Our Pod

Here at the Pod, we share thoughts and opinions about the growing need for diversity in
children’s literature. As we get rooted, we will feature stories about Mighty Girls and Gentle Warriors of Change. Please stay a while, and join the conversation.

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June 13, 2018

A Cartoonist Transforms into Diverse Superhero

When you are constantly labeled as the other, then education becomes one way to transform the situation. Believe me, it’s exhausting being part of a community […]
June 11, 2018

What Does Summer Mean for Little Ones Living in Poverty?

[“Dreams of Hope flutter, sway, tickle your ears, Little One. Catch some and hold them dear, Little One.” Image from Dreams of Hope: a Bedtime Lullaby […]
April 14, 2018

The Root of Our Truth

The most common narrative that is shared about Vaisakhi Day is a 300 year-old first-hand account from a person who was known as a spy. He […]
April 9, 2018

8 Ways to Include Vaisakhi in Classrooms

Culturally relevant (or responsive) education is about looking for ways to engage students in meaningful conversations and critical thinking by drawing on their own expertise. It […]
April 5, 2018

Could Heritage Months Scaffold Anti-bias Education?

We’ve been in the process of renovating our home and so, trips to tile shops and bathroom showrooms have kept us occupied. Just last weekend, we […]
February 8, 2018

Representation Matters

It is not often that I see culturally responsive materials promoted on social media that have Canadian sources. When I do find something, my immediate thought […]
December 31, 2017

Filling the Diversity Gap in Canadian Children’s Lit in 2018

When I reflect on what was happening in the world while I was writing the initial drafts of The Garden of Peace,I remember the rising hopes […]
October 19, 2017

The Relevance of Bandi Chhor Today

When a country is home to a population of over a billion who are practicing any or none of nine recognized religions, traditions and festivity will […]
August 5, 2017

A Canadian Perspective on Remembering Oak Creek

August 5th cannot be buried under a pile of forgotten hate crimes by those privileged enough to never have experienced one. It cannot become another day […]
April 20, 2017

When People See You, What Would You Like Them To Know?

ESPEJISMO – A Festival of Borrowed Reflections An installation of mirrored art, will line the floors of the Bekenstein Atrium of the Yale School of Management, […]
April 18, 2017

Why Choose Diverse Books?

The global political climate has certainly pushed many of us to reflect on social justice issues affecting people within our own communities as well as the […]
April 18, 2017

Welcome to Saffron Press

Early in 2009, I was still a new Mum, trying to make sense of it all. Our son had been diagnosed as profoundly Deaf. Despite the […]