“Teachers must be supported in teaching Indigenous curriculum”

The following post was written by our publisher, Andrew Wooldridge. On Friday July 6, the newly-minted Ford government of Ontario abruptly cancelled a planned Indigenous curriculum development session for Ontario teachers hours before it was to begin, with no notice and with no acceptable explanation. Following the cancellation, there has been an outpouring of support for these teachers and their students, as well as a wider expression of desire for this curriculum to be developed and implemented. The actions of the Ford government are short-sighted and damaging; to arbitrarily withdraw from the imperative to do […]

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Author Feature: Dr. Jillian Roberts

A gentle introduction to the issue of poverty, On Our Street explores the realities of people living with inadequate resources. Using age-appropriate language, this book addresses mental illness, homelessness and refugee status as they are connected to this issue. Insightful quotes from individuals and organizations such as UNICEF are included throughout to add further perspective on the issue. An invaluable section on how kids can help empowers readers to take what they have learned and use it to make a difference. How do you usually begin writing your stories? I spend a great deal of […]

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Marthe Jocelyn Sees Art Everywhere

The following post is written by Marthe Jocelyn, creator of One Red Button and One Piece of String. You asked how I would describe my creative process? Well…I see something…a lost button on an elevator or a single mitten on a park bench or a note tucked under a windshield wiper… And I get these ideas… Hey, the lost button and the blob of gum next to it look like a pair of eyes, with that shoe scuff for the mouth, and, oh—ground floor, I’m getting off the elevator, but I’ve picked up an idea […]

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Author Feature: Jen Sookfong Lee

From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver, British Columbia, and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout. What planning and research did you do for you book? I did a lot of research into how Chinese New Year has evolved […]

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Author Feature: Kari Jones

Fair trade is not about spending more money or buying more stuff. It’s about helping producers in developing countries get a fair price for their goods. In A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice, Kari Jones provides a history of trade, explaining what makes trade systems unfair and what we can do about it. By examining ways in which our global trade systems value some people over others, the book illustrates areas in which fair trade practices can help families all around the world and suggests ways to get involved in making the world a […]

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Monique Gray Smith Reads “You Hold Me Up”

Monique Gray Smith reads her new picture book, You Hold Me Up, to an enthusiastic audience of little ones. You Hold Me Up is a vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, that encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other’s well-being in their everyday actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, […]

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