Stolen Words by author Melanie Florence and published by Second Story Press is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. Told through the eyes of a child and her grandfather, the book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girls learns about residential schools and language loss.
This is a Cayuga language resource written by Cayuga language resource developers from Six Nations of the Grand River. The illustrations are cute colourful drawings of mostly children in outdoor settings playing and interacting with animals, plants and adults in the natural environment. Traditional designs often found on beaded regalia and other Haudenosaunee art forms are also found. Perfect for Cayuga immersion language learners as there is no English translation. However, there is one page devoted to noun translation in English.
The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.
Traditional Inuit Clothing level 11 introduces children to items of clothing like the parka that they might be familiar with, and uniquely Northern objects like amautis (a style of parka worn by women to carry their infant). Living in the North requires very special clothing to stay warm and move easily over the ice! One of the non-fiction readers, part of the Nunavummi Reading Series. Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: P
The People of the Sea is a picture book based on the author's own childhood experiences. When the young Donald and his friends head down to the water to play, they have no idea that they are soon to encounter a mermaid, one of the creatures that his elders have told him about. Terrified, the boys run back to their camp, ready to tell everyone what they have just seen. But what did they see? They can't seem to remember it clearly. It is up to Donald's grandmother to explain to them the magical creature they just encountered. Donald Uluadluak was an elder from Arviat, Nunavut.
Les nouvelles kamiks de Viivi (Viivi's New Kamiks), Level 9 is a leveled reader that uses a sequential story to introduce children to kamiks, a traditional boot Inuit have worn for hundreds of years. An explanatory note helps children understand what kamiks look like and why they are worn. All nine-year-old Viivi wants for her birthday is a pair of kamiks. These special books take a long time to make and also each person must take good care of their pair. Viivi sets out to prove to her parents that she is a responsible person who can now care for her boots.
Tout sur les phoques (All about Seals), Level 9 is a non-fiction book to teach children about the appearance, behaviours, and diets of four different Arctic seal species. It also introduces the concept of traditional Inuit seal hunting, including the practical uses of each type of seal from the Inuit perspective. This 20-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 9 titles have 2 to 4 sentences per page with longer and more complex sentences. Readers now rely more on the book's text for information along with supportive photographs.
Insects of the Arctic: Bugs That Love the Cold, level 8 - 11 is a non-fiction book that introduces children to insects, spiders, and other Arctic bugs. The North is full of little creatures that skitter, swim, and fly. Meet the tiny creatures in the air, water, and soil all around you. Several pages with text and colour photographs such as the Brush-footed Butterfly; Ground Beetles; Mosquitoes; Wolf Spiders; Non-biting Midges; Warble Flies; Freshwater Snails are included in this 32-page book. The book also includes information style boxes and a brief glossary.
Animals Illustrated: Walrus by Herve Paniaq is a non-fiction book that contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal. Readers will learn about how walruses raise their young in the cold Arctic ocean, what they eat, and where they can be found, along with other interesting information, like the fascinating uses for their characteristic tusks. Herve Paniaq is an elder from Igloolik, Nunavut. Ben Shannon is a Canadian-born, award-winning illustrator and animator.