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Featured New Resources: January 2021

Featured new resources for the month of January.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Teacher narratives from the Eikaiwa classroom: moving beyond “McEnglish”
edited by Daniel Hooper and Natasha Hashimoto.

PE1130.J3 T43 2020

This book includes 16 chapters written by current and former eikaiwa (English conversation school) teachers to illustrate a complexity within the eikaiwa profession that has been thus far largely ignored.

Through teacher narratives, the authors explore the unique and often problematic world of eikaiwa to present a counter-narrative to what the editors regard as blanket stereotyping of a multifaceted and evolving teaching context.

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Move, play, learn: interactive storytimes with music, movement, and more
Alyssa Jewell.

Z718.3 .J49 2020

Jewell provides ideas, suggestions, and strategies to help you energize your storytime, reading circles, and other early literacy programs.

She explains the benefits of music and movement storytime, as well as how to design, lead, and implement it.

The second half of the book offers practical resource materials, including ready-to-use plans for different age groups. —

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Canadian structures and sustainability
by James Bow; editor: Meg Gaertner.

NA2542.35 .B69 2019

“Examines the importance of building structures to withstand extreme weather as well as day to day stresses, the impact of structures on the environment, and technological innovations that help cities to use limited resources sustainably.”–

Featured New Children’s and YA Books: January 2021

Featured new children’s and young adult books for the month of January.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

Kiss number 8
written by Colleen AF Venable ; artwork by Ellen T. Crenshaw.
PZ7.7.V46 Ks 2019 Education GREAT READS

“Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It’s everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it’s not.

Her dad is hiding something big–so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn’t want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.

Just like that, Mad’s tidy little life has gotten epically messy–and epically heartbreaking. And when your heart is broken, it takes more than an awkward, uncomfortable, tooth-clashing, friendship-ending kiss to put things right again. It takes a whole bunch of them”–

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Cicada
by Shaun Tan.
PZ7.T16123 Cc 2019

From the visionary Shaun Tan, an inspirational story for older picture book readers and beyond

Cicada tells the story of a hardworking little cicada who is completely unappreciated for what he does. But in the end, just when you think he’s given up, he makes a transformation into something ineffably beautiful. A metaphor for growing up? A bit of inspiration for the unappreciated striver in all of us? Yes, yes, and more.

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Trésor
Mireille Messier et Irene Luxbacher.
PZ23.M4774 Tr 2019

“Dans ce livre superbement illustré, un frère et une sœur explorent leur environnement à la recherche d’un trésor.”–
When two siblings go on a treasure hunt, they aren’t sure exactly what kind of treasure they are looking for. What they do know is that treasures are shiny, mysterious, and precious. And that all the really good treasures are hidden!

Notes: Published simultaneously in English under the title: Treasure.
In French.

Collection Spotlight: Resources supporting the Core Competencies in BC Education

The UBC Education Library Collection Spotlight features resources supporting the Core Competencies in BC Education, both professional and picture books.

In October 2019, the Core Competencies were updated. What changed? A few of the updates included: Collaboration was added as a second sub-competency to the Communication Core Competency, the second Thinking sub-competency was changed to Critical and Reflective Thinking (not just Critical Thinking) and the third Personal and Social sub-competency became Social Awareness and Responsibility (not just Social Responsibility).

Please visit our Core Competencies Booklists to browse our curated lists of resources from home.

Here are just a few resource highlights:

Teacher Resources

· Creative thinking and arts-based learning: preschool through fourth grade / Joan Packer Isenberg, George Mason University, Emerita; Mary Renck Jalongo, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Emerita.

LB1139 .A37 I86 2018

With an emphasis on thinking creatively and being resourceful as keys to surviving and thriving in today’s society, this evidence-based book provides practical ways for teachers to promote creativity, play, art, music/movement/dance, and drama for all children. It contains many authentic activities and examples to support children’s learning in the arts and content areas. The book examines the teacher’s role from a philosophical, pedagogical, and curricular stance by addressing key components, including the classroom environment, materials and resources, child guidance, assessment, technology applications, and culturally responsive teaching. Practical, readable, and illustrative features and discussions include Snapshots of Classrooms, Teachers’ Reflections, Frequently Asked Questions, Meeting Standards guidelines, Differentiating Instruction and Making Adaptations for Diverse Learners, and Integrating the Curriculum. Also included in 7th edition are samples of children’s work, how to how to use cooking as a creative activity, and using nature as a critical learning tool.

https://tinyurl.com/y575fusa

· Teaching creative and thinking in schools / Russell Grigg and Helen Lewis.

