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The Atlas Obscura explorer’s guide for the world’s most adventurous kid

“Presents a kid’s illustrated guide to 100 of the world’s wonders, both natural and manmade, in 47 countries and on every continent on Earth. Travel the world through common points of interest, from sacred skeletons, (Trunyan Tree cemetery in Indonesia leads you to India’s Skeleton Lake, for example), to wild waterfalls (while in Zambia visit the Devil’s Swimming Pool–and then move on to Antarctica’s Blood Falls) to ice caves to bioluminescence”– Provided by publisher.

Speaking our truth : a journey of reconciliation

In Speaking Our Truth, we are embarking on a journey of reconciliation. This isn’t a read-and-do-nothing kind of book. It is an active exploration of Canada’s collective history, our present and our future. It’s about how we grow as individuals, families, communities and as a country.

For some of you, this may be a time of significant change in your understanding of Canada’s history. It might be the first time you’ve thought about what reconciliation means and, more specifically, what it means to you and what your role in it is. Simply reading Speaking Our Truth is an act of reconciliation. So, good on you! I welcome you all to the journey.

In my Nihiyaw (Cree) language, we say tawâw, which loosely means “there’s always room.” For you, for me, for your friends, your family, your community. There’s always room. —Monique Gray Smith

Shoes For Amelie

As World War II wages across Europe, Lucien wonders about the strangers who come to stay in his village, only to depart in secrecy a few days later. One day a young girl named Amelie appears on his doorstep. Through their friendship, Lucien learns of the religious persecution of the Jews, and he sets out to make Amelie a very special gift. This touching introduction to World War II history was inspired by the true stories of families in the Plateau Vivarais-Lignon region of France. A historical note is included at the end of the book.

The Giant Germ

Miss Frizzle’s class discovers the world of microbes. The Magic School Bus series is always a hit!

Going on a Journey to the Sea

A small boy is bursting with happiness when his older sister takes him on a trip to the seaside. They begin their journey under a wide blue sky, first on foot, then by train, bus, and bicycle. Finally they reach the shore, where they share a golden day of frolicking and freedom.

Famous firsts : the trendsetters, groundbreakers & risk-takers who got America moving!

What do snowboarding, BMX, water skiing, and cheerleading have in common? They are all activities that were invented by innovative Americans. Famous Firsts explores the evolution of several cool ways to get moving and profiles the groundbreakers who started it all. Features lingo, trivia, and facts about gear and safety, and photos of hot American athletes, including skateboard legends Tony Hawk, Tony Alva, and Alan “Ollie” Gelfand, BMX pros Mat Hoffman and Cory Coffey, skate and snowboard phenom Shaun White, and pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, all of whom talk about the unique firsts they accomplished in their sports.

Come on, Mom! : 75 things for mothers and daughters to do together

No need to dread the words “Mom, I’m bored!,” thanks to “Come on, Mom!” From making paper and perfume to having backyard races and going on butterfly safaris, here are 75 fun activities guaranteed to keep mothers and daughters smiling. This girls-only guide will create memories that last long after the book is closed. Instructions are easy to understand, and any materials needed are common household items. The activities vary in complexity: some are physical, some are mental, some are for indoors, some are for outdoors, all are designed to entertain and stimulate. The authors’ suggestions also provide great ideas for birthday party games and homemade gifts.  There is a book for Dads too!

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