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Community in TOP GRADE: Can Lit for the Classroom

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on April 5, 2013

Six new works from Top Grade the Canadian children’s publishers initiative.

Righting Canada’s wrongs resource guide, by Lindsay Gibson, Ilan Danjoux, and Roland Case, The Critical Thinking Consortium.       940.531771 GIB

Includes resource guides for Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War and Italian Canadian Internment in the Second World War.  Support for teaching about Canada’s past treatment of ethnic minorites and how to approach the topic of racism.  The series is devoted to the explanation of the stories of the Canadian governments’ racist actions against various ethnic groups through our history, the fight for acknowledgement and justice, and the eventual apologies and restitution of subsequent governments.

Pier 21 : Listen to my story, by Christine Welldon.  325.71 WEL

Get to know the children and their families who arrived at Halifax’s Pier 21 from countries such as Estonia, Italy, and Ukraine, as well as Scottish and Jewish orphans.  They came to escape World War, Russian Communist rule, to find work, and search for farmland.

Sagkeeng Legends stories by John C. Courchene ; compiled by Craig Charbonneau Fontaine.  398.2 COU

Two stories in Anishanabemowin are translated into English.  Anishanabe syllabics are included in the translation as they capture the true sounds and expression of Indigenous languages.  Oral history is crucial in determing Indigenous Peoples’ connection to lands.  These stories provide connection in the Sagkeeng First Nation, continuing existence as Anishanabe, and evidence of the rich history of the Courchene family.

Manitowapow : Aboriginal writings from the Land of Water, editors Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou.  819.08 MAN

This is the first book in the Debwe series.  The “Debwe series” named for the Anishinaabe concept meaning “to speak the truth” showcases both established and new writers, who work with experienced Aborigial editors to create books of the highest quality.  This anthology is a rich collection of stories, poetry, nonfiction, and speeches.  It features historical writings, literary writing, nonfiction and political writing, local storytellers and keepers of knowledge, new vibrant voices that express modern Aboriginal experiences.

Follow Your Money : who gets it, who spends it, where does it go? by Kevin Sylvester and Michael Hlinka.  330 SYL

Accessible and fun, a vital introduction to the way money flows from creator to distributor, to retailer and customer.

Moving out : a young adult’s guide to living on your own, by Cindy Babyn.  646.700842 BAB

“Practical and philosophical on how youth can look for apartments, find movers and roommates, budget, stand up for their tenant rights, effectively overcome homesickness, develop good health and social habits, respect the environment, and live with all the cultures of the world in one of our great Canadian cities”–cover.

Link to catalogue

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