A group of 17 newcomer students from Kildonan-East Collegiate will get to see their dual-language picture books published thanks to their teacher Vanessa Romans.
The Grade 9–12 students are all studying English as an additional language (EAL). They completed a unit on short stories in their first semester this year and are now in the process of writing their own short stories based on the theme of “Home.” They are working in their mother tongue and English to create a picture book where both languages are recognized. They not only are the authors, but are the artists as well.
Languages in their picture books include Arabic, Punjabi, Tigrinya, Ukrainian, Hebrew, Russian, and Tagalog. The theme of “Home” brought to light memories of love, loss, self-discovery, and dreams.
If anyone would like a PDF copy of the books when they are completed or would like to purchase a hard copy, contact Vanessa Romans at Kildonan-East Collegiate, 204-667-2960. Proceeds will be donated to one of KEC’s charitable causes.