The latest UBC Education Library Collection Spotlight highlights both Halloween picture books that can be found at our branch as well as reintroducing the popular Mythical Creatures Digital Colouring book from the “Colour Our Collections” section of the UBC Library website.

From the colouring book:

“Strong in early zoology texts, the collection includes Polish naturalist and physician Jan Jonston’s richly illustrated seventeenth-century texts on animals.”

This particular colouring book was originally released in February 2019 but it pairs well with this year’s Halloween online display.

Please click on the title or book cover to take you to the record in the UBC Library catalogue.

Halloween Picture Books:

The Scarecrow / written by Beth Ferry; illustrated by the Fan Brothers
“All the animals know not to mess with old Scarecrow. But when a small, scared crow falls from midair, Scarecrow does the strangest thing. He saves the tiny baby crow. Soon a loving bond grows between the two unlikely friends. But is it strong enough to weather the changing of the seasons?”


That one spooky night / written by Dan Bar-el; illustrated by David
Huyck. (2012)
“Three strange tales filled with shivery fun occur on a dark, spooky night and include the stories of a broom that goes in search of a witch, mermaids who swim in a bathtub and a house party that turns unexpectedly batty.”


Yo ho ho, Halloween! / by Pam Muñoz Ryan; illustrated by Edwin
Fotheringham. (2016)
“Halloween is coming! This year, Tony Baloney wants to stand out in the crowd at the school Halloween parade. But can he keep his costume intact until the day of the parade?”


Leah’s mustache party / by Nadia Mike; illustrated by Charlene Chua.
“At Leah’s moustache party, everyone gets in on the dress-up fun, even Grandma!”


This is the house that monsters built / by Steve Metzger; illustrated by
Jared Lee. (2016)
“Using the building verse of the original nursery rhyme, a mummy, a skeleton, a zombie, and other monsters create a house.”


Black and bittern was night / [text by] Robert Heidbreder ; [illustrations
by] John Martz. (2013)
“When skeletons take over a small town, the grown-ups call off trick-or-treating, but the kids in town vow to save the day.”

Duck, duck, dinosaur: perfect pumpkin / written by Kallie George ;
illustrated by Oriol Vidal. (2017)
“Duck-and-dino siblings Feather, Flap, and Spike visit the pumpkin patch together to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate for Halloween.”


Trick-or-treat, smell my feet! / Lisa Desimini. (2005)
“When twin witches Delia and Ophelia cook up a mischievous spell for Halloween, a mysterious ingredient causes the potion to backfire.”


The walking bathroom / words by Shauntay Grant; art by Erin Bennett
Banks (2017)
“It’s Halloween and Amayah doesn’t have a costume to wear to school. She dressed as a ghost for the last three years in a row, witches are overdone, and fairies are not her style. She wants to be something different, something creative, something no one else in the world has ever been in the history of Halloween.”


The ghosts go spooking / Chrissy Bozik; illustrated by Patricia
Storms. (2015)
“Little ghosts go trick-or-treating by ones, twos, and up to ten in this spooky and fun-filled take on “The Ants Go Marching.”


Jazlyn J & a screen of a Halloween / written by Renná Bruce ;
illustrations by Janet Shultis; illustration colouring and page design by
Kevin Strang & Whitney Strang. (2014)
“Jazlyn J and her friends through their Halloween was ruined. They had no idea it would turn out to be one they would never forget!”


Me and my dragon: scared of Halloween / David Biedrzycki. (2013)
“A boy tries to find the perfect Halloween costume for his pet dragon, so they can go trick-or-treating together.”


The graveyard hounds / by Vi Hughes; illustrations by Christina Leist.
“When the dogs in town lose their barks, Mike and Annie set out to solve the mystery.”


Boo! / by Robert Munsch; illustrated by Michael Martchenko. (2004)
“It’s Halloween, and Lance decides to paint his face to make it the scariest ever. He makes his face so scary that when the adults answer the door they fall over in fright!”


One terrible Halloween / Mary Labatt. (2002)
“Sam: Dog Detective is bored. There are no ghosts in her house, no monsters, no mysteries! Luckily, Halloween is only a week away; soon Woodford will be crawling with vampires, goblins, mutants and witches.”

