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Bryan Mellonie

A pet . . . a friend . . . or a relative dies, and it must be explained to a child. This sensitive book is a useful tool in explaining to children that death is a part of life and that, eventually, all living things reach the end of their own special lifetimes. This book teaches children the cycle of life in a matter-of-fact, easy to learn way for children and adults.

I'll Love You Forever
Robert Munsch

A fun and touching story, especially for Mother's Day! The mother sings to her sleeping baby: "I'll love you forever / I'll love you for always / As long as I'm living / My baby you'll be." She still sings the same song when her baby has turned into a fractious 2-year-old, a slovenly 9-year-old, and then a raucous teen. So far so ordinary--but this is one persistent lady. When her son grows up and leaves home, she takes to driving across town with a ladder on the car roof, climbing through her grown son's window, and rocking the sleeping man in the same way. Then, inevitably, the day comes when she's too old and sick to hold him, and the roles are at last reversed. Each stage is illustrated by one of Sheila McGraw's comic and yet poignant pastels.

Shades of Black
Sandra Pinkney

This incredible photo book includes all shades of skin, color and texture of hair....leading us to find our similarity within our uniqueness.

No-No the Little Seal,
Sherrie Patterson and Judith Feldman

NoNo has a secret, but it makes him feel scared and mixed up inside. Is it wrong to tell? Who can he tell? Although the subject of sexual abuse is sensitive, children and adults alike will be captivated by the truly magical illustrations and the dramatised audio CD of the story and songs. Originally published in 1986 by Random House, here is the long-awaited, wholly revamped version of this classic. This gentle book can give even very young children the confidence to stay safe, say No, and tell. Includes a guide for parents, educators and other carers of children.

The Boxcar Children Books 1-4
Gertrude Chandler Warner

Don't forget the classics for your elementary age child. A great read-aloud chapter book, as well.

Homeschooling and Loving It!
Rebecca Kochenderfer

A masterful compilation of ideas, motivation and inspiration for the homeschooler or any parent who works along side their child!

The Kindness Cirriculum
Judith Rice

Packed full of win-win ideas and concepts for parents and early childhood educators.