Healthy Choices, Healthy Lives is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to live healthy. David is a young boy who becomes afraid because his auntie is yelling. David talks to his mother and she gently provides an explanation for auntie's behavior. Auntie has been drinking and her poor choice to drink results in confusion and scary behavior. David asks his mother several questions about smoking and taking drugs. He learns that these are drugs that can hurt a person's body in many ways.
Living Safe, Playing Safe is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to live healthy. This book in the Caring for Me series discusses ways children can have fun at play and remain safe. Several scenarios make up this book. Several young children play safe in a variety of settings including travelling in a car, in the school playground, and in the kitchen. Riding in a car, the child remembers to buckle the seatbelt.
Eat, Run, and Live Healthy is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to live healthy. This book in the Caring for Me series discusses eating healthy, exercising, and drinking plenty of water. The book begins in a First Nations classroom as the teacher welcomes the community nurse to make a presentation. Through charts and questions/answers the nurse asks the students about making healthy choices when eating, avoiding junk foods, exercising, and drinking plenty of water each day.
Taking Care of Mother Earth is a children's picture book developed by the Penticton Indian Band Health Department to teach young children about the choices they can make to help care for the environment. The project develops materials that all children can use that will empower them to make healthy choices. This 8-page, illustrated book tells the simple story of a young boy who assists his grandmother in the kitchen and in the garden. Charlie helps his grandmother as she prepares to preserve healthy fruit such as peaches.
Carry Me, Mama is a charming picture book about a child's first serious attempt at walking and her loving mother's efforts to encourage the child. The Native content is suggested only by the illustrations. A girl and her mother travel about by foot and usually mother carriers her daughter in the back of her parka. The landscape suggests a Subarctic region of Canada. The little family enjoys walking to family members' cabins, drying fish, picking berries, and going to the local store. The cabins are typically wood and have wood stoves for heating.
SkySisters is a children's picture book by Ojibwe writer and storyteller Jan Bourdeau Waboose. In this contemporary story set in the winter season, two sisters go outdoors to play in the magical world of snow and moonlight to wait for the arrival of the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). The sisters bundle up in their parkas and mittens and as they head outdoors their mother reminds them of Nokomis' teachings, wisdom comes on silent wings. The two girls play and run through the snow. On their way to a hill they see a deer, and a white rabbit.
The Moccasins is a children's picture book published by Theytus Books. A member of the Ktunaza First Nations of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers region of British Columbia, Earl Einarson, formerly a foster child, wrote this story for children about an Aboriginal foster child who has a positive experience when his foster mother gives him a gift of moccasins and encourages him to take pride in his Aboriginal heritage.
On Mother's Lap is a board book that celebrates an Inuit mother's love. A young boy named Michael enjoys a special quiet time being rocked on his mother's lap in the big rocking chair. As the pair rock back and forth, Michael realizes that some of his special toys also want to be included. One by one, Michael gathers his special Inuk dolly, boat, puppy, and Caribou blanket. Mother's lap has room for all the toys and the pet dog. But when Mother hears baby sister, she says that baby wants to cuddle too. Michael is not so sure and says there is not enough room for his sister on mother's lap.
Nanabosho: How the Turtle Got Its Shell is one of the popular titles in the Nanabosho series by Winnipeg children's author, Joe McLellan. The author, who is also a teacher, believes in the power of the oral tradition and storytelling. He takes traditional stories about the Ojibwe trickster and teacher, Nanabosho, and weaves a contemporary story that will appeal to all children. In this picture book, the story begins with two Native children who hear the story about how the turtle received a shell.
The First Strawberries: A Cherokee Story is a retelling of a Cherokee legend about the origin of strawberries. Joseph Bruchac is a master storyteller whose books capture the magic of oral tradition. In this picture book for young children, Bruchac retells the story of how the Creator made First Woman and First Man. Their life was good until one day the husband spoke harsh words to his wife. Her hurt feelings caused her to walk away from their home. At once, First Man regretted speaking hurtful words. He immediately set out after her to ask her forgiveness.