February is just around the corner, which means national “I Love to Read Month” is almost here!
For many Canadian educators, “I Love to Read Month” is an opportunity to promote a love of reading and being read to by others. It’s also a great opportunity to explore titles relating to the TRC’s Calls to Action, and to delve into thought-provoking works by Indigenous authors.
One of the titles we’re most excited about is This Place: 150 Years Retold. This graphic novel anthology explores the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators, including Governor General Award–winning writers Katherena Vermette and David A. Robertson, as well as Jen Storm, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Richard Van Camp, Brandon Mitchell, and more!
These beautifully illustrated stories use magic, psychic battles, serial killings, and even science fiction and time travel to explore Indigenous perspectives and provide new opportunities to think about history.
Enter Our “I Love to Read Month” Twitter Contest
Are you an educator interested in using this groundbreaking anthology in your classroom? Then don’t miss our Twitter contest for your chance to win a classroom set of This Place: 150 Years Retold.
All you need to do is follow us @PortageandMainPres and take the following actions:
- Retweet the original post, to be published on February 4, 2019.
(*We will pin it to the top of our feed!)
- Retweet each new contest post as many times as you’d like – the more you retweet, the more chances you have to win!
The contest runs from February 4-15, 2019, so make sure to stay glued to our Twitter profile for your chance to retweet multiple contest posts and increase your chances of winning. (*See additional contest details at the bottom of the blog post.)
Books That Are Perfect for the Classroom
Are you looking for new books to explore with your class during “I Love to Read Month”? Then don’t miss these other great titles from the authors and contributors of This Place: 150 Years Retold:
By: Jen Storm
Illustrated by: Scott B. Henderson
Colour by: Donovan Yaciuk
For: Grades 7-12
After Ron and Ben discover an old flare gun, they suddenly find themselves in trouble when the local gas bar on Agamiing Reserve goes up in flames, and they are identified as the culprits by the local sheriff’s son.
As the investigation progresses and the truth of what happened slowly comes to light, hidden attitudes held by community members are revealed.
Order your copy of Fire Starters today.
The Reckoner Trilogy
By: David A. Robertson
For: Grade 7 to adult
The Reckoner is a series by David A. Robertson, an award–winning writer and author of Governor General’s award-winning children’s book When We Were Alone.
Currently the first two instalments, Strangers and Monsters are available:
The Reckoner Trilogy, Book 1
When Cole Harper returns to Wounded Sky First Nation after 10 years, he finds his community in chaos: series of shocking murders, a mysterious illness ravaging the residents, and reemerging questions about Cole’s role in the tragedy that drove him away 10 years ago.
Cole is aided by his two oldest friends, a disfigured ghost, and an unhelpful spirit as tries to figure out his purpose and unravel the mysteries he left behind… but will he find the answers in time to save his community?
Order your copy of Strangers today.
The Reckoner Trilogy, Book 2
In book two of The Reckoner Trilogy, Cole struggles to settle into life at Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer, the community still needs his help: the health clinic is mysteriously on lockdown, a creature lurks in Blackwood forest, and hidden secrets are starting to surface about Cole’s parents’ disappearance.
Order your copy of Monsters today.
The Reckoner Trilogy, Book 3
In book three, due to be released May 1, 2019, Mikho Laboratories has re-opened its research facility and is working to manufacture the disease that first plagued Wounded Sky. The community is quarantined. Will it be saved? This is the final instalment in David A. Robertson’s trilogy, and is sure to answer all of your questions left from Monsters.
Pre-order your copy of Ghosts today.
Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water
Edited by: Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair and Warren Cariou
Foreword by: Beatrice Mosionier
For: Grade 11 to adult
Manitowapow is a collection of stories, poetry, speeches, and nonfiction perfect for the classroom. Explore historical writings from important figures, nonfiction from contemporary Indigenous leaders, stories from local storytellers and keepers of knowledge from far-reaching communities, and Anishinaabe, Cree, Dene, Inuit, Métis, and Sioux writers from Manitoba.
Order your copy of Manitowapow today.
By: Richard Van Camp
Illustrated by: K. Mateus
For: Grades 9—12
This title, the third in The Debwe Series, explores the power and grace of restorative justice and the power of a multi-generational cultural legacy through one Northern community.
After vandalizing their community, three young men – Bryce, Flinch, and Rupert – are sent by the community Elders to live on the land for nine months as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to acquire humility and take responsibility for their actions… but will they be forgiven for what they’ve done when they return home?
Order your copy of Three Feathers now.
The graphic novel is available in the Cree, Chipewyan, and Slavey languages. To place an order, please contact customer service at 1-800-667-9673.
Red River Resistance
A Girl Called Echo, Vol. 2
By: Katherena Vermette
Illustrated by: Scott B. Henderson
Colour by: Donovan Yaciuk
For: Grades 5—9
Red River Resistance is the second instalment in the A Girl Called Echo series, and picks up where the first book, Pemmican Wars, left off.
In this instalment of the gripping graphic novel series from Katherena Vermette, we follow Echo as she struggles to fit into her new home, and as she is pulled back again and again into the past, to the banks of the Red River circa 1869.
As Echo learns about Métis history in the present-day, she witnesses as the Métis members of the Red River Colony, who have lived along the riverbanks for centuries, protest against the Canadian surveyors who are selling their land out from under them. As the protests go from peaceful to violent, Echo finds herself fearing for her friends and for the future of her people in the Red River Valley.
Order your copy of A Girl Called Echo Vol. 2: Red River Resistance.
Order your copy of A Girl Called Echo Vol 1: Pemmican Wars.
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Can’t wait for a copy of This Place: 150 Years Retold for your classroom? Pre-order your copy today.
This Place: 150 Years Retold is one of the 200 exceptional projects funded through the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter program. With this $35M investment, the Council supports the creation and sharing of the arts in communities across Canada.
“I Love To Read Month” Twitter Contest Rules
- Contest is open to Canadian and US residents.
- Teachers, educators, principals, or school officials are eligible for the contest prize.
- Contest runs February 4, 2019 – February 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. CST.
- Winners announced February 18, 2019.
- Prizes will be shipped after May 1, 2019.
- This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with, Twitter.
- By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Twitter of responsibility, and agree to Twitter’s term of use.
- Any attempt by any participant to obtain more entries by using multiple and/or different identities, Twitter accounts, registrations, email addresses, logins, or any other methods will void that participant’s entries, and that participant may be disqualified.