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New trailer: FIRE SONG by Adam Garnet Jones

Read more on the Fire Song page

 

Mary Beard on the Paper Bag Princess in The Guardian

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Mary Beard, the great classicist, Cambridge professor, and BBC program host,  gave a lovely mention of The Paper Bag Princess in The Guardian last month.

 

Fresh off her inspiring interview with 2016-Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, she cited the subversive empowerment of the Classic Munsch picture book’s famous last lines:

 

“But can I put in a plea for a children’s book? One of my children’s favourites was always Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess, which I have read out loud hundreds of times. There is nothing more subversively empowering than reciting from memory those great last lines, when the enterprising Princess Elizabeth rescues the ghastly and feeble Prince Ronald from the dragon – and then dumps him: “‘You look like a nice guy, but guess what? You are a bum.’ And they didn’t get married after all.” There’s power for you, in a nutshell.”

 

Read the rest of the article "The book that made me a feminist" for recommendations from luminaries like Naomi Klein, Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, Reni Eddo-Lodge and more.

 

(With thanks to author Gillian O'Reilly for the idea!)

The Stormy Seas in Lampedusa

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Since 2012, more than 25,000 refugees from Africa and the Middle East have arrived in the Italian island of Lampedusa seeking asylum. Mariella Bertelli has visited the island now 5 times, helping IBBY, the International Board of Books for Young People, and IBBY Italia, create a library for local and immigrant children. Mariella was in Lampedusa this winter, working with local high school students to translate Stormy Seas into Italian. She believes that Lampedusa, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, is a very symbolic place in the world. Having the young people of Lampedusa translating Stormy Seas brings added value to the translation, because of their unique perspective and experience. The students and Mariella shared updates throughout the project in English and Italian. Click below to read more. 

 

Day 1: “I hope that books can save the world” 

 

Day 2: “The first impact” 

 

Day 3: “A child, a teacher, a book and a pen can change the world”  

 

Day 4: “A trip in translation” 

 

Day 5: “Last day with Mariella” 

 

Read more about Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees written by Mary Beth Leatherdale and illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare. 

A List in a Year at Annick Press

It’s been a great year at Annick Press. We’ve watched books develop and grow and then move out into the world. Now as the year wraps up and we prepare for the holidays, some of us at Annick would like to share our favourite books of the year with you. 


Kaela

From Far Away (Revised and newly illustrated) by Robert Munsch and Saoussan Askar, illustrated by Rebecca Green (Fall 2017)

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“From Far Away has always been an important Munsch title, but Saoussan’s story has never been timelier or more pressing. New illustrations by Rebecca Green will bring this book to a new generation of young readers. My hope is that everyone will understand the power this book has to teach empathy.”

 

Brendan

#NotYourPrincess edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Fall 2017)

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“I love the impact it's having on the readers.”

 

Elaine

I Love My Purse by Belle DeMont, illustrated by Sonja Wimmer (Fall 2017)

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“Both the story and the art flow together. This book is told in the most beautiful way.”

 

Claire and Katie

Stormy Seas by Mary Beth Leatherdale, illustrated by Eleanor Shakespeare (Winter 2017)

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“Stormy Seas deals with a highly relevant topic presented with inviting artwork and stories that will connect with readers.” −Claire

"Important and beautiful." −Katie

 

Gayna

Don't Move!, Hurry Up! by Anne-Sophie Tilly, illustrated by Julien Chung (Winter 2017) 

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“I like that they are written in three languages. Perfect for any bilingual babies.”

 

Brigitte

The Dance of the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated by Dusan Petricic (Winter 2017)

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“A harmonious combination of music and literature.”

 

Toni

The Man Who Knew Everything by Marilee Peters, illustrated by Roxanna Bikadoroff (Fall 2017)

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“It has a bit of everything in it — humour, history, science, art. I love that Kircher fearlessly took risks all his life. Plus, Roxanna’s artwork is brilliant and Bambi, the designer, masterfully pulled together all the elements into a seamless whole.”


