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ABC Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99

An entertaining and highly original set of learning-to-read flashcards.

These beautiful flashcards have an original natural history twist and humour that makes letter learning surprisingly enjoyable. Their unique foldover design makes them perfect for sharing and for putting up around the home to help reinforce letter learning. Inside the cards are activities based on essential preschool concepts such as colours, shapes, numbers, counting, matching and sorting. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.

Achieving Aboriginal Student Success: a Guide for K to 8 Classrooms. Pamela Rose Toulouse, $29.00

ACHIEVING ABORIGINAL STUDENT SUCCESS presents goals and strategies needed to support Aboriginal learners in the classroom. This book is for all teachers of kindergarten to grade 8 who have Aboriginal students in their classrooms or who are looking for ways to infuse an Aboriginal worldview into their curriculum. Although the author’s primary focus is the needs of Aboriginal students, the ideas are best practices that can be applied in classroom-management techniques, assessment tools, suggestions for connecting to the Aboriginal community, and much more. The strategies and information in this resource are about building bridges between cultures that foster respect, appreciation, and understanding.

Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues in Early Childhood. Mojdeh Bayat, $60.95

Addressing Challenging Behaviors and Mental Health Issues in Early Childhood focuses on research-based strategies for educators to address challenging behaviors of children during early childhood and elementary school years. Utilizing research from the fields of neuroscience, child development, child psychiatry, counselling and applied behavior analysis, the author suggests simple strategies for teachers to manage behaviors and promote mental health and resilience in children with challenging behaviors.

The book provides a framework for best practices which are empirically based and have been successfully utilized in the classroom. An appreciation of the deep understanding of culture as it affects curricular approaches, family engagement, and child growth and development is utilized throughout this comprehensive, multidisciplinary resource. Bayat references the most recent research in the field of child mental health and provides educational and intervention approaches that are appropriate for all children with and without disabilities.

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After-School Explorations: Fun, Ready-to-Use Activities for Kids Ages 5-12. Susanna Palomares & Dianne Schilling, $33.95

This great resource is packed cover to cover with inviting, kid-friendly games, arts and crafts, science projects, environmental lessons and more. An ideal resource for every after-school or out-of-school venue.

Anxiety and Depression in the Classroom: a Teacher's Guide to Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Students. Nadja Reilly, $24.99

Anxiety and depression are two of the most common mental health problems for young students, and can be particularly hard to detect and support. In this book, the first of its kind for teachers, Nadja Reilly lays out with richly detailed examples the signs to look for so educators can direct their students to help and ensure emotional wellness in the classroom. Grounded in recent psychological research and practical self-regulation tools, Reilly opens her study out onto nourishing emotional wellness in all students, communicating with parents, and school-wide mental health advocacy.

The Art of Classroom Inquiry: a Handbook for Teacher-Researchers. Ruth Shagoury Hubbard & Brenda Miller Power, $41.00

Thoroughly updated to reflect current thinking and technologies, this revised edition of The Art of Classroom Inquiry continues to show teachers how they can carefully and systematically ask and answer their own questions about learning. In crisp, jargon-free prose, Ruth Shagoury Hubbard and Brenda Miller Power present the nuts and bolts of classroom research strategies — interviewing and note-taking techniques, methods for categorizing data, online support, and hands-on activities for testing research methods and honing skills, plus much more.

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The Art of Inquiry: Questioning Strategies for K-6 Classrooms, 2nd Edition. Nancy Lee Cecil & Jeanne Pfeifer, $26.00

Asking questions is one of the most essential functions of teaching. In this book, Nancy Lee Cecil and Jeanne Pfeifer show teachers how to develop both their own questioning skills and those of their students. The authors explain how to model provocative, open-ended questions, and provide many useful teacher- and student-directed questioning strategies. From these strategies, children learn how to ask questions that enable them to construct their own meaning from what they read and experience.

The Art of the Possible: an Everyday Guide to Politics. Edward Keenan, $17.95

Have you ever asked yourself the question: what are politics? And why do we need them? Then we have a book for you!  The Art of the Possible by Edward Keenan answers everything from why we form societies and the basic types of governments to the power of public opinion, methods of rhetoric and the reasons why politicians “lie.” Filled with fun facts and case studies, this book will make you a political pro in no time!

The Art Teacher's Survival Guide for Elementary and Middle Schools, 2nd Edition. Helen Hume, $37.95

With more than 110 creative art projects in varied types of media — from drawing to digital plus tips, tools, and curricular resources, THE ART TEACHER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE offers everything a teacher needs to know to present an effective arts education program. Classroom teachers who want to include art projects as part of the content curriculum and art teachers looking for new ideas will all find fresh inspiration in this exciting new edition. It features numerous new projects and draws on multicultural traditions, includes reproducible pages, and provides detailed instructions with illustrations, links to content learning, and modifications for different ages. Authoritative, practical, and user-friendly, this comprehensive guide is an invaluable addition to every K-8 teacher's basic classroom tools.

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Art Workshops for Children. Hervé Tullet, $22.95

A guide to eleven children’s art workshops by one of the world’s most innovative facilitators and best-selling bookmakers. These workshops are designed to spark children’s imaginations, champion group bonding, and give visually pleasing results — with no artistic ability required. Illustrated and written by author of Press Here, each workshop includes: a list of materials needed, a step-by-step guide to facilitation, practical tips, illustrated examples, and photos of workshops in progress. 

Tried and tested around the world by children of all ages. Perfect for organizing group events at home, in schools, at parties, at museums — anywhere! 

Also from Hervé Tullet:

Mix It Up! Hervé Tullet, $21.99

PRESS HERE. Hervé Tullet, $21.99

Press Here: the Game.  Hervé Tullet, $27.99 (ages 3 to adult, 2 to 6 players)

Artful Teaching: Integrating the Arts for Understanding across the Curriculum K-8. David Donahue & Jennifer Stuart, Editors, $24.95

The authors in this volume share exemplary arts-integration practices across the K–8 curriculum. Rather than providing formulas or scripts to be followed, they carefully describe how the arts provide an entry point for gaining insight into why and how students learn. The book includes rich and lively examples of public school teachers integrating visual arts, music, drama, and dance with subject matter, including English, social studies, science, and mathematics. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding of why and how to use the arts every day, in every school, to reach every child. Both a practitioner's guide and a school reform model, this important book:

  • Explains how arts integration across the K–8 curriculum contributes to student learning.
  • Features examples of how integrated arts education functions in classrooms when it is done well.
  • Explores intensive teacher-education and principal-training programs now underway in several higher education institutions.
  • Offers concrete ideas for educators who are looking to strengthen their own skills.

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Attachment-Based Teaching: Creating a Tribal Classroom. Louis Cozolino, $32.00

Human brains are social, and a student's ability to learn is deeply influenced by the quality of his or her attachment to teachers and peers. Secure attachment relationships not only ensure our overall well-being, but also optimize learning by enhancing motivation, regulating anxiety, and triggering neuroplasticity. This unique, important book presents a classroom model of secure attachment, exploring how teacher-student rapport is central to creating supportive, "tribal" classrooms and school communities.

Becoming an Adoption-Friendly School: a Whole-School Resource for Supporting Children Who Have Experienced Trauma or Loss. Emma Gore Langton & Katherine Boy, $45.95

Adopted children who have experienced loss, abuse or neglect need additional support for their emotional development, and are more likely to have special educational needs. This useful resource provides a complete plan for creating adoption-friendly environments in primary, secondary and specialist schools.

The book is grounded on new research which gathered together testimonies from over 400 school staff members, adoptive parents and adoption specialists. With realistic consideration of pressures and limitations currently faced by schools, it gives advice on eight key areas for school development, including communicating with parents, training staff, using resources wisely and recognising children's individual needs. Completing the toolkit is a broad selection of photocopiable and downloadable plans for establishing adoption-friendly frameworks, and for demonstrating good practice to staff, pupils, families and supervisors.

Becoming Brilliant: What Science Tells Us about Raising Successful Children. Roberta Michnick Golinkoff & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, $27.95

In just a few years, today's children and teens will forge careers that look nothing like those their parents and grandparents knew. Even the definition of "career" and "job" are changing as more people build their own teams to create new businesses, apps, and services. Although these changes are well underway, our system of K–12 education lags behind, an education system still subscribes to the idea that content is king. The exclusive focus on content is reflected in what we test and how we teach, and even the toys we offer our children at home. Employers want to hire excellent communicators, critical thinkers, and innovators — in short, they want brilliant people. But they are often disappointed. So what can we do to help our children be brilliant and successful?

Stories about the failures of our educational system abound, but most of them stop after pointing out the problems. Becoming Brilliant goes beyond complaining to offer solutions that parents can apply right now. Authors Roberta Michnick Golinkoff and Kathy Hirsh-Pasek provide a science-based framework for how we should be educating children in and outside of school.

Constructed from the latest scientific evidence and presented in an accessible way rich with examples, this book introduces the 6Cs — collaboration, communication, content, critical thinking, creative innovation, and confidence — along with tips to optimize children's development in each area.

Taken together, these are the skills that will make up the straight-A report card for success in the 21st century.

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Becoming an Emotionally Intelligent Teacher. William Powell & Ochan Kusuma-Powell, $25.95

Based on Daniel Goleman’s five components of emotional intelligence, BECOMING AN EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT TEACHER shows how self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, social awareness, and relationship management can help teachers increase their effectiveness in the classroom. The authors provide research, case studies, and essential tools that help teachers to:

  • Understand how their conscious and unconscious behaviors affect the learning environment
  • Refine their verbal and nonverbal communication skills
  • Manage their feelings and frustrations
  • Interpret student behaviors, developing insight into how students perceive their teaching styles
  • Hone their presentation skills

Becoming Young Thinkers: Deep Project Work in the Classroom. Judy Jarris Helm, $38.95

This book is designed for preschool through primary grade teachers who know how to do project work but are ready to move to the next level. Focusing on how children become young thinkers, the book begins with mind, brain, and education science and instructional guidelines for all learning experiences, and then connects these to the rich foundation of the project approach. Helm provides specific strategies for deepening project work, including how to select meaningful topics, plan for projects, integrate standards, support children's questioning, create provocations to promote engagement, and help children represent their ideas. This practical resource will extend practitioners’ knowledge about project-based learning so they can move beyond the basics to create project work that is more engaging, meaningful, and productive.

Behavior Analysis for Effective Teaching. Julie Vargas, $87.95

Modern teachers increasingly encounter students who enter their classroom with low motivation, learning problems, or disruptive behavior. The mission of this book is to provide teachers and other human service professionals some specific tools they can use to teach more effectively without using the punitive methods that are too often part of educational practices. At the same time, the book explains the science on which behavioral practices are based.

This text is intended for undergraduate and graduate students in teacher education, special education, physical education, and educational psychology as well as for practicing teachers who would like to know what behavior analysis has to offer.

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Beyond Behavior Management: the Six Life Skills Children Need, 2nd Edition. Jenna Bilnes, $48.50

All children — not just those with challenging behaviors — require guidance as they develop the social and emotional skills they will use the rest of their lives. This resource provides everything you need to help children build and use six essential life skills: attachment, belonging, self-regulation, collaboration, contribution, and adaptability. Developed and tested in the classroom, this strength-based approach includes strategies, examples of supportive interactions, and special activities to help you manage challenging behaviors and strengthen social and emotional development in all children. With these essential life skills, children will exhibit more prosocial behaviors, work better as a classroom community, and become excited and active learners.

BLINDSPOT: Hidden Biases of Good People. Mahzarin Banaji & Anthony Greenwald, $32.00

I know my own mind.
I am able to assess others in a fair and accurate way.

These self-perceptions are challenged by leading psychologists Mahzarin Banaji and Anthony Greenwald as they explore the hidden biases we all carry from a lifetime of exposure to cultural attitudes about age, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, social class, sexuality, disability status, and nationality.

“Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups — without our awareness or conscious control — shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential.

In BLINDSPOT, the authors reveal hidden biases based on their experience with the Implicit Association Test, a method that has revolutionized the way scientists learn about the human mind and that gives us a glimpse into what lies within the metaphoric "Blindspot". The title’s “good people” are those of us who strive to align our behavior with our intentions. The aim of BLINDSPOT  is to explain the science in plain enough language to help well-intentioned people achieve that alignment. By gaining awareness, we can adapt beliefs and behavior and “outsmart the machine” in our heads so we can be fairer to those around us. Venturing into this book is an invitation to understand our own minds. Brilliant, authoritative, and utterly accessible, BLINDSPOT is a book that will challenge and change readers for years to come.

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The Book of Languages: Talk Your Way Around the World. Mick Webb, $17.95

We use language all day, every day — probably without thinking much about it. But if you stop and consider it, language is not only extremely important, it’s fascinating, too! Use of language is one of the key things distinguishing humans from other animals, and nearly 7,000 languages are spoken around the world. Without it, we’d be hard pressed to communicate, express ourselves, or understand others.

The Book of Languages begins with an introduction to why language is important, how it originated and how it changes. From there, the book profiles 21 of the world’s languages. Each spread showcases a language’s history, where it’s spoken, what it looks like and how to speak a few phrases and count to ten. Rounded out with sections on non-verbal and animal language, this book will stimulate readers’ curiosity about the world and spark appreciation for language learning.

Boosting Executive Skills in the Classroom: a Practical Guide for Educators, Grades K-12. Joyce Cooper-Kahn & Margaret Foster, $35.95

Students with weak Executive Function skills need strong support and specific strategies to help them learn in an efficient manner, demonstrate what they know, and manage the daily demands of school. This book shows teachers how to do exactly that, while also managing the ebb and flow of their broader classroom needs. From the co-author of the bestselling parenting book LATE, LOST, AND UNPREPARED, comes a compilation of the most practical tools and strategies, designed to be equally useful for children with EF problems as well as all other students in the general education classroom.

Rooted in solid research and classroom-tested experience, the book is organized to help teachers negotiate the very fluid challenges they face every day; educators will find strategies that improve their classroom "flow" and reduce the stress of struggling to teach students with EF weaknesses.

Brain Boosters for Groups In a Jar®. Susan Ragsdale & Ann Saylor, $16.99 (ages 12 & up)

101 active games to encourage brain development and team building in classrooms, advisory groups, after-school programs, teams, and youth groups.

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Breaking Through! Helping Girls Succeed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Harriet Mosatche, Elizabeth Lawner & Susan Matloff-Nieves, $23.95

Even with increased pressure to involve more girls in STEM areas in education, parents are often left wondering what they can do to keep their daughter's love of science, math, and technology from fading. In Breaking Through! topics ranging from how role models can make a difference to finding non-stereotypical toys and taking trips that inspire STEM discovery and engagement are illustrated with research evidence and real-life examples from girls and women. Regardless of a daughter's age (from birth to young adulthood), parents will find tips they can immediately use to help combat the gender imbalance in STEM areas. Whether they need to advocate for gender-neutral, STEM-enriched classrooms or want to encourage creative problem solving and persistence in their daughters, readers will find ideas to take action to help the girls in their lives break through the barriers and achieve success in STEM.

Bridging School & Home through Family Nights: Ready-to-Use Plans for Grades K-8. Diane Kyle, Ellen McIntyre, Karen Miller & Gayle Moore, $20.95

Research confirms the link between family involvement and academic success. Yet, as student populations become increasingly diverse, educators face a daunting challenge in establishing close connections with families. Bridging School and Home Through Family Nights offers all the information, materials, and resources for planning and implementing events that build effective relationships. Drawing on their own experiences and extensive research, the authors include information on adapting events for special populations, issues around providing food and incentives, cost-saving ideas, and additional resources. Each of the book’s thirteen family night chapters is a self-contained unit that provides event procedures, needed materials, connections with national standards, and numerous reproducibles, including:

• Invitations • Agendas • Sign-in sheets • Evaluation forms • Activity worksheets • Handouts • Overheads

Productive family night experiences offer an enjoyable and meaningful way for schools to reach out to families and get them involved. This book is appropriate for K-8 teachers and principals or anyone in the school or district responsible for family events.

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Bringing the Forest School Approach to Your Early Years Practice. Karen Constable, $39.00

Bringing the Forest School Approach to your Early Years Practice provides an accessible introduction to Forest School practice. It identifies the key issues involved in setting up, running and managing a Forest School environment and offers clear guidance on resources, staffing and space required for successful play and learning outdoors. Including links to the Early Years Foundation Stage and a wide range of case studies, the book covers:

  • The beginnings of Forest School and how practice has developed
  • Child centred play and learning that allows for risk taking and challenge
  • Planning for children’s individual needs, learning styles and schemas
  • The learning environment
  • The role of the adult including health and safety and children’s welfare

Full of practical advice, this convenient guide will help practitioners to deliver new, exciting and inspiring opportunities for the children they care for.

Building Character with True Stories from Nature. Barbara Lewis, $38.99 (Grades 2-5)

This flexible resource combines character education with analogies to powerful stories from nature. The heart of each of the book’s 25 lessons is an engaging story, written to kids, describing a particular animal or plant and its distinctive qualities. Busy classroom teachers will like the accessibility and flexibility of these character education lesson plans. Kids can read a story individually or in groups, or follow along as the teacher reads it aloud.

Accompanying each story, teachers will find several activities—most of them quick, easy, and requiring few supplies—that further investigate animals or plants and the connections between their qualities and human behaviors. Every lesson examines several main character traits, providing starting points and sample questions for discussing and exploring analogies between events in nature and human acts of character. Features include a chart cross-referencing lessons to specific character traits; a list of further resources; and an accompanying CD-ROM containing all of the book’s reproducible forms, including a photo of each plant and animal, plus a complete bonus lesson.

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Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need. Chris Lehmann & Zac Chase, $33.95

There is a growing desire to re-examine education and learning. Educators use the phrase "school 2.0" to think about what schools will look like in the future. Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, Building School 2.0 is a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces can — and should — change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by these technologies.

Each section of Building School 2.0 presents a thesis designed to help educators and administrators to examine specific practices in their schools, and to then take their conclusions from theory to practice. Collectively, the theses represent a new vision of school, built off of the best of what has come before us, but with an eye toward a future we cannot fully imagine.

Building Your Own Robots: Design and Build Your First Robot! Gordon McComb, $9.99

There's no better way for kids to learn about the world around them than to test how things work. Building Your Own Robots presents fun robotics projects that children aged 7 – 11 can complete with common household items and old toys. The projects introduce core robotics concepts while keeping tasks simple and easy to follow.

Calm, Alert, and Learning: Classroom Strategies for Self-Regulation. Stuart Shanker, $67.00

Recent research tells us that one of the keys to student success is self-regulation — the ability to monitor and modify emotions, to focus or shift attention, to control impulses, to tolerate frustration or delay gratification. But can a child’s ability to self-regulate be improved?

Canada’s leading expert on self-regulation, Dr. Stuart Shanker, knows it can and that, as educators, we have an important role to play in helping students’ develop this crucial ability. Distinguished Research Professor at York University and Past President of the Council for Early Child Development, Dr. Shanker leads us through an exploration of the five major domains — what they are, how they work, what they look like in the classroom, and what we can do to help students strengthen in that domain.

Campus Confidential: 100 Startling Things You Don’t Know about Canadian Universities, 2nd Edition. Ken Coates & Bill Morrison, $22.95

In a country where a high percentage of the population goes to university, but only a small percentage actually finds employment in their chosen field, understanding what’s going on in our postsecondary institutions is more important than ever. CAMPUS CONFIDENTIAL offers a lively look at what’s really going on inside our colleges and universities.

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Child Health Across Cultures: the Health, Wellbeing and Special Needs of Children from Diverse Backgrounds — a Resource for Teachers and Others with an Interest in Strengthening the Health of Children Experiencing More Than One Culture. Judith Colbert, $29.95

Child Health Across Cultures focuses on the critical importance of child health among diverse at-risk populations. By drawing on international research in various fields, author Judith Colbert explores global patterns of health and dis/ability, and recommendations for responding to health issues.

The book invites educators, clinicians and others to take steps toward providing the knowledge and support needed to promote the physical, mental, and social health of all members of the community — including vulnerable immigrant and newcomer children.

Child Soldier. Michel Chikwanine & Jessica Dee Humphreys, illustrated by Claudia Dávila, $18.95 (ages 10-14)

Michel Chikwanine was five years old when he was abducted from his schoolyard soccer game in the Democratic Republic of Congo and forced to become a soldier for a brutal rebel militia. Against the odds, Michel managed to escape and find his way back to his family, but he was never the same again. After immigrating to Canada, Michel was encouraged by a teacher to share what happened to him in order to raise awareness about child soldiers around the world, and this book is part of that effort. Told in the first person and presented in a graphic novel format, the gripping story of Michel's experience is moving and unsettling. But the humanity he exhibits in the telling, along with Claudia Dávila's illustrations, which evoke rather than depict the violent elements of the story, makes the book accessible for this age group and, ultimately, reassuring and hopeful.

The book also contains further information, as well as suggestions for ways children can help. This is a perfect resource for engaging youngsters in social studies lessons on global awareness and social justice issues, and would easily spark classroom discussions about conflict, children's rights and even bullying. Michel's actions took enormous courage, but he makes clear that he was and still is an ordinary person, no different from his readers. He believes everyone can do something to make the world a better place, and so he shares what his father told him: “If you ever think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.”

Childhood and Nature: Design Principles for Educators. David Sobel, $26.95

This leading voice in environmental education shows teachers how to build connections between the classroom and the real world. The book demonstrates the seven design principles for structuring projects that focus on the environment. These projects explore issues that students care about as they build skills in language arts, math, science, social studies, and problem-solving. An ideal resource for helping students appreciate the complexity and seriousness of our environmental issues.

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Children Who Fail at School But Succeed at Life: Lessons from Lives Well-Lived. Mark Katz, $54.00

Many people who failed in school move on to enjoy meaningful and successful lives. They include — though they are by no means limited to — those with attention and executive function challenges, learning disabilities, learning and behavioral challenges arising out of traumatic events in their lives, and even those impacted by all of the above. Up until recently, little attention was paid to successful people who did poorly in school. So what did we miss? How can their life experiences help educators and parents understand what schools can do better to support students who are struggling today?

In his groundbreaking new book, Mark Katz draws on research findings in clinical and social psychology, cognitive neuroscience, education, and other fields of study — as well as stories of successful individuals who overcame years of school failure — to answer these and other questions. In the process, he shows how children who fail at school but succeed at life can give teachers and schools, counselors and health care professionals, parents and guardians — even those whose childhood struggles have persisted into their adult years — new remedies for combating learning, behavioral, and emotional challenges; reducing juvenile crime, school dropout, and substance abuse; improving our health and well-being; and preventing medical problems later in life.

Children with School Problems: a Physician’s Manual. Debra Andrews & William Mahoney, Editors, $60.00

Doctors must be able to identify, diagnose, treat, and manage children who are struggling in school. The first book specifically tailored for the needs of physicians working with kids with learning disabilities, CHILDREN WITH SCHOOL PROBLEMS: A PHYSICIAN'S MANUAL covers such important areas as child development, diagnosing learning disabilities (including data gathering, screening and assessment, and physical examinations), management (medication, behavioral management, and educational interventions), and prevention (including literacy promotion).

Written by trusted experts from the Canadian Paediatric Society, CHILDREN WITH SCHOOL PROBLEMS is filled with practical tools and resources that physicians — including paediatricians, family physicians, and paediatric learners — can use to diagnose and treat children with learning disabilities.

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Children's Mathematics: Cognitively Applied Instruction, 2nd Edition. Thomas Carpenter, Elizabeth Fennema, Megan Loef Franke, Linda Levi, Susan Empson, $42.00

The bestselling first edition of Children’s Mathematics helped hundreds of thousands of teachers understand children’s intuitive mathematical thinking and use that knowledge to help children learn mathematics with understanding.  The highly anticipated Second Edition provides new insights about Cognitively Guided Instruction based on the authors’ research and experience in CGI classrooms over the last 15 years. Highlights include:

  • how children solve problems using their intuitive understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division
  • the development of children’s mathematical thinking throughout the primary grades
  • instructional practices that promote children’s active engagement in mathematics
  • connections between children’s strategies and powerful mathematical concepts

A new expanded collection of over 90 online video episodes illustrating children’s mathematical thinking, interactions between students and teachers, and classroom instruction that builds on children’s mathematical thinking. Together, the Second Edition and videos provide a detailed research-based account of the development of children’s mathematical thinking and problem solving, and how teachers can promote this development in ways that honor children’s thinking.

CHITCHAT: Celebrating the World’s Languages. Judy Isabella, Illustrated by Kathy Boake, $18.95

CHITCHAT gives an entertaining overview of the world of languages — and the languages of the world — in this eye-popping, kid-friendly book.

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Classroom Observation: a Guide to the Effective Observation of Teaching and Learning. Matt O’Leary, $49.50

CLASSROOM OBSERVATION explores the pivotal role of lesson observation in the training, assessment and development of new and experienced teachers. Offering practical guidance and detailed insight on an aspect of training that is a source of anxiety for many teachers, this thought-provoking book offers a critical analysis of the place, role and nature of lesson observation in the lives of education professionals. Illustrated throughout with practical examples from a range of education settings, it considers observation as a means of assessing teaching and learning and also as a way of developing teachers’ skills and knowledge.

Written for all student and practicing teachers as well teacher educators and those engaged in educational research, CLASSROOM OBSERVATION is an essential introduction to how we observe, why we observe and how it can be best used to improve teaching and learning.

Classroom Warm-Ups In a Jar®: Quick and Meaningful Activities for All Grades. $14.99

Short, easy, fun classroom activities to get things going in the morning or after a break.

Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs, 7th Edition. Peter Westwood, $62.95

This fully revised and updated seventh edition of Commonsense Methods for Children with Special Educational Needs continues to offer practical advice on evidence-based teaching methods and intervention strategies for helping children with a wide range of disabilities or difficulties. The advice the author provides is embedded within a clear theoretical context and draws on the latest international research and literature from the field. Coverage includes:

  • learning difficulties and disabilities
  • students with autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, physical or health issues, and sensory impairments
  • gifted and talented students
  • developing social skills and self-management
  • behaviour management
  • teaching methods
  • literacy and numeracycurriculum differentiation and adaptive teaching
  • computer-based instruction and e-learning.

Peter Westwood also provides additional information and advice on transition from school to employment for students with disabilities, lesson study, e-learning, and computer-aided instruction, and reflects on the important changes made within the latest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

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Complete Canadian Curriculum: Math / English / Social Studies / Science, Revised & Updated. $19.95 each

Complete Canadian Curriculum covers the four key subject areas currently taught in Canadian schools: Math, English, Social Studies and Science. These curriculum-based units are designed to ensure that your child understands the concepts and masters the necessary skills for grades 1 through 8. With vivid illustrations and interesting activities, your child will find working through Complete Canadian Curriculumboth fun and rewarding.

Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade One. $19.95
Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade Two. $19.95
Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade Three. $19.95
Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade Four. $19.95
Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade Five. $19.95
Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade Six. $19.95
Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade Seven. $19.95
Complete Canadian Curriculum: Grade Eight. $19.95

Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 4. $19.95
Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 5. $19.95
Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 6. $19.95
Complete FrenchSmart: the Ultimate Workbook for Mastering French, Grade 7. $19.95

Complete FrenchSmart provides ample practice for learning and mastering French. Concise explanations with examples guide children along and ensure that they learn with confidence. The systematically-designed activities cover the key areas of learning — vocabulary building, grammar, reading, and usage — grades four through seven. Working through Complete FrenchSmart is a fun and rewarding experience!

Complete Summer Smart, K to 1, Revised. $9.95 
Complete Summer Smart, 1 to 2, Revised. $9.95 
Complete Summer Smart, 2 to 3, Revised. $9.95 
Complete Summer Smart, 3 to 4, Revised. $9.95 
Complete Summer Smart, 4 to 5, Revised. $9.95 
Complete Summer Smart, 5 to 6, Revised. $9.95

By reviewing the essentials covered in the previous academic year, Complete Summer Smart prepares your child for the grade ahead. Each book includes fun summer activities in English, math, science, social studies, arts & crafts and more.

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Connecting Emergent Curriculum and Standards in the Early Childhood Classroom: Strengthening Content and Teaching Practice. Sydney Schwartz & Sherry Copeland, $41.95

This book provides teachers with the resources to bring content alive and document it in every-day, action-based pre–K and Kindergarten classrooms. The book includes lists of key content ideas — coordinated with learning standards in science, mathematics, social studies, and the communication arts — to guide teacher observations of, and interactions with, young children. Chapters focus on ways to extend children’s emerging use of content in the block, manipulative, sand and water, drama, expressive arts, and literacy centers, as well as link to the development of themes.

Counseling Skills for Teachers: Listening, Questioning, Modeling, Reframing, Goal Setting, Empathizing. Jeffrey Kottler & Ellen Kottler, $23.99

By necessity, today's teachers do much more than deliver instruction. In the classroom, on the playground, or even in the parking lot, teachers are often called upon to respond quickly and appropriately to students' social and emotional needs, drawing from instinct more than anything else.

In this second edition of the bestselling Counseling Skills for Teachers, Jeffrey and Ellen Kottler expertly guide pre-service and in-service teachers to be effective helpers in the context of today's most common challenges, highlighting issues related to homelessness, grief and loss, and bullying and harassment. With an entirely new chapter on "Counseling Yourself," the book offers teachers sure-fire techniques for taking better care of themselves and the students in their schools.

Counting On the Future. Matt Richter, $10.95

This clever book is so much more than a 1-10 counting book. Each page expresses a number by using pictures of sustainable concepts — from solar panels to carpooling. A lovely book for very young children just learning to count, and for older children as a starting point for discussions about sustainable resources.

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Creating a Beautiful Mess: Ten Essential Play Experiences for a Joyous Childhood. Ann Gadzikowski, $22.50

When children play, it can often create a mess, but what a beautiful mess it is! Creating a Beautiful Mess provides adults with the ten most important play experiences children need and show how they represent a balance that support learning, provide physical activity, encourage creative expression, and promote social and family connections. These broad categories, include building with blocks, pretending and make believe, running around like crazy, playing turn-taking games, finding and collecting things, and more. This is a book that can be enjoyed by early childhood professionals and families alike.

Creating Capable Kids: Twelve Skills that will Help Kids Succeed in School and Life. Bruce Howlett & Caitlin Howlett, $21.95

Here is a compelling, thought provoking and practical guide to parenting and educating today's children. It is derived from Amartya Sen's Nobel Prize-winning approach to human development which has proven highly effective at freeing people from the chains of poverty. Educators Bruce and Caitlin Howlett apply Sen's approach to child development at home and in school and offering fresh, effective ways to rescue parenting and revive education, while providing parents, teachers and caregivers with a proven foundation for creating rewarding childhoods, academic success and fulfilling lives.

By incorporating the twelve key capabilities, such as sensory awareness, creative imagination, emotional and self-awareness, parents and educators can promote the three most critical tools for children's survival and success: continuous learning, problem solving, and increased knowledge and meaning. Using stories of three different types of children — Zoe, Mia and Daniel — the authors demonstrate the value of life and of the Capabilities Approach theory on how to cultivate inquisitive, actively engaged, motivated, perceptive and resilient children.

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Creating a Positive School Culture: How Principals and Teachers Can Solve Problems Together. Marie-Nathalie Beaudoin & Maureen Taylor, $23.99

Principals and teachers have very different perspectives, pressures, and struggles. As a result, problems of negativity, isolation, or censure often develop among staff members. This may cause principals and teachers to spend a tremendous amount of energy addressing these issues instead of focusing on their primary goal — improved student achievement.

Creating a Positive School Culture provides strategies for understanding and solving staff problems, preventing conflicts, and enriching school climates. By combining therapeutic knowledge with day-to-day educational experience, the authors offer innovative solutions for overcoming many energy- and morale-sapping problems, including gossip, cliques, negativity, and competition. This practical guidebook clearly explains how administrators, teachers, parents, and staff can all work together to solve problems and build a culture of caring and respect.

Creating Room to Read: a Story of Hope in the Battle for Global Literacy. John Wood, $18.00

In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the non-profit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world,” he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the non-profit sector — and succeeded spectacularly. At its heart, CREATING ROOM TO READ shares moving stories of the people Room to Read works to help: impoverished children whose schools and villages have been swept away by war or natural disaster and girls whose educations would otherwise be ignored. 

People at the highest levels of finance, government, and philanthropy will embrace the opportunity to learn Wood’s inspiring business model and blueprint for doing good. And general readers will love CREATING ROOM TO READ for its spellbinding story of one man’s mission to put books within every child’s reach. 

The Creative Teacher: an Encyclopedia of Ideas to Energize Your Classroom, 2nd Edition. Steve Springer, Brandy Alexander & Kimberly Persiani, $26.95 (K-6)

To keep your students engaged in the classroom, you have to get them excited about learning. From the authors of The Organized Teacher, this award-winning resource offers hundreds of creative ideas to reenergize your lesson plans for any subject — from waking up the tired book report to making math fun. Just a few of the ideas inside THE CREATIVE TEACHER include:

  • "I woke up five inches tall" and other quick-start creative-writing prompts
  • How-it-works science experiments with electricity, ice cream, volcanoes — even how to make flubber
  • Enthusiasm-generating math tools—from clock and fraction templates to creating your own money . . . and more!
  • This new edition boasts a new CD-ROM with many pages of reproducible content including worksheets, project ideas, templates for journal pages, and more.

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Cultivating Outdoor Classrooms: Designing and Implementing Child-Centered Learning Environments. Eric Nelson, $66.95

Transform outdoor spaces into learning environments where children can enjoy a full range of activities as they spend quality time in nature. This book is filled with guidance to help you plan, design, and create an outdoor learning program that is a rich, thoughtfully equipped, natural extension of your indoor curriculum. Loaded with practical and creative ideas, CULTIVATING OUTDOOR CLASSROOMS promotes the idea that if you can do it indoors, you can probably do it outside as well.

Cyber Dilemmas In a Jar®: Challenges for Teens. $14.99 (ages 12 & up)

Teens tackle challenges from Internet safety to cyberbullying with these thought-provoking scenarios. This go-anywhere, easy-to-use jar prompts interesting and practical discussions about a serious issue.

DEPLOYMENT: Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families. Karen Petty, $34.95 (Ages 1-12)

Military kids face many unique stressors and difficult transitions related to deployment, relocation, separation from loved ones and changes in family structure. Caring for these children requires a clear understanding of the challenges and triumphs military families deal with so that you can offer the best support possible.

Deployment: Strategies for Working with Kids in Military Families is a comprehensive handbook which includes theory-based, practice-driven strategies and curriculum suggestions to help children move forward living full lives. Includes information on how to enhance childcare programs using multiple intelligences theory and the Reggio Emila approach.

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Developing Memory Skills in the Primary Classroom: a Complete Programme for All. Gill Davies, $54.95

The memory demands in the classroom for children are high; they are constantly bombarded by new knowledge in multiple topic areas, given series of instructions to complete and expected to both learn and demonstrate their mastery of knowledge and skills on a daily basis. Developing Memory Skills in the Primary Classroom is a highly practical book that contains all the guidance and resources a school needs to boost their pupils’ working memory. Proven to have a positive impact on pupils, this tried and tested complete programme combines teaching pupils memory strategies with opportunities to practice those strategies within a small group, the classroom and at home. The resources provided by this book include:

  • a variety of photocopiable games and activities
  • extensive teaching notes
  • a range of sample letters to parents/carers
  • essential information sheets
  • bespoke baseline assessment tools
  • a detailed programme that can be run by a teaching assistant

This text provides a clear link between working in the classroom and with parents in the home, making it a one-stop resource for any teacher, teaching assistant or parent wanting to help children develop their working memory.

Difficult Students and Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom: Teacher Responses That Work. Vance Austin & Daniel Sciarra, $39.95

Difficult Students and Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom provides skills-based interventions for educators to address the most common problem behaviors encountered in the classroom. Offering not just problem-specific “best practices” but an attachment-based foundation of sound pedagogical principles and strategies for reaching and teaching disruptive, difficult, and emotionally challenged students, it empowers educators to act wisely when problem behaviors occur, improve their relationships with students, and teach with greater success and confidence.

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Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology Tools for Early Childhood Education. Fran Simon & Karen Nemeth, $41.95

DIGITAL DECISIONS provides everything you need to make your own technology plan based on your experiences and beliefs, the needs of the children, the context of your curriculum and the resources available to you.  This no-nonsense, jargon-free guide will help you evaluate the tools and opportunities technology has to offer and integrate them into your early childhood classroom so you can offer real-life, hands-on, interactive activities to children. 

DIGITAL DECISIONS is brimming with charts, resources, and an array of activities that maximize technology as an interactive learning tool. Each chapter provides supporting guidance to make technology most effective for those working with children who are dual language learners or may have special needs.

Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students. Peter DeWitt, $43.50

Students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgendered are susceptible to harassment from their peers and are at high risk of dropping out of school. This book provides professional development ideas and real-life vignettes that will help educational leaders foster a more caring school culture not only for LGBT students, but for all students.

Direct Behavior Rating: Linking Assessment, Communication, and Intervention. Amy Briesch, Sandra Chafouleas, T. Chris Riley-Tillman, et al, $48.50

Grounded in state-of-the-art research, this practical guide comprehensively shows how to harness the potential of direct behavior rating (DBR) as a tool for assessment, intervention, and communication in schools. DBR can be used rapidly and efficiently in PreK-12 classrooms to support positive behavior and promote self-management. The authors and contributors provide concrete examples of ways to implement DBR strategies within multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS). The evidence base supporting each strategy is reviewed. More than 30 reproducible checklists and forms include step-by-step implementation blueprints, daily report cards, and more. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.

Disaster Planning and Preparedness in Early Childhood and School-age Care Settings. Charlotte Hendricks & Michele Pettibone, $19.95 (Age focus: 0-12)

Let's hope that you'll never have to face a natural or manmade disaster at your setting, but if it should happen, you need to have a plan and be prepared to carry it out. Nothing is more important than the safety of children. That's why this Quick Guide is an important addition to your professional library. Use it to create a personalized plan for each of the disaster scenarios covered in the book-evacuation, bomb threat, need to take shelter, lockdown, extended shelter, transportation emergencies, and an active shooter. This up-to-date information has been checked for accuracy by an authority on disaster planning and preparedness. Don't be caught off guard, use this book to help you be prepared for the unexpected.

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Discipline in the Secondary Classroom: a Positive Approach to Behavior Management, 3rd Edition. Randall Sprick, $47.95

This third edition of DISCIPLINE IN THE SECONDARY CLASSROOM is a treasure trove of practical advice: tips, checklists, reproducibles, and ready-to-use activities that will save secondary teachers time and help them become more effective educators. Both new and seasoned teachers will find the book invaluable for designing a management plan that prevents problems, motivates students, and teaches students to behave responsibly.

  • Offers a proven classroom management plan based on Sprick's acclaimed STOIC framework for training teachers: Structure for success, Teach expectations, Observe and monitor, Interact positively, and Correct fluently
  • Includes information on everything from creating a vision for classroom behavior to addressing misbehavior and motivating students
  • Bonus DVD features video of Sprick explaining core practices

This accessible, value-packed resource shows educators how to work with students to create a well-managed classroom where learning can flourish

Discovering the Culture of Childhood. Emily Plank, $34.50

We often filter our interactions with children through the lens of adulthood. View the culture of childhood through a whole new lens. Identify age-based bias and expand your outlook on and understanding of early childhood as a culture. Examine various elements of childhood culture: language, the power of believing, artistic expressions, and social structure. Filled with research and stories from around the world, this book offers a multitude of different perspectives to relate to. Understanding children's dispositions of questioning, wonder, engagement, and cooperation from the inside changes everything.

Documenting Children's Meaning: Engaging in Design and Creativity with Children and Families — Inspired by the Reggio Emilia Experience. Jason Avery, Karyn Callaghan & Carol Anne Wien, Foreword by Lella Gandini $61.95

The amazing and complex work of children’s minds is made visible in this groundbreaking new book from Together for Families in Hamilton, Ontario. Inspired by the world-renowned Infant/Toddler and Preschool centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy, artist Jason Avery and his colleagues use photography, recording of children’s words and drawings, and reflective commentary to document the investigations and emergent concepts taking place in this urban drop-in center serving children and families from infancy onward.

In a welcome departure from the world of ‘make-and-take’ and rote learning, we see children’s authentic engagement with their curiosity about the world honored and made visible. We see sustained, long-term relationships that cultivate and reinforce a positive view of children and families. We see the powerful results of an educational setting in which children are supported in their investigations of the things that interest them.

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"Don't We Already Do Inclusion?" 100 Ideas for Improving Inclusive Schools. Paula Kluth, $29.95

Are you trying to grow the inclusive schooling model in your community? Do you feel like you have tried everything to create change in your school? Do you want to “sharpen the saw” and become reenergized as an advocate or educator? If you answered “yes” to any one of these questions, then this is the book for you!

Don’t We Already Do Inclusion is not only filled with ideas for teaching diverse learners, but is also focused on change itself and, more specifically, on how those concerned about inclusion can create change even when they are not in positions of power. The activities, examples, and illustrations are designed to help participants refine their vision and their skills when it comes to inclusion. The ideas are free or low cost, and many can be achieved by any number of stakeholders — including students and families. Learn tried and true techniques, as well as out-of-the box solutions such as involving traditional and social media, “shrinking” the change, phoning for help, advertising, and writing your way to progress.

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native Voices. Edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale, $14.95

A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today. Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Emerging and established Native artists, including acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up comedian Ryan McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences growing up Indigenous, expressing them through such mediums as art, food, the written word, sport, dance, and fashion.

Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest, this book will to appeal to young adult readers.

Dropout Prevention. C. Lee Goss & Kristina Andren, $41.95

Meeting a crucial need, this book presents effective prevention and intervention methods that can help all students stay — and succeed — in school. The authors emphasize that dropout is a process, not an event. They provide tools for identifying dropout risk (including academic, behavior, and attendance problems) and strategies for problem solving and data-based decision making at the elementary and secondary levels. Illustrative case examples and reproducible checklists and tools enhance this user-friendly resource.

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Early Years Pioneers in Context: Their Lives, Lasting Influence and Impact on Practice Today. Pam Jarvis, Louise Swiniarski & Wendy Holland, $62.95

This accessible text provides an international study of critical educational leaders who established the foundation for Early Childhood Education across continents in the 19th and early 20th centuries. It places each pioneer within the time and culture in which they lived to help the reader understand how theories and knowledge about early years education and care have evolved over time. Early Years Pioneers in Context traces key themes such as play, child-initiated learning, working with parents, scaffolding children’s learning and the environment, enabling students to reflect on the differences and similarities between the pioneers and understand their contribution to practice today. Pioneers covered include Frederick Froebel, Elizabeth Peabody, Susan Blow, Rudolf Steiner, Margaret McMillan, Maria Montessori, Susan Isaacs and Loris Malaguzzi.

Featuring student integration tasks to help the reader link key ideas to their own practice, this will be essential reading for early years students on undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses.

Eco Literate: How Educators are Cultivating Emotional, Social and Ecological Intelligence. Daniel Goleman, Lisa Bennett & Zenobia Barlow, $27.95

Hopeful, eloquent, and bold, ECO LITERATE offers inspiring stories, practical guidance, and an exciting new model of education that builds — in vitally important ways — on the success of social and emotional learning by addressing today's most important ecological issues.

The book shares stories of pioneering educators, students, and activists engaged in issues related to food, water, oil, and coal in communities from the mountains of Appalachia to a small village in the Arctic. ECO LITERATE marks a rich collaboration between Daniel Goleman and the Center for Ecoliteracy, an organization best known for its pioneering work with school gardens, school lunches, and integrating ecological principles and sustainability into school curricula. For nearly twenty years the Center has worked with schools and organizations in more than 400 communities across the United States and numerous other countries. 

Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions: a Practical handbook for Teachers and School-Based Staff. Alison Ekins, Sally Robinson, Ian Durant & Kathryn Summers, $60.10

Educating Children with Life-Limiting Conditions supports teachers who are working with children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in mainstream schools by providing them with the core knowledge and skills that underpin effective practice within a whole-school and cross-agency approach.

Mainstream schools now include increasing numbers of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions, and this accessible book is written by a team comprised of both education and health professionals, helping to bridge the gap between different services. Recognising the complexity of individual cases, the authors communicate key principles relating to the importance of communication, multi-professional understanding and working and proactive planning for meeting the needs of any child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition that can be applied to a range of situations.

Reflective activities and practical resources are provided and are also available to download. This book will be of interest to teachers in mainstream schools, as well as teachers, and senior leaders in all school settings, school nurses, children’s nurses and allied health professionals.

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The Effective Teacher's Guide to Behavioural and Emotional Disorders. Michael Farrell, $48.95

This comprehensive guide equips teachers with informed and practical strategies for working with children with a wide range of emotional behavioural disorders including:

  • Disruptive behaviour disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression

Eight Essential Techniques for Teaching with Intention: What Makes Reggio and Other Inspired Approaches Effective. Ann Lewin-Benham, $48.95

In her latest book, bestselling author Ann Lewin-Benham describes eight techniques that foster intentional and reflective classroom practice. She presents over 70 novel exercises to help teachers learn to use body, face, hands, voice, eyes, and word choices to precisely convey meaning. Some exercises are for teachers to practice, while others build intention and reflection in children. Dozens of scenarios from typical classroom situations contrast unintentional and intentional teaching behaviors. A self-assessment enables teachers to measure how intentional and reflective they become as they learn to use the eight techniques. 

The Elementary Teacher's Big Book of Graphic Organizers, K-5. Katherine McKnight, $27.95

These graphic organizers can be used as before, during, or after learning activities, and support student learning in the major content areas: English language arts, science, social studies, and mathematics. Teachers can use each graphic organizer as-is or customize for their own classroom's unique needs. This book gives teachers in grades K-5 a powerful way to help students understand relationships between facts, terms, and ideas.

Emotional Disorders and Learning Disabilities in the Elementary Classroom: Interactions and Interventions. Jean Cheng Gorman, $23.99

This unique book focuses on the interaction of learning disabilities and emotional disorders, fostering an understanding of how learning problems affect emotional well-being, and vice-versa. Jean Cheng Gorman provides research-based, classroom-tested practical interventions teachers can integrate into their daily routines, to help students become more purposeful and more effective. This book serves as a resource and a practical classroom guide for all elementary school teachers who are presented with the challenges of addressing the multiple needs — academic, emotional and social — of children with learning disabilities and emotional problems. Elementary teachers, administrators, and professional development directors can use this unique and comprehensive book as a solid foundation of knowledge and a practical resource for intervention.

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An Empty Seat in Class: Teaching and Learning after the Death of a Student. Rick Ayers, $34.50

The death of a student, especially to gun violence, is a life-changing experience. For each of these tragedies, there is a classroom and there is a teacher. Yet student death is often a forbidden subject, removed from teacher education and professional development classes where the curriculum is focused instead on learning about standards, lesson plans, and pedagogy. What can and should teachers do when the unbearable happens? 

An Empty Seat in Class illuminates the tragedy of student death and suggests ways of dealing and healing within the classroom community. This book weaves the story of the author’s very personal experience of a student’s fatal shooting with short pieces by other educators who have worked through equally terrible events and also includes contributions from counselors, therapists, and school principals. Through accumulated wisdom, educators are given the means and the resources to find their own path to healing their students, their communities, and themselves.

Encouraging Learning: How You Can Help Children Learn. James Nottingham, $43.95

In this inspiring, humorous, and practical book James Nottingham shows what you can do to help children of all ages develop into confident, thoughtful and independent learners. Based around the acronym ASK, this book explores attitudes, skills and knowledge to learning — what is required and how to develop these them more effectively. It shows how to encourage independent thinking and a spirit of inquiry in children. ENCOURAGING LEARNING draws on research from some of the most respected experts on thinking and learning to identify the best ways to help children learn more effectively, efficiently and co-operatively.

Engaging Primary Children in Mathematics. Margaret Sangster, $38.95

Effective teaching is a combination of technical skills and knowledge but good teachers also need to understand how children learn and how they can most effectively be taught. Engaging Primary Children in Mathematics explores the various strategies for engaging children in mathematical learning in the light of theory and practice and is designed to talk straight to the teacher/student about their classroom approach to the teaching of primary mathematics.

The importance of creating a learning environment in which children can learn to be young mathematicians, where they can explore, create and solve problems, cannot be underestimated. Margaret Sangster explores how students and practitioners can develop their practice by reviewing a range of approaches to the teaching of mathematics and the development of those young mathematicians, with examples of thought-provoking activities to inform their own practice.

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E-Safety for the i-Generation: Combating the Misuse and Abuse of Technology in Schools. Nikki Grant, $31.95

How can you protect young people from the dangers of the internet, now that they are living increasingly hidden lives online? Cyber bullying, sexual harassment, cyber stalking — these are all risks that young people may face every day, and effective e-safety is more important than ever. This practical, hands-on resource will help you understand issues such as cyber bullying and sexual dangers online, what e-safety is, how to adopt a whole school approach to e-safety, how to involve parents and carers in e-safety, and responding to incidents. It also covers how to implement an e-safety policy, with a complete e-safety model to use. The book also includes activities with photocopiable handouts to teach young people about staying safe online.

This easy-to-use manual is essential for school staff and educators, and all those working in youth and community settings.

The Essential Guide to Talking with Teens: Ready-to-Use Discussions for School and Youth Groups. Jean Sunde Peterson, $43.99

All young people need a safe, supportive place to “just talk” with caring peers and an attentive adult … these guided discussions are proven ways to reach out to young people and address their social and emotional needs. Teens gain self-awareness and self-esteem, practice problem-solving and goal-setting, feel more in control of their lives, and learn they have much in common with each other—they are not alone. Each session is self-contained and step-by-step. Many include reproducible handouts. Introductory and background materials help even less-experienced group leaders feel prepared and secure in their role. For advising teachers, counselors, and youth workers in all kinds of school and group settings.

Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff: What to Say When You Don't Know What to Say. Nick Luxmore, $21.95

How do you listen effectively when you're already late for a meeting? How do you respond to a girl who's so angry that she's threatening to hit someone? Or to a boy who feels like giving up altogether? How do you listen, not only to students, but also to parents and to colleagues? Whatever your role in school, listening will be at the heart of what you do. Your school will be measured, in part, by the quality of its daily relationships and those relationships will depend on how confidently people are able to listen to each other.

This book answers all the difficult questions about how to listen, what to say, confidentiality and more. Helping with particular issues such as bullying, relationship difficulties, depression and self-harm is also covered.

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Executive Function in the Classroom. Christopher Kaufman, $48.50

Practical strategies for improving performance and enhancing skills for all students. This teacher-friendly guide lays a clear and simple path to stronger executive skills for all students and lasting academic and social success.

Families Around the World. Margiet Ruurs & Jessica Rae Gordon, $8.95 (ages 4-8)

Visit with fourteen children, each from a different country, to learn about their families. Based on real children, each one's story fills a two-page spread and is told in the first person, beginning with a greeting in the child's native language. There is a vast range of homes, locations, customs and activities presented here, yet for all the children's different experiences, it is clear how much their lives have in common with one another, and likely with the book's readers. The love they have for their family members, the joy they find in play and the beauty they see around them wherever they live are experiences that cross borders. This is a wonderful, uplifting global studies title perfect for exploring cultures and geography. It would also be useful for a social studies unit on families and family relationships. Adding to its value as a teaching tool are suggestions for lesson plans built around the book, as well as a glossary and pronunciation guide for foreign words.

Fight to Learn: the Struggle to Go to School. Laura Scandiffio, $16.95 (ages 10-14)

In many countries around the world, universal access to education is a seemingly unattainable dream; however, determined individuals with vision and drive have made this dream come true for many.

Fight to Learn highlights people such as Okello, a former child soldier in Uganda, who founded a school for children like him whose education was derailed by war; Chicago teen Deonte Tanner, who changed one high school’s culture from guns and gangs to talking and learning; Shannen Koostachin, a feisty 13-year-old Cree whose fight for the right of First Nations children to have proper schools endured even after her untimely death.

The uplifting stories of people who were undeterred in their fight to bring education to children will leave young readers with excellent models of how to mobilize support when fighting for a cause you believe in.

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Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland? Pasi Sahlberg, $29.95

With Finnish Lessons 2.0, Pasi Sahlberg has thoroughly updated his groundbreaking account of how Finland built a world-class education system during the past four decades. The author traces the evolution of education policies in Finland and highlights how they differ from the United States and other industrialized countries. Featuring substantial additions throughout the text, Finnish Lessons 2.0 demonstrates how systematically focusing on teacher and leader professionalism, building trust between the society and its schools, and investing in educational equity rather than competition, choice, and other market-based reforms make Finnish schools an international model of success. This second edition details the complexity of meaningful change by examining Finland’s educational performance in light of the most recent international assessment data and domestic changes.

Five Big Ideas for Effective Teaching: Connecting Mind, Brain, and Education Research to Classroom Practice. Donna Wilson & Marcus Conyers, $41.95

This seminal text, grounded in the synergy of five big ideas for connecting mind, brain and education research to classroom practice, empowers educators with an inspiring conceptual framework for effective teaching. The practical application of the essential ideas — neuroplasticity, potential, malleable intelligence, the Body-Brain System, and metacognition — is supported by a wealth of vignettes, examples, inspirational stories from teachers, strategies, reflective questions, and connections between current research on how people learn and classroom practice.

Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement. Jonathan Bergmann & Aaron Sams, $31.50

Flipped classroom pioneers Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams take their revolutionary educational philosophy to the next level in Flipped Learning. Building on the energy of the thousands of educators inspired by the influential book Flip Your Classroom, this installment is all about what happens next — when a classroom is truly student-centered and teachers are free to engage with students on an individual level.

