What Matters

What Matters

Hardcover, 32 pages September 16, 2016 : Orca Books  Source: Orca Books What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the minuscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s […]

The Kugel Valley Klezmer Band by Joan Betty Stuchner; ill. by Richard Row

The Kugel Valley Klezmer Band by Joan Betty Stuchner; ill. by Richard Row

The rabbi said to Yossi, Isaac, and Benny, “You must come back to play for out Hanukkah party this year. Now don’t forget!” So we’re about half a year away from Hanukkah, and it’s definitely not winter anymore, at least not in my corner of the world. (Sunshine! Warm breezes! At last!) But I’m currently […]

The Bus Ride

The Bus Ride

The Bus Ride Clara is excited to be taking the bus by herself for the very first time. Along the way to grandmother’s house she encounters a cast of interesting fellow passengers who turn a simple bus ride into a colourful adventure. This picture book from Quebec author/illustrator Marianne Dubuc is absolutely charming. The text itself […]

The Bone Flute by Patricia Bow

The Bone Flute by Patricia Bow

An outline of treetops formed through the walls of the house. The fire in the windows turned pale yellow, then green, then blue, a watery shadow printed on the trees. And then the house, with its brass, its ivy, and its fiery windows, melted into the night. Camrose has inherited responsibility for an ancient bone […]

A Few Resources from Reconciliation and Indigenous Education

A Few Resources from Reconciliation and Indigenous Education

For the past two months, I’ve been taking UBC’s Edx course on Reconciliation and Indigenous Education. Somehow I missed the fact that the “education” in the title wasn’t just the theory but the practice: this course is primarily aimed at educators, and most of my (literally hundreds of) classmates were teachers or professors. However, although […]

Chuck in the City

Chuck in the City

I am very fortunate to be able to support and engage with a very diverse group of young children in my work, which includes children from different Aboriginal communities. I work in a neighbourhood with a large Aboriginal population, and have been privileged to explore and learn more about different cultures and traditions. One of […]