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Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey

Ruurs, Margriet (Author)
Badr, Nizar Ali (Illustrator)
Orca 2016. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bilingual text, family life, immigration, journeys, refugees, rocks, war
 
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Mother Bruce

Higgins, Ryan T. (Author/Illustrator)
Disney/Hyperion Books 2015. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adoption, bears, emotions, family life, fathers, humour, mistaken identity, parent-child relationships
 
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I Can See Just Fine

Barclay, Eric (Author/Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Eyeglasses, eyes, family life, humour, school life, vision
 
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Marianthe’s Story: Painted Words and Spoken Memories

Aliki (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1998. 64 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family life, immigrants, memories, moving (household), multiple stories, new students, school life
 
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What Light

Asher, Jay (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 262 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Christmas, family life, farms, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, mutuality, sexual identity
 
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Home

Petty, Kate (Author)
Quarto 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Around the world, children, family life, homes, illustrations (photographs)
 
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Dare to Disappoint: Growing Up in Turkey

Samanci, Özge (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 192 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Artists, creativity, family life, illustrations (collage), memoir, self-discovery, Turkey
 
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Luna

Peters, Julie Anne (Author)
Little, Brown 2006. 250 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Depressions (psychological), family life, first-person narration, gender identity, identity, LGBTQ, relationships, sexual identity, sexuality
 
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The Crossover

Alexander, Kwame (Author)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014. 238 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Basketball, diversity, family life, fathers and sons, first romantic relationships, free verse, health, hip-hop, loss, novels in verse, sound poetry, twins
 
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Seth Baumgartner’s Love Manifesto

Luper, Eric (Author)
HarperCollins 2010. 298 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Family life, fathers and sons, first romantic relationships, identity, male protagonist, mutuality, podcasts, self-esteem, stereotypes, summer
 
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Everything, Everything

Yoon, Nicola (Author)
Doubleday Canada 2015. 310 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Allergies, family life, first romantic relationships, friendship, mothers and daughters, risks, sickness
 
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Flipped

Van Draanen, Wendelin (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 246 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, identity, multiple voices, peer pressure, self-esteem, socio-economic disparity
 
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Big Red Lollipop

Khan, Rukhsana (Author)
Blackall, Sophie (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2010. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Birthdays, family life, friendship, immigrants, multicultural heritage, sisters
 
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Malaika’s Costume

Hohn, Nadia L. (Author)
Luxbacher, Irene (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Caribbean, clothing, diversity, dreams, family life, first-person narration, grandmothers, intergenerational relationships, resourcefulness
 
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Big Snow

Bean, Jonathan (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Everyday life, family life, imagination, patience, snow, weather, winter
 
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Brown Girl Dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline (Author)
Penguin Random House 2014. 338 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: African Americans, childhood, city and country life, family life, first-person narration, friendship, identity, Jacqueline Woodson, memoir, novels in verse, prejudice, United States
 
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Eat, Leo! Eat!

Adderson, Caroline (Author)
Bisaillon, Josée (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Eating, family life, food, grandparents, Italian culture, storytelling
 
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The Fort That Jack Built

Ashburn, Boni (Author)
Helquist, Brett (Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Childhood, cumulative stories, family life, grandmothers, imagination, play, stories in rhyme
 
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The Darkest Dark

Hadfield, Chris (Author)
Fillion, Kate (Author)
Fan, Terry (Illustrator)
Fan, Eric (Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2016. 44 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Astronauts, Canadians, childhood, Chris Hadfield, dreams, family life, fear of the dark, moon, overcoming fears
 
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Exit, Pursued by a Bear

Johnston, E.K. (Author)
Penguin Random House 2016. 248 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cheerleading, family life, female protagonist, first-person narration, friendship, rape, rape culture, sexual assault, stigmatization, summer camps, violence
 
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Sami and the Time of the Troubles

Heide, Florence Parry (Author)
Gilliland, Judith Heide (Author)
Lewin, Ted (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1995. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Children and war, family life, first-person narration, Lebanon, protest movements, resilience, war
 
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Tight Times

Hazen, Barbara Shook (Author)
Hyman, Trina Schart (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1983. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Depressions (economic), economic disparity, family life, illustrations (black and white), overcoming adversity, pets, resilience
 
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Straight Punch

Polak, Monique (Author)
Orca 2014. 252 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Alternative schools, boxing, city life, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, friendship, Montréal, mothers and daughters, riots, self-esteem, street life, tagging
 
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Ichiro

Inzana, Ryan (Author/Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2014. 288 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Cultural heritage, discrimination, family life, fantasy, identity, Japan, manga, mythology, travel
 
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Elementary
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Nobody Cries at Bingo

