Books by Indigenous and First Nations Creators for Younger Readers

Kiss by Kiss / Ocêtôwina: 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. From bestselling author Richard Van Camp comes a delightful counting book that honors families and can be used to praise your little ones as they learn to count. Ten kisses from your sweet baby might not be enough to get you through this adorable book, so you'll just have to read it over and over

 

Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Plains Cree) edition.


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. The strength of their connections, the nature that provides for them, the love that is endless. Complemented by photos from photographers who celebrate their own gratefulness on the collective blog Tea & Bannock, the simple verse in May We Have Enough to Share is the perfect way to start or end your little one's days in gratitude.


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

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

 

Internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp teams up with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett for a second time to create a stunning board book for babies and toddlers.


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

Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that celebrates the potential of every child. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life--and the new little ones on the way.


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.

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 visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.

A perfect gift for new parents.


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?

The First Laugh Ceremony is a celebration held to welcome a new member of the community. As everyone--from Baby's nima (mom) to nadi (big sister) to cheii (grandfather)--tries to elicit the joyous sound from Baby, readers are introduced to details about Navajo life and the Navajo names for family members. Back matter includes information about other cultural ceremonies that welcome new babies and children, including man yue celebration (China), sanskaras (Hindu) and aquiqa (Muslim).


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. When Johnny wants to take it home, Grandma tries to tell him that the pheasant might have been hit by a car. But maybe she could use the feathers for her craftwork? So home with Grandma and Johnny the pheasant goes . . . 

It’s hard to say who is most surprised by what happens next—Grandma, Johnny, or the pheasant. But no one will be more delighted than the reader at this lesson about patience and kindness and respect for nature, imparted by Grandma’s gentle humor, Johnny’s happy hooting, and all the quiet wisdom found in Cheryl Minnema’s stories of Native life and Julie Flett’s remarkably evocative and beautiful illustrations. 


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

Told in lively and powerful verse by debut author Kevin Noble Maillard, Fry Bread is an evocative depiction of a modern Native American family, vibrantly illustrated by Pura Belpre Award winner and Caldecott Honoree Juana Martinez-Neal.

Fry bread is food.
It is warm and delicious, piled high on a plate.

Fry bread is time.
It brings families together for meals and new memories.

Fry bread is nation.
It is shared by many, from coast to coast and beyond.

Fry bread is us.
It is a celebration of old and new, traditional and modern, similarity and difference.

2020 Charlotte Huck Recommended Book
Publishers Weekly Best Picture Book of 2019
Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2019
School Library Journal Best Picture Book of 2019
Booklist 2019 Editor's Choice
Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of 2019
A Goodreads Choice Award 2019 Semifinalist

A Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Book of 2019
A National Public Radio (NPR) Best Book of 2019
An NCTE Notable Poetry Book
A 2020 NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A 2020 ALA Notable Children's Book
A 2020 ILA Notable Book for a Global Society
2020 Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year List


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


An American Indian Youth Literature Honor Title

A Best Book of the Year in Publishers WeeklySchool Library JournalKirkus Reviews, and Horn Book

A 2020 Boston Globe--Horn Book Award Honor Title

"Cree-M tis author/illustrator Julie Flett's smooth and lyrical words and gorgeous... images truly capture the warmth and solidarity of the female protagonists in this tender intergenerational friendship story."
--The Horn Book

When a young girl moves from the country to a small town, she feels lonely and out of place. But soon she meets an elderly woman next door, who shares her love of arts and crafts. Can the girl navigate the changing seasons and failing health of her new friend? Acclaimed author and artist Julie Flett's textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story, which highlights the fulfillment of intergenerational relationships and shared passions.

An activity guide is available at greystonebooks.com for FREE download. A brief glossary and pronunciation guide to Cree words that appear in the text is provided on the copyright page.

"Cycling from spring to spring, Julie Flett's] subtle, sensitive story delicately traces filaments of growth and loss through intergenerational friendship, art making, and changing moons and seasons."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)


The Forever Sky Cover Image
By Thomas Peacock, Annette S. Lee (Illustrator)
$16.95
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.
Indeed, there are so many stars and so many stories that the boys spend night after night observing and sharing, making sense of patterns and wisdom in "the forever sky." They see a moose, a loon, a crane, the Path of Souls, and so much more.
One night, a beautiful show of lights fills the sky. Niigaanii explains that the northern lights are the spirits of the relatives who have passed on. The boys imagine different relatives dancing, lighting up the sky with their graceful movements. And then they see her: Nooko is one of the elders leading the dance. She has a message for them. One they can share with their parents and their uncle and everyone else who remembers her. One that lends power to the skies and brings smiles to the stargazers' faces.


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. 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.