Flipping, combined with practical project-based learning pedagogy, changes everything. Loaded with powerful stories from teachers across curriculum and grade levels, Flipped Learning will once again turn your expectations upside-down and fuel your excitement for teaching and learning.

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Follow Your Money: Who Gets It, Who Spends It, Where Does It Go? Kevin Sylvester & Michael Hlinka, $14.95

Accessible and fun, FOLLOW YOUR MONEY is a vital introduction to the way money flows from creator to distributor to retailer to customer. Who benefits most from your purchase? Was the price you paid fair? What happens to your money when you deposit in the bank? This lively book answers all these questions and more.

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education. Christopher Emdin, $22.00

Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as un-teachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each student’s culture and to re-imagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike — both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the “Seven C’s” of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.

Lively, accessible, and revelatory, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood...and the Rest of Y’all Too is the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and promises to radically reframe the landscape of urban education for the better.

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From the Dress-Up Corner to the Senior Prom: Navigating Gender and Sexual Diversity in PreK-12 Schools. Jennifer Bryan, $48.95

Very few PreK-12 teachers are adequately trained to address the gender identity and sexual identity of their students in a developmentally-appropriate and pedagogically-sound manner. Yet responsible adults must help children navigate the inherently diverse, increasingly complex world of gender and sexuality in the twenty-first century. 

FROM THE DRESS-UP CORNER TO THE SENIOR PROM is a practical, forward thinking resource for anyone involved in educating children and adolescents. Jennifer Bryan takes readers into classrooms, administrative meetings, recess, parent conferences, and the annual pep rally to witness the daily manifestations of Gender and Sexuality Diversity at school. She provides a coherent framework for understanding what readers "see," and invites them to use a contemporary, heart/mind perspective as they consider the true developmental needs of all elementary, middle, and high school students. The book features thoughtful questions, models of dialogue, accessible lesson plans, and many pedagogical strategies. At the heart of this book, though, are the evocative stories from teachers, students, and parents that Bryan has listened to over the span of her career. These personal anecdotes bring the comprehensive explorations of this seminal work to life.

Games of Survival: Traditional Inuit Games for Elementary Students. Johnny Issaluk, $12.95

Traditionally, Inuit played games in order to be physically and mentally prepared for freezing weather, strenuous hunts, and other grueling conditions that made survival difficult.

In this book, Arctic Winter Games champion Johnny Issaluk explains the basics of agility, strength, and endurance games. Through straightforward text and vibrant photographs, this resource brings to life this vital aspect of Inuit knowledge and culture.

Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education. Kath Tayler & Deborah Price, $50.30

How can we support children to reach their full potential and not be constrained by gender expectations? Are gender roles fixed at birth or do they develop through experiences? Gender Diversity and Inclusion in Early Years Education introduces practitioners to key aspects of gender in the early years and explores how to ensure that children and staff teams are supported in settings that have outstanding practice.

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Get That Freak: Homophobia and Transphobia in High Schools.  Rebecca Haskell & Brian Burtch, $18.95

Bullying in schools has garnered significant attention recently, but despite this, little has been said about the occurrence of homophobic and transphobic bullying in Canadian high schools. GET THAT FREAK fills that gap by exploring the experiences of bullying among youth who identify or are identified as queer. Through interviews with recent high school graduates in British Columbia, Haskell and Burtch share stories of physical, verbal and emotional harassment, and offer important insights into the negative outcomes that result from the experience of being bullied. Challenging the familiar image of these youth as helpless victims, this book also recognizes positive outcomes: moments of resistance, friendship and inner strength. Finally, the authors make recommendations for challenging homophobic and transphobic bullying in high schools and supporting students who experience this form of harassment.

Getting Beyond Bullying and Exclusion PreK-5: Empowering Children in Inclusive Classrooms. Ronald Mah, $19.95

Children with challenges can encounter difficulties in navigating their journeys within inclusive classrooms. GETTING BEYOND BULLYING AND EXCLUSION deepens teachers’ understanding of common challenges and provides an intimate and realistic view of how children with special needs can become easy targets for bullies. The book also shows how adults can inadvertently facilitate the development of victim behavior in children or contribute to the development of bully personalities. With an abundance of tried-and-true techniques for helping children manage emotions and build on their strengths, this book increases the sensitivity and expertise that educators and counselors need to help children with special needs become more resilient and experience success at school.

Getting Started with Coding: Get Creative with Code! Camille McCue, $9.99

Getting Started with Coding is here to help kids get started with the basics of coding. It walks young readers through fun projects that were tested in the classroom. Each project has an end-goal to instill confidence and a sense of achievement in young coders.

Steering clear of jargon and confusing terminology, Getting Started with Coding is written in clear, instructive language. Plus, the full-color design is heavy on eye-catching graphics and the format is focused on the steps to completing a project, making it approachable for any young person with an interest in exploring the wonderful world of coding.

  • Introduces the basics of coding to create a drawing tool
  • Teaches how to create graphics and apply code to make them do things
  • Shows how to make things that respond to motion and collision commands
  • Introduces score-keeping and timing into coding

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Girl Bullying. Dr. Sam, $19.95

We have to change the perception of girl bullying as ‘just girls being girls’ and a normal part of growing up. As a society we can work towards a truly embedded anti-bullying ethos, through policies, education, socialisation and involving everyone. We all know that bullying can have a detrimental effect on the academic attainment, self-esteem and day-to-day lives of all the individuals involved; the victims, bystanders and, of course, the bullies themselves. Relational aggression, social exclusion, cyber-bullying, these are just some of the issues which can affect girls’ peer relationships and severely impact on their own self-esteem. Healthier coping strategies are skills that help us all to function effectively not just in a school environment, but throughout life.

Dr Sam’s aim is to help adults working with girls to develop a toolbox of pro-active, pro-social strategies and understanding. This book does not offer a one-size-fits-all solution of how to stop girl bullying; indeed, such a thing does not exist. Dealing with these issues takes the time and patience, trust and knowledge of those involved, and most of all it takes the willingness to appreciate the world around girls today. Increase your understanding of modern girl bullying, including the fallout and psychological impact for both victims and perpetrators and discover. Girl Bullying is the essential guide for school staff, parents or any adult working with girls of all ages. 

Girl Positive: Supporting Girls to Shape a New World. Tatiana Fraser & Caia Hagel, $32.00

Girl Positive takes an engaging, cutting-edge view of the cultural, social and political issues facing girls today. Looking closely at topics from social media, sexual violence, hyper-sexuality and cyberspace identities to girls transforming the world as leaders and agents of change, Girl Positive offers stories of struggle and victory, and brings to light where today’s girls are finding new paths to empowerment.

The authors travelled from Montreal to Toronto, New Haven, Whitehorse, Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Francisco, Detroit and the Wemindji Cree Nation in northern Quebec, to hang out in coffee shops, dance studios, classrooms, gyms, skate parks, beaches and bedrooms, and talk with school girls, college students and young women in their early careers. Interspersed with their narratives are advice and input from experts in media, health, race and gender politics, sexuality, education and leadership.

Through Fraser and Hagel’s journey readers will learn how to better equip themselves to support girls (and boys) — as parents, friends, educators, mentors and activists. Each chapter also includes a Survival Kit, which offers tips and discussion questions for girls and the adults in their lives.

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Great Afterschool Programs and Spaces that WOW! Linda Armstrong & Christine Schmidt, $62.50

Create high quality, engaging environments for school-age children to meet their developmental needs and support their learning. GREAT AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS AND SPACES THAT WOW outlines the many aspects — physical, temporal, and interactive environments — to consider as you manage programs for children that are safe, nurturing, exciting, and welcoming. Ideas, strategies, and realistic approaches that work within your afterschool program's constraints and unique needs are included.

Great Group Games on the Go: 50 Favorite Team Builders. Susan Ragsdale & Ann Saylor, $15.95

This colorful deck of cards offers educators and group leaders simple yet appropriate methods to motivate learners and transform participants into a cohesive team.

The Growth Mindset Coach:  a Teacher's Month-by-Month Handbook for Empowering Students to Achieve. Annie Brock & Heather Hundley, $22.95

Many students feel they are “bad” in some areas, like math or science, and “good” in others, like reading and writing. The Growth Mindset Coach shows teachers how they can make any classroom a positive, growth mindset environment. It’s a step-by-step guide for empowering students to excel in all areas.

Based on decades of research, the psychology of mindset is the hottest topic of discussion among educators everywhere. The Growth Mindset Coach breaks down the research to offer an accessible, practical tool for teachers to use immediately. From detailed lesson plans in various subjects to crucial encouraging words and phrases, The Growth Mindset Coach outlines a new set of skills and strategies that helps students realize their own potential, work harder, and accomplish more.

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Healthy Mindsets for Super Kids: a Resilience Programme for Children Ages 7-14. Stephanie Azri , Illustrated by Sid Azri, $35.95

Self-esteem, communication skills, positive thinking, healthy friendships, and dealing with anger, stress, anxiety and grief are all crucial parts of being resilient and having strong life skills.

Join forces with superheroes Steemy, Link, Zen, KipKool, Holly and Hally, Beau and Angel in this 10 session programme to boost resilience in children aged 7—14. Each session focuses on a key theme, and a superhero character helps to teach each skill, from overcoming anxiety to dealing with grief. A creative hands-on activity closes each session, and session summaries and tips for parents encourage children to continue learning and building their skills between sessions. An engaging comic strip story about the superheroes runs throughout the program. Sessions are flexible and easily adaptable for use in different settings and with younger or older children, and include photocopiable worksheets. This imaginative resource is a complete programme, ideal for teachers, counsellors, therapists, social workers and youth workers.

Help Your Kids with English: a Step-by-Step Visual Guide to Grammar, Punctuation and Writing, Canadian Edition. Stewart Savard, $21.95

The innovative visual approach of HELP YOUR KIDS WITH ENGLISH combines colourful diagrams and illustrations with step-0by-step instructions, making Canadian English usage easier to understand than ever before. Covering the four core English subjects — grammar, punctuation, spelling and communication skills — this invaluable new guide allows parents and kids to work together to understand even the trickiest concepts.

Help Your Kids with Study Skills: a Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide. Geoff Barker, et al, $24.95

Reduce the stress of studying and help your child get the most out of school with Help Your Kids with Study Skills. This unique guide is designed to enhance curriculum learning and build confidence in gathering knowledge, recalling from memory, creating study plans, and managing stress.

This colourfully illustrated book helps guide you and your child through revision techniques, online study, and handling anxiety, all the way to the big exam questions. Clear, accessible guidelines ensure that homework is no longer a struggle, helping to develop real world skills for lifelong learning. Help Your Kids with Study Skills is the perfect guide for frustrated children and confused adults to unlock your child's academic achievement.

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Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why. Paul Tough, $27.50

In How Children Succeed, Paul Tugh introduced readers to research showing that personal qualities like perseverance, self-control, and conscientiousness play a critical role in children's success.

Now, in Helping Children Succeed, Paul Tough takes on a new set of pressing questions: What does growing up in poverty do to children’s mental and physical development? How does adversity at home affect their success in the classroom, from preschool to high school? And what practical steps can the adults who are responsible for them — from parents and teachers to policy makers and philanthropists — take to improve their chances for a positive future?

Tough encourages us to think in a brand-new way about the challenges of childhood. Rather than trying to “teach” skills like grit and self-control, he argues, we should focus instead on creating the kinds of environments, both at home and at school, in which those qualities are most likely to flourish. Mining the latest research in psychology and neuroscience, Tough provides us with insights and strategies for a new approach to childhood adversity, one designed to help many more children succeed.

Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions: the Attention Fix. Paula Moraine, $33.95

This book presents an innovative model for strengthening and developing executive function in any student, including those with attention, memory, organization, planning, inhibition, initiative, and flexibility difficulties. It provides guidance on how to support each student's evolving executive function, and how to encourage those who are ready to develop self-advocacy and become more responsible for the development of his or her own executive function skills.

The author advocates a student-centered approach in which educators explore eight key 'ingredients' with the student: relationships; strengths and weaknesses; self-advocacy and responsibility; review and preview; motivation and incentive; synthesis and analysis; rhythm and routine; and practice and repetition. She provides step-by-step explanations of how the educator and student can then explore and use these 'ingredients' in different ways and in different combinations to successfully address particular areas of difficulty. Original and effective, the approach outlined in this book will be of interest to teachers and other professionals involved in supporting executive function in students of all ages.

Hey, Shorty! A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Schools and On the Streets. Girls of Gender Equity (GGE), $16.50

At every stage of education, sexual harassment is common, and often considered a rite of passage for young people. Girls for Gender Equity, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, has developed a model for teens to teach one another about sexual harassment. How do you define it? How does it affect your self-esteem? What do you do in response? Why is it so normalized in schools, and how can we as a society begin to address these causes? Geared toward students, parents, teachers, policy makers, and activists, this book is an excellent model for building awareness and creating change in any community.

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How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Paul Tough, $22.50

Why do some children succeed while others fail? The story we usually tell about childhood and success is the one about intelligence: success comes to those who score highest on tests, from preschool admissions to SATs. But in HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED, Paul Tough argues that the qualities that matter more have to do with character: skills like perseverance, curiosity, optimism, and self-control.

HOW CHILDREN SUCCEED introduces us to a new generation of researchers and educators, who, for the first time, are using the tools of science to peel back the mysteries of character. Through their stories — and the stories of the children they are trying to help — Tough reveals how this new knowledge can transform young people’s lives. He uncovers the surprising ways in which parents do — and do not — prepare their children for adulthood. And he provides us with new insights into how to improve the lives of children growing up in poverty. This provocative and profoundly hopeful book will not only inspire and engage readers; it will also change our understanding of childhood itself.

The Human Spark: the Science of Human Development. Jerome Kagan, $32.00

As infants we are rife with potential. For a short time, we have before us a seemingly infinite number of developmental paths. Soon, however, we become limited to certain paths as we grow into unique products of our genetics and experience. But what factors account for the variation—in skills, personalities, values—that results? How do experiences shape what we bring into the world? In THE HUMAN SPARK, pioneering psychologist Jerome Kagan offers an unflinching examination of personal, moral, and cultural development, and explores the tension between biology and the environment. He reviews major advances in the science of development over the past three decades and offers pointed critiques and new syntheses. Most importantly, he reminds us that a life, however influenced by biology and upbringing, is still a tapestry to be woven, not an outcome to be endured. Whether the reader is a first-time parent; an educator; or simply a curious soul seeking self-knowledge, Kagan makes an expert and companionable guide.

I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Malala Yousafzai, with Christina Lamb, $29.00

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize. I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

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I Learn from Children: an Adventure in Progressive Education. Caroline Pratt, $19.99

A century ago, the American educator Caroline Pratt created an innovative school that she hoped would produce independent thinkers, by asking herself a question: "Was it unreasonable to try to fit the school to the child, rather than... the child to the school?" A strong-willed, small-town schoolteacher who ran a one-room schoolhouse by the time she was seventeen, Pratt came to viscerally reject the teaching methods of her day, which often featured a long-winded teacher at the front of the room and rows of miserable children, on benches nailed to the floor, stretching to the back.

In this classic 1948 memoir, now in its fourth edition, Pratt recounts, in a wry voice much closer to Will Rogers than John Dewey, how she founded what is now the dynamic City and Country School in New York City; invented the maple "unit blocks" that have become a staple in classrooms and children's homes around the globe; and came to play an important role in reimagining preschool and primary-school education in ways that resound in the tumultuously creative age before us. This edition features a new introduction by Ian Frazier, as well as additional commentary, and an afterword.

IF... a Mind-Bending New Way of Looking at Big Ideas and Numbers. David Smith, illustrated by Steve Adams, $19.95

"Some things are so huge or so old that it's hard to wrap your mind around them. But what if we took these big, hard-to-imagine objects and events and compared them to things we can see, feel and touch? Instantly, we'd see our world in a whole new way." So begins this endlessly intriguing guide to better understanding all those really big ideas and numbers children come across on a regular basis. Author David Smith has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls). Accompanying each description is a kid-friendly drawing by illustrator Steve Adams that visually reinforces the concept.

By simply reducing everything to human scale, Smith has made the incomprehensible easier to grasp, and therefore more meaningful. The children who just love these kinds of fact-filled, knock-your-socks-off books will want to read this one from cover to cover. It will find the most use, however, as an excellent classroom reference that can be reached for again and again when studying scale and measurement in math, and also for any number of applications in social studies, science and language arts. For those who want to delve a little deeper, Smith has included six suggestions for classroom projects. There is also a full page of resource information at the back of the book. 


Implementing Restorative Practices in Schools: a Practical Guide to Transforming School Communities. Margaret Thorsborne & Peta Blood, $49.95

Restorative practice is a proven approach to discipline in schools that favours relationships over retribution, and has been shown to improve behaviour and enhance teaching and learning outcomes. However, in order for it to work, restorative practice needs a relational school culture. IMPLEMENTING RESTORATIVE PRACTICE IN SCHOOLS explains what has to happen in a school in order for it to become truly restorative. Featuring useful pro formas and templates, this book will be an indispensable guide for educators, administrators and school leaders in mainstream and specialist settings.

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Incredible Teachers: Nurturing Children’s Social, Emotional, and Academic Competence. Carolyn Webster-Stratton, $42.95

Incredible Teachers is for day care providers and teachers of young children ages 3-8 years. The book presents a variety of creative classroom management strategies for teachers to use to meet children’s developmental milestones and teach emotional literacy, friendship skills, self-regulation and problem solving skills. Teachers are encouraged to set up individualized programs for children who are at risk due to learning difficulties, hyperactivity, impulsivity, attention deficit disorder, language and reading delays, depressive or aggressive behavior. The author shows how teachers can integrate individualized, culturally sensitive interventions for such children in the mainstream classroom. The book also shows how to partner with parents to promote their children’s social, emotional, language and academic competence.

This book is the text for teachers using the Incredible Years Teacher Classroom Management Program and the Child Dinosaur Emotional, Social and Problem Solving Curriculum. It can be useful as a stand-alone guide for teachers and caregivers.

Individualized Child-Focused Curriculum: a Differentiated Approach. Gaye Gronlund, $55.50 (ages 2-6)

How do you focus on each individual child in a full classroom? Learn to integrate individualized curriculum into daily practice with this step-by-step guide. Even good observers and documenters do not always use these insights to inform their curriculum planning. Using Developmental Studies, a new tool created and successfully field-tested by the author, implement a truly child-focused and individualizing curriculum, meet children at their developmental level and ultimately making teaching easier and more rewarding.

Inspiring and Creative Ideas for Working with Children: How to Build Relationships and Enable Change. Deborah Plummer, $27.95

Employing a range of innovative and creative ideas, this book is full of tips to engage children and promote their wellbeing.

Children are vulnerable to low self-esteem, stress and anxiety because they are still growing and learning. This book looks at what we can do to minimise children's vulnerability to issues such as these, help them to build emotional resilience and teach them effective strategies for dealing with life's ups and downs. The book offers a host of different approaches that adults can use with children, including image-making, storytelling and puppetry. Chapters are brought to life with the voices of parents and professionals describing how these techniques worked for them. They also include guidance on how the principles can be used by professionals in the home, in schools or in therapeutic settings.

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Inspiring Spaces for Young Children. Jessica Deviney, et al, $48.95

The classroom environment is an essential component for maximizing learning experiences for young children. Inspiring Spaces for Young Children invites teachers to enhance children’s educational environment in a beautiful way by emphasizing aesthetic environmental qualities that are often overlooked in early childhood classrooms, such as nature, color, furnishings, textures, displays, lighting, and focal points.  With easy-to-implement ideas that incorporate nature, children’s artwork, and everyday classroom materials, the photographs and ideas in this book promote creativity, learning, and simple beauty.

Also available: Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments. Jessica Deviney, et al, $27.95

An inspiring environment is essential for helping young children learn. The Rating Observation Scale for Inspiring Environments (ROSIE) is an observation rating scale that challenges teachers to examine classrooms in a totally new way. Looking through an aesthetic lens of nature, color, furnishings, textures, displays, lighting, and focal points, educators will learn to determine a classroom’s level of aesthetic beauty. ROSIE then provides images and examples to assist in turning learning spaces into inspirational environments in which children can grow and learn.

Instructional Technology in Early Childhood: Teaching in the Digital Age. Howard Parette & Craig Blum, $42.95

Videos, apps, web-based games, SMART boards — how can you use instructional technology options like these to strengthen teaching and learning in your early childhood program? Discover the answers in this accessible, problem-solving guide for pre-K and kindergarten, your key to choosing and using instructional technology to improve outcomes and ensure that children with and without disabilities are actively engaged. This book gives you a clear, step-by-step "EXPECT IT-PLAN IT-TEACH IT" framework for integrating instructional technology into everyday classroom activities.

Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions. Elham Kazemi & Allison Hintz, $25.95

Not all mathematics discussions are alike. It's one thing to ask students to share how they solved a problem, but knowing what to do with their ideas can be a daunting task. Intentional Talk provides a framework for planning and facilitating purposeful mathematics discussions that enrich and deepen student learning. The critical first step is to identify a discussion's goal, and then understand how to structure and facilitate the conversation to meet that goal. Through detailed vignettes from both primary and junior elementary classrooms, the book provides a window into what teachers are thinking as they lead discussions and make important pedagogical and mathematical decisions along the way. The book also explores students' roles as both listeners and talkers, and offers a number of strategies for improving student participation and learning. A collection of planning templates helps teachers apply the right discussion framework to discussions in their own classrooms

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Interactive Writing Across Grades: a Small Practice with Big Results, PreK-5. Kate Roth & Joan Dabrowski, $39.95

Interactive writing is a dynamic, unscripted instructional method in which the teacher and students work together to construct a meaningful text while simultaneously discussing the details of the writing process. Together they plan, compose, and review text in a variety of genres. The “interactive” piece involves group collaboration in planning and composing the writing through guided conversation and a unique “sharing the pen” technique where students do the actual writing. Interactive writing harnesses the natural interactions teachers have with their students as they compose a writing piece. It allows for real-time differentiation and tailored scaffolding. Interactive writing fits within any writing curriculum and can be adapted to your classroom’s technology levels.

i-SAFE Internet Safety Activities: Reproducible Projects for Teachers and Parents, Grades K-8. i-SAFE, $35.95

Most school-age children use the Internet every day. However, many possess naive attitudes about their online safety and can inadvertently engage in a range of high-risk behaviors. Developed by i-SAFE™, the leading nonprofit organization dedicated to Internet safety education, this important resource offers a series of fun lessons and teachers' guides to help students in grades K-8 learn how to stay safe online.

Filled with activities, this easy-to-use guide helps elementary and middle school students develop their Internet skills while keeping safe.

It's About Time: Untangling Everything You Need to Know about Time. Pascale Estellon, $18.95

One second, one minute, one hour, one day, one week, one month, one year... this fun book explains it all!

The Jossey Bass Reader on The Brain and Learning. Introduction by Kurt Fischer, Edited by Jossey-Bass Publishers, $33.50

This comprehensive reader presents an accessible overview of recent brain research and contains valuable insights into how students learn and how we should teach them. It includes articles from the top thinkers in both the brain science and K-12 education fields, such as Joseph LeDoux, Howard Gardner, Sally Shaywitz, and John Bransford. This rich and varied volume offers myriad perspectives on the brain, mind, and education, and features twenty-six chapters in seven primary areas of interest:

  • An overview of the brain
  • The brain-based learning debate
  • Memory, cognition, and intelligence
  • Emotional and social foundations
  • Language, reading, and math
  • The arts
  • When the brain works differently

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The KidsKope Peer Mentoring Programme: a Therapeutic Approach to Help Children and Young People Build Resilience and Deal with Conflict. Nina Wroe & Penny McFarland, $34.95

This is a programme to train young people how to be therapeutic mentors to younger children, with mentoring workshop outlines and creative, therapeutic activities to use. Peer mentoring is mutually beneficial: being a mentor can help young people in conflict situations who may not engage easily with adult intervention, and it also has therapeutic benefits for younger mentees.

As well as training sessions for the mentors, the book provides outlines of mentoring workshops on issues such as bullying, conflict with parents, parental separation and change and transition. Creative ideas to use in the sessions, such as games, relaxation techniques, role play, and reframing activities, are provided, with photocopiable materials. Suitable for use with mentors aged 14-18 and mentees aged 9-13, this is an ideal resource to train peer mentors in therapeutic mentoring and for mentors to use in their sessions.

A Kit Bag for Promoting Positive Behaviour in the Classroom. Nicola Morgan & Gillian Ellis, $29.95

Disruptive classroom behaviours can prevent effective teaching and create a negative learning environment. This handy directory of behaviours has been written by teachers for teachers, and is bursting with tried and tested techniques to make the classroom a happier and more productive place for everyone.

The 'Kit Bag' is a bank of up-to-date ideas that can be dipped into whenever needed, each one intended to get children focused and more engaged and excited by the learning process. The book suggests ways to create a positive learning environment in the classroom and encourages teachers to be proactive at the most vulnerable times of the school day such as at the start and end of lessons. Strategies are included for addressing behaviour hotspots, such as calling out, frequent crying or aggressive behaviour, as well as how to uncover the source of these problems and practical ways to prevent them from reoccurring. The useful Self-Assessment Checklist will also aid in making sure teachers are constructively reinforcing positive behaviour at all times.

The Last Train: a Holocaust Story. Rona Arato, $16.95 (ages 10 and up)

THE LAST TRAIN is the harrowing true story about young brothers Paul and Oscar Arato and their mother, Lenke, surviving the Nazi occupation during the final years of World War II. First they are forced into a ghetto in their hometown; then a labor camp in Austria; and, finally, to the deadly Bergen Belsen camp deep in the heart of Germany. In the spring of 1945, the boys see British planes flying over the camp, and a spark of hope that the war will soon end ignites. And then, they are forced onto a dark, stinking boxcar by the Nazi guards. After four days on the train, the boys are convinced they will be killed, but through a twist of fate, the train is discovered and liberated by a battalion of American soldiers marching through Germany.

The book concludes when Paul, now a grown man living in Canada, stumbles upon photographs on the internet of his train being liberated. After writing to the man who posted the pictures, Paul is presented with an opportunity to meet his rescuers at a reunion in New York — but first he must decide if he is prepared to reopen the wounds of his past.

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Learn Every Day about Colors: 100 Best Ideas from Teachers. Kathy Charmer, Editor, $18.50

Learn Every Day about Numbers: 100 Best Ideas from Teachers. Kathy Charmer, Editor, $18.50

Learn Every Day about Shapes: 100 Best Ideas from Teachers. Kathy Charmer, Editor, $18.50

Learning has never been so much fun!  The result of an innovative contest, teachers from around the globe have contributed their favorite classroom activities, all focused on topics that teachers use every day. Organized by curriculum area, the activities in each chapter begin with those that are appropriate for the youngest preschooler and end with activities that six-year-olds will enjoy. The Learn Every Day books have activities for children ages 3-6, providing teachers with innovative and fun ways to introduce and reinforce learning.

