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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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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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That Summer

Johnston, Tony (Author)
Moser, Barry (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2007. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Brothers, cancer, death, family life, grief, imagery, memories, quilting
 
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Virginia Wolf

Maclear, Kyo (Author)
Arsenault, Isabelle (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Art, depressions (psychological), family life, gardens, imagination, non-traditional text layout, selflessness, sisters
 
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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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Adrift at Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival

Skrypuch, Marsha Forchuk (Author)
Ho, Tuan (Author)
Deines, Brian (Illustrator)
Pajama Press 2016. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Childhood, courage, family life, illustrations (oil paint), immigration, journeys, refugees, survival, Vietnam
 
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Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War

Hickman, Pamela (Author)
Cavalluzzo, Jean Smith (Author)
Lorimer 2012. 112 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Apologies, Canadian history, civil rights, discrimination, facism, family life, illustrations (photographs), immigrants, internment, Italian Canadians, War Measures Act, World War II
 
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Residential Schools

Florence, Melanie (Author)
Lorimer 2016. 128 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Assimilation, Canadian history, child labour, children, cultures, discrimination, family life, healing, illustrations (photographs), Indigenous peoples, primary documents, residential schools, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
 
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I Remember Beirut

Abirached, Zeina (Author/Illustrator)
Lerner 2014. 96 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Family life, first-person narration, identity, illustrations (monochrome), Lebanon, mothers and daughters, overcoming adversity, self-actualization, self-esteem, war
 
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Ella’s Umbrellas

Lloyd, Jennifer (Author)
Spires, Ashley (Illustrator)
Simply Read Books 2009. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Consumption, family life, generosity, gifts, illustrations (watercolours), rain, umbrellas
 
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Fraidyzoo

Heder, Thyra (Author/Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 44 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Alphabet, animals, family life, illustrations (watercolours), memories, overcoming fears, surprise endings, zoos
 
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I’ll Give You the Sun

Nelson, Jandy (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 380 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Art, brothers and sisters, family life, first romantic relationships, first-person narration, forgiveness, healing, loss, multiple narrators, twins
 
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A Bag of Marbles

Joffo, Joseph (Author)
Kris (Author)
Bailly, Vincent (Illustrator)
Lerner 2013. 128 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Brothers, discrimination, family life, France, Jewish history, memoir, persecution, resourcefulness, street life, World War II
 
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5 to 1

Bodger, Holly (Author)
Penguin Random House 2015. 250 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Arranged marriages, competitions, discrimination, dystopia, family life, India, multiple narrators, novels in verse, relationships, social classes
 
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The Dragon’s Pearl

Lawson, Julie (Author)
Morin, Paul (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 1995. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: China, dragons, droughts, family life, folktales, greed, illustrations (oil paint), mothers and sons
 
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Alice, I Think

Juby, Susan (Author)
HarperCollins 2007. 240 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: British Columbia, diaries, family life, first romantic relationships, friendship, homeschooling, identity, mental health, mutuality, self-esteem
 
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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
 
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Cinderella

Perrault, Charles (Author)
Innocenti, Roberto (Illustrator)
Creative Editions 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: 1920s, Cinderella, fairy tales, family life, jealousy
 
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Sidewalk Flowers

Lawson, JonArno (Author)
Smith, Sydney (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2015. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: City life, community, family life, flowers, generosity, making a difference, wordless book
 
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Anna Carries Water

Senior, Olive (Author)
James, Laura (Illustrator)
Tradewind Books 2014. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, country life, family life, growing up, Jamaica, learning new skills, water
 
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Replica/Lyra

Oliver, Lauren (Author)
HarperCollins 2016. 526 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Dystopia, ethics, family life, humanity, identity, medical testing, medicine, multiple stories, research
 
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Saving Red

Sones, Sonya (Author)
HarperCollins 2016. 442 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, empathy, family life, first romantic relationships, forgiveness, friendship, homelessness, mental health, novels in verse
 
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Theo’s Mood

Cocca-Leffler, Maryann (Author/Illustrator)
Albert Whitman 2013. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Babies, brothers and sisters, family life, feelings, school life
 
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Mortimer

Munsch, Robert (Author)
Martchenko, Michael (Illustrator)
Annick Press 1985. 24 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bedtime, exaggeration, family life, humour, recurrent patterns, singing
 
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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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Elementary
Secondary
 
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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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Elementary
Secondary
 
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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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Elementary
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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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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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
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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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ELA
K
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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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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K
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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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ELA
K
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
1
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5

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
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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2
3
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K
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