LB1062 .G75 2019

How do we encourage children to think deeply about the world in which they live? Research-based and highly practical, this book provides guidance on how to develop creative and critical thinking through your classroom teaching.

Key coverage includes:

· Classroom-ready ideas to stimulate high-order thinking
· How to think critically and creatively across all areas of the curriculum
· Case studies from primary, secondary and special schools
· Philosophical approaches that give pupils the space to think and enquire

This is essential reading for anyone on university-led and schools-based primary and secondary initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), School Direct, Teach First and employment-based routes and also anyone training to work in early years settings.

https://tinyurl.com/y4r473h6

· Protocols in the classroom: tools to help students read, write, think, & collaborate / David Allen, Tina Blythe, Alan Dichter, Terra Lynch; foreword by Joseph P. McDonald.

LB3051 .A45 2018

For nearly 2 decades, Looking Together at Student Work and The Power of Protocols have sustained educators in their professional learning.

Protocols in the Classroom expands the scope of those books from teachers’ professional learning to include students’ learning, providing teachers with the tools they need to use discussion protocols to support students in developing crucial skills and habits as readers, writers, critical thinkers, and active participants within the classroom community.

https://tinyurl.com/yxbe4e4l

· Group work that works: student collaboration for 21st-century success / Paul J. Vermette and Cynthia L. Kline.

LB1032 .V38 2017 and FULL TEXT ONLINE

iPromote cooperative learning more effectively by transforming your classroom into a learning community. Experienced K–12 educators Paul J. Vermette and Cynthia L. Kline offer their Dual Objective Model as a tool for improving your students’ academic achievement and problem-solving skills, while encouraging their social and emotional development. You’ll discover how to: assign meaningful tasks that require students to rely on one another; build efficient teams, purposefully monitor group dynamics, and assess group projects effectively; engage students in schoolwork while developing crucial career and life skills; motivate students to see the importance of personal and group responsibility; maximize the benefits of student diversity in your classroom. Emphasizing teamwork, persistence, communication, self-regulation, and empathy in a complex, diverse, and technological setting, these strategies can be easily incorporated into any curriculum. The book is filled with vignettes and sample exercises to help you apply the ideas to your own classroom. Each chapter includes a list of “Big Ideas,” which invites you to consider how these strategies can evolve over time.

https://tinyurl.com/yy94h8l8

· All learning is social and emotional: helping students develop essential skills for the classroom and beyond / Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, Dominique Smith.

LB1072 .F74 2019

If you teach kids rather than standards, and if you want all kids to get what they need to thrive, Nancy Frey, Douglas Fisher, and Dominique Smith offer a solution: a comprehensive, five-part model of SEL that’s easy to integrate into everyday content instruction, no matter what subject or grade level you teach. You’ll learn the hows and whys of * Building students’ sense of identity and confidence in their ability to learn, overcome challenge, and influence the world around them. * Helping students identify, describe, and regulate their emotional responses. * Promoting the cognitive regulation skills critical to decision making and problem-solving. * Fostering students’ social skills, including teamwork and sharing, and their ability to establish and repair relationships. * Equipping students to becoming informed and involved citizens.

https://tinyurl.com/y2qm6v49

· Simple stuff to get kids self-regulating in school: awesome and in control lesson plans, worksheets and strategies for learning / Lauren Brukner and Lauren Liebstein Singer.

LB1060.2 .B78 2018

Packed with photocopiable lesson plans and tried and tested strategies, this illustrated guide is the ideal companion for teachers and therapists wishing to help kindergarten and elementary school children to self-regulate. It contains everything you need to integrate the successful, research-based ‘Awesome and In Control’ program, which focuses on empowering children to regulate their own emotions and senses and helping them to develop excellent coping strategies. Explaining how the popular, universal ‘Awesome and In Control’ program works, the guide enables you to help children to keep calm and in control during everyday tasks including reading, writing and paying attention to others.

https://tinyurl.com/y4sroml6

 

Picture Books

· Quiet please, Owen McPhee! / Trudy Ludwig; illustrated by Patrice Barton.

PZ7.L9763 Qt 2018

Owen McPhee doesn’t just like to talk, he LOVES to talk. He spends every waking minute chattering away at his teachers, his classmates, his parents, his dog, and even himself.

But all that talking can get in the way of listening.

And when Owen wakes up with a bad case of laryngitis, it gives him a much-needed opportunity to hear what others have to say.

http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=9357841

· We are all dots: a big plan for a better world / Giancarlo Macri, Carolina Zanotti.

