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Black History & Black Lives

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 3 to 100
  • Grade: p to 17
tagged: black history and black lives, diversity
Celebrate and honour Black History and Black Lives with this list of books, selected for use in K–12 classrooms.

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Malaika’s Surprise

by Nadia L. Hohn, illustrated by Irene Luxbacher
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: new baby, stepfamilies, birthdays

When Malaika finds out she is going to have a new baby brother or sister, she worries that her mother will forget about her. But a surprise arrives on Malaika’s birthday that gives her more reason to celebrate her family’s love.

It’s summertime, and Malaika and Adèle are enjoying playing carnival in their bright costumes, dancing and laughing …

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Dear Black Girls

by Shanice Nicole, by (artist) Kezna Dalz
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 10
  • Grade: 1 to 5
tagged: girls & women, self-esteem & self-reliance, prejudice & racism

Dear Black girls all around the world, this one is for you -- for us.

Dear Black Girls is a letter to all Black girls. Every single day poet and educator Shanice Nicole is reminded of how special Black girls are and of how lucky she is to be one. Illustrations by Kezna Dalz support the book's message that no two Black girls are the same but they are …

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Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians

Inspiring Stories of Courage and Achievement

by Lindsay Ruck, illustrated by James Bentley
edition: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: cultural heritage, prejudice & racism, african american

This fascinating, full-colour illustrated book features over 50 amazing Black people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, sharing their incredible stories and accomplishments, past and present.

Among these amazing Black Atlantic Canadians are people who saved lives, set sports records (Delmore Willia …

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Little Girl Gazelle

by Stéphane Martelly, illustrated by Albin Christen, translated by Katia Grubisic
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: p to 3
tagged: jungle animals, prejudice & racism, girls & women

A little girl gazelle leaps from page to page, asking hard questions about what is fair and right.She's sleek and fleet, and the poetic language lifts her up, up, higher and faster as she whirls through the bold eloquence of the book's illustrations, making colourful tracks, leaving her mark, finding her way, skimming and dancing through an unjust …

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Howdy, I’m John Ware

by Ayesha Clough, illustrated by Hugh Rookwood
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 7 to 12
  • Grade: 2 to 7
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Howdy, I’m John Ware is a children's picture book about Canada's legendary Black cowboy. The story, ideal for ages 8-12, brings the real-life legend to a new generation of kids.

Despite experiencing enslavement, war and discrimination, this gifted horseman blazed a trail of kindness, becoming one of Alberta’s most loved and respected pioneer ran …

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Other Side of the Game

by Amanda Parris
edition: eBook
also available: Paperback
tagged: women authors, canadian

I don’t think you can expect society to change if you’re not ready to take the first step.

In the 1970s Beverly walks into an office of Black activists, wanting to join the Movement, and has to prove she’s committed enough to fight. Some forty years later, in the Hip Hop Generation, Nicole reunites with her ex-boyfriend on a basketball court, …

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In the Black

My Life

by B. Denham Jolly
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook Audiobook (CD)
tagged: personal memoirs

Winner of the 2017 Toronto Book Award

A remarkable memoir about achieving prosperity in the face of relentless prejudice

In the Black traces B. Denham Jolly’s personal and professional struggle for a place in a country where Black Canadians have faced systematic discrimination. He arrived from Jamaica to attend university in the mid-1950s and worke …

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Chasing Freedom

by Gloria Ann Wesley
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 100
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: prejudice & racism

The American Revolutionary War is being waged, and the fate of slaves in the colonies is on the line. Sarah Redmond, a slave on a South Carolina plantation, watches with a heavy heart as her father steals away in the dead of the night to join the British army, enticed by promises of freedom, land and provisions for his whole family. But before her …