Book of the Month by Kat Thomson

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School Days Around the World

By Margriet Ruurs
Published by Kids Can Press
ISBN #978-1-77138-047-8

A quote by Malala Yousafzai frame this book in a wonderful way.

"I don't mind if I have to sit on the floor at school.  All I want is an education."

Margriet Ruurs provides an overview of schools around the world that we don't always read about like the First Nations school in Alberta, Canada where students learn traditional Cree and eat bannock for lunch.  Days of students in Honduras, the Cook Islands and Venezuela are also featured along with nine other countries.  Illustrations by Alice Feagan are very inviting and give another snapshot of life in the featured school.  This book was used at Tecumseh Elementary in Vancouver on December 10th, the day the United Nations Declaration of Rights and Freedoms was signed in 1948. to explored the right of all children to attend school.


A List of Information Books to Check out Over the Summer!

Ages 5-8

In the Bag! Margaret Knight Wraps it Up by Monica Kulling, illustrated by David Parkins

The Little Yellow Bottle by Angele Delaunois

Look at that Building! A First Book of Structures by Scot Ritchie

Loon by Susan Vande Griek, illustrated by Karen Reczuch

A Walk on the Tundra by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler, illustrated by Qin Leng

Watch Me Grow! A Down-to-Earth Look at Growing Food in the City by Deborah Hodge, illustrated with photographs by Brian Harris

Where Wild Horses Run by Georgia Graham


Ages 9 - 15    

57 Poisonous Questions: A Book with Bite by Tanya Lloyd Kyi, illustrated by Ross Kinnaird

Africans Thought of It: Amazing Innovations by Bathseba Opini, illustrated by Richard B. Lee

Beyond Bullets: A Photo Journal of Afghanistan by Rafal Gerszak with Dawn Hunter

Biomimicry by Dora Lee, illustrated by Margot Thompson

Case Files: 40 Murders and Mysteries Solved by Science by Larry Verstraete

Faye the Freedom Fighter by Sharon Jennings

Five Thousand Years of Slavery by Marjorie Gann and Janet Willen

From Then to Now: A Short History of the World by Christopher Moore, illustrated by Andrej Krystoforski

Hold the Oxo! A Teenage Soldier Writes Home by Marion Fargey Brooker

Hyena in Petticoats: The Story of Suffragette Nellie McClung by Willow Dawson

Kamakwie: Finding Peace, Love, and Injustice in Sierra Leone by Kathleen Martin

Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

Maple Leaf in Space: Canada's Astronauts by John Melady

No Shelter Here: Making the World a Kinder Place for Dogs by Rob Laidlaw

Nowhere Else on Earth: Standing Tall for the Great Bear Rainforest by Caitlyn Vernon

Off to Class: Incredible and Unusual Schools Around the World by Susan Hughes

Sable Island: The Wandering Sandbar by Wendy Kitts

Scribbling Women: True Tales from Astonishing Lives by Martha Jocelyn

Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson

Space Tourism by Peter McMahon

Spy, Spy Again: True Tales of Failed Espionage by Tina Holdcroft

A Stranger at Home by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

Strutting It! The Grit Behind the Glamour by Jeanne Beker

This Child, Every Child: A Book About the World's Children by David J. Smith

To Hope and Back: The Journey to St. Louis by Kathy Kacer

Totally Human: Why We Look and Act the Way We Do by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson


                        For more information on these books, which are on the preliminary list for the Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada 2012 Information Book Award, please see:


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