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20 June Saturday

ISF2020: Boonoonoonous Hair! And other stories for diverse little humans

20 June 2020, 11:00 - 20 June 2020, 11:30

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“Books can be windows into other people’s lives and mirrors of your own” – Rudine Sims Bishop

This is a special Saturday morning read-along session with some of Canada’s best loved children’s book authors. Join Olive Senior, Paul Yee and Sirish Rao reading aloud from their books in this special 30 minute online event for children 3-6 years old.

Kids will enter the fabulous world of Commonwealth Writer’s Prize-winning Jamaican writer Olive Senior’s books where they meet Jamila and her electric, kinetic, twirly, whirly, fuzzy, snappy Boonoonoonous hair. Governor General’s Literary Award-winning writer Paul Yee will take them to China to meet a farmer called Bamboo, and his wife Ming’s magical bamboo grove. ISF’s very own co-founder Sirish Rao introduces children to the quirky Indian artist Siena Baba in his Sunday Times Best Children’s Book ‘That’s How I See Things’.

Register for free to receive a link, and feel assured that you can give your kids 30 minutes of quality screen time.


The great scholar of children’s literature, Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop said “books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. And books are also mirrors, reflecting our own lives back at us.” Reading is therefore a means of self-affirmation, of seeing yourself in the world. Ideas of ourselves and the world start very early, and we often fail our kids by giving them books that reinforce a limited view of the world. A study in the United States showed that White characters made up 50% of characters in children’s books, while 23% were visible minorities. In fact, books with animals in them far outweighed the number of books featuring Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, or Pacific Islander characters combined. If we want to see a different world, we have to offer our children better alternatives. Reading is one powerful way of doing that.

Watch it on our Facebook page or YouTube channel.

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This event will be live-captioned on all platforms. 

About Indian Summer Festival

ISF is committed to continuing programming in the virtual world during the COVID-19 pandemic. We strive to bring our customary care and quality to our work, and ensure that artists, vendors and team members are safe and paid fair wages. Your support in this time helps us to keep the arts alive. Please consider making a donation: www.indiansummerfest.ca/supporter/.

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Date: June 20, 2020
Time: 11:00 am - 11:30 am
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