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INFORMATION BOOKS: Role of Government and Responsible Citizenship
All About Canadian Citizenship by Jessica Pegis10 booklet set. [v. 1] Becoming a Canadian citizen -- [v. 2] Canadian celebrations and traditions -- [v. 3] Children's rights and responsibilities --- [v. 4] Citizen participation -- [v. 5] Conflict resolution -- [v. 6] Local government -- [v. 7] Making laws -- [v. 8] The National Anthem -- [v. 9] The Prime Minister -- [v. 10] Voting -- Teacher's guide /
Call Number: Floor 1, JL 187 .P433 2004t
Publication Date: 2004
The Art of the Possible by Edward Keenan; Julie McLaughlin (Illustrator)We all know what a politician looks like, right? They're old people who wear suits and make long, boring speeches full of indecipherable words. Not so fast! As The Art of the Possibleexplains, everyone is a politician -- even young people who aren't yet eligible to vote. We all have influence over how politics function. But what are politics, and why do we need them? This book answers the universal query in nine short chapters that explain everything from why we form societies and the basic types of governments to the power of public opinion, methods of rhetoric and the reasons why politicians "lie." Written in an accessible, conversational voice and packed with anecdotes and case studies from across history and around the world, this book helps foster independent thought and curiosity about how a government works -- or doesn't work. Readers will come away equipped with the knowledge they need to understand current events and elections, and maybe even be empowered to civic action themselves. Informational text features: table of contents, chapters, diagrams, sidebars, in-text definitions of key terms, glossary, index and sources
Citizenship by Janet RieheckyIntroduces citizenship through examples of everyday situations such as at school, with friends, and at home, where this character trait can be used.
Call Number: Floor 1 JK 1759 .R53 2005
Publication Date: 2000-07-01
For Every Child by Caroline Castle; Desmond Tutu (Foreword by); UNICEF Staff; John Burningham (Illustrator)In 1989 the United Nations formally adopted fifty-four principles that make up the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. For this breathtaking picture book the fourteen declarations that are most relevant to children's everyday lives have been retold by Caroline Castle in a simple, evocative text, each one interpreted in a stunning double-page illustration by a different artist from around the world. These well-known contributors include two Americans, both major award-winners: Jerry Pinkney and Rachel Isadora.UNICEF has declared that the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child stands alone as the single most comprehensive instrument of human rights law. However, not nearly enough people know of this important document's existence, and the new Millennium has presented the opportunity to draw attention to these rights.
Call Number: Floor 1, K 639 .C37 2001
Publication Date: 2001-01-01
If Kids Ran the World by Leo Dillon (Illustrator); Diane Dillon (Illustrator)Two-time Caldecott Medalists Leo and Diane Dillon show children creating a more generous, peaceful world. In a colourful tree house, a rainbow of children determine the most important needs in our complex world, and the following spreads present boys and girls happily helping others. Kids bring abundant food to the hungry; medicine and cheer to the sick; safe housing, education, and religious tolerance to all; and our planet is treated with care. Forgiveness and generosity are seen as essential, because kids know how to share, and they understand the power of love. A tribute to peace and a celebration of diverse cultures, this last collaboration by the Dillons captures the wondrous joy of all people, and the unique beauty within each one of us shines forth.If kids ran the world, it would be a better place - for grown-ups, too.
Call Number: Floor 1, PS 3554.I424 I32 2014
Publication Date: 2014-08-26
Our Earth by Janet Wilson; Second Story Press StaffFrom the author of One Peacecomes a new book of beautiful portraits and exciting profiles of ten young environmental activists from around the world. Janet Wilson's art captures the spirit of adventure, determination and hope that each of these children possess. They include Canadian Severn Cullis-Suzuki, who pioneered "pester power" - the idea that children must keep reminding their parents of what is at stake, and who at age twelve made one of the most rousing speeches at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio. And fourteen-year-old William Kamkwamba from Malawi, who realized that the strong winds in his country could be put to good use and so borrowed a book from his library, taught himself how to build a working windmill, and brought electricity to his village. And thirteen-year-old Sam Levin from the USA who helped found the organization Project Sprout, planting an organic vegetable garden that would eventually help feed an entire community. Full of environmental facts and advice, this book will inspire budding young eco-activists everywhere to start making a difference for their planet.
