Northwest Coast Native Animals is a 12-page board book made with recycled paper with soy-based ink and water-based coating and is published by Native Northwest publishing. The book introduces young children to the animals of the Northwest Coast through the art of Kelly Robinson, Nuxalk and Nuuchahnulth. She provides simply sentences about the environment where each animal thrives. Highly recommended
Sharing Our World: Animals of the Native Northwest is a 28-page board book from Native Northwest publishers. This unique title offers young children an introduction to the various animals from the Pacific Northwest Coast. Artists from Nuxalk, Namgis, Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Haisla, Heiltsuk, Haida, Bella Bella, Tsimshian, Kwa Na Ki Nulth and Nuchatlaht Nations provided the images, and cultural comments about ancestors, totem, thunderbird, wolf, salmon, frog, beaver, owl, bear, otter, raven, eagle, turtle, hummingbird, butterfly, octopus, and whale.
Nighty-Night: A Bedtime Song for Babies is a gentle rhyming poem for infants preparing for sleep. This board book by Richard Van Camp celebrates babies and their parents or caregivers as the babies are sung to sleep at night. Using colour photographs showing a range of parents and babies from various cultural backgrounds, the publisher, McKellar and Martin, has created a soothingly beautiful night-time book. The author acknowledges the world around the young child as the text and image combine to assist in calming the daily night-time process. Highly recommended.
Learn and Play with First Nations and Native Art is an 18-page concept board book from Native Northwest publishers. This unique title offers young children an introduction to concepts such as opposites, shapes, counting, the alphabet, colours, and search and find using Northwest Coast art designs and Woodland art style. Each artist's contribution is recognized in this important title for young children. It also introduces young children to Northwest Coast art designs while explaining the importance of interdependence with the environment. Highly recommended.
The Littlest Sled Dog is the recent book by Inuit storyteller Michael Kusugak about the imaginative dreams of a little terrier dog who lives with her mother in a kennel. The little dog is told stories about dogs around the world and is enchanted by the tales of a St. Bernard rescuing a lost skier, a golden retriever fetching a duck killed by a hunter, or the sled dogs of the Far North pulling sleds while their masters holler, mush. The little dog dreams of one day being an important dog that has wonderful adventures. While at the kennel, the staff begins to call the little dog, You Too.
I Like to Play is a 24-page photo essay that features young children from many cultures worldwide simply playing. The colour photographs capture the simple joy of children making their own special games and activities as they have fun at the park, dance, skip, hop, jump, swing, and generally have fun with friends in the water or on land. The images show children from Cambodia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Democratic Republic of Congo, Honduras, and Myanmar engaged in various forms of play.
Kisses, Kisses Baby-O is a board book by author and educator Sheree Fitch. This simple 10-page book features multicultural parents and caregivers laughing and holding their babies. Baby wakes, plays, and sleeps as the loving parent speaks to baby in simple rhyme ending each with the phrase, Baby-O. This board book is also available in a Mi'kmaq edition, Weska'qelmut Apje'juanu, translated by Bernie Francis.
Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'Alfabet di Michif, Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet is the long-awaited children's picture book written and illustrated by Julie Flett, illustrator of Zoe and the Fawn. The author draws inspiration from her Métis heritage and has created a beautiful and engaging children's alphabet with a twist. All the letters are taken from words in the Michif language. The language developed as a combination of French and Cree or Ojibwe. This uniquely Canadian development does not contain the letters Q and X and the author/illustrator respects this fact.
Weska'qelmut Apje'juanu, Kisses, Kisses, Baby-O is a Mi'kmaq language board book translated from Sheree Fitch's English text of Kisses, Kisses, Baby-O. Mikmaw linguist Bernie Francis has taken the original words celebrating the birth of a baby and the love shown by the welcoming parents and created a valuable board book especially Mi'kmaq families and preschoolers.
How the Fox Got His Crossed Legs, Edànì nôgèe wegöö degèe adzà is a picture book from Theytus that retells a traditional Tlicho (Dogrib) legend for young children. Theytus maintains strict protocols when publishing specific First Nation legends. With this attention to detail and cooperative nature, the result is an engaging story that maintains its integrity during the transformation from oral to written. The story explains why foxes have crossed legs. It begins long ago when Fox had a disagreement with a mean-spirited Bear.