Lending Library Resources


Grade K-8

  Category   Item Description ISBN Number
K-6 Anti-Racism, Diversity

Kids Around the World Play!: The Best Fun and Games from Many Lands

Arlette N. Braman

Learn to play Mexican kickball. Practice throwing jackstones the way kids do in Kenya. Discover how to construct a galimoto (wire toy from Malawi) with pipe cleaners. With Kids Around the World Play!, you’ll have a great time exploring the traditions of other cultures while you sharpen your wits with the memory game from South Africa called dithwai, or challenge your racing skills in the South Korean flower relay, or make your own cool bilboquet, a toy from France. Filled with games and activities from places near and far, including China, Japan, India, Mexico, Bolivia, Italy, and Russia, among many others, this exciting collection also gives you plenty of fascinating facts about the history and culture of each country. All the toys and games can be made or played with just a few simple materials easily found around the house. So get ready for tons of fun and excitement while you discover just how much you have in common with kids around the world! 0471409847
K-3 Self-Esteem, Respect

We Are All the Same Inside

Timothy D. Bellavia

The primary purpose of the "We Are All The Same Inside" line of books is to help young individuals discover the issues surrounding diversity (race, culture, religion, gender, et al.) and at the same time teach young learners tolerance in an exciting multi-media format. This is a book for children that encourages them to love others regardless of their differences. We Are All The Same Inside gives parents/guardians a starting point to discuss serious issues (prejudice/hate) with children. Besides the writing, the unique artwork in this book is spectacular. 0615113958
M-6 Sensibilisation Culturelle

Tous les enfants du monde ont les mêmes droits!

Jacques Hintzy

Vincent, Nou, Ivana, Mayerly, Arif, Maria, Taralyn, Sbongile... sont des enfants du monde entier. Ils viennent nous rappeler, à travers le récit passionnant de leur vie, que tous les enfants n'ont pas la chance de grandir dans un environnement favorable où leurs droits fondamentaux sont respectés. Comment survivre, quand on ne mange pas à sa faim ? Comment apprendre et jouer, quand il n'y a pas d'école ? Comment se sentir en sécurité, quand il y a la guerre ? Comment participer, quand on ne vous donne pas la parole? Vous découvrirez dans cet album l'extraordinaire diversité des modes de vie à travers le monde. Et surtout, l'immense aspiration de tous les enfants à vivre dans le respect de leurs droit. 2070555607
K-6 Anti-Racism

"Teacher they called me a __________!"

Deborah A. Byrnes

This handbook includes numerous activities to help teachers discuss prejudice and discrimination, and to help elementary students create an environment in which all people can develop to their full potential. Each activity aims to raise children's level of awareness, understanding, and tolerance of differences. In order to make this handbook relevant and timely, interviews were conducted with 101 children and 20 Utah teachers to determine which issues regarding prejudice might be of particular import. Findings from these interviews are discussed. Activities are organized into chapters corresponding to the following categories: (1) learning about prejudice; (2) disabilities; (3) race and ethnic differences; (4) appearance; (5) religion; (6) family and lifestyle; (7) gender; and (8) combatting prejudice and discrimination through books that can be read by children. Each chapter is divided into three sections. The first section discusses aspects of the particular prejudice. The second discusses what teachers can do, and the third describes individual classroom activities. A list of references is included. 0884641090
K-6 Anti-Racism

Winning Ideas to Stop Racism Magazine

Canadian Heritage

Winning Ideas celebrates the achievements of the annual Together We're Better! Contest. Winning Ideas and Together We're Better use student self-expression and activity to explore the causes and effects of racism. They also encourage other students to develop, share and implement solutions. Winning Ideas starts with close-to-home situations with friends, family and school to present the concepts. These concepts can materialize in broadening acceptance of all students in your class or school, reducing conflicts through improving understanding and awareness. Use Winning Ideas to motivate students to deal with "cliques," hallway conflicts, and discrimination on the basis of popularity, musical styles, or physical or mental capacities. Winning Ideas looks at: -why people exclude others from their activities; -what impact exclusion has on the person who is excluded and the person who excludes; -how we recognize and overcome our exclusionary behaviours; and -what the benefits are for the individual and for society by reducing exclusionary, particularly racist, behaviours. 000000
K-3 Anti-Racism, Diversity, Self-Esteem

