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 an associate professor at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences and UBC alumnus. He is the international advisor for Storybooks Canada. His research interests include teacher identity, open educational resources, and the African Storybook.

Sara Davidson

Sara Florence Davidson

Sara Florence Davidson is a Haida educator and Assistant Professor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of the Fraser Valley where she teaches courses in literacy and Indigenous Education. She is also the project lead for Indigenous Storybooks, a sister project to Storybooks Canada. Her research interests include: Indigenous education, including the use of traditional Indigenous stories to support literacy development; K-12 literacy education; culturally responsive teaching and research practices; and narrative writing and research. 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.

Rahat Zaidi

Rahat Zaidi

Dr. Rahat Zaidi is Associate Professor and Chair of Language and Literacy at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Dr. Zaidi’s recent publications include: Anti-islamophobic Curriculums, Literacy Lives in Transcultural Times, and Thinking About and Enacting Curriculum in Frames of War and Framing Peace: Thinking About and Enacting Curriculum as Radical Hope. She is currently conducting research on the use of Storybooks Canada for learners and speakers of French in Canadian schools.

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.