Authors unite for #KidLit4BlackLives Canada event to help empower kids, parents, and educators

On Friday, June 19, Canada’s literary community of Black authors are coming together for an evening that will celebrate Black voices and stories.

Modelled after the successful #Kid4LitBlackLives event that featured African American authors earlier this month, the goals of the evening are “designed to educate, empower ,and heal, in response to incidents of police brutality, anti-Black racism, and other forms of racial oppression,” as described in a Groundwood Books press release.

The event will be hosted by author and educator Nadia L. Hohn—who has written numerous children’s books including A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett Coverley Found Her Voice and Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter—and bring together over 20 Black-Canadian authors for young people, as well as allies who strive for equity and justice.

Catherine Hernandez, Rahma Rodaah, Ishta Mercurio, Leroi Newbold and The Freedom School, are just some of the names on this phenomenal lineup. Expect a combination of story, song, reflection and poetry for kids, teens, parents, educators and librarians. 

Join the online rally on the A Different Booklist Facebook Page or Zoom at!

For Kids from 7:00-7:45pm EST

For Teens from 7:45-8:15pm EST

For Parents, Educators, and Librarians from 8:15-9:00pm EST


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