Summer can be a time for rest, but for teachers, it’s also a perfect opportunity for reflection and professional development.

For those looking to digest new information and plan for the coming school year, the following eBooks are all accessible from the comfort of your home:

Harris, B. (2011). Battling boredom: 99 strategies to spark student engagement.


Sharples, & Mike. (2019). Practical pedagogy: 40 new ways to teach and learn (1st ed.).


Whitaker, T. (2020). What great teachers do differently: Nineteen things that matter most.


Mindes, G. (2020). Contemporary challenges in teaching young children: Meeting the needs of all students.


Volz, Austin, Higdon, Julia, Lidwell, & William. (2019). The elements of education for teachers: 50 research-based principles every educator should know (1st ed.).


Melser, N. A. (2019). Teaching soft skills in a hard world: Skills for beginning teachers.


Mansfield, J. (2019). Pedagogical equilibrium: The development of teachers professional knowledge (First ed.).


Agarwal, P. K., Bain, P. M., & Wiley (2019). Powerful Teaching: Unleash the science of learning (First ed.).


Hicks, T., Hyler, J., & Pangle, W. (2020). Ask, explore, write: An inquiry-driven approach to science and literacy learning (1st ed.).


Krebs, D., Zvi, G., & Taylor & Francis  (2020). The genius hour guidebook: Fostering passion, wonder, and inquiry in the classroom (Second ed.).

Subject headings: Effective teaching

X̱wi7x̱wa Library and Education Library are pleased to present a virtual display of over 50 electronic picture books, graphic novels, fiction, non-fiction and biographies featuring Indigenous themes and authorship.

These Indigenous children’s literature titles were carefully compiled by the employees of X̱wi7x̱wa Library and are all available online at UBC Library.

Please click on the book cover or the title and then “Full Text Online” to access these eBooks.


7 Générations: Pierre (Volume 1, French Edition) by David A. Robertson (2013)
Graphic novel


7 Générations: Cicatrices (Volume 2, French Edition) by David A. Robertson (2013)
Graphic novel


A blanket of butterflies by Richard Van Camp  (2015)
Graphic novel


Catching spring by Sylvia Olsen (2004)
Juvenile fiction


Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers  (2014)
Picture book


Comment la rivière Petitcodiac devint boueuse / Ta’n Tel-kisi-siskuapua’qsepp Petikodiac Sipu / How the Petitcodiac River became Muddy (French, Mi’kmaq and English) by Marguerite Maillet (2011)
Illustrated folklore


Death by dinosaur: A Sam Stellar mystery by Jacqueline Guest (2018)
Juvenile fiction


A different game by Sylvia Olsen (2010)
Juvenile fiction


Ends/begins by David A. Robertson (2010)
Graphic novel


The evolution of Alice by David A. Robertson (2014)
Juvenile fiction


Fatty legs: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton (2010)
Juvenile non-fiction


Ghost river by Tony Birch (2015)
Juvenile fiction


Ghosts by David A. Robertson (2019)
Juvenile fiction


The grizzly mother by Brett D. Huson (2019)
Picture book


Halfbreed by Maria Campbell (1982)


He who dreams by Melanie Florence (2017)
Juvenile fiction


Him standing by Richard Wagamese (2013)
Juvenile fiction


How things came to be: Inuit stories of creation by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley (2015)
Illustrated folklore


Kiss by kiss: Ocêtôwina: a counting book for families (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


Le roi de glace: Mkumiey eleke’wit = The ice king (French, Mi’kmaq and English) by Corine Gallant (2012)
Illustrated folklore


Little you: Kitapisîsisin (Bush Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


Little you: Anetséleh (South Slavey and English) by Richard Van Camp (2013)
Picture book


Little you: Nën Nechíle (Chipewyan and English) by Richard Van Camp (2013)
Picture book


Little you: Kîya-K’apisîsisîyân (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


