Storybooks Canada

Our team

Bonny Norton

Bonny Norton

Bonny Norton, FRSC, is a Professor and Distinguished University Scholar in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC. She is the research lead for Storybooks Canada and research advisor for the African Storybook. Her research focuses on identity and language learning, critical literacy, and international development. Website: faculty.educ.ubc.ca/norton

Espen Stranger-Johannessen

Espen Stranger-Johannessen

Espen Stranger-Johannessen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC, under the supervision of Prof. Bonny Norton. He is the project manager for Storybooks Canada. His research interests include teacher identity, open educational resources, and the African Storybook.

Sara Davidson

Sara Davidson

Sara Florence Davidson is a Haida educator with a PhD in Literacy Education. She is a Research Associate in the Department of Language and Literacy, UBC, where she is helping to develop the Indigenous Storybooks Canada website in consultation with Indigenous communities. Her research interests include: Indigenous education, the use of traditional Indigenous stories in K-12 education, and culturally responsive teaching and research practices. Website: saraflorence.ca)

Asma Afreen

Asma Afreen

Asma Afreen is an MEd student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC, and serves as the audio recording coordinator for Storybooks Canada. She is currently translating English stories from the African Storybook initiative into Bengali for Storybooks Canada. Her research interests include translator identity, teacher education, and digital literacy.

Michelle Gilman

Michelle Gilman

Michelle Gilman is a PhD student in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC, under the supervision of Dr. Bonny Norton. Michelle is researching how to best use Storybooks Canada in classroom settings using the new BC curriculum as well as best uses for parents. Her research interests include improving reading fluency and digital literacies.

Darshan Soni

Darshan Soni

Darshan Soni is a recent BASc graduate from the Department of Engineering, UBC. He is the website developer for Storybooks Canada and contributes to free and open source software. He has recorded the English audio for the stories on the Storybooks Canada website and is translating them into Gujarati.

Ingrid Schechter

Ingrid Schechter is a linguist trained at Oxford University and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A former instructor at the English Language Institute, UBC, she is now an active contributor to both the African Storybook and Storybooks Canada. Her focus is on community outreach, classroom methods for using storybooks, and the provision of illustrations.

Liam Doherty

Liam Doherty is a PhD candidate in the Department of Language and Literacy Education, UBC, under the supervision of Prof. Patricia Duff. He is the technical advisor for Storybooks Canada and a strong advocate for open educational resources. His research focuses on online peer language mentorship for learners of Chinese as an additional language.