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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Literacy first in families - idea 1 Sticks

My son stacked his markers one top of each other in a stick.  We used this stick to play a Support a Grandpa Readers Theatre activity and then we played a fencing game. Read more

Friday, November 18, 2011

Free childrens books

First Book Canada

Andrew's Books

Childrens Book Banks Toronto

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Counselling Foundation of Canada grants

One of the goals: To encourage and support programs which contribute to healthy child development especially for those groups of parents and children known to be at greatest risk.

Example: Read to Me in Micmac and Pathways to Education

Order of priority: Toronto, Ontario and Canada

Contact: Bruce Lawson at 416 923 8953


Stepping stones and neighbour grants

Stepping stones and neighbour grants are part of the Calgary Foundations vision of citizens engaged in community building at all levels.

Examples: Pathways Freindship Round Dance, Inglewood Design Initiative,Parkland Community Garden Build, Goodlife Community Bike Shop, Teens in the Lead, South Calgary Multicultural Festival, and Patrick Airlie School Mural.

Category: Grassroots


Friday, November 11, 2011

Education Partnerships Program

Education Partnerships Program

The Education Partnerships Program is part of an overarching commitment of the Government of Canada to set the foundation for long-term reform of First Nations education. A key component of the broader Reforming First Nations Education Initiative, this proposal-driven program is designed to promote collaboration between First Nations, provinces, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), and other stakeholders towards improving the success of First Nation elementary and secondary students in First Nation and provincial schools.
The Program supports the establishment and advancement of formal partnership arrangements that aim to develop practical working relationships between officials and educators in regional First Nation organizations and schools, and those in provincial systems. These partnership arrangements open the way to sharing information and better coordination between First Nation and provincial schools. The result will be concrete benefits for the students, teachers and administrators involved.
Funding is available on a proposal basis to eligible regional First Nation organizations for:
  • the negotiation and drafting of tripartite education Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) and joint action plans where they do not already exist (partnership establishment); and,
  • the drafting and implementation of joint action plans within established partnerships where there is an MOU or similar formal partnership agreement already in place (partnership advancement).
If required, the Program may provide a regional First Nation organization with a limited amount of funding for up to one year for preliminary consultation.
To learn more about the Education Partnerships Program, you may be interested in the following:

The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2011

The Writers Guild of Alberta Gears Up for the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards

The Writers Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2012 Alberta Literary Awards.  Writers from across Alberta are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories.  The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2011.

Submissions are evaluated on originality, creativity, and quality of writing, as well as appropriate fit within a category.  The winners will be announced at the 2012 Alberta Book Awards Gala in Calgary in the spring.  The Alberta Literary Awards will be presented in conjunction with the Book Publishers Association of Alberta’s (BPAA) Alberta Book Publishing Awards and Edmonton Public Library’s Alberta Readers’ Choice Award.

The Alberta Literary Awards were created by the Writers Guild of Alberta in 1982 to recognize excellence in writing by Alberta authors. Prizes of $1500 are awarded to published entries in the following categories:
R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature (picture books)
Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
Wilfrid Eggleston Award for Nonfiction
Stephan G. Stephansson Award for Poetry
Gwen Pharis Ringwood Award for Drama (published or produced)

In addition, four prizes of $700 are awarded to unpublished and published entries in the following categories:
Amber Bowerman Memorial Travel Writing Award (unpublished)
James H. Gray Award for Short Nonfiction (unpublished or published)
Howard O'Hagan Award for Short Story (published)
Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Prize (unpublished or published)

The Writers Guild of Alberta is a non-profit organization that represents both professional and emerging writers in Alberta.  Their mission is to inspire, connect, support, encourage and promote writers and writing, to safeguard the freedom to write and to read, and to advocate for the well-being of writers.

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit

Monday, November 7, 2011

Te Tai Tamariki Trust-meaning the tide of children

Te Tai Tamariki

- meaning the tide of children - is a registered charitable trust, founding in May 2006. The Trust has been set up
to preserve and promote New Zealand children's literature.

New Zealand has produced many world renowned authors, artists and illustrators over the decades, and more recently has
shown leadership in the use of new technologies and media to communicate story. It is the original manuscripts, illustrations
and other media of these New Zealanders that we want to protect and promote for the future. The Trust will continue to
both promote and collect children's literature (broadly defined), in a variety of media from books to digital forms.

At present, there is no central body focusing on the collection, restoration, preservation and exhibition of such material, and
it is feared that it will be lost if action is not taken. Te Tai Tamariki's vision is to create a national centre – with its base in
Christchurch – that will encourage a wide range of groups to enjoy and celebrate New Zealand's children's literature. The
physical centre will be multi-faceted, with a wide variety of purposes including entertainment, education, research and
retail. Such centres have already been established overseas as both domestic and international tourist attractions as well as
educational centres. The concept plan for this national centre can be read here.

While still in its early days, the vision of Te Tai Tamariki is fast gaining the support of both the literary world and the general public.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Grade 2 and 6 students celebrate Remembrance Day

Grade 2 students read a book We Remember and wrote a story about their heroes.  Mr. Reader did a presentation for the Grade 6 students, read letters written during World War 2, advertisements, comfort boxes, recognized their FN war veterans, and email letters to Canadian Armed Forces serving abroad. Read more and view the pictures at

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

AFA Individual Artists Project Grant Program Application Deadline Update

AFA Individual Artists Project Grant Program Application Deadline Update The AFA has moved the winter deadline for the Individual Artists Project Grant Program to February 1, commencing in 2012.  The fall deadline remains September 1.  Please visit to see up-to-date Guidelines and Application form information.