The Learning Brain: Memory and Brain Development in Children. Torkel Klingberg, $27.95

In THE LEARNING BRAIN, cognitive neuroscientist Torkel Klingberg urges us to use the insights of neuroscience to improve the education of our children. 

The key to improving education lies in understanding how the brain works. The book focuses in particular on "working memory" - our ability to concentrate and to keep relevant information in our head while ignoring distractions. Research shows enormous variation in working memory among children. Research also shows that children with high working memory have better math and reading skills, while children with poor working memory consistently underperform. 

THE LEARNING BRAIN provides a variety of different techniques and scientific insights that may just teach us how to improve children's working memory. Klingberg also discusses how stress can impair working memory and how aerobic exercise can actually modify the brain's nerve cells and improve classroom performance. Writing with simplicity and good humor, Klingberg shows us how to give our children the best chance to learn and grow.

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Learning to Breathe: a Mindfulness Curriculum for Adolescents to Cultivate Emotion Regulation, Attention, and Performance. Patricia Broderick, $99.95

LEARNING TO BREATHE is a secular program that tailors the teaching of mindfulness to the developmental needs of adolescents to help them understand their thoughts and feelings and manage distressing emotions. Students will be empowered by learning important mindfulness meditation skills that help them improve emotion regulation, reduce stress, improve overall performance, and, perhaps most importantly, develop their attention. The book also includes a website link with student handouts and homework assignments, making it an ideal classroom tool.

The book integrates certain themes of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, into a program that is shorter, more accessible to students, and compatible with school curricula. Students will learn to pay attention in the moment, manage emotions as they are perceived, and gain greater control over their own feelings and actions. These mindfulness practices offer the opportunity to develop hardiness in the face of uncomfortable feelings that otherwise might provoke a response that could be harmful. This easy-to-use manual is designed to be used by teachers, but can also be used by any mental health provider teaching adolescents emotion regulation, stress reduction and mindfulness skills.

Let Them Play: an (un)Curriculum. Jeff Johnson & Denita Dinger, $39.95 (ages 2-6)

Playtime is focused, purposeful, and full of learning. As they play, children master motor development, learn language and social skills, think creatively, and make cognitive leaps. This (un)curriculum is all about fostering children's play, trusting children as capable and engaged learners, and leaving behind boxed curriculums and prescribed activities. Filled with information on the guiding principles that make up an (un)curriculum, learning experience ideas, and suggestions for building strong emotional and engaging physical environments, LET THEM PLAY provides support to those who believe in the learning power of play.

LGBTQ Voices in Education: Changing the Culture of Schooling. Edited by Veronica Bloomfield & Marni Fisher, $69.90

LGBTQ Voices in Education: Changing the Culture of Schooling addresses the ways in which teachers can meet the needs of LGBTQ students and improve the culture surrounding gender, sexuality, and identity issues in formal learning environments. Written by experts from a variety of backgrounds including educational foundations, leadership, cultural studies, literacy, criminology, theology, media assessment, and more, these chapters are designed to help educators find the inspiration and support they need to become allies and advocates of queer students, whose safety, well-being, and academic performance are regularly and often systemically threatened. Emphasizing socially just curricula, supportive school climates, and transformative educational practices, this innovative book is applicable to K-12, college-level, and graduate settings, and beyond.

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The Library Tree: How a Canadian Woman Brought the Joy of Reading to a Generation of African Children. Deborah Cowley, $24.95

This is the inspiring story of a Canadian woman who transformed a simple afternoon of reading to a group of children in her backyard in Ghana, Africa, into seven large community libraries in poor areas of the country’s capital, support for more than 200 smaller initiatives around Ghana and in other African countries, and a publishing venture that produces children’s books in English and Swahili.

Kathy Knowles now runs her volunteer-based Osu Children`s Library Fund out of her Winnipeg home with twice-yearly trips to Ghana. Her work promoting libraries and literacy continues — construction is now underway on a three-storey library in the area of the capital known as Korle Gonno.

Life Coaching for Kids: a Practical Manual to Coach Children and Young People to Success, Well-Being and Fulfillment. Nikki Grant, $31.95

Life coaching is a great way to help children and young people build self-esteem, set positive goals and deal with difficult issues such as bullying, anxiety and poor body image. This book sets out what life coaching is and how it works, what the benefits are, and how to go about coaching children and young people. Part 1 covers the background, theory and different types of coaching, and Part 2 explores the life coaching model and different techniques used, with examples of how coaching works in practice and how to build skills. The third part contains activities and photocopiable worksheets to use in practice with young people. They include general activities to develop self-esteem, set goals and build confidence, as well as activities for specific issues such as bullying, poor body image, relationships and anxiety.

Suitable for use with young people aged 9-16, this practical guide is ideal for coaches, teachers, counsellors and youth workers wanting to put coaching into practice with young people, and is also suitable for parents to use at home with their child.

Life at the Intersection: Community, Class and Schooling. Carl James, $18.95

The intersection of Jane and Finch in Toronto’s north end has long been portrayed as one of Canada’s most troubled neighbourhoods, with images of social dysfunction, shootings and “at risk” youth dominating media accounts. Setting out to discover what it means — and what it takes — to grow up in this economically disadvantaged and racially and ethnically diverse neighbourhood, LIFE AT THE INTERSECTION engages young people, parents and educators to explore the experiences, issues, perceptions and ambitions of the youth of this community.

What Carl James finds is that young people have come to appreciate the social capital and cultural wealth of their neighbourhood and that they use the negative perceptions of their community as inspiration for educational and social success. Understanding education as key to encouraging youth to persevere, endure and succeed, this book focuses on youth’s educational experiences and expectations and argues that schooling programs must consider socio-geographic context in their efforts to be socially and culturally relevant.

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Literacy in the Disciplines: a Teacher's Guide for Grades 5-12. Thmoas DeVere Wolsey & Diane Lapp, $36.95

This book gives all teachers in grades 5-12 practical strategies for building the unique literacy skills that students need for success in their respective subject areas. Drawing from interviews with leading educators and professionals in science, mathematics, history, the arts, and other disciplines, the authors explain what disciplinary literacy is and discuss ways to teach close reading of complex texts, discipline-specific argumentation skills, academic vocabulary, the use of multimodal tools and graphic organizers, and more. User-friendly features include classroom materials, lesson plans, practice activities, and recommended online teaching videos. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the book's 20 reproducible forms in a convenient 8½" x 11" size.

Literacy in the Science Classroom. Millie Blandford, $17.99 (Grades 6-12)

To gain a deep understanding of scientific concepts and to master a variety of scientific processes, students must develop essential skills that enable them tor ead, write, lsiten to, and speak about scientific texts and presentations.

Literacy in the Science Classroom is a handy tool for teachers to use to improve science instruction. The guidance in this book integrates science and literacy in a variety of fun and engaging activitries that hone students' skills.

The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education: Fostering Responsibility, Healing, and Hope in Schools. Katherine Evans & Dorothy Vaandering, $7.99

Much more than a response to harm, restorative justice nurtures relational, interconnected school cultures. Relying on the wisdom of early proponents of restorative justice, the daily experiences of educators, and the authors’ extensive experience as classroom teachers and researchers, this Little Book guides the growth of restorative justice in education (RJE) into the future. Incorporating activities, stories, and examples throughout the book, three major interconnected and equally important aspects of restorative justice in education are explained and applied:

  • creating just and equitable learning environments
  • building and maintaining healthy relationships
  • healing harm and transforming conflict

The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education is a reference that practitioners can turn to repeatedly for clarity and consistency as they implement restorative justice in educational settings.

Living Me to We: the Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians. Craig Kielburger & Marc Kielburger, $19.95

With this uniquely Canadian guide to socially conscious living, activists Craig and Marc Kielburger give you the tools for LIVING ME TO WE. After 15 years travelling the country and advocating for social justice, Craig and Marc became inspired to compile their practical tips for change in one handy guide. The result is a beautifully designed, extensively researched and engaging book—just for Canadians.

Through original illustrations and photography, you’ll learn how seek out ethical investments and carbon-friendly vacations. With dozens of interviews conducted with scores of Canadians across the country, you’ll meet the people in your community who are taking small steps to a better world. You’ll also get to know a new side of some famous Canadians as they recount their personal tales of lighter living. Finally, turn to the end of the book where you can find an extensively researched resource guide, chalk full of websites, books, magazines and city-specific stores and organizations, to start your own movement.

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Looking Closely Across the Desert. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Along the Shore. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Around the Pond. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely In the Rain Forest. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Inside the Garden. Frank Serafini, $16.95

Looking Closely Through the Forest. Frank Serafini, $16.95

The Looking Closely series takes children on a journey of discovery through a variety of natural environments with Frank Serafini’s close-up camera lens as a guide. Readers are challenged to guess the identity of each close-up photo; on the next page, each natural object is revealed in its full habitat, accompanied by a simple but detailed description. Young eyes will rediscover our planet as a place of beauty, mystery and delight. By inspiring children to ask questions and use their imaginations, these books help build problem-solving skills. They also encourage curiosity about environments that, examined this closely, are full of unexpected wonders. 


Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children. Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky, photographs by Jenna Daly, $41.50

Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials — acorns, hardware, stones, aluminum foil, fabric scraps, for example — that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Loose parts are alluring and beautiful. They capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and encourage creativity. With more than 550 color photographs of many kinds of loose parts in real early childhood settings, classroom stories, and a dynamic overview, this book provides inspiration and information about the ways loose parts support open-ended learning, enhance play, and empower children. With loose parts, the possibilities are endless. 

Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers. Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky, $45.50

This follow-up to the wildly popular Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children brings the fun of found objects to infants and toddlers. A variety of new and innovative loose parts ideas are paired with beautiful photography to inspire safe loose parts play in your infant-toddler environment. Learn about the safety considerations of each age group and how to appropriately select materials for your children. Captivating classroom stories and proven science, provide the context for how this style of play supports children's development and learning. Because the possibilities are endless, each child can use the materials appropriate for their developmental level and safely explore their world.

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Loris Malaguzzi and the Schools of Reggio Emilia: a Selection of His Writings and Speeches, 1945-1993. Edited by Paola Cagliari, Marina Castagnetti, Claudia Giudici, Carlina Rinaldi, Vea Vecchi & Peter Moss, $80.95

Loris Malaguzzi was one of the most important figures in 20th-century early childhood education, achieving world-wide recognition for his educational ideas and his role in the creation of municipal schools for young children in the Italian city of Reggio Emilia, the most successful example ever of progressive, democratic and public education.

Despite Malaguzzi’s reputation, very little of what he wrote or said about early childhood education has been available in English. This book helps fill the gap, presenting for the first time in English, writings and speeches spanning 1945 to 1993, selected by a group of his colleagues from an archive established in Reggio Emilia. They range from short poems, letters and newspaper articles to extended pieces about Malaguzzi’s early life, the origins of the municipal schools and his ideas about children, pedagogy and schools. The book provides a unique insight into the background, thinking and work of Malaguzzi, revealing, in his own words, how his thinking developed, how he moved between theory and practice, how he border-crossed many disciplines and subjects, and how he combined many roles ranging from administrator and campaigner to researcher and pedagogue. Academics, students and practitioners alike will find this landmark publication provides rich insights into his life and work.

Lost and Found: Helping Behaviorally Challenging Students. Ross Greene, $32.95

Lost and Found is a follow-up to Dr. Ross Greene's landmark works, The Explosive Child and Lost at School, providing educators with highly practical, explicit guidance on implementing his Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) Problem Solving model with behaviorally-challenging students. While the first two books described Dr. Greene's positive, constructive approach and described implementation on a macro level, this useful guide provides the details of hands-on CPS implementation by those who interact with these children every day. Readers will learn how to incorporate students' input in understanding the factors making it difficult for them to meet expectations and in generating mutually satisfactory solutions. Specific strategies, sample dialogues, and time-tested advice help educators implement these techniques immediately.

The groundbreaking CPS approach has been a revelation for parents and educators of behaviorally-challenging children. This book gives educators the concrete guidance they need to immediately begin working more effectively with these students.

  • Implement CPS one-on-one or with an entire class
  • Work collaboratively with students to solve problems
  • Study sample dialogues of CPS in action
  • Change the way difficult students are treated

The discipline systems used in K-12 schools are obsolete, and aren't working for the kids to whom they're most often applied — those with behavioral challenges. Lost and Found provides a roadmap to a different paradigm, helping educators radically transform the way they go about helping their most challenging students.

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Lost at School: Why Our Kids with Behavioral Challenges Are Falling Through the Cracks and How We Can Help Them. Ross Greene, $20.00

School discipline is broken. Too often, the kids who need our help the most are viewed as disrespectful, out of control, and beyond help, and are often the recipients of our most ineffective, most punitive interventions. These students — and their parents, teachers, and administrators — are frustrated and desperate for answers. Dr. Ross W. Greene, author of the acclaimed book The Explosive Child, offers educators and parents a different framework for understanding challenging behavior. Dr. Greene’s Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS) approach helps adults focus on the true factors contributing to challenging classroom behaviors, empowering educators to address these factors and create helping relationships with their most at-risk kids. This revised and updated edition of Lost at School contains the latest refinements to Dr. Greene’s CPS model, including enhanced methods for solving problems collaboratively, improving communication, and building relationships with kids. Dr. Greene’s lively, compelling narrative includes:

  • Tools to identify the problems and lagging skills causing challenging behavior
  • Explicit guidance on how to radically improve interactions with challenging kids and reduce challenging episodes — along with many examples showing how it’s done
  • Practical guidance for successful planning and collaboration among educators, parents, and kids
Backed by years of experience and research and written with a powerful sense of hope and achievable change, Lost at School gives teachers and parents the realistic strategies and information to impact the classroom experience of every challenging kid (and their classmates).

Lucy in the City: a Story about Developing Spatial Thinking Skills. Julie Dillemuth, $13.95

One night, Lucy the raccoon follows her family out of their den, headed for the best garbage bins in town. Distracted by a jar of peanut butter, she gets separated from her family. How will she ever find her way back to her family and her cozy den? With the help of a friendly owl and his bird's-eye view, Lucy tunes into the world around her and navigates herself home!

Reading this book with your children will help them develop their own spatial thinking skills — how we think about and understand the world around us and use concepts of space for problem solving. Early exposure to spatial concepts can help foster this type of cognitive development in children and boost their math and science learning as they progress through school. Includes a Note to Parents, Caregivers, and Professionals with more information about spatial concepts, as well as questions, games, and activities designed to encourage children's spatial thinking skills.

Made to Play! Handmade Toys & Crafts for Growing Imaginations. Joel Henriques, $18.95

From the creative mind of Joel Henriques come these small, simple-to-make projects with big results! These playful projects are sure to spark creative discovery, encourage open-ended play and delight the young people in your life.

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Made You Look, 2nd Edition: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know. Shari Graydon, illustrated by Michelle Lamoreaux, $16.95 (Gr. 6+)

For ten years, MADE YOU LOOK has been an essential self-defense guide for anyone trying to make sense of the complex world of advertising. Now fully revised and with a fresh new look, the book has been updated to reflect the modern ad landscape, from digital tracking and cookies (not the chocolate chip kind!) to social media, viral videos, and reality television. From the earliest roots of advertising to the undercover marketers of the 21st century, this revealing book shows readers where ads come from, how they work, and why kids need to be informed. Bursting with real-life examples, thought-provoking questions, hip illustrations, and plenty of tips to empower young consumers, MADE YOU LOOK is every kid’s ultimate guide to the advertising universe.

Make the Grade: Everything You Need to Study Better, Stress Less, and Succeed in School. Lesley Schwartz Martin, $17.99

Every teacher, school, and class is unique, but there are certain things that successful students have in common no matter what. MAKE THE GRADE helps students everywhere stay on top of schoolwork by dissecting the school week as students actually experience it, and offering realistic solutions to common problems, from difficult teachers and over-booked schedules to boring homework and the endless variety of distractions. The book also includes sections on memory tricks, reading tips, note-taking, organization, and test preparation.

Making Curriculum POP: Developing Literacies in All Content Areas. Pam Goble & Ryan Goble, $53.99

From comics to cathedrals, pie charts to power ballads, fashion to Facebook... students need help navigating today’s media-rich world. And educators need help teaching today’s new media literacy. To be literate now means being able to read, write, listen, speak, view, and represent across all media — including both print and non-print texts, such as film, TV, podcasts, websites, visual art, fashion, architecture, landscape, and music. This book offers secondary teachers in all content areas a flexible, interdisciplinary approach to integrate these literacies into their curriculum. Students form cooperative learning groups to evaluate media texts from various perspectives (artist, producer, sociologist, sound mixer, economist, poet, set designer, and more) and show their thinking using unique graphic organizers aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Includes digital content.

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Making Makers: Kids, Tools, and the Future of Innovation. AnnMarie Thomas, $27.95

This is a book for parents and educators — both formal and informal, who are curious about the intersections of learning and making. Through stories, research, and data, it builds the case for why it is crucial to encourage today’s youth to be makers — to see the world as something they are actively helping to create. For those who are new to the Maker Movement, some history and introduction is given as well as practical advice for getting kids started in making. For those who are already familiar with the Maker Movement, this book provides biographical information about many of the “big names” and unsung heroes of the Maker Movement while also highlighting many of the attributes that make this a movement that so many people are passionate about.

Making Thinking Visible: How to Promote Engagement, Understanding and Independence fo All Learners.Ron Ritchhart, Mark Church & Karin Morrison, $35.95

Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking, begun at Harvard's Project Zero, which develops students' thinking dispositions, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the topics they study. 

Rather than a set of fixed lessons, Visible Thinking is a varied collection of practices, including thinking routines, small sets of questions or a short sequence of steps as well as the documentation of student thinking. Using this process thinking becomes visible as the students' different viewpoints are expressed, documented, discussed and reflected upon.

  • Helps direct student thinking and structure classroom discussion
  • Can be applied with students at all grade levels and in all content areas
  • Includes easy-to-implement classroom strategies
The book also comes with a DVD of video clips featuring Visible Thinking in practice in different classrooms.

Making Your Secondary School E-safe. Adrienne Katz, $45.95

The internet and mobile devices play a huge role in teenagers' home and school life, and it's becoming more and more important to effectively address e-safety in secondary schools. This practical book provides guidance on how to teach and promote e-safety and tackle cyberbullying with real-life examples from schools of what works and what schools need to do.

The book explains how to set policy and procedures, how to train staff and involve parents, and provides practical strategies and ready-to-use activities for teaching e-safety. Including up-to-the-minute information and advice that includes discussion of new technologies, social media and online gaming sites, SRE in the smartphone age, and recent school policy trends such as 'Bring Your Own Device', this book provides all of the information that educational professionals need to implement successful whole school e-safety strategies.

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Making YouTube Videos: Star in Your Own Video! Nick Willoughby, $9.99

The fast and easy way for kids to shoot, edit, and share videos on YouTube. Whether looking to go viral or simply wanting to make videos for their friends, Making YouTube Videos is the place to start. Written by a filmmaking expert who runs camps for wanna-be filmmakers as young as seven, this fun and friendly guide takes you step by step through the process: from idea creation to production to sharing on YouTube.

Filled with eye-popping graphics that make the information come to life, Making YouTube Videos takes the intimidation out of working with video technology and offers your child a friendly, trusted source for expressing their creativity.

  • Introduces ideas on framing, lighting, and sound
  • Shows kids how to load a video, add transitions, and add effects
  • Provides easy-to-follow instruction on uploading a video to YouTube and setting who can see or not see their video
  • Explains how to grab free software and make simple edits, like cutting out scenes, adding to a timeline, and implementing transitions

Managing School Absenteeism at Multiple Tiers: an Evidence-Based and Practical Guide for Professionals. Christopher Kearney, $43.50

Managing School Absenteeism at Multiple Tiers provides an integrative strategy for preventing, assessing, and addressing cases of youth with school absenteeism at multiple levels of severity and complexity. Dr. Christopher Kearney presents a multi-tiered framework based on prevention (Tier 1), early intervention for emerging cases (Tier 2), and more extensive intervention and systemic strategies for severe cases (Tier 3). Each tier is based on empirically supported strategies from the literature, and emphasis is placed on specific, implementable recommendations. This approach is based on a Response to Intervention model that has emerged as a powerful guide to prevention, assessment, and treatment of social and academic problems in schools.

This user-friendly, practical guide will be useful to mental health professionals, school administrators, guidance counselors, social workers and psychologists, as well as others who address kids with problematic absenteeism such as pediatricians and probation officers.

Many Languages, One Classroom: Teaching Dual and English Language Learners. Karen Nemeth, $13.95

Many Languages, One Classroom applies the latest information about best practices to all aspects of a preschool program. From using lists of key words and visual aids to using body language and gestures, the strategies you will find in this book are adaptable and easy to put into practice.

Designed to fit any preschool curriculum, Many Languages, One Classroom addresses the benchmarks of standard quality programming. Organized by interest areas and times of the day, you’ll find everything you need to help English language learners during dramatic play, outdoor play, reading, science, blocks, and circle time.

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The Math Myth and Other STEM Delusions. Andrew Hacker, $36.50

Andrew Hacker’s 2012 New York Times op-ed questioning our current mathematics requirements instantly became one of the the paper’s most widely circulated articles. Why, he wondered, do we inflict algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and even calculus on all young Americans, regardless of their interests or aptitudes?

The Math Myth expands Hacker’s scrutiny of many widely held assumptions, such as the notion that mathematics broadens our minds, that mastery of azimuths and asymptotes will be needed for most jobs, that the entire Common Core syllabus should be required of every student. He worries that a frenzied emphasis on STEM is diverting attention from other pursuits and subverting the spirit of the country. Though Hacker honors mathematics as a calling (he has been a professor of mathematics) and extols its glories and its goals, he shows how mandating it for everyone prevents other talents from being developed and acts as an irrational barrier to graduation and careers. He proposes alternatives, including teaching facility with figures, quantitative reasoning, and utilizing statistics.

The Math Myth is sure to spark a heated and needed national conversation not just about mathematics but about the kind of people and society we want to be.

Mathematical Mindsets: Unleashing Students' Potential through Creative Math, Inspiring Messages, and Innovative Teaching. Jo Boaler, $23.95

Mathematical Mindsets provides practical strategies and activities to help teachers and parents show all children, even those who are convinced that they are bad at math, that they can enjoy and succeed in math. There is a clear gap between what research has shown to work in teaching math and what happens in schools and at home. This book bridges that gap by turning research findings into practical activities and advice. Boaler translates Carol Dweck's concept of 'mindset' into math teaching and parenting strategies, showing how students can go from self-doubt to strong self-confidence, which is so important to math learning. Boaler reveals the steps that must be taken by schools and parents to improve math education for all. Mathematical Mindsets:

  • Explains how the brain processes mathematics learning
  • Reveals how to turn mistakes and struggles into valuable learning experiences
  • Provides examples of rich mathematical activities to replace rote learning
  • Explains ways to give students a positive math mindset
  • Gives examples of how assessment and grading policies need to change to support real understanding

Scores of students hate and fear math, so they end up leaving school without an understanding of basic mathematical concepts. Their evasion and departure hinders math-related pathways and STEM career opportunities. Research has shown very clear methods to change this phenomena, but the information has been confined to research journals —until now. Mathematical Mindsets provides a proven, practical roadmap to mathematics success for any student at any age.

Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students: Evidence-Based Guidelines for School Psychologists and Other School Personnel. Craig Frisby, $85.00

This book is a practical, research-based guide to facilitating educational outcomes for racial, ethnic, and language minority students.

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Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education: International Perspectives on Gender and Care. Edited by Simon Brownhill, Jo Warin & Inga Wernerson, $60.95

International contributors raise critical questions about the construction of masculinities, the continuing reluctance of men to engage in this type of work, and the influence of political and public debates on the issue. Through this engaging discussion readers are asked to question whether this is something that we should care about, with key topics including:

  • The roles of men in education and care
  • Teachers’ beliefs, norms and values of gender equality
  • The construction of male identities
  • Gendered ideals, and children’s interpretations of gender

Men, Masculinities and Teaching in Early Childhood Education brings together a refreshing and critical set of perspectives linked to an increasingly important educational debate and will be a valuable text for practitioners, professionals, policy makers and parents/carers.

Men Teaching Children 3-11: Dismantling Gender Barriers. Elizabeth Burn & Simon Pratt-Adams, $49.95

Men Teaching Children 3-11 provides a comprehensive exploration of work experiences of men who teach young children. The authors draw on their own research as well as international studies to provide realistic strategies to help to remove barriers in order to develop a more gender-balanced teacher workforce. Burn and Pratt-Adams, former primary school teachers who have both experienced these unfair gender practices, also trace the historical roots of the gender barriers that have now become embedded within the occupational culture.

Men Who Teach Young Children: an International Perspective. David Brody, $50.50

This book fills a research gap, presenting the biographies of six talented men from Britain, Norway, Holland, Switzerland, Israel and the United States who have all been working with the youngest children for many years. A cultural lens is used to understand their motivation and reveal the difficulties they faced in choosing the profession, getting trained, working with young children and their parents, and opting to remain in the field. Their personal narratives will inspire other men to consider the profession and will shed light on society's influence on cross gendered career pathways. The scholarly analysis of the case studies aims to help early childhood teacher educators to recognize and take account of what male degree candidates in their programs uniquely have to offer. 

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Merrell's Strong Start—Pre-K: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Sara Whitcomb & Danielle Parisi Damico, $55.50 (Preschool to Kindergarten)

Merrell's Strong Start—Grades K-2: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Sara Whitcomb & Danielle Parisi Damico, $55.50

Merrell's Strong Kids—Grades 3-5: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $55.50

Merrell's Strong Kids—Grades 6-8: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $55.50

Merrell's Strong Teens—Grades 9-12: a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition. Dianna Carrizales-Engelmann, Laura Feuerborn, Barbara Gueldner & Oanh Tran, $57.50

Teach social-emotional competence — the foundation of school and social success — with the NEW editions of the Strong Kids curriculum! Strong Kids is the fun and easy way to help your students develop the social-emotional skills they need to manage their challenges and succeed in school and life. Developed by a team of educational and mental health experts, this evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum is proven to help increase students' knowledge of social and emotional concepts and decrease their emotional and behavioral problems.

Through engaging, thought-provoking classroom activities, students learn about emotions and the social-emotional skills they'll use for the rest of their lives: managing anger, reducing stress, solving interpersonal problems, and much more. This scientifically-based curriculum offers lessons that are easy to fit into your existing schedule (especially with the new options for breaking them into smaller chunks). Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included — all photocopiable and available as downloads — so teachers have everything they need to implement the program with little added cost or preparation.


