May 2020

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May Calendar Resources

May is:

Dutch Heritage Month

Asian Heritage Month.

Jewish Heritage Month

Sucker Moon – Nmebine Giizis (Anishinaabe - First Nations) Month of May

Anishinaabe Moon Calendar – During the month of May the suckers used to run. They were so plentiful in the lakes, streams and creeks that they could be caught by hand easily.

For more information on local Full Moon Ceremonies go to
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.

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.

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


Ridvan (Bahá'í)- April 20-May 1st
See April Index

Beltane (Wiccan)- May 1st
An ancient Gaelic celebration marking the beginning of summer and the fertility of the coming year.

Ramadan (Muslim)* **- April 23-May 23rd
Ramadan is a period of self-purification and betterment. For one month, Muslims fast daily, from dawn until sunset. Gaining self-restraint and contributing to charity are central features.

Visakha Puja/Buddha Day, (Buddhist)- May 7th

Visakha Puja/ Buddha Day is an extremely important day in the Buddhist tradition. It is the day that Buddhist celebrate the birth, awakening and death of the Bhddha.

Declaration of the Báb (Bahá'í)- May 22-23rd
Starting two hours after sunset on the 22nd, the event celebrates the Báb’s official declaration of his mission to prepare the world for God’s messenger, Bahá'í’u’lláh.

Ascension of Bahá'í’u’lláh- May 27th
Marks the ascension of Bahá'í’u’lláh, second founder of Bahá'í.

Ascension Day (Christian/Orthodox) - May 21st
Christians believe Christ ascended into heaven. Celebrated 40 days after Easter, Ascension marks the last earthly appearance of Christ after his resurrection.


Significant Dates

International Family Equality Day
LGBTQ family organizations from around the world join forces to increase the international visibility of LGBTQ families. Regardless of different legal, political and social circumstances around the world, the dramatic increase in the numbers of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) people choosing to raise children is a global phenomenon.

International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia
Also known as Anti-Homophobia Day, this day offers and opportunity for people to get together and reach out to one another in an effort to end homophobia and hatred.

The International Day for Biological Diversity
The United Nations proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

Aboriginal Awareness Week
Aboriginal Awareness Week was designed to increase awareness of the Indigenous peoples within Canada and the Public Service. It is a week to honour the many Indigenous cultures in Canada, including the Métis, Inuit and First Nations.
A Tribe Called Red ‘Electric Pow Wow Drum’ -

Dutch Heritage Month
By proclaiming the month of May as Dutch Heritage Month, the Province of Ontario recognizes the important contributions that Dutch Canadians have made to the economic, political, social and cultural fabric of Ontario’s society.

Asian Heritage Month.
Canadians are invited to learn more about and celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Canadians of Asian heritage who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.

Jewish Heritage Month
Ontario is home to approximately 200,000 Jewish Canadians.  Since the 1800s, the Jewish Canadian community has made significant contributions to the growth and prosperity of Ontario, while overcoming tremendous obstacles. May is a significant month for the Jewish Canadian community.  Israeli Independence Day (Yom ha-Atzmaut) and Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom ha-Shoah) frequently occur in May, as do various Jewish artistic and cultural events.

Additional Resources

A Newbery Honor Winner

This stunning fantasy inspired by Chinese folklore is a companion novel to Starry River of the Sky and the New York Times bestselling and National Book Award finalist When the Sea Turned to Silver.

Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin

Inside Out and Back Again is a New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award! Inspired by the author's childhood experience of fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama, this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration.

Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Based on the author's own experiences, this award-winning novel was the first to tell the story of the evacuation, relocation, and dispersal of Canadian citizens of Japanese ancestry during the Second World War.

 Obasan: Penguin Modern Classics Edition by Joy Kogawa

hen winter finally brings snow and ice to their Friesland village, nine-year-old twins Evert and Afke and their classmates are delighted when their teacher announces that the class is going on an all-day ice skating picnic.

A Day on Skates: The Story of a Dutch Picnic by Hilda Van Stockum 

Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance in Holland after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier.  With the conflict coming to an end, Michiel comes of age and learns of the stark difference between adventure fantasy and the ugly realities of war.

Winter in Wartime by Jan Terlouw

Emma can't wait for her cousin Hannah's wedding. She's going to be the flower girl. That means she'll wear a celery dress and walk down the aisle with the ring bear, leading the way for the happy bride and groom. Or at least, that's what Emma assumes. But nothing turns out to be quite what she's expecting, as Hannah's new spouse turns out to be another bride!

The Flower Girl Wore Celery by Meryl G. Gordon (Author),‎ Holly Clifton-Brown (Illustrator)

A middle-grade novel about two eighth-graders with big secrets: Lily is transgender and Dunkin has bipolar disorder. Like all of Gephart’s books, it shines with humor and humanity and as usual, there’s casual Jewish content.

Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart

David Da-Wei Horowitz has a lot on his plate. He would have enough to do preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah even if the planning didn't involve trying to please both his Jewish and Chinese grandmothers, who argue about everything. They even have a cook-off battle of the latkes. But David just wants everyone to be happy.

This Is Just a Test by Wendy Wan-long Shang,‎ Madelyn Rosenberg

And Tango Makes Three is the bestselling, heartwarming true story of two penguins who create a nontraditional family. At the penguin house at the Central Park Zoo, two penguins named Roy and Silo were a little bit different from the others. But their desire for a family was the same. And with the help of a kindly zookeeper, Roy and Silo get the chance to welcome a baby penguin of their very own.

And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson (Author),‎ Peter Parnell (Author),‎ Henry Cole (Illustrator)  

This bedtime story about bedtime stories shows how a lively, curious boy helps one of his moms create a magical tale. Together they weave a nighttime adventure that lands young Noah and his singing cat, Diva, deep in dragon territory.

The Different Dragon by Jennifer Bryan (Author),‎ Danamarle Hosler (Illustrator)

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Morris is a little boy who loves using his imagination. He dreams about having space adventures, paints beautiful pictures and sings the loudest during circle time. But most of all, Morris loves his classroom’s dress-up center ― he loves wearing the tangerine dress.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress by Christine Baldacchino (Author),‎ Isabelle Malenfant (Illustrator)

Square Zair Pair is a children's picture book about embracing our differences. Zairs do all things in pairs, one round with one square. But one day when two square Zairs pair for the first time, the others reject them before realizing different pairs of Zairs make their village stronger.

Square Zair Pair by Jase Peeples (Author),‎ Christine Knopp (Illustrator)

When you live in Canada's Northwest Territories, what do you do when it's this cold? This young narrator decides to ask his family and friends, "What's the most beautiful thing you know about horses?" It's a surprise question since dogs are more important to the people of this small Arctic community-horses don't survive here.

What's the Most Beautiful Thing You Know About Horses? by Richard Van Camp (Author),‎ George Littlechild (Illustrator)

When award-winning writer David Bouchard first saw the work of First Nations artist Roy Henry Vickers, he was struck by Vickers' reverence for nature and his understanding of Canada's rugged West Coast. They collaborated on The Elders Are Watching, which-now in its fifth printing-has delighted more than 100,000 readers in four languages.

The Elders are Watching by Roy Henry Vickers

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother’s garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago…

When We Were Alone by David Alexander Robertson (Author),‎ Julie Flett (Illustrator)

It’s been two years since her parents delivered her to the school run by the dark-cloaked nuns and brothers. Margaret has forgotten the language and stories of her people, and she can’t even stomach the food her mother prepares. However, Margaret gradually relearns her language and her family’s way of living. Along the way, she discovers how important it is to remain true to the ways of her people—and to herself.

A Stranger At Home: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton (Author),‎ Margaret Pokiak-Fenton   

MOONSHOT the Indigenous Comics Collection brings together dozens of creators from North America to contribute comic book stories showcasing the rich heritage and identity of indigenous storytelling.

Moonshot: The Indigenous Comics Collection by Hope Nicholson (Author),‎ Various (Illustrator)

Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem—how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

Jingle Dancer by Cynthia Leitich Smith (Author),‎ Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator)

The winter solstice, the day the "sun stands still," marks the longest night and the shortest day of the year, and it comes either on December 20th or 21st. Celebrations honoring the winter solstice as a moment of transition and renewal date back thousands of years and occur among many peoples on every continent.

The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice by Carolyn McVickar Edwards

This moving picture book for older readers about a young Muslim girl and her family at Ramadan weaves together the traditional observance and its meaning with a lively drama of sibling rivalry.

Moon Watchers: Shirin's Ramadan Miracle by Reza Jalali

Now that she's old enough, Lailah is excited about fasting for Ramandan. But will her classmates and teacher understand why she's not eating lunch?

Lailah's Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi (Author),‎ Lea Lyon (Illustrator)

In May of 2005, the author went into the woods and journeyed down a tunnel to a brightly lit cavern. She returned with an urgent message from the creatures of the Earth to all humanity. Meet the toad, weasel, beetle, lizard, caterpillar, snake, hedgehog, spider and opossum.

Where the Wisdom Lies: A Message from Nature's Small Creatures by Hope Ives Mauran

A dazzlingly illustrated and child-friendly introduction to biodiversity, Tree of Life shows how living things are classified into five kingdoms -- and how each has much to tell us about all aspects of life on our planet. Tree of Life is part of CitizenKid: A collection of books that inform children about the world and inspire them to be better global citizens.

Tree of Life: The Incredible Biodiversity of Life on Earth by Rochelle Strauss (Author),‎ Margot Thompson (Illustrator)