Challenging Stories

Canadian Literature for Social Justice in the Classroom

By Anne Burke, Ingrid Johnston, Angela Ward


How can Canadian educators begin to instill cultural sensitivity and social awareness in elementary and secondary school students? This vital text attempts to answer that question by bringing together literacy scholars and practicing teachers in a unique cross-Canadian exploration of children’s literature and social justice. Through reflection on the experience of teaching with various Canadian texts including picture books, novels, and graphic novels, the contributors behind Challenging Stories create a “pedagogy of discomfort” that will encourage both educators and their students to develop critical literacy skills.

The compelling contributions to this collection highlight the complexities of teaching with texts that address issues of discrimination, historical marginalization, colonialism, racial and gender intolerance, sexual orientation, language, and cultural diversity. The authors offer first-hand insight into the possibilities and challenges of implementing curricular and pedagogical changes to promote equity and social justice in the classroom. Featuring the stories of participating teachers and an annotated bibliography of children’s literature, this invaluable resource will prove to be essential reading for current and future students in undergraduate education programs across Canada.


  • engages in stories from the classroom, highlighting complex issues of teaching literature for social justice
  • highlights contemporary Canadian texts by authors and illustrators from diverse backgrounds, including Indigenous and immigrant authors and illustrators


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