Deal With It: Tough Issues 9 volume set

by Keisha Evans, N.B. Gonsalvez, Safia Saleh, Tierra Hohn, Danielle S. McLaughlin, Catherine Inglis, j wallace skelton, Steven Solomon, and Anne Marie Aikins

illustrated by Jenny Chan, Hana Shafi, Marne Grahlman, Paris Alleyne, Wang Xulin, Nick Johnson, and Steven Murray

These books help educators build community and eliminate conflict in the classroom.

These approachable, practical resources help young people deal with some of the toughest interpersonal and social conflicts they face.. Each book tackles a specific source of conflict. Each one addresses the experience of the target of conflict, the bystander – and the perpetrator. The authors offer strategies that young readers can use when they come face to face with these issues, no matter what their role in the conflict. Graphic-novel style illustrations are combined with short, readable text

This set gives every classroom teacher, guidance counselor, or principal a valuable resource to support inclusive education and to build classroom community.


The set consists of: Transphobia, Homophobia, Islamophobia, Racism, Body Image, Racism, Freedom of Expression and Consent. 

This set is also available as a streaming online resource at www.canadiancloudlibrary.ca.

About the Authors

Safia Saleh
Safia Saleh
Tierra Hohn
Tierra Hohn
Danielle S. McLaughlin
Danielle S. McLaughlin
Catherine Inglis
Catherine Inglis
j wallace skelton
j wallace skelton
Jenny Chan
Jenny Chan
Hana Shafi
Hana Shafi
Marne Grahlman
Marne Grahlman
Paris Alleyne
Paris Alleyne

KEISHA EVANS has been supporting and advocating for children, youth and their families for more than twenty years. She is a child youth counsellor and works to teach children about body safety and respecting boundaries. Keisha lives in Oshawa, Ontario.

JENNY CHAN is an illustrator, designer and developer working with The Public Studio. The Public Studio is a community centred social justice design studio that works alongside non profits, grassroots organizations and people trying to change the world for the better. Jenny lives in Toronto, Ontario.

SAFIA SALEH is a passionate advocate for equity and inclusion. She is a Resource Teacher and facilitates professional learning for teachers and equity learning for youth. Safia's work includes supporting safe and inclusive schools through an understanding of anti-Islamophobia, anti-racism, healthy relationships, mental health, and well-being. Safia lives in Brampton, Ontario.

HANA SHAFI is an author and illustrator who works under the name Frizz Kid. Her visual art and writing frequently explore themes such as feminism, body politics, racism, and pop culture. A graduate of Ryerson University's Journalism Program, she is the recipient of the Women Who Inspire Award from the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. Her book of poetry and art, It Begins With The Body, was chosen by CBC books as one of the best poetry books of 2018. Hana lives and works in Toronto.

TIERRA HOHN teaches yoga, works for youth mental health organization Jack.org and is on the Advisory Board at Body Brave, which provides treatment for individuals struggling with eating disorders. While in high school, Tierra founded Untouched Beauty, an organization that allowed her to organize and facilitate workshops around body image and mental health. She has a Master of Public Health doing work in public policy, advocacy and health care. Tierra lives and works in Toronto.

Marne Grahlman is a freelance illustrator and graduate of OCAD University. Her illustrations are influenced by surrealism with a folk aesthetic. She emphasizes natural watercolour textures to enliven her paintings with a handmade quality. Hailing from a small woodsy-town, she currently lives in Toronto, Canada.

DANIELLE S. MCLAUGHLIN was Director of Education for the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Education Trust from 1988 to 2016. Recipient of the Law Foundation of Ontario Community Leadership in Justice Fellowship, she was a visiting fellow at the University of Windsor's Faculty of Education. Danielle designed, developed and delivered the Teaching Civil Liberties and Civil Liberties in the Schools programs for students from kindergarten to high school, faculties of education, and law schools. She is co-author with Reuben McLaughlin of the That's Not Fair! videos, and author of That's Not Fair! Getting to Know Your Rights and Freedoms. Danielle also blogs for Ryerson University's Centre for Freedom of Expression and Huffington Post Canada. She lives in Toronto.

PARIS ALLEYNE is a Toronto-based comic-book artist. He has done work as a colourist for Ninja Turtle, Ghostbuster, GI Joe, Captain Canuck, and Riftworld comics. His art has appeared in Black Comix Returns and his own independent Haven comics. Paris lives in Toronto.Author j wallace skelton is an educator, activist and writer. For more than a decade j has worked in schools to make them safer and more celebratory places for people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. j lives in Toronto with their partner and two children.

STEVEN SOLOMON is the school social worker for the Toronto District School Boards Human Sexuality Program. He provides counselling for students who are bullied because of their sexuality and delivers anti-homophobia workshops for K-12 students. In 2012 he was awarded a TDSB Excellence Award, in part for his work helping students to establish Gay-Straight Alliances in schools.NICK JOHNSON is a writer/illustrator living in Calgary, Alberta, where he co-founded the independent comic book label Vicious Ambitious.

ANNE MARIE AIKINS has written extensively about social justice issues for a variety of publications for both children and adults. She lives in Toronto.

STEVEN MURRAY is an award-winning, Toronto-based illustrator and a graduate of Sheridan College's prestigious Interpretive Illustration program. His unique blend of humour and art has been consistently on display in publications such as The Globe and Mail, National Post, and The Toronto Star.

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