I Sang You Down from the Stars is a love letter from an Indigenous mother to her new baby. Tasha Spillett-Sumner, Cree and Trinidadian, is an award-winning poet and author who is also working on her doctoral degree in Indigenous land–based education and makes her home in Treaty 1 territory, Manitoba. Michaela Goade is a Tlingit award-winning illustrator who grew up in the rain forests and on the beaches of Juneau, Alaska, and still makes her home on traditional Tlingit territory today.
The Trading Tree was written by Nancy Cooper, a band member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, illustrated by Heather Charles, a member of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and translated by Myrtle Jamieson (Waaseyaankwot Kwe). Photographs for the book were taken by local photographer and designer Milena Vujanovic.
Jujijk: Mi'kmaw Insects is a written by the Tripartite Forum Culture and Heritage Education Committee and includes representatives from Mi'kmaw communities. This book is illustrated by Gerald Gloade (Mi'kmaw). The English language is noun-based, referring to people, places, and things. Jujijk, an illustrated bilingual guide to bugs and insects in Atlantic Canada, showcases the beautiful verb-based Mi’kmaw language.
i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k??l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli? is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Shianna Allison, a Syilx, Yakima, and Stolo multidisiplinary artist from the lower Similkameen Indian Band. i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k??l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli? is an original story with a universal message, shedding light on the importance of water as a living entity. The story features a young girl named suli?, who hears the song of the water calling for her while playing outside. suli? ventures out of her yard and into the forest.
k?xntim s?anix? k??l nix?titk? acx??l?x?alt / We Go With Muskrat is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Ron Hall, of Okanagan and Thompson ancestry and is a member of the Osoyoos Band. Those Living Underwater is an interactive story with s?anix? (Muskrat) in the lead, allowing readers to learn both the n’syilxwcn and English names of underwater creatures living in the Okanagan Valley. The book seamlessly combines beautiful imagery with amusing descriptions as Muskrat introduces a diverse set of underwater creatures.
sk?p’lk’mitkw / Water Changeling is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Phyllis Isaac, an Elder and a visual artist from the Penticton Indian Band of the Okanagan Nation. sk?p’lk’mitkw is the story of the natural water cycle from a Syilx traditional ecological knowledge perspective.The story features a water girl named sk?p’lk’mitkw who longs to visit with her grandparents. She receives help from newfound friends who change her into rain, hail and snow so she can reach her grandparents. This book is in English and Salishan.
Native American Night Before Christmas by Gary Robinson (of Choctaw/Cherokee descent) and illustrated by Jesse T. Hummingbird (Cherokee), artist, is an innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale. This full-color book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for an American Indian family when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities, and other goodies. Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.
kwu?c'?xw?ntim t?l stunx isck'wuls / Lessons From Beaver’s Work is a dual language children's book by Harron Hall, Syilx and Nla'kapamuc Nations; and illustrated by Bill Cohen of Okanagan Nation. This book, in English and nsyilxcən, teaches children through storytelling to hold reverence for all life forms. The book depicts a conflict between Tapit, a rancher, and stunx (beaver), as they both try to meet their water needs. The touching humanity of stunx (Beaver) softens Tapit’s outlook, as he reminds Tapit that he is not the only one that depends on water.
Little Wolf by Teoni Spathelfer, a hereditary member of the Heiltsuk Nation from coastal British Columbia, tells the story of Little Wolf’s move to the big city with her mom and sister and how she has difficulty adjusting to their new life. She misses living close to nature and seeing animals wherever she goes, and she misses fishing with her grandfather and seeing dolphins leaping beside their boat. Most of all, she misses feeling connected to her culture. At school, Little Wolf has trouble fitting in. Although her class has kids from many different cultures, no one is Heiltsuk, like her.
In Lela and the Butterflies written by Sherri Maret, Choctaw and Tim Maret; and illustrated by Merisha Sequoia Clark, Choctaw, Lela loves butterflies. When she takes a nature walk with Ranger Maggie, she learns that butterflies need help. Lela's small steps in butterfly conservation start with a butterfly garden of nectar and host plants, but she doesn't stop there and ends up spreading her love for butterflies throughout the community. A simple guide to planting a butterfly garden is also included. A great read aloud for storytime and picture book for elementary school readers.