: QB637.4 .J46 2018


Mary wears what she wants / Keith Negley.

Call Number: PZ7.1 .N393 Mr 2019



New kid / Jerry Craft ; with color by Jim Callahan.

Call Number: PZ7.7 .C733 Nw 2019



Caterpillar and Bean / Martin Jenkins ; illustrated by Hannah Tolson.

Call Number: QL544.2 J46 2019


Fox explores the night / Martin Jenkins ; illustrated by Richard Smythe.

Call Number: QC372 .J45 2018


Una Huna?: what is this? / by Susan Aglukark ; illustrated by Amanda Sandland and Danny            Christopher.

Call Number: PZ7.1 .A326 Un 2018


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Teaching fairy tales / edited by Nancy L. Canepa.

Call Number: GR550 .T43 2019


Five pillars of the mind: redesigning education to suit the brain / Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa.

Call Number: LB1062 .T685 2019

Critical race theory in teacher education: informing classroom culture and practice / edited by Keonghee Tao Han, Judson Laughter ; foreword by Tyrone C. Howard.

Call Number: LB1715 .C733 2019





Parkland speaks: survivors from Marjory Stoneman Douglas share their stories / edited by MSD teacher Sarah Lerner.

Call Number: LB3013.33 .F6 P37 2019





Teaching life skills in the school library: career, finance, and civic engagement in a changing world / Blanche Woolls and Connie Hamner Williams.

Call Number: Z675 .S3 W875 2019





The school garden curriculum: and integrated K-8 guide for discovering science, ecology and whole-systems thinking / Kaci Tae Christopher.

Call Number: GE77 .C57 2019





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