August 23

Resources for Discussing Social Justice in the Classroom

As we head back to school, it seems timely to share some important resources for generating classroom discussion on Social Justice and Empathy.

Titles cover topics ranging from discrimination, racism, human rights, diversity, gender identity, poverty, religion, refugees, residential schools, the differently abled.

Not an exhaustive list, these print titles are currently available in the Vanier collection. There are also eBooks available via the library catalogue.

Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged – Jody Warner

Giant Steps to Change the World – Spike Lee

I have the Right to be a Child – Alain Serres

Across the Alley- Richard Michelson

The Secret of the Dance- Andrea Spalding

Maddi’s Fridge – Lois Brandt

Last Stop on Market Street – Matt de la Pena

Stepping Stones: A Refugee Family’s Journey – Margaret Ruurs

No Ordinary Day – Deborah Ellis

The Little Yellow Bottle – Angele Delaunois

We Are All Born Free – Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Malala / Iqubal – Jeanette Winter

I Have a Dream – Dr. M.L. King Jr.

Four Feet, Two Sandals – Karen Williams

I Am Not a Number – Jenny Dupuis

When I was Eight – Christy Jordan-Fenton

Fatty Legs – Christy Jordan-Fenton

When We Were Alone – Robertson / Flett

Shi-shi-etko – Nicola Campbell

*More Authentic Indigenous SEL Resources here

Noni Speaks UP – Heather Hartt-Sussman

Not Every Princess – Jeffrey Bone

Time to Stand Up and Speak Up – Bob Sornson

Accept and Value Each Person – Cheri Meiners

What Makes Us Unique? – Jillian Roberts

Red – Michael Hall

One World Together – Catherine

Say Something – Peggy Moss

To This Day – Shane Koyczan

The Invisible Boy – Trudy Ludwig

*More books on Kindness / Bullying and Social Emotional Learning here

The Other Boy – M.G. Hennessey

Rain Reign – Ann Martin

George – Alex Gino

Ninth Ward – Jewell Rhodes

Rules – Cynthia Lord

Number the Stars – Lois Lowry

Brave Girl – Michelle Markel

Click, Clack, Moo. Cows That Type – Doreen Cronin

Out of My Mind – Sharon Draper

Anne Frank (GN) – Jacobson. and Diary of Anne Frank

Wonder – R.J. Palacio

Breadwinner Trilogy – Deborah Ellis

Those Shoes – Maribeth Boelts

Each Kindness – Jacqueline Woodson

A Lond Walk to Water – Linda Sue Park

I Am Malala – Young Readers Edition – Malala Yousafzai

The Hundred Dresses – Eleanor Estes

Crenshaw – Katherine Applegate

The Case for Loving – Selina Alks

The Most Loved in all the World – Tonya Hegamin

Boys Without Names – Kashmira Sheth

Henry’s Freedom Box – Ellen Levine

Gray Wolf’s Search – Bruce Swanson (Valuing individuals)

I Like Who I Am – Tara White

Mahatma’s Story – Libby Gleeson

Wanting Mor – Rukhsana Khan

I am a Taxi – Deborah Ellis

No – David McPhail

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

Rose Blanche – Roberto Innocenti 

The Choice – Kathy Clark

Azzi in Between – Sarah Garland

The Sky of Afghanistan

Children Growing Up with War – Jenny Matthews

Torn Apart : The internment diary of Mary Kobayashi

Dreaming In Indian, Contemporary Native American Voices (Stereotyping)

The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Hana’s Suitcase – Karen Levine

An Ocean Apart The Gold Mountain Diary of Chin Mei-ling

Underground to Canada – Barbara Smucker

Spirit Bear – Jennifer Harrington (Including others who are different)

The Boy Who Cried Fabulous- L. Newman

Mommy, Mama and Me – L. Newman

Jacob’s New Dress – Sarah Hoffman

10,000 Dresses – Marcus Ewert

I am Jazz – Jessica Herthel

A Family is a Family is a Family -Sara o’Leary

Stella Brings the Family – Miriam Schiffer

Worm Loves Worm – T.J. Austrian

As a Boy – Plan International

These Are My Words: The Residential School Diary of Violet Pesheens

The Water Princess – Susan Verde

Out – Angela George

Kokomo Girls – Clare Morneau

The Journey – Francesca Sanna

Adrift at Sea – Marsha Skrypuch and Tuan Ho

Shooting Kabul – N.H. Senzai

The Red Pencil – Andrea Pinkney

Seeking Refuge – Irene Watts



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June 5

Indigenous Resources to Support Personal and Social Core Competencies

Vanier staff explored how Indigenous resources might support Social Emotional Learning Core Competencies in B.C.’s new curriculum. Focus was on Personal Awareness and Responsibility and Social Responsibility.

