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HONESTY is the Character Education Trait for March! Discover some new books to teach this trait.


Each month, the Professional Library will post a list of K-12 resources related to each character education trait.

March’s Character Education trait is Honesty

Check out our full Honesty booklist ( or see some highlighted titles below.

Elementary Titles
Colette’s lost pet by I. Arsenaut. Colette can’t find something to talk about with the new kids in the neighborhood, so she invents a pet and her fib quickly escalates.

The Chinese emperor’s new clothes  by Y.C. Competine.  A young emperor, whose advisors have taken advantage of him, enlists the help of honest tailors to reveal their misdeeds in this retelling of the classic fairy tale.

How Oscar Indigo broke the universe: and put it back together again by D. Teague. Oscar uses a mysterious gold watch that can stop time to fake a game winning home run in a baseball game at which he has never been good.

I promise by D. McPhail.  A little bear learns from his mother what it means to make and break a promise, as well as the lesson that some things in life simply cannot be promised.

Intermediate Titles
Crushing it by J. Levy. In this retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac for the middle grade set, Kat is enlisted by friend Olivia to woo new boy Tyler. Plans go awry and Kat learns it’s better to be honest and stay true to yourself.

Sophie someone by H. Long. Loving her international school and friends in Belgium despite questions about why her family moved away from England when she was little, 14-year-old Sophie makes a startling discovery about her identity and her family that throws into question everything she believed about trust, choices and forgiveness.

Things I should have known by C.S. LaZebnik. A popular Los Angeles teen tries to find love for her older, autistic sister.

Truth or dare. By D. Barbara.  A few white lies told during a simple game of truth or dare spin out of control and make life very complicated for a girl who returns home at the end of the summer to discover that her friends have become estranged and drama-prone.

Young Adult Titles
A face like glass by F. Hardinge. When Neverfell, who has no memory, arrives in Caverna, her facial expressions make her very dangerous to the people who live with blank faces or pay dearly to learn to simulate emotions

Ink by A. Broadway.  In Leora’s world, all your deeds are immortalized in your skin. When she discovers a terrible mark on her father which symbolizes the worst crime a person can commit, she has to grapple with that.

What to say next by J. Buxbaum.  When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father’s tragic car accident.

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.

Check out our past Character Education Resource lists:



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.

March 12, 2018 at 4:00 pm Leave a comment

March 2018 New Books at the TDSB Professional Library!


Check out our March 2018 New Books List to see the many new professional reading  opportunities from we’ve got lined up for you this spring.

Our Featured Resource is Teach me so I learn.  This book for French as a Second Language Teachers outlines how to foster successful learning by taking into account how students’ brains work and how they learn.  FSL teachers will discover how to:

– engage students’ brains to help develop autonomy
– plan student-centred learning opportunities
– nurture autonomous readers
– nurture autonomous writers
– help students develop thinking skills in FSL: problem solving, metacognition, critical       and creative thinking
– develop students’ cultural awareness and intercultural understanding

To get this book, or to have any of your other choices couriered directly to your school after March Break,  please contact us at or 416-395-8289.  If the book is currently in the library,  you can also arrange to pick it up at our 3 Tippett Rd. Location, we are open 8:30am-5:00pm during March Break.

You can also use our online catalogue for the self service “Steps to request a book” on the top right of the New Books List.

Wishing everyone a fun and refreshing March Break!

March 12, 2018 at 12:35 pm Leave a comment

New Global Competencies Resource List


Access Global Competencies Resource List 

This curated resource list has been recently created in order to gather all the relevant professional resources on Global Competencies.

In the resource list, the books and ebooks are listed under the headings of  global competencies found in the TDSB Vision for Learning:

Collaboration and Leadership
Creativity, Inquiry and Entrepreneurship
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
Global Citizenship and Character

Check out this new resource list to learn more about  Global Competencies!

Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library
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March 7, 2018 at 4:30 pm Leave a comment

Freedom to Read Week

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February 25 to March 3, 2018 is Freedom to Read Week in Canada. Organized by the Freedom of Expression Committee of the Book and Periodical Council, this is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom.  Freedom to Read is about much more than just censorship. This year’s Freedom to Read champion is Dorothy Macnaughton who has devoted much of her career to improving the availability of accessible reading material for Canadians who have a visual, physical or learning disability.

Kits and posters may be ordered from the website. Note that there is a cost for the 2018 kit, but those from previous years may be downloaded.  Educators can also click here for ideas on how to get involved.

February 26, 2018 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

New from ETFO: 365 Black Canadian Curriculum, Poster, Calendar and Workshop

CaptureETFO has released a great online educational resource on Black Canadians –  365 Black Canadian Curriculum, Poster, Calendar and Workshop.

This resource includes:

  • 365 Black Canadian Curriculum Resource for Primary,  Junior, and Intermediate in
  • 365 Days and Ways to Celebrate Remarkable Black Canadians Poster (pdf, jpg, docx)
  • Black Canadian Calendar (important Black Canadians and events)

Check out our  African Heritage Month Guide which lists this resource along with many other fabulous educational resources.

Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library
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February 21, 2018 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

New Books in the Professional Library!


Please visit  to see what’s new for you!   The winner of  the “Funny February” title award is: 20 Makey Makey projects for the evil genius

Other highlights include:

To have your choices couriered directly to your school,  please contact us at or 416-395-8289.

You can also use our online catalogue for the self service “Steps to request a book” on the top right of the New Books List.

We love being part of your learning conversations!

February 20, 2018 at 6:52 pm Leave a comment

Elementary Math Articles from Education Week Spotlight

Check out these articles featured in the Education Week Spotlight on Elementary Math. These articles were published  between 2016 and 2017, and they are free to access after filling out a short form.

  • Do Digital Learning Games Improve Young Students’ Mathematics Skills?
  • Researchers Develop Scales to Measure Students’ Math Anxiety
  • Do Parents See Math as ‘Less Useful’ Than Reading? Survey finds parents rank subject lower
  • Smart Strategies for Teacher Professional Development Supporting Math Learning by Helping Early Educators
    PD for preschool teachers improves instruction and morale
  • Statistics Lessons Get New Life Early-grades teachers taking different approach
  • Ask a Scientist: When Are Children Ready to Learn Abstract Math?
  • Math Doesn’t Have to Suck. Here Are Three Ways to Make It Better

Judy Chyung, Librarian – TDSB Professional Library
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February 5, 2018 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

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