Ukaliq and Kalla Go Summer Camping is a search-and-find board book based on the characters imagined and written by Neil Christopher and illustrated by Amanda Sandland. Search-and-find books help children develop their observational skills and early literacy skills and language development. In Ukaliq and Kalla Go Summer Camping, children are encouraged to find objects hidden in the pictures in this dual language book. Children are drawn into the book through an invitation by Ukaliq and Kalla to find things for their camping in the summer and later to go camping with them.
We Are Grateful - Otsaliheliga is a picture book about gratitude in English and Cherokee. Traci Sorell received a First Peoples Fund Fellowship whose work embodies collective spirit and traditional values. We Are Grateful has received the 2019 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal Honor Award and the 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Award. This is the story of Cherokee people who say otsaliheliga to express gratitude, remember to celebrate their blessings and reflect on struggles through the year and seasons.
At the Mountain’s Base is a book release from Penguin Publishing through their new imprint Kokila centring on stories that have nuance and depth in the way children and young adults interpret their world. Traci Sorell, Cherokee, and Weshoyot Alvitre, Tongva/Scots-Gaelic, as author and illustrator respectively, have collaborated to publish At the Mountain’s Base. At The Mountain’s Base is a poem that uses vivid and colourful images to draw the reader from the mountain’s base to the hickory tree to the cabin where a family have gathered.
'Clothing' is a sensory book for children to explore with their sense of touch and sight. By exploring the images and textures of different types of clothing worn in the Arctic - sweater, duffle socks and kamiik - this multi-sensory experience helps create connections between what children see and feel while building early literacy skills. The book is bilingual and in both Inuktitut and English.
'Anishinabek Nation Colouring Book' begins with the preamble to the Anishinabek Nation Constitution adopted in 2011. There are clear illustrations and words to match in both Ojibwe and English - the gift of spirituality, the gifts given to the Anishinabe to look after, the seven sacred gifts to guide them and more. A double page map of the regions is included.
In the Sky at Nighttime by Laura Deal and illustrated by Tamara Campeau, is the story of what you can hear, see and feel in the nighttime and where dreams are magical. The illustrations are colourful against the night skies, drawing the reader in to the night, stars and the light.
Meennunyakaa / Blueberry Patch is the story of a trip to a blueberry patch in the late 1940s around Duck Bay near Camperville, Manitoba. An Elder shares his experiences, describing the trip, the team pulling the wagon, the bush and territory, the trail of wagons and setting up tents and the fun of it all. The images are vivid and colourful complementing and immersing the reader in the story so sharing the experience. Activities and a recipe are included for this blueberry picking trip.
Potlatch as Pedagogy: Learning Through Ceremony developed and authored by father and daughter duo, Robert Davidson and Sara Florence Davidson, especially for educators as a Haida model of learning. This practical 80-page volume is an accessible professional learning guide for teacher candidates as well as seasoned educators. It seeks to promote inquiry-based learning as it provides an inclusive approach to delivering curriculum.
Putuguq and Kublu and the Qalupalik! is the second installment in Inhabit Media’s Putuguq and Kublu series for emergent readers. This humour-filled story is both informational as well as a beginning reader for students told in a colourful graphic novel style. Brother and older sister, Putuguq and Kublu, must decide to heed their grandfather’s scary story warning the pair to be cautious while exploring the Arctic shoreline or is grandfather just making up this tale.
Nadia Sammurtok is an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. In keeping with Nadia's passion to preserve traditional Inuit lifestyle and Inuktitut language for future generations, she has authored an Inuit story from the Kivalliq region of Nunavut. This tale of two less-than-cautious sister rabbits being swooped upon by greedy Owls out hunting for their next meal. With some quick thinking the rabbits outwit the Owls finally hiding in the Arctic willow.