Our Umbrella of Friendship

Ruth L. Klonsky & Elaine R. Gelston

The 24 activities in “Our Umbrella of Friendship” are designed to help young children appreciate our diverse, multiracial, multicultural society, and understand the corrosive effects that prejudice can have upon it. The activities lead children to develop a positive sense of self-worth and self-acceptance that is a prerequisite for the acceptance of others; and help them to gain an awareness of our similarities as members of the human family together with an appreciation that it is our differences that make each person special and unique. 0884641317
K-3/ Cultural Awareness

A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World

Dorling Kindersley

Presented in conjunction with UNICEF, DK's A Life Like Mine: How Children Live Around the World profiles 18 children and explores what life is like for them and other young people, spanning 180 countries. Organized into four sections-Survival, Development, Protection and Participation-the handsomely designed volume, with a bounty of photographs that transport readers to exotic lands, stems from the mission set forth by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Charts, maps and children's quotes add to the thoughtful and informative presentation. 0756618037
K-3/ Cultural Awareness


Peter Spier

Without moralizing or mawkishness, Spier portrays something of the amazing variety of human life on earth. He points out that "we come in many colors," with different-looking features; that we dress in different ways, enjoy different things, have different personalities, live in different homes, speak (and write) different languages (including a wonderful double-page spread showing samples of 40 separate writing systems!), keep different pets, celebrate different holidays and worship in different ways; that "some of us excel at things others could never do," that "there are more different ways of [earning a living] than you would believe." Yet, he quietly observes, "without a single exception, we all began quite small...and in the end we all must die." Though he never uses the phrase "the brotherhood of man," he manages to get across that, in the most important ways, we are all alike--and, at the same time, he celebrates our diversity ("Imagine how dreadfully dull this world of ours would be if everybody would look, think, eat, dress, and act the same!"). He never exalts one way of life over another, but fills his pages with his trademark detailed, action-filled color sketches and gives each of his examples its moment in the sun. 038524469x


K-3/ Cultural Awareness

A School Like Mine

Dorling Kindersley

A mind-broadening journey to classrooms around the world, this unique celebration of the commonalities and differences between school days in different countries will enrich knowledge and delight imagination as kids share in the experiences of their peers around the world. 0756629136
K-3 Self-Esteem, Respect

It's Okay to Be Different

Todd Parr

Parr (The Okay Book) combines rainbow colors, simple drawings and reassuring statements in this optimistic book. His repetitive captions offer variations on the title and appear in a typeface that looks handcrafted and personalized. A fuchsia elephant stands against a zingy blue background ("It's okay to have a different nose") and a lone green turtle crosses a finish line ("It's okay to come in last"). A girl blushes at the toilet paper stuck to her shoe ("It's okay to be embarrassed") and a lion says "Grr," "ROAR" and "purrr" ("It's okay to talk about your feelings"). Parr cautiously calls attention to superficial distinctions. By picturing a smiling girl with a guide dog ("It's okay to need some help"), he comments on disability and he accounts for race by posing a multicolored zebra with a black-and-white one. An illustration of two women ("It's okay to have different Moms") and two men ("It's okay to have different Dads") handles diverse families sensitively. This could cover either same-sex families or stepfamilies and on the opposite page there is a kangaroo with a dog in its pouch ("It's okay to be adopted"). He wisely doesn't zero in on specifics, which would force him to establish what's "normal." Instead, he focuses on acceptance and individuality and encourages readers to do the same. 0316155624
K-6 Bullying, Respect, Social Responsibility

Say Something

Peggy Moss




This story takes an interesting slant on an important topic. A young narrator describes different examples of bullying that she witnesses at school and on the bus, but remains silent. One day, when her friends are absent, she must sit alone in the cafeteria, and several students make jokes at her expense. In addition to feeling angry about being treated this way, the girl is frustrated with the other kids who look on sympathetically but say nothing. She is then able to empathize with other victims. The next day, she approaches a quiet girl who is often teased and finds a new friend. As well as demonstrating different examples of bullying, the author gradually but clearly illustrates that being a silent bystander contributes to the problem. Points are made quickly and simply, and the narrative has a natural flow that immediately draws readers in. Back pages include topics for discussion, practical and proactive advice for kids who are being targeted, and some good Web sites. The realistic watercolor illustrations depict busy school life and represent a diverse population. Emotions are portrayed beautifully through facial expression and body language. Suitable for independent reading or for sharing aloud, this book can be used in a classroom environment to set the stage for important dialogue about this universal and ageless issue. 088448310x
K-3 Self-Esteem, Respect, Diversity

What If the Zebras Lost Their Stripes?

