February 18, 2013

Untying the Knots of Prejudice: Social Justice Book List #7


These picture books, novels and non-fiction books show the extent of discrimination that has been and is being inflicted on all beings, including feline and human.  They are based on ageism, skin colour, country of origin, religion, beauty, physical appearance, health, sexuality, marital status, association and heritage.  The stories include historical accounts, speculative fiction, and fiction in which prejudice allows someone to Untie the Knots of Prejudice and encourage understanding and compassion to take its place.

Picture Books

An Alien in my House
by Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrated by Chum McLeod
Second Story Press
24 pp.
Ages 4-6
2003

Caramba
by Marie-Louise Gay
Groundwood Books
40 pp.
Ages 2-5
2005 
 
Francie and the Basket Women
by Donald Gale
Breakwater Books
29 pp.
Ages 6-8
2002

Migrant
by Maxine Trottier
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault
Groundwood Books
40 pp.  
Ages 7-13  
2011
Miss Meow Pageant
by Ricardo Keene Douglas  
Illustrated by Marie LaFrance  
Annick Press  
32 pp.
Ages 4-8  
1998



 
The Remarkable Maria 
by Patti McIntosh
Illustrated by Tara Langois
Maggie and Pierrot
40 pp.
Ages 8-12
2005


Spork
by Kyo Maclear  
Illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault  
Kids Can Press  
32 pp.  
Ages 2-6  
2010
Treasure for Lunch
by Shenaaz Nanji
Illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart
Second Story Press
28 pp.
Ages 4-8
2000
Violet
by Tania Duprey Stehlik
Illustrated by Vanja Vuleta Jovanovic
Second Story Press
23 pp.
Ages 5-8
2010



Fiction

Angel Square
by Brian Doyle
Groundwood Books
128 pp.
Ages 12-14
1984, 1995
 
  



The Baby Experiment
by Anne Dublin
Dundurn
150 pp.
Ages 11-15
2012

Bifocal
by Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
280 pp.
Ages 12-15
2007

Chance to Dance for You
by Gail Sidonie Sobat
Great Plains Teen Fiction
172 pp.
Ages 14+
2011


Child of Dandelions
by Shenaaz Nanji
Second Story Press
215 pp.
Ages 13-17
2008

Crossing to Freedom
by Virginia Frances Schwartz
Scholastic Canada
231 pp.
Ages 10+
2010 


Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Scholastic Canada
288 pp.
Ages 9-12
2007

A Friend like Zilla
by Rachna Gilmore
Second Story Press
113 pp.
Ages 9-11
1995
The Geomancer's Compass
by Melissa Hardy
Tundra Books
254 pp.
Ages 11-15
2012

 




The Glory Wind
 by Valerie Sherrard 
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
 222 pp.

Ages 11+
2010
The Gnome's Eye
by Anna Kerz
Orca Book Publishers
210 pp.
Ages 9+
2010
Ink Me
by Richard Scrimger
Orca Book Publishers
224 pp.
Ages 10+
2012
Lost Goat Lane
by Rosa Jordan
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
197 pp.
Ages 9-12
2005
Mina’s Spring of Colors
by Rachna Gilmore
Fitzhenry & Whiteside
143 pp.
Ages 8-11
2000

The Mountain That Walked
by Katherine Holubitsky
Orca Book Publishers
211 pp.
Ages 10-14
2005

The Mystery of the Graffiti Ghoul
(Marty Chan Mystery Series 2)
by Marty Chan
Thistledown Press
210 pp.
Ages 8-12
2010  
   
No Ordinary Day
by Deborah Ellis
Groundwood Books
159 pp.
Ages 9-12
2011



The Pole
by Eric Walters
Puffin Canada
282 pp.
Ages 10-14
2008

Power of Harmony: A Novel
by Jan L. Coates
Red Deer Press
212 pp.
Ages 9+
May 2013
Puppet
by Eva Wiseman
Tundra Books
243 pp.
Ages 11-14
2009

A Sea of Sorrows: The Typhus Epidemic Diary of Johanna Leary, Ireland to Canada East, 1847  
(Dear Canada) 
by Norah McClintock
Scholastic Canada
175 pp.
Ages 9-12
2012
Secret Signs
by Jacqueline Guest
Orca Book Publishers
140 pp.
Ages 9-12
2006 





Shade and Sorceress  
(The Last Days of Tian Di, Book I)
by Catherine Egan
Coteau Books
279 pp.
Ages 10+

2012
Stitches
by Glen Huser
Groundwood Books
198 pp.
Ages 11-14
2003


Torn Apart: The Internment Diary of Mary Kobayashi, Vancouver, British Columbia, 1941  
(Dear Canada)
 by Susan Aihoshi
Scholastic Canada
209 pp.
Ages 8-13
2012


Tunnels of Tyranny  
(A Fourth Moose Jaw Adventure)
by Mary Harelkin Bishop
Coteau Books
238 pp.
Ages 10-13
2005

Witchlanders
by Lena Coakley
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster
 400 pp.
Ages 12+
2011


Yellow Line
by Sylvia Olsen
Orca Book Publishers
112 pp.
Ages 14-17
2005
  
Zack
by William Bell
Doubleday Canada
170 pp.
Ages 12+
1998

 
Non-Fiction
Children of Africville
by Christine Welldon
Nimbus Publishing
81 pp.
Ages 8-12
2009

Fatty Legs: A True Story
by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
Annick Press
104 pp.
Ages 7-11
2010

Season of Rage: Hugh Burnett and the Struggle for Civil Rights
by John Cooper
Tundra Books
69 pp.
Ages10-15
2005 
 

The Secret of Your Name: Proud to be Métis
by David Boucard
Illustrated by Dennis Weber
Music by John Arcand
Red Deer Press
32 pp.
Ages 10-13
2009


A Stranger at Home
by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
Illustrated by Liz Amini-Holmes
Annick Press
120 pp.
Ages 8-13
2011
Viola Desmond Won’t Be Budged!
by Jody Nyasha Warner
Illustrated by Richard Rudnicki
Groundwood Books
32 pp.
Ages 6-9
2010

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