I Love to Read Month
Global Winnipeg and 680 CJOB celebrate I Love to Read Month!
We can’t visit classrooms and read to students again this year, so instead we bring you 4 talented Manitoban authors and their stories.
Click the links below to hear authors read their books, and then keep watching to hear from the authors as they discuss their stories with our Global and 680 CJOB hosts.
February 2nd Eva Klassen “Ed in the Shed”
Eva Klassen is the author of Fox in a Box and Ed in The Shed, and lives in Winnipeg. She feels most like herself in a t-shirt, jeans, and tight socks pulled up high. Eva is the inventor of peanut butter milk, floor salad, and paper-tape shoes. Her superpower is the ability to figure out how to carry nearly anything on her bicycle using only her backpack and a scarf. You can visit her online at www.evaklassen.com or @klasseneva
Ed in The Shed is a story of possibility. Of potential. Of the magic you create when you put your imagination to work. It’s the story of how we can help save our planet, one daring, creative act at a time. Our hope is that Ed in The Shed will inspire the creative genius inside of everyone who reads it to make, to build, to bring something to life! This book is perfect for 3-9 year olds, but will be loved by humans of all ages, particularly those who have a creative streak, love to make and putter, or care deeply about the environment.
February 9th Tasha Spillett-Sumner “I Sang you Down from the Stars”
Tasha Spillett-Sumner (she/her)–
Tasha Spillett-Sumner draws her strength from both her Cree & Trinidadian bloodlines. She is a new mother, a celebrated educator, author, poet and emerging scholar. Tasha is most heart-tied to contributing to community lead work that centers land and water defense, and the protection of Indigenous women and girls. In her work as a doctoral candidate, she is weaving together her cultural identity, and commitment to community to produce a body of research that amplifies Indigenous women’s demands for justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two-Spirit People, and serves as a continuation of the resistance against the assault of colonialism.
Drawing from Indigenous creation stories and traditional teachings and illustrated in dazzling watercolors, I Sang You Down from the Stars is a tribute to the bond between mother and child.
The narrator gathers gifts for a medicine bundle in anticipation of her baby’s birth; a fluffy white eagle plume, bunches of cedar and sage, a quilted star blanket, and a small stone from the river. When the baby arrives, the mother shares the bundle with her child and reveals the importance of each item inside. But when her family comes to meet the new arrival, she realizes the baby arrived with gifts of its own and that the baby is also a sacred bundle: a baby bundle.
February 16th Amy Doerksen “The Rubber Boot Thief”
Amy Doerksen is a mother of three busy and boisterous small humans (Coulter, Lydia and Holden) and a step mom to the coolest and calmest teenager (Ava). Born and raised in Manitoba, Amy loves Canada and all the diversity within it. She’s visited every province and territory except one, and Newfoundland/Labrador is on her bucket list! The beautiful Canadian Shield holds an extra special place in her heart. Childhood summers spent at Lake of the Woods in Northwestern Ontario are the inspiration behind many of her stories. Amy lives in Brandon, MB with her husband (Gord Sokolosky), and kids.
With his bright blue rubber boots on and a big yellow umbrella in his hand, Joe heads outside to splash and play in the water. Follow Joe’s mucky and muddy adventure and see how he gets himself into, and out of, a sticky and tricky situation.
February 23rd William Dumas “The Gift of The Little People
WILLIAM DUMAS, a Rocky Cree storyteller, was born in South Indian Lake, Manitoba. For 25 years, he has been an educator and administrator; his passion for Cree language and culture are well aligned with his current position as Cree Language and Culture Coordinator for the Nisichawayasihk (Nelson House) Education Authority. William Dumas knows first-hand the power storytelling has to teach Indigenous youth about where they come from and where they are going.
Helpless to stop a deadly illness, Rocky Cree Elder Kākakiw struggles to help the sick as more and more people pass into the spirit world. To save his people, Kākakiw must overcome doubt to trust in traditional teachings and the gift of the Little People