In First Fire: A Cherokee Story written by Bradley Wagnon, Cherokee and illustrated by Alex Stephenson is a story that takes place during a time when animals could do many of the things that people do. The Creator gave the animals the world to live in, but they were without a source of heat at night. Great Thunder and his sons saw the plight of the animals, so he sent lightning down to strike a tree. The tree burst into flames, but because it was on an island, there was no way for the animals to easily get to the tree.
Naanan Miskogwanawe- Miigiwewininiwag / Five Santas is a delightful story with a Christmas theme and is also a counting lesson for young learners of Ojibwe. Naanan Miskogwanawe-Miigiwewininiwag/Five Santas are hard at work getting ready for Christmas when one-by-one they get tired and fall asleep. Written by Stella Young; translated into Ojibwe by Judy Doolittle, Wanda Barker and Darcy Malcolm; and illustrated by Rosalyn Boucha, this charming softcover is the perfect addition to any child’s library.
Anishinaabe ABC Mazina’igan is the second in a series by Language Facilitator, Wanda Barker, and illustrated by Nicole Burton. It is a great tool to assist with learning the Ojibwe language. Anishinaabe ABC Mazina’igan is filled with beautiful illustrations, Anishinaabemowin/Ojibwe sentences and their English translations. The images can serve as a starting point for discussion of the cultural relevancy of the sentences associated with each letter.
Fisher Finds the Bag of Summer by David Alexander Robertson and illustrated by Amber Green, is a story about Warren who has a dream about an unending winter, with animals teaming up to search for the lost bag of summer and all under a blanket of stars. Just as in the Anishinaabe and Ininew legend, Fisher, a brave hunter, is chosen to bring the bag of summer back to their home. But will he find the bag in time, or will the summer animals ruin his plans to bring warmth to the northern lands?
Weenipeeg by Elder Bill Ballantyne, Nicole Marie Burton and the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is a children's story carried on by Elder Bill Ballantyne. Weenipeeg, recounts the gripping true events that led to Winnipeg receiving its name. The name Weenipeeg (or Winnipeg) is known to mean dirty water. But how did it get that name? Weenipeeg is a journey story at its heart and this beautifully illustrated book will have you on the edge of your seat, while it shares important traditional knowledge.
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.
Asboodashkoonishiinh Egaagiitaawbiza / The Dragonfly Who Flies in Circles with artwork and story by Brita Vija Brookes, has been translated by Isadore Toulouse from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, and Shirley Ida Williams, Migizi ow-kwe,That Eagle Woman, who is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. This picture book follows the story of dragonfly who is born in the pond. Does the dragonfly return home again? Dragonflies rise from the world of water to fly in the air.
Makwa Gitigaadaan Gitigaan / Bear Plants a Garden is a colorful storybook in Ojibwe and English. The artwork is by Arthur McBain. The story is by Brita Vija Brookes, and translated by Isadore Toulouse from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, and Shirley Ida Williams, Migizi ow-kwe, That Eagle Woman, who is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. Makwa Gitigaadaan Gitigaan / Bear Plants a Garden follows the adventures of Bear in the Northwoods. In this story it’s Spring in North Ontario and Bear decides to plant a garden. Follow Bear on his adventure.
Zhooshkwaadekamigad Giiwedinoong-Mitigwaakiing/ Hockey in the Northwoods is a story in Ojibwe and English by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Isadore Toulouse from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, and Shirley Ida Williams, Migizi ow-kwe,That Eagle Woman, who is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. The artwork by Arthur McBain. In this colourful storybook, Bear wakes up to a noise in the woods outside his winter den. What is it? It's a hockey game!
Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm is a story by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Albert Owl (Sagamok Anishinaabek). The artwork is by Rachel Mae Dennis (Haudenosaunee/Latino). Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm follows the adventure of two kittens, Birchbark and Storm, as they venture out into the garden. Follow them as they wake up and leave mother to explore the garden. A story about exploring the world all the while within mom’s gaze.