Children’s Literature Reviewer

Children’s Literature Reviewer

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Hourly Wage Rate: $25.00

Number of Weeks: 15

Number of Hours per Week: 35.00

To apply send your cover letter & resume or CV to: edmonton@ourscfa.org

Four Children’s Literature Reviewers will be tasked with reviewing a longlist of fiction and non-fiction titles in a variety of formats (books, eBooks, film, etc.) to assess their appeal to young people and relevance to the Black Canadian community. The project will culminate in the creation of a guide of recommended resources for grades K-12 students focused on Black Canadian history, experiences, and culture.

Representation matters for visible minorities, particularly children and youth. The Black Canadian Literature Guide for K-12 will increase awareness among teachers, librarians and young people about titles that reflect diverse Black Canadian experiences in a sensitive and nuanced way. While general interest Black titles will be considered, priority and emphasis will be given to Canadian authors and content.

Applicants must be post-secondary students, and an avid reader, with a background preferably in Education or Library Sciences.

This project will be led by the Sickle Cell Foundation of Alberta (SCFA), under the leadership of Dr. Jean Walrond. Funding for this project in cash or in-kind has been provided by SCFA, Edmonton Community Foundation, Government of Canada Summer Jobs Program, Friends of Barbados Association Edmonton (FBAE), and Edmonton Public Library.

Additional organizations who have expressed interest in collaborating include the Jamaica Association of Alberta (JANA), the National Black Coalition of Canada — Edmonton (NBCC–Edmonton), The Nile Valley, the Africa Centre of Edmonton, and the Council of Canadians of African and Caribbean Heritage (CCACH).

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