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An Anishinaabe child and her grandmother explore the natural wonders of each season in this lyrical, bilingual story-poem. In this…lyrical story-poem, written in Anishinaabemowin and English, a child and grandmother explore their surroundings, taking pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. We accompany them through warm summer days full of wildflowers, bees and blueberries, then fall, when bears feast before hibernation and forest mushrooms are ripe for harvest. Winter mornings begin in darkness as deer, mice and other animals search for food, while spring brings green shoots poking through melting snow and the chirping of peepers. Brittany Luby and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley have created a book inspired by childhood memories of time spent with Knowledge Keepers, observing and living in relationship with the natural world in the place they call home — the northern reaches of Anishinaabewaking, around the Great Lakes. ? Correlates to the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.1 Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.K.6 With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.1.4 Identify words and phrases in stories or poems that suggest feelings or appeal to the senses. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.
By Robert Budd, Roy Henry Vickers. 2020
With bright and bold illustrations by celebrated Indigenous artist Roy Henry Vickers, this sturdy board book introduces iconic sounds of…the West Coast and supports the language development of babies and toddlers. From the the crackle of a beach campfire to the swoosh of canoe paddles, the rustle and creak of cedars in the wind, the roar of sea lions and the crashing waves of the Pacific Ocean, the rhythmic text, vibrant illustrations and glossy tactile finish of Raven Squawk, Orca Squeak will delight the very youngest readers.
By Jodie Callaghan. 2020
Ashley meets her great-uncle by the old train tracks near their community in Nova Scotia. Ashley sees his sadness, and…Uncle tells her of the day years ago when he and the other children from their community were told to board the train before being taken to residential school where their lives were changed forever. They weren't allowed to speak Mi'gmaq and were punished if they did. There was no one to give them love and hugs and comfort. Uncle also tells Ashley how happy she and her sister make him. They are what give him hope. Ashley promises to wait with her uncle by the train tracks, in remembrance of what was lost.
By Joseph Dandurand, Dionne Paul. 2020
“Deep in the thickest part of a cedar forest there lived a young Sasquatch. He was over nine feet tall…and his feet were about size twenty. He had long brown hair that covered all of his body. His hands were so big and his arms so long he could wrap them around the biggest of the cedar trees. He had been born here many years ago and he did not know his parents, as they had been scared away by a great fire. He was left on his own and he had survived by eating berries and he had grown into the Sasquatch he now was...” So begins this charming story for children by Kwantlen storyteller Joseph Dandurand. The Sasquatch, spirit of the great cedar forest, eludes human hunters, falls in love, fathers a lovely daughter and saves his little family from a forest fire by dousing the flames with water stored in baskets carefully woven by his mate. The story is told with grace and simplicity by a master storyteller in the great tradition of the Kwantlen people. Accompanied by whimsical illustrations from Kwakwaka’wakw artist Simon Daniel James, The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets follows a similar style to popular Nightwood titles such as Salmon Boy, Mayuk the Grizzly Bear and How the Robin Got Its Red Breast.
By Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley. 2020
When Tanna’s father brings home an abandoned owl, she is not eager to take care of the needy, ugly little…bird. Tanna must wake at 4:00 a.m. to catch food for the owl. She must feed it, clean up after it, all while avoiding its sharp, chomping beak and big, stomping talons. After weeks of following her father’s instructions on how to care for the owl, Tanna must leave home for school. Her owl has grown. It has lost its grey baby feathers and is beginning to sprout a beautiful adult snowy owl coat. As she says good-bye to the owl, she is relieved not to have to care for it anymore, but also a bit sad. This heartwarming story based on the author’s own life experience teaches young readers the value of hard work, helping, and caring—even when the thing you are caring for does not love you back.
By Nadia Sammurtok. 2019
"The far north has never felt so deliciously warm." —Kirkus Reviews "Readers will carry this gorgeous book close to their…hearts."—School Library Journal "Just right for bedtime, it's an intimate tale that celebrates simple warmth and comfort."—Publishers Weekly Nadia Sammurtok lovingly invites the reader into the amautik—the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child—to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled inside, from the cloudlike softness of the pouch to the glistening sound of Anaana’s laughter. Sweet and soothing, this book offers a unique perspective that will charm readers of all ages.