John Reitano

With rhymed couplets and goofy illustrations, this parable attempts to teach that love looks beyond superficial differences. Reitano, an educator and speaker, asks, "What if the zebras/ lost their stripes,/ and some lost black/ and some lost white?" Would the zebras recognize their common identity, or would they begin to notice their new differences in color and start to fight? Would they move to separate lands, or would the young zebras be allowed to laugh and play together? 0809166496
K-3 Self-Esteem, Respect

Goodness Gracious, Gulliver Mulligan

Susan Chalker Browne

Goodness Gracious Gulliver Mulligan is a fabulous read !A book about a little boy who is so BIG, he is often alone and without a friend. The author chose captivating names for the characters such as Gulliver's teacher, Mrs. Honeytree and the principal, Mrs. Pumpkinhead. The book is beautifully illustrated and is very colorful, alive and amusing! The book has a nice ending. It teaches children that being different is not a bad thing. Gulliver was eventually accepted and loved by his classmates-even though he "looked" quite different. 1551926792
K-6 Anti-Racism

Let's Talk About Race

Julius Lester

This stunning picture book introduces race as just one of many chapters in a person's story. Beginning with the line, "I am a story," Lester tells his own story with details that kids will enjoy, like his favorite food, hobbies, and time of day. Then he states, "Oh. There's something else that is part of my story…I'm black." Throughout the narrative, he asks questions that young readers can answer, creating a dialogue about who they are and encouraging them to tell their own tales. He also discusses "stories" that are not always true, pointing out that we create prejudice by perceiving ourselves as better than others. He asks children to press their fingers against their faces, pointing out, "Beneath everyone's skin are the same hard bones." Remove our skin and we would all look the same. Lester's engaging tone is just right and his words are particularly effective, maintaining readers' interest and keeping them from becoming defensive. The pairing of text and dazzling artwork is flawless. The paintings blend with the words and extend them, transporting readers away from a mundane viewpoint and allowing them to appreciate a common spiritual identity. This wonderful book should be a first choice for all collections and is strongly recommended as a springboard for discussions about differences. 0060285966
K-8 Anti-Racism

Connecting Kids: Exploring Diversity Together

Linda Hill

Connecting Kids offers an amazing number of games and activities for helping children to explore differences in culture, language, heritage, religion, physical ability, and lifestyle. Focusing on 20 key skills, the book includes over 200 games and activities that teach social, "connecting" behaviors -- some as simple as joining a circle, others as complex as learning a new language. Very well-illustrated, the book also includes "case study" stories and artwork from around the world for each skill, a complete cross-referenced index, and further resources. 0865714312
K-6 Anti-Racism

If the World Were Blind…: A Book About Judgement and Prejudice

Karen Gedig Burnett

If The World Were Blind... is a special picture book written by Karen Gedig Burnett and illustrated by Laurie Barrows for the purpose of teaching young readers about judgment and prejudice. Every two-page spread of the book is initially colored black, with only people's words and thoughts as well as main text standing out. Every two-page spread then folds out into a long mural twice the length of the open book, which brings the words in darkness to vibrant, colorful life, showing the people of all shapes and sizes who are thinking or saying the words that were printed on darkness before. While the foldouts make If The World Were Blind... more delicate than an ordinary picture book, it is much sturdier than a pop-up book, and the format soundly drives home the book's conceptual message - that if people were not so quick to judge based on what they see at first glance, then everyone could learn and accept more from one another. "If the world were blind it wouldn't matter if someone were/short or tall, large or small, had an athletic body or a potbelly, perfect teeth or a toothless smile.../...it would matter only that they were / honest and fair." 0966853040
K-6 Anti-Racism

Mr. Lincoln's Way

Patricia Polacco

Everyone thinks Eugene "Mean Gene" Esterhause, the school bully, is trouble "with a capital T." Everyone but Mr. Lincoln, that is, "the coolest principal in the whole world," who is determined to reach the boy after he's caught calling an African-American first-grader a racist name. Mr. Lincoln enlists Eugene's help in attracting birds to the school's new atrium, a project the fourth grader embraces with enthusiasm. Nevertheless, he again makes racist remarks and lands in the principal's office ("My old man calls you real bad names, Mr. Lincoln. He's got an ugly name for just about everybody that's different from us," the boy says to the African-American principal). Mr. Lincoln points out a heavy-handed parallel-- the diversity of the birds that Eugene loves. Mr. Lincoln helps free the boy from intolerance, just as Eugene finds a way to free the baby ducklings and their parents from the atrium so they can reach the pond outside. 0399237542
K-3 Anti-Racism, Diversity

