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CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Silver Birch Express Award

The Forest of Reading's Silver Birch Express Award is comprised of fiction and non-fiction titles, is geared to reluctant readers and is typically suited for Grades 3 and 4. The 2020 nominees include: - Megabat (winner)- Counting on Katherine: How Katherine Johnson Saved Apollo 13 - Dragons in a Bag  - Earthrise: Apollo 8 and the Photograph That Changed the World - Go Show the World: ...
  • 2020
  • 00:18:35
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Silver Birch Fiction Award

The Forest of Reading's Silver Birch Award is meant for readers aged 8 to 12 (Grades 3-6). The 2020 nominees include: - The Mystery of Black Hollow Lane (winner)- Cross Ups 02: Anyone’s Game - Inkling - My Life As a Diamond - Oculum - Orange for the Sunsets - A Royal Guide to Monster Slaying - Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster - Wings of Olympus - ...
  • 2020
  • 00:17:37
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books The Forest of Reading 2020: Blue Spruce Award

The Forest of Reading's Blue Spruce Award brings recently published Canadian children's picture books to children between the ages of 4 and 7 (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 2). For many children, this is their first introduction to the world of books. This award promotes reading for enjoyment and begins to develop a child’s skill in evaluating a picture book based ...
  • 2020
  • 00:20:36
  • 5-8
  • Added on: 06/16/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Cory Doctorow on Radicalized

Radicalized by Cory Doctorow collects four science fiction novellas, all of which explore ethical questions surrounding how technology is abused on both personal and corporate levels. Cory Doctorow is a Toronto-born science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger.
  • 2020
  • 00:06:26
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Samra Habib on We Have Always Been Here

Samra Habib's first book spans continents — from Pakistan to Canada — as Habib describes her long journey through religious persecution, racism and embracing her identity as a queer Muslim woman. Samra Habib is a journalist, photographer and activist based in Toronto.
  • 2020
  • 00:04:05
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/02/2020

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to use Canada Reads in the classroom

  • Canada Reads 2020: Backgrounder on We Have Always Been Here (PDF)

  • Canada Reads 2020: Backgrounder on We Have Always Been Here (PPT)

  • Canada Reads 2020: We Have Always Been Here excerpt (PDF)

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Eden Robinson on Son of a Trickster

In Son of a Trickster, celebrated Haisla and Heiltsuk author Eden Robinson tells the story of a 16-year-old named Jared who is known in his community for making the best weed cookies and for having a scary mom. Jared takes care of his struggling family the best he can and shrugs off the fact that the ravens are talking to ...
  • 2020
  • 00:07:20
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/28/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Jesse Thistle on From the Ashes

Métis-Cree writer Jesse Thistle talks about how our own story can emerge from getting the "small fragments of our experience" down on the page. In his memoir, From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way, Thistle describes how he transformed his life — from being homeless and struggling with addiction to winning awards in academia. ...
  • 2020
  • 00:05:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/27/2020

CBC Books Canada Reads 2020: Megan Gail Coles on Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club

Megan Gail Coles talks about her novel Small Game Hunting at the Local Coward Gun Club and explains why she warns the reader, “This might hurt a little. Be brave.” Her novel revolves around a cast of flawed characters connected to a St. John's restaurant called The Hazel. They are implicated in each other's hopes, dreams and pains as they ...
  • 2020
  • 00:07:14
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 02/26/2020

CBC Books The First Page: Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay reads from the opening of his novel Escape, a sequel to his book Chase. He believes that what makes a good first page is something that grabs you right away: “You’ve got that first page, maybe two, to really grab the reader’s attention.” Download the First Page teacher guide for discussion questions on Barclay's novel, key concepts to writing a ...
  • 2019
  • 00:05:06
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019

CBC Books The First Page: Fonda Lee Must-See

Fonda Lee reads from the first page of Exo, her young adult sci-fi novel. She remarks that, when she starts a novel – particularly because she writes science fiction and fantasy – she thinks about presenting something familiar and presenting something strange; the idea being to make the reader feel comfortable while also giving them something to be curious about. She ...
  • 2019
  • 00:06:28
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 11/12/2019