The Cloud Artist by Choctaw author Sherri Maret and Choctaw artist Marisha Sequoia Clark is published by RoadRunner Press. An imaginary story about a Choctaw girl who discovers her gift for painting with the clouds on a sunny day. Her family and friends are entertained and one day a traveling carnival sees her magical creations. The carnival man wants Leona to travel with the show and make cloud paintings as their cloud artist. To Leona this is a big decision that the girl has to make for herself. In the end Leona chooses to remain with her family.
Only in My Hometown: Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani is written and illustrated by sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen about growing up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Written in Inuktitut (using both syllabics and transliterated roman orthography) and English the 24-page book tells readers about the girls and their family in simple poetry format along with colour drawings of key activities the girls enjoyed while growing up.
Once in a Blue Moon is a fictional account told in simple rhyming verse about the rare appearance of a blue moon. A blue moon is a second full moon in a calendar month. The author who identifies as Metis is also the illustrator for this book suggested for primary level students. Published by Groundwood Books in 2017. Selected for the 2018 FNCR longlist for First Nation Communities Read.
A Big Mistake is a picture book by Richelle Lovegrove for Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre. With illustrations by Amber Green the book explores friendship, gifts and generosity. When Summer’s best friend compliments the necklace her kokum (grandmother) gave her, she remembers her Elder’s teaching and gives the necklace away. But when her kokum comes over for supper, Summer worries that she made a big mistake by giving away such a special gift. The girl began to worry about giving kokum's special necklace away to her friend.
Anishinaabemowin Alphabet is a 30-page Ojibwe language resource published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Author Wanda Barker uses the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Double Vowel writing system. Combined with pencil drawings by Nicole Mange language teachers can use the book to learn the alphabet and words associated with each letter symbol.
Indigenous Dwellings of Canada: A Colouring Book authored by Katherine and Leo Pettipas and illustrated by Don Monkman is produced by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. This 53-page colouring book depicts the various styles of buildings designed by First Nations and Inuit peoples over the centuries. Each page has a brief caption describing the Nation and the dwelling such as winter pit houses, longhouses, wigwams, earth lodges, plank houses, and earth lodges.
A Bug in a Rug is the second picture book written and illustrated by Metis storyteller and illustrator Elaine Chaput Lariviere for Pemmican Publications. This 32-page children's with a quiet message about bullying and thinking about how we treat animals and insects. This bug in a rug is a spider discovered by a young child. Questions ask young readers what they would do if they encountered a spider. The young boy and his two cats could step on the spider or let it live and continue its life. Presents alternatives to bullying such as caring, empathy and kindness.
Warren Whistles at the Sky is one of the titles from the Under a Blanket of Stars: First Nations Constellations published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2016. Written by David A. Robertson with illustrations drawn by Amber Green this 24 page picture book explores the meaning behind an Elder's story about the night sky. Recalling the story the Elder told, Warren goes outdoors at night and sees the sky full of stars. The Elder had said that if you whistle at the stars the spirits would come down from their home in the sky.