While a grandmother ptarmigan tries everything to get a little one to sleep, Grandmother Ptarmigan is actually a traditional Inuit story that explains why ptarmigans cry, Nauk, Nauk and why baby ptarmigans fly so young. Qaunaq Mikkigak, an elder from Cape Dorset, Nunavut, shares a traditional Inuit legend in Grandmother Ptarmigan, written in collaboration with children's author Joanne Schwartz.
The Raven and the Loon is a picture book retelling of a traditional Inuit legend explaining why Raven has black feathers and why Loon has flat feet. Storytellers Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley have created a charming children's book for primary students. In the beginning both the Loon and Raven had white feathers. They both felt their white feathers and snow-covered landscape made for a boring life. Mischievous Raven decided to visit Loon on day in her iglu. Loon was patiently sewing when Raven arrived, chattering non-stop. Then Raven had an idea.
Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story 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. Jake asks his grandfather about the problems he has with Kamik.
Little You is a charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp and illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett, this board book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. Flett uses collage-like images of an infant who grows to be a toddler. This child is adored and loved by one or both parents on every other page. Simple rhyming text accompanies each image.
Goodnight World is a 24-page hardcover picture book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating from Native Northwest publishers. This picture book reinforces worldview values of acknowledging the end of the day. In this simple format each of the animals, birds, and sea creatures say good night by dreaming, singing each other to sleep and various activities unique to each animal. Twenty-three Northwest Coast artists have contributed to this remarkable title but the book flows so well the viewer is unaware. Complete credits are found on the book's back cover.
Book of Play with Northwest Coast Native Art is a 20-page board book published by Native Northwest in 2012. This book offers early childhood students an opportunity to discover arithmetic concepts, ABCs, identifying colours while learning about Coast Salish, Haida, and Bella Bella art of the Northwest Coast. The book is made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating and is safe for young children. 10 artists have cooperated to create the board book's designs.
Where is Mouse Woman?: A Haida Journey is a 2012 board book published by Native Northwest publishing. This 16-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating. Mouse Woman is a respected Grandmother that often appears in Haida traditional stories. She is a special person who has the ability to change her appearance and is known for her advice she gives to children. In this board book illustrated and told by Haida artist Gryn White, a young girl goes in search of Mouse Woman to invite her to the potlatch.
Counting Wild Bears of the Native Northwest Coast is the 2012 board book published by Native Northwest. This 20-page board book is made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating. Haida artist Gryn White introduces young readers to the wild bears of Haida culture. Bears are an important part of Haida traditions because the ancestors have honoured and respected bears. To acknowledge this respect the Haida feature images of bears in their regalia and art.
Eaglecrest Book is a set of 80 little books created by Lorraine Adams and Lynn Bruvold, Reading Recovery educators. This package of Leveled Readers is designed to appeal to Aboriginal classrooms. Each little book is 16 pages with word counts varying from 60 and up. The package provides readers for Levels 1 through 20 for Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. Each book features Aboriginal students in a variety of settings such as at home of reserve, in urban areas, at school, and on the land and water.
Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story is a 32-page picture book that explains why rabbits have powder puff tails and how pussy willows came to be. Abenaki storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac cooperate to write this humourous story. They retell this Haudenosaunee legend about Rabbit’s impatience and longing for snow even in the summertime. Rabbit has a long and fluffy tail and he enjoys the tasty leaves on top of willow trees. Rabbit takes his drum and sings a song about the coming of snow. He carries on so much the other animals become annoyed but Rabbit continues.