August 2020

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August Calendar Resources

Index of Holy Days

Grain Moon – Mnoomni Giizis (Anishinaabe - FirstNations) Month of August

Grain Moon –Anishinaabe Moon Calendar – It is at this time of the year that the harvesting of grains is taking place. Grains, hay and even vegetables were prepared and put away for the winter months.

For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to or contact the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent University.

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.

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.

Eid-al-Adha (Muslim)* **- July 30th - August 3rd
Celebrates the end of the Hajj or the holy pilgrimage to Mecca, one of the five pillars of Islam, observed by Muslim communities. See for more information.


Krishna Jayanti/Janmashtami (Hindu)- August 11th

This festival marks the birth of Krishna, the most venerated God in Hinduism.

Significant Dates

Hiroshima Day
On August 6, 1944, the first atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. Today, people recognize this event with special vigils and marches for peace. See to learn about the bombing and the global determination to make sure that such an act never happens again.

International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples (UN) - August 9th
This day marks the eleventh anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Visit the UN site to learn more about this important day.

World Humanitarian Day (UN) - August 19th
This day is meant to recognize aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and to those who provide support for people affected by crises around the world.

* Holy Days beginning at sundown the day before

**This date may vary based on moon sightings, local or regional customs

Additional Resources

Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond.

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World (Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai (Author), Patricia McCormick (Contributor)

"Riveting.... Co-written with Christina Lamb, a veteran British journalist who has an evident passion for Pakistan and can render its complicated history with pristine clarity, this is a book that should be read not only for its vivid drama but for its urgent message about the untapped power of girls.... It is difficult to imagine a chronicle of a war more moving, apart from perhaps the diary of Anne Frank. With the essential difference that we lost that girl, and by some miracle, we still have this one."―Marie Arana, Washington Post

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai (Author), Christina Lamb (Contributor)

"If you save the life of one person, it is as if you saved the world entire." This was the exact sentiment of the Japanese diplomat, Sugihara, and his family in Lithuania in 1941. Contrary to government orders, he issued thousands of visas to Polish Jews who became Sugihara survivors and kept their worn pieces of freedom papers as family treasures. 

Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki (Author), Dom Lee (Illustrator) 

This young readers edition of the worldwide bestseller Three Cups of Tea has been specially adapted for younger readers and updated by Greg Mortenson to bring his remarkable story of humanitarianism up to date for the present Includes new photos and illustrations as well as a special interview by Gregs twelve-year-old daughter Amira who has traveled with her father as an advocate for the Pennies for Peace program for children.

Three Cups of Tea: Young Readers Edition: One Man's Journey to Change the World... One Child at a Time by Greg Mortenson, David Oliver Relin

For older readers - An Imperfect Offering is a deeply personal, deeply political book. With unstinting candor, Orbinski explores the nature of humanitarian action in the twenty-first century, and asserts the fundamental imperative of seeing as human those whose political systems have most brutally failed. He insists that in responding to the suffering of others, we must never lose sight of the dignity of those being helped or deny them the right to act as agents in their own lives.

An Imperfect Offering: Humanitarian Action in the Twenty-first Century by James Orbinski

Young Nasreen has not spoken a word to anyone since her parents disappeared. In despair, her grandmother risks everything to enroll Nasreen in a secret school for girls. Will a devoted teacher, a new friend, and the worlds she discovers in books be enough to draw Nasreen out of her shell of sadness? Based on a true story from Afghanistan, this inspiring book will touch readers deeply as it affirms both the life-changing power of education and the healing power of love.

Nasreen's Secret School: A True Story from Afghanistan by Jeanette Winter (Author, Illustrator)

"Come with the pilgrims as they set out on a journey, a journey of patience to the city of Mecca." We are led on the journey of a lifetime to the city of Mecca - the pilgrimage known to Muslims as the Hajj. The pilgrims walk with heads bare and feet in sandals; they call to Allah; they kiss or point to the Black Stone, as the Prophet did.

