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Observing Canada Day 2021 Differently

Observing Canada Day 2021 Differently

215. 751. As more and more unmarked graves are being recovered, the true horror of Canada’s residential schools is entering the collective consciousness. Of course, Indigenous communities across Turtle Island are not surprised by these numbers—they have lived through the tragedy of these missing children for generations. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission states that between

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Review: Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

Review: Zonia’s Rain Forest by Juana Martinez-Neal

Most of us, as least in North America, have never ventured into the rainforest. What animals might we find there? What plants bloom, what birds sing, and what bugs crawl through the trees? Dive into Zonia’s Rain Forest and explore the mysteries of the Peruvian Amazon through the eyes of a curious young Indigenous child.

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Who Needs Children’s Poetry?

Who Needs Children’s Poetry?

First, one line, a fleeting thought Then, a verse! I take my shot Soon, a stanza—four whole lines My words make a poem that shines! While there is no shortage of children’s prose, finding poetry that is both accessible and meaningful for young readers is a bit more challenging. Often, kids grow up with a

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Talking to Kids about Mental Health

Talking to Kids about Mental Health

When I was little, we didn’t mention words like depression or anxiety. We didn’t talk about learning disabilities or mental illness or substance abuse. Any questions kids had about those topics were met with “Shush!” and “Don’t ask about those things!” And honestly, I was little not THAT long ago. Nevertheless, we’ve come a long

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