PZ7.1.M25874 We 2018

The perfect book for any child curious about differences and diversity, this visually driven story bears a decidedly modern and inspiring message about compassion, cooperation, and a sense of shared humanity—all qualities that appear increasingly rare in recent months. With simple black-and-white drawings—little more than black and white dots and the images (of a hamburger, of a skyscraper, of a Ferris wheel, etc.) they make when arranged just so—this fantastic tale of neighbors tells a story of a world, much like our own, of haves and have-nots.

Beginning with a set of prosperous dots on one page and another set of impoverished dots on the other, the book takes us through their struggle to bridge their differences. Just when it looks look like the dots will be forever doomed, they work together to find a solution that will help them all. Great things happen when we learn to share and work together.

http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=9392285

· I walk with Vanessa: a story about a simple act of kindness / by Kerascoët.

PZ7.1.K5093 Iw 2018

This simple yet powerful picture book–from a New York Times bestselling husband-and-wife team–tells the story of one girl who inspires a community to stand up to bullying. Inspired by real events,  I Walk with Vanessa explores the feelings of helplessness and anger that arise in the wake of seeing a classmate treated badly, and shows how a single act of kindness can lead to an entire community joining in to help.

By choosing only pictures to tell their story, the creators underscore the idea that someone can be an ally without having to say a word. With themes of acceptance, kindness, and strength in numbers, this timeless and profound feel-good story will resonate with readers young and old.

http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=9393276

· Sometimes you fly / by Newbery Medalist Katherine Applegate; illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt.

PZ7.A644 Sm 2018

This gorgeous gift book, equally perfect for preschool graduations or college commencements, baby showers or birthdays, is an inspirational tribute to the universal struggles and achievements of childhood. Beginning with a first birthday, the scenes travel through childhood triumphs and milestones, coming full circle to graduation.

A magical blend of succinct text and beautiful watercolors renders each moment with tenderness and humor and encourages readers to remember then, with every try, sometimes you fail . . . sometimes you fly.””

http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=9392596

· Everybody’s different on everybody street / words by Sheree Fitch; art by Emma FitzGerald.

PZ8.3.F587 Ev 2018

If ever you go travelling
On EveryBody Street
You’ll see EveryBody’s Different
Than EveryOne you meet

Sheree Fitch’s playful words lead you into this beautiful children’s book and invite you to celebrate our gifts, our weaknesses, our differences, and our sameness. Fitch displays her wit and mastery of words in quick, rollicking rhymes that are complemented by Emma Fitzgerald’s lively illustrations. EveryBody’s Different on EveryBody Street was originally produced in 2001 as a fundraiser to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of the Festival of Trees in support of the Nova Scotia Hospital and to raise awareness for mental illness and addiction.

http://resolve.library.ubc.ca/cgi-bin/catsearch?bid=9317423

 

Collection Spotlight: Winter Wonderland

Juvenile Literature

My winter city
James Gladstone; pictures by Gary Clement
PZ7.1.G5844 My 2019

A young boy wakes up in the early light of a winter morning, pulls on his boots and mittens, and steps out into the snowy city with his dad. They trudge through the snow, their dog bounding along beside them, then a slushy, steamy bus ride takes them to the tobogganing hill for some winter fun. The boy describes all the sights and sounds of the day, from the frost in Dad’s beard and the snow “pillows” in the park, to the noisy clunking snow plows and the singing buskers they pass on their way home. That night, the boy lies awake under cozy covers, reflecting on the day, as snow blankets the world outside his window.  This is winter in the city.

Wolf in the snow
Matthew Cordell
PZ7.C815343 Wl 2017
Winner of the 2018 Caldecott Medal

A girl is lost in a snowstorm. A wolf cub is lost, too. How will they find their way home?
Paintings rich with feeling tell this satisfying story of friendship and trust. Here is a book set on a wintry night that will spark imaginations and warm hearts, from Matthew Cordell, author of Trouble Gum and Another Brother.

Duck, duck, dinosaur: snowy surprise
Kallie George; illustrated by Oriol Vidal
PZ7.G4643 Dd 2017

What could be more fun than a snow day? But Feather and Flap are too cold to play outside with Spike. To keep them outside, Spike surprises them with gifts—skates, a sled, and a snowman. When these aren’t enough to keep his siblings from shivering, Spike comes up with the best gift of all: warm scarves and hats! Playing in the snow with your family can be cool, but thoughtfulness toward others makes playtime a blast for everyone.  Duck, Duck, Dinosaur: Snowy Surprise is a My First I Can Read book, which means it’s perfect for shared reading with a child.

