Dear librarians and educators,
It is another year of amazing texts provided by BC publishers. The stories, songs, images, and ideas of many new and familiar authors contained within the books listed in this catalogue will inspire and motivate readers. Each book has been thoughtfully reviewed by one or more BC educators in terms of connection to BC’s K–12 curriculum, appropriateness of reading level, and suitability of content for the K–12 classroom.
Each year, our evaluators begin the task of annotating all these books by coming together to discuss techniques and ways to improve the process of evaluating books that have been submitted to the catalogue. We talk about Indigenous Voice and the importance of promoting books where the author is speaking from their place — meaning from their own experiences, identity, and background.
We as educators demand publishers seek out and support those authors who speak their own experiences, identity, and background, without qualifying those expressions. The more we hold space to lift up marginalized voices to speak, the richer our world becomes. This also increases the chances of our youth getting access to books that they may connect with on a new level, and that can expand their horizons.
I know that despite all the changes that the pandemic has created in our schools and libraries, teachers and librarians are able to continue to guide and invigorate readers who come seeking out inspirational authors and words of knowledge. We acknowledge the increased difficulty you have worked in over the last year and a half, and we thank you for all the work you do.
— Jackie Lever, BC certified teacher and ABPBC catalogue consultant