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Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Shetterly, Margot Lee (Author)
Freeman, Laura (Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2018. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Biography, Black history, careers, civil rights, mathematics, NASA, overcoming adversity, perseverance, resilience, science, space travel, women’s rights
 
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The Courage of Elfina

Jacob, André (Author)
Delezenne, Christine (Illustrator)
Lorimer 2019. 64 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Child labour, children’s rights, courage, family life, graphic novels, immigration, inclusion, poverty, resilience
 
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Inside Out & Back Again

Lai, Thanhhà (Author)
HarperCollins 2013. 264 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Cultural heritage, escape, family life, first-person narration, historical fiction, immigrants, journeys, languages, novels in verse, refugees, resilience, traditions, Vietnam, Vietnam War
 
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Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story

Robertson, David A. (Author)
Henderson, Scott B. (Illustrator)
Portage & Main Press 2011. 40 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Abuse, biography, Cree, cultures, grandmothers, illustrations (black and white), Indigenous peoples, residential schools, resilience, survival, traditions, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
 
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Where Will I Live?

McCarney, Rosemary (Author)
Second Story Press 2017. 24 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Around the world, children, family life, homes, hope, illustrations (photographs), journeys, refugee camps, refugees, resilience, war
 
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A Stranger at Home

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Amini-Holmes, Liz (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2011. 124 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Acceptance, courage, family life, first-person narration, Indigenous peoples, Inuit, loneliness, memoir, perseverance, residential schools, resilience
 
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Sit

Ellis, Deborah (Author)
Groundwood Books 2017. 144 pages
Book type: Anthology

Keywords: Children, children’s rights, colonialism, human rights, justice, oppression, politics, resilience, short stories, social justice, war
 
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Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War

Humphreys, Jessica Dee (Author)
Chikwanine, Michel (Author)
Dávila, Claudia (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 48 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Activism, child soldiers, children and war, Democratic Republic of Congo, family life, genocides, graphic novels, kidnapping, narrative non-fiction, resilience, war
 
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Eight Days: A Story of Haiti

Danticat, Edwidge (Author)
Delinois, Alix (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2010. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Courage, earthquakes, Haiti, imagination, natural disasters, ordinal numbers, recurrent patterns, rescue, resilience
 
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Not My Girl

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Grimard, Gabrielle (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Canadian history, family life, first-person narration, identity, Indigenous peoples, Inuit, loneliness, residential schools, resilience, sequels, traditions
 
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The Tale of Despereaux

DiCamillo, Kate (Author)
Ering, Timothy Basil (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2006. 272 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Adventure, animals, courage, fantasy, food, heroes, hope, love, mice, resilience, talent
 
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The Inker’s Shadow

Say, Allen (Author/Illustrator)
Scholastic 2015. 80 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Art, biography, drawing, illustrators, immigration, isolation, Japan, kindness, memoir, overcoming adversity, prejudice, resilience
 
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Lily and Taylor

Moser, Elaine (Author)
Groundwood Books 2013. 192 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abuse, conflicts in relationships, family life, female protagonist, friendship, grandmothers, relationships, resilience, self-esteem, sisters, socio-economic disparity, substance abuse, survival, tragedy, violence
 
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Lila and the Crow

Grimard, Gabrielle (Author/Illustrator)
Annick Press 2016. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Discrimination, friendship, isolation, new students, resilience, school life, self-acceptance, symbolism, teasing
 
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Fatty Legs: A True Story

Jordan-Fenton, Christy (Author)
Pokiak-Fenton, Margaret (Author)
Amini-Holmes, Liz (Illustrator)
Annick Press 2010. 106 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Abuse, acceptance, courage, curiosity, illustrations (photographs), Indigenous peoples, Inuit, learning to read, loneliness, memoir, perseverance, residential schools, resilience
 
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The Paper Dolls

Donaldson, Julia (Author)
Cobb, Rebecca (Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Circular story, creativity, dolls, imagination, memories, mothers and daughters, play, resilience
 
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The Snowman’s Wish

van Straaten, Harmen (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, friendship, loneliness, perseverance, resilience, snowmen, teasing, toys
 
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Singing Away the Dark

Woodward, Caroline (Author)
Morstad, Julie (Illustrator)
Simply Read Books 2010. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Country life, fear, individuality, loneliness, nature, resilience, self-reliance, singing, stories in rhyme, winter
 
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A Picture Book of Harriet Tubman

Adler, David A. (Author)
Byrd, Samuel (Illustrator)
Holiday House 1992. 32 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, American history, Black history, courage, Harriet Tubman, overcoming adversity, resilience, slavery, Underground Railroad
 
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The Skeleton Tree

Lawrence, Iain (Author)
Tundra Books 2016. 282 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Accidents, Alaska, friendship, nature, overcoming adversity, perseverance, rescue, resilience, sailing, survival, tragedy, wilderness
 
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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

