Being curious about the nature of learning, about the world, its people and cultures.

BLEAGH and BLEEP! A second book about values written by Leana Lyn Doray
After his first successful day at school, BLEAGH the monster returns home eager to share his new experiences but someone gets in his way…BLEEP, his baby sister! BLEAGH learns important values such as respect and independence and the two siblings team up to become an unstoppable learning force.
Commitment, Curiosity

Edward the Emu by Sheena Knowles illus by Rod Clement
Edward is the most expressive emu imaginable as he shows his boredom at being an emu and checks out the behaviour of the other animals in the zoo and then tries to imitate them.
Curiosity

Dear Greenpeace by Simon James
When a whale suddenly appears in the garden pond, the little girl decides to write to Greenpeace for advice. She shows great ingenuity in her letters.
Confidence, Curiosity

A Nice Walk in the Jungle by Nan Bodsworth
Miss Jellaby is such an enthusiastic teacher that as she walks and talks her way through the jungle she doesn't notice that her class is, one by one, being consumed by a hungry boa constrictor. But a boa constrictor is no match for Miss Jellaby.
Curiosity, Enthusiasm

Salmon Forest by David Suzuki and Sarah Ellis illustrated by Sheena Lott
A beautifully illustrated book in which Kate and her dad enthusiastically explore the forest and the river where the salmon live and spawn. Her father talks about the amazing relationship between the sea, the land, the river and all of life. (6 - 10 years)
Appreciation, Curiosity, Enthusiasm

Tokyo Friends - Tokyo no Tomodachi by Betty Reynolds hardback
This is an excellent introduction to Japanese language and culture and also some of the differences between Japanese and western customs. When Katie meets her two Japanese friends in Tokyo, they show us some of the everyday things that they do and the Japanese and English words for them. The words are written in English, in Japanese phonetically and also in the Japanese script and are accompanied by lively illustrations. (6 - 12 years)
Curiosity, Tolerance

The Secret Footprints.
Alvarez, Julia. New York: Dell Dragonfly Books, 2002. The secret of the ciguapas is almost discovered when Guapa is too curious about the humans who live on the island.

Madeleine.
Bemelmans, Ludwig. New York, N.Y. : Puffin Books, 1996.
Madeline, smallest and naughtiest of the twelve little charges of Miss Clavel, wakes up one night with an attack of appendicitis.

The Mitten.
Brett, Jan New York : Putnam, c1989.
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes.

Going home.
Bunting, Eve, 1928-. New York : HarperCollins Publishers, c1996. Although a Mexican family comes to the United States to work as farm laborers so that their children will have opportunities, the parents still consider Mexico their home.

Are There Any Questions?
Cazet, Denys. Orchard Books, 1992. (two copies)
Arnie tells his mother all about the class trip to the aquarium. The format of the telling incorporates scenes from the actual trip complete with individual text for each student’s thoughts and questions as they view the exhibits.

Small Green Snake.
Gray, Libba. Orchard Books, 1994.
Small green snakes bold, adventurous and curious personality leads him into a tight spot on the other side of the garden wall. The vividly colored illustrations and text in larger font, style and color add a fun ingredient to the tale.

Grandpa's face.
Greenfield, Eloise. New York: Philomel Books, 1988. Seeing her beloved grandfather making a mean face while he rehearses for one of his plays, Tamika becomes afraid that someday she will lose his love and he will make that mean face at her.

Curious George.
Rey, H. A. Houghton Mifflin, 1969.
Curious George the monkey is captured by the man in the yellow hat, which begins many escapades until he is finally rescued by the same man in the yellow hat and placed in the zoo. Pop-up versions are available for younger readers, which add more diversity and interest to the illustrations.

Curious George’s Big Book of Curiosity
Rey, H.A

Spinky sulks.
Steig, William, 1907-. 1st ed. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1988. Spinky believes his family does not love him or understand him and nothing they say will convince him otherwise.

A Salmon for Simon,
Waterton, Betty, Toronto: Meadow Mouse paperback, 1980.
Simon, who wants to catch a salmon, finally realizes his wish; but the creature is in need of help and Simon thinks; to beautiful to die.

Junior School
The Secret Garden.
Burnett, Frances. Harper Collins, 1990.
Ten-year old Mary comes to live in a lonely house on the Yorkshire moors and discovers an invalid cousin, Colin and the mysteries of a locked garden. The two children secretly restore his dead mother’s secret garden, Colin’s health and his father’s affection.

Jumanji.
Van Allsburg, Chris. Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., c1981.
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.






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