Shayanna

Let's Get Ready for Reading by The Toronto Public Library (Winter 2017)

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"It is the perfect book for parents and caregivers to instill a love of reading in babies and toddlers. It's such an easy to use guide, and it has helpful tips for anyone who values early literacy."


Thanks for reading with us! We look forward to putting more books in the hands of eager readers in the new year.

The Man With the Violin performed at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa

The Man With the Violin concert that took place in Ottawa last night was a huge success!

Here's a Q+A that the man with the violin himself, Joshua Bell, did with Maclean’s Magazine http://www.macleans.ca/…/joshua-bell-on-the-steadying-powe…/

Hard Feelings - a new space from I.D. author Kate Scowen

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Wheel of Emotion by Peter Mitchell, who also illustrated i.d. Stuff That Happens to Define Us, written by Kate Scowen

 

 

Amica, our volunteer greeter, is here to welcome you today!! Come by and say hi 😍

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In September 2017, a new non-profit social enterprise, called Hard Feelings, opened its doors in the west end of Toronto to offer low-cost counselling and retail a thoughtfully curated selection of books, resources and self-care items. The mission of our organization is to reduce barriers and increase access to mental health supports and services through an innovative community of practice.


Before its inception, founder Kate Scowen noticed a strong need for more accessible mental health supports in Toronto from her more than twenty-five years experience working in the field. As she developed this project over two years, the purpose and importance of Hard Feelings became more and more evident.

 

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Annick Press has been incredibly supportive of Hard Feelings, donating to the store a wide selection of books for children and teens. Stories centred around belonging, inclusion and empathy fit perfectly with our mandate and have given us a great start in our first three months. Hard Feelings has been hugely welcomed by the community and it has been very rewarding to celebrate its success with all of our donors and supporters.

 

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The counselling centre currently includes eleven private practitioners providing low-cost, short-term (12 sessions) service. The short-term counselling allows for Hard Feelings to support clients, as a lot of progress can be made on a short-term basis, and also make room for new people. In the first twelve weeks of operation, over 600 people have visited the store and more than 85 individuals have accessed the counseling services. With plenty of referral points and accessibility, Hard Feelings’ efforts extend past our counselling centre.

 

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The store is a major component of our success as it creates a warm and welcoming environment, and offers clients, customers and counsellors resources they may need and financially supports the organization’s initiative. From candles and local teas to memoirs and anxiety workbooks, we have a range of thoughtfully curated products that support stronger mental health and self-care.


We hope you will come by the store at 848 Bloor Street West and make Hard Feelings your destination of choice for holiday shopping. You can learn more about us here: www.hardfeelings.org

 

 

Read more about i.d. Stuff That Happens to Define Us.

 

(With photos by Claire Caldwell.)

Ann Love and Jane Drake launch Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance at Wildbird

(From Left) Rivka Cranley, Jane Drake, Dave Salmoni, Rick Wilks, Ann Love



On November 22nd, we made our way down Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Avenue to a store called Wildbird, where authors Jane Drake and Ann Love had aptly chosen to launch their latest book: Rewilding: Giving Nature a Second Chance.


Speaking to a packed room of friends, family members and contributors to the book, they told us how researching their thirtieth co-authoring venture began with a question, how were they rewilders? They soon discovered the many ways they had been protecting wildlife and animal habitats throughout their lives, from helping a turtle cross the road, to adding birdseed to a feeder, to planting flowers that attract butterflies.

 
It is a wonderful concept that they have brought to a middle grade reading level in their book. Furthering the philosophy of conservation, which protects lands from development, rewilding reinstates plants and animals into spaces that human life and industry has overrun. This happens through three key actions: establishing ‘core’ regions big enough to support habitats; forming ‘corridors’ for wildlife to move through without disruption; and supporting certain ‘keystone’ species who make up the foundations of habitats. Thanks to a phenomenon known as trophic cascade, the presence of these keystone species then creates the right conditions for more wildlife and plant life to exist. A great example can be found in beavers, who chew down trees and create meadow laneways where birds and bats can swoop past to catch insects. The wood from the trees is of course used to build dams that steady the waters, raising their level to create marshes and wetlands. Wetlands make bird, plant, and fish habitats thrive.


