April 2020

The Artwork

Charles Bowman Public School

The Whole World in Our Hands

We created a board of all the things we have learned about people being the same and different and how we are all part of the world and deserve to be respected. We are responsible for being kind to all and accepting others for who they are and allowing them to contribute in their own way. We also need to be stewards of the earth to make sure that we all take care and respect where we live because it is the only one we have. We have built many bridges to make sure that we are kind, respectful and responsible and have talked about acceptance of others differences to make sure everyone feels comfortable and capable.

April Calendar Resources

April is...

Earth Month (Can)

Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month (Can)

Sikh Heritage Month (ON)
 

Index of Holy Days

Maple Sugar Moon – Ziisbaakdoke Giizis (Anishinaabe - First Nations) Month of April Anishinaabe Moon Calendar – The month of April is an active time for those who tap the Maple trees for their sap and turn it into Maple syrup and sugar. It is known as the sugaring moon.

For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to www.facebook.com/groups/16994197269 or contact Trent University Department of Indigenous Studies.
The Ontario Native Literacy Coalition has released this informative PDF to share information about Ojibway, Cree, and Mohawk languages and their respective understandings of moons, seasons, days and cycles of ceremonies. It also explains the significance of the Aboriginal Calendar. onlc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/13-Moon-curriculum2.pdf

Win Translation’s page “Ojibwe Months: Names Chosen by Nature?” explores the relationship between the Ojibwe languages and dialects, and how moons come to have been named in such a way. www.wintranslation.com/ojibwe-months/

Language is an important part of Anishinaabe traditions and culture. To learn more about the Ojibwe language visit The Ojibwe People's Dictionary

Rama Navami (Hindu)-April 2

Recognizes the Birth of Lord Rama, an incarnation of Vishnu and the hero of the Ramayana. Visit this site to learn more about the significance of this important Hindu observance. www.hindupedia.com/en/Rama_Navami

Vaisakhi (Sikh)- April 3

Vaisakhi honours the Sikh New Year and the year that Sikhism became a collective faith with processions and hymns from the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book. It is also spelled Baisakhi. 
CBC provides this kid friendly introduction to this holiday. www.cbc.ca/kidscbc2/the-feed/whats-the-story-vaisakhi

Palm Sunday (Christian)- April 5

Marks the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem and the start of the Holy Week. www.thoughtco.com/what-is-palm-sunday-700775

Passover (Jewish)*- April 8-16

The start of the season of Passover commemorates the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses.  For a brief description of the history and story behind Passover visit: www.history.com/topics/holidays/passover

Theravada New Year (Buddhist)- April 9

The New Year takes place on the first full moon in April for Theravada Buddhists. Themes of reflecting on one's karma, of purifying oneself, and of hospitality are prevalent.  www.readthespirit.com/religious-holidays-festivals/buddhist-theravada-new-year-with-sand-and-water/

Easter (Christian)- April 12

The most important Christian Festival. Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. For more information about Easter and how it is celebrated visit www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/easter-in-canada/

Easter (Orthodox)- April 19

Celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


Ridván* (Bahá'í)- April 20-May 1

Ridván celebrates Bahá’u’lláh’s time in the garden of Ridván and his announcement that he was the prophet promised by the Báb. The most important Bahá’i festival.  www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/bahai/holydays/ridvan.shtmlSignificant Dates

International Day of Pink (Can)

A day to celebrate diversity and raise awareness to stop homophobic, transphobic and all forms of bullying and discrimination. See also “Anti-Bullying Day” in February. dayofpink.org/about/

Equality Day (Can)

On Equality Day Canadians everywhere can celebrate the inclusion of Sections 15 and 28 in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which forms part of the Canadian Constitution.

Learn what rights and freedoms are guaranteed by federal law in Canada. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/Const/page-15.html

Learn about Equality day and Section 15 and 28 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms - www.nupge.ca/content/equality-day-and-charter-rights-freedoms

Earth Day (Can)

This is a day designed to inspire awareness of, and appreciation for, the Earth’s environment.

Visit these sites for information and resources around Earth Day, our environment and the ways that we are changing the environment.  www.earthday.org/   climate.nasa.gov/


To create this enchanting fictional account of how maple syrup might have been first discovered. Connie Brummel Crook borrows elements from some of the many prevailing traditional folk takes.

In finding this new source of nourishment, her young protagonist, a native boy named Rides the Wind, is able to help his people through a harsh winter.

Maple Moon by Connie Brummel Crook Amazon.ca

For Older Readers - Rich with dark and light, pain and magic, The Inconvenient Indian distills the insights gleaned from Thomas King's critical and personal meditation on what it means to be "Indian" in North America.

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King Amazon.ca


In a brand-new companion to his beloved classic It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside. Who better than Todd Parr to remind kids that their unique traits are what make them so special? With his signature silly and accessible style, Parr encourages readers to embrace all their unique qualities.