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

The Cherokee community is grateful for blessings and challenges that each season brings. This is modern Native American life as told by an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation.


The word otsaliheliga (oh-jah-LEE-hay-lee-gah) is used by members of the Cherokee Nation to express gratitude. Beginning in the fall with the new year and ending in summer, follow a full Cherokee year of celebrations and experiences. Written by a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, this look at one group of Native Americans is appended with a glossary and the complete Cherokee syllabary, originally created by Sequoyah.


"A gracious, warm, and loving celebration of community and gratitude"—Kirkus Reviews STARRED REVIEW

"The book underscores the importance of traditions and carrying on a Cherokee way of life"—Horn Book STARRED REVIEW

"This informative and authentic introduction to a thriving ancestral and ceremonial way of life is perfect for holiday and family sharing"—School Library Journal STARRED REVIEW

"An elegant representation"—Shelf Awareness STARRED REVIEW


All Around Us Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781941026762
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Published: Cinco Puntos Press - October 17th, 2017

"All Around Us begs to be shared over and over."--Yuyi Morales
"A transcendent, perfectly gorgeous book."--Naomi Shihab Nye
ALSC Notable Children's Book

2018 Pura Belpr Illustrator Honor Book2018 American Indian Youth Literature Award: Picture Book Honor
Best Picture Book, Texas Institute of Letters
2017 Tom's Rivera Children's Book Award

Grandpa says circles are all around us. He points to the rainbow that rises high in the sky after a thundercloud has come. "Can you see? That's only half of the circle. That rest of it is down below, in the earth." He and his granddaughter meditate on gardens and seeds, on circles seen and unseen, inside and outside us, on where our bodies come from and where they return to. They share and create family traditions in this stunning exploration of the cycles of life and nature.

This is a debut picture book for Xelena Gonzalez and Adriana Garcia.


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.

At the mountain's base sits a cabin under an old hickory tree. And in that cabin lives a family -- loving, weaving, cooking, and singing. The strength in their song sustains them through trials on the ground and in the sky, as they wait for their loved one, a pilot, to return from war.

With an author's note that pays homage to the true history of Native American U.S. service members like WWII pilot Ola Mildred "Millie" Rexroat, this is a story that reveals the roots that ground us, the dreams that help us soar, and the people and traditions that hold us up.


When We Were Alone Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781553796732
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Published: Highwater Press - March 1st, 2017

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. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength.

Also available in a bilingual Swampy Cree/English edition.

When We Were Alone won the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award in the Young People's Literature (Illustrated Books) category, and was nominated for the TD Canadian's Children's Literature Award.


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)
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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

How Raven Got His Crooked Nose is a modern retelling of a traditional Native American fable. Part picture book and part graphic novel, this beautifully illustrated story teaches an important lesson to children through Dena'ina mythology and includes a glossary of Dena'ina words to learn.


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. The hunter had quickly fallen in love with the mysterious woman, and together they had become their own little family. But when spring arrived and it was time to return to the village, she disappeared just as suddenly as she had arrived. Would he ever see his love again? The hunter didn t know, but he was sure he would keep his promise and never forget her. That is, until one day the chief's daughter cast a spell on him World-renowned storyteller Joseph Bruchac retells this traditional story of love, loyalty, trust, and magic, which can be found in various forms among many of the indigenous nations of the northeast, both Iroquoian and Algonquin. Join him and award-winning illustrator Bill Farnsworth, as they recount this ancient and unique Abenaki tale of keeping a promise to one's family and of the proper relationship of humans to the natural world.


A Day with Yayah Cover Image
By Nicola I. Campbell, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781566560412
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Published: Crocodile Books - March 1st, 2018

Set in the Nicola Valley, British Columbia, in Canada's westernmost province, a First Nations family goes on an outing to forage for herbs and mushrooms. A grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life and the natural world to her young grandchildren.


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.

This lyrical poem sends readers sailing through the Arctic night sky to see and hear the unique beauty of a Northern night.


Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock (Debwe #1) 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 Kohkum'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?


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. This sensitive, beautifully illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system, which separated young Indigenous children from their families.


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.

 

This sweet story is by Catherine Jameson, a mother who studied Children's Fiction Writing at the En'owkin Centre's Indigenous Creative Writing Graduate Program.


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

Children riding the school bus learn from their driver, Nimoshom ("my grandfather"), who speaks to them in their own language--Cree. Nimoshom and His Bus is a welcoming, simple story with inviting illustrations.


The Raven and the Loon Cover Image
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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. One day, too bored to even fly, Raven visited Loon and suggested a sewing game that would give their feathers some much-needed colour. The results - not at all what the two birds expected - led to Raven and Loon acquiring their now-familiar coats.

