Soapstone Porcupine written by Jeff Pinkney is an 88-page early chapter book from Orca Book Publishers. Two brothers from a James Bay Cree community one day encounter a stray dog. They give this dog the name Atim (dog) and their new pet remains with the family. But an unfortunate encounter with a porcupine leaves the dog in distress. One brother wants to hunt the porcupine and kill it but the younger brother does not want to take this action.
You Hold Me Up by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation written by Monique Gray Smith for Orca Book Publishing invites young adult readers on a journey of discovery regarding truth and reconciliation about residential schools. Organized into four broad categories such as a welcome to the issues; honesty - where we have come from; love - where do we stand today; kindness and reciprocity - where do we go from here, this book guides students toward understanding by employing critical thinking and taking action. The book presents an effective background to the history of residential schools and gov
He Who Dreams by Cree/Scottish author is a new hi/lo title from Orca Publishers. Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what's happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide.
We Sang You Home is a charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby boy 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 print resources. Flett uses collage-like images of a couple sitting on a blanket during the night. A moon can be seen along with two white rabbits peeking at each other from across the page. The woman is playing guitar and the simple text on the opposite page proclaiming that they sang for an infant to join them.
My Heart Fills with Happiness is a 2016 board book release from Orca Book Publishers. Written by award-winning author Monique Gray-Smith, this early childhood title brings joy and happiness to all families who read and celebrate this book for toddlers and young children. This brightly illustrated board book's simple art from award-winning illustrator Julie Fleet brings the message of joy and happiness that brings smiles and loving feelings to all who read it.
Soapstone Signs is a 2014 release from Orca Echoes series that offers short chapter books aimed at readers between ages seven and nine. These popular classroom favourites are well suited for social responsibility and character building programs. The author sets the story in a contemporary James Bay Cree community with a nine year old boy as narrator. The boy lives with his non-Native dad and his Cree mom at a tourist lodge. Each summer a respected older carver comes by the lodge to sell his soapstone carvings to the tourists.
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.
Him Standing is the 2012 Rapid Reads title from the Rapid Reads Series. Rapid Reads are short novels and non-fiction books designed for reluctant or low-literacy teen and adult readers. This 144-page novel is ideal for the male high school student or adult literacy learner who has limited interest in reading. Richard Wagamese's fast-paced plot line and character development keeps the reader wanting to find out what happens next. Nineteen-year-old Lucas Smoke has left the reserve and moved to the big city to try his hand in the art world.