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The Mindful Education Workbook: Lessons for Teaching Mindfulness to Students. Daniel Rechtschaffen, $33.95

A structured curriculum of classroom-ready lessons, practices, and worksheets for actualizing a powerful new educational paradigm: student mindfulness. This workbook offers a step-by-step curriculum of classroom-ready mindfulness lessons for personal and professional development. It’s a trove of fun, easy activities specially designed to help educators engage K-12 students and cultivate mindful attributes like attention, compassion, and well-being. Rich with simple and effective tips, techniques, worksheets, and guided exercises developed through extensive on-the-ground experience with real students and teachers, The Mindful Education Workbook empowers readers with all the tools they need to integrate mindful education in the school day.

Mindfulness for Teachers: Simple Skills for Peace and Productivity in the Classroom. Patricia Jennings, $29.95

Mindful awareness practices to help teachers recognize and regulate emotional reactivity in their classrooms. Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions, but also one of the most demanding. This book offers simple, ready-to-use, and evidence-proven mindfulness techniques to help educators manage the stresses of the classroom, cultivate an exceptional learning environment, and revitalize both their teaching and their students’ knowledge acquisition. Drawing on basic and applied research in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and education, as well as the author’s extensive experience as a mindfulness practitioner, teacher, and scientist, it includes exercises in mindfulness, emotional awareness, movement, listening, and more, all with real-time classroom applications.

Modding Minecraft: Build Your Own Minecraft Mods! Sarah Guthals, Stephen Foster & Lindsey Handley, $9.99

There’s no doubt about it: Minecraft has taken the world by storm. Modding allows Minecraft players to modify the game through code — giving them the ability to add a variety of gameplay changes, ranging from new blocks and items to new mechanisms to craft. It’s pretty much a Minecraft enthusiast’s dream brought to life!

Walking young readers through projects that outline how to create games in Minecraft for single or multiple players, this friendly and accessible guide takes the intimidation out of coding and instills confidence in children as young as seven as they complete cool coding projects to mod their favorite game. Full-color, eye-popping graphics and a short page count hold their attention while the goal-based format keeps them focused on the task at hand.

  • Kids can complete the projects on their own or alongside an adult
  • Introduces getting started with a single-player, single-level game
  • Moves readers on to multi-level game playing
  • Finishes with a multi-level, multi-player game based on the classic “capture the flag” game

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Motivational Interviewing in Schools: Conversations to Improve Behavior and Learning. Stephen Rollnick, Sebastian Kaplan & Richard Rutschman, $35.50

The first teacher's guide to the proven counseling approach known as motivational interviewing (MI), this pragmatic book shows how to use everyday interactions with students as powerful opportunities for change. MI comprises skills and strategies that can make brief conversations about any kind of behavioral, academic, or peer-related challenge more effective. Extensive sample dialogues bring to life the "dos and don'ts" of talking to K–12 students (and their parents) in ways that promote self-directed problem solving and personal growth. The authors include the distinguished co-developer of MI plus two former classroom teachers. User-friendly features include learning exercises and reflection questions; additional helpful resources are available at the companion website. Written for teachers, the book will be recommended and/or used in teacher workshops by school psychologists, counselors, and social workers.

Moving & Learning Series:

Early Elementary Children Moving & Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $32.95 (ages 6-8) 100 movement activities, includes CD

Preschoolers and Kindergartners Moving and Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 3-6) 80 movement activities, includes CD

Toddlers Moving & Learning: a Physical Education Curriculum. Rae Pica, $29.95 (ages 6-8) 50 movement activities, includes CD

Physical education is a critical part of every early childhood curriculum. Children need to move to channel their energies in creative, beneficial ways and to learn habits for lifelong health and fitness. The Moving & Learning series provides developmentally appropriate activities that contribute to a well-rounded curriculum in any classroom or program. Each book contains:

  • An updated introduction reflecting new research and trends in early childhood health and fitness and information on how movement benefits children's learning and development
  • Lesson plans, each with one body parts activity, one non-locomotor activity, one locomotor skill experience, and one activity exploring an element of movement — each book has over 50 activities
  • Extension ideas and adaptations to use with children who have special needs
  • Curriculum connections for each activity and explanations about how activities are aligned with and meet early learning standards from NAEYC and AAHPERD
  • A CD with original music to add joy and energy to the activities

Multiple Intelligences: Pathways to Success. Thomas Hoerr, $12.95 (Laminated Reference Guide)

This valuable laminated reference guide presents a practical overview of MI that gives examples and suggestions on how MI can be used to help students learn and teachers succeed.

By incorporating MI into teaching, students' opportunities to learn are increased, and teachers find teaching more interesting and rewarding. Particular attention is given to assessment through PEP's (Projects, Exhibitions, Presentations), and to the personal intelligences. Use of student portfolios, the distributed intelligence, and ways to educate students' parents about MI are also addressed.

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Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain: Energizing and Enhancing Instruction. Janet Nay Zadina, $33.95

Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain uses educator-friendly language to explain how the brain learns. Steering clear of “neuro-myths,” Dr. Janet Zadina discusses multiple brain pathways  for learning and provides practical advice for creating a brain-compatible classroom. While there are an abundance of books and workshops that aim to integrate education and brain science, educators are seldom given concrete, actionable advice that makes a difference in the classroom. Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain bridges that divide by providing examples of strategies  for day-to-day instruction aligned with  the latest brain science . The book explains not only the sensory/motor pathways that are familiar to most educators (visual, auditory, and kinesthetic), it also explores the lesser known pathways — reward/survival, language, social, emotional, frontal lobe, and memory/attention — and how they can be tapped to energize and enhance instruction.

Educators are forever searching for new and improved ways to convey information and inspire curiosity, and research suggests that exploiting different pathways may have a major effect on learning. Multiple Pathways to the Student Brain allows readers to see brain science through the eyes of a teacher — and teaching through the eyes of a brain scientist.

Multiplication is for White People: Raising Expectations for Other People’s Children. Lisa Delpit, $32.50

Award-winning educator Lisa Delpit presents a striking picture of the elements of contemporary public education that conspire against the prospects for poor children of color, creating a persistent gap in achievement during the school years that has eluded several decades of reform.

Delpit’s bestselling and paradigm-shifting first book, OTHER PEOPLE’S CHILDREN, focused on cultural slippage in the classroom between white teachers and students of color. In MULTIPLICATION IS FOR WHITE PEOPLE, Delpit reflects on two decades of reform efforts that still have left a generation of poor children of color feeling that higher math isn’t for them.

In her wonderful trademark style, punctuated with telling classroom anecdotes and informed by time spent at dozens of schools across the country, Delpit outlines an inspiring and uplifting blueprint for raising expectations for other people’s children, based on a simple premise: multiplication is for everyone.

My School in the Rain Forest: How Children Attend School Around the World. Margriet Ruurs, $24.50 (ages 6-10)

From Afghanistan to Guatemala, this lovely photo essay chronicles the school day of children around the world.

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Nasreen’s Secret School: a True Story from Afghanistan. Jeanette Winter,  $21.99

Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared.

In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret school for girls. Will a devoted teacher, a new friend, and the worlds she discovers in books be enough to draw Nasreen out of her shell of sadness?

Based on a true story from Afghanistan, this inspiring book will touch readers deeply as it affirms both the life-changing power of education and the healing power of love.

Natural Curiosity: Educating and Nurturing Our Children at Home. Lisa Carne, $35.95

Since becoming 'unschooled', the two children have thrived on a diet of self-directed play and learning, amassing life skills, confidence, responsibility, and a vast array of knowledge along the way. This thoughtful book touches upon important themes in education and environmentalism, such as children's rights in schooling, the use and place of technology in learning, and the absence of the natural world in mainstream education. It gives a considered, balanced view of home schooling, interspersed with entertaining tales including constructing life-sized mammoth skeletons and living for a day as historically accurate Vikings. It offers an understanding of how this type of education works and what inspires the choice to pursue it.

After making the choice to leave formal education, Lisa Carne's children embarked upon a path of self-directed learning powered by their interest in natural history. This book provides a fascinating and humorous commentary on un-schooling from the perspective of a family who have seen both sides of the education system.

The Nature Connection: an Outdoor Workbook for Kids, Families and Classrooms. Clare Walker Leslie, $23.95

This interactive workbook, packed with creative, year-round nature activities guides kids to observe and record what they see, hear, smell, and touch outdoors, whether they live in the country, the city, or somewhere in between. It offers dozens of fun things to do in every season: write a poem; make a sketch; tell a story; record daily sunrise and sunset times for a month; draw a local map and mark the locations of trees, rocks, animals; keep a moon journal; learn about the constellations; or collect leaves and bring them home to sketch and identify. Rediscover the world outside with The Nature Connection!

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Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens: the Handbook for Outdoor Learning. David Sobel, $55.50

Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens is the latest from environmental education expert David Sobel. Joined by a variety of colleagues to share their experiences and steps for creating a successful forest kindergarten program, Nature Preschools and Forest Kindergartens walks you through the European roots of the concept to the recent resurgence of these kinds of programs in North America. 

Going well beyond a history lesson, these experts provide the framework to understand the concepts and build a learning community that stimulates curiosity and inquisitiveness in a natural environment. This helpful guide provides the curriculum ideas and guidance needed to foster special gifts in children. It also gives you the nuts and bolts of running a successful nature preschool business: 

  • Potential obstacles and concerns
  • Staff and curriculum design
  • Best practices for success
  • Site and facility assessment
  • Business planning and how to successfully market your program

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens. Brooke Hauser, $20.00 (includes a reading group guide)

Some walked across deserts and mountains. Others flew on planes. One arrived after escaping in a suitcase. And some won't say how they got here.

A singular work of narrative journalism, THE NEW KIDS chronicles a year in the life of a remarkable group of these teenage newcomers, who all attend the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn.  The unforgettable portraits of young people dealing with enormous obstacles, as they carve out new lives for themselves, will leave you rooting for these kids long after reading the stories of where they come from, how they got here and where they are going next.

The New Meaning of Educational Change, 5th Edition. Michael Fullan, $49.95

The New Meaning of Educational Change is the definitive textbook on the study of educational change. Based on practical and fundamental work with education systems in several countries, the text captured the dilemmas and leading ideas for successful large-scale systemic reform. This updated edition includes decision-makers at all levels — from the local school community to the national level — and introduces many new and powerful ideas for formulating strategies and implementing solutions that will improve educational systems. Widely used by university professors, policymakers, and practitioners throughout North America and in many other countries, this perennial bestseller shows us how to:

  • Develop collaborative cultures at the school level, while avoiding superficial versions of professional learning communities.
  • Foster district-wide success in all schools, illustrating how state and national systems can achieve total system transformation based on identifying and fostering meaning for educators at every level.
  • Integrate individual and systemic success, a rare feat in today’s school reform efforts.
  • Be a powerful resource for everyone involved in school reform.

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Observing Adolescents with Attachment Difficulties in Educational Settings: a Tool for Identifying and Supporting Emotional and Social Difficulties in Young People Ages 11-16. Kim Golding, Mary Turner, Helen Worrall, Jennifer Roberts & Ann Cadman, $40.95

An observational tool designed to help structure observations of children 11+ with attachment issues in school. Simple checklists and diagrams help to identify emotional and behavioural problems, and hand-outs with activities are provided to provide emotional support and identify appropriate interventions. Behavioural responses are categorised within clearly outlined topics, including:

  • behaviour and relationship with peers
  • attachment behaviours
  • emotional state in the classroom
  • attitude to attendance

Observing Children with Attachment Difficulties in Preschool Settings: a Tool for Identifying and Supporting Emotional and Social Difficulties. Kim Golding, Jane Fain, Ann Frost, Sian Templeton & Eleanor Durrant, $39.95

For preschool children with emotional difficulties arising from difficulties in attachment, standard observations used in early years settings are not always helpful in identifying their problems and providing guidance on how they can be helped.

Combining an accessible introduction to attachment and child development with a child observation tool for identifying behaviour, and the emotional needs underlying this behaviour, this book enables ECE professionals to identify problems and provide appropriate support. 'Case study' boxes help to illustrate typical patterns of attachment, and all aspects of behaviour are covered including play, interaction with peers, neediness and aggression. Suitable for use with children aged 2-5, this will be an invaluable resource for early years professionals, as well as clinicians, teachers and learning support staff.

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On Thin Ice. Jamie Bastedo, $14.95 (novel, ages 13+)

In a tiny Arctic hamlet, a teenager's mangled body is found lying on the ice. Could a rapidly changing Arctic climate have driven a polar bear, starving and afraid, this close to human habitation? On Thin Ice is the story of Ashley Anowiak, a gifted northern youth struggling to understand her spiritual connection to polar bears. While seeking answers about her culture, climate and environment seem to be crumbling all around her.

This 2006 Alberta YA Book of the Year also has a Companion Teacher's Guide, Polar Bears in a Climate of Change, which includes a novel study. (Available online when the book is purchased).

100 Games to Play. Rebecca Gilpin, $9.95

Over 100 games that children can play in groups or in pairs such as ‘what’s that noise?’ and ‘ship-to-shore’, as well as paper games. Each page has clear, step-by-step rules of play, as well as colourful illustrations. Perfect for parties and big groups, this book will also keep children occupied for hours during quieter times. A fun-filled book of exciting games for outdoors and in, that children will love to play again and again.

One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out about What's Gotten Better... and What Hasn't. Edited by Kevin Jennings, $20.00

For more than twenty years, the One Teacher in Ten series has served as an invaluable source of strength and inspiration for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender educators. This all-new edition brings together stories from across America — and around the world — resulting in a rich tapestry of varied experiences. From a teacher who feels he must remain closeted in the comparative safety of New York City public schools to teachers who are out in places as far afield as South Africa and China, the teachers and school administrators in One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium prove that LGBT educators are as diverse and complex as humanity itself.

Voices largely absent from the first two editions — including transgender people, people of color, teachers working in rural districts, and educators from outside the United States — feature prominently in this new collection, providing a fuller and deeper understanding of the triumphs and challenges of being an LGBT teacher today.

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123 Nature Activity Cards. Caz Buckingham & Andrea Pinnington, $16.99

Beautiful nature cards that help to develop first number and counting skills.

Each flashcard features an engaging number-related activity that will help children learn as they play based on essential first number concepts such as counting, adding, patterns, shapes, opposites, sorting and sizes. This title is perfect for parents who want to foster a love of nature in their children. Suitable for ages 2 to 5 years.

The Ooey Gooey® Handbook: Identifying and Creating Child-centered Environments. Lisa Murphy, $28.50 (ages 3-8)

Find more than 65 hands-on art, science, and outside play activity ideas for creating engaging environments both at home and at school. If you are just beginning your Ooey Gooey® journey, this is a great book to read. It includes an informational overview of how it all started and has lots of activities to get your gooey juices flowing. The Ooey Gooey® Handbook is a must read for anyone who spends time with children. 

Ooey Gooey® Tooey : 140 Exciting Hands-on Activity Ideas for Young Children. Lisa Murphy, $35.50 (ages 3-8)

No matter what age group you work with, this book will be a valuable addition to your resource shelf. With 140 activities for you to do with children, Ooey Gooey® Tooey is chock full of art ideas and sensory tub concoctions, and sure to become an early childhood classic!

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Oops! Helping Children Learn Accidentally. Hywel Roberts, $31.50

Lies, deceit, traps and trickery — in fact, everything you need to get children to learn despite themselves. This book is about engaging learners in great learning so well they barely know they are learning, let alone learning well. This book is about the dance that happens between teachers and learners, it’s about the importance of relationships in that engagement, it’s about how to build and sustain rapport with learners. And it’s about finding a delight and a joy in the process of learning, enhanced by those spontaneous, serendipitous events that help you remember just why you came into the job in the first place.

Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, 2nd Edition. Lisa Delpit, $18.95

In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom — where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. This anniversary paperback edition features a new introduction by Delpit as well as new framing essays by Herbert Kohl and Charles Payne.

Our New Home: Immigrant Children Speak. Edited by Emily Hearn & Marywinn Milne, $13.95

What is it like to leave home and arrive in a place where everything is new — language, weather, customs and people?

Every year families from around the world leave their homes to start a new life in a new place and they each have a story. In Our New Home, children use their writing and artwork to share these stories with us. Their words and pictures tell of the fear and sadness, the excitement and challenge of moving to a new country and starting a new life.

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The Outdoor Classroom Ages 3-7: Using Ideas from Forest Schools to Enrich Learning. Karen Constable, $38.50

This book clearly explains the learning potential of the outdoor environment and practically demonstrates how the ‘Outdoor Classroom’ can be developed in ECE settings and schools. Drawing on the Forest School approach, it aims to inspire practitioners to think creatively about their outside area and how they can provide rich play opportunities for children that will further their learning regardless of any time, space or financial restraints.

Emphasizing the importance of continuity for young children, the book shows how good practice in the early years can be built on in Reception and Key Stage 1 and covers:

  • What is the outdoor classroom and how does it enhance children’s learning?
  • How experiences in the Outdoor Classroom can support the early years and Key Stage 1 curricula
  • The implications for schools using the outdoor classroom including resources, timetabling, space, parental and staff opposition
  • Guidance on planning
  • Activities and ideas for using the Outdoor Classroom

Owning Up Curriculum: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice. Rosalind Wiseman, $79.95 (Grades 6-12)

The Owning Up Curriculum presents a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing youth violence by providing a structured program for teaching students to own up and take responsibility — as perpetrators, bystanders, and targets — for unethical behavior. Students learn to recognize that they have a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity and to speak out against injustice.

By targeting the root causes of bullying and other forms of social cruelty, Wiseman exposes the cultural expectations that teach young people to humiliate and dehumanize others as the way to achieve power and respect, then challenges them to transform this dynamic. The program also addresses the nuanced ways in which racism, classism, and homophobia are expressed in our culture and affect social cruelty and violence.

A CD-ROM of reproducible program forms and student handouts is included with the curriculum.

The PBIS Team Handbook: Setting Expectations and Building Positive Behavior. Beth Baker & Char Ryan, $47.99

Finally, a detailed, plain-language guide for coaches, administrators, and team members for implementing and sustaining school-wide positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS). Full of engaging anecdotes from on-the-ground experts, this comprehensive resource helps PBIS teams overcome the obstacles of staff buy-in and offers solutions for sustaining a successful school program. Sample graphs, figures, checklists, and templates will help teams chart, manage, and interpret data with ease. 

Positive school climates are not achieved through suspensions, detentions, calls to parents, or visits to the principal’s office. Rather, lasting change is achieved through collective analysis and data-driven decision making.

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Pedagogical Documentation in Early Childhood: Sharing Children's Learning and Teachers' Thinking. Susan Stacey, $48.50

North American educators were first introduced to the idea of pedagogical documentation through work of the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. Canadian and U.S. educators have responded with an eager desire to try the process within their own practices. Nevertheless, producing documentation that is thoughtful, meaningful, and aesthetically pleasing is a challenge. Pedagogical Documentation — filled with examples from the author as well as new and seasoned educators from across North America — will guide you through the process. Pedagogical documentation is an examination of the learning taking place in children and supports reflective practice and decision-making in teachers. Pedagogical documentation is a powerful tool for communicating a child's learning to families.

The PEERS Curriculum for School-Based Professionals: Social Skills Training for Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Elizabeth Laugeson, $79.70

The PEERS® Curriculum for School-Based Professionals brings UCLA's highly acclaimed and widely popular PEERS program into the school setting. This sixteen-week program, clinically proven to significantly improve social skills and social interactions among teens with autism spectrum disorder, is now customized for the needs of psychologists, counselors, speech pathologists, administrators, and teachers. The manual is broken down into clearly divided lesson plans, each of which have concrete rules and steps, corresponding homework assignments, plans for review, and unique, fun activities to ensure that teens are comfortable incorporating what they've learned. The curriculum also includes parent handouts, tips for preparing for each lesson, strategies for overcoming potential pitfalls, and the research underlying this transformative program.

Perfect Pairs: Using Fiction & Nonfiction Picture Books to Teach Life Science, K-2. Melissa Stewart & Nancy Chesley, $35.95

Think about and teach life science in a whole new way. Each of the 22 lessons in this book is built around a pair of books that introduces a critical life science concept and guides students through an inquiry-based investigative process to explore that idea. Each lesson starts with a hypothesis, or "Wonder Statement", and comprises 3 stages: "Engaging Students", "Exploring with Students", and "Encouraging Students to Draw Conclusions". Bringing high-quality science-themed picture books into the classroom engages a broad range of students, and will help them see science and inquiry in a new light.

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Phonics Pathways: Clear Steps to Easy Reading and Perfect Spelling, 10th Edition. Dolores Hiskes, $39.95

This tenth edition of the best-selling book teaches reading using sounds and spelling patterns. These sounds and patterns are introduced one at a time, and slowly built into words, syllables, phrases, and sentences. Simple step-by-step directions begin every lesson. Although originally designed for K-2 emergent readers, this award-winning book is also successfully being used with adolescent and adult learners, as well as second language learners and students with learning disabilities.

Pick Up Your Pen: the Art of Handwriting. Monica Dengo, $14.95

With keyboards and touch screens dominating written communication, it can be challenge to convince children of the pleasures and benefits of handwriting. Monica Dengo’s guide to italic cursive will change that. It invites children to learn and practice handwriting with a fresh, modern aesthetic.

Offering ample room for practice, doodling and experimenting, Dengo emphasizes the inherent artistry of handwriting. Her expressive and easy-to-follow approach encourages readers to become artists with every letter they make. Handwriting has never been more simple, creative or fun!

Play: The Pathway from Theory to Practice. Sandra Heidemann & Deborah Hewitt, $45.95

Play: The Pathway from Theory to Practice contains practical suggestions and theoretical information for helping children thrive with play-based learning. Chapters include an explanation of the functional "Play Checklist" to help you observe children's emerging skills and pinpoint areas for improvement, instructions for writing specific and attainable goals for children, and case studies from real classrooms.

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Play Today: Building the Young Brain through Creative Expression. Ann Barbour, $22.25

When young children are engaged in imaginative play, they are not just having fun; they are developing skills and concepts that are foundational to their learning. Teachers can get the most out of this critical development time with thoughtful preparations that allow the children to freely explore their creativity and learn from each other. Using simple props and donated items, the book shows how centers can be transformed into rich and rewarding learning spaces for children. Play Today offers dozens of easy-to-do scenarios that will spark open-ended play explorations. Play strategies discussed boost brain development in many ways, including:

  • Memory and flexible thinking
  • Communication
  • Social-emotional skills
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Literacy

Positive Alternatives to Suspension: Procedures, Vignettes, Checklists, and Tools to Increase Teaching and Reduce Suspensions. Catherine DeSalvo, Mike Meeks & Matthew Buckman, $46.95

This book provides all the guidance you need to decrease the frequency, severity and duration of disruptive behaviors and avoid harsh and ineffective disciplinary practices. It provides a blueprint for creating an in-school alternative to suspension by giving students the best opportunity to overcome their challenges and find success. The authors explain how to create structure, use motivation and teach social skills so students remain engaged and connected to school. Worksheets, writing samples, and an index of social skills with their behavioral steps are included on a CD.

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Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers: Effective Classroom Management for Social, Emotional, and Academic Success. Jane Nelsen & Kelly Gfroerer, $23.00

The Positive Discipline method has proved to be an invaluable resource for teachers who want to foster creative problem-solving within their students, giving them the behavioral skills they need to understand and process what they learn. In Positive Discipline Tools for Teachers, you will learn how to successfully incorporate respectful, solution-oriented approaches to ensure a cooperative and productive classroom. Using tools like "Connection Before Correction," "Four Problem-Solving Steps," and "Focusing on Solutions," teachers will be able to focus on student-centered learning, rather than wasting time trying to control their students' behavior. Each tool is specifically tailored for the modern classroom, with examples and positive solutions to each and every roadblock that stands in the way of cooperative learning.

Complete with the most up-to-date research on classroom management and the effectiveness of the Positive Discipline method, this comprehensive guide also includes helpful teacher stories and testimonials from around the world.

Positive Psychology in the Elementary School Classroom. Patty O’Grady, $31.50

POSITIVE PSYCHOLOGY IN THE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CLASSROOM presents the basics of positive psychology to educators and provides interactive resources to enrich teachers’ proficiency when using positive psychology in the classroom. Patty O’Grady underlines the importance of teaching the whole child: encouraging social awareness and positive relationships, fostering self-motivation, and emphasizing social and emotional learning. Through the use of positive psychology in the classroom, children can learn to be more emotionally aware of their own and others’ feelings, use their strengths to engage academically and socially, pursue meaningful lives, and accomplish their personal goals. 

The book begins with Martin Seligman’s positive psychology principles, and continues into an overview of affective learning, including its philosophical and psychological roots, from finding the “golden mean” of emotional regulation to finding a child’s potencies and “golden self.” O’Grady connects the core concepts of educational neuroscience to the principles of positive psychology, explaining how feelings permeate the brain, affecting children’s thoughts and actions; how insular neurons make us feel empathy and help us learn by observation; and how the frontal cortex is the hall monitor of the brain. The book is full of practical examples and interactive resources that invite every educator to create a positive psychology classroom, where children can flourish and reach their full potential.

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Positive Strategies for Students with Behavior Problems. Daniel Crimmins, Anne Farrell, Philip Smith & Alison Bailey, $44.50

This research-based and practical manual has effective solutions for educators from grades K–12. Developed specifically for use with children with persistent or severe behavior problems, this book introduces educators to the systematic Positive Strategies method, which helps teachers understand why behaviors persist, prevent problem behavior, and replace challenging behaviors with better alternatives.

The Power Card Strategy 2.0: an Evidence-Based Practice Using Special Interests to Motivate Children and Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Elisa Gagnon & Brenda Smith Myles, $29.50

Many researchers, parents, and autistics themselves have long understood the role of special interests in teaching and motivating individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), yet these intense areas of knowledge have not been widely integrated into the learning activities of children on the spectrum. It was author Elisa Gagnon’s insightful and innovative first edition of Power Cards that helped move the use of special interests forward, promoting classroom-based research on the deep areas of knowledge and learners on the spectrum. The authors are hopeful that the second edition of this book will further inspire professionals and parents to incorporate special interests into the lives of learners on the spectrum.

The Power of Peers in the Classroom: Enhancing Learning and Social Skills. Edited by Karen Harris & Lynn Meltzer, $47.50

Peer support and social relationships have a tremendous influence on development, motivation, and achievement for all students, including struggling learners and those with disabilities. This highly practical book is one of the few resources available to guide classroom teachers and special educators in the application of peer-assisted instructional strategies in grades K-12. Expert contributors describe evidence-based approaches for building students' skills in reading, writing, math, and other content areas, as well as social competence and executive functioning. Sample lessons and more than a dozen reproducible tools are provided. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.

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POWER PLAYS: Moving from Coping to Cooperation in Your Classroom. Barrie Bennett & Peter Smilanich, $52.95

For 200 days a year, six hours a day, while teaching hundreds of outcomes, we face the possibility of behaviour issues and power plays erupting in our classrooms.

And they do.

