Archive for the ‘Black History Month’ Category

There are so many great picture books to read with kids for Black History Month, but this year try this true story:


Viola Desmond was arrested in 1946 in Halifax for sitting on the main floor rather than the balcony in a theatre. Because she was a non-white patron, theatre employees insisted Desmond sit in the balcony. She refused and was taken away by the police. Viola Desmond’s face will now be printed on Canada’s ten dollar bill.  An essential library book.



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Looking for a way to celebrate the life of author, performer, poet, civil rights activist, and inspiration Maya Angelou? Read aloud her beautiful poem Life Doesn’t Frighten Me, in picture book format, accompanied by Basquiat’s art.


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Unspoken: A Story From the Underground Railroad,  is a gorgeously illustrated story of a young farm girl who discovers a slave running for freedom, hiding in her barn, and decides to help.

Great for Black History Month and questioning & inferring.

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February is Black History Month and here are two beautiful books to share with your children.

Black History Canada is a great website with a lot of information. Also in French.

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When Miss Mary Finch dies, her slave Isabel knows that her and her little sister Ruby are to be granted their freedom in Miss Finch’s will. But Robert Finch, Miss Mary’s greedy opportunist of a nephew, and only surviving relative, insists the will cannot be found and so he sells the two young girls to the Locktons. Mr. Lockton is not completely horrible, but Mrs. Lockton is a cruel and vindictive woman. Isabel longs for freedom while trying to protect her simple younger sister and keep them together. Powerful and disturbing. For more mature readers. By the author of Speak.

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Whew! What a busy month February has been! Aside from the audit, there have been many, many happenings at Strathcona.

First, we welcomed the new lunar year! Year of the Rabbit for the Chinese calendar and Year of the Cat for Tet.

Then there was Valentine’s Day and Pink Day.

Throughout all of this, we are also celebrating Black History Month. Divisions 24 & 25 read Ruby Bridges, the picture book, and are now watching the movie. Moved by the true experiences of the little girl, we have had some rich and engaging discussions!

And to finish up the month, Molly organized a fantastic Multicultural Fair that included art and craft activities, and delicious food. Many people wore beautiful, traditional clothing from different cultures, including Terri in a gorgeous button blanket.

Strathcona Library had a multicultural book display and a button making station where students chose to colour the word READ! in 7 different languages! A big thanks to Mona and Margot who organized all the button making materials.

In the library, Margot created two beautiful displays:

Beautiful traditional clothing from a few different cultures and…

beautiful traditionally dressed dolls from many parts of the world.

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February is Black History Month! Come down to the library and check out our display of wonderful books.

On December 1, 1955 Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus for a white man in Alabama.

After a great loss, Henry mails himself to freedom in a box.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous "I have a dream" speech

A mother sends her young daughter off to try and escape with a quilt whose images help remind her what to do and that she is loved.

Check out the Library and Archives Canada site to access all kinds of online resources and booklists, including a list of French titles!

Black History Canada is another great online resource for teaching.

And Parks Canada has a basic site with some good links.

Adult read: award winning, heartbreaking story by Canadian author Lawrence Hill.

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