May we have enough to share by Richard Van Camp (2019)
Picture book


Middle row by Sylvia Olsen, Sylvia (2008)
Juvenile fiction


Molly’s promise by Sylvia Olsen (2013)
Juvenile fiction


Monsters by David A. Robertson (2018)
Juvenile fiction


Murphy and Mousetrap by Sylvia Olsen (2005)
Juvenile fiction


My heart fills with happiness by Monique Gray Smith (2016)
Picture book


My heart fills with happiness / ni Mîyawâten Niteh Ohcih (Plains Cree Edition) by Monique Gray Smith (2018)
Picture book


Native American games and stories by James Bruchac (2000)
Juvenile non-fiction


The next sure thing by Richard Wagamese (2011)


Nimoshom and his bus by Penny Thomas (2017)
Picture book


Not my girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton (2014)
Picture book


Pemmican wars (Vol 1: A girl called Echo) by Katherena Vermette (2017)
Graphic novel


The poet: Pauline Johnson by David A. Robertson (2014)
Graphic novel


Powwow counting in Cree by Penny Thomas (2013) **Coming Soon**
Picture book


The raven and the loon by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (2014)
Picture book


The raven and the loon: Inuktitut language version (by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (2013)
Picture book


Raven brings the light: A Northwest Coast legend by Roy Henry Vickers (2013)
Picture book


The rebel: Gabriel Dumont by David A. Robertson (2014)
Graphic novel


Scars by David A. Robertson (2010)
Graphic novel


Soapstone porcupine by Jeff Pinkney (2018)
Juvenile fiction


Sous la lune de corbeau (French) by David Bouchard (2016)
Picture book


Speaking our truth: a journey of reconciliation by Monique Gray Smith (2017)


A stranger at home: a true story by Christy Jordan-Fenton (2011)


Strangers by David A. Robertson, David (2017)
Juvenile fiction


Sugar Falls: a Residential School Story by Robertson, David Alexander (2012)
Graphic novel


The pact by David A. Robertson (2011)
Graphic novel


Three feathers by Richard Van Camp (2015)
Graphic novel


The way of thorn and thunder: the Kynship chronicles by Daniel Heath Justice (2011)


We sang you home by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


We sang you home: Ka kîweh nikâmôstamâtinân (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


Welcome song for baby: a lullaby for newborns by Richard Van Camp, Richard (2007)
Picture book


Welcome song for baby / ni Nikamon ‘Tawâw Nipepîmis’ (Plains Cree and English) by Richard Van Camp (2018)
Picture book


What the Elders Have Taught Us: Alaska Native Ways – Photography by Roy Corral. (2013)


Yellow line by Sylvia Olsen (2005)
Juvenile fiction


You hold me up by Monique Gray Smith (2017)
Picture book


You hold me up /Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna (Plains Cree and English) by Monique Gray Smith (2018)
Picture book


A selection of picturebook e-resources available online from UBC Library related to Mental Health:

Happy and Sad written by Madhav Chavan; illustrated by Rijuta Ghate.

This book helps children to learn about feeling happy and sad through questions and answers by promoting emotional literacy.

You Hold Me Up By Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel

“This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions.”

My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith; illustrations by Julie Flett.

“This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.”        


Due to the quickly evolving situation with COVID-19, UBC Library branches across the Vancouver and Okanagan campuses will remain closed until further notice. The library continues to provide access to electronic resources and librarian support for research, teaching and learning.

Research help is available from UBC Education Library via email or remote consultation.

Looking for a book or article? Want to book a Zoom research session? Have a question about citations?

Please reach out to for assistance.

For continued library service updates, please visit:

Resources for parents, teachers, caregivers, or any poetry lovers looking for fun ways to create poetry at home.

Blackout Poetry

Blackout Poetry Maker

Magnetic Poetry Word List

New York Times: Searching for Poetry in Prose (requires log-in)

Upper Canada District School Board LibGuide on Poetry

Poem in Your Pocket Day
On Thursday, April 30, 2020, celebrate the 4th annual Poem in Your Pocket Day across Canada. The day encourages people to select a poem, carry it with them, and share it with others throughout the day. Find out more at


Ebooks available from UBC Library

How to teach poetry writing: workshops for ages 5-9
by Michaela Morgan.
“Now in a fully revised third edition, How to Teach Poetry Writing: Workshops for Ages 5–9 is a practical, activity-based resource of poetry writing workshops. Each workshop provides enjoyable activities for pupils, aimed at building enjoyment and understanding of what poetry is and how to write it”

Poetry goes to school: from Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein
by Barton, Bob; Booth, David W.
“A must-have for teachers who want to engage students in reading and writing, and fill their classrooms with poetry.”

