The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America, The Illustrated is the 2017 of Cherokee author Thomas King's 2012 publication. This illustrated edition contains more than 150 images including archival and contemporary photographs, historic and recent paintings, advertisements, photos taken by Tom King, maps and artifacts enhance and illuminate the engaging text.
My Conversations with Canadians contains 13 prose essays by esteemed author and professor Lee Maracle. From her poetry collections and novels Maracle draws from audience reactions and questions from audience members who have attended her many readings and presentations to inspire these essays.
Naksaan Wiindimaagen Doo-waampum Gichipizoowin is the Ojibwe language edition of Alex Shares His Wampum Belt produced by the Union of Ontario Indians. Translation is provided by Isadore Toulouse and Shirley Williams. This Ojibwe language book is an eight page illustrated book about the importance of wampum belts and treaties for primary level students. Kelly Crawford wrote this information book about a First Nation student named Alex and his inspiration to create a wampum belt from his Lego blocks.
The Spirit Trackers by Ojibwe storyteller and author Jan Bourdeau Waboose and illustrated by Francois Thisdale is published by Fifth House Publishing. Two young cousins visit with their uncle one wintery night. They ask for a story about Windigo and find some strange scratches and large footprints the next morning. The boys decide to be trackers just like their uncle and so set out to track the creature who made the footprints. The colour illustrations make this story a fascinating account of the creature known as Windigo as young children enjoy this Ojibwe legend. Highly recommended.
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.
Les Mots Volés by author Melanie Florence and published by Editions Scholastic is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. This French language translation of Stolen Words is told through the eyes of a child and her grandfather. The book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girl learns about residential schools and language loss.
Ojibwe Teachings: Words, Phrases and Puzzles is a 29-page dictionary and puzzle book from Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre compiled by Mary Anne Maytwayashing. The book contains word lists such as numbers, seasons, time, weather terms, birds, fish, four directions, clothing, schools, feelings, food, household items, family, medicine, verbs and actions, conversation and more. Puzzles include word searches and answers based on words appearing in the word list section.
Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender is a young adult novel from the Record Books Series from James Lorimer Publishers. This high interest and low vocabulary title is aimed at reluctant teen readers whose reading is at a grades 3 and 4 level. Recordbooks are non-fiction stories that help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of the true story of a sports hero.
The Cloud Artist by Choctaw author Sherri Maret and Choctaw artist Marisha Sequoia Clark is published by RoadRunner Press. An imaginary story about a Choctaw girl who discovers her gift for painting with the clouds on a sunny day. Her family and friends are entertained and one day a traveling carnival sees her magical creations. The carnival man wants Leona to travel with the show and make cloud paintings as their cloud artist. To Leona this is a big decision that the girl has to make for herself. In the end Leona chooses to remain with her family.