‘Be Who You Are!’ By Todd Parr Amazon.ca

Jacob loves playing dress-up, when he can be anything he wants to be. Some kids at school say he can't wear "girl" clothes, but Jacob wants to wear a dress to school. Can he convince his parents to let him wear what he wants? This heartwarming story speaks to the unique challenges faced by boys who don't identify with traditional gender roles.

Jacob’s New Dress by Sarah Hoffman, Ian Hoffman, Chris Case Amazon.ca  


This gorgeous picture book in verse follows the actual story of the Exodus. Told through the eyes of a young slave girl, author Laurel Snyder and illustrator Catia Chien skillfully and gently depict the story of Pharoah, Moses, the 10 plagues, and the parting of the Red Sea.

The Longest Night: A Passover Story by Laurel Snyder (Author),‎ Catia Chien (Illustrator) Amazon.ca  

From Muslim and Latino poet Mark Gonzales comes a touching and lyrical picture book about a parent who encourages their child to find joy and pride in all aspects of their multicultural identity.

Yo Soy Muslim: A Father's Letter to His Daughter by Mark Gonzales Amazon.ca


Ziji is a noisy, bouncy puppy who lives with the Anderson family: Mom, Dad, Jenny, and Baby Jack. He loves to bark and play and—most of all—chase pigeons in the park. Then one day, Ziji sees a new boy from Jenny's school, Nico, sitting in the park. What is Nico doing? Why does he look so calm and happy? Ziji can't wait to find out.

Ziji: The Puppy Who Learned to Meditate by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche,‎ Torey Hayden Amazon.ca

The inspiring true story of Malala Yousafzai, human rights activist and the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, from debut author/illustrator Lina Maslo.

Free as a Bird: The Story of Malala by Lina Maslo Amazon.ca


The 30 rights set down in 1948 by the United Nations are incredibly powerful. Every Human Has Rights offers kids an accessibly written list of these rights, commentary–much of it deeply emotional–by other kids, and richly evocative photography illustrating each right.

Every Human Has Rights: A Photographic Declaration for Kids by National Geographic Amazon.ca

Eleanor Estes's The Hundred Dresses won a Newbery Honor in 1945 and has never been out of print since. At the heart of the story is Wanda Petronski, a Polish girl in a Connecticut school who is ridiculed by her classmates for wearing the same faded blue dress every day.

The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes (Author),‎ Louis Slobodkin (Illustrator) Amazon.ca


Trevor Baker is a big, heavy, and very angry nine-year-old boy who is the neighborhood and school bully. One night after his mother takes away his television, he storms out of the house, shouting, punching, and kicking anything in his path. Unsatisfied after acting out his violence, he comes across the only force that can change him: a large old maple tree next to his house.

Anger Tree by John Cary Amazon.ca

When Mountain Girl states that the family is poor, her parents describe to her the richness in the natural things around them, such as the desert hills and blooming cactus, which makes Mountain Girl realize that her family is wealthier than anyone in the world.

The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor (Author),‎ Peter Parnall (Illustrator) Amazon.ca


Glashka can hear whales. But with that mysterious power comes great responsibility. When she discovers thousands of whales trapped in a rapidly freezing inlet, she knows it is up to her to gather the people of her town to help them. Based on an actual event, this inspiring story follows Glashka and her people as they come to understand the importance of all life.

A Symphony of Whales Paperback by Steve Schuch (Author),‎ Peter Sylvada (Illustrator) Amazon.ca

Miss Fox teaches her class the value of going green. Soon, the whole school becomes environmentally conscious.

Miss Fox's Class Goes Green by Eileen Spinelli (Author),‎ Anne Kennedy (Illustrator) Amazon.ca


Paul Fleischman offers teens an environmental wake-up call and a tool kit for decoding the barrage of conflicting information confronting them.

Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines by Paul Fleischman Amazon.ca

Anne Frank's diary telling the story of her years in hiding from the Nazis has affected millions of people. But what was she like as a small girl, at home with her family and friends; at play and at school? And how did an ordinary little girl come to live such an extraordinary and tragically short life?

Anne Frank  by Josephine Poole Amazon.ca


Through the eyes of ten-year-old Annemarie, we watch as the Danish Resistance smuggles almost the entire Jewish population of Denmark, nearly seven thousand people, across the sea to Sweden. The heroism of an entire nation reminds us that there was pride and human decency in the world even during a time of terror and war.

Winner of the 1990 Newbery Medal.

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry Amazon.ca

This powerful, short, spare novel, translated from the French and based on the author's interviews with survivors, tells of the massacre in Rwanda and then the trials and aftermath, all from the viewpoint of a child.

Broken Memory by Elisabeth Combres Amazon.ca