By Katherena Vermette. 2019
While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is…lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.
By Susan Avingaq, Maren Vsetula. 2019
Susan and her sister, Rebecca, love watching their mother write letters to people in other camps. Their mother has one…precious pencil, and she keeps it safe in her box for special things. One afternoon, their mother leaves the iglu to help a neighbour, and Susan, Rebecca, and their brother Peter are left with their father. They play all their regular games but are soon out of things to do—until their father brings out the pencil! As Susan draws and draws, the pencil grows shorter and shorter. What will their mother think when she comes home? Based on author Susan Avingaq’s childhood memories of growing up in an iglu, this charming story introduces young readers to the idea of using things wisely.
By Monique Gray Smith. 2016
The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you…love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.
By Wab Kinew. 2018
By Robert N Munsch, Jay Odjick. 2017
One day Helen wakes up and it's SPRING! The snow has melted and the sun is shining. But Helen knows…that the blackflies will be coming out soon. So she does what any smart kid would do: she sends her little sister outdoors to check! When the blackflies and mosquitoes carry her away, Helen tells her dad, who rushes outside and is carried away himself. Now Helen needs to rescue BOTH of them, along with a wolf and a very clever bear. Grades K-3. 2017.
By Jim Nelson, Louise Flaherty. 2017
While everyone is busy preparing for the coming winter, two Inuit girls wander away from their camp, following a path…of strange, beautiful stones. Each stone is lovelier than the last, and the trail leads them farther and farther away from camp. But what starts out as a peaceful afternoon on the tundra quickly turns dangerous when the girls find themselves trapped in the cave of Mangittatuarjuk--the Gnawer of Rocks! Based on a traditional Inuit story, this story introduces readers to a dark and twisted creature that haunts the Arctic landscape and preys on unsuspecting children. Descriptions of violence. Grades K-3 and older readers. 2017.
By Nadia Sammurtok, Rob Nix. 2018
Siuluk is a very strong man. He's so strong that people tell him he must be the last of the…Tuniit, friendly giants who once lived in the North. Just like those giants, Siuluk is so strong that he can carry an entire walrus over his shoulder. But not everyone believes that Siuluk is strong. One day, when a group of men tease Siuluk about his size, he has to find a way to prove his strength once and for all--but how? Based on traditional stories from the Chesterfield Inlet area of the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. Grades K-3. 2018.
By Monique Gray Smith, Danielle Daniel. 2017
By Gabrielle Grimard, Melanie Florence. 2017
Explores the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system that separated Indigenous children from their families. The story recognizes the…pain of those whose culture and language were taken from them, how that pain is passed down and shared through generations, and how healing can also be shared. "Stolen Words" captures the beautiful, healing relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks him how to say something in his language - Cree - her grandpa admits that his words were stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather regain his language. Grades K-3 and older readers. 2017.
By Aviaq Johnston, Tim Mack. 2017
Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has a friend with super speed, a…friend who can hold his breath underwater the longest, a friend who can carve any shape, and friends who are better than she is at a million other things. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special--and that her superpower was right in front of her all along. Grades K-3. 2017.
By David Robertson, Julie Flett. 2016
When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why…does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. Winner of the 2017 McNally Robinson Books for Young People Awards (younger). Grades K-3 and older readers. 2016.
By Melanie Florence, François Thisdale. 2015
Kateri is a young girl, growing up in the care of her grandmother. We see her reaching important milestones her…first day of school, first dance, first date, wedding, first child along with her mother, who is always there, watching her child growing up without her. Told in alternating voices, this is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy. An afterword by the author provides a simple, age appropriate context for young readers. Winner of the 2017 Golden Oak Award. Grades K-3 and older readers. 2015.
By Alan Syliboy. 2015
Based on Mi'kmaw artist Alan Syliboy's mixed-media exhibit. Big Thunder teaches his son, Little Thunder, about the important responsibility he…has making thunder for his people. Little Thunder learns about his Mi’kmaw identity through his father’s teachings and his mother’s traditional stories. Grades K-3. 2015.
By Celina Kalluk, Alexandria Neonakis. 2014
This bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by…all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little "Kulu," an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. Grades K-3. 2014.