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

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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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Here are the latest French picture books at Strathcona:

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Beautiful, haunting story of a family who flee their country because of war. Minimal, simple text make this book appropriate for various ages.

Y’a pas de place chez nous

Families fleeing the war escape by boat, but are not welcomed where they attempt to land.

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A young boy looks forward to his usual daily routine with his father, but one day he isn’t there.

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Jon Klassen is hilarious and his latest does not disappoint. So glad to see this translated into French.

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And some light, funny reads.

 

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One of the early primary teachers requested a pile of wordless books. I pulled favourites and also went hunting for ones I’d never heard of. Here are two beautifully illustrated wordless books that I discovered in my search:

Magical and complex, both stories are for older students.

 

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Recommended by Carrie Gelson, here are a few beautiful, teary picture books about death.

Missing Mommy is a poignant tale of a young child grieving.

When Mommy dies, a little boy worries that he will forget her smell and the sound of her voice.

Buckley misses his Papa immensely, so he crafts little boats and sends them out to sea with a note. Buckley knows that if the boats don’t return, his Papa has received them. When Buckley makes an unexpected discovery, he begins to accept that Papa may not be coming back.

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Recommended by my friend and colleague, Annie, I was immediately sucked into All The Bright Places. The book launches with the school’s freaky kid on a ledge, wondering if he should jump or not, when he looks over to see a popular girl doing the same thing. The girl begins to panic and so the boy rushes to save her. No one believes she would ever contemplate suicide, so he claims that she saved him. With that, begins a beautiful and tragic bad boy and good girl teen romance.

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Looking for the perfect picture book for your inquiry on animal habitats and adaptations? Here it is: Welcome Home Bear by Il Sung Na is a gorgeously illustrated tale of a bear looking for a new home. Bear tries out many the many different homes he sees other animals enjoying, but finds that they aren’t quite the right fit for him.

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Here is a simple tale of three kids who have moved Guatemala, Korea and Somalia and some of the feelings and challenges they face as immigrants in a country with a different language and culture. Although it does not discuss refugees and is not a tear jerker, the book would make a reasonable launching point for discourse on refugees or immigration.

Here are a few nice picture books lists that are specifically about refugees:

What Do We Do All Day?

Humane Education

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