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The snow knows
Jennifer McGrath; art by Josée Bisaillon
PZ7.M478527 Sn 2016

In this deceptively simple children’s picture book, a pair of award-winning storytellers share the joys of winter. A lyrical prose poem, The Snow Knows introduces readers of all ages to animals both domestic (a tabby cat by the wood stove) and wild (a slinking lynx; a choir of coyotes), celebrating wilderness and outdoor play. With whimsical hide-and-seek illustrations, readers will love following footprints and catching a glimpse of an owl’s wing or pheasant’s feathers, suggesting what appears on the following page. A beautiful book, destined to be a perennial winter favourite, and read aloud by a crackling fire.

So much snow!
Robert Munsch; illustrated by Michael Martchenko
PZ7.M946 Sc 2016

There’s a big blizzard blowing in, but that’s not going to stop Jasmine from going to school – it’s just a little snow, and it’s pizza day, after all! But as soon as she sets out the snow starts to come down faster and faster until she finds herself frozen stiff, with just her hat poking out of a snowdrift.  Rescue comes in the form of the school custodian, who stomps out on snowshoes, yanks her out, pulls her inside and figures out how to get her thawed. But on the way to her class they notice that the school is empty – the principal has declared a snow day! Which is always great news . . . but how is Jasmine going to get her pizza?

Waiting for snow
Marsha Diane Arnold; drawings by Renata Liwska
PZ4.9.A766 Wt 2016

Badger cannot wait one more minute for it to snow. When his friend Hedgehog explains that everything comes in its time, Badger is unconvinced and impatient as ever. But Badger’s friends have a few tricks up their sleeves to try and get the snow’s attention and distract their pal in the meantime. Though in the end Badger sees there’s no trick–only waiting–until at last, it’s time.

Turtle pond
James Gladstone; pictures by Karen Reczuch
QL666.C5 G55 2018

In Turtle Pond, a child and his parents visit their local public garden throughout the year, observing the turtles as they play, dive, feed, bask, climb, hide and doze. James Gladstone’s lively prose poem reveals the pleasure and curiosity that come from spending time with the turtles. Karen Reczuch’s stunningly beautiful illustrations accurately portray these extraordinary creatures, both in and out of the water, surrounded by lush plants and the changing seasons beyond the greenhouse windows.

When the trees crackle with cold: a Cree calendar = Pīsimwasinahikan
Bernice Johnson-Laxdal & Miriam Körner
E98.C14 J64 2016

The bear sleeping safely in her den, kohkom telling a story by the fire, the trees crackling with cold–we are all connected to the seasons and the cycle of nature. The calming rhythm of the words echoes the rhythm of the land in this timeless picture book about the moon calendar of the northern Cree. Its warmly rendered watercolour illustrations bring Saskatchewan’s North to life. When the Trees Crackle with Cold is written in English and the northern Plains Cree Y dialect, inviting Cree and non-Cree speakers alike to explore the traditional moon calendar.

Winter in Saik’uz
Cecilia John
E99.T17 J64 2018

Come north to Saik’uz (sigh-kuz) located within the Dakelh (dah-kay-lth) Territory and see what happens on cold winter days! A triple-language resource written in Carrier, English and French.

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French

Lucy fait du patinage de vitesse
Lisa Bowes
PZ24.3.B69 Lh 2016 CCBC

Après avoir essayé la glisse sur luge, Lucy commence une nouvelle aventure de vitesse–Cette fois-ci, elle lace ses patins et essaie le patinage de vitesse sur courte piste. C’est plus difficile que ça en a l’air. Lorsqu’on patine en tournant très vite, on risque de tomber! Mais avec ses amies, Lucy avance sur la glace dans une course palpitante vers la ligne d’arrivée.

Mon amie la neige
Etta Kaner, Marie Lafrance, Ann Lamontagne
QC926.37 .K36 2006, EDUCATION LIBRARY French collection

Pourquoi la neige est-elle blanche? Pourquoi un flocon adopte-t-il différentes formes? Les enfants aimeront apprendre tout sur la neige et pourquoi les gens l’aiment tellement.

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Lili Tire-bouchon et ses cochons de neige
Phoebe Gilman; texte français de Christiane Duchesne
PZ23.G55 Jl 2002

Il a neigé. Lili a perdu son chapeau. Qu’à cela ne tienne, elle déniche un casque de martien dans son coffre à jouets. Il fera l’affaire. Avec ses amis, inspirée par son nouveau couvre-chef, elle fera des monstres de neige, des collines et des cochons. Elle en perdra son foulard, ses mitaines et son casque mignon. Anecdote joyeuse et familière des jeux de l’hiver.

Il neige
Uri Shulevitz
PZ23.S522 Ng 2000

Un enfant émerveillé par la chute des premiers flocons demande à son entourage si la neige va tenir. En dépit des réponses négatives et du froid qui sévit, l’enfant fasciné par ce qu’il voit continue d’espérer et finit par voir la ville recouverte de son beau manteau blanc.

