Their natural curiosity has been nurtured. They have acquired the skills necessary to conduct purposeful, constructive research. They actively enjoy learning, and their love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Hugo The Happy Starfish - ONE STEP AT A TIME by Liebermann, Suzy. Happy Language Kids LLC., 2011.
Hugo is a little starfish with a big sense of adventure. One day he finds an empty candy wrapper on the bottom of the ocean which sparks his interest for a trip to Europe in which he has to use all kinds of transportation. In this story Hugo learns to take one step at a time and to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. ONE STEP AT AT TIME is a story about the need for perspective, whatever mountains we face and is the perfect way to teach kids to divide big challenges into little chunks and to take things one step at a time. ages (3+) inquirer, risk-taker

A Fine, Fine School by Sharon Creech Pictures by Harry Bliss
An amusing story about a school where the principal is so enthusiastic about his school and the way the students love to learn that he decides to have lessons on Saturday and Sunday too. It is Tilly who summons up the courage to tell the Principal that children must do other things as well. This strong message is very amusingly presented through a witty text and amusing illustrations.
inquirers, risk takers, balanced

Counting on Frank by Rod Clement
This is the story of a boy who is a true enthusiast about mathematics and is always estimating, calculating and working things out. How many Franks would fill up the bedroom? (Frank is a dog). Striking illustrations add to the fun. (5 - 10 years) inquirers, communicators

Mr Archimedes' Bath by Pamela Allen pb $14.95 OUT OF PRINT
Mr Archimedes is having a bath with various animals. Every time they get into the bath, water splashes over the side. Pamela Allen has great fun in getting children to think about what is happening. (5 years up)

The Day of Ahmed's Secret by Florence Parry Heide illustrated by Ted Lewin
Ahmed is very pleased with himself as he goes about Cairo's bustling streets delivering gas bottles to his many customers who call out his name and greet him. He is very much a part of the life of this colourful and noisy city and he is proud that he is helping earn money to support his family. And his secret is that he has learned to write his name.
inquirers, caring, reflective

More Than Anything Else
Bradby, Marie 1995
This is the story of the young life of Booker T. Washington, as he works with his father and brother in a salt mine, but dreams of the day when he win be able to read. (5-8yrs.)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Brett, Jan 1989
Lost in the woods, a tired and hungry girl finds the house of the three bears where she
helps herself to food and goes to sleep. (4-7yrs.)

The Mitten
Brett, Jan 1989
Several animals sleep snugly in Nicki's lost mitten until the bear sneezes. (4-7yrs.)

Odd Boy Out; Young Albert Einstein
Brown, Don 2004
This picture book biography of Albert Einstein, focuses on his oddness as a child, and his disinterest in school, and the significance of his discoveries in physics. (5-8yrs.)

Cannon, Janell 1997
A young python does not want to grow slow and boring like the older snakes he sees in the tropical jungle where he lives. (5-8yrs.)

Counting on Frank
Clement, Rod 1991
A boy and his dog present amusing counting, size comparison, and mathematical facts.

Are You My Mother?
Eastman, P.D. 1998
A little bird who has fallen out of the nest, asks animals, planes, and boats, "Are you my mother?" until he finds his own mother. (4-7yrs.)

Olivia .... and the Missing Toy
Falconer, Ian 2003 re-print
When her best toy mysteriously disappears, Olivia the feisty pig is determined to find out who is responsible. (4-8yrs.)

Stella, Queen of the Snow
Gay, Marie-Louise (Canadian) 2000
Stella answers all of Sam's questions about snow while introducing him to playing in it. (4-7yrs.)

Around the World- Who's Been Here?
George, Lindsay Barrett 1999
A teacher travels around the world viewing animals in their natural habitats and writes
back to her class about her findings. (5-8yrs.)

In the Snow: Who's Been Here?
George, Linsday Barrett 1995
Two children on their way to go sledding see evidence of a variety of animal life. (4-7yrs.)

Small Green Snake OUT OF PRINT
Gray, Libba Moore 1994
Despite his mother's warning not to wander, Small Green Snake wiggles away to
investigate a new sound from across the garden wall. (4-7yrs.)

The Snowy Day
Keats, Ezra Jack 1962
The book follows the adventures of a little boy in the city on a very snowy day. (4-7yrs.)

Anancy and the Haunted House
Keens-Douglas, I;Uchardo (Canadian) 2002
Anancy the spider gets a little help from his friends when he investigates an haunted
house. (5-8yrs.)

Sam Goes to School
Labatt, Mary (Canadian) 2004
Sam the puppy, envious of the children getting on the bus for school, decides to sneak
aboard and join the fun. (4-7yrs.)

