Books by Indigenous and First Nations Creators for Younger Readers

In the Sky at Nighttime Cover Image
By Laura Deal, Tamara Campeau (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781772272383
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Published: Inhabit Media - October 1st, 2019

A tender bedtime tale set in a too-seldom-seen northern world.-- ★ Kirkus Reviews

In the sky at nighttime, the northern lights dance, a mother's song sways on the breeze, and a raven roosts atop a tall building, bathed in the light of the moon.


Kiss by Kiss / Ocêhtowina: A Counting Book for Families Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781459816213
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - September 18th, 2018

One kiss, two kiss, three kiss, four So many kisses and so many more.


Little You Cover Image
By Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781459802483
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - April 1st, 2013

You are life and breath adored. You are us and so much more...


We Sang You Home Cover Image
By Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781459811782
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 18th, 2016

A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.

In this sweet and lyrical picture book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhythmic text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world.


Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock Cover Image
By Dallas Hunt, Amanda Strong (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781553797791
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2019

During an unfortunate mishap, young Aw sis loses K hkum's freshly baked world-famous bannock. Not knowing what to do, Aw sis seeks out a variety of other-than-human relatives willing to help. What adventures are in store for Aw sis?


Bowwow Powwow Cover Image
By Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681340777
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 1st, 2018

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself-about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.


First Laugh--Welcome, Baby! Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781580897945
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Published: Charlesbridge - August 14th, 2018

In Navajo families, the first person to make a new baby laugh hosts the child's First Laugh Ceremony. Who will earn the honor in this story?


Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781626727465
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - October 22nd, 2019

Winner of the 2020 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal
A 2020 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Winner

“A wonderful and sweet book . . . Lovely stuff.” —The New York Times Book Review


It's a Mitig! Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781771622738
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Published: Douglas & McIntyre - April 20th, 2021

A fun and colorful introduction to the Ojibwe language through nature


Josie Dances Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681342078
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 4th, 2021

Josie dreams of dancing at next summer's powwow. But first she needs many special things: a dress, a shawl, a cape, leggings, moccasins, and, perhaps most important of all, her spirit name. To gather all these essential pieces, she calls on her mom, her aunty, her kookum, and Grandma Greatwalker. They have the skills to prepare Josie for her powwow debut.


May We Have Enough to Share Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781459816244
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 1st, 2019

Award-winning author Richard Van Camp wrote this book to express his gratitude for all that surrounds him and his family.


Mi'kmaw Daily Drum: Mi'kmaw Culture for Every Day of the Week Cover Image
By Alan Syliboy (Artist)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781771088893
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Published: Nimbus Publishing Limited - November 26th, 2020

A baby board book from the bestselling artist behind Mi'kmaw Animals that teaches young readers Mi'kmaw concepts and a Mi'kmaw word for each day of the week.


My Heart Fills with Happiness Cover Image
By Monique Gray Smith, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$10.95
ISBN: 9781459809574
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - March 1st, 2016

★ A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and--yes--happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures.--Publishers Weekly, starred review


Nimoshom and His Bus Cover Image
By Penny M. Thomas, Karen Hibbard (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553797081
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2018

Nimoshom loved to drive the school bus. Every day, on the way to and from school, he had something to say. Sometimes, he told the kids silly stories. Sometimes, he taught them a new word or phrase in Cree.

Nimoshom and His Bus introduces readers to common Cree words and phrases. A glossary is included in the back of the book.

ERAC Evaluated and Approved.


The Raven and the Loon Cover Image
$10.95
ISBN: 9781772272703
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Published: Inhabit Media - May 5th, 2020

In the time before animals were as they are today, Raven and Loon were both white. Their feathers had no colour at all. Raven spent his days swooping through the sky trying to fight off his incessant boredom, while Loon spent her days in her iglu working away on her sewing.