POWER PLAYS: MOVING FROM COPING TO COOPERATION IN YOUR CLASSROOM tackles this issue on two fronts: student behaviour and teacher practice. In the first section, authors Barrie Bennett and Peter Smilanich highlight the sometimes subtle and not-so-subtle moves to power your students will make. In the second section, the authors explore instructional practices that can lessen behavioural problems while creating a healthy, caring classroom culture where all students — and teachers — can thrive.

Preparing for Disaster: What Every Childhood Director Needs to Know. Cathy Grace & Elizabeth Shores, $12.50

This director’s companion to After the Crisis provides practical advice and information on preparing for and responding to disasters like fires, explosions, epidemics, earthquakes, tornadoes, mass casualty incidents and more. Learn how to:

  • Create a Disaster Readiness Master Plan and implement it
  • Train teachers and administrators on how to react in a catastrophic event
  • Reeducate parents about your plan and help to reduce panic
  • Complete insurance, inventory, records back-up and other relevant forms

This groundbreaking guide is filled with practical advice for every program director on the steps they can take to insure the safety of their program and the children they care for.

The Problem with Math is English: a Language-Focused Approach to Helping All Students Develop a Deeper Understanding of Mathematics, Grades 3-9. Concepcion Molina, $35.95

THE PROBLEM WITH MATH IS ENGLISH illustrates how students often understand fundamental mathematical concepts at a superficial level. Written to inspire ‘aha’ moments, this book enables teachers to help students identify and comprehend the nuances and true meaning of math concepts by exploring them through the lenses of language and symbolism, delving into such essential topics as multiplication, division, fractions, place value, proportional reasoning, graphs, slope, order of operations, and the distributive property.

This important new book fills a gap in math education by illustrating how a deeper knowledge of math concepts can be developed in all students through a focus on language and symbolism.

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Quick Answers for Busy Teachers: Solutions to 60 Common Challenges. Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker, $35.95

Quick Answers for Busy Teachers presents some of the most common challenges teachers encounter in the classroom, and provides expert help toward solving those problems. This easy-to-read guide is organized into short, discreet chapters, making it an ideal quick reference for on-the-spot answers, with practical advice and concise, actionable solutions. Readers will develop systems for dealing with issues that repeatedly crop up, from handling the out-of-control class to falling out of love with the job. The book offers innovative methods and techniques that improve student achievement and behavior while minimizing stress on the teacher. Recover from challenging situations with parents, students, coworkers, or administrators, implement a system that keeps those challenges from happening again, and learn to relax and enjoy this richly rewarding profession.

Teaching is difficult. Educators must grapple with a roomful of diverse students, an evolving curriculum, massive organization of books, papers, and supplies, and ever-changing technology. They must deal with challenges from uninvolved parents, over-involved parents, administrators, and fellow educators. This book helps teachers avoid some of the frustration by providing solutions for the sixty most common challenges teachers face.

As a teacher, igniting young minds is only a small part of the battle – it's usually everything else that makes teachers occasionally reconsider their career choice. With solutions and systems in place ahead of time, readers can handle challenges swiftly and skillfully with Quick Answers for Busy Teachers.

Racialized Schools: Understanding and Addressing Racism in Schools. Jesse Brinson & Shannon Smith, $44.95

While racism continues to be a persistent and pervasive issue in our schools nationwide, the professionals charged with creating safe and nurturing educational environments have few resources available to address racism directly. RACIALIZED SCHOOLS is on the leading edge of books that do just that and includes the latest research and praxis to help school personnel confront racism in a professional manner. A national qualitative survey of students, school counselors, teachers, and administrators sets the stage by providing readers with a 360-degree picture of today's schools and the many ways racism creeps into the lives of our students. The authors present a number of different models and perspectives on understanding and addressing racism, beginning with their own personal and professional experiences. Significant attention is also given to empowering school personnel and students to become racially aware, sensitive, and competent to address racism and racial conflicts in schools. RACIALIZED SCHOOLS is not only a comprehensive look at racism within our schools; it is also a practical tool for use by teachers, school counselors, administrators, etc., for implementing preventative measures to combat racism directly.

Raising Peacemakers. Esther Sokolov Fine, $23.95

Raising Peacemakers tells a 22-year story of kids growing up with peacemaking as their foundation. At Downtown Alternative School (DAS), a small public elementary school in Toronto, child-to-child conflicts were understood as opportunities. Children and adults worked hard to create a warm inclusive community where differing viewpoints and disagreements could be handled fairly and safely.

While the book includes documentation and transcripts, it’s a narrative rather than an academic text. It’s a trail of re-thinking, negotiating and re-negotiating, solving and re-solving (occasionally resolving) teaching and learning dilemmas. It’s a tale of one school’s brave and optimistic effort to create and sustain healthy, safe, equitable, and academically relevant conditions for and with people whose lives were and are at stake in public education. It’s about children and adults growing together as they discover more about what it means (and what it takes) to become responsible citizens who care about each other, about their community, and about the world.

The DAS community was dedicated to the serious work, and to the joy, of respectful relationships and power sharing. This book invites you to step back more than twenty years to learn about how this began and what keeps it alive to this day.

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Reaching Out to Immigrant Parents: What Educators Can Do. Cristina Casanova, $23.95

This timely book provides you with specific guidance, tips and recommendations for helping immigrant parents participate actively in their children’s education and in the life of the school. When handled with knowledge and effectiveness, dealing with non-native parents can be a rewarding and beneficial experience. This book provides all the essentials. Learn how to:

  • Communicate effectively
  • Inform parents of your school’s expectations
  • Understand different cultures, customs and values, and how to put that knowledge to use
  • Find and utilize a cultural broker
  • Educate parents to routines and experiences at home that will help their children succeed in school
  • Create counseling outreach or enhance other outreach programs

Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt: Strategies for Your Classroom. Susan Craig, $28.95

This practical, strategy-filled book that shows educators how to help students exposed to trauma. Through clear and readable explanations of current research and enlightening vignettes, educators will understand how violence and other forms of trauma affect the key elements of a child's school and social success, including behavior, attention, memory, and language.

Reaching and Teaching Stressed and Anxious Learners in Grades 4-8: Strategies for Relieving Distress and Trauma in Schools and Classrooms. Barbara E. Oehlberg, $48.75

Not all children cope equally well with the stresses and traumas life throws their way, and every educator recognizes that "deer in the headlights" look some children get when current events and past traumas combine to trigger a fight-or-flight stress response. No matter how safe the classroom may be in reality, trauma deactivates cognitive skills, and learning cannot resume until the child’s equilibrium has been restored. This important new resource helps educators understand how trauma and stress interfere with cognitive skills, and how classroom and school activities can be used to restore feelings of safety, empowerment, and well-being.

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The Reading Strategies Book: Your Everything Guide to Developing Skilled Readers. Jennifer Serravallo, $58.25

 “Strategies make the often invisible work of reading actionable and visible,” and in The Reading Strategies Book, author Jennifer Serravallo collects 300 strategies to share with readers in support of thirteen goals — everything from fluency to literary analysis. Each strategy is cross-linked to skills, genres, and Fountas & Pinnell reading levels to give you just-right teaching, just in time. With Jen’s help you’ll:

  • develop goals for every reader
  • give students step-by-step strategies for skilled reading
  • guide readers with prompts aligned to the strategies
  • adjust instruction to meet individual needs with Jen’s Teaching Tips
  • craft demonstrations and explanations with her Lesson Language
  • learn more with Hat Tips to the work of influential teacher-authors.

The Reading Strategies Book will complement and extend your teaching. Rely on it to plan and implement goal-directed, differentiated instruction for individuals, small groups, and whole classes.

Reading Without Limits: Teaching Strategies to Build Independent Reading for Life. Maddie Witter, $33.95

You don’t have to be a reading specialist to pick up this book. Anyone who wants to dramatically improve reading achievement will find helpful suggestions. You might be a third grade teacher whose students have mastered decoding, and you are ready to build their comprehension. Or you might be a high school science teacher whose students aren’t yet reading on level with deep critical thinking. This book is for you. It doesn’t matter whether you are a public, charter, private, or alternative education teacher: the READING WITHOUT LIMITS program works in each one. Along with hundreds of ready-to-use teaching strategies, READING WITHOUT LIMITS comes with a supplemental website where teachers can download even more resources for free.

Real Classroom Makeovers: Practical Ideas for Early Childhood Classrooms. Rebecca Isbell & Pamela Evenshen, $32.95

Learning environments are an important topic as more and more teachers try to make their classrooms into places that support and inspire learning. Using "before" and "after" pictures of real early childhood classrooms, REAL CLASSROOM MAKEOVERS shows early childhood teachers step-by-step how small changes can transform their classrooms into wondrous environments for children to learn and grow. With a budget-conscious focus, the book provides visual examples of dramatic changes that are possible in real preschool, Pre-K, and kindergarten classrooms. Most of the makeovers focus on a specific classroom area or learning center.

Much more than a collection of before-and-after pictures, this book introduces and describes the philosophy behind creative learning environments based on current early childhood education research. Written in simple, down-to-earth language, this book is accessible for all educators!

Redleaf Family Child Care Curriculum: Teaching Through Quality Care, 2nd Edition. Sharon Woodward, $60.95 (ages 0-5)

Redleaf's popular and affordable Family Child Care Curriculum just got better! New material allows providers to more closely align the entire curriculum to a broader range of early learning standards. An easy to use curriculum that provides activities in each domain that are designed for family child care programs with mixed-age children. Age-appropriate outcomes, daily schedules, and letters to families round out the curriculum. Combine the curriculum with the Redleaf Family Child Care Curriculum Developmental Assessment for a complete curriculum and assessment package. 

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Residential Schools: with Words and Images of Survivors. Larry Loyie, with Wayne Spear & Constance Brissenden, $35.95

This book explains the hidden history of the residential school system. Award-winning author and former residential school student Larry Loyie delves into how Canada, for over a century, removed more than 150,000 Aboriginal children from their families to attend these church-run residential schools. It explains in a comprehensive, yet accessible, way the history of not only First Nations people but also the Métis and Inuit peoples of Canada.

Residential Schools speaks with the voice of more than 70 former students and family members. There are more than 125 images — many from the personal collections of survivors, a map of Canada’s residential schools, a “key dates” timeline, five myths associated with Residential School and a glossary of terms. The book involved over 20 years of research, 200 interviews and took three years to write. “It is a historical narrative and national history that needs to be told,” said author Larry Loyie.

The Resilient Practitioner: Burnout Prevention and Self-Care Strategies for Counselors, Therapists, Teachers and Health Professionals, 2nd Edition. Thomas Skovholt & Michelle Trotter-Mathison, $43.95

Therapists and other helping professionals, such as teachers, doctors and nurses, social workers, and clergy, work in highly demanding fields and can suffer from burnout, compassion fatigue, and secondary stress. This happens when they give more attention to their clients’ well being than their own.

The authors describe the joys and hazards of the work, the long road from novice to senior practitioner, the essence of burnout, ways to maintain the professional and personal self, methods experts use to maintain vitality, and a self-care action plan. Vivid real-life examples and self-reflection questions will engage and motivate readers to think about their own work and ways to enhance their own resilience. Eloquently written and supported by extensive research, helping professionals will find this a valuable resource.

Responsive School Practices to Support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Students and Families. Emily Fisher & Kelly Kennedy, $42.95

This book provides a practical and useful guide for school-based mental health professionals to support students, families, teachers, and administrators in the development of a safe, inclusive school environment for all LGBTQ students and families. It begins with an overview of the unique issues and challenges faced by LGBTQ students and families, including a discussion of sexuality and gender identity development within the interconnected contexts of home, school, and community. Practical steps are given for creating an inclusive school environment; implementing prevention and intervention techniques to address discrimination, bullying, and violence; and organizing effective counseling programs for LGBTQ students. These school-based efforts are then extended to working with families and communities to reinforce steps taken in the school context. An accompanying CD includes numerous handouts, sample letters, and other resources to assist the school-based mental health professional in implementing responsive and affirmative practices for LGBTQ students and families.

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Restore the Respect: How to Mediate School Conflicts & Keep Students Learning. Ondine Gross, $48.50

Unresolved conflicts in schools build barriers to learning, including low motivation, lack of focus, and disruptive behaviors that remove students from the classroom. When teacher-student conflicts occur, the negative effects can be long-lasting without a safe and structured way to repair the relationship.

This reader-friendly guidebook has a concrete, evidence-based solution: an easy and effective 50-minute mediation technique for teachers and students in Grades K-12. School psychologist Ondine Gross guides you through the whole process of starting a teacher-student mediation program, conducting successful mediations, and collecting and monitoring data to measure the effectiveness of the program. You'll also learn how to use the technique to mediate conflicts between students and between adults in schools, including staff members and parents.

Highly successful as a Tier II intervention, this common-sense solution will help your school leave ineffective discipline techniques behind — and embrace more supportive approaches that model social and problem solving skills, reduce suspensions, and keep students learning.

Reversing Suspension: Tools for Implementing Innovative Alternatives to Home Suspension. Catherine Pardue & Ed Orszulak, $43.50 (GR 3-8)

The habitual suspension of some students is a pervasive problem in schools... often with little or no impact on changing these students’ behaviors. Some students become suspension “frequent flyers” and seem to be sent home from school on a routine basis. Reversing Suspension explores insights and strategies used in exemplary schools where home suspensions have been dramatically reduced. The primary goal of the authors is to share what has worked best for turning around habitually suspended students’ attitudes and choices so they can become more successful in school. The CD contains ready-to-print forms, surveys, assessments, and homework sheets that can be used with your school staff, parents and students. Examples of printable pages you can modify to your needs include:

Scenario-based student activities to build school success through:

  • Performance: (Learning to self-assess behaviors)
  • Responsibility: (Exploring consequences to different choices)
  • Conflict-Resolution: (Resolving interpersonal conflict)
  • Reflection: (Exploring the student choices and outcomes)
  • School staff strategy-builders for challenges of different intensities
  • Forms for students & school staff
  • Recommendations and take-home sheets for parents/guardians

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Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools — the Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Calls for Action. Melanie Florence, $34.95 (Ages 13-18+)

Canada's residential school system for aboriginal young people is now recognized as a grievous historic wrong committed against First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. This book documents this subject in a format that will give all young people access to this painful part of Canadian history.

Over a period of close 150 years, about 150,000 aboriginal children went to 130 residential schools across Canada. The last federally funded residential school closed in 1996 in Saskatchewan. The horrors that many children endured at residential schools did not go away. It took decades for people to speak out, but with the support of the Assembly of First Nations and Inuit organizations, former residential school students took the federal government and the churches to court. Their cases led to the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, the largest class-action settlement in Canadian history. In 2008, Prime Minister Harper formally apologized to former native residential school students for the atrocities they suffered and the role the government played in setting up the school system. The agreement included the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which has since worked to document this experience and toward reconciliation.

Through historical photographs, documents, and first-person narratives from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people who survived residential schools, this book offers an account of the injustice of this period in Canadian history. It documents how this official racism was confronted and finally acknowledged.

Risk, Challenge and Adventure in the Early Years: a Practical Guide to Exploring and Extending Learning Outdoors. Kathryn Solly, $48.50

What is the difference between ‘risk’ and ‘danger’? What can children learn from taking risks? How can you provide key experiences for children and ensure their safety outdoors? Young children will naturally seek out challenges and take risks and this is crucial to their overall development. This book clearly explains why children should be given the freedom to take risks and provides practical guidance on how to offer stimulating and challenging outdoor experiences that will extend all areas of children’s learning.

Including examples of activities for all weather conditions across all areas of learning, the book covers:

  • The pedagogical history of adventure, risk and challenge
  • Health, wellbeing and keeping safe
  • The adult role
  • Risk assessment
  • Supporting individual children with different needs
  • Environments that enable challenging and adventurous play
  • Working with parents and addressing concerns
  • Observation, planning and assessment

This book is essential reading for practitioners and students that wish to provide rich experiences for children that will enable them to become confident and adventurous learners.

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Safe and Fun Playgrounds: a Handbook. Heather Olsen, Susan Hudson & Donna Thompson, $42.95

Play is important for the cognitive, emotional, and physical development of children. Whether you're creating a new playgrounds, or maintaining an existing one, this handbook is designed to help you move through the many details and stages of making safe — yet challenging — playgrounds and play areas a reality. Use the four components that experts have identified for safety:

  • Supervision by appropriate individuals
  • Age-appropriate design
  • Fall-surfacing that contains approved materials
  • Equipment maintenance

Scholastic Children’s French-English Visual Dictionary. Scholastic Canada, $12.99

With thousands of words on a variety of topics, the SCHOLASTIC CHILDREN'S FRENCH-ENGLISH VISUAL DICTIONARY provides a comprehensive guide to common words in French and English. Bright, modern illustrations featuring engaging characters and familiar topics are labeled in both languages. Each word pair has been selected by expert lexical translators and language consultants.

This dictionary covers a wide range of subjects — from food and clothing to plants and animals, and even outer space! It also includes an introduction to the language and information on how to get the most out of the dictionary, as well as pages on opposites, numbers, time, and calendar words, plus full indexes in both French and English — perfect for 6- to 9-year-olds who are learning and using French!

Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms: More than 700 Sayings and Expressions. Marvin Terban, $12.99

Cat got your tongue? Penny for your thoughts?

Every day, idioms bring color to our speech. But for some people, idioms are difficult to comprehend. This essential resource offers explanations for everyday idioms that will make understanding them as easy as pie!

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School Days Around the World. Margriet Ruurs & Alice Feagan, $19.95

“What is a school? Is it a building with classrooms? Or can it be any place where children learn?” The fascinating stories that follow will expand how young readers think of school, as they learn about the experiences of real children in thirteen different countries around the world. From Marta in Azezo, Ethiopia, and Luciano in Mérida, Venezuela, to Alina in Taraz, Kazakhstan, and Lu in Shanghai, China, the children who are profiled live in places that truly span the globe. However, while there are huge differences in their environments, all the children share similar desires to learn, read and play with others. Alice Feagan's charming cut-paper collage artwork further enhances the idea of a global community by featuring smiling, enthusiastic children's faces, which are equally joyous and filled with life in every situation.

The School of Wellbeing: 12 Extraordinary Projects Promoting Children and Young People's Mental Health and Happiness. Jenny Hulme, $27.95

As rates of depression, anxiety, self-harm and eating disorders are on the up among young people, how can schools provide appropriate information and support for the young people in their classrooms? How can they bridge the gap between what they know matters — the impact of these issues on learning and life-long health — and the mounting day-to-day priorities and pressures of school life?

This book provides unique insight into 12 projects that are helping to answer these questions and supporting teachers to make mental health and emotional wellbeing a key player in the school day. With a mix of longer-term initiatives and simple strategies that schools can put in place immediately, it explores mentoring and mindfulness, social action and sport, Lego play and poetry, the power of parents and the role of PSHE. It describes how these projects work practically and shares the impact they are having, increasing resilience and raising the aspirations and emotional wellbeing of the whole school community. This book is a source of inspiration for teachers, leadership teams, pastoral care teams, school counsellors and psychologists.

Schooling the Next Generation: Creating Success in Urban Elementary Schools. Dan Zuberi, $32.95

Public schools are among the most important institutions in North American communities, especially in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods. At their best, they enable students to overcome challenges like poverty by providing vital literacy and numeracy skills. At their worst, they condemn students to failure, both economically and in terms of preparing them to be active participants in a democratic society.

In Schooling the Next Generation, Dan Zuberi documents the challenges facing ten East Vancouver elementary schools in diverse lower-income communities, as well as the ways their principals, teachers, and parents are overcoming these challenges. Going beyond the façade of standardized test scores, Zuberi identifies the kinds of school and community programs that are making a difference and could be replicated in other schools. At the same time, he calls into question the assumptions behind a test score-driven search for “successful schools.” Focusing on early literacy and numeracy skills mastery, Schooling the Next Generation presents a slate of policy recommendations to help students in urban elementary schools achieve their full potential.

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The Second City Guide to Improv in the Classroom: Using Improvisation to Teach Skills and Boost Learning. Katherine McKnight & Mary Scruggs, $26.99

Most people know The Second City as an innovative school for improvisation that has turned out leading talents such as Alan Arkin, Bill Murray, Stephen Colbert, and Tina Fey. This groundbreaking company has also trained thousands of educators and students through its Improvisation for Creative Pedagogy program, which uses improv exercises to teach a wide variety of content areas, and boost skills that are crucial for student learning: listening, teamwork, communication, idea-generation, vocabulary, and more.

The Secret of Your Name. David Bouchard, $24.95

Canada's Métis are the only mixed blood people in the world recognized by every level of government as being a Nation. The Métis have their own language, flag, songs and stories. They have exciting traditions and a proud history. Sadly, their journey was one of hardships, denial and often lies. In The Secret of Your Name, these three men open their hearts to all those who care to know what it means when it is said that we are Proud to be Métis! This spectacular book will appeal to any and all who have an interest in Canada's aboriginal people. It will call out to art collectors, musicians and all who have ever pondered their own past.

Best selling, award winning Métis poet David Bouchard, once again makes books and culture available to all ages in The Secret of Your Name. Bouchard's heartfelt story is illustrated by Canada's most prominent Métis artist Dennis Weber. Included on the accompanying CD, with reading in English/French and Michif, is the Red River Jig performed by acclaimed Master Métis Fiddler John Arcand.

Secrets of the Teenage Brain: Research Based Strategies for Reaching and Teaching Today’s Adolescents. Sheryl Feinstein, $22.95

Organized around specific areas of adolescent development, this resource is packed with fresh instructional strategies that can be modified and adapted to various content areas. Secrets of the Teenage Brain helps unlock the secrets of the biological and neurological changes happening in the teenage brain. Educators can use these insights to help students reach their full potential.

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Self-Regulation for Kids K-12: Strategies for Calming Minds and Behavior.  Patricia Tollison, Katherine Synatschk & Gaea Logan, $50.95

Organized as both a text about self-regulation and a step-by-step, practical guide to developing a program for helping children and adolescents, this text is a valuable resource for counselors, teachers, and behavior specialists.

Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader: a Guide to Surviving and Thriving. Robert Evans, $33.95

Economic and educational trends of recent years have been hard on educators. Seven Secrets of The Savvy School Leader hopes to counteract these discouraging  facts by giving both aspiring and experienced school leaders important survival tools, and encouraging long-term leaders to renew their faith in their own abilities. Seven Secrets of the Savvy School Leader will encourage anyone serving as or considering becoming a school administrator to make change by making meaning.

Sex Ed for Caring Schools: Creating an Ethics-Based Curriculum. Sharon Lamb, $31.50

While arguments for and against teaching abstinence, the use of contraceptives, and sexual identity are becoming more and more polarized, most people agree that students must learn to navigate an increasingly sexual world. SEX ED FOR CARING SCHOOLS presents a curriculum that goes beyond the typical health education most students receive today. As part of a critical pedagogy movement that connects education to social justice enterprises, this book and the corresponding online curriculum encourage students to talk, write, and think about the moral and relational issues underlying sex in society today. Addressing the real concerns of today’s teens, this book includes lessons on pornography, prostitution, media objectification, religion, and stereotypes. Book Features:

  • Introduces readers to the controversies that have surrounded sex education curricula in recent decades.
  • Outlines a comprehensive sex education that includes character education, citizenship, and caring — the three Cs.
  • Focuses on the education both girls and boys need to treat each other ethically.
  • Includes discussion questions and activities for future educators.
  • Corresponds to an interactive online curriculum hosted by the author that includes free readings, activities, and discussion questions.

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Sexual Harassment and Bullying: a Guide to Keeping Kids Safe and Holding Schools Accountable. Susan Strauss, $21.95

Bullying in schools is often discussed, but sexual harassment in schools, and how it differs from bullying is often overlooked. In fact, though, sexual harassment (committed both by fellow students and school personnel) is more common and yet more easily and quickly dismissed by those involved, though its consequences for the victim can be profound. This book provides parents, teachers, school officials, and others with a framework comparing and contrasting sexual harassment and bullying as they relate to the behavior, laws, and impact on children. The author describes the responsibility of the school district and how parents and other adults can navigate the schools' policies, barriers, and responsibilities. She argues that children should not be subjected to bullying OR sexual harassment, that it is the school's responsibility to make the harassment or bullying stop, and that parents and other caring adults often need to be involved and advocate for the child, even against resistance from those in the school system. 

Sitting On a Chicken: the Best Ever 52 Yoga Games to Teach In Schools. Michael Chissick, $31.95

The best way to teach yoga to children is with games. With 52 vibrant, easy-to-follow yoga games requiring no previous yoga experience, this book will enable you to help children become better listeners, take responsibility, gain self-control, improve behaviour, become assertive and improve self-esteem and confidence.

Within these pages Michael Chissick has distilled nearly twenty years' experience of teaching yoga to children aged 3-11 in mainstream and special needs schools. He explains the ideal yoga lesson structure to transform your children's behaviour: you will learn which games to teach, when to teach them and how to teach them, and how the additional benefits of improved co-ordination, flexibility, fitness, self-calming and relaxation can be accessible to all children regardless of impairment, need, culture, shape, mood or size.

Skillstreaming the Adolescent: a Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills, 3rd Edition. Ellen McGinnis, et al, $71.95

Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: a Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills, 3rd Edition. Ellen McGinnis, $67.95

Skillstreaming the Elementary School Child: a Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills, 3rd Edition. Ellen McGinnis, et al, $67.95

SKILLSTREAMING employs a four-part training approach — modeling, role-playing, performance feedback, and generalization — to teach essential prosocial skills to children from preschool through adolescence. Each book provides a complete description of the Skillstreaming program, with instructions for teaching age-appropriate prosocial skills.

Each volume of this widely acclaimed approach developed by Dr. Arnold Goldstein and colleagues is now in 8½×11 format with reproducible skill outlines, skill homework reports, and program forms and includes forms CD.

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Small Steps, Big Changes: Eight Essential Practices for Transforming Schools through Mathematics. Chris Confer & Marco Ramirez, $26.95

When teachers make sense of math, students learn to make sense of math, and that can profoundly change the entire culture of a school. This thoughtful book indentifies eight tested principles that transform what can be an overwhelming process into a set of comprehensible and concrete steps. Each phase of the change process is brought to life through the stories and perspectives of teachers, coaches, and principals — stories that will strike familiar chords with every educator.

Smarter: the New Science of Building Brain Power. Dan Hurley, $28.95

Can you make yourself, your kids, and your parents smarter?

Expanding upon one of the most-read New York Times Magazine features of 2012, SMARTER penetrates the hot new field of intelligence research to reveal what researchers call a revolution in human intellectual abilities. Shattering decades of dogma, scientists began publishing studies in 2008 showing that “fluid intelligence” — the ability to learn, solve novel problems, and get to the heart of things — can be increased through training. But is it all just hype?

With vivid stories of lives transformed, science journalist Dan Hurley delivers practical findings for people of every age and ability. Along the way, he narrates with acid-tongued wit his experiences as a human guinea pig, road-testing commercial brain-training programs, learning to play the Renaissance lute, getting physically fit, even undergoing transcranial direct-current stimulation.

