School might look a bit different this year and giving children early literacy skills might be more important now than ever. And September is a great time to take stock of the family bookshelves. Studies show that being exposed to a number of and a variety of books early in life sets children up for reading success later on.
Here is a list of some books we love to get your child excited to dive into the world of reading!
Looking for ways to round out that bookshelf? Here are some great titles to get you started.
(3-7) An amazing picture book to help children see their own unique beauty.
(4 – 7) A poetic story about a young girl who is about to enter residential school, this book is a beautiful way to start conversations about this time in Canadian history and how it effected First Nations families.
(4-8) This picture book tells the inspiring story of Canadian hero Terry Fox and touches on themes of friendship and strength.
(6-9) Combining English and Cree, this book follows a young boy as he discovers the world around him through the guidance of his grandmother.
(8-14) A non-fiction account of the history of racism towards Indigenous peoples and the hopeful ways that allies are working to mend relations.
(4-8) The main character in this picture book is hesitant to participate because she feels different but as more and more children try to get to know here, she shares what makes her different and we see how her differences enrich the lives of everyone around her.
(4-8) A photo journey through the history of school segregation and integration.
(8-12) This graphic novel based on the author’s family history looks at the struggles of the Jewish people during World War 2 but also the hopeful experiences that that followed their struggles as a refugee family in Canada.
No matter what learning looks like to your family this fall, transitioning from summer to school, can be tough. These books can help!
(3 – 6) A great story about how scary it can be to enter a new situation, especially when you feel different, and how sharing those differences with others, can help everyone grow and learn.
(3-6) A cheerful story about facing fears and trying new things.
(2-12) This beautiful picture book introduces the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals and how children can turn toward this tradition as a way to understand themselves and others.
(3-6) A cute story about the journey to independence that kindergarten brings.
(3-7) A playful, multi-layered tale about the power of the stories we tell ourselves.
(2-7) A hilarious but heartfelt story about finding the good in new and tough situations.
(8-12) This book that traces the history of language as well as teaches phrases and numbers in different languages, is sure to stimulate the reader’s curiosity about the world and spark an interest in language and culture.
Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math, are the foundation of school learning. Check out these books that focus on S.T.E.A.M. in a unique and fun way.
(4 – 8) The curious star of this informational picture book explores her identity as a mammal, animal, and living thing.
(7-12) This story about entomologist Charles Henry Turner is a great example of how an inquiring mind and patience can lead to great scientific discoveries.
(9-12) This informative book answers all your environment questions from, what is the atmosphere, to how to we protect our beautiful planet’s future.
(4-12) If your family is learning at home this year, this book is packed with hands-on science activities for every age group.
Happy reading, everyone!