Multicultural Books for Children

Today is Multicultural Children’s Book Day! It’s a time to build awareness of children’s books that celebrate diversity. Reading together can provide the opportunity for children to learn about others as well as see themselves in stories. Find titles for multicultural books to read aloud in: Diversity Book Lists & Activities for Teachers and Parents… Read more

Multiculturalism Day

Today is Multiculturalism Day in Canada! Did you know that BC is the most ethnically diverse province in Canada? BC People: Portraits of Diversity in BC is a storytelling project that showcases BC’s cultural, racial and ethnic diversity. Explore the website to meet some of the people of BC, profiled in a book and a… Read more

BC People : Portraits of Diversity

Today is Canadian Multiculturalism Day! It’s an opportunity to celebrate diversity and our commitment to democracy, equality and mutual respect. It’s also a time to appreciate the contributions of the various multicultural groups and communities to Canadian society. British Columbia is the most ethnically diverse province in Canada. Almost 30% of BC’s four million people… Read more

Helping End Racial Discrimination

Today is the International Day to End Racial Discrimination! This year’s theme is Promoting tolerance, inclusion, unity and respect for diversity in the context of combating racial discrimination. Below is one of the postcards from the UN More Than Meets The Eye: Let’s Fight Racism! Campaign. The campaign also includes suggestions for making classrooms a… Read more

Early Literacy Learning for Immigrant and Refugee Children

Today is International Mother Language Day. It’s a time to reflect on the importance of linguistic diversity. Did you know that: There are over 7,000 known living languages. 3 billion people lack access to education in their own languages. Most children grow up in an environment where more than one language is spoken. Linguistic diversity… Read more

Multicultural Books for Children

Did you know that January 27th is not just Family Literacy Day? It’s also Multicultural Children’s Book Day.  It’s a time to raise awareness of children’s books that celebrate diversity. Need help finding multicultural books for children? Click here for collection of diversity books lists and activities for teachers and parents. What about the popular… Read more

The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf

In this TED Talk, children’s author Grace Lin makes the case for diversity in children’s books, stories that are mirrors of a child’s experience and stories that are windows to the world.  She believes, “Books erase bias, they make the uncommon every day, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal.” A TED… Read more

Inclusion in a Connected World

This week is Media Literacy Week. Co-led by MediaSmarts and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, this week highlights the importance of digital and media literacy, particularly for children and young people. This year’s theme of Inclusion in a Connected World: A Place and a Voice for Everyone promotes ways in which diverse voices, perspectives and talents… Read more