SOAR: How Boys Learn, Succeed, and Develop Character. David Banks, $32.00

David Banks knows a few things about at-risk boys. In 2004, he petitioned New York City’s mayor to allow an all-boys public school to open in one of the most troubled districts in the country, the South Bronx. He had a point to prove: When rituals that boys are innately drawn to are combined with college prep-level instruction and community mentorship, even the most challenging students can succeed. The result? The Eagle Academy for Young Men — the first all-boys public high school in New York City in more than thirty years — has flourished and has been successfully replicated in other boroughs and other states.

In SOAR, Banks shares the experiences of individual kids from the Eagle Academy as well as his own personal story to help others get similar results. He shares the specific approach he and his team use to drive students, from tapping into their natural competitiveness and peer-sensitivity, to providing rituals that mimic their instinctual need for hierarchy and fraternal camaraderie, to finding teachers who know firsthand the obstacles these students face. Result-oriented and clear-eyed about the challenges and the promises of educating boys at risk, SOAR is a book that no one who wants to see our young men flourish — from parents and educators to teachers and employers — can afford to miss.

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The Social Neuroscience of Education: Optimizing Attachment & Learning in the Classroom. Louis Cozolino, $39.50

This book explains how the brain, as a social organism, learns best throughout the lifespan, from our early schooling through late life. Positioning the brain as distinctly social, Louis Cozolino helps teachers make connections to neurobiological principles, with the goal of creating classrooms that nurture healthy attachment patterns and resilient psyches. Cozolino investigates what good teachers do to stimulate minds and brains to learn, especially when they succeed with difficult or “unteachable” students. He explores classroom teaching from the perspectives of social neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, showing how we can use the findings from these fields to maximize learning and stimulate the brain to grow. The book will have relevance to anyone concerned with twenty-first century learners and the social and emotional development of children.

Someone Really Oughta Tell You: Life Strategies for Young Adults and Life Renovators. Di Gibson, $29.95

Have you ever wished that someone would tell you how to manage the day-to-day details of your life? Give you practical tips and realistic strategies for making your life easier? Talk to you about how to manage your finances, relationships, work life? And what about finding a place to live? Taxes? Insurance? SOMEONE REALLY OUGHTA TELL YOU is a down-to-earth guide for young adults (and anyone else who needs a boost) that tells you what you need to know. Straight up.


  • It's full of practical, pared down, easy-to-implement tips that work
  • It acknowledges that your time and patience are finite
  • It comes in readily chewable chunks from which you can pick and choose
  • It helps with the how, not just the what-to-do
  • It's designed to help you live life on your terms
  • And, like the author, it's slightly irreverent


  • Sort through your priorities
  • Improve your decision-making strategies
  • Figure out your strengths and manage your weaknesses
  • Design and implement — or renovate — your goals
  • Get a better handle on your day, week, year, your life
  • Better steer your money so that you get more joy and benefit from it
  • Learn how to better protect You and Yours
  • And how to improve your happiness, influence, and resilience

Speak a Word for Freedom: Women Against Slavery. Janet Willen & Marjorie Gann, $24.99 (ages 12+)

From the early days of the anti-slavery movement, when political action by women was frowned upon, British and American women were tireless and uncompromising campaigners. Without their efforts, emancipation would have taken much longer. And the commitment of today's women, who fight against human trafficking and child slavery, descends directly from that of the early female activists. 

Speak a Word for Freedom: Women against Slavery tells the story of fourteen of these women. Meet Alice Seeley Harris, the British missionary whose graphic photographs of mutilated Congolese rubber slaves in 1904 galvanized a nation; Hadijatou Mani, the woman from Niger who successfully sued her own government in 2008 for failing to protect her from slavery, as well as Elizabeth Freeman, Elizabeth Heyrick, Ellen Craft, Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frances Anne Kemble, Kathleen Simon, Fredericka Martin, Timea Nagy, Micheline Slattery, Sheila Roseau and Nina Smith. With photographs, source notes, and index.

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Special Education in Ontario Schools, 7th Edition. Sheila Bennett & Don Dworet with Ken Weber, $43.95

The 2013 edition of this terrific resource has been fully updated to reflect the changes and continuing issues in Ontario's special education system since the 2008 edition. An indispensable guide for all educators in Ontario schools, this is a hugely practical, insightful and inspiring look at identifying and developing the strengths of children with differing abilities and needs.

Stages: Creative Ideas for Teaching Drama, 2nd Edition. Talia Pura, $24.95

STAGES is packed with drama exercises and ideas that work, tested on the harshest of critics — high school students. Laid out in a clear, concise manner, they are categorized according to their purpose.

This book is useful to all, from novice or seasoned drama teachers, to theatre professionals leading workshops and master classes. The exercises in this book can be used in isolation to simply fill a spare moment of class time, or to create a drama workshop or entire drama course. Suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, the ideas can be adapted for young children and teenagers as well as experienced actors.

Start Making! A Guide to Engaging Young People in Maker Activities. Danielle Martin & Alisha Panjwani, $26.95

Start Making! is a program developed by the Clubhouse Network to engage young people all over the world in Maker-inspired activities. With this guide, you will discover how to plan and coordinate projects in your home, school, library, community center, after-school club, or makerspace. You'll learn strategies for engaging young people in creative thinking, developing individual and team projects, and sharing and reflecting on their creations.

Each session includes a list of the supplies you'll need, step-by-step instructions for completing the projects, and prompts for stimulating discussion, curiosity, and confidence. These fun do-it-yourself (and do-it-together) projects teach fundamental STEAM concepts — science, technology, engineering, art, and math — while introducing young people to the basics of circuitry, design, coding, crafting, and construction. They'll make paper cards and creations that light up, play music using a MaKey MaKey keyboard and Scratch programming, join together to make paintings with light, design and construct 3D sculptures, build a vibrating art-bot that makes drawings, and sew fabric creations with wearable circuits.

Dip into the activities once a week, run them as a week-long summer activity, or go through the guide in any way that works for you. By offering your own Start Making! program, you can inspire young people in your community to develop creative ideas, learn new skills, and share their creations.

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Starting Strong: Evidence-Based Early Literacy Practices. Katrin Blamey & Katherine Beauchat, $35.95

Discover how to use four proven instructional approaches — standards based, evidence based, assessment based, and student based — to improve your teaching practice in all areas of early literacy. With chapters on oral language, vocabulary, phonological awareness, word recognition, writing skills, and comprehension, this extensive book explains each skill and provides research-based strategies for targeting each area. The book also includes classroom-tested activities and children's literature suggestions for each area.

Starting with Character: Activities for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos. Cathy Waggoner & Martha Herndon, $34.95

Starting with Character focuses on character development in infants, toddlers, and twos. This guide provides everything needed for preparing the environment, creating routines, and evaluating individual learning styles. Lesson plans and steps for creating new lessons are provided, as well as guides for evaluating children's progress. Facilitate the development of key character traits in children: caring, honesty, integrity, respect, responsibility, and self-discipline. 

STEM Learning with Young Children: Inquiry Teaching with Ramps and Pathways. Shelly Counsell, Lawrence Escalada et al, $45.95 (ages 3-8)

This teacher’s guide provides the background information, STEM concepts, and strategies needed to successfully implement an early STEM curriculum (Ramps and Pathways) with young children, ages 3-8. R&P actively engages young children in designing and building ramp structures using wooden cove molding, releasing marbles on the structures, and observing what happens. Children use logical-mathematical thinking and problem-solving skills as they explore science concepts related to motion, force, and energy. This guide helps teachers to:

  • Structure and organize an engaging STEM learning environment
  • Understand and promote logical-mathematical and scientific thinking during investigations
  • Promote social settings that enhance communication, cooperation, and collaboration
  • Make the necessary accommodations and modifications for diverse
  • Integrate STEM concepts and skills with other content areas
  • Assess STEM learning using formative and summative
  • Establish adult learning communities to support ongoing professional development
  • Help children develop habits and behaviors that contribute to positive attitudes toward STEM

This one-of-a-kind resource uses a newly created Inquiry Teaching Model (ITM) as the conceptual framework and devotes specific attention to the importance of an inclusive, social, STEM learning environment in which children are free to collaborate, take risks, and investigate within the context of exploratory and constructive play.

Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. Emily Bazelon, $18.00

STICKS AND STONES brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the ever-shifting landscape of teenage meanness and its sometimes devastating consequences. The result is an indispensable book that takes us from school cafeterias to courtrooms to the offices of Facebook, the website where so much teenage life, good and bad, now unfolds. Along the way, Emily Bazelon defines what bullying is and, just as important, what it is not. She explores when intervention is essential and when kids should be given the freedom to fend for themselves. She also dispels persistent myths: that girls bully more than boys, that online and in-person bullying are entirely distinct, that bullying is a common cause of suicide, and that harsh criminal penalties are an effective deterrent. Above all, she believes that to deal with the problem, we must first understand it.  

Blending keen journalistic and narrative skills, Bazelon explores different facets of bullying through the stories of three young people who found themselves caught in the thick of it. With grace and authority, Bazelon chronicles how these kids’ predicaments escalated, to no one’s benefit, into community-wide wars. Cutting through the noise, misinformation, and sensationalism, she takes us into schools that have succeeded in reducing bullying and examines their successful strategies. The result is a groundbreaking book that will help parents, educators, and teens themselves better understand what kids are going through today and what can be done to help them through it.

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Stop The Stress In Schools: Mental Health Strategies Teachers Can Use to Build a Kinder Gentler Classroom. Joey Mandel, $24.95

This timely book explores the stresses exerted on today's students, and shows teachers how to reduce the atmosphere of tension and pressure in their classrooms. It emphasizes the power teachers have in building a positive environment, through kindness and stress reduction.

Committed to fostering a healthier classroom, Stop the Stress in Schools provides explicit ways to build healthy relationships and handle problems so that negative interactions, such as bullying, are reduced. It features calming strategies that include slowing the pace; increasing positive engagement and interaction, considering the perspective of the student; and celebrating process rather than product. Instead of targeting the symptoms of stress, this thoughtful book focuses on the social-emotional traits that are instrumental in helping children experience stress and navigate through it constructively. A comprehensive approach to reducing stress and frustration for teachers and students, the book includes practical examples, activities, and samples of student work.

Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees. Mary Beth Leatherdale & Eleanor Shakespeare, $14.95 (grades 5-8)

The plight of refugees risking their lives at sea has, unfortunately, made the headlines all too often in the past few years. This book presents five true stories, from 1939 to today, about young people who lived through the harrowing experience of setting sail in search of asylum: Ruth and her family board the St. Louis to escape Nazism; Phu sets out alone from war-torn Vietnam; José tries to reach the United States from Cuba; Najeeba flees Afghanistan and the Taliban; and after losing his family, Mohamed abandons his village on the Ivory Coast in search of a new life.

Stormy Seas combines a vivid and contemporary collage-based design with dramatic storytelling to produce a book that makes for riveting reading as well as a source of timely information. These remarkable accounts will give readers a keen appreciation of the devastating effects of war and poverty on youth like themselves, and helps put the mounting current refugee crisis into stark context.

The Story of Canada. Janet Lunn & Christopher Moore, Illustrated by Alan Daniel, $39.99

Award-winning writer Janet Lunn and historian Christopher Moore tell our country’s story through rich narrative, recreations of daily life, folk tales and intriguing facts. Coupled with Alan Daniel’s evocative original paintings, as well as dozens of historical photographs, maps, paintings, documents and cartoons, The Story of Canada is as splendid to look at as it is fascinating to read. Includes new material to bring us to the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

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The Substitute Teaching Survival Guide: Emergency Lesson Plans and Essential Advice, Grades 6-12. John Dellinger, $21.99

When substitute teachers are assigned to a classroom, they often have no directions, no lessons plans, no information and little hope of success. The Substitute Teaching Survival Guide offers substitute (and regular) teachers of grades 6-12 a welcome resource for planning and implementing a productive day of student learning. The Substitute Teaching Survival Guide is filled with helpful suggestions and tips for maintaining order in the classroom and includes 67 ready-to-use emergency lesson plans for language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science targeted for students in grades 6-12. Written for both the experienced and novice substitute teacher, the book also includes 152 suggestions and a daily outline of activities. The book can also be used by regular classroom teachers and principals who want to plan ahead for classroom absences, or by anyone who has to quickly cover a class.

Also available: The Substitute Teaching Survival Guide: Emergency Lesson Plans and Essential Advice, Grades K-5. John Dellinger, $21.99

Supporting College and University Students with Invisible Disabilities: a Guide for Faculty and Staff Working with Students with Autism, AD/HD, Language Processing Disorders, Anxiety, and Mental Illness. Christy Oslund, $33.95

With increasing numbers of students with invisible disabilities attending college and university, faculty and staff find themselves faced with new challenges. This practical handbook provides lecturers, tutors, disability services, and administrative staff with an overview of the invisible disabilities they may encounter, dispelling common myths and offering practical advice to support the needs of these students.

Students with invisible disabilities are often academically talented but struggle with certain aspects of higher education such as keeping track of appointments or maintaining concentration in lecture halls. By providing detailed information on a range of disabilities including autism, AD/HD, dyslexia, OCD, and affective disorders, this book facilitates a better understanding of the unique needs of these students and what their strengths and limitations may be. With ideas for adapting teaching methods, offering suitable accommodations, and improving institutional policy, this is vital reading for all university faculty and staff.

A Survival Guide for New Special Educators, Grades K-12. Bonnie Billingsley, Mary Brownell, Maya Israel & Margaret Kamman, $35.95

Drawing on the latest research on special educator effectiveness and retention, this comprehensive, go-to resource addresses the most pressing needs of novice instructors, resource teachers, and inclusion specialists. This highly practical book is filled with checklists, forms, and tools that special educators can use every day to help ensure that all special needs students get the rich, rewarding education they deserve.

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Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College. Doug Lemov, $37.95

This teaching guide is a must-have for new and experienced teachers alike. Over 700,000 teachers around the world already know how the techniques in this book turn educators into classroom champions. With ideas for everything from classroom management to inspiring student engagement, you will be able to perfect your teaching practice right away. With the sample lesson plans, videos, and online community, you will be teaching like a champion in no time. The classroom techniques you'll learn in this book can be adapted to suit any context. Find out why Teach Like a Champion is a "teaching Bible" for so many educators worldwide.

The Teacher’s Concise Guide to Functional Behavioral Assessment. Raymond Waller, $28.95

Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA) is a highly effective, student-centered approach to improving challenging behavior. The method helps educators figure out why students act the way they do and then make the appropriate environmental or instructional adjustments.

Ideal for general and special educators new to FBAs, this concise, accessible guidebook offers a practical overview of how to use classroom and behavioral assessment data to make the learning environment enjoyable for all—including the teacher.

The Teacher's Introduction to Attachment: Practical Essentials for Teachers, Carers and School Support Staff. Nicola Marshall, $24.95

Simple and concise, The Teacher's Introduction to Attachment offers an easy way to understand children with attachment issues and how they can be supported.

Author Nicola Marshall combines her expertise as an adoptive parent and schools-trainer to describe in plain English what attachment is, how children develop attachment problems and how these problems affect a child's social, emotional and neurological development. She addresses some of the difficulties in identifying attachment issues in children — common among children who are in care or adopted, but which are sometimes mistaken for symptoms of ADHD or Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nicola also describes a range of helpful principles and practical strategies which will help children flourish — from simple tips for the individual on how to improve their communication to the changes a school can make to reduce a child's anxiety about changes and transitions.

Ideal for teachers and support staff to pick up and use, this book is an essential addition to any school's staff library.

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Teaching Boys Who Struggle In School: Strategies That Turn Underachievers Into Successful Learners. Kathleen Palmer Cleveland, $31.50

This book responds to growing concerns about a crisis in boys' academic achievement, from Kindergarten through grade 12. Looking at who is struggling and why, Kathleen Palmer Cleveland offers insight into how boys learn best and into the ongoing social and learning-style factors that affect classroom learning. This practical and informative book includes lesson plans and as anecdotes from teachers working across all grade levels and subject areas.

Teaching Children Who Are Hard to Reach: Relationship-Driven Classroom Practice. Michael Marlow & Torey Hayden, $39.50

How do you move beyond traditional classroom management to create a learning environment that engages our hardest-to-reach students — students who may be struggling due to emotional disturbances or disabilities or environmental circumstances? Michael Marlowe and Torey Hayden have the answer: through a relationship-driven classroom. With the help of their book, you will:

  • Gain a meaningful understanding of troubled students and how to reach and teach them effectively
  • Learn how to change inappropriate behavior rather than just control it
  • Become more reflective about teaching and learning with challenging children

Drawing on real-life stories, the authors shed new light on the challenges of working with hard-to-reach students and identify the key skills teachers need to build successful classroom relationships and facilitate learning for all.

Teaching in the Digital Age: Smart Tools for Age 3 to Grade 3. Brian Puerling, $49.95

Technology is rapidly changing the ways we live our lives and interact with the world. It's also changing how you teach. Technology can enhance your classroom's complete curriculum and assessment and help you create and capture meaningful experiences, support inquiry, and expand your classroom's walls. TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE is a comprehensive framework that will help you select and use a variety of technology and interactive media tools in your classroom — including digital cameras, audio recorders, webcams, publication and presentation tools, and multi-touch mobile devices. 

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Teaching Emotional Intelligence: Strategies and Activities for Helping Students Make Effective Choices. Adina Bloom Lewkowicz, $30.99

A teacher's guide that provides educators with fresh and engaging techniques to help children increase self-awareness, manage emotions, build self-control, and develop positive relationships.

Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom: How to Recognize, Understand, and Help Challenged (and Challenging) Students Succeed. Myles Cooley, $44.99

When students have mental health issues and learning problems, how can educators recognize the symptoms, respond appropriately, and meet students’ learning needs while preventing or addressing disruptive behaviors?

Written by a clinical psychologist, this user-friendly guide describes mental health and learning disorders often observed in school children, explains how each might be exhibited in the classroom, and offers expert suggestions on what to do (and sometimes what not to do). The book looks at students with:

  • Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD); Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD); Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and School Refusal
  • Depression and Bipolar Disorder
  • Communication Disorders including difficulties with articulation; Receptive and Expressive Language Disorder; stuttering and social communication problems (also known as Pragmatic Language Disorder)
  • Learning Disabilities including reading, math and writing
  • ADHD
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self-Injury

Teaching Kids with Mental Health & Learning Disorders in the Regular Classroom is an essential tool for teachers, special education professionals, school counselors and psychologists, administrators, and teacher aides.

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Teaching Kindergarten: Learner-Centered Classrooms for the 21st Century. Julie Diamond, Betsy Grob, & Fretta Reitzes, Editors, $40.50

This book presents a model for 21st-century kindergartens that is rooted in child-centered learning and also shaped by the needs and goals of the present day. Classroom teachers working with diverse populations of students and focusing on issues of social justice provide vivid descriptions of classroom life across urban and rural communities. Teacher reflections and commentary from the editors link teacher decisions to principles of good practice. Teaching Kindergarten illustrates how a progressive, learning-centered approach can not only meet equity and accountability goals, but go well beyond that to educate the whole child. Book Features:

  • Rich examples of learner-centered teaching in diverse public school settings
  • Depictions of integrated curricula in science, social studies, math, arts, and language arts that address Common Core and other standards
  • Connections to recent developmental research and pedagogy
  • Programs promoting social and cultural awareness
  • Photographs of children’s projects and a list of children’s books

Teaching Mindfulness Skills to Kids and Teens. Edited by Christopher Willard & Amy Saltzman, $99.50

Packed with creative, effective ideas for bringing mindfulness into the classroom, child therapy office, or community, this book features sample lesson plans and scripts, case studies, vignettes, and more. Leading experts describe how to harness the unique benefits of present-focused awareness for preschoolers, school-age kids, and teens, including at-risk youth and those with special needs. Strategies for overcoming common obstacles and engaging kids with different learning styles are explored. Chapters also share ways to incorporate mindfulness into a broad range of children's activities, such as movement, sports, music, games, writing, and art. Giving clinicians and educators practices they can use immediately, the book includes clear explanations of relevant research findings.

Teaching the Moving Child: OT Insights that Will Transform Your K-3 Classroom. Sybil Berkey, $38.50

Because sensorimotor and environmental factors have a profound effect on children's learning, every teacher should know how to weave strategies from occupational therapy into their everyday instruction so all students can achieve their full potential.

A clear and reader-friendly guide from an OT with nearly 35 years of classroom experience, Teaching the Moving Child gives elementary educators the solid foundation of knowledge they need to:

  • maximize the link between movement and learning
  • meet the needs of students with sensory processing issues by modifying the classroom environment and task demands
  • improve students' writing skills (includes an easy-to-use, five-step process for handwriting instruction)
  • facilitate children's fine motor ability, including using pencils and scissors and drawing lines and shapes
  • optimize learning through strategic use of classroom seating, space, lighting, and visual and auditory stimuli
  • promote imaginative play as essential to every part of the learning process
  • recognize and minimize students' stress, especially during transitions and waiting times
  • decrease restlessness and increase attention through environmental planning strategies
  • collaborate skillfully with OTs to address sensorimotor issues before they become a barrier to learning

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Teaching Smarter: an Unconventional Guide to Boosting Student Success. Patrick Kelley, $29.99

This refreshingly frank handbook shows teachers how to close the achievement gap in their classrooms by teaching students innovative paths to academic success. Drawing on over 20 years’ experience, Kelley presents straightforward strategies for helping learners improve their grades and test scores and experience greater school engagement — all while streamlining the teacher’s work to yield maximum efficiency. Strategies include team-grading essays, using Socratic seminars and sworn statements, allowing for re-dos, and ruthlessly pruning assignments, among others. Often humorous and irreverent in tone, this guide will be the talk of the break room. Includes online digital content.

Teaching with Poverty in Mind: What Being Poor Does to Kids' Brains and What Schools Can Do about It. Eric Jensen, $38.95

Although every educator knows firsthand about the effects that poverty can have on students, here at last is a book that makes it crystal clear why and how the effects of poverty have to be addressed in classroom teaching and school and district policy. Veteran educator and brain expert Eric Jensen helps you understand what poverty does to children’s brains and why students raised in poverty are especially subject to stressors that undermine school behavior and performance. The book explores how the effects of poverty can be reversed when educators employ the practices of turn-around schools and schools that have a history of high performance among students raised in poverty. Drawing from research, experience, and real school success stories, Jensen explains what educators everywhere can do to improve the achievement of economically disadvantaged students:

  • How to recognize the signs of chronic stress caused by poverty.
  • Why to assess low performing students for core skills that are affected by poverty, such as attention, focus, and problem solving.
  • How to change school and classroom environments to alleviate the stress caused by chronic poverty.
  • Ways to empower students and increase their perception of control over their environments.
  • Which school-wide factors lead to success and which are always achievement killers.
  • How enriching learning environments that include the arts and highly engaging instruction can change students’ brains and improve their lives.

Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew. Ellen Notbohm, $19.95

Ellen Notbohm’s first book, Ten Things Every Child with Autism Wishes You Knew was an instant hit with parents, educators and service providers. Now the unique perspective of the autistic child is back to:

  • Help us understand the thinking patterns that guide the child’s learning
  • See how we can create an environment conducive to their learning style
  • Communicate in meaningful ways

Ten Things Your Student with Autism Wishes You Knew is an affirming and compassionate look at how to take the most of every “teachable moment”.

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The Thinking Teacher: a Framework for Intentional Teaching in the Early Childhood Classroom. Sandra Heidemann, Beth Menninga, & Claire Chang, in partnership with Redleaf Press, $42.99

This essential professional development resource provides advice for early childhood teachers who are navigating demands and changes in their careers, helping them see these challenges as growth opportunities. Through in-depth self-assessment and reflection, educators re-examine their teaching philosophy, integrate new knowledge and strategies into their practice, and strengthen the impact of their teaching on students. In the midst of a constantly changing education landscape, educators will learn to teach with intention and rediscover their unique purpose and passion for teaching young children. Digital content includes customizable forms from the book.

3-Minute Motivators: More Than 200 Simple Ways to Reach, Teach, and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined, Revised Edition. Kathy Paterson, $24.00

This jam-packed new edition features more than 200 activities to help teachers recognize and respond to the daily needs of their students, and distract, refocus, and provide a "hit of fun" in the busy school day. New material in this practical book explores novel ways to inspire students, as well as to build and practice important life skills. New "Tech Too" motivators raise awareness, understanding, and appreciation of technology and support research techniques, communication skills, cognition, and memory. "Stress Attack" motivators are perfect for those moments when stress, anxiety, frustration, boredom, or even anger get in the way of positive behaviour — both inside the classroom and out in the world. Based on authentic therapeutic disciplines, teachers and students alike can use these simple strategies to meet daily challenges and defuse negative situations, and get back on the track of teaching and learning.

Tips to Avoid Teacher Burnout In a Jar®: Helping You Stay Focused, Fresh, & Happy at Work. $11.99

Let’s face it: teacher burnout happens. Stay fresh with these tips and strategies!

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To Look Closely: Science and Literacy in the Natural World. Laurie Rubin, $28.95

Discover how nature study can help students become careful, intentional observers of all they see, growing into stronger readers, writers, mathematicians, and scientists in the process. From setting a tone of inquiry-based thinking in the classroom to suggesting specific units of study for reading, writing, and science, this book will guide you step by step through the basics of integrating the skills acquired during nature study into every subject. You will also discover all the ways that this purposeful work nurtures "green" citizens who become determined to respect and protect the natural environment.

To This Day: For the Bullied and Beautiful. Shane Koyczan, illustrated by various artists, $19.95

In February 2013, Shane Koyczan’s passionate anti-bullying poem “To This Day” electrified the world. An animated video of the lyric narrative went viral, racking up over 12 million hits to date and inspiring an international movement against bullying in schools. Shane later performed the piece to sustained applause on the stage of the 2013 annual TED Conference. Now this extraordinary work has been adapted into an equally moving and visually arresting book. Thirty international artists, as diverse as they are talented, have been inspired to create exceptional art to accompany “To This Day.” Each page is a vibrant collage of images, colors and words that will resonate powerfully with anyone who has experienced bullying themselves, whether as a victim, observer, or participant. Born of Shane’s own experiences of being bullied as a child, To This Day expresses the profound and lasting effect of bullying on an individual, while affirming the strength and inner resources that allow people to move beyond the experience. A heartfelt preface and afterword, along with resources for kids affected by bullying, make this book an invaluable centerpiece of the anti-bullying movement.

The Together Teacher: Plan Ahead, Get Organized and Save Time. Maia Heyck-Merlin, $27.95

This practical resource shows teachers how to be effective and have a life! Author and educator Maia Heyck-Merlin explores the key habits of Together Teachers—how they plan ahead, organize work and their classrooms, and how they spend their limited free time. The end goal is always strong outcomes for their students.

