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Black History Month

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 4 to 13
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: black history and black lives
Celebrate Black History Month in your classroom or library with these K–12 books.

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Scholastic Canada Biography: Meet Willie O'Ree

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: sports & recreation, hockey, non-classifiable

Meet Willie O'Ree—Hockey Hall of Famer and a trailblazer for diversity on and off the ice!

 

On January 18, 1958, Willie O'Ree made history as the first black player in the NHL when he suited up with the Boston Bruins against the Montreal Canadiens. O'Ree went on to play a total of 45 games with the Bruins, a remarkable achievement considering wh …

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Biographie en images : Voici Willie O'Ree

by Elizabeth MacLeod, illustrated by Mike Deas
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: sports & recreation, non-classifiable, hockey

 

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Le 18 janvier 1958, Willie O’Ree est entré dans l’histoire lorsqu’il est devenu le premier Noir à jouer dans la LNH. Il a disputé un total de 45 matchs avec les Bruins de Boston, un exploit remarquable compte tenu des épreuves qu’il a dû surmonter pour y parvenir.

Au cours de sa carrière, Willie a sou …

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My Totem Came Calling

by Blessing Musariri & Thorsten Nesch
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 17
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: literary, multigenerational, africa

Chanda is a seventeen-year-old schoolgirl in Harare, Zimbabwe, who suffers from unexplained memory lapses, which become even more worrisome when she starts seeing her totem animal, a zebra, in all sorts of places. But nobody else can see it.

Afraid of being institutionalized in a hospital, she follows the advice of an old aunt and sets off for her a …

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A Likkle Miss Lou

How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice

by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Eugenie Fernandes
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 5
tagged: cultural heritage, women, literary, caribbean & latin america

A Kirkus Reviews most anticipated picture book of fall 2019, new from Nadia L. Hohn, named one of CBC’s “6 Black Canadian writers to watch”
Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as Miss Lou, was an iconic poet and entertainer known for popularizing the use of patois in music and poetry internationally—helping to pave the way for artists l …

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Famous Black Canadians

by Ramona Heikel
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
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Black History in Canada explores the struggles many early black settlers faced and how black Canadians have fought throughout history for equal treatment. Indigenous peoples were also enslaved by the French.

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The Birdman

A Journey with the Underground Railroad's Most Daring Abolitionist

by Troon Harrison, illustrated by François Thisdale
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: pre-confederation (to 1867), historical

He walked the plantation fields, freely and with the owners' permission. He was an ornithologist after all, touring the Deep South of the 1850s to study the birds. But Alexander Milton Ross was no ordinary birdman. He was an undercover Abolitionist. And he had news to spread about the Underground Railroad.

Discover the forgotten life and true adven …

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Mayann prend le train

by Mayann Francis, illustrated by Tamara Thiebaux Heikalo, translated by Suzanne Bernard
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: city & town life

Nine-year-old Mayann Francis and her family are travelling from their home in Cape Breton to New York City by train. Everything is exciting to young Mayann, from the beds that fold down to the stop in Montreal to visit friends. Most exciting of all is the chance to show off her brand new purse.

When the Francis family arrives in big, bustling New Y …

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Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!

by Jody Nyasha Warner, illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
edition: Paperback
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: women, prejudice & racism, post-confederation (1867-)

Viola Desmond was one brave woman! Now come on here, listen in close and I’ll tell you why …

In Nova Scotia, in 1946, an usher in a movie theater told Viola Desmond to move from her main floor seat up to the balcony. She refused to budge. Viola knew she was being asked to move because she was black. In no time at all, the police arrived and took …