Going to Mecca by Na'ima B. Robert (Author), Valentina Cavallini (Illustrator)

Young readers can learn about Eid, a religious holiday celebrated by Muslim families every year, as well as the Hajj pilgrimage, when Muslims travel back to Mecca for the Eid, in this picture book about Muslim culture and traditions written by Dr. Asma Mobin-Uddin and illustrated by Laura Jacobsen.

The Best Eid Ever by Asma Mobin-Uddin MD (Author), Laura Jacobsen (Illustrator)

A history of the Ojibwe culture which focuses on the teachings of the Good Path, nine core values that are the fundamental basis of Ojibwe philosophy.

The Good Path: Ojibwe Learning and Activity Book for Kids by Thomas Peacock (Author), Thomas D. Peacock (Author), Marlene Wisuri (Artist)

A Cherokee boy plants an apple seed, and as soon as a seedling appears he can see the apple tree it is meant to be. But the little apple tree isn't so sure. Young and impatient, it begins to doubt its calling, especially after apples fail to appear that first fall. How can the boy convince the tree to give the seasons the time to work their magic?

The Apple Tree: (In English and Cherokee) by Sandy Tharp-Thee (Author), Marlena Campbell Hodson (Illustrator)

"An accessible, easy-to-read text with surprising depth...Deals quietly with issues like race, class, various kinds of sickness, and how families differ. The novel should generate lots of conversation in a class or reading group...A smart selection for anyone who has ever struggled with a secret or worried about being different. It's also an inspiring story of a girl who's learning to get along despite difficult circumstances. Many readers will identify with and enjoy Molly's story." (Resource Links 2013-04-01)

Molly's Promise by Sylvia Olsen (Author)

This graphic novel follows one Plains Cree family from the early 19th century to present day. For Edwin, the story of his ancestors from both the distant and recent past must guide him through an uncertain present, to the dawn of a new future. 7 Generations explores the life of Stone, a young Cree warrior, the smallpox epidemic of 1870, the residential school system of the 20th century and its familial legacy.

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga by David Alexander Robertson (Author), Scott Henderson (Illustrator)

Tjarany Roughtail contains eight dreamtime stories from the Kukatja people of Western Australia’s remote Kimberley Region. Each story is complemented by beautiful artworks painted by Aboriginal artist Lucille Gill that visually explain each story using traditional dot paintings. Told in English and Kukatja, the book includes magnificent paintings, maps, kinship diagrams, exercises and language notes. Winner of Children's Book Council of Australia Award.

Tjarany Roughtail by Gracie Green (Author), Joe Tramachi (Author), Lucille Gill (Illustrator)

New Zealand has a rich and ancient tradition of story telling. 15 myths and legends are retold in this book by operatic soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, herself a Maori. These are her own versions of tales she remembers from childhood, including stories of creation, heroic battles and perilous journeys into the Maori spirit world. 

Land of the Long White Cloud: Maori Myths and Legends by Kiri Te Kanawa

**Winner of the 2015 Silver Evergreen Medal for World Peace**
This true children's story is told by a little bonsai tree, called Miyajima, that lived with the same family in the Japanese city of Hiroshima for more than 300 years before being donated to the National Arboretum in Washington DC in 1976 as a gesture of friendship between America and Japan.

The Peace Tree from Hiroshima: The Little Bonsai with a Big Story by Sandra Moore (Author), Kazumi Wilds (Illustrator)

Hiroshima-born Sadako is lively and athletic--the star of her school's running team. And then the dizzy spells start. Soon gravely ill with leukemia, the "atom bomb disease," Sadako faces her future with spirit and bravery. Recalling a Japanese legend, Sadako sets to work folding paper cranes. For the legend holds that if a sick person folds one thousand cranes, the gods will grant her wish and make her healthy again. Based on a true story, Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes celebrates the extraordinary courage that made one young woman a heroine in Japan.

Sadako and the thousand paper cranes by Eleanor Coerr (Author), Ronald Himler (Illustrator)

The author recalls her happy childhood in Hiroshima, abruptly halted on August 6, 1945, when her known world was hideously destroyed by an atomic bomb.

My Hiroshima by Junko Morimoto