CARMEN OLIVER & DEBBIE GONZALES - A Voice for the Spirit Bears & Girls with Guts

Saturday, May 11 at 2 PM

Authors
CARMEN OLIVER & DEBBIE GONZALES
speaking & signing
A Voice for the Spirit Bears &
Girls with Guts

 


ABOUT A VOICE FOR THE SPIRIT BEARS: HOW ONE BOY INSPIRED MILLIONS TO SAVE A RARE ANIMAL

As a child, Simon Jackson found navigating the world of the school playground difficult. He felt most at home in the woodlands, learning about and photographing wildlife. As a teenager, he became fascinated with spirit bears, a rare subspecies of black bear with creamy white fur. These elusive creatures were losing their habitat to deforestation, and Simon knew he had to do something to protect them. He decided he would become the voice for the spirit bears. But first, he would have to find his own.

Carmen Oliver's inspiring true story is based on the early life of Simon Jackson, who founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. On his remarkable journey to protect the spirit bears, he met Dr. Jane Goodall and eventually hiked the Great Bear Rainforest --- the home of these elusive animals. Katy Dockrill's captivating art adds depth and beauty to the story. Photos and additional details about Simon Jackson's life and about spirit bears are included in the end matter. Part of the CitizenKid collection, this book demonstrates how one child can be a voice for change. Simon's story is an excellent example of growth mindset at work, highlighting personal growth and overcoming obstacles through activism. This book can also be used to lead discussions about character education as it relates to courage, resilience and perseverance. In addition, it has strong science curriculum links to the environment, animal habitats and the effects of clear-cutting.

ABOUT CARMEN OLIVER

Carmen Oliver's inspiring true story is based on the early life of Simon Jackson, who founded the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition. On his remarkable journey to protect the spirit bears, he met Dr. Jane Goodall and eventually hiked the Great Bear Rainforest --- the home of these elusive animals. Katy Dockrill's captivating art adds depth and beauty to the story. Photos and additional details about Simon Jackson's life and about spirit bears are included in the end matter. Part of the CitizenKid collection, this book demonstrates how one child can be a voice for change. Simon's story is an excellent example of growth mindset at work, highlighting personal growth and overcoming obstacles through activism. This book can also be used to lead discussions about character education as it relates to courage, resilience and perseverance. In addition, it has strong science curriculum links to the environment, animal habitats and the effects of clear-cutting.


ABOUT GIRLS WITH GUTS: THE ROAD TO BREAKING BARRIERS AND BASHING RECORDS

No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer.

A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Girls With Guts! keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.

ABOUT DEBBIE GONZALES

Debbie Gonzalez is an educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator, and adjunct professor. She’s the author of six books for New Zealand publisher Giltedge. She earned an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives with her husband John and dog in Michigan.


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Saturday, May 11, 2019 - 2:00pm
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A Voice for the Spirit Bears: How One Boy Inspired Millions to Save a Rare Animal (CitizenKid) Cover Image
By Carmen Oliver, Katy Dockrill (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781771389792
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Kids Can Press - May 7th, 2019

Girls with Guts!: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records Cover Image
By Debbie Gonzales, Rebecca Gibbon (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897471
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Charlesbridge - May 14th, 2019

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