This whimsical retelling of a pan-Arctic traditional story features lively, colourful illustrations from Kim Smith.


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.

 

Alone, cold, and frightened, Zoo Sap cries, and his cries attract the forest animals. Beginning with beaver and ending with the great bald eagle, the animals rush to protect the baby and shelter him from the cold until his father returns for him.  

 


  • New, expanded 10th-anniversary edition of this classic that has sold more than 30,000 copies. ·     

  • New features include an author’s note explaining the seasonal movement of the Passamaquoddy people; a pronunciation guide to the Passamaquoddy names of the animals in the story; and a QR code that will let readers link to the audio recording of Allen Sockabasin telling the story in the Passamaquoddy language.

  • A beguiling bedtime story and a profound expression of reverence for the natural world.


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

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 corruptiona bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth
And poison her people’s water, one young water protector
Takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.


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 Swift Fox's father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she'll learn how to be Mi'kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger. Though her father reassures her that Mi'kmaq is who she is from her eyes to her toes, Swift Fox doesn't understand what that means. Her family welcomes her with smiles and hugs, but when it's time to smudge and everyone else knows how, Swift Fox feels even more like she doesn't belong.

Then she meets her cousin Sully and realizes that she's not the only one who's unsure--and she may even be the one to teach him something about what being Mi'kmaq means. Based on the author's own experience, with striking illustrations by Maya McKibbin, A Long Way to a New Place is a poignant story about identity and belonging that is at once personal and universally resonant.


The Water Walker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781772600384
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Published: Second Story Press - September 15th, 2017

The determined story of an Ojibwe grandmother (nokomis), Josephine Mandamin, and her great love for nibi (water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect nibi for future generations and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men and youth, has walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example she challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.


The Raven and the Loon Cover Image
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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. One day, too bored to even fly, Raven visited Loon and suggested a sewing game that would give their feathers some much-needed colour. The results - not at all what the two birds expected - led to Raven and Loon acquiring their now-familiar coats.

This whimsical retelling of a pan-Arctic traditional story features lively, colourful illustrations from Kim Smith.


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.

A response to Rita Joe's iconic poem "I Lost My Talk," and published simultaneously with the new children's book edition illustrated by Pauline Young, comes a companion picture book by award-winning spoken-word artist and Mi'kmaw activist Rebecca Thomas. A second-generation residential school survivor, Thomas writes this response poem openly and honestly, reflecting on the process of working through the destructive effects of colonialism.

From sewing regalia to dancing at powow to learning traditional language, I'm Finding My Talk is about rediscovering her community, and finding culture. Features stunning, vibrant illustrations by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young.


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.

One of Rita Joe's most influential poems, "I Lost My Talk" tells the revered Mi'kmaw Elder's childhood story of losing her language while a resident of the residential school in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. An often quoted piece in this era of truth and reconciliation, Joe's powerful words explore and celebrate the survival of Mi'kmaw culture and language despite its attempted eradication.

A companion book to the simultaneously published I'm Finding My Talk by Rebecca Thomas, I Lost My Talk is a necessary reminder of a dark chapter in Canada's history, a powerful reading experience, and an effective teaching tool for young readers of all cultures and backgrounds. Includes a biography of Rita Joe and striking colour illustrations by Mi'kmaw artist Pauline Young.


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 17th, 2019

The story of the determined Ojibwe Nokomis (grandmother) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect water for future generations and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men and youth, have walked the perimeter of the Great Lakes and along the banks of numerous rivers and lakes. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine invites us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.

 

Dual-language edition in English & Anishinaabemowin.


Gaawin Gindaaswin Ndaawsii/I Am Not A Number Cover Image
$14.95
ISBN: 9781772600995
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Published: Second Story Press - September 17th, 2019

Dual-language edition in Nishnaabemwin (Ojibwe) Nbisiing dialect and English. 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. She tries to remember who she is and where she came from, despite the efforts of the nuns in charge at the school, who tell her that she is not to use her own name but instead use the number they have assigned to her. When she goes home for summer holidays, Irene's parents decide never to send her and her brothers away again. But where will they hide? And what will happen when her parents disobey the law? Based on the life of co-author Jenny Kay Dupuis's grandmother, I Am Not a Number is a hugely necessary book that brings a terrible part of Canada's history to light in a way that children can learn from and relate to.


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 17th, 2019

The story of the determined Ojibwe Nokomis (grandmother) Josephine Mandamin and her great love for Nibi (water). Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect water for future generations and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men and youth, have walked the perimeter of the Great Lakes and along the banks of numerous rivers and lakes. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine invites us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.

 

Dual-language edition in English & Anishinaabemowin.