Give the Gift of These Great Reads

Looking for an inspiring gift for the readers in your life? This holiday, share amazing adventures and profound ideas that will stay with your loved one long after New Year’s Day. These best-selling titles make thoughtful presents for those who love to read, write, teach, and learn. 

Ensouling Our Schools

by Jennifer Katz, with Kevin Lamoureux and foreword by Ry Moran

Despite our best intentions, the school environment can prove to be stressful and isolating for many learners—and educators. In her career as an inclusive educator, author Jennifer Katz recognized the need for better ways to nurture students’ well-being and foster a sense of meaning and purpose. In Ensouling Our Schools, she provides practical methods for improving students’ mental, spiritual, and emotional health in schools while building critical thinking and analysis skills. The book also contains Indigenous approaches to mental and spiritual health contributed by Kevin Lamoureux, Education Lead at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Perfect for: Compassionate, innovative, and forward-thinking educators and school administrators

 

Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada

by Chelsea Vowel

If you’re a non-Indigenous Canadian, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever received a thorough education in the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada. In Indigenous Writes, author Chelsea Vowel opens a frank dialogue about many of the most misunderstood and under-taught concepts concerning Indigenous peoples. Vowel writes candidly about topics like the Sixties Scoop, Bill C-31, and treaties while addressing myths and commonly-confused terminology. Indigenous Writes should be required reading for anyone who wishes to respectfully teach, write, or speak about the contemporary issues affecting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples.

Perfect for: teachers, journalists, media professionals, politicians, parents, and anyone else who could benefit from a better understanding of what it means to be Indigenous in Canada

 

This Place: 150 Years Retold

by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, Brandon Mitchell, Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, David A. Robertson, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, and Chelsea Vowel, illustrated by Tara Audibert, Kyle Charles, GMB Chomichuk, Natasha Donovan, Scott B. Henderson, Ryan Howe, Andrew Lodwick, and Jen Storm, with colour by Scott A. Ford and Donovan Yaciuk

You’ve never read a history book like this before. In this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology, Indigenous writers explore the past, present, and future of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples in Canada. This Place combines unforgettable imagery with emotional storytelling as readers journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. The anthology illustrates how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

Perfect for: comic-book lovers, young adult readers, high school and post-secondary teachers, and history buffs

 

Catch a Fire: Fuelling Inquiry and Passion Through Project-Based Learning

Edited by Matt Handerson

An energizing, highly-digestible read to inspire, challenge, and engage current and future educators. Project-based learning (PBL) is hardly a new concept, but Catch a Fire provides a fresh view into how schools and teams can make it their own. Each chapter is written by a different contributor, each offering valuable insights, actionable ideas, and achievable success stories. Readers will be left enlightened and motivated to find out how PBL can ignite a new passion for learning in their students.

Perfect for: passionate teachers and school administrators, aspiring educators

 

Ghosts

by David A. Robertson

In Ghosts, the third and final installment of The Reckoner Trilogy, things are looking grim for Wounded Sky First Nation. Cole Harper is dead, Reynold McCabe is at large, and the community is quarantined while Mihko Laboratories is launching full-force into biological war tactics. Meanwhile, people are missing, questions are going unanswered, and time is running out to save Wounded Sky. Who’s left to take up the fight?

Readers who couldn’t put down the Reckoner Trilogy books should know that this is only the end for now. Look for the debut volume of the graphic novel series, The Reckoner Rises: Breakdown in 2020.

Perfect for: young adults who love a great superhero origin story

 

The Grizzly Mother

by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson), illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Too often, science and storytelling are treated like two sides of a coin. The Mothers of Xsan series perfectly illustrates how scientific concepts are, in fact, a living part of the stories around us. The Grizzly Mother is the second book in the series, in which readers follow a family of grizzly bears through the forests of the Skeena River Valley. Through lyrical language and bold, colorful illustrations, young readers will learn about the Xsan ecosystem and its significance to the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia.

Look for the third book, The Eagle Mother, coming in April of 2020.

Perfect for: science and elementary teachers, parents, kids from ages 9-12

 

Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses: A Unique Approach to Literature Circles (Second Edition)

The long-anticipated second edition of Grand Conversations, Thoughtful Responses builds on author Faye Brownlie’s acclaimed resource for teaching literacy. Brownlie’s unique approach to literary circles has made the first edition of Grand Conversations a must-have among educators. In the second edition, teachers can expect brand-new content that will challenge and engage students, build critical-thinking and response skills, and improve the confidence and competence of young readers.

Perfect for: elementary and high school teachers, aspiring educators, and reading tutors

 

Perception: A Photo Series

Artist KC Adams was inspired to create Perception after a racist comment by a local community leader’s wife went viral on Facebook. The images in the photo series critique harmful stereotypes about Indigenous peoples through the use of stark black and white portraits. Perception: A Photo Series contains the portraits, a foreword by Katherena Vermette, and a critical essay by Cathy Matthes in a sleek hardcover. This thought-provoking collection is excellent for guiding classroom conversations around stereotypes and prejudice. 

Perfect for: middle and high school teachers, activists, and lovers of socially conscious art.

Ready to stuff some stockings with some great reads? Find these great books at your local bookseller or order online for the new year.

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