Titles were selected as authentic Indigenous sources or are resources selected and shared by the District Aboriginal Department. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list but rather to provide a window into how Indigenous titles may be used to reach school-wide SEL goals.

Indigenous perspectives have also been outlined as well as a final section on further supportive digital resources.1. Personal Awareness and Responsibility: Self-Determination

Students who are personally aware and responsible have a sense of personal efficacy and growing confidence in a variety of situations. They value themselves, their ideas, and their accomplishments. They are able to express their needs and seek help when they need it, to find purpose and motivation and act on it, and to advocate for themselves.

I can show a sense of accomplishment and joy. I can celebrate my efforts and accomplishments. I can advocate for myself and my ideas. I can imagine and work toward change in myself and world. I can take the initiative to inform myself about controversial issues.

When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson. 2016 Facing hardship and showing strength. Learning how to retain and advocate for one’s sense of identity.
Eaglet’s World by Evelyn White Minshull. 2014 Feeling proud of your accomplishments.
Red Parka Mary by Peter Eyvindson 2015 Celebrate efforts to overcome fears
The Moccasins by Earl Einarson. 2004 Feeling proud of your heritage
Under One Sun – Nelson 2017

What Do You Share?

We Help Each Other

I Do Good Things

(other titles available)

Being mindful to create change.
Spirit Bear by Jennifer Harrington 2014 Celebrating accomplishments. Determination to get back home.
Mwakwa Talks to the Loon by Dale Auger 2008 Change / growth in self. The qualities of service and humility.
Which Way Should I Go? By Sylvia Olsen Being mindful, Making good choices.
Little Bear’s Vision Quest by Sylvia Olsen Sense of change in self – thoughtless to thoughtful
Everybody Needs A Rock by Byrd Baylor Finding Connections between self and nature and use that knowledge to create personal meaning and change
What’s the Most Beautiful Thing about Horses? by Richard Van Camp / Georges Littlechild What’s the most beautiful thing you know about you?’
Raven Tales – 26 Graphic Novels Edited by D. Bouchard and D. Booth “These graphic novels are built on traditional stories that develop a sense of community, responsibility, respect and interconnectedness of life” Click here for individual story details.
Raven Tales – Teacher’s Guide Edited by D. Bouchard and D. Booth Recommended. Connects Raven Tales to First Nations cultures and other international and aboriginal cultures with similar stories. Story summaries. Delineated themes i.e. Living in Community, Respect…
Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox by Danielle Daniel Celebrating positive changes in emotions.
Dancing with the Cranes by Jeanette Armstrong / Ron Hall I can show a sense of joy. I can imagine and work toward change in myself and world.
Totem Tale, A Tall Story from Alaska by Deb Vanasse I can advocate for myself and my ideas
Seven Sacred Teachings Niizhwaaswi gagiikwewin by D. Bouchard and Dr. J. Martin Humility, Honesty, Respect, Courage, Wisdom, Truth, Love
I Like Who I Am by Tara White Celebrating my efforts and accomplishments, advocating for myself. Identity.
Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk Believe in Yourself, Love, Help others, Be gentle, Be creative, Find joy, Be empowered, Be patient, Be kind
Sharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest Coast by Garfinkel Publications Celebrating strengths and accomplishments
My Heart Fills with Happiness by M.G. Smith Showing joy
Yetsa’s Sweater by Sylvia Olsen Showing a sense of accomplishment and joy. Celebrating efforts and accomplishments.
Dipnetting with Dad by Willie Sellars Showing a sense of accomplishment and joy. Celebrating efforts and accomplishments. The rewards of not giving up.
Cloudwalker by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd Not giving up despite challenges Persevering to overcome adversity
Orca Chief by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd Sense of accomplishment in learning new skills
Set of seven books by Katherena Vermette The Seven Teachings Stories are inspired by the Seven Sacred Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth. These stories are set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.
When I was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton Determination to read, goal setting, over-coming adversity, joy of reading, goal of reading.
Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton Recognition of change in self, Aspiring to belong, Change takes time.
Gray Wolf’s Search by Bruce Swanson Celebrating effort and accomplishment
Thunder Boy Jr. by S. Alexie Celebrating accomplishments and advocate for myself. Imagine and work toward change.
Dreaming In Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices. Edited by L. Charleyboy and M.B. Leatherdale A visual example to acknowledge the diverse identities in a contemporary current context.
The Secret of Your Name by D. Bouchard Showing a sense of accomplishment and joy. Advocating for my ideas. Celebrating my efforts.

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