Thanks to the Animals: 10th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Allen Sockabasin, Rebekah Raye (Illustrator)
$9.95
ISBN: 9780884487531
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - May 7th, 2019

Named one of the Top 10 Native American Books for Elementary Schools by American Indians in Children's Literature

Little Zoo Sap and his family are moving from their summer home on the coast to their winter home in the deep woods. Unnoticed, the youngster tumbles off the end of the sled.


We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580897723
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 4th, 2018

2019 Sibert Honor Book
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018

2018 JLG selection
2019 Reading the West Picture Book Award


We Are Water Protectors Cover Image
By Carole Lindstrom, Michaela Goade (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250203557
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - March 17th, 2020

Winner of the 2021 Caldecott Medal
#1 New York Times Bestseller

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption
a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.


At the Mountain's Base Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Weshoyot Alvitre (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780735230606
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Published: Kokila - September 17th, 2019

A family, separated by duty and distance, waits for a loved one to return home in this lyrical picture book celebrating the bonds of a Cherokee family and the bravery of history-making women pilots.


Birdsong Cover Image
By Julie Flett, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781771644730
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Published: Greystone Kids - October 8th, 2019

BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, KIRKUS, HORN BOOK, QUILL & QUIRE, GLOBE AND MAIL

WINNER OF THE TD CANADIAN CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AWARD

FINALIST FOR THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD

AN AMERICAN INDIAN YOUTH LITERATURE HONOR TITLE

A BOSTON GLOBE--HORN BOOK HONOR BOOK


The Forever Sky Cover Image
By Thomas Peacock, Annette S. Lee (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781681340982
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - April 1st, 2019

"Nooko's spirit is there in the stars," says Niigaanii to his younger brother, Bineshiinh, as they sprawl in a meadow, gazing skyward. "Uncle said when Nooko': s spirit left this world it went there." Nooko was their grandmother, and they miss her. But Uncle helps them find comfort in the night sky, where all the stars have stories.


The Girl and the Wolf Cover Image
By Katherena Vermette, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781926886541
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Published: Theytus Books - February 5th, 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.


How Raven Got His Crooked Nose: An Alaskan Dena'ina Fable Cover Image
By Barbara J. Atwater (Retold by), Ethan J. Atwater (Retold by), Mindy Dwyer (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781513260952
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Published: Alaska Northwest Books - April 10th, 2018

2019 Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Notable

Chulyen the trickster raven loses his nose one day, but he vows to get it back. Luckily he has some special powers to help him


The Hunter S Promise: An Abenaki Tale Cover Image
By Joseph Bruchac, Bill Farnsworth (Calligrapher)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781937786434
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Published: Wisdom Tales - November 7th, 2015

"Promise to remember me " was all the beautiful woman had ever said to the hunter. She had appeared from nowhere one day, when he had been lonely during the long winter hunting trip. Isolated in the vast wilderness of the northeast, he would only return to his village in the spring. Except that this year he would not be alone, because she had appeared.


I Lost My Talk Cover Image
By Rita Joe, Pauline Young (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771088107
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Published: Nimbus Publishing (CN) - April 30th, 2020

I lost my talk
The talk you took away
When I was a little girl
At Shubenacadie school.


I Sang You Down from the Stars Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316493161
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - April 6th, 2021

New York Times bestseller!

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book

This unique baby book sings with Native cultural detail, while striking a universal chord in its celebration of the blossoming of love that comes with expecting and welcoming a new baby--with art by New York Times bestselling illustrator and Caldecott Medalist Michaela


I'm Finding My Talk Cover Image
By Rebecca Thomas, Pauline Young (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781771088114
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Published: Nimbus Publishing Limited - April 30th, 2020

I'm finding my talk
And it may take some time,
But I'm learning to speak
In a language that's mine.


Jingle Dancer Cover Image
By Cynthia L. Smith, Cornelius Van Wright (Illustrator), Ying-Hwa Hu (Illustrator)
$8.99
ISBN: 9780063018112
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Published: Heartdrum - February 9th, 2021

New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith's lyrical text is paired with the warm, evocative watercolors of Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu in this affirming story of a contemporary Native American girl who turns to her family and community.


