On my one-and-only trip to Toronto, I was really delighted by three things: Kensington Market/Spadina Avenue, Coffee Crisp candy bars, and Toronto's vibrant civic commitment to multiculturalism and diversity (see -- Kensington Market/Spadina Avenue).
Since that fateful visit, I've learned to count on Canadian publishers to address timely diversity issues with depth and sensitivity.
Publishers like Groundwood Books
, Pajama Press
, and Flying Eye
consistently release innovative books featuring all kinds of characters. Not to mention the boutique presses like Inhabit Media
and Second Story Press
that focus on particular aspects of diversity, like First Nations people or feminism!
This month, we're shining a spotlight on recent Canadian picture books about refugee kids and their families. Our Canadian pal Kay Weisman offers a roundup of these titles that inspired our print-and-post flyer. Coffee Crisp not included.
Keep turning those pages!