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Scot Ritchie

Scot Ritchie is an award-winning author and illustrator. He has worked with the National Film Board of Canada and been a judge for the Governor General's Award for Illustration.

Scot grew up with one creative parent and one encouraging parent. He is convinced this is a recipe for success because he's spent his life being fairly sure he knows what he's doing --- but at the same time, never entirely sure. When you're not entirely sure, you're probably learning.

Growing up in the port city of Vancouver, Scot had a curiosity about the world. He has been able to marry his passion for bookmaking with his passion for travel. Even before the internet, Scot would pack up his mini office and work from places as far afield as Chania in Crete, Berlin, Honolulu and a 17th century stable in Amsterdam. Scot likes to think this shows up in his work, giving it a universal appeal.

Scot's books have been translated into many languages, including Arabic, Chinese, Dutch, French, Korean and Russian.

He draws on paper then scans the ink line into his computer where the coloring is done. He is especially proud of his Exploring Our Community series with Kids Can Press.

Look Where We Live!: A First Book of Community Building
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2;

In this engaging nonfiction picture book, five young friends --- Nick, Yulee, Pedro, Sally and Martin --- spend the day travelling around their neighbourhood and participating in activities designed to raise money for their local library. Along the way, they learn about the people and places that make up their community and what it means to be a part of one. A map opens the story, with each of the places the children will be visiting labelled, including the gas station, retirement home, school, police station, soccer field, community garden and, of course, the library! Then each of the following spreads features a different location, detailed in a bright, busy illustration. Illustration captions expand the locations' connections to the concept of community. For example, when they stop at a yard sale, the caption reads, Donating means you give something to help a good cause. You can donate money, things or your time. In some cases, readers are asked to find things or people within the illustrations, which adds an interactive experience.

Author and illustrator Scot Ritchie has created a rich resource for social studies lessons on places, roles and jobs within a community, and what it takes to be a responsible citizen. But there is also the potential here for even broader classroom discussions, including about the economy of a community, geography and mapping, and how the character education concepts of cooperation, responsibility and teamwork apply. The author has also included step-by-step instructions for a puzzle-making project.

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32 pages | 8.75" x 10.25"

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P'esk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

It’s the day of the first salmon ceremony, and P'ésk'a is excited to celebrate. His community, the Sts'ailes people, give thanks to the river and the salmon it brings by commemorating the first salmon of the season.

Framed as an exploration of what life was like one thousand years ago, P'ésk'a and the First Salmon Ceremony describes the customs of the Sts'ailes people, an indigenous group who have lived on the Harrison River in British Columbia for the last 10,000 years. Includes an introductory letter from Chief William Charlie, an illustrated afterword and a glossary.

Educator Information
Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts, Science, Health, Social Studies, Language Arts

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