By Toni Duval
2) TRAILBLAZERS: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada, by Tiyahna Ridley-Padmore and illustrated by Merryl-Royce Ndema Moussa (Middle Grade Nonfiction)
Trailblazers: The Black Pioneers Who Have Shaped Canada is a disruptive children’s book that introduces readers to Canada’s Black history through the brave, shocking and real-life stories of our country’s Black pioneers. This Canadian must-have features the incredible and under-told stories of over 40 Black trailblazers including well-known leaders such as Viola Desmond and Harriet Tubman as well as lesser known pioneers such as Mattie Mayes and Calvin Woodrow Ruck. Each short story is written in rhyme form and accompanied by beautiful illustrations so little ones are engaged while they read and learn.
An Anishinaabe child and her grandmother explore the natural wonders of each season in this lyrical, bilingual story-poem.
In this lyrical story-poem, written in Anishinaabemowin and English, a child and grandmother explore their surroundings, taking pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings.
We accompany them through warm summer days full of wildflowers, bees and blueberries, then fall, when bears feast before hibernation and forest mushrooms are ripe for harvest. Winter mornings begin in darkness as deer, mice and other animals search for food, while spring brings green shoots poking through melting snow and the chirping of peepers.
Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley have created a book inspired by childhood memories of time spent with Knowledge Keepers, observing and living in relationship with the natural world in the place they call home — the northern reaches of Anishinaabewaking, around the Great Lakes.