Johnny's Pheasant Cover Image
By Cheryl Minnema, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781517905019
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - November 1st, 2019

An encounter with a pheasant (which may or may not be sleeping) takes a surprising turn in this sweetly serious and funny story of a Native American boy and his grandma

 
"Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!” Johnny says. Grandma does, and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. What Grandma sees is a small feathery hump.


On the Trapline Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735266681
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Published: Tundra Books - May 4th, 2021

A picture book celebrating Indigenous culture and traditions. The Governor General Award--winning team behind When We Were Alone shares a story that honors our connections to our past and our grandfathers and fathers.


The Origin of Day and Night (English) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781772271805
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Published: Inhabit Media - October 30th, 2018

In this Inuit tale, the actions of a hare and a fox change the Arctic forever by creating day and night. In very early times, there was no night or day and words spoken by chance could become real. When a hare and a fox meet and express their longing for light and darkness, their words are too powerful to be denied.


Stolen Words Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781772600377
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Published: Second Story Press - September 5th, 2017

The story of the beautiful relationship between a little girl and her grandfather. When she asks her grandfather how to say something in his language - Cree - he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again.


Sweetest Kulu (English) Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781772271119
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Published: Inhabit Media - April 6th, 2016

"Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you."

This beautiful 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.


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Swift Fox All Along Cover Image
By Rebecca Lea Thomas, Maya McKibbin (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781773214481
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Published: Annick Press - September 8th, 2020

What does it mean to be Mi'kmaq? And if Swift Fox can't find the answer, will she ever feel like part of her family?


When We Are Kind Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781459825222
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 13th, 2020

Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities--and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others."--Publishers Weekly


Zoe and the Fawn Cover Image
By Catherine Jameson, Julie Flett (Illustrator), Richard Armstrong (Translator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781926886534
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Published: Theytus Books - June 1st, 2019

Zoe and her father are delighted to come across a fawn in the forest. But the fawn is alone--where is its mother? Join Zoe on her quest for the deer, as she encounters animals and learns their Okanagan (syilx) names along the way.

Repetition of phrased questions will enhance success for beginning readers while creating a playful rhythm for young listeners.


Not My Girl Cover Image
$9.95
ISBN: 9781554516247
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Published: Annick Press - January 9th, 2014

Margaret can't wait to see her family, but her homecoming is not what she expected. Based on the true story of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, and complemented by evocative illustrations, Not My Girl makes the original, award-winning memoir, A Stranger at Home, accessible to younger children. It is also a sequel to the picture book When I Was Eight.


When We Were Alone Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553796732
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Published: Highwater Press - December 1st, 2016

A young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully coloured clothing? Why does she speak Cree and spend so much time with her family? As she asks questions, her grandmother shares her experiences in a residential school, when all of these things were taken away.


We Are Still Here!: Native American Truths Everyone Should Know Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781623541927
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Published: Charlesbridge - April 20th, 2021

A 2022 American Indian Youth Literature Picture Book Honor Book
A 2022 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

Twelve Native American kids present historical and contemporary laws, policies, struggles, and victories in Native life, each with a powerful refrain: We are still here!


Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii/I Am Not A Number Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781772600995
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Published: Second Story Press - September 10th, 2019

The dual language edition, in Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) Nbisiing dialect and English, of the award-winning I Am Not a Number. When eight-year-old Irene is removed from her First Nations family to live in a residential school she is confused, frightened, and terribly homesick.


Nibi Emosaawdang/The Water Walker Cover Image
By Joanne Robertson, Shirley Williams (Translator), Isadore Toulouse (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781772601008
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Published: Second Story Press - September 10th, 2019

The dual language edition, in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and English, of The Water Walker, the award-winning story of a determined Ojibwe Nokomis (Grandmother) Josephine-ba Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walked to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet.