Recommended Reading: Featured Reading
By Eric Walters
Written in collaboration with his students in a Toronto-based school, this story is about a boy named Taylor who has moved from a small town in Ontario to the big city of Toronto. On his way home from school with a new friend, he discovers a cat colony in a junkyard and takes an interest in the cats living there. Taylor soon discovers that the junkyard is being redeveloped into condominiums. Taylor, with help from friends, his teacher and a security guard, comes up with a plan to save the cats.
By Hazel Hutchins, 1999
Hazel Hutchins, an Albertan and award-winning author wrote a beautiful story about a farmer and a duck. The farmer out on his tractor on a cool day comes across a nest of eggs. Seeing the nest he decides to move it out of the way. The story explores compassion and co-existing with nature and other living things.
By Sydney Smith, 2019
Small in the city by the award winning illustrator, Sydney Smith follows a young person venturing out in an urban environment providing advice to someone on how to stay safe in the city; including suggestions on the safe passages, places to avoid, the kind people, and the good spots to warm up. The book a twist ending that will have you re-reading the book for new meaning. It's a great book to explore empathy for animals and people.
By Danielle Daniel, 2015
This introduction to the Anishinaabe traditional of totem animals, young children express why they identify with different animals such as a bear, deer, beaver, owl, and fox, through a series of simple poems. The importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can act as animal guides for students seeking to understand themselves and others, is also discussed.