Larson, Hope (Author/Illustrator)
L'Engle, Madeleine (Author)
Macmillan 2015. 416 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Adaptations, brothers and sisters, female protagonist, friendship, illustrations (monochrome), mathematics, physics, resilience, science fiction, self-discovery, space travel, supernatural, time travel
 
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Ugly

Hoge, Robert (Author)
Robinson, Keith (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House Canada 2016. 202 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Bullying, differences, discrimination, illustrations (black and white), memoir, overcoming adversity, personal appearance, physical disabilities, resilience, self-determination, surgery
 
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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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Whimsy’s Heavy Things

Kraulis, Julie (Author/Illustrator)
Tundra Books 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anxiety, depressions (psychological), emotions, metaphors, overcoming adversity, resilience, symbolism
 
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Seeking Refuge

Watts, Irene N. (Author)
Shoemaker, Kathryn E. (Illustrator)
Tradewind Books 2016. 136 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Children and war, courage, England, illustrations (black and white), illustrations (pencil), Jewish history, Kindertransport, refugees, resilience, war, World War II
 
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Henry’s Freedom Box

Levine, Ellen (Author)
Nelson, Kadir (Illustrator)
Scholastic 2007. 40 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: African Americans, freedom, journeys, overcoming adversity, resilience, slavery, Underground Railroad
 
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Stitches: A Memoir

Small, David (Author/Illustrator)
McClelland & Stewart 2010. 336 pages
Book type: Graphic Text

Keywords: Abuse, childhood, Detroit (Michigan), dysfunctional families, fathers and sons, memoir, resilience, survival, voice
 
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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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Africa Is My Home: A Child of the Amistad

Edinger, Monica (Author)
Byrd, Robert (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 60 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Africa, Black history, human rights, justice, resilience, slavery
 
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Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

Beaty, Daniel (Author)
Collier, Bryan (Illustrator)
Little, Brown 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fathers and sons, hope, illustrations (watercolours), loss, prisons, resilience, separation, single-parent families
 
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The Bite of the Mango

Kamara, Mariatu (Author)
McClelland, Susan (Author)
Annick Press 2008. 216 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Amputees, civil war, cultures, diversity, Mariatu Kamara, memoir, refugees, resilience, Sierra Leone, survival
 
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Michael Rosen’s Sad Book

Rosen, Michael (Author)
Blake, Quentin (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2005. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Death, emotions, grief, hope, illustrations (watercolours), loss, mental health, parent-child relationships, resilience
 
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Weeds Find a Way

Jenson-Elliott, Cindy (Author)
Fisher, Carolyn (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2014. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Environment, nature, plants, poetic language, resilience, weeds
 
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Kenta and the Big Wave

Ohi, Ruth (Author/Illustrator)
Annick Press 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Loss, natural disasters, overcoming adversity, resilience, soccer, tsunamis
 
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Real Stories From Street Children Across the World

Robinson, Anthony (Author)
Allan, June (Illustrator)
Quarto 2014. 36 pages
Book type: Non-Fiction

Keywords: Around the world, children, first-person narration, homelessness, illustrations (photographs), poverty, resilience
 
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The Roses in My Carpets

Khan, Rukhsana (Author)
Himler, Ronald (Illustrator)
Fitzhenry & Whiteside 2004. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Afghanistan, brothers and sisters, first-person narration, hope, refugees, resilience, rugs, war
 
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I Dreamt...: A Book About Hope

Olmos, Gabriela (Author)
Groundwood Books 2013. 34 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Children and war, children’s rights, hope, imagination, multiple illustrators, poetic language, resilience
 
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The Harmonica

Johnston, Tony (Author)
Mazellan, Ron (Illustrator)
Charlesbridge 2008. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Concentration camps, Franz Schubert, historical fiction, Holocaust, hope, Jewish history, music, resilience, World War II
 
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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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The Magic Beads

Nielsen, Susin (Author)
Côté, Geneviève (Illustrator)
Simply Read Books 2007. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Acceptance, anxiety, belonging, displacement, family violence, homelessness, imagination, resilience
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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K
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The Butterfly

Polacco, Patricia (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2009. 48 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Courage, France, friendship, Holocaust, resilience, survival, World War II
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ELA
K
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
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Something Beautiful

Wyeth, Sharon Dennis (Author)
Soentpiet, Chris K. (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1998. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: City life, community, diversity, hope, making a difference, poverty, resilience, responsibility
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ELA
K
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ESL
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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The Voyage

Salinas, Veronica (Author)
Engman, Camilla (Illustrator)
Groundwood Books 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Belonging, compassion, differences, displacement, identity, resilience
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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ELA
K
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ESL
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
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6
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Mama, I’ll Give You the World

Schotter, Roni (Author)
Gallagher, S. Saelig (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2013. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Community, mothers and daughters, parties, resilience, single-parent families
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
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3
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ELA
K
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ESL
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
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5

A Chair for My Mother

Williams, Vera B. (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2007. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Community, cooperation, kindness, mothers and daughters, resilience, saving money
 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
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5
6
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ESL
1
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6
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ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
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