Pay It Forward Kids by Nancy RunstedlerSkipping Stones Honor Award book, 2014 2014 Information Book Award Honour Book 2015 Red Maple Non-Fiction nominee 14 Kids...14 Stories...Countless Hearts Touched In Pay It Forward Kids, readers will meet ordinary kids from across North America who have done extraordinary things, all on their own initiatives. They have set out to "pay it forward" to someone else, with astonishing results. The ripple effect of their deeds have inspired others to join their causes, and in some cases, to start missions of their own. These kids have raised both money and awareness for causes such as homelessness, human rights, orphans, and literacy. They've rescued child slaves, provided hope to the sick, and comfort for the dying. They've also enabled others to enjoy pleasures that many people take for granted. These powerful stories demonstrate that you're never too young to make a difference or to improve the life of another. Kindness can be done by anyone...you just need to step up and start. A percentage of all royalties from this project will be donated to the official Pay It Forward Foundation to continue to support this message and work.
Call Number: Floor 1, HM 19 R86 2013
Publication Date: 2013-11-21
People Who Said No by Laura ScandiffioWhen saying no is the right thing to do. Sometimes it's okay to ignore the rules or break the law. In fact, it's essential! This thought-provoking book features people who did just that: Sophie and Hans Scholl, siblings who distributed antigovernment pamphlets in Nazi Germany; and Andrei Sakharov, who helped develop the nuclear bomb in Cold War Russia, but then spoke out against its use. Some, like Rosa Parks, were not originally in positions of political power but came out of the ranks of regular citizens to stand up for human rights. Others, like Oscar Romero, archbishop of El Salvador, used their power to change the status quo. Also included are Helen Suzman, a South African member of parliament who fought apartheid; Aung San Suu Kyi, who spent years under house arrest for protesting the dictatorship in Burma; and the people of Egypt, who recently brought down the repressive government of Hosni Mubarak. These inspirational profiles of people who followed their moral compass make for riveting stories as well as excellent starting points for discussions about ethics and morality.
Call Number: Floor 1, HM 881 .S33 2012
Publication Date: 2012-06-21
Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet WilsonIt is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don't keep out the cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country. Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa, to speak to the Canadian government. Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed. The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Tragically, Shannen was killed in a car crash in 2010, and was not able to see the dream of her school fulfilled. Her family, friends and supporters continue to honor her memory as they work for equality for children in Native communities everywhere.
Call Number: Floor 1, E99 .C88 W55 2011
Publication Date: 2011-10-01
We Live Here Too! by Nancy Loewen; Omarr Wesley (Illustrator)An award-winning introduction to good citizenship. Using real-life experiences and advice column-style writing, this nonfiction picture book defines citizenship and explains how it can be demonstrated or used in daily situations "Does it really matter if I throw my gum on the ground?" through fun, creative, and responsible ways! Written by Minnesota Book Award finalist Nancy Loewen.
Call Number: To be ordered
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
Who Runs This Country, Anyway? by Joanne StanbridgeNine chapters take the reader through topics like Confederation, federalism, monarchy, elections and voting, minority and majority governments, a day in the House of Commons — plus updated items on Senate Reform and new legislation like the Fair Election act.
Go Show the World by Wab Kinew; Joe Morse (Illustrator)Celebrating the stories of Indigenous people throughout time, Wab Kinew has created a powerful rap song, the lyrics of which are the basis for the text in this beautiful picture book, illustrated by the acclaimed Joe Morse. Including figures such as Crazy Horse, Net-no-kwa, former NASA astronaut John Herrington and Canadian NHL goalie Carey Price, Go Show the World showcases a diverse group of Indigenous people in the US and Canada, both the more well known and the not-so-widely recognised. Individually, their stories, though briefly touched on, are inspiring; collectively, they empower the reader with this message: 'We are people who matter, yes, it s true; now let s show the world what people who matter can do.'
Truth and Reconciliation by Simon Rose"Explores the impact of residential schools on the Indigenous people of Canada as well as efforts by the Canadian government to mend the damaged relationships caused by these schools."