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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:


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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Canadian spoken word poet Shane Koyczan‘s poem To This Day is published in this illustrated book and tells the painful autobiographical story of Shane’s childhood experiences with being bullied.

Checkout this youtube video:

Wonderful for launching discussions on bullying and inclusion with older students. Would also be great for beginning poetry, art or spoken word projects.

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Rough Faced Girl, and Aboriginal version of Cinderella, is a powerful story that is easy for children to connect to on a deep emotional level. Strong themes of beauty, inner beauty, integrity, and bullying are explored. Beautiful illustrations.

Rough Faced Girl is taunted and treated badly by her two beautiful older sisters. The sisters make Rough Face do all the hard work so her skin becomes burned and scarred from being too close to the fire and her clothes and hair are singed and charred. Everyone wants to marry the Invisible Being but only the woman who can truly see him will marry him. The two cruel sisters decide they will marry him, thinking their outward beauty and lovely clothing will be more than enough to win his heart. Will it? Who can truly see him?

Fabulous read aloud and discussion. Then, watch the Raven Tales DVD. For you Vancouver teachers, available through media services library and VPL. The children loved the book and the DVD.

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