The Librarian Who Measured the Earth
Lasky, Kathryn 1995
This book describes the life and work of Eratosthenes, the Greek geographer and
astronomer who accurately measured the circumference of the Earth. (8-12yrs.)
Knowledgeable, Thinkers

Why Explore?
Lendroth, Susan 2005
This is the ultimate statement in a picture book form of humanity's thirst for knowledge. (5- 8yrs.)

What the Animals Were Waiting For
London, Jonathan (Canadian) 2001
What are the animals waiting for? This book tells the story of the dramatic cycles of life on the African savannah. (5-9yrs.)

The Name of the Tree
Lottridge, Celia Barker (Canadian) 1989
When the other animals fail at the task, the slow but wise turtle finds a way to obtain the bountiful fruits of a magic tree. (5-9yrs.)

Snowflake Bentley
Martin, Jacqueline Briggs 1998
This is a biography of a self-taught scientist who photographed thousands of individual snowflakes in order to study their unique formations. (5-9yrs.)

The Three Questions
Muth, Jon J. 0439199964 c2002
This book is based on a story by Leo Tolstoy. Nikolai asks his animal friends to help him answer three important questions: "When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important? and What is the right thing to do?" (6-12yrs.) Principled, Balanced

How Much, How Many, How Far, How Heavy, How Long, How Tall is 1000?
Nolan, Helen and Walker, Tracy (Canadian) 1995
Provides information and asks questions about just how many items are in a thousand
including how high a thousand sheets of paper are, how much space does a thousand
pennies take up, and how a thousand hockey fans could fill a small stadium. (5-9yrs.)

Peg and the Yeti
Oppel, Kenneth (Canadian) 2004
A feisty heroine never misses a beat in her quest to climb a mountain and make a friend. (4-7yrs.)

Polacco, Patricia 1987
A quiet rural community is dramatically changed when a meteor crashes down in the
front yard of the Gaw family. (5-9yrs.)

The Subway Mouse
Reid, Barbara (Canadian) 2003
A mouse named Nib leaves his dirty, crowded home under a busy subway station and sets out on a long journey, joined by Lola, a mouse he meets along the way. (4-7yrs.)

Curious George Visits the Library (or other choice)
Rey, Margret & H. A. 2003
Curious George arrives at the library just in time for story hour, but it is hard for the little monkey to sit still. (4-7yrs.)

Starry Messenger
Sis, Peter 1996
This book depicts the life of the famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer
philosopher, physicist, Galileo Galilei. (8-12yrs.) Thinkers

Transformed; How Everyday Things Are Made
Slavin, Bill (Canadian) 2005
Presents colour illustrations that describe how over sixty everyday objects are made including chewing gum, pencils, plastic wrap, paper, ice cream, toothpaste, and many more. (8-12yrs.)

From One to One Hundred
Sloat, Teri 1995
An ingenious counting book, with thousands of items imaginatively arranged for finding. (4-7yrs.)

Yellow & Pink
Steig, William 0374385714 c1984
Two painted wooden figures argue about where they came from, whether they just
happened by accident or were created by some other being. (6-10yrs.)

Where are you going, Manyoni?
Stock, Catherine 1993
The story is of a child's long walk to school in rural Zimbabwe, encountering several wild animals on the way. (5-8yrs.)

How much is a Million?
Swartz, David M 1985
Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualization of a million, a billion, and a trillion (6-9yrs.)

Val Allsburg, Chris 1981
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. (8- 12yrs.)

What's the Matter with Albert? A Story of Albert Einstein OUT OF PRINT
Wishinsky, Frieda (Canadian) 2002
A young boy is chosen by his school newspaper to interview Albert Einstein, giving him the opportunity to learn all about the great scientist's childhood. (8-12yrs.)

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E Frankwiler.
Konigsburg, E.L. Atehneum Books, 1967
A wonderfully fresh and inventive story of a brother and sister who run away from home to live in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and become caught up in a mystery. (years 4 – 6)

Bridge to Terabithia.
Paterson, Katherine.Scholastic Inc., 1977.
“The life of a ten year old boy in rural Virginia expands when he becomes friends with a newcomer who subsequently meets an untimely death trying to reach their hideaway, Terabithia, during a storm.”

Curious George.
Rey, H.A. Houghton Mifflin, 1993.
The curiosity of a newly captured monkey gets him into continuous trouble, but he is saved by his friend, the man in the yellow hat.

What Happened to Patrick's Dinosaurs?
Carrick, Carol. Clarion Books, 1986.
Young Patrick hears what scientists think happened to the dinosaurs, then uses his imagination to come up with other possibilities.

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