The Crayon Box That Talked

Shane Derolf

Shane DeRolf's deceptively simple poem, a child's box of crayons conveys the sublimely simple message that when we all work together, the results are much more interesting and colorful. This is a great book to reinforce colors and also that everyone is important! The crayons in the crayon box fight and say that they don't like each other, until they are taken home by a little girl and shown what a beautiful picture they can create together! 0679886117
K-3/ Cultural Awareness

You And Me Together: Moms, Dads and Kids Around the World

Barbera Kerley

Using a simple rhyming text, Kerley captures the essence of childhood's special moments, accompanied by superb full-color photos that depict parent-and-child interactions. Diverse cultures in various locations around the world are represented, and individuals are shown wearing a colorful array of traditional clothing. Children and parents engage in activities such as playing an instrument, taking a walk, making a meal, fishing, and dancing. Simple enjoyments also include sharing a joke or tale, taking a ride or a nap, and holding hands. The universality of childhood joys is evident whether in the United States, Iceland, Saudi Arabia, China, Thailand, Bhutan, Japan, Suriname, Indonesia, Brazil, Papua New Guinea, or any of the other settings. Back matter contains a world map, miniature reproductions of the photos along with their locations and a descriptive caption, and an inspiring "Note on the World's Children" written by Marian Wright Edelman. This book is an excellent tool for raising awareness of cultural differences and similarities. Its design and layout will allow for classroom use, group sharing, or individual reading. 0792282973
Grade 2+ Awareness, Social Responsibility, Empathy

Refugee Children: Escape from Persecution and War

The UN Refugee Agency

Every day, somewhere in the world, children become refugees. They flee their countries because their lives are in danger and they remain at risk. However, refugee children usually do not understand the reasons…they just feel the fear and run. They take with them only a few things which they can carry. Often there is no room for their most precious possessions and there is no time to gather them. Sometimes refugee children escape with only their dreams and their hopes for the future. This brochure deals with issues facing refugee children and is designed for child readers. It highlights specific issues such as health and education as well as tells the stories of several refugee children from Afghanistan, Mozambique, Sudan and Bosnia. 000000
  All grade levels- Diversity, Respect, Anti-Racism

All Different, All Equal (binding)

Council of Europe, Youth Directorate

Education Pack Ideas, resources, methods and activities for informal intercultural education with young people and adults. Part A provides the context for the educational approaches outlined in Part B. It defines key concepts and examines the bases of intercultural education. A reference section at the end suggests avenues for further exploration. Questions are placed strategically throughout the text to make the issues come alive and to provide suggestions for discussion topics with youth groups. Part B provides a tool box of methods and activities to use with young people in intercultural education. Following a description of the overall methodology, you will find a range of activities which are based firmly on group work and participation. Working from experience, exploring new approaches, Part B encourages young people to take action. In the production of this pack, every effort has been made to ensure that it can be used in the manner most suitable for your work in designing educational activities. You can start reading this pack at any point of interest to you. It is meant to be read critically and adapted to suit your own unique circumstances. 00000
  K-Grade 7 Bullying, Safe Schools

Focus on Bullying: A Prevention Program for Elementary School Communities (Binding)

B.C. Safe Schools Initiative

Focus on Bullying: A Prevention Program for Elementary School Communities is primarily addressed to educators who want to expand their efforts to create conditions through which children respect and support one another. It provides important information about the nature of bullying and the common myths and stereotypes associated with it. It contains sound recommendations for the collaboration of parents, teachers, students, and community members working together to develop a blueprint for untroubled school communities where children are free to learn and teachers are free to teach. Focus on Bullying provides a series of Kindergarten to Grade 7 lesson plans that provide all students in the school an opportunity to explore their questions about bullying, learn to understand the problem, and begin to reflect upon their own attitudes and behaviours toward peers. Focus on Bullying also helps strengthen a positive school culture by promoting a sense of belonging among students, and by teaching students how and when to seek help from adults and other children, thereby helping to create a school environment free of bullying. The research on bullying-prevention programs is unambiguous. Schools that implement a comprehensive program emphasizing a positive school climate and challenging bullying behaviour of students can make a difference 00000
Friendship & Loyalty, Peace, Responsibility & Commitment

