Nimoshom and His Bus is a 24-page picture book written by Cree-Ojibwe author Penny Thomas with captivating pastel watercolour illustrations by Karen Hibbard for Highwater Books. In this gentle story young student readers meet a kind Elder Nimoshom (my grandfather) bus driver. He drives the yellow school bus for First Nations students. Every school day he greets the riders with the greeting, Tansi meaning hello. In fact the author introduces 13 Swampy Cree terms with meaning easily woven into the text. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided at the end of the book.
Powwow Counting in Cree is a 2013 publication for primary level students that introduce counting from one to ten in the Plains Cree language. Told in simple rhyming verse, this 24-page presentation features powwow imagery such as feathers, singers, dancers, the Eagle Staff, the Drum, Seven Teachings, and moccasins. Colour drawings by artist Melinda Josie reflect the cultural details of the contemporary powwow.