Every child matters

 

By Yolanda T. Marshall

 

 

 

 

Every Child Matters

Every Child Matters

Written by Phyllis Webstad, who is Northern Secwepemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation (Canoe Creek Indian Band). Many Canadians honour Residential School Survivors and share the call on September 30th of each year that “EVERY CHILD MATTERS“, thanks to the inspiring story by this author. This book was illustrated by a Tsilhqot’in and Syilx illustrator and writer, Karlene Harvey.

“Learn the meaning behind the phrase, ‘Every Child Matters.’ Orange Shirt Day founder, Phyllis Webstad, offers insights into this heartfelt movement. Every Child Matters honours the history and resiliency of Indigenous Peoples on Turtle Island and moves us all forward on a path toward Truth and Reconciliation. If you’re a Residential School Survivor or an Intergenerational Survivor – you matter. For the children who didn’t make it home – you matter. The child inside every one of us matters.” – Medicine Wheel Publishing, 2018.

 

 

 

 

Like Every Form of Love

Like Every Form of Love: A Memoir of Friendship and True Crime

Written by Padma Viswanathan from Edmonton, Alberta and a PEN USA Prize and the Scotiabank Giller Prize shortlist author.

 

In this unforgettable memoir, Padma reflects on the joys and frictions of this strange journey with grace, humour, and poetry, including original readings of Hans Christian Andersen fairytales and other stories that beautifully echo her characters’ adventures and her own. Like Every Form of Love is that rare thing: an irresistible literary page-turner that twists and turns, delivering powerful revelations, right to the very end.” – Random House Canada, 2023.

 

 

 

 

Garden of Lost Socks

Garden of Lost Socks

Written by Esi Edugyan, a Two-time Scotiabank Giller Prize winner based in Montreal. This book was beautifully illustrated by Amélie Dubois

“This big-hearted picture book debut from one of Canada’s brightest literary stars follows Akosua, a budding Exquirologist, as she finds both a new friend and a remarkable world hidden right in her very own community. Acclaimed artist Amélie Dubois adds a layer of magic to Akosua’s charming adventure with her delicate, compelling illustrations.” – HarperCollins, 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

Adventures of Alura the Sleuth

Written by Hyacintha Lord, a Toronto-based author.

Adventures of Alura the Sleuth

Twelve-year-old Alura the sleuth is always on the case. With her sleuthing notebook in hand, Alura is constantly scribbling down notes about her many investigations. With her best friend, Kim, by her side, Alura plans to become a detective one day. In the meantime, they investigate and solve mysteries at school; like why has their favourite teacher, Miss Thompson, been absent for over three weeks?” – Independently published, FriesenPress – 2023.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goddess Crown

Goddess Crown

Written by Shade Lapite, a British-Nigerian author based in Toronto.

 

Kalothia has grown up in the shadows of her kingdom, hidden away in the forested East after her parents were outed as enemies of the king. Raised in a woodland idyll by a few kindly adult caretakers, Kalothia can hunt and fish and fend for herself but knows little of the outside world. When assassins attack her home on her sixteenth birthday, she must flee to the king’s court in the West—a beautiful but lethal nest of poison, plots, and danger, overseen by an entrenched patriarchy. Guided by the Goddess herself, can Kalothia navigate this most worldly of places to find her role?” – Walker Books US, 2023.

 

 

 

Performing Female Blackness

Performing Female Blackness

Written by Naila Keleta-Mae is the Principal Investigator of the Black and Free research-creation project and an Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo.

 

This book examines what private and public performances of female blackness reveal about race, gender, and nation and considers how the land widely known as Canada shapes these performances.” – Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2023.

 

 

 

 

Raheema’s Surprise Cake

Written by Fatima Kebe and Awa Kebe and illustrated by Kaya Hashem.

Raheema’s Surprise Cake

Raheema is excited! Her grandparents are coming to visit, so she bakes them a surprise cake… but things do not go as planned. Join Raheema as she learns a lesson about patience and compassion.” – Independently published, UmmahLit, LLC – 2023.

 

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