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Junior School Celebrates Canadian Literature

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Junior School students celebrated “I Read Canadian Day” this week, by wearing red and white and reading their favourite Canadian authors. February 17 was the second annual I Read Canadian Day, and students celebrated Canadian authors and illustrators as a way to raise awareness of Canadian books and to acknowledge the diversity of Canadian literature. 

“You read really fun books that are from Canadian authors, and the Canadian books I think, are the best,” said Mila ’29. 

The Grade 4 class also enjoyed a virtual visit from Canadian author Julie Lawson. Lawson writes for children and young adults, and her work includes picture books, chapter books, short stories and novels. The students were excited about the interesting facts they learned. 

“Today Julie Lawson was on a video meet with us, and she taught us a few things like why she likes writing historical fiction, what historical fiction means, how long it takes to write a book and why she became an author,” explained Sophie ’29. 

“She does so much research when she writes her books,” added Olive ’29. “She reads lots of books, goes to museums to look at artifacts and photographs. In one of her books, A Blinding Light she used actual photographs from the Halifax explosion.”

“Julie Lawson has been an author for 30 years,” said Kamilah ‘29. 

The Junior School Library Squad was eager to share their recommendations of books by Canadian authors, many which are Historical Fiction. 

  • Out of the Deeps by Anne Laurel Carter. 
  • Ice Storm by Penny Draper. 
  • Cariboo Runaway by Sandy Frances Duncan. 
  • A Blinding Light by Julie Lawson.
  • The Sky is Falling by Kit Pearson.
  • Destination Gold! by Julie Lawson. 
  • Klondike Cat by Julie Lawson. 

Happy Canadian reading!