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Indigo Love of Reading Foundation x Skipping Stone Foundation

June 17, 2021

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The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is empowering children and changing lives through books. Children and young adults in the 2SLGBTQI community, especially those who are racialized, are often underrepresented in the books they read, and in the media they consume. To help address this gap, we partnered with Skipping Stone Foundation—a nationally recognized agency that connects Trans and gender diverse youth, adults, and families with comprehensive, low barrier access to support they need and deserve—to provide youth with limited access to resources to 2SLGBTQI books to ensure all individuals feel seen, represented and supported. In partnership with Skipping Stone Foundation, we created a list of must-read children’s books for Pride.

 

11 Must-Read Books for Pride

curated by Skipping Stone Foundation & Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Earth Day Resources 2021

April 21, 2021

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EARTHDAY.ORG including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries.

 

As a part of our commitment to Earth Day and promoting environmental literacy we granted twenty schools to receive an Earth Day classroom kit filled with environmental literacy books. These schools from across Canada have been working hard to restore our planet and engaging in many eco-friendly initiatives in their own school and communities.

 

Below, we have assembled Earth Day resources to aid in these important conversations to restore our planet at home or in the classroom:

Earth Day resources for educators

International Women’s Day

March 8, 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day (March 8), the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has curated a Female Voices booklist for educators, parents and caregivers to read with the children in their lives and celebrate female voices today – and every day.

International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.

#HappyInternationalWomensDay #InternationalWomensDay #ChooseToChallenge

Indigo Love of Reading Female Voices Book List

I Read Canadian 2021

February 17, 2021

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I Read Canadian Day is a day to raise awareness of Canadian books and celebrate the richness, diversity, and breadth of Canadian literature.

Today, February 17, 2021, I Read Canadian is challenging young people to “Read Canadian” for 15 minutes. The Indigo Love of Reading team has created a list of books from Canadian Voices to support your classroom reading today. 

Indigo Love of Reading Canadian Voices Booklist

Books Make A Difference

December 1, 2020


In April, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation (ILOR) committed $1 million in books and educational resources to support Canadian children in high-needs communities during the COVID-19 pandemic with the launch of the Indigo Love of Reading Community Response Fund. The first round of these grants were awarded to organizations across Canada that were able to mobilize quickly to support children during the COVID-19 pandemic. The stories below represent just some of the impacts we’ve seen through this program so far.

Parents Engaged in Education, Scarborough, Ontario

When schools closed in March, Toronto-based non-profit organization Parents Engaged in Education stepped up to start building “Learn at Home” kits for children and youth living in poverty. These kits offered a vital source of education for young people who would otherwise not have had access due to school closures and limited resources at home. In addition to the educational benefits, Executive Director Theresa Pastore shared that the books gave the children they serve the opportunity to escape the stresses of the COVID-19 pandemic, allowing them to enhance their mental health and well-being during the crisis. Theresa said, “books gave them the opportunity to escape into great stories that take their mind off their current living situation, which was only magnified by self-isolation and stress during COVID-19.”

Speaking of the impact of this program, Teresa Pastore explained that without the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation Community Response Fund, “organizations just would not have been able to respond to the crisis as we did.” Parents Engaged in Education were able to stretch their grant funding to provide more than 1,500 children across the city of Toronto with access to 3,000 books.


The Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC), Manitoba, Canada

The Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Centre (WASAC) helps to remove barriers to sport and recreation programming for thousands of Indigenous children and youth and is Canada’s largest employer for Indigenous young people. When schools closed and many children and youth programs shut down, the children in Winnipeg were at high risk of falling behind in reading during this pandemic. That is why WASAC applied for the Indigo Love of Reading Community Response Fund. However, the books they were able to distribute did more than just promote literacy. Jim Thompson, Program Manager, shared that the program was also a great way to build intergenerational connections with families, by “building role models who can inspire their younger brothers and sisters to fall in love with reading.” Carley Henderson, a mother, and WASAC Alumni echoed that, sharing that the books her family received provided “a source of learning that our children enjoy and gave me that extra snuggle time with our daughter.” Through their grant, WASAC was able to reach 2,356 children and youth across the Winnipeg region.


Native Child & Family Services, Toronto, Ontario

Native Child and Family Services in Toronto are extremely dedicated to fostering a love of reading for Indigenous children and youth in Toronto – many of who are now experiencing barriers to learning as schools, daycare centres, and other vital community spaces remain closed due to the pandemic. The organization strongly believes that connecting young people to their culture and history is key to overcoming adversity. The funds helped offer their communities access to books that enriched their relationship to their culture, history, and Indigenous identity. One beneficiary from the Native Family & Child Services of Toronto shared that, “I related to this book because I’m learning my culture, my language…”. By distributing books to 1,000 Indigenous children and families across Toronto, Native Child and Family Services were able to deepen connections between Indigenous children and their language and culture, all through the power of reading!


Learn More about the impacts of the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

Orange Shirt Day 2020

September 30, 2020

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On September 30, Orange Shirt Day is a day when all Canadians come together to honour the thousands of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children who were taken from their homes and forced to attend residential schools in Canada. Together, we acknowledge that this is not just a part of Canada’s history, but an ongoing struggle for all First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples who continue to experience the legacies of settler colonialism in Canada. The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation believes in the power of books as a tool for education and reconciliation. Along with our educational partners, we work year-round to ensure all Indigenous and non-Indigenous students have access to Indigenous knowledge, authors, and culture through books.

 

As a part of our commitment to Indigenous communities and cultural reclamation, we provided books from Indigenous authors to students in over 20 northern communities through our Community Response Fund in partnership with Connected North. As part of this program, Connected North is also hosting live classroom events with authors Waub Rice and Michael Kusugak so that students in remote locations are able to learn and engage with these inspiring authors.

 

Today, we encourage all Canadians to engage in meaningful dialogue around the long-lasting legacies of residential schools and the on-going systemic injustices experienced by Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

 

Below, we have assembled Orange Shirt Day resources to aid in these important conversations:

Orange Shirt Day resources

Orange Shirt Day Events

I’m worried my kids will be behind next year. What can I do to help them now?

July 22, 2020

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and educators from the Love of Reading community partnered with IndigoKids to host Indigo Teacher Talk to help parents who need a little extra help with their home school questions. Our educators shared their summer reading suggestions. Happy reading!

Educator: Danny Grafton

Grade: K-8; Librarian

Province: Manitoba

Fave Book: I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen

Social-Emotional Learning

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and educators from the Love of Reading community partnered with IndigoKids to host Indigo Teacher Talk to help parents who need a little extra help with their home school questions. This video, our educators are sharing recommendations for children’s books on Social-Emotional Learning to help kids talk about mental health, emotions, and building healthy relationships.

Book Recommendations to Celebrate Pride!

The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation and educators from the Love of Reading community partnered with IndigoKids to host Indigo Teacher Talk to help parents who need a little extra help with their home school questions. In this video, our educators are sharing recommendations for great children’s books to read during June to celebrate Pride!