Every children's library should have these books:
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. Fairy tales are ever-popular with young readers but this book was way ahead of its time in challenging gender stereotypes and presenting a strong female heroine while also being an entertaining story.
I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer. Acknowledging and understanding the residential school experience is a crucial step in reconciliation with the people of Canada's First Nations. This book does an excellent job of introducing a challenging subject in a way that is approachable for children without being traumatizing in itself.
Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone (or really the whole series) by J.K. Rowling. This series is a fabulous and fun adventure with some excellent life lessons worked in along the way including but not limited to: the importance of friendship and love, standing up to bullies and not letting your circumstances define or limit you.
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