Jane and Ann, who also happen to be sisters, said writing Rewilding brought back memories of their childhood trip to Yosemite National Park, where their parents encouraged them to use their storytelling and observation skills. Another storyteller of the natural world was on hand to congratulate their success, Animal Planet wildlife expert Dave Salmoni.

Reading this Amazing book! If you like animals and nature, you will love this!! @kannlove13

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On the Road with Mary Beth Leatherdale promoting Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Refugees

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This fall, I’ve been very lucky to have the opportunity to hit the road with my new book Stormy Seas. As a writer and editor, I spend far too much time at the desk in my home office and far too little actually talking to my readers. So I was thrilled when I received an invitation to speak at The Kansas City Public Library in Missouri. In a year when the anti-immigration rhetoric in the US has been weighing heavily on my mind, I was eager to visit a community that wanted to learn more about refugees’ experiences.  However, my preconceptions about the population and perspectives in mid-sized American cities were quickly blown away. The students at North East High School who had recently immigrated to Kansas City from around the world had far more to teach me than I them.

 

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As part of the Authors@School program at the Kingston Writers Festival, I visited two schools. One, Sacred Heart, Batawa, was a small, rural school in a bucolic setting where I presented to 45 students from Grades 5-8. The other, St. Francis Assisi, was housed in a brand-new building in north Kingston designed to offer flexible learning spaces. With its giant, glass garage-doored learning studios, stylishly furnished commons areas, and spinning bikes for those in need of a “body break”, it seemed, at first glance, to have more in common with Google headquarters than the traditional elementary school I had just visited.  But once I started presenting to the 100 Grade 6-8 students and heard their thoughtful, insightful questions, I realized how much these students shared—in their empathy for the refugees and their interest in their situations as well as how the stories resonated with their own experiences. They were also very curious about the process of writing the book asking questions like “How long did it take?”, “How much money did you make?” and my favourite “What would you do differently if you could write it again?”

 

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My travels ended at The Vancouver Writers Festival. I had more than 200 kids in my first presentation at the Waterfront Theatre on Granville Island and they were amazing — attentive, excited about the book, and full of thoughtful questions like “How has writing this book changed you?”. I was especially delighted to have students asking to read Ruth, Phu, Jose, Najeeba and Mohamed's stories on stage. The next morning, I visited Tecumseh Elementary School. The class had many recent immigrants which made for really interesting conversation. Two girls who told me that after reading Stormy Seas they asked their parents about their experiences as Vietnamese boat people. Another, a girl whose father escaped from Cuba by boat asked me “How does it feel to tell other people’s stories?”—something I’ve been struggling with increasingly. In the afternoon, I joined Seeking Refuge author Irene Watts and illustrator Kathryn Shoemaker on a panel. After listening to their excellent presentation, I got up to present but YIKES my Powerpoint presentation would not come up. Luckily, the talented AV team got things working and I got to share the beautiful work of my talented designer/illustrator Eleanor Shakespeare. Her artwork is so powerful and integral to the book. It’s no surprise that her beautiful artwork was the inspiration for the festival poster. 

 

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Being on the road with Stormy Seas was wonderful fun, and I look forward to hitting the road for more conversations.

 

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women reviewed

 

Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale's latest anthology, #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, is making a big impression in print and online. Check out some of these great reviews by authors, esteemed reviewers, and artists below:

 

Debbie Reese, librarian and author of the outstanding American Indians in Children's Literature, says in her beautiful, heartfelt review: "What you see and read in this book will linger in your head and heart."

 

Author Alicia Elliot says in her (also beautiful and heartfelt) review in THIS Magazine: "#NotYourPrincess feels like it’s holding young Native women close, smiling at them, looking into their eyes and stroking their cheeks."

 

And the art in response to the collection is pretty impressive as well!

