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The Kids Book of Black History in Canada

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A special collection of six perennial classics, starring every child’s favorite turtle, Franklin.#Franklin the Turtle is beloved around the world for the way he faces dilemmas familiar to all children and, with the help and support of his friends and family, finds his own way to deal with them. Franklin’s ability to express his feelings, try new things and show his vulnerability make him a trusted friend to young children. This special edition features six Franklin Classic Storybooks:*Franklin in the Dark*Franklin Goes to School*Franklin’s New Friend*Franklin Rides a Bike*Franklin Goes to the Hospital*Franklin Says I Love You*It’s the best of Franklin – all in one place!#Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark are the author-illustrator team who created the Franklin the Turtle series. This volume features six favorite titles from that series, all timeless classics, with touching storylines and richly colored art that’s chock-full of the small details that make up a young child’s day-to-day life. Franklin has universal appeal – adored by children for his relatability and kindness, and by adults for the gentle, reassuring guidance he provides. More than 65 million copies of Franklin books have been sold in over 30 languages.

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An important and comprehensive exploration of 400 years of Black history in Canada. #This narrative journey through Black history in Canada begins with the arrival in 1604 of Mathieu Da Costa, the first known African in the country, and continues through the Black Lives Matter movement and the ongoing fight for social justice. A one-of-a-kind book, it contains inspiring and thought-provoking stories of the people involved in Canada’s legacy of slavery, the Black Loyalist and Exoduster movements, the Underground Railroad and the fight for civil rights. Separate from the chronological history, the book also examines key issues that have affected the lives of Black Canadians, including slavery, racism and prejudice, and representation.#The definitive children’s guide to Black history in Canada, this book is an essential update to the bestselling and award-winning The Kids Book of Black Canadian History, which was first published in 2003. With informative and engaging text, author Rosemary Sadlier honors the proud history of Black Canadians on every page. Sidebars with interesting facts, quotations and profiles of historical figures appear throughout the book, making this a perfect fit for social studies lessons on Canadian heritage and history. The back matter includes six pages of profiles of important Black figures in the arts, sciences, sports, politics and more, as well as a glossary of key terms and an index. Redesigned for a new generation of readers featuring Arden Taylor’s contemporary style using blocks of color and vivid illustrations, this book is a must-have resource for every classroom and library across the country.*

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"… an essential book for all Canadian elementary schools and public libraries."

CM Magazine, 31/05/2024

"… packed with information I never knew about Canada and Black Canadians. It is a wonderful resource book."

Youth Services Book Review, 17/06/2024


  • 2006 - Red Cedar Book Award (1st ed.), Young Readers’ Choice Society of British Columbia, Short-Listed

  • 2005 - Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award (1st ed.), Hackmatack Children’s Choice Book Award, Short-Listed

  • 2004 - Violet Downey Book Award (1st ed.), The National Chapter of Canada IODE, Commended

  • 2004 - White Raven Award (1st ed.), International Youth Library, Winner

  • 2024 - May & June Loan Stars Jr. Top Pick, Booknet Canada, Joint Winner

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