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OAKVILLE, ON — In conjunction with the celebration of Black History Month, Rubicon Publishing is launched Sankofa, a new series focusing on African Canadians. Sankofa is a contemporary literacy resource for students in Grades 4 to 8. Sankofa is designed to help promote understanding of the African Canadian narrative during Black History Month and throughout the school year. Each book features both historical and contemporary content, identifying past and present views and experiences of the African Canadian experience.

Last fall, Sankofa took home gold at the 2014 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards. Sankofa received a gold medal in the Multicultural Non-Fiction category. According to the Moonbeam website, “The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and to celebrate children’s books and lifelong reading. …There are 166 medallists in all, representing 37 US States plus the District of Columbia; 5 Canadian provinces; and 7 other countries: Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Japan, Scotland, Singapore, and Spain.”