Sidewalk Flowers for Syrian Refugee Families

Groundwood Logos SpineIBBY Canada, the Canadian national section of the International Board on Books for Young People, will be providing every Syrian refugee family coming to Canada a children’s book along with a card in English, French and Arabic encouraging children and their families to go to their public library where they will find so many of the resources they will need for their new lives.

Every Syrian refugee family will receive a copy of Sidewalk Flowers, written by JonArno Lawson and illustrated by Sydney Smith. In this Governor General’s Award winning picture book, a little girl collects wildflowers while her distracted father pays her little attention. Each flower becomes a gift, and whether the gift is noticed or ignored, both giver and recipient are transformed by their encounter. It is a wordless picture book with no language barriers, and it can be enjoyed across cultures by children and parents alike.

All royalties and printing costs from this distribution will be donated, and Groundwood will be foregoing any revenues.

You can read the full news release from IBBY Canada, along with further details of the initiative, here:

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