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I Read Canadian Day is back!

Written by York Region District School Board Teacher Librarian Geoffrey Ruggero

It’s back! After a very successful first year where authors, students, educators, librarians, parents and many other Canadians came together to promote Canadian literature, I Read Canadian Day has returned! 

What happens when the Ontario Library Association, the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, and renowned Canadian author Eric Walters come together? You get a nationwide campaign designed to bring awareness to the diversity and wide range of Canadian literature that is available.

On the inaugural I Read Canadian Day, thousands of students in hundreds of schools across the country, connected with authors to celebrate the wide array of Canadian books that are out there. These connections are vital to fostering a love of reading and a willingness to seek out the work of Canadians.

Last year, in my role as teacher-librarian, I took this day as an opportunity to introduce our students to all the wonderful literature we have by Canadian authors. In preparation, I discovered man …

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The Kids: Are They Alright?

Firefly is up for giveaway right now along with three other fab books in the DCB Middle Grade Bundle—Trip of the Dead, by Angela Misri; Birdspell, by Valerie Sherrard; Elvis, Me, and the Lemonade Stand Summer, by Leslie Gentile. Enter for your chance to win!

What is it like for a child who lives with a parent or who knows an adult struggling with a crisis of mental health, addiction, or homelessness?

Canadian children’s authors have written many moving, thoughtful books about kids coping with parents or adults in crisis. While writing my latest book Firefly, I read a lot of them (mostly pretty choked up).  

I couldn’t include them all, but here is a list of some of my favourite titles from recent years.

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Aunt Pearl, by Monica Kulling, Illustrated by Irene Luxbacher

Dan, Marta and their mother try to help their Aunt Pearl, who is homeless, by giving her a home. But Aunt Pearl is different. She collects garbage and lives in a messy, jumbled way, and yet she shows the children that recycled items can have a purpose, that we can help each other in way …

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