Sans Nimâmâ is the French language edition of Melanie Florence's award-winning book (2016 won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award), Missing Nimama. Translated from the English by Diane Lavoie this moving picture book from publisher Clockwise Press, offers junior and intermediate level readers an introduction to understanding the loss and grief of a child's mother. Kateri is a young girl who lives with her grandmother because her mother is lost as Nohkum (grandmother in Cree) explains.
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.
Families is a 32-page picture published by Inhabit Media about a grade two student who attends school in his home community of Iqaluit. The simple book explains a variety of families living in the town from single parent home, a home with a mother, father and child, a girl with two mothers, a boy with two fathers, a girl living with her grandmother, and a boy with two families—a father in Iqaluit and a mother in Ottawa. The student begins to realize that no matter your own kind of family if there is caring and love that is what counts.
The Journey Forward: Novellas on Reconciliation, Lucy & Lola and When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! is a unique flip book published by McKellar and Martin publishers. Printed as one book the two novellas address the issues surrounding residential schools, foster care (60s scoop), Truth, Reconciliation and what this means for students from grades five to eight.
J'aide mon grand-père (Helping My Grandfather), Level 6 is an illustrated book that introduces beginning readers to the verb to help. Set in the Arctic out on the land, this reader shows a young boy helping his grandfather with daily chores inside and outside the tent. This 8-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 6 titles have 8 to 12 pages of text with one to two sentences per page. The fun, full-colour comic-like illustrations by Luke Coleman assist the beginning reader with decoding the simple text.
Les Savoirs Perdus Panuijkatasikl Kina’masuti’l (The Lost Teachings) by Michael James Isaac is an engaging dual language (French & Mi’kmaq) story, with effective illustrations by Dozay Arlene Christmas, allows the reader to reconnect to and understand the seven Grandfather teachings and their meaning in relation to themselves and society. The Lost Teachings is a story about the importance of the seven teachings — wisdom, respect, love, honesty, humility, courage and truth — and how interconnected they are in achieving balance, harmony and peace.
Treaty Baby is a 20-page children's book about the importance of treaties to First Nations by Spirit & Intent publisher located in Ohsweken, Ontario. This primary level titles was co-created by sisters, Sara and Alyssa M. General. Writing and illustrating books for children, Spirit & Intent expresses a perspective of Mohawk young women. Treaty Baby features simple, one line sentences about a female and male toddler. On the book's cover readers see the pair holding an important wampum belt representing the Evergrowing Tree of Peace.
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.