Marthe Jocelyn Sees Art Everywhere

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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

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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

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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”

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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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Litter Bug Arts & Crafts

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In What Matters by Alison Hughes and illustrator Holly Hatam, a young boy picks up a single piece of litter. He doesn’t know it, but his small act has big consequences for the little critters whose path would have been blocked, for the grass that would have wilted and for the tiny stream that would have been clogged. The young boy in the story recycles the soda can. But did you know you can reuse materials that often end up in the trash as arts and crafts supplies? It’s easy and fun! How to Make Litter […]






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Students’ and my take—make that double-take—on the doppelgänger

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  The following post is written by Melanie Jackson, author of Death Drop.   Everyone has one. That not-quite-double, that other self. A nicer other self, or a more sinister one. Possibly a deadly one. I’ve been exploring the idea of the doppelgänger with three classes of Grade 8 Creative Writing students at Vancouver’s Lord Byng Secondary. It’s part of a mystery unit I’m delighted to be teaching, with the help, advice, brilliant comments and unwavering cup-of-tea support of Byng teacher and English Department head Amy Hughes. We’re studying the doppelgänger as portrayed in a […]






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