Game’s on for local basketball book

  • Jan. 21, 2011 8:00 p.m.

submitted by Beng Favreau-“B is for Basketball” is the official book for this year’s All Native Basketball Tournament. It is the one of the first, if not the first, children’s book on aboriginal basketball to be published in Canada. Created by the students and teachers of Haida Gwaii, this beautifully-illustrated alphabet book will be launched at the opening ceremony of the All Native Tournament on the evening of Monday, Feb. 7 at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in Prince Rupert.A home-based launch will follow on Saturday, Feb. 19, 4 pm at the Haida Heritage Centre at Kaay Llnagaay, Skidegate. Collector’s editions of the book will be on sale at both launches. The idea for a children’s book about basketball came from parents in Skidegate. When selecting books for their new library, they asked for a book about aboriginal baseketball. After discovering that no such children’s books existed, School District 50 decided to create one, incorporating collaborative efforts between students and teachers. “B is for Basketball” is the result of a working partnership between School District 50, Literacy Haida Gwaii, local artist and illustrator Judy Hilgemann, and McKellar & Martin Publishing Group. Children need to see themselves, their communities, and their passions reflected in quality children’s books. “B is for Basketball” makes this possible through its locally-relevant story and captivating illustrations of basketball action and north coast scenery. Governor General’s award-winner and world-renowned Haida artist Robert Davidson makes this significant book even more meaningful with his inspiring forward. The collector’s edition of the book is made possible through Northern Savings Credit Union’s sponsorship. The trade edition will be available in March at major bookstores. Profits from both editions will go into funding early learning programs on Haida Gwaii.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

It’s a sign for Haida Gwaii

Haida Gwaii signs will be bi-lingual to respect language

Skidegate man arrested following Queen Charlotte RCMP investigation

Man faces possible drugs and weapons charges

Cannabis and vaping 101

RCMP invite community to engage in cannabis and vaping dialogue workshops

Council Briefs | Village of Queen Charlotte: January 6

Grant writing, flood mapping, and the Seventh St. cleanup on the agenda

Pair of Haida Gwaii sailings cancelled due to windstorm

MV Kwuna will be parked due to the adverse weather

Officials reaching out to those in contact with Canada’s first coronavirus patient

The illness has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 in China

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials

There have been no confirmed cases of the virus in B.C.

Most Read