Rhinos & Raspberries (6X2, + teacher book)

Nina Frenkel, Noah Woods

A teaching tolerance publication with 12 stories and discussion questions and activities. Ten lesson plans standard based for grades preK-6. Two sets of students readers for small group exercises. 000
M-6 Anti-Racisme

Savoir faire face au racisme

Emmanuel Vaillant


C’est quoi exactement le racisme ? D’où vient-il ? A-t-il toujours existé ? Pourquoi est-il toujours, hélas, d’actualité ? Comment peut-on s’y opposer ? Contre les idées reçues, contre l’ignorance et la peur qui entretient ces comportements de haine, cet Essentiel Milan Junior te propose des arguments clairs et précis pour ne pas être sans réaction face au racisme. Et défendre les victimes du racisme, c’est défendre les droits de l’homme. 2745908987
M-6 Sensibilisation Culturelle, Anti-Racisme

Intolérance et racisme, non!

Florence Dutheil

Le petit guide pour apprendre à dire non à l'intolérance et au racisme. Il y en a, des différences - physiques, de caractère, de religion - quand on est plus de six milliards à vivre sur Terre ! Certaines d'entre elles font envie, étonnent, d'autres choquent, inquiètent, dérangent. Dans ce petit guide de prévention, à lire en famille, l'enfant trouvera les solutions pour accepter les autres et pour mieux vivre ensemble. 2747013626
M-6 Anti-Racisme

Le petit livre pour dire non à l'intolérance et au racisme

Florence Dutheil & Henri Fellner



Ce livre présente plusieurs types de différences : physiques, caractères, religion. Il apporte des éléments de réflexion et des façons d’agir qui permettent d’éviter les intolérances et les racismes. Des cas concrets d’enfants sont explicités de façon concise dans l’idée générale de vivre ensemble. 2227745010
M-12 Sensibilisation Culturelle, Anti-Racisme

Le grand livre contre le racisme

Allain Serres

Savoir les bateaux d'esclaves, s'initier à la génétique, connaître l'histoire des frères de Geronimo, ne jamais rien oublier des camps d'extermination nazis, comprendre un grand-père arménien, soulever un instant la lourde valise d'un immigré... Ce Grand livre propose ces rencontres-multicolores. Des textes d'écrivains, de chercheurs, d'historiens, de poètes et des témoignages. 100 dessins et photographies pour donner envie de s'ouvrir à tous les autres humains. 2915569940
M-6 Sensibilisation Culturelle, Anti-Racisme

Le premier livre de toutes nos couleurs

Alain Serres

Disons-le d’emblée, ce nouvel album des éditions Rue du Monde est vraiment un réussite et n’a pas son pareil dans le monde de l’édition française. En cet année internationale contre le racisme, ce "Premier livre de toutes nos couleurs" tombe à point. Car cet imagier-citoyen, à la fois très clair dans le texte et les explications qu’il donne, mais aussi très attrayant par son graphisme, permet aux plus jeunes lecteurs de s’interroger sur le monde qui les entoure, d’en comprendre les différences pour finalement mieux le respecter. Et il est vrai cet album carré, aux mille couleurs, est formidablement bien construit. En onze chapitres, l’enfant pourra ainsi découvrir le monde, de la Terre à la biologie, de l’Afrique à l’Amérique, de l’Holocauste au racisme, jusqu’à la religion et aux différentes manières de cuisiner. Sur la page de gauche, un texte explicatif (en gros caractères), relevant en rouge les mots essentiels, agrémenter de petites vignettes. Sur la page de droite de nombreux dessins à la craie et des photographies en noir et blanc, où s’insèrent des propos d’enfants, dans leur langue originelle puis en traduction, comme pour mieux découvrir le quotidien des enfants d’ailleurs. Des petits carrés de toutes les couleurs parcourent l’ouvrage et proposent au lecteur une information ou un angle complémentaire au texte principal. Bref, un livre multiple (presque multi-média) qui soulève des interrogations, permet d’engager la discussion et surtout parvient à aller vers ce qui n’est pas soi, en somme vers tous les autres. Alain Serres et Zaü ont certainement réussi l’un des plus beau travail d’édition de cette année 2001. 2912084520