Dumont, Dawn (Author)
Thistledown Press 2011. 306 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Discrimination, diversity, family life, First Nation reservations, first-person narration, Indigenous peoples, memoir, Saskatchewan, school life, social justice, stereotypes, violence, women
 
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Elementary
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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Alexie, Sherman (Author)
Forney, Ellen (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2009. 246 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Belonging, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, humour, identity, Native Americans, school life, self-esteem, stereotypes
 
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Elementary
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Mouse House Tales

Pearson, Susan (Author)
Shepherd, Amanda (Illustrator)
Blue Apple Books 2013. 60 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cooperation, family life, friendship, homes, mice, stories in rhyme
 
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Home Place

Dragonwagon, Crescent (Author)
Pinkney, Jerry (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 1993. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family history, family life, forest, free verse, illustrations (watercolours), nature, parallel stories, poetic language
 
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Could You Stop Josephine?

Poulin, Stéphane (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 1988. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, birthdays, cats, country life, family life, farms, lost and found, pets
 
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Morris’s Disappearing Bag

Wells, Rosemary (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2001. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, Christmas, family life, gender roles, gifts, rabbits, sharing, toys
 
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Migrant

Trottier, Maxine (Author)
Arsenault, Isabelle (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2011. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Agriculture, Canadian history, children’s rights, community, family life, figurative language, illustrations (collage), migration, work
 
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Maddi’s Fridge

Brandt, Lois (Author)
Vogel, Vin (Illustrator)
Flashlight Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, family life, food, friendship, generosity, hunger, poverty, socio-economic disparity
 
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If I Was Your Girl

Russo, Meredith (Author)
Macmillan 2016. 282 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Discrimination, diversity, family life, first romantic relationships, friendship, gender identity, identity, LGBTQ, sexual identity, transgender
 
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Long Red Hair

Fitzgerald, Meagz (Author/Illustrator)
Conundrum Press 2015. 96 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Bullying, diversity, family life, identity, LGBTQ, memoir, pop culture, romantic relationships, sexual identity, sexuality
 
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Secondary
 
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Johnny Kellock Died Today

Dyer, Hadley (Author)
HarperCollins 2007. 192 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, cousins, family life, first-person narration, friendship, Nova Scotia, runaways, socio-economic disparity
 
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Anya’s Ghost

Brosgol, Vera (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2014. 222 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Diversity, family life, fantasy, first romantic relationships, friendship, ghosts, graphic novels, identity, illustrations (monochrome), magic realism, self-esteem
 
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All Families Are Special

Simon, Norma (Author)
Flavin, Teresa (Illustrator)
Albert Whitman 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Diversity, families, family life, parent-child relationships, school life
 
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Define “Normal”

Peters, Julie Anne (Author)
Little, Brown 2003. 200 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Counseling, family life, friendship, identity, mental health, parent-child relationships, stereotypes
 
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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun

Woodson, Jacqueline (Author)
Penguin Random House 2010. 132 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Diversity, family life, first-person narration, mothers and sons, overcoming adversity, sexual identity, writing
 
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This Is Our House

Yum, Hyewon (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family life, homes, illustrations (watercolours), immigration, intergenerational relationships, recurrent patterns, seasons
 
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Picture Me Gone

Rosoff, Meg (Author)
Doubleday Canada 2013. 246 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Family life, fathers and daughters, identity, journeys, missing persons, mystery, psychology
 
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Delirium

Oliver, Lauren (Author)
HarperCollins 2012. 444 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Dystopia, family life, first romantic relationships, government, love, oppression, science fiction
 
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The Paradise Garden

Thompson, Colin (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: City life, family life, gardens, hope, peace
 
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Bread and Jam for Frances

Hoban, Russell (Author)
Hoban, Lillian (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1993. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Family life, food, open-mindedness, preferences, recurrent language
 
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A Year Without Mom

Tolstikova, Dasha (Author/Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2015. 168 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Childhood, Communism, family life, friendship, love, memoir, mothers and daughters, Russia
 
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Peter’s Chair

Keats, Ezra Jack (Author/Illustrator)
1998. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Babies, brothers and sisters, changes, family life, jealousy, sharing
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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Otis and Alice

Bertouille, Ariane (Author)
Favreau, Marie-Claude (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Diversity, families, family life, mice, pets, responsibility, same-sex parents
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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A Glass

Delessert, Étienne (Author/Illustrator)
Creative Editions 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adoption, cultures, family life, love, memoir, mothers and sons, symbolism
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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Sleep Like a Tiger

Logue, Mary (Author)
Zagarenski, Pamela (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2012. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, bedtime, family life, night, poetic language, sleep
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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