 

Here's what JennieShaw wrote on Instagram:

I’ve slowly been reading through this gorgeous anthology, #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women, because it’s the sort of collection that can’t be rushed. Each page has power and to be honest, I wasn’t prepared for the magnitude of that power. There’s so much pain and beauty, vulnerability and strength, and it made me feel a whole lot of different ways. I’ll be posting a review and mani next week so for now, take a look at the description because this is a book that you need to read!👇🏼👇🏼👇🏼 • • Big thanks to @annickpress for sending me a review copy. • • This is what needs to be said, needs to be shown, and needs to be told… • What is it like to be an Indigenous women or girl today? In this compelling collection, over fifty contemporary artists come together to shatter stereotypes, revealing hurt from the past and celebrating hope for the future. With the striking honesty, #NotYourPrincess showcases the extraordinary strength, diversity, and talent of native American girls and women across North America. • • #annickpress #lisacharleyboy #marybethleatherdale #chaptersindigo #indigofaves #mustread #poetrybook #indigenousart #essaycollection

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And the results are a manicure/review:

I’ve got a new book review and mani to share, and for my very first anthology! Woot! #NotYourPrincess is an incredible collection of work by Indigenous women and girls, designed to show what it’s like to be a Native American woman in today’s times. The artwork is gorgeous and insightful, and the poetry, essays, and interviews are teeming with emotion. • • As one would guess, there are expressions of anger and frustration (rightly so) but there are also messages of hope, strength, and undeniable beauty...plus some sassiness, which made me smile. Each contribution sings in harmony, and the overall effect is pretty profound. So much so that I’ll be keeping this book on my coffee table, in order to entice visitors to take a look. In short, #NotYourPrincess is a must-read. 👉🏼 MUST. READ. 👈🏼 • • (I’d also like to apologize to the beautiful model who’s featured on this cover. Painting portraits isn’t my forte so I’m sorry for how Picasso-ish you look! To lessen the pain, I took artistic liberties with your hand because I’m not so great at those, either. 🤦🏻‍♀️) • • Click link in profile for my full review! #jenniesnailsandtales 💅🏼📚 • • Cover photography by Tenille Campbell of Sweetmoon Photography. Shooting by Darian Lonechild. • • Big thanks to @annick_press for sending me a review copy! • • For this mani, I used a ton of different polishes from @opi_products, @essiepolish, @julepbeauty, and @chinaglazeofficial, along with @mitty_burns Candy 00 and Clean Pro Flat nail art brushes and @whatsupnails Skinny zig zag tape. Full details are on the blog. • • #annickpress #lisacharleyboy #marybethleatherdale #chaptersindigo #indigofaves #mustread #poetrylove #indigenousart #bookinspired #freehandnailart #whatsupnails #cgclique #essiefan #mittyburns #sallybeauty

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Watch the trailer below, and be sure to share your thoughts on the collection with the title, #NotYourPrincess!

 

Gillian O'Reilly on the Sci/Why Blog: The Mistaken Monolith of Math

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Gillian O'Reilly, author of The Great Number Rumble, has a new post on the common mistake of seeing math as single monolithic subject. Check it out here.

 

 

Updated submission guidelines

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Our updated submission guidelines for authors and illustrators are now  available on our submissions page. Click here to find out how to send us your work for consideration in our publishing program!

 

 

 

 

Simon Shapiro receives the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada's Youth Book Award at the Ontario Science Centre

Yesterday, Faster, Higher, Smarter author Simon Shapiro received the Youth Book Award from the Science Writers and Communicators of Canada at the Ontario Science Centre. He then lead a full classroom presentation in the Centre's Science Hotspot, before fielding scores of questions from the students about innovations in skateboarding, cycling, tennis and skiing, and whether athletics requires more skill and strength than smarts. Not a bad way to celebrate Science Literacy Week! See below for tweets and photos from a great morning. And special thanks to the students at Grenoble PS for their great questions!

 

 

 

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Read more about Faster, Higher, Smarter.

 

Mary Beth Leatherdale interviewed by KCUR 89.3 Kansas City

Watch the trailer here:

Watch the new video on STEM titles

 

 

Preparing kids for the future with science and technology is the focus of today's school curriculum. Annick Press is constantly adding to its rich backlist of titles that make learning about science, technology, engineering and math, not only informative but fun as well! Here are some of our books to enhance the STEM resources in your school library:

To Burp or Not to Burp: A Guide to Your Body in Space

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Go For Liftoff!: How to Train Like an Astronaut
DNA Detective
Faster, Higher, Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports

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Eat Up! An Infographic Exploration of Food 
Water Wow! An Infographic Exploration
Power Up! A Visual Exploration of Energy
The Great Motion Mission: A Surprising Story of Physics in Everyday Life

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The Great Number Rumble: A Story of Math in Surprising Places
 

 

Great reviews for I LOVE MY PURSE

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"Perhaps it's the fluidity of the art and the prose, or maybe it's Charlie's "cool cat" attitude.  From the swinging purse to the pliable characters (both in body and disposition), Belle DeMont and Sonja Wimmer have given us a wonderful story about self-expression." writes Helen Kubiw on her blog, CanLit for Little Canadians.

 

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"With his polite determination not to conform to other people’s gender expectations, Charlie is the heart of this delightful story." writes Joanne Findon in her starred review in Quill & Quire.

 

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"Confidently rocking a bright red hand me down pocketbook, Charlie’s quiet courage shines in Belle DeMont’s delightfully inspiring I Love My Purse, a tribute to being unapologetically true to yourself and embracing individuality, be it through wearing an accessory traditionally meant for girls, eating the food you love, or openly pursuing your dreams" says Pallas Gates McCorquodale in her starred review in Foreword Reviews.

 

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Although it won't be released until next month, I Love My Purse is starting to build buzz. Debut author Belle DeMont, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and German illustrator Sonja Wimmer, team up for one heckuva picture book this Fall. You can read more here.

Against racism: an Annick reading list

A recent article from Today’s Parent points out that it is never too early to start talking with children about race issues. They break down, age by age, strategies for explaining difference and demonstrating role-model behavior. The headline of the National Council of Teachers of English blog this week was just as direct, saying “There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times.” Even former US-President Barack Obama, in a tweet that has received the most likes in Twitter’s history, quoted Nelson Mandela this week, saying:

Educating young people toward comfort with and celebration of differences never really goes out of fashion, but recent world events certainly underscore their importance. To that end, it seems important to highlight how Annick approaches anti-racism through literature. Here are titles that help with discussing issues of race, following the same age groups mentioned in Today’s Parent article:

 

 

Infants and toddlers
“To counteract any prejudicial messages kids might receive, create an environment where they can learn about the differences and similarities between people of different races, cultures and religions at an early age, says Karen Mock, an educational psychologist and human rights consultant in Toronto.”

 


Talk-About-Books: This collection of seventeen board books portrays the world of babies and toddlers in natural settings. They are organized around practical themes and relationships, for example Shoes, Hats, My Mom, My Friends, and (my personal favorite) Happy Birthday. The Talk-About-Books are also available in Spanish.

 


Preschoolers
Making decisions about whom to choose as a playmate can reflect unconscious biases, starting from preschool-aged children, according to research noted in the article.

The My Friend… series (preschool to second grade) is made up of My Friend Jamal and My Friend Mei Jing, where childhood friendship between children of differing cultures lets readers sample some of the differences while recognizing the powerful bond that brings the two young people together.


Chicken, Pig, Cow and the Purple Problem Ruth Ohi’s series for ages two to five about the farm-animal friends takes a tender look at alienation and self-acceptance. When cow leaves the group to make herself look like the cows she is used to seeing, Chicken and Pig reassure her that she is their friend – purple spots and all.

 


School-aged kids’ titles offer more direct address of issues that racialized children and children from vulnerable communities face, while keeping the details age-appropriate.


Lila and the Crow by Gabrielle Grimard, shows a young girl of color arriving at a new school and being bullied by her all-white classmates about her dark hair. But Lila turns the words that are used against her into a powerful self-expression. (kindergarten to third grade.)

 

Classic Robert Munsch titles tend to take ethnic diversity in stride, but his collaboration with Saoussan Askar, From Far Away, directly addresses Saoussan’s experience adjusting to life in North America as a refugee of the war in Lebanon. This new edition is beautifully illustrated by Rebecca Green.  (Kindergarten and up)


The idea for The Nutmeg Princess came from a student who asked author Richardo Keens-Douglas whether he knew a story about a Black princess. The resulting book about the princess who lives in the lake on top of the Isle of Spice (based on Granada) is beautifully illustrated Annouchka Gravel Galouchko and has become a modern-day classic.

 

When I Was Eight and Not My Girl are the picture book-editions of Residential School survivor Olemaun’s, or, co-author Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s, memoir of her life in the school and her difficult return to her home.

 


Young adults, tweens and teens can have more in-depth conversations about race, prejudice, and systemic injustice.

The End of the Line by Sharon McKay is set in Amsterdam in 1942, where two brothers, “Righteous Gentiles” Hans and Lars Gorter, rescue young Beatrix from the Nazis after her mother is abducted. (Grade three to seven.)


Fatty Legs and A Stranger At Home (ages 9-12) tells Olemaun’s story of Residential School survival in chapter book format for an older audience, with illustrations, archival images and further reading.

The Lynching of Louie Sam is based on the historical account of an 1884 lynching that took place on Canadian soil, when a Stó:lo boy named Louie Sam was scapegoated and chased over the Washington Territorial border by a crazed mob. Told from the perspective of a teen boy who lives in the town, knows that Louie is innocent, and discovers the bigotries that the real perpetrators pander to to get away with murder.

People Who Said No: Courage Against Oppression (ages 9-12) and Fight To Learn: The Struggle to Go to School (ages 10-14) are global surveys of resistance to systemic barriers, often along racial lines, over the recent past.

 


#NotYourPrincess (14 and up) is a new anthology of contributed writings and art by Indigenous women of North America, from famous authors to new voices. In the words of co-editor Lisa Charleyboy, the collection seeks to counter myths and show the joyful truth about Indigenous women and girls:
“Too often I’ve seen, we’ve all seen, those headlines that send shivers down spines, spin stereotypes to soaring heights, and ultimately shame Indigenous women. Yet when I look around me, I see so many bright, talented, ambitious Indigenous women and girls, full of light, laughter, and love.”



Give Me Wings: How a Group of Former Slaves Took on the World The story of Ella Sheppard and the Jubilee Singers bringing the African American tradition of gospel music to the world also tells the story of race in America coming out of slavery into the Civil War, Emancipation and Reconstruction.

 



Turtle Island: The Story of North America’s First People human activity in North America has recently been dated to over 130,000 years ago, but during the 20th century, archaeologists often reported a much shorter depth of Indigenous history, and as a result showed a bias favoring colonization. Turtle Island surveys the evidence of human activity going back much further than previous books, in a format that is accessible for sixth graders and up.

 

Browse our titles by theme or the full list to see more.

New video: #NotYourPrincess by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

 

 

Fresh on the heels of hosting the exciting new season of CBC's New Fire, Lisa Charleyboy has teamed up again with Mary Beth Leatherdale, to edit the anthology #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women.

Watch the trailer above, and check out the book page for an excerpt. Coming in September!

 

Joshua Bell and Family Read The Dance of The Violin

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Joshua Bell was on Minnesota Public Radio’s Performance Today for a special Father’s Day audiobook reading of The Dance of the Violin.

 

Listen to Hour 2 from the 30:00 minute mark to 1:00:00, to hear Joshua Bell, his son Josef, and his mother Shirley read the whole book with host, Fred Child. Following the reading of the book, you can hear the incredible performance of Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole in D minor, which Bell performed with the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, conducted by Charles Dutoit, in 1988.

 

Listen here

Watch the trailer for Stormy Seas: Stories of Young Boat Refugees by Mary Beth Leatherdale and Eleanor Shakespeare

 

 

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Read the remarkable true stories of five young refugees.

A treacherous voyage on the open seas

was their last hope to reach safety and freedom.

 


read more: annickpress.com/Stormy-Seas