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Celebrate Black History Month for Kids

February is Black History Month. Learn about Black history and celebrate the many contributions Black Canadians have made with this reading list featuring fiction and non-fiction titles for kids! To see the entire list of titles, click here.

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Amazing Black Atlantic Canadians
Lindsay R. Ruck
Public : Enfants
Langues : Anglais
Topic: African Canadian | Black history | Juvenile literature
With dozens of profiles on both historical and contemporary Black people from Atlantic Canada, Lindsay Ruck celebrates the accomplishments and recognizes the hardships of some of our region's least-known amazing heroes.
With dozens of profiles on both historical and contemporary Black people from Atlantic Canada, Lindsay Ruck celebrates the accomplishments and recognizes the hardships of some of our region's least-known amazing heroes.
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Africville
Shauntay Grant
Public : Enfants
Langues : Anglais
Topic: African Nova Scotia | Black Canadians | Juvenile fiction
When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she's heard from her family come to mind.
When a young girl visits the site of Africville, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the stories she's heard from her family come to mind. She imagines what the community was once like – the brightly painted houses nestled into the hillside, the field where boys played football, the pond where all the kids went rafting, the bountiful fishing, the huge bonfires.
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Birchtown and the Black Loyalists
Wanda Lauren Taylor
Public : Enfants
Langues : Anglais
Topic: African Nova Scotia | Black Canadians | Black history
In Birchtown and the Black Loyalists, Wanda Taylor recounts the incredible story of the Black Loyalists of Birchtown for young readers.
In Birchtown and the Black Loyalists, Wanda Taylor recounts the incredible story of the Black Loyalists of Birchtown for young readers. With educational and accessible language, readers are introduced to the journey of Black American soldiers taken from Africa as slaves, their quest for freedom, the settlement and struggle of Black Loyalists on Nova Scotian soil, and the enduring spirit of their descendants in spite of a history marked by hardship and loss.
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The Underground Railroad
Adrienne L. Shadd
Public : Enfants
Langues : Anglais
Topic: African Canadian | Black Canadians | Black history
Based entirely on original research, The Underground Railroad offers fresh insights into the rich heritage of African Americans who became African Canadians and helped build Toronto as we know the city today.
Based entirely on original research, The Underground Railroad offers fresh insights into the rich heritage of African Americans who became African Canadians and helped build Toronto as we know the city today.
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Welcome to Cypher
Khodi Dill
Public : Enfants
Langues : Anglais
Topic: Juvenile fiction | rhyme
Words burn bright in this joyful celebration of rap, creativity, and self-expression.
Words burn bright in this joyful celebration of rap, creativity, and self-expression. As Khodi Dill's rhymes heat up, the diverse crew of kids – illustrated in Awuradwoa Afful's bold, energetic style – gain self-confidence and a sense of freedom in this wonderful picture book debut that is perfect for reading aloud.
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Meet Viola Desmond
Elizabeth MacLeod
Public : Enfants
Langues : Anglais
Topic: African Nova Scotia | biography | Juvenile literature | Racial discrimination
Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer!
Meet Viola Desmond, community leader and early civil rights trailblazer! On the night of November 8th 1946, Nova Scotia businesswoman Viola Desmond stood up for her right to be in the "unofficial" whites-only section of a New Glasgow movie theatre and was arrested for it. This new picture book biography series features simple text and full-colour, comic-flavoured illustration with speech balloons that bring the story alive.
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