Non-fiction for teens and children

Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die: The complexities of assisted dying

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With many jurisdictions considering whether or not to implement new assisted-death legislation, Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die is a timely look at the subject for teen readers who may not yet have had much experience with death and dying.

Readers are introduced to the topic of assisted dying through the author’s own story. The issue continues to be hotly debated in families, communities and countries around the world, and there are no easy answers. Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die looks at the issue from multiple perspectives and encourages readers to listen with an open mind and a kind heart and reach their own conclusions.

Note: Choosing to Live, Choosing to Die is scheduled for release Fall, 2019. Lock in your price by pre-ordering.

Curious about the writing process? Here’s a blog post you may find interesting.

Christmas: From Solstice to Santa

Christmas CoverChristmas is a popular holiday celebrated by people all over the world. This informative and engaging exploration of Christmas is aimed at the middle grades but will entertain readers of a much wider age range. Learn about the games played, foods eaten, music played and favorite ways of decorating in different parts of the world. With lots of fun facts (about everything from frumenty to the jolly old man in red himself) and recipes, there’s plenty in this beautifully illustrated volume to satisfy anyone with an interest in the festive season.

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Birthdays: Beyond Cake and Ice Cream


Inspired by memories of fantastic family birthday parties, mother-and-daughter team Nikki Tate and Dani Tate-Stratton researched the history of birthdays in order to answer such questions as, How much does where you grow up influence the way you celebrate getting a year older? Have people always celebrated birthdays? The more they investigated, the more they realized that there’s a lot more to birthdays than cake, presents, a few games and perhaps a goody bag. They discovered there are as many ways to observe birthdays as there are places in which to do it.

By authors: Nikki TateDani Tate-Stratton
ISBN: 9781459812970
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers

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Take Shelter: At Home Around the World

By authotake shelter coverrs: Nikki TateDani Tate-Stratton
ISBN: 9781459807426
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Oct/01/2014
Pages: 48
Nonfiction Ages 8-12

A roof, a door, some windows, a floor. All houses have them, but not all houses are alike. Some have wings (airplane homes), some have wheels (Romany vardoes), some float; some are made of straw, some of snow and ice. Some are enormous, some are tiny; some are permanent and some are temporary. But all are home. Take Shelter explores the way people live all over the world and beyond—from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from an underground house in Las Vegas to the International Space Station. Everywhere people live, they adapt to their surroundings and create unique environments, using innovative techniques to provide that most basic of needs: shelter.

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By author: Nikki Tate
ISBN: 9781459805828
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Feb/09/2016
Pages: 48
Nonfiction Ages 8-12

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Nominated for a 2017 Silver Birch Award!

Most of us see trees every day, and too often we take them for granted. Trees provide us with everything from food, fuel and shelter to oxygen and filtered water. Deep Roots celebrates the central role trees play in our lives, no matter where we live. Each chapter in Deep Roots focuses on a basic element—water, air, fire and earth—and explores the many ways in which we need trees to keep our planet healthy and livable. From making rain to producing fruit to feeding fish, trees play an integral role in maintaining vibrant ecosystems all over the world. Facts about trees and hands-on activities throughout help readers discover ways to get to know our giant neighbors better.

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Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World

Fun, factual and fresh off the farm.

Is there any difference between an organic egg and a free range egg?

Do goats really eat tin cans?

Are donkeys good at guarding?

What is the quietest farm animal?

Maybe you already grow lettuce on your balcony or keep chickens in your backyard.

Maybe you’d like to grow your own strawberries. Lots of kids do.  They also help collect seeds, weed gardens, milk goats, herd ducks and work at family farm stands.  Was the tomato in your salad grown and harvested by a kid like you? Let Down to Earth show you how kids pitch in to bring the best and freshest products to their families’ tables—and to you.

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Double Take

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Karen Brain’s Olympic Journey
by Nikki Tate 

Double Take is for young horse-lovers, biography fans, or simply anyone who loves an inspiring story.

From an early age, Canadian equestrian Karen Brain is determined to someday compete in the Olympics. Her first riding lessons aren’t terribly encouraging, but Karen is determined. Soon jumping over obstacles becomes her specialty—literally and figuratively, as she struggles to get her own mount, the coaching she needs, and the funds to achieve her goals.

Winning isn’t a problem, though. Karen’s hard work puts her at the top again and again. And then, one day, she falls. Her spine is shattered, and her doctors tell her she might never walk again, much less ride a horse. And jumping? Impossible.

Well, obstacles are this rider’s specialty. How much so readers will discover as they follow her challenging but ultimately triumphant course from hospital bed to Paralympic medal podium.

The story is expertly guided by the capable hands of Nikki Tate, author of many popular horse novels for young readers. Tate’s characteristically energetic prose—plus many photos from the Brain family’s own collection—beautifully convey Karen Brain’s zeal for her beloved horses and the work of riding them; her generous gratitude for the support of friends, family, and coaches; her joy and infectious enthusiasm; and, above all, her indomitable spirit.

Sono Nis Press
80 pp • 8 x 7 • paper • $12.95
ISBN 13: 978-1-55039-162-6; 1-55039-162-3
80+ b/w and colour pictures
ages 8 – 12

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Behind the Scenes: The Racehorse

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Canadian Children’s Book Centre Our Choice, 2009

Where did thoroughbreds come from? 

Why do they call it a steeplechase? 

What’s the difference between trotting and pacing? 

Did you know that winning jockeys are weighed before and after a race?

Experienced horsewoman Nikki Tate takes the reader behind the scenes to examine the world of the racetrack.

Sections include:

  • The history of horse racing from chariots to chuckwagons;
  • An examination of the racing breeds from thoroughbreds to quarter horses;
  • The role of the trainers, grooms, farriers, track vets, pony riders, outriders, and paddock judges;
  • Care of a horse at the racetrack;
  • Horse equipment;
  • The jockey’s training;
  • What goes on in the racing office;
  • How to read the program;
  • How the starting gates work;
  • Drug use and cheating; and
  • A horse’s life after the racetrack.

An examination of horse racing from a history of the breeds developed for the sport, through training and caring for horses at the track, to the day of the race and beyond.


“A very thorough and very readable investigation of racehorses and horse racing.”
— The Globe and Mail

“An attractive and informative book. . . Young people intrigued by horse racing, and especially those who have visited a racetrack, will find this a detailed, colorful account of what goes on behind the scenes.”
— Booklist

“Clearly written and well-organized introduction to the world of the racehorse. . . The numerous color photographs are well chosen and complement this solidly researched, knowledgeable text.”
— School Library Journal

“Tate, an experienced horsewoman and novelist, has written a fine introduction to the racehorse, the sport of horse racing, and the many people involved in the sport. . . Almost every page includes one or more colour photographs that aptly illustrate the text.
Highly Recommended.”
— CM Magazine

“The content is readily accessible, but it’s the vivid photographs that will catch the reader’s attention. Illustrations of horses in action, the equipment and tools of the trade, and some of the people who devote their lives to the racing life appear on almost every page of this book. . . (Tate’s) knowledge and obvious enthusiasm shine through on every colourful, fact-filled page.”
— Quill & Quire

“Lots of potential to inspire critical thinking among young scientists and animal lovers.”
— The Toronto Star

“Here is a book that horse-lovers will enjoy. . . I have already recommended this colorful, up-to-date hardcover to a couple of girls that love horses; I think it will be well-read at our school.”
— Lane Education Service District (5 out of 5 Stars)

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Money Matters

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  • Publisher: Pearson Scott Foresman (Feb. 13 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0328832812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0328832811

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