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Black History Month 2015

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February is Black History Month. Celebrate this month in your school or library with Canadian books for kids and teens.

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Canadian titles make USBBY's 2015 list of Outstanding International Books!


USBBY, the US national section for the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), has selected its annual list of Outstanding International Books for children and young adults. The books on the list were chosen by a committee of USBBY members. A number of Canadian titles, either written and/or illustrated by Canadians, or published by a Canadian publishing house, made the 2015 list.

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70th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz

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January 27, 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest network of camps established by the Nazi regime during the Second World War. Commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz in your classroom or library with The Magician of Auschwitz by Kathy Kacer and Gillian Newland (illus.), published by Second Story Press.

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Family Literacy Day (January 27, 2015)

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Family Literacy Day, held annually on January 27, was created to encourage families to engage in literacy-based activities together. The Canadian Children’s Book Centre has compiled a list of Canadian books that share in the joys (and struggles) of families of all sizes and combinations, and invite conversation for readers of all ages. Celebrate this year's Family Literacy Day with one of these fine books.

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Happy 200th birthday, Sir John A. Macdonald!

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January 11, 2015 marks what would have been Sir John A. Macdonald's 200th birthday. Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Macdonald's family immigrated to Kingston (in Upper Canada) in 1820. A lawyer by trade, Sir John A. Macdonald became known as Canada's Father of Confederation and was the first Prime Minister of Canada. Celebrate his birthday with Pat Hancock's The Kids Book of Canadian Prime Ministers, published by Kids Can Press.

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Books on Human Rights

December 10 is Human Rights Day, as established by the UN General Assembly in 1950. According to a national survey by the Canadian Teachers' Federation and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, teachers across the country are looking for more human rights tools and resources — especially when teaching younger children.

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White Ravens 2014

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The White Ravens is an annual catalogue featuring new and notable titles of children's and young adult literature from around the world.

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Hurricane Hazel: 60th Anniversary

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October 15, 2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel. The storm swept from North Carolina to Southern Ontario. Young readers can learn all about Hazel in Rain Tonight: A Story of Hurricane Hazel by Steve Pitt and Heather Collins (illus.), published by Tundra Books.

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WorldPride 2014 (June 20-29, 2014)

Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada's premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. This year, Toronto is playing host to WorldPride 2014, the first time this international celebration has ever been held in North America. Several Canadian chidren's authors have written books for kids and young adults featuring LGBTQ characters. Click here for a list of LGBTQ books for kids and teens.

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2014 FIFA World Cup™

Soccer is one of the world's most popular sports. This year the FIFA World Cup™ is being hosted by Brazil and runs from June 12 to July 13. This highly anticipated international tournament only occurs every four years. Celebrate World Cup soccer in your classroom or library with Canadian books for kids and teens.