Dear Canada: A Time for Giving, Ten Tales of Christmas is a charming collection of first-person narrative stories about Canadian winter and Christmas celebrations from a variety of young women in a diary format. Outstanding Canadian fiction authors and one First Nation author present situations based on their most recent Dear Canada diarists.
Ukaliq Puppies, Fun for Little Nunavummiut is a 32-page bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book by Louise Flaherty and Laura Legge for young children by Inhabit Media. This flip book format provides 15 pages in English and 15 pages in Inuktitut about the joy of puppies. The book includes comics, stories, games, facts, photographs, and illustrations, all in colour, providing young readers with entertaining and engaging opportunities to practice their independent reading skills. The photographs show colour images of contemporary Inuit children with their puppies.
Tim Tingle is an Oklahoma Choctaw, an outstanding storyteller, and award winning author. How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story approaches the topic of the Choctaw removal process from Mississippi homeland to the Oklahoma Reservation during the 1800s through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. Winner of the 2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award.
Misaabe's Stories: A Story of Honesty explores the meaning of one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings through the imagination and storytelling of a young boy named Misaabe. This Ojibwe boy is always telling creative stories about trolls, and x-ray glasses, and secret agents, and his super-exciting life. He tries to convince his classmates that these tales are totally true. One day the outrageous tales catch up to Misaabe when his mom comes to school to speak to the teacher. She helps this imaginative boy continue his storytelling and always use his gift with honesty.
What is Truth, Betsy? A Story of Truth is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series from Highwater Press. Miskwaadesi is puzzled about the teaching, Truth. But she knows more than she thinks she does. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community. In this final teaching of the Seven Grandfather Teaching, a young Ojibwe girl asks about the meaning of truth. The teacher finds simple questions for this young scholar to answer. Betsy begins with asking Miskwaadesi about herself. The girl explains she is an Anishinaabe girl.
Amik Loves School: A Story of Wisdom is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series from Highwater Press. Amik is a young urban Ojibwe boy who actually enjoys learning new things at school. One day Amik tells his Moshoom how much he enjoys learning. But Moshoom has a different memory about school when he was a child. Grandfather attended residential school. There is sadness in Moshoom's face. With a gentle explanation, grandfather tells Amik about his experience. Amik has the answer when he invites his Moshoom to the classroom the next day.
The First Day is a simply illustrated book and part of the Seven Teaching Stories. Makwa has to go to a new school … and he doesn't want to. How will he face his first day? Series author Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children's literature. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia. Illustrator Irene Kuziw is a graduate of the University of Manitoba’s School of Art. In keeping with the simple stories, the artist's works capture the essential nature of the story making this little reader ideal for beginning readers.
Kode's Quest(ion): A Story of Respect explores the meaning of one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings through the eyes of a young girl. In her urban school Mashkode Bixhiki (Kode) knows many things, but she doesn't know one thing: What does respect mean? Who will help her figure out the answer? This 24-page picture book follows Kode as she asks all the older people in her family about the meaning of respect.
The Just Right Gift: A Story of Love is a simply illustrated 24-page book from the Highwater Press series, The Seven Teaching Stories. Migizi loves his Gookom. And he wants to find the best gift for his grandmother or Gookom who is currently in hospital. He knows Gookom's gift has to be perfect, and it has to be as sweet as her kisses. So he thinks of all the options: maybe he can pick some roses he saw in the park; maybe he could buy her a pair of earrings at the store; maybe he could cook her favourite roast dinner; or maybe he could paint her a picture.
Singing Sisters: A Story of Humility is a simply illustrated 24-page book from the Highwater Press series, The Seven Teaching Stories. Ma'iingan knows she is a very good singer. Conflict erupts when her little sister wants to sing just like her. With short sentences and easy vocabulary, this little reader is perfect for stories about sibling rivalry. Big sister Ma'iingan finds her little sister's singing to be just awful. On the way to their auntie's house with their mother, little sister wants to sing too. But Ma'iingan does not approve.