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Teacher Resources

Nature’s day: out and about: spotting, making, and collecting activities
Kay Mcguire ; [illustrations by] Danielle Kroll
QH48 .M338 2016

Delve deeper into the world of wonder on your doorstep with this activity book for all four seasons. Sow seeds in spring, go pond dipping in summer, collect leaves in fall, and make an ice sculpture when it’s cold in winter.

With lots of spotting collecting, making, and colouring activities, this book is the perfect way for little adventurers to connect with nature, whatever the season.

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Learn every day about seasons: 100 best ideas from teachers
edited by Kathy Charner; illustrated by Deb Johnson
QB637.4 .L43 2011

Now teachers can bring the magic of each season to their classrooms! With these activities, educators introduce children to the wonder of the seasons with a year full of fun! Children will explore seasonal changes with all their senses as they celebrate the joy and excitement of the world outside all year long! Each activity includes: Learning objectives, Related vocabulary, Related children’s books, Materials needed, Directions for preparation, Instructions for the activity, An assessment component.

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Janice VanCleave’s science around the year
Q164 .V442 2000

How do polar bears avoid slipping on the ice? How are snowflakes made? Figure out the answers to these and many other scientific mysteries with this awesome assortment of experiments, projects, and facts for every season of the year. With an amazing experiment for each week, Janice VanCleave’s ScienceAround the Year introduces you to dozens of wondrous topics in astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics. Discover why leaves turn colours and fall off trees in autumn, why September is a good time to look for monarch butterflies, how salt melts ice, what pinecones can tell you about the weather, and much, much more. As with all of Janice VanCleave’s books, each activity is fun and includes simple step-by-step instructions, as well as clear explanations of the concepts you’re seeing in action. JaniceVanCleave’s Science Around the Year promises hours and hours of fascinating, hands-on, safe, low-cost science fun-at home or in the classroom.

Featured New Children’s Books: December 2020

Featured new children’s books for the month of December.  Click on the book cover or title to take you to the UBC Library catalogue record for the item.

This promise of change: one girl’s story in the fight for school equality
Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy
F444.C68 B69 2019

In 1956, one year before federal troops escorted the Little Rock 9 into Central High School, fourteen-year-old Jo Ann Allen was one of twelve African-American students who broke the colour barrier and integrated Clinton High School in Tennessee. At first, things went smoothly for the Clinton 12, but then outside agitators interfered, pitting the townspeople against one another. Uneasiness turned into anger, and even the Clinton Twelve themselves wondered if the easier thing to do would be to go back to their old school. Jo Ann–clear-eyed, practical, tolerant, and popular among both black and white students–found herself called on as the spokesperson of the group. But what about just being a regular teen? This is the heartbreaking and relatable story of her four months thrust into the national spotlight and as a trailblazer in history. Based on original research and interviews and featuring backmatter with archival materials and notes from the authors on the co-writing process.
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Hidden figures: the true story of four Black women and the space race
Margot Lee Shetterly with Winifred Conkling; illustrated by Laura Freeman
QA27.5 .S548 2018

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA’s African American women mathematicians to America’s space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes. Includes biographies on Dorothy Jackson Vaughan (1910-2008), Mary Winston Jackson (1921-2005), Katherine Colman Goble Johnson (1918- ), Dr. Christine Mann Darden (1942- ).
Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were all good at math. Really good. And it was their understanding of numbers that helped them do what seemed impossible. They were women, and they were African-American, and they lived during a time when being black and a woman limited what they could do. But Katherine, Dorothy, Mary, and Christine were hardworking and persistent and, most important, smart. And that’s why NASA hired them to do the math that would one day send the United States into space for the very first time. New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly and illustrator Laura Freeman bring to life the inspiring story of the struggles of these four “hidden figures” and what they overcame to succeed. The math work they did would change not only their own lives, but the face of air and space travel forever.

On the playground: our first talk about prejudice
Dr. Jillian Roberts; illustrations by Jane Heinrichs
HM1091 .R63 2019

On the Playground: Our First Talk About Prejudice focuses on introducing children to the complex topic of prejudice. Crafted around a narrative between a grade-school-aged child and an adult, this inquiry-focused book will help children shape their understanding of diversity so they are better prepared to understand, and question, prejudice witnessed around them in their day-to-day lives and in the media. Dr. Jillian Roberts discusses types of discrimination children notice, what prejudice means, why it’s not okay, how to stand up against it and how kids can spread a message of inclusion and acceptance in the world around them.