At the Section 23 Library, I frequently get requests from teachers for books, or other resources that they have found on Amazon. While teachers can browse Amazon to their heart’s content, I can’t order from Amazon as is not a TDSB approved bookseller. TDSB libraries are required to purchase from approved vendors. Also, discounted prices  listed on websites, for example Chapters (which is an approved vendor), are not available to TDSB as our order goes through the corporate division with whom TDSB has a negotiated corporate discount.

The Section 23 Library is different from a library in a community school. For example,  Section library does not house a collection of shelved novels for loan and reference. Books are purchased specifically for sites to meet the needs of students at that particular site, and are managed remotely.   I encourage teachers to  browse in local libraries and bookstores to search for books that they feel would be suitable for their  students, and then email me a list.

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Look  beyond the usual trending titles such as The Hunger Games and If I Stay, that appeal to a general audience of avid readers. Ideally, teachers should also do an attitudes and interests survey with students first and find out what topics and themes appeal to them. Independent booksellers have a more diverse collection of books that may be more appealing to Section 23 students.

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Below is a list of local TDSB approved booksellers who carry diverse collections of books that you are unlikely to find in big box retailers. Some have websites you can browse in addition to retail stores or showrooms. When it comes to books for children and young adults,  it is  better to browse bookstores with knowledgeable staff and that carry a wide range of books and curated collections.

A Different Book List
746 Bathurst St
Toronto ON  M5S 2R6
Phone: 416.538.0889

A Different Booklist is an independent, multicultural bookstore that has been in business for 10 years and specializes in books from the African & Caribbean Diaspora, including new African, Asian and Latin American authors. In addition to books for adults, this store has a variety of picture books for children that provide opportunities to explore the point of view offered by different cultures, beliefs and socio-economic classes.


Another Story Book Shop
315 Roncesvalles Ave.
Toronto ON  M6R 2M6, Canada
Phone: 416.462.1104

Books on topics as: local and global communities, inclusivity, empathy and a child’s right to discover and cherish their own uniqueness. The collection consists of picture books, novels, nonfiction, dual-language, graphic novels, poetry and educational resources.




Beguiling- Comic Books and Graphic Novels
601 Markham St
Toronto ON  M6G 2L7
Phone: 416.533.9168

The largest selection of alternative, underground and avant-garde graphic story telling in the country, The Beguiling has a worldwide reputation for excellence. Among the many accolades afforded the store, the most prestigious was the first-ever Will Eisner Spirit of Retailing Award for excellence in retailing.


Glad Day Bookshop
598A Yonge Street,
Toronto ON M4Y 1Z3
Phone: 416.961.4161

Glad Day has the largest collection of LGBTQ titles in the world. Story, representation and freedom of speech are critical elements of LGBTT2SQQIA culture and identity – our bookstore is an important place that supports, nurtures and inspires culture.


Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
188 Mohawk St. Brantford ON  M6G 2L7
Phone: 1.877.862.8483

GoodMinds is the leading source for purchasing bias-free teaching and educational resources related to Native American, First Nations, Indigenous and Aboriginal studies. now provides easy access to the best in library books for schools, public libraries and the general public. An Aboriginal-owned family business, is based on the Six Nations of the Grand River (Brantford) in Southwestern Ontario.


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Little Island Comics
742 Bathurst St
Toronto ON  M5S 2R6
Phone: 416.901.7489

Little Island Comics is the first kids comic book store in North America–maybe even the world! Owned and operated by international comics institution The Beguiling–the store has thousands of comics, graphic novels and manga.


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Mabel’s Fables
662 Mt. Pleasant Rd.
Toronto ON  M4S 2N3
Phone: 416.322.0438

Mabel’s Fables is centrally located and books are carefully curated and displayed in departments by age (or stages of reading) and reading levels are easy to find. Other departments are: Art, Art History, Activism. Music, Cooking, Junior Non-fiction, seasonal displays, Numeracy, Language Arts, Readers, Junior Poetry, Sports, Canada, Nature, Science and Technology, Drama, History, Fantasy, French, Languages, Parent Resources, Young Adult.


Finding Parentbooks

121 Harbord St.,
Toronto ON M5S 1G9
Phone: 416.537.8334

Parentbooks offers the most comprehensive selection of resources available anywhere for caregivers, counsellors, therapists, educators and clinicians serving the everyday and special needs of families is unequaled. We can help you find exactly what you need for a specific client or situation, and we can help you build your professional library.


30 Martin Ross Avenue,
Toronto ON
Phone: 416.665.5663

A Canadian children’s and young adult book wholesaler dedicated to providing exceptional selection and acquisition expertise to Canadian schools and public libraries. Tinlids was founded in 2003 by Maria Martella and Scott Millar, veterans of the Canadian children’s book industry.


205 Industrial Pkwy North,
Aurora ON  L4G 4C4
Phone: 1.800.567.9188

Books on topics as: local and global communities, inclusivity, empathy and a child’s right to discover and cherish their own uniqueness. The collection consists of picture books, novels, nonfiction, dual-language, graphic novels, poetry and educational resources.



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