Sweetest Kulu, a charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk 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. Author Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
Families is a 32-page picture published by Inhabit Media about a grade two student who attends school in his home community of Iqaluit. The simple book explains a variety of families living in the town from single parent home, a home with a mother, father and child, a girl with two mothers, a boy with two fathers, a girl living with her grandmother, and a boy with two families—a father in Iqaluit and a mother in Ottawa. The student begins to realize that no matter your own kind of family if there is caring and love that is what counts.
Siuluk: The Last Tuniq is a picture book published by Inhabit Media and written by Nadia Sammurtuk with illustrations by Rob Nix. This primary level picture book is based on traditional oral histories of a specific location in the Arctic about the last person, Siuluk, who is considered the last known Tuniq or ancient giant of the early Inuit. These early Inuit were considered giants and they were said to be friendly. This last giant was challenged to a test of his strength so he lifted a huge rock.
The Muskox and the Caribou is a 32-page picture book about a young muskox that becomes separated from his herd and his mother. But he is found by a young caribou and his mother becoming part of the caribou herd. Mother caribou felt concern for this young animal and she brought him into her herd taking care of him and encouraging her caribou son to play with the muskox. Days passed and muskox grew larger and his differences among the young caribou grew more visible. One day when mother caribou was searching for the muskox herd she came across a few muskox in the distance.
Niwîcihâw, I Help is a bilingual picture book that celebrates the role of a Cree grandmother (Kohkum) as she takes her grandson on a short trip to the bush to pick rosehips. Previously published in 2008 as Niwechihaw, I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson who wrote and illustrated this gentle story with spare repetitive language about the child watching and following the lead of his teacher, Kohkum. As he follows his grandmother, the boy watches and learns the cultural practices necessary to properly gather the ingredients to make rosehip tea.
Blackflies is a picture book written by children's author Robert Munsch and illustrated in cartoon-style by Jay Odjig. This 32-page book will appeal to young children through the cartoon like colour images and the fun text about a girl who just wants to go outdoors following a snow filled winter season.
The Spirit Trackers by Ojibwe storyteller and author Jan Bourdeau Waboose and illustrated by Francois Thisdale is published by Fifth House Publishing. Two young cousins visit with their uncle one wintery night. They ask for a story about Windigo and find some strange scratches and large footprints the next morning. The boys decide to be trackers just like their uncle and so set out to track the creature who made the footprints. The colour illustrations make this story a fascinating account of the creature known as Windigo as young children enjoy this Ojibwe legend. Highly recommended.
ABC: Animal Babies of Canada is an A to Z alphabet book featuring 26 baby animals from all across the country. The book contains information about each animal’s range in Canada and their conservation status. Simple rhyming sentences provide bits of information about antelope, bobcat, cougar, deer, fox, grizzly bear, harp seal, jack rabbit, lynx, moose, narwhal, otter, polar bear, quail, raccoon, sea wolf, turtle, wolverine, yellowthroat, and zooplankton.
You Hold Me Up by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.