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Early Childhood Education

Find Books & eBooks

When you're looking at books or eBooks as sources for information, remember that you don't necessarily have to read the whole book. Sometimes there will be a chapter or two on your topic that is just what you need. OCtopus will tell you what books we have and where they are shelved. 

Want to restrict your search to books or eBooks only? Once you have performed your search you can use the limiters in the "Refine Results" column to the left of your search results. There are a couple of limiters that you can use:

  • Limit To: select "Catalog Only (Books & Media)"
  • Resource Types: select "Books" and/or "eBooks"

Books in your search results

  • Location tells you which campus library has the book - Limit by campus or Deakin collection
  • Click "Place Request" to have a book delivered from one campus to another
  • Click the book title and you can see the chapter titles under "content notes"

Looking for books from the Deakin collection?

  • Conduct your keyword search in OCtopus (for example, feelings AND children)
  • Limit your results by Kelowna Library and Deakin
  • Try adding juvenile as a search term

eBooks in your search results

  • Choose to "read online" or download (some books may have restrictions on how many pages/chapters you can download)
  • "Search within book" allows you to search for keywords/phrases in the text

Juvenile Literature by Indigenous Authors

Classens L. L. (2021). From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books Educators’ Resource. IBBY Canada. 

Good Minds book website is an excellent resource. They provide access to books published by First Nations, Inuit, and Metis authors. Excellent resource to find books to puchase or request through your public or College Library. Also provides new release section.

Lillooet Public Library maintains a list of local authors and book titles

North Vancouver Public Library maintains an extensive list. Request titles through your local public library or OC library. Use free interlibrary loan service to obtain titles outside of your local collection. 

How to Choose a Book (by age)

Visit the Canadian Book Centre for information on choosing books, book lists by theme, and more

Call numbers relevant to ECE

  • BF 721-723 - Child Psychology
  • GV 1203-1220 - Children's Games and Amusements
  • HQ 768-792 - Child Rearing
  • LB 1140-1499 - Education, Preschool to Kindergarten
  • LB 1501-1547 - Education, Primary
  • PZ 7 - Children's Literature (Deakin Collection)
  • RJ 100-500 - Pediatrics

Storybooks Canada

A UBC team in the Department of Language and Literacy Education led by Dr. Bonny Norton, Peter Wall Institute Faculty Associate, in 2018 launched a powerful interactive website called Storybooks Canada

Storybooks Canada is a free open educational resource that promotes literacy and language learning in homes, schools, and communities. Initiatives include  Indigenous Storybooks and the Global Storybooks literacy portal.

Indigenous Storybooks is a resource designed specifically for children, families, community members, and educators. Inspired by the open-licensed stories from Little Cree Books (Alberta Canada), this project aims to make the text, images, and audio of stories available in Indigenous languages as well as English, French, and the most widely spoken immigrant and refugee languages of Canada.

There are several other websites that offer Indigenous stories. A collection of resources, including other sources of Indigenous stories, can be found on Resources page

A Selection of OC's Picture Books

About the Deakin Collection

Dr.Andrea Deakin, formerly a Salmon Arm resident, retired teacher, and reviewer and critic of children's books since 1971, was instrumental in the development, recognition, and promotion of children's literature and literacy in Canada. In memory of her late husband, Dr. Barry Deakin, in 2000, Andrea became one of the College's major benefactors through her generous donations of award-winning children's literature to the OC Library. The Deakin Collection holds over 6,500 titles. Purchases of new titles including works by Canadian, US, indigenous and international children's authors and award winners.

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