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Keyword: determination

Keeper of the Light

Barkhouse, Janet (Author)
Cilia, Thérèse (Illustrator)
Formac 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Boats, Canadian history, child labour, children’s rights, determination, female protagonist, independence, lighthouses, navigation, overcoming adversity, responsibility
 
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A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dream

Dempsey, Kristy (Author)
Cooper, Floyd (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: 1950s, African Americans, ballerinas, ballet, dance, determination, inspiration, Janet Collins, overcoming adversity, perseverance, racism
 
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My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey

Cline-Ransome, Lesa (Author)
Ransome, James (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2015. 44 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, community, creativity, dance, determination, inspiration, leaders, overcoming adversity, Robert Battle
 
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Bears Don’t Read!

Clark, Emma Chichester (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, community, determination, fear, friendship, humour, learning to read, reading
 
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Helen Thayer’s Arctic Adventure

Isaacs, Sally (Author)
Sasheva, Iva (Illustrator)
Capstone 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Adventure, Arctic, courage, determination, dogs, expeditions, Helen Thayer, nature, North Pole, overcoming adversity, physical challenges, women
 
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Nadia: The Girl Who Couldn’t Sit Still

Gray, Karlin (Author)
Davenier, Christine (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2015. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Athletes, childhood, competitions, determination, gymnastics, Montréal, Nadia Comaneci, Olympic Games, Romania, self-discovery, sports, talent
 
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Young Frank, Architect

Viva, Frank (Author/Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Architecture, creativity, determination, Frank Lloyd Wright, grandfathers, individuality, intergenerational relationships, Museum of Modern Art (New York), occupations
 
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Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter

Herkert, Barbara (Author)
Swiatkowska, Gabi (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Abilities, artists, determination, gender roles, Impressionism (Art), individuality, Mary Cassatt, overcoming adversity, painting, women
 
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A Salmon for Simon

Waterton, Betty (Author)
Blades, Ann (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Compassion, determination, fish, hunting, Indigenous peoples, perseverance, salmon
 
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Henri’s Scissors

Winter, Jeanette (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Artists, creativity, determination, Henri Matisse, illustrations (acrylic), imagination, overcoming adversity, paper cut-outs
 
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Ruby’s Wish

Bridges, Shirin Yim (Author)
Blackall, Sophie (Illustrator)
Chronicle Books 2002. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: China, Chinese New Year, determination, education, gender equality, grandfathers, hope, resilience
 
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Gretzky’s Game

Leonetti, Mike (Author)
Banning, Greg (Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Determination, dreams, hockey, narrative non-fiction, perseverance, sports, Wayne Gretzky
 
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When the Worst Happens: Extraordinary Stories of Survival

Kyi, Tanya Lloyd (Author)
Parkins, David (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2014. 126 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Adventure, courage, determination, multiple stories, overcoming adversity, survival
 
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Flying Solo: How Ruth Elder Soared Into America’s Heart

Cummins, Julie (Author)
Laugesen, Malene R. (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Air travel, determination, flight, races, Ruth Elder, women
 
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Flight School

Judge, Lita (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Birds, cooperation, determination, flight, humour, penguins, self-esteem, teamwork
 
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Hana Hashimoto, Sixth Violin

Uegaki, Chieri (Author)
Leng, Qin (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Determination, intergenerational relationships, Japan, learning new skills, musical instruments, talent shows, violins
 
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The Green Bicycle

Al Mansour, Haifaa (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 348 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Assertiveness, bicycles, children’s rights, cultures, determination, perseverance, Saudi Arabia, women’s rights
 
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Florence Nightingale

Demi (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2014. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Determination, Florence Nightingale, illustrations (collage), medicine, overcoming adversity, war, women
 
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Soccer Crazy

Tibo, Gilles (Author)
St-Aubin, Bruno (Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Competitions, determination, family life, mischief, soccer, sports, surprise endings
 
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When I Was Eight

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Grimard, Gabrielle (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Abuse, children’s rights, courage, determination, Inuit, learning to read, residential schools
 
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Peg and the Yeti

Oppel, Kenneth (Author)
Reid, Barbara (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2004. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, determination, illustrations (plasticine), mythological creatures, travel
 
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Helen’s Big World: The Life of Helen Keller

Rappaport, Doreen (Author)
Tavares, Matt (Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2012. 44 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Blindness, communication, deafness, determination, Helen Keller, overcoming adversity, resilience
 
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Postcards From Space: The Chris Hadfield Story

Down, Heather (Author)
Wintertickle Press 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Astronauts, Canadians, Chris Hadfield, determination, heroes, illustrations (photographs), outer space
 
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Miss Rumphius

Cooney, Barbara (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1985. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Determination, dreams, intergenerational relationships, quests, role models, travel
 
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The Name of the Tree: A Bantu Tale

Lottridge, Celia Barker (Author)
Wallace, Ian (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2002. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: African folk tales, animals, attributes, boasting, determination, pride, problem-solving
 
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Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Jeffrey, Gary (Author)
Gareth Stevens 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: African Americans, Black history, civil rights, determination, freedom, graphic novels, peaceful protests, Rosa Parks, social justice
 
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Roll On: Rick Hansen Wheels Around the World

Manson, Ainslie (Author)
Lightburn, Rob (Illustrator)
Greystone Books 2012. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Courage, determination, heroes, making a difference, overcoming adversity, physical challenges, physical disabilities, Rick Hansen, wheelchairs
 
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The Lion & the Mouse

Pinkney, Jerry (Author/Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2009. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Aesop, courage, determination, fables, kindness, lions, mice, wordless book
 
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Green Eggs and Ham

Seuss, Dr. (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2006. 62 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Determination, humour, persistence, preferences, stories in rhyme
 
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The Little Hummingbird

Yahgulanaas, Michael (Author/Illustrator)
Greystone Books 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Determination, environment, fables, hummingbirds, making a difference, South America
 
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Amazing Grace

Hoffman, Mary (Author)
Binch, Caroline (Illustrator)
Quarto 2007. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Creativity, determination, equality, gender roles, school plays
 
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April and Esme, Tooth Fairies

Graham, Bob (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, determination, growing up, illustrations (watercolours), sisters, Tooth Fairy
 
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Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle

Raschka, Christopher (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bicycles, determination, fathers and daughters, illustrations (watercolours), learning new skills, perseverance
 
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Red Is Best

Stinson, Kathy (Author)
Lewis, Robin Baird (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2006. 30 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Clothing, colours, determination, everyday life, first-person narration, preferences, red (colour)
 
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