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February is fairness (Character ed books)



Submitted by Natalie, 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 February Character Education trait: Fairness!

The full list is available through the Professional Library AW Character Education List forum. Here are some highlights:

Elementary Titles

  • 🍁 Pig the Winner by A. Blabey: Greedy pug Pig will do anything it takes to win — even if it means not playing fair.
  • 🍁 Elephant Journey by R. Laidlaw: The journey of three elephants from their cramped quarters in the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary in California inspired by activists in Canada and the U.S.

Intermediate Titles

  • 🍁 Trial by Fire by N. McClintock: Riley attempts to get to the bottom of who burned down her neighbour, Mr. Goran’s barn, while the rest of her community is quick to blame Mr. Goran himself.
  • 🍁 Level the Playing Field by K. Rutherford: An outline of the challenges female professional athletes have faced throughout history.

Young Adult Titles

  • 🍁 Away Running by D. Wright & L. Bouchard: The experiences of Matt and Free, the first two foreign football players on the Parisian football team the Diables Rouges, with the tension between marginalized Parisian immigrants and the police.
  • All American Boys by J. Reynolds: Quinn and Rashad struggle with standing up for what’s right when Quinn witnesses Rashad being beaten by a police officer.

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.

Access all the Character Education Trait Lists: Note: you must be logged in to your TDSB Google Account to view.

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

February 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm Leave a comment

Great new books (Feb 2017 list)

Here is our latest and greatest new books’ list : february2017

Here are some Canadian books from that list – notice the diversity/equity theme:

Hollis, H. (2016). Teaching with humor, compassion, and conviction: Helping our students to become literate, considerate, passionate human beings. Markham, ON: Pembroke Publishers.

Sefa Dei, G.J. (Ed.). (2000). Removing the margins: The challenges and possibilities of inclusive schooling. Toronto: Canadian Scholars’ Press.   

Dupuis, J. K. (2016). I am not a number.  Toronto: Second Story Press.

Henry, F. (2010). The colour of democracy: Racism in Canadian society.  Toronto: Nelson Education.

Roberts, J. (2016). What makes us unique? Our first talk about diversity. Victoria, BC: Orca Book Publishers.

Contact the Professional Library if you want to borrow these books @ 395-8289 or TDSB teachers can reserve the books in the catalgoue and should remember to login first.

Check ’em out! Rowan

February 1, 2017 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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