Little You / Kîya-K’apisîsisîyân
by Van Camp, Richard

Sweetest Kulu
by Kalluk, Celina; Neonakis, Alexandria

All Day I dream about sirens
by Domenica Martinello.
“From Homer to Starbucks, a look at sirens and mermaids and feminism and consumerism. What started as a small sequence of poems about the Starbucks logo grew to monstrous proportions after the poet fell under a siren spell herself.”

The Hobo’s Crowbar
by Lawson, JonArno; Dempster, Alec
“The latest wacky and wonderful collection of children’s poetry, Governor General’s Award winner JonArno Lawson’s”

Crazy about Hockey!
by Lesynski, Loris; Rasmussen, Gerry.
Collection of poetry about the sport of hockey.

Toes in my nose and other poems
by Sheree Fitch; illustrations by Sydney Smith.


Non-ebook resources
UBC Library Poetry Booklist

The Education Library will be closed until April 30, after which we will assess our ability to reopen.

Librarian help is still available through

107 awesome elementary teaching ideas you can implement tomorrow (2020)
This helpful book is chock full of high-interest, easy-to-use activities for your elementary school classroom.

Research Methods for Social Justice and Equity in Education (2019)
This textbook presents an integrative approach to thinking about research methods for social justice. In today’s education landscape, there is a growing interest in scholar-activism and ways of doing research that advances educational equity.

Is everyone really equal?: an introduction to key concepts in social justice education (2017)
This is the new edition of the award-winning guide to social justice education.
Based on the authors’ extensive experience in a range of settings in the United States and Canada, the book addresses the most common stumbling blocks to understanding social justice. 

Starting inquiry based science in the early years: look, talk, think and do (2016)
Young children are intuitive scientists. This book builds on their inherent curiosity and problem solving as they move forward in their scientific thinking. 

The genius hour guidebook: fostering passion, wonder, and inquiry in the classroom (2020)
Promote your students’ creativity and get them excited about learning! In the second edition of this popular, practical book, authors Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi show you how to implement Genius Hour, a time when students can develop their own inquiry-based projects around their passions and take ownership of their work.

Everyday SEL in Middle School: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom (2016)
In this new book from educational consultant Carla Tantillo Philibert, you’ll gain practical strategies for teaching social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness, and movement to help your middle school students maintain positive relationships, assume responsibility, become bodily aware, and grow into productive, contributing citizens. You’ll find out how to lead students through games, simple yoga poses, breathing techniques, and other activities that are easy to incorporate and help you manage your classroom.

The role of research in teachers’ work: narratives of classroom action research (2018)
In the debate regarding what constitutes teachers’ work, academics and bureaucrats continue to speak for teachers, with teachers’ voices rarely heard and not accorded equal recognition. The Role of Research in Teachers’ Work addresses this imbalance by privileging teachers’ voices as they narrate their experiences of engaging in systematic inquiry. The book embeds the teacher narratives within the scholarly debates about the nature of knowledge and the nature of professional practice.


UBC Education Library has compiled an Electronic Resources booklist with teacher resources, picture books, fiction, and non-fiction books that are available immediately online through the UBC Library catalogue and other resources.

Additionally, the “Open Access Electronic Resources” booklist has a selection of resources, including picture books, non-fiction, audiobooks, documentaries, and more, which are available free of charge to all.

Our “Welcome Spring” Collection Spotlight is up. Picture books featured in this display include topics such as seasons, seasonal changes, life cycle and the water cycle.  Please see our “Curriculum Connections” below, linking these books and the BC Curriculum.

Our new Collection Spotlight is up. Pink Shirt Anti-Bullying Day is February 26, 2020.  The theme this year is ‘Lift Each Other Up.’

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