Media Advisory – Read To Me! Launches First Mi’kmaq Board Book For Babies

by NationTalk on September 28, 2009753 Views

HALIFAX, – Sept. 28 – On October 2, Read To Me! will celebrate Mi’kmaq History Month with a special launch of the Mi’kmaq edition of the Read to Me! bag, containing books and reading resources for Mi’kmaq families.The new bag contains Weska’qelmut Apje’juanu, the Mi’kmaq version of Sheree Fitch’s popular baby book Kisses Kisses Baby O, translated by Mi’kmaq Linguist, Bernie Francis. This book is provided in the Read To Me! bag by the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union and Nova Scotia Teachers Union in English, French and now, Mi’kmaq. Weska’qelmut Apje’juanu is the very first Mi’kmaq board book for babies.

At the launch, Fitch and Francis will perform a lively reading of Weska’qelmut Apje’juanu.

DATE: October 2, 2009
TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
WHERE: L’nu sipuk Kina’muokuom (Indian Brook House of Learning)
579 Church Street, Indian Brook, Nova Scotia
WHO: Sheree Fitch, author
Bernie Francis, Mi’kmaq Linguist
Carol McDougall, Program Director, Read To Me!
Janet Hazelton, NSNU president
Alexis Allen, NSTU president
Local students and families

Read To Me! presents a gift bag of books to the family of every newborn in the province at the hospital bedside to promote reading together from birth. After launching eight years ago, the program has delivered over 57,000 bags to families, containing over 143,000 high quality baby books.

For more information contact:

To learn more about the Read To Me! Program visit
For further information: Shanda LaRamee, Jones, Provincial Coordinator, Read To Me! Program, (902) 470-7763

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