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Five picture books to read for International Women’s Day (with kids of ALL genders)

Did you celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, March 8th? Often overlooked in the discourse around IWD is transgender women. Our motto at Parents for Diversity is “Picture Books Can Change The World,” and to that end, we are offering five picture books to read with your kids to begin discussing gender identity and affirming …

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So. Many. Good. Books. Why. Read. Seuss?

As Black History Month winds down, we are taking a pause to focus on lesser-known books about and by Black Canadians. We are reminded that the Black Canadian community represents a diversity of experiences and origins. It underestimates the depth and breadth of the influence on Canadian society exerted by Black Canadians to not examine …

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Why We Should Celebrate Black Authors During Black History Month

What do last night’s Academy Awards and Black authors have in common? You may recall a tweet by Stephen King in January in which he claimed, “…I would never consider diversity in matters of art. Only quality. It seems to me that to do otherwise would be wrong.” For King, “those judging creative excellence should …

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Touching Black Hair as Micro-Aggression

By Simone Aba Akyianu Micro-aggressions are like bee stings. We can recover from the sting, but we never forget how it feels. Maybe you rock an Afro, maybe you have curly ringlets, or wear Senegalese twists, box braids, cornrows, locs or Bantu knots. Recently, California and New York State each passed a law to prohibit …

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20 2SLGBTQ+ Children and YA Books in Honour of Capital Pride Festival

Today marks the launch of the 2019 Ottawa Capital Pride Festival, from August 18th to 25th. This year is also the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place on June 28th 1969. Police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City. The raid was followed by a …

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It’s International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day!!! Today we honour, celebrate, and remember the achievements of women around the world to the social, political, economic and cultural fabric of our society. The United Nations theme for this year’s International Women’s Day is “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change” to “focus on innovative ways in which we can …

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