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We are approaching a well-deserved period of rest this holiday season. The Reading Council of Greater Winnipeg's executive is looking forward to speaking time with friends and family and curling up with some of our favourite things – books.
Our list below includes titles the RCGW executive thinks would make great gifts this holiday season, whether for loved ones or as a bit of a treat for yourself. Also, be sure to check out the Manitoba Young Readers' Choice Award (MYRCA) titles. They're always a hit with young readers.
The titles below link to McNally Robinson or other Canadian publishers. Happy reading!
Kindergarten to Grade 2
Books for Adults
Written by Carol Hryniuk-Adamov, RCGW Member-at-Large
Here are some book suggestions for Summer Reading that explore Indigenous perspectives written by Indigenous authors. Support your local public library and bookseller!
Sandra Janzen, a reading clinician and Manitoba Council of Reading Clinicians (MCRC) representative to our provincial Manitoba Reading Association (MRA), and I have been previewing these for an MRA project in inner-city schools. Sandra made the original selection at our local bookstore. As I quickly previewed the books, I became so excited. I wanted to read and share each book with other readers and educators. So this summer, I hope to do a more in-depth reading of these picture books and graphic novels with my grandsons and their cousins at the cabin.
As I quickly previewed the books, I was so tempted to think about ways the books could be used in classrooms, at various levels. Some may be great choices for future read alouds or literature circles in your classrooms, at different levels. Older students can do an in-depth genre study of some of these picture books and graphic novels. Some readers could also practise these books to build confidence and fluency so they can share the books in performance reading, as guest readers/volunteers for a practicum or simple prearranged visit to a nearby elementary school in the future. This could become a collaborative, I Love to Read month project February.
Most of these books are also beautifully illustrated and provide thought-provoking images. They evoke a range of emotions, thoughts, and discussions. These illustrations deserve further study, as we look more in-depth at the powerful representation by the artists. Some of the illustrators are also award-winning Indigenous artists.
These books are informal reading suggestions for your consideration this summer and are not in any preferential order.
Enjoy your summer reading with your family!
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