This story introduces children to a First Nation community setting and focuses on the importance of valuing different cultures and traditions. Join Kitchi as he navigates feelings about ‘fitting in’ with his peer group, developing pride in his culture and sharing family traditions with his friends.
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HEAD, HEART AND HANDS
Three substantial parts of the body and soul are our heads, hearts and hands, and all three influence aspects of how we live our lives. This story explains each part of the body and how they relate to the inner and outer world, placing a specific focus on kindness and self-regulation.
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IS THERE ANYONE LIKE ME?
In this vibrant story, meet a special character called the okapi and join in as they explore the jungle and discover what it means to be unique! Focusing on self-confidence and celebrating diversity, this book helps build self-esteem in children enjoyably and creatively.
Richard E. Grant
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The importance of community is at the centre of this book. In this story, children will engage with various ways to help community members build strong relationships and develop their ethical values. The book includes values such as kindness, empathy, advocating for others, and discussion about community structures and societal norms surrounding gender roles.
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In this book, the power of a smile shines as Sizwe spreads kindness throughout his community, bringing joy to others on a rainy day. Communication skills and the ability to persevere when feeling low are highlighted through Sizwe’s optimism and care for others in his neighbourhood.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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A TIME TO BE NOISY
Emotional literacy can be an uncertain concept for both children and adults, but navigating these situations through a story can make the content more accessible and enjoyable! Join Kann and his brother Yashu as they work together to identify big and small emotions, address them and regulate them when appropriate. Through this book, children safely engage with self-awareness and communication skills.
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I HAVE A PLAN
This story addresses the importance of helping others and using active listening skills when interacting with peers and adults. Through the adventures of Cat and his farm friends, children directly engage with problem-solving techniques and learn to take the perspective of others who might be facing a challenge.
Dame Harriet Walter
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MY SPECIAL HAIR
This book further explores diversity, engaging with the uniqueness of the main character’s versatile hair. Listing the various things she can do with her hair, the main character expresses self-esteem and helps to build confidence in children who identify with having physical features that might be different to the rest of their community.
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LARA THE YELLOW LADYBUG
Being different to others is part of what makes each of us so special, and this story focuses on just that. In this book, children meet Lara, who wants to change her physical appearance to fit in with her peers. Children will go through Lara’s days with her and slowly learn that what makes us different is what makes each of us unique, building self-esteem and confidence!
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Learning to share can be a challenge for children of any age. In this book, children will meet Anjali, who is nervous about sharing her beautiful new kite with her friends. Children will walk through the difficulties of sharing and the positive and negative consequences of spreading kindness, strengthening friendships, and sharing with others.
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THE TALE OF BABY BEETROOT
Through the adventures of a tiny beetroot in a big garden, this story introduces the significance of life changes and the value of being part of a diverse and supportive community. In this story, children confront the idea of things being new versus being scary and learn that chance can be exciting!
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We all have different likes and dislikes, a concept with which children will directly connect when reading this engaging and colourful book. Join a group of children who learn to navigate how to collaborate successfully and consider the feelings of others when engaging in creative group activities.
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