In six parts, the book clearly lays out these essential skills:

  • How to establish simple yet successful organizational systems.
  • Contains templates and tutorials to create and customize a personal organizational system and includes a companion website:
  • Recommends various electronic or online tools to make a teacher's school day (and life!) more efficient and productive
  • Includes a Reader's Guide, a great professional development resource; teachers will answer reflection questions, make notes about habits, and select tools that best match individual needs and preferences

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The Total Teacher Book & Planner, Grades K-12. Lorraine Milark, $33.95 (includes CD-ROM)

The all-in-one system that gets you organized, empowered and inspired to teach your best.

Turnaround Tools for the Teenage Brain: Helping Underperforming Students Become Lifelong Learners. Eric Jensen & Carole Snider, $31.95

The achievement gap is widening and more teens than ever are struggling in school. The latest research shows not only that brains can change, but that teachers and other providers have the power to boost students' effort, focus, attitude, and even IQs. Drawing on cutting-edge science, this breakthrough book reveals core tools to increase student effort, build attitudes, and improve behaviors.

Understanding Infant Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Toddler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Understanding Preschooler Development. Margaret Puckett, Janet Black & Joseph Moriarity, $22.95

Learn how to support children's physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development with this series of three practical handbooks, adapted from The Young Child, a textbook used in academic programs nationwide. The Understanding Child Development Series provides a comprehensive overview of the most relevant theories and research on child development. Each book focuses on a specific age group and explains:

  • the impact and long-term effects of biology and environment on early brain development
  • how children learn
  • important theories of child development
  • how early life experiences lay the ground work for evolving language and thinking
  • the effects of nurturing care on emotional development and stability in later life
  • milestones and windows of opportunity for children's development

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Understanding Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome in Children: a Guide for Parents, Teachers and Other Professionals. Phil Christie, Margaret Duncan, Ruth Fidler & Zara Healy, $25.95

Pathological Demand Avoidance Syndrome (PDA) is a developmental disorder that is being increasingly recognized as part of the autism spectrum. The main characteristic is a continued resistance to the ordinary demands of life through strategies of social manipulation, which originates from an anxiety-driven need to be in control.

This straightforward guide is written collaboratively by professionals and parents to give a complete overview of PDA. Starting with an exploration into the syndrome, it goes on to answer the immediate questions triggered when a child is first diagnosed, and uses case examples throughout to illustrate the impact of the condition on different areas of the child's life. Early intervention options and workable strategies for managing PDA positively will make day-to-day life easier for the child, their family and peers. New problems faced in the teenage years and how to assist a successful transition from adolescence to adulthood are also tackled. The book concludes with a valuable resources list.

Understanding School Choice in Canada. Lynn Bosetti & Dianne Gereluk, $39.95

Understanding School Choice in Canada provides a nuanced and theoretical overview of the formation and rise of school choice policies in Canada. Drawing on twenty years of work, Lynn Bosetti and Dianne Gereluk analyze the philosophical, historical, political, and social principles that underpin the formation and implementation of school choice policies in the provinces and territories. This robust overview successfully shifts the debate away from ideology in order to facilitate an understanding that the spectrum of school choice policy in Canada is a response to the varying political challenges in society at large. This book is essential reading for those who desire a deeper understanding of school choice policies in Canada.

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Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined. Scott Barry Kaufman, $34.50

In UNGIFTED, cognitive psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman — who was relegated to special education as a child — sets out to show that the way we interpret traditional metrics of intelligence is misguided. Kaufman explores the latest research in genetics and neuroscience, as well as evolutionary, developmental, social, positive, and cognitive psychology, to challenge the conventional wisdom about the childhood predictors of adult success. He reveals that there are many paths to greatness, and argues for a more holistic approach to achievement that takes into account each young person’s personal goals, individual psychology, and developmental trajectory. In so doing, he increases our appreciation for the intelligence and diverse strengths of prodigies, savants, and late bloomers, as well as those with dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD. Combining original research, anecdotes, and a singular compassion, UNGIFTED proves that anyone — even those without readily observable gifts at any single moment in time — can become great.

Unhomework: How to Get the Most Out of Homework Without Really Setting It. Mark Creasey, $24.95

Of all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that causes the most agro and unpleasantness for children, their teachers and their parents is homework. That said, of all the aspects of day-to-day school life, the one that could add the most value to children’s school experience, to their approach to learning, to their achievements in the classroom and to their success beyond school as independent, resilient and resourceful life-long learners is... homework. But homework approached in a very different manner. This book, drawn from genuine classroom experience when it comes to setting homework that really makes a positive difference, is full of tips and ideas to help make the move from the teacher setting homework to children taking responsibility for their own work.

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UNIKKAAQATIGIIT: Arctic Weather and Climate through the Eyes of Nunavut’s Children. Edited by David Natcher, Mary Ellen Thomas & Neil Christopher, $12.95

Compiled from writing, poetry, and illustrations created by young Nunavummiut, this anthology explores diverse aspects of the theme of weather — from Inuit mythology to traditional knowledge, climate change, and daily survival. Through full-colour illustrations and engaging stories and poetry written both in Inuktituit and English, learn more about the vital force of Arctic weather as seen through the eyes of children.

Universal Design for Learning in Action: 100 Ways to Teach All Learners. Whitney Rapp, $41.95

Need creative ideas for moving UDL from theory to practice? Get this must-have quick guide, ready for any teacher to pick up and start using now. Whitney Rapp, co-author of the acclaimed Teaching Everyone, walks you step by step through 100 UDL strategies that strengthen student engagement, learning, and assessment. Based on the latest research (but still practical and fun!), these highly effective ideas will help you address diverse learning needs and increase all students' access to the general curriculum. Essential for every educator who wants to know what UDL really looks like, sounds like, and feels like — and how to use this proven approach to teach and reach all learners.


  • Classroom space and materials: The best uses of seating, lighting, bulletin boards, and more
  • Classroom management: From smoother schedules and meetings to effective transition areas
  • Technologies: Fresh ways to use blogs, videoconferencing, e-books, and more
  • Content instruction: Teach academic content with tools like music, drawing, mnemonics, and humor
  • Social interaction: Creative games and small-group activities that sharpen all kids’ social skills
  • Executive functions: Great ideas for templates, rubrics, graphic organizers, timers, and web-based materials
  • Transition to adulthood: Prepare students for the real world with charts, goal plans, and more
  • Assessment: New ways kids can show what they know — from adapted tests to family projects

Ursula Franklin Speaks: Thoughts and Afterthoughts. Ursula Martius Franklin, with Sarah Jane Freeman, $24.95

As a distinguished scientist, pacifist, and feminist, Ursula Franklin has been regularly invited by diverse groups to share her insights into the social and political impacts of science and technology.  This collection contains twenty-two of Franklin's speeches and five interviews from 1986 to 2012 that have been retrieved and restored from audio and visual recordings with the help of her collaborator, Jane Freeman. These speeches and interviews, available here in print for the first time, stress the increased need for discernment and principled dialogue among Canadians.

Addressing practices of education, research, and civic life, Franklin looks to the past as well as the future to suggest collective ways of cultivating discernment and of advancing human betterment. As a whole, the collection reveals the evolution of Franklin's perspective: a perspective that is further elaborated in her afterthoughts that form the book's introduction and conclusion. Although her speeches and interviews are often critical of the status quo, Ursula Franklin Speaks is a fundamentally optimistic book, grounded in the conviction of the human capacity for compassion and understanding.

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Visible Learners: Promoting Reggio-Inspired Approaches in All Schools, PreK-12. Mara Krechevsky, Ben Mardell, Melissa Rivard & Damiel Wilson, $35.95

Based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, VISIBLE LEARNERS highlights learning through interpreting objects and artifacts, group learning, and documentation to make students' learning evident to teachers. Visible classrooms are committed to five key principles: that learning is purposeful, social, emotional, empowering, and representational. The book includes visual essays, key practices, classroom and examples.

  • Show how to make learning happen in relation to others, spark emotional connections, give students power over their learning, and express ideas in multiple ways
  • Illustrate Reggio-inspired principles and approaches via quotes, photos, student and teacher reflections, and examples of student work
  • Offer a new way to enhance learning using progressive, research-based practices for increasing collaboration and critical thinking in and outside the classroom
  • Look beyond surface-level to understand who students are, what they come to know, and how they come to know it.

Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn. John Hattie & Gregory Yates, $61.50

VISIBLE LEARNING AND THE SCIENCE OF HOW WE LEARN explains the major principles and strategies of learning, outlining why it can be so hard sometimes, and yet easy on other occasions. Aimed at teachers and students, it is written in an accessible and engaging style and can be read cover to cover, or used on a chapter-by-chapter basis for essay writing or staff development.

The book is structured in three parts — ‘learning within classrooms’, ‘learning foundations’, which explains the cognitive building blocks of knowledge acquisition and ‘know thyself’ which explores, confidence and self-knowledge. It also features extensive interactive appendices containing study guide questions to encourage critical thinking, annotated bibliographic entries with recommendations for further reading, links to relevant websites and YouTube clips. Throughout, the authors draw upon the latest international research into how the learning process works and how to maximize impact on students, covering such topics as:

  • Teacher personality
  • Expertise and teacher-student relationships
  • How knowledge is stored and the impact of cognitive load
  • Thinking fast and thinking slow
  • The psychology of self-control
  • The role of conversation at school and at home
  • Invisible gorillas and the IKEA effect
  • Digital native theory
  • Myths and fallacies about how people learn.

This fascinating book is aimed at any student, teacher or parent requiring an up-to-date commentary on how research into human learning processes can inform our teaching and what goes on in our schools. It takes a broad sweep through findings stemming mainly from social and cognitive psychology and presents them in a useable format for students and teachers at all levels, from preschool to tertiary training institutes.

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Visual Guide to Grammar and Punctuation: a First Reference for Young Writers and Readers. Sheila Dignen, $21.99

A clear, precise, and comprehensive book that will give children the tools to build confidence in reading, writing, and comprehension through visual explanation. From when to use a preposition or pronoun to how to use a comma or colon, Visual Guide to Grammar and Punctuation covers all the most important grammar topics in DK's signature style. Each example provided is supported by a picture, making it accessible and comprehensible, and clear and simple text and repetition help to solidify knowledge and understanding.

Visual Guide to Grammar and Punctuation will improve a child's confidence in using the building blocks of reading and writing, and is a book they will refer to again and again.

Visual Note-Taking for Educators: a Teacher's Guide to Student Creativity. Wendi Pillars, $23.50

We've come a long way from teachers admonishing students to put away their drawings and take traditional long-form notes. Let's be honest: note-taking is boring and it isn't always the most effective way to retain information. This book is a guide for teachers about getting your students drawing and sketching to learn visually. Whether in elementary school or high school, neuroscience has shown that visual learning is a very effective way to retain information. The techniques in this book will help you work with your students in novel ways to retain information. Visual note-taking can be used with diverse learners; all ages; and those who have no drawing experience. Teachers are provided with a library of images and concepts to steal, tweak, and use in any way in their classrooms. The book is liberally illustrated with student examples from elementary and high school students alike. 

The Vocabulary Teacher's Book of Lists. Edward Fry, $42.99

The Vocabulary Teacher’s Book of Lists offers content for literally hundreds of vocabulary improvement lessons for elementary and secondary teachers, self-improving adults, home-schoolers, and students studying for their SATs. While there are dozens of shorter high interest lists of words, the core of the book is based on Latin and Greek roots and prefixes. But the largest list is Homophones. In fact it is one of the largest lists of homophones you will ever use. This list, like many others, is appropriate for spelling lessons or writer s reference as well as vocabulary improvement. There are two dozen teaching methods in the Methods chapter and teaching suggestions to help improve reading and writing are scattered throughout the book. The lessons can be as short as a word-a-day or as long as a school year. The range of difficulty can go from upper elementary to college freshman classes, and be as diverse as adult education to English language learners.

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War Brothers: the Graphic Novel. Sharon McKay & Daniel Lafrance, $18.95

When fourteen-year-old Jacob is brutally abducted and forced to become a child soldier, he struggles to hold on to his sanity and the will to escape. Readers will never forget the experiences of this young boy struggling to survive, unsure who to trust, afraid of succumbing to madness, and above all, desperate to get to freedom. In the end, Jacob engineers a daring escape. 

This graphic novel is based on the acclaimed novel of the same title, winner of a 2009 Arthur Ellis award. The author spent time in Uganda and based this story on real-life accounts of the horrors inflicted on child soldiers and their victims. Daniel Lafrance’s striking artwork and the poignant, powerful text capture the very essence of life as a child soldier.

The Way of Mindful Education: Cultivating Well-Being In Teachers and Students. Daniel Rechtschaffen, $33.95

The Way of Mindful Education is a practical guide for cultivating attention, compassion, and well-being not only in these students, but also in teachers themselves. Packed with lesson plans, exercises, and considerations for specific age groups and students with special needs, this working manual demonstrates the real world application of mindfulness practices in K-12 classrooms.

Decades of research indicate the impressive benefits of mindfulness in social, emotional, and cognitive development, and as an antidote to emotional dysregulation, attention deficits, and social difficulties. This book invites teachers, administrators, and anyone else involved in education to take advantage of this vital tool and become purveyors of a mindful, compassionate, ethical, and effective way of teaching.

Ways of Learning: Learning Theories and Learning Styles in the Classroom, 3rd Edition. Alan Pritchard, $40.50

Whilst most teachers are skilled in providing opportunities for the progression of children’s learning, it is often without fully understanding the theory behind it. With greater insight into what is currently known about the processes of learning and about individual learning preferences, teachers are better equipped to provide effective experiences and situations which are more likely to lead to lasting attainment. WAYS OF LEARNING seeks to provide an understanding of the ways in which learning takes place, which teachers can make use of in their planning and teaching, including:

  • An overview of learning
  • Behaviourism and the beginning of theory
  • Cognitive and constructivist learning
  • Multiple intelligences
  • Learning styles
  • Difficulties with learning
  • The influence of neuro-psychology
  • Relating theory to practice

The third edition of this book includes a newly updated and fully expanded chapter on the influence of neuro-educational research.

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We Want You to Know: Kids Talk About Bullying. Deborah Ellis, $14.95

Through her association with a community anti-bullying campaign launched in Haldimand, Norfolk, and neighboring communities in Southern Ontario, children’s author Deborah Ellis asked students from the ages of nine to nineteen to talk about their experiences with bullying. The results are thoughtful, candid, and often harrowing accounts of “business as usual” in and around today’s schools. The kids in this book raise questions about the way parents, teachers, and school administrators cope with bullies. They talk about which methods have helped and which ones, with the best of intentions, have failed to protect them. And some kids reveal how they have been able to overcome their fear and anger to become strong advocates for the rights of others.

This is a book for reading and sharing. Each interview is followed by questions that will encourage open discussion about the nature of bullying and the ways in which individuals and schools could deal more effectively with bullies and their victims. And additional comments from international students reveal how much kids the world over have in common in the way they experience and deal with bullies. 

These kids have something to say. It’s time we listened.

The Weird Series. Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy, $21.50 each

WEIRD! Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy, $22.99 (ages 5-9)

DARE! Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy, $22.99 (ages 5-9)

TOUGH! Erin Frankel, Illustrated by Paula Heaphy, $22.99 (ages 5-9)

The three books in the Weird series tell the story of an ongoing case of kids bullying from three third-graders’ perspectives. The books may be read separately or as a set; readers will enjoy tracking small details that carry over from one book to another. These books on bullying each conclude with “activity club” pages for kids, as well as information to help parents, teachers, counselors, and other adults reinforce the books’ messages and foster dialogue with children.

Welcoming Newcomer Children: the Settlement of Young Immigrants and Refugees - a Resource for Teachers and Others with an Interest in Supporting Young Newcomers from Birth though Kindergarten. Judith Colbert, $29.95

Welcoming Newcomer Children offers a new and comprehensive perspective on child settlement. Drawing on international research in various fields,  the book examines values and beliefs from a non-western point of view, questioning accepted practices, priorities & standards. Author Judith Colbert suggests new strategies for working with children from birth through kindergarten.  The book invites reader reflection,  and supports teachers with:

  • Implications for Practice
  • 10 Mainstream Benchmarks of Quality
  • Fully referenced Bibliography & Index
  • Professional practices that sustain program quality

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What Are You Staring At? A Comic about Restorative Justice in Schools. Pete Wallis & Joseph Wilkins, $25.95

Designed for use in schools, this comic teaches children about restorative justice through the story of Jake and Ryan. After a misunderstanding between Jake and Ryan leads to a fight in the playground, both boys are left feeling angry and fearful about what might happen when they see each other again. Rather than keeping Jake and Ryan apart, their teacher arranges a restorative meeting to allow the boys to understand the situation from the other's perspective and transform their negative emotions into positive ones.

This comic is a key resource in helping children aged 8-13 to understand restorative justice and prepare for a restorative meeting. The comic also features a resource section for teachers, explaining more about restorative practices and how they can be used in schools to foster respect and emotional literacy among students.

What Every Parent Should Know About School. Michael Reist, $19.99

School is our children's second home. They will spend more time there than anywhere else in their formative years. We all need to talk honestly about the nature of this environment, how it works, and how it doesn't work. Our kids are depending on us to create a school system where they can learn as well as feel happy. The more we know about how school works, the better we will be able to navigate our way through "the system" and help our children do the same. WHAT EVERY PARENT SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCHOOL is an honest, positive, thought-provoking look at what schools are today and what they could be in the future.

What is Friendship? Games and Activities to Help Children to Understand Friendship. Pamela Day, $31.95

Friendship is a vital part of achieving emotional well-being, but some children experience difficulties both initiating and maintaining friendships. This fun and accessible programme contains detailed instructions and photocopiable handouts for teaching children about friendship. The book combines group activities, individual work, homework exercises and games, and will be especially useful for groups containing children with developmental and social difficulties, such as ADHD and autism. Developed in an inclusive classroom, this programme will arm children with useful strategies to deal with difficult situations such as negative peer pressure and conflict.

What is Friendship? is ideally suited for use with children aged 7-11, but can be adapted for younger children or older children with developmental difficulties.

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What Would You Do? In a Jar®: Daily Dilemmas for Young Children. $14.99 (ages 4-8)

These “What would you do?” scenarios help preschool and primary-age kids develop decision-making skills with this go-anywhere and easy-to-use jar.

What's Math Got to Do with It? Jo Boaler, $19.00

A critical read for teachers and parents who want to improve children’s mathematics learning, What’s Math Got to Do with It is “an inspiring resource” (Publishers Weekly). Featuring all the important advice and suggestions in the original edition, this revised edition is now updated with new research on the brain and mathematics that is revolutionizing scientists’ understanding of learning and potential.

As always, Jo Boaler presents research findings through practical ideas that can be used in classrooms and homes. The new What’s Math Got to Do with It prepares teachers and parents for the Common Core, shares Boaler’s work on ways to teach mathematics for a “growth mindset,” and includes a range of advice to inspire teachers and parents to give their students the best mathematical experience possible.

When Children Play: the Story of RIGHT TO PLAY. Gina McMurchy-Barber, $19.95 (ages 10 and up)

An orphaned girl in a Ugandan refugee camp. A former child soldier in the Sudan. When survival is the priority, something as simple and normal as play seems to be a luxury that these children can do without. But RIGHT TO PLAY is changing that perception. Founded in 2000 by Norwegian Olympic medalist Johann Olav Koss, RIGHT TO PLAY begins at the grassroots community level, using sports and games to teach at-risk and underprivileged children around the world important values like self-esteem, empathy, and peace.

Award winning author Gina McMurchy-Barber presents the history of this organization as well as the people who are involved in it — from the children, to their community leaders, to the celebrity athlete ambassadors who support them. Samples of RIGHT TO PLAY games are also included.

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When Gifted Kids Don't Have All the Answers: How to Meet Their Social and Emotional Needs, 2nd Edition. Judy Galbraith & Jim Delisle, $32.50

Gifted kids are so much more than test scores and grades. Still, it’s sometimes difficult to see past the potential to the child who may be anxious, lonely, confused, or unsure of what the future might bring. This book, now fully revised with updated information and new survey quotes, offers practical suggestions for addressing the social and emotional needs of gifted students. The authors present ways to advocate for gifted education; help gifted underachievers, perfectionists, and twice-exceptional students; and provide all gifted kids with a safe, supportive learning environment.

Complete with engaging stories, strategies, Q&As, essays, activities, resources, and discussions of ADHD, Asperger’s, and the Common Core, this book is for anyone committed to helping gifted students thrive. Online digital content includes reproducible forms from the book.

When Kids are Grieving: Addressing Grief and Loss in School. Donna Burns, $36.95

WHEN KIDS ARE GRIEVING offers strategies to help students affected by divorce; the death of a parent;, relative, friend, or pet; violence; chronic illness; suicide; and more. The author examines grief experiences from different developmental levels, underscoring the importance of understanding how children experience grief. Serving both as a resource and a workbook, this reader-friendly primer will help educators and school counselors understand and respond to the extraordinary challenges that children and adolescents may face when dealing with loss and grief.

Why Do We Fight? Conflict, War, and Peace. Niki Walker, $16.95 (ages 10-14)

Battles, protests, standoffs, strikes. We hear about them all the time. On the surface, a battle and a protest don't seem to have much in common, but they're really just two ways of handling a dispute. One uses violence, the other uses signs and picket lines. But both start as a disagreement between two groups of people. Both are conflicts. Since it's impossible for people to agree on everything all the time, conflicts naturally pop up every day, all over the world. Sometimes they turn into full-blown wars, which can be a lot trickier to understand than the conflicts that pop up in everyday life, but every conflict has some things in common.

Using real world examples, WHY DO WE FIGHT teaches kids to recognize the structures, factors, and complex histories that go into creating conflicts, whether personal or global — as well as the similarities between both. They'll be given tools to seek out information, enabling them to make informed opinions while learning to respect that others may form different ones. From culture clashes and trade disputes to disagreements about how to govern, WHY DO WE FIGHT insists that the key to fulfilling humankind's wish for "world peace" lies in how we choose to deal with conflict and provides a genuine cause for optimism in the face of an at-times frightening world.

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Why Don’t Students Like School? Daniel Willingham, $24.95

A cognitive scientist answers questions about how the mind works and what it means for the classroom.

Why Neuroscience Matters in the Classroom: Principles of Brain-based Instructional Design for Teachers. Kathleen Scalise & Marie Felde, $51.15

This text provides the means for every teacher to build a base of understanding in three essential learning sciences — neuroscience, cognitive psychology, and educational research — as a foundation that they will use throughout their careers. By combining all three fields of the learning sciences, it puts the pieces together, makes them relevant to the work of every teacher and learner, and fills a gap in teacher education texts. The brain-based principles presented show how the brain and mind work in relation to what we know of behavior and learning in the classroom.

Concise, accessible, and structured especially for teacher education, the work is understandable and relevant to all teachers, even those who say they are science shy. Learning points introduce the reader to what’s to come and Scenarios summarize the material that’s covered, including such topics as neural plasticity and the basics of physical change; how nutrition, exercise, and sleep may affect learning; the major roles that emotion, attitude, and stress play in brain function; and more.

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Wisdom from Our First Nations: a First Nations Book for Young Readers. Kim Sigafus & Lyle Ernst, $10.95

In Indigenous cultures, elders serve as a bridge across time: they are connected to the past, they live in the present and they offer wisdom for the future. In these fascinating biographical essays, twelve First Nation and Native American elders share stories from their lives and tell what it was like to live in a time before television, cell phones and video games. Their stories explain how their humble childhoods shaped the adults they became and the lessons they share as elders. All the elders profiled work to ensure that their Native culture is passed down to members of their tribe. Settle in with this book and “listen” to the stories of these elders’ lives. As you take in their history, you just might gain wisdom that could make a difference in your own life.

The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education. Curtis Bonk, $27.95

Web-based technology has opened up education around the world to the point where anyone can learn anything from anyone else at any time. To help educators and others understand what's possible, Curt Bonk employs his groundbreaking "WE-ALL-LEARN" model to outline ten key technology and learning trends, demonstrating how technology has transformed educational opportunities for learners of every age in every corner of the globe.

The World is Open captures the global nature of open education from those who are creating and using new learning technologies.  Filled with inspiring stories of ordinary learners as well as interviews with technology and education leaders, this book reveals the power of this new way of learning.

Worms, Shadows, and Whirlpools: Science in the Early Childhood Classroom. Karen Worth & Sharon Grollman, $33.95

This book represents a new way to think about science education for young children. Based on the growing understanding that even the littlest learners are powerful thinkers and theory makers, it identifies important science inquiry skills and concepts appropriate for the very young. What's more, it makes a strong case for integrating science into the curriculum right from the start — creating a context for the development of language, mathematical thinking, and social skills.

Authors Karen Worth and Sharon Grollman define and illustrate what science education can and should be. They draw upon what is known about the learning, effective teaching, and science education of young children by using the daily work of teachers and children in Head Start, kindergarten, day care, and preschool programs. Then see what the youngest students can do given the opportunity to explore phenomena and materials that draw upon their natural curiosity.

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Worth Writing About: Exploring Memoir with Adolescents. Jake Wizner, $27.95

This thoughtful book illustrates how memoir writing — searching for the answers to the question "Who am I?" — can lead students to reflection, to reading, and ultimately, to deeper, more meaningful writing. It addresses the most common challenges faced when teaching memoir writing: How do you help students who say they have nothing interesting to share? How do you balance what's meaningful with what's too personal to share? How do we overcome memory?

The book also delves into the craft of writing, from using mentor texts to crafting intriguing leads and memorable endings. Authentic student models illustrate the deep, important work that a memoir unit can produce. When students write about real stuff — the things that matter to them — they learn more about themselves, their relationships, the way they view the world, and how they want to move forward into the future.

Yoga Planet: 50 Fun Activities for a Greener World. Tara Guber & Leah Kalish, $16.99 (all ages)

Whether you are seven or fifty-seven, whether you already practice yoga or want to learn, these informative and attractive cards are the ideal answer. They give detailed step-by-step instructions on how to perform the poses, but also increase environmental awareness with tips on how to reduce our impact on the fragile planet. Each of the cards in this fun and interactive deck is connected to one of the planet’s natural elements. Try the scorpion pose to feel the fire inside you or the swan pose to flow like water.

You're Smarter Than You Think: a Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences. Thomas Armstrong, $22.99

Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences has revolutionized the way we think about being smart. Written by an award-winning expert on the topic, this book introduces the theory, explains the different types of intelligences (like Word Smart, Self Smart, Body Smart), and helps kids identify their own learning strengths and use their special skills at school, at home, and in life. As kids read the book, they stop asking “How smart am I?” and start asking “How am I smart?” This powerful learning tool is recommended for all kids — and all adults committed to helping young people do and be their best. Resources describe related books, software, games, and organizations. This revised and updated edition includes information on a newly researched ninth intelligence, Life Smart — thinking about and asking questions about life, the universe, and spirituality.

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