Sponsored annually by the Ontario Library Association, the Red Maple Award reading program is geared to readers in Grade 7 and 8. Ten novels are nominated each year and ten non-fiction are selected every second year.
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Silver Birch Non-Fiction Nominees, 1996
Ontario by Michael BarnesOntario is an insightful and entertaining introduction to its people, culture, geography, history, and economy. The easy-to-read text - by Ontario native Michael Barnes - is complimented with beautiful colour photography, taking readers on a fascinating tour of the province.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, FC 3061.2 .B37 2001
Publication Date: 1997-08-15
The Moon by Paulette Bourgeois; Bill Slavin (Illustrator)Long ago, people explained the mysteries of the Moon with stories. Today, we send astronauts to the Moon to find out what it is made of. Inviting and authoritative, this book explains the science behind the mysteries of the Moon. The facts are presented as easy-to-understand answers to questions about the universe. Facts, simple experiments, activities, legends and myths give young readers lots of accessible information about the wonders of the Moon.
Camilla Gryski's Favourite String Games by Camilla Gryski; Tom Sankey (Illustrator)Grab a string and try the Siberian House, then break the house and watch two people run away. Or make the Looper Caterpillar crawl up somebody's arm! The moving figures will surprise you, and the patterns will amaze you! Camilla Gryski turns simple balls of string into tools of creation. Children use their fingers to weave elegant patterns and creative bracelet designs. Clear drawings and step-by-step instructions demonstrate each move.
Publication Date: 1995-06-30
Ballet School by Bobbie KalmanLooks at the daily life and routine of students at a ballet school
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, TA 634 .K25 1995t
Publication Date: 2009-01-15
Great moments in Canadian baseball by Brian Kendall
Publication Date: 1995
Pay Dirt! by Laura Langston
Publication Date: 1995-04-01
The Phone Book by Elizabeth MacLeod; Bill Slavin (Illustrator)The search for a fast means of communication began with various smoke-signal systems and led to the invention of the telegraph and, later, the telephone. In the past few years, technology has dramatically changed the telephone and its cousins: fax machines, cellular phones and modems. The Phone Book explores this communication revolution and explains how these devices work. Kids also find out about the global communications network and how it's linked by fiber-optic cables, satellites and microwaves. Activities, illustrations, stories and games present a lively history of the search for instant communication.
Earthdance by Cynthia Pratt Nicolson; Bill Slavin (Illustrator); Cynthia NicolsonWhy do volcanoes spit lava? How do earthquakes shake solid ground? What makes Old Faithful gush? For centuries, people have been fascinated with nature's tantrums. In Earthdance, kids can explore the jigsaw of tectonic plates covering our rambunctious planet and discover what happens when these plates collide. They'll read about people who fought lava with fire hoses, a girl whose house split down the middle and a whole town that suddenly disappeared. Activities help kids understand what causes these destructive forces and how scientists are working to protect Earth.
Call Number: Children's Collection, Floor 1, QE 521.3 .N53 1994t
Publication Date: 1994-06-30
Coyotes in the Crosswalk by Diane Swanson; Douglas Penhale (Illustrator)There are coyotes in the crosswalk and frogs in the swimming pool...raccoons on the fire escape and garter snakes in the garage. With all its many buildings, streets and parks, the city may be home to people, but it is also home to wildlife. Peregrine falcons raise their young on a Calgary high rise, red squirrels scold skaters from Ottawa snow banks, and in Montreal furry families of skunks move into vacant lots next door! All sorts of unique and wily wildlife have made themselves at home in the cracks and crannies of Canadian cities. Kids don't have to go to the zoo to see animals that used to roam free - they just have to recognize untamed city critters for what they are! Diane Swanson introduces kids to ten furred, feathered, or scaly urban residents, exploring their successful adaptation to the concrete jungle: how they move about, find food, communicate with each other, and make a home for themselves and their young. Douglas Penhale's lively illustrations provide visual detail and delight for budding naturalists in the urban ecosystem.