The current Collection Spotlight highlights books about Thanksgiving and themes referencing gratitude. Please click on the title or book cover to take you to the record in the UBC Library catalogue.  Our Seasons and Celebrations booklist can be accessed for a list of selected teacher resources, picture books, and non-fiction related to different community celebrations throughout the year.

If you’re thankful and you know it / Chrissy Bozik; illustrated by Patricia Storms.
This Thanksgiving celebration is versioned on “If you’re happy and you know it.” Here, families, neighbours and friends gather to give thanks for everything the season has to offer: from changing leaves to turkey and pies; from a hockey game to a cozy sweater. And most of all, for the warm memories of time spent together with loved ones. A perfect reminder any time of the year of the things that are important, and to stop and be grateful.

Step forward with gratitude / Shannon Welbourn.
This helpful book provides ideas, practical tips, and inspiring stories about how you can make expressing gratitude a regular habit. Discover how showing your appreciation and returning kindness to others is a rewarding experience that will enrich your life

There, there / written by Tim Beiser; illustrated by Bill Slavin.
It’s raining, and Rabbit whines, he complains, he moans, he grumps … until Bear has had enough! He decides it’s time for Rabbit to learn to appreciate what he has. Using nothing but the lowly common earthworm as an example, he teaches Rabbit a lesson about taking things for granted.

Lighting our world: a year of celebrations / written by Catherine Rondina; illustrated by Jacqui Oakley.
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.

Willa and the bear / by Philomena O’Neill.
A touching tale about a girl, her lost doll, and a bear who brings them back together.

The Thank You Book / by Mo Willems
In The Thank You Book, Piggie wants to thank EVERYONE. But Gerald is worried Piggie will forget someone . . . someone important.

Hello, harvest moon / by Ralph Fletcher; illustrated by Kate Kiesler.
Poetic prose describes a full autumn moon and the magical effect it has on the earth, plants, animals, and people around it.

The autumn equinox: celebrating the harvest / Ellen Jackson; illustrated by Jan Davey Ellis.
Discusses the significance of some of the harvest festivals around the world and describes how they are celebrated.

We are all dots: a big plan for a better world / Giancarlo Macri, Carolina Zanotti.
When a set of prosperous dots on one page and another set of impoverished dots on the other meet, readers are taken through their struggle to bridge their differences.

The wish tree / words by Kyo Maclear; pictures by Chris Turnham.
In winter Charles and his trusty toboggan set out to find the wish tree, and along the way, he helps to make the wishes of his friends Squirrel, Fox, and Beaver come true.

Harvest days: celebrating fall with rhymes, songs, projects, games, and snacks /written and compiled by Durby Peterson; illustrated by Marion Hopping Ekberg.

Grateful / story by Marion Mutala; illustrations by E.R.
A little girl and her mother share a conversation over many years, as the child complains about the injustices of her young life, and the mother reminds her not to lament what she doesn’t have, but to cherish what she does.

The secret of saying thanks / Douglas Wood; illustrated by Greg Shed
While learning the secret to a good life, a child says thank you for the natural world and for being loved, because a grateful heart is always happy.

Orange Shirt Day is September 30. Below you will find resources that may be requested from UBC Education Library. X̱wi7x̱wa Library’s “Indian Residential School System in Canada” research guide also includes materials that address the reality of the Indian Residential Schools. Many contain additional resources for teaching or encouraging discussion at home.


The orange shirt story / author, Phyllis
Webstad; illustrations, Brock Nicol.


I am not a number / written by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy
Kacer; illustrated by Gillian Newland.


Stolen words / written by Melanie
Florence; illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard.


When we were alone / David Alexander
Robertson; Julie Flett.


shietko / Nicola I. Campbell; pictures by Kim La Fave.


Shin-chi’s canoe
, written by Nicola I. Campbell, illustrated by Kim LaFave


legs: a true story / Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton; artwork by Liz Amini-Holmes.


You hold me up / Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel.




Speaking our
truth: a journey of reconciliation / Monique Gray Smith.

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.

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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


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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