Author Feature: Dr. Jillian Roberts

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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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Fair Trade for the Holidays

A Fair Deal Holiday

The following post is written by Kari Jones, author of A Fair Deal: Shopping for Social Justice. What are your favorite stores to buy fair trade gifts from? We are lucky in Victoria that we have a few fair trade stores to choose from. The one most people know about is 10 Thousand Villages downtown at 1009 Government Street, but there is also the Global Village Store at 527 Pandora Street.  Those two are specifically fair trade stores, but there are lots of other stores in Victoria that carry fair trade products. Look for the […]






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Author Feature: Johanna Wagstaffe

Fault Lines

Fault Lines: Understanding the Power of Earthquakes—Earthquakes are a terrifying yet fascinating force of nature. Seismologist Johanna Wagstaffe takes you through her own journey of understanding the earth beneath our feet. Along the way you’ll learn the science behind what makes the earth rumble and hear from kids around the world who have experienced the wonder, and terror, of an earthquake. What planning and research did you do for you book? I have spent a lot of time going to classrooms to talk to children about earthquakes. I thought about what questions and topics students […]






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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

A Fair Deal

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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5 books for Earth Day!

Footprints, Orca Footprints, Earth Day, Smart Reading, Environmentalism, Make a differece, what matters, nonfiction, fiction, picture book

Happy Earth Day, readers! Every little thing matters (as we learn in the playful picture book featured below). So let’s get into the green, planet-saving mode with some of our favorite earth-related books!   1. What Matters by Alison Hughes and Illustrated by Holly Hatam What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the miniscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s good deed to show how we […]






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