Hurry Up, Ilua! is a 32-page colour picture book from the Inhabit Junior series, published by Inhabit Media. First time author and illustrator Nola Helen Hicks, teacher, writer, and artist living in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, has created a charming picture book about a ground squirrel family preparing for hibernation. Ilua and her little sister Ivavaa are taking their time watching the family of siksiks (Arctic ground squirrels) are scurrying about picking the last of the berries, collecting lichen and Arctic cotton in preparation for the long winter ahead.
In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford is an engaging 32-page picture book about northern mammals such as polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals and beluga whales as they chase each other around "the ice that floats in the Arctic waters." Not only is the rhythmic, cumulative prose good for early readers; it is a pure delight to read aloud. The book is validated by the marine mammal specialist at the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. The final pages introduce an Inuk hunter into the rhyme.
Loving Me is a board book from Star Bright Books featuring contemporary Native American families. Whether it is a loving kiss from mother, a hug from father, a playful romp with an older brother, or reading with grandfather, babies and toddlers will discover the importance of family relationships through these heart-warming photographs. This appealing board book features Iroquois, Bannock/Shoshone, Lakota, Navajo, and Potawatomi multi-generational family members. This board book has 12 pages and is ideal for 12-months to three year old viewers.
Cradle Me celebrates Native American families and shows how they carry their babies. This 14-page board book features facial close-up photographs of 11 infants wrapped in various cradle styles. Star Bright Books published this board book with the advice of the National Indian Child Care Association. As the back cover indicates Native American families carried infants safely, comfortably, and close to mothers in cradle boards. Each cradle board is personalized and decorated according to tribal designs and materials.
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.
Trip to the Moon is a unique bilingual picture book from Inhabit Media's imprint Inhabit Community in collaboration with the community of Pangnirtung. This exciting science fiction story about an oil drum captures the contemporary feeling of the children in this town on the coast of Baffin Island which can only be reached by sea or air. Told by Vera Evic the story reaches magical proportions when the oil drum takes flight to the moon. Taking three children into space and landing on the moon's surface introduces readers to little people on the moon.
Kamik: Un Chiot Inuit is the French language edition of the children's picture book, Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story. Kamik is a gentle and heartwarming story about raising a new puppy. Based on the personal experience of Inuk Elder Donald Uluadluak, this read aloud picture book is suitable for all children with a new pet puppy. Grandfather explains to his grandson Jake about the key to raising an obedient and helpful sled dog. For generations the Inuit have relied on their sled dogs for transportation and survival. Kamik is active and disobedient, tracking mud throughout the house.
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is the 2014 board book from Native Northwest featuring the artwork of Cree/Métis artist Julie Flett. In this basic counting book from 1 to 10, this bilingual board book introduces Plains Cree (y-dialect) and Swampy Cree (n-dialect) written in Roman orthography. Artist and author has a simple graphic style using bold and clear text to introduce counting with appropriate cultural images from contemporary Cree society. An excellent introduction to counting to ten in Cree and English using authentic Cree imagery. Highly recommended.
First Nation Communities READ (FNCR) and Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC) are pleased to announce jointly that: Wild Berries and Pakwa che Menisu published by Simply Read Books are the FNCR 2014-2015 title selection for year-long community reading. Julie Flett, author-illustrator of Wild Berries and Pakwa che Menisu, is the first-time recipient of PMC’s new Aboriginal Literature Award. There are two editions of this book by Julie Flett. Wild Berries is bilingual (English and n-dialect Cree or Swampy Cree from the Cumberland House area).