September Character Education: Respect

September 12, 2016 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Submitted by Natalie C, one of our fabulous reference librarians: 

The TDSB Professional Library has created an updated resource list of JK-12 fiction and multimedia materials supporting the September Character Education trait: Respect!

The full list is available through the Professional Library AW Character Education List forum. Current and archived lists are also available through the Google Drive: *note: you must be logged in to your TDSB Google Account to view.

Here are some highlights:

Elementary Titles

  • 🍁 Our First Caribou Hunt by J. Noah & C. Giroux: Two Inuit children are taken on a hunting trip with their father and learn the importance of “pay[ing their] catch the proper respect.”
  • 🍁 The Artist and Me by S. Peacock: An old man who bullied the famous artist Vincent Van Gogh as a child looks back on his choices and considers the respect he holds for the artist today.

Intermediate Titles

  • 🍁 The Hill by K. Bass: When Jared’s private jet crashes in the Canadian wilderness, Kyle, a Cree boy, comes to his rescue. To survive, they each must come to respect the other’s skills, talents, and history.
  • Save Me a Seat by S. Weeks: Joe and Ravi work together to stand up to a bully, and gain some respect in the process.

Young Adult Titles

  • 🍁 Born With: Erika and Gianni by L. Schultz Nicholson: Erika, a teen with down syndrome, and Gianni, a boy struggling with his sexuality, are paired together in the Best Buddies program at their high school and learn to respect each other’s unique perspective.
  • 🍁 Three Feathers by R. van Camp: As punishment for robbing the home of an elderly man, three teenage boys are sent to live on the land for 9 months where they receive guidance from a pair of elders who teach them the importance of respect.

These resource lists are produced to support teacher-librarians and teachers as they deliver instruction regarding the Character Education initiative and may be appropriate for read-alouds, literature circles, library displays, and more.

Please note the following points:

  • These are selected resources based on favourable literature reviews;
  • The Professional Library may own some of the listed books; teachers should also check their school libraries or local public libraries for availability;
  • Teachers should preview the books for appropriateness before instructional use or recommending them to students.
  • Related media resources are selected from TDSB Teaching Resources and the TDSB Virtual Library.

These links are available in TDSB digital spaces only.  For more information, contact us at (416) 395-8289 or

For assistance with logging in to your TDSB Google account, please visit


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