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Building A Home

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Building a Home is inspired by the candid accounts and beautiful artwork shared by six children from Syria, Kazakhstan, Mexico, and Pakistan who are now living, playing, and going to school in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough.

Building A Home was commissioned by the New Canadians Centre and written and illustrated by Casandra Lee.

Casandra Lee is an Asian-American children’s author and illustrator. She moved to Canada in 2019 and now lives in Peterborough, Ontario. Casandra teaches at a Montessori school. Building a Home is her second children’s book publication. More of her work can be found at casandralee.com

Thanks to our friends at Watson & Lou, print copies of Building A Home (English version) are available for purchase in-store & online, with delivery available across Canada.

Digital versions of the book are available for free below.

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This project was made possible through the generous support of donors and community partners. 

Our sincere gratitude to the United Way of Peterborough and District's David Goyette & Victoria Pearce Arts Fund whose support ensured 500 copies of the book was made available to the community for free. This support also ensured that every elementary school in the KPR and PVNCC District School Boards received a copy for free. 

United Way Peterborough

David Goyette & Victoria Pearce Arts Fund

For more information about this project, please contact Bhisham Ramoutar, Manager of Community Development: [email protected]