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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

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Pre-Order A Free Print Copy of "Building A Home"

We are now accepting pre-orders for printed copies of Building a Home in all seven languages.

Printed copies of the book are free, thanks to the generous support of the David Goyette & Victoria Pearce Arts Fund at the United Way of Peterborough and District. Through this support, up to 400 free copies of Building A Home are available.

One free printed copy of the book is available per family or organisation. The book is available to residents of Peterborough & Northumberland counties with local pickup at our offices in Peterborough and Cobourg. Shipping is not available at this time.

If you would like to request a free printed copy of the book in any of the seven available languages, please complete the pre-order request form to the right.


Many thanks to the:

United Way Peterborough

David Goyette & Victoria Pearce Arts Fund


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Book a Live Reading of "Building A Home"

We welcome opportunities to facilitate live readings of Building a Home in classrooms, at events, and other educational facilities. Readings can be done in person or virtually.

Through an Author Visit & Reading, you can learn more about the creation of this book, newcomer experiences, and be engaged in creative and expressive activities and discussions geared to the age group.

Do you want to learn more about the New Canadians Centre, our work, and immigration? Staff at the NCC would be happy to speak at your classroom, event, or organisation.

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