When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, a member of Norway House Cree Nation and translated by Marsha Blacksmith, a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, is an empowering story of resistance that gently introduces children to the history of residential schools in Canada. In When We Were Alone, a young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. As she asks questions, her grandmother tells her about her experiences in a residential school.
If You Want to Visit a Sea Garden is by Kay Weisman and illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers, whose ancestry includes the Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk First Nations. Roy Henry Vickers has created hauntingly beautiful images to accompany the text. The manuscript has been vetted and approved by the scientists of the Clam Garden Network and Kwaxsistalla Wathl’thla Clan Chief Adam Dick. Sea gardens have been created by First Peoples on the Northwest Coast for more than three thousand years.
Inuki's Birthday Party is a bilingual Inuktitut and English book by Aviaq Johnston who is from Igloolik, Nunavut, and illustrated by Ali Hinch. In Inuki's Birthday Party, Inuki lives in Iglulik, Nunavut and it is his fifth birthday! He can’t wait for his party at the community hall. There is cake to eat and presents to open, but celebrating with his family and friends is Inuki’s favourite gift of all!
Where Did the Walruses Go is a bilingual Inuktitut and English paperback book by Tooma Laisa, who was raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut; and illustrated by Udayana Lugo. In Where Did the Walruses Go, Nalluq loves spending time outdoors at his family’s summer camp in Peterhead Inlet. One day during a walk on the shoreline, his ataata shares an exciting discovery with him: a walrus skull! But Nalluq never sees walruses there. Where did they go? Nalluq's ataata tells Nalluq a traditional story about why all the walruses disappeared from Peterhead Inlet.
Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas, Mi’kmaw and registered with Lennox Island First Nation, and Illustrated by Maya McKibbin, Ojibwe, Yoeme and Irish, asks what it means to be Mi’kmaq. In Swift Fox All Along, Swift Fox looks for the answer and wonders if she will ever feel like part of her family. When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she’ll learn how to be Mi’kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger.
Lillian and Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance, is by Lynda Partridge, a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and illustrated by Dave Nicholson. In Lillian and Kokomis, Lillian who is a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry is in the process of being shuffled to her seventh foster home. Lillian is a complex and not-always-lovable hero and she doesn’t always fit in but she eventually finds a sense of peace and belonging from a surprising spirit that returns her to traditional ways.
In We Learn from the Sun Lesson Plan, David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem through activities for teachers. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings available at GoodMinds.com.
We Learn from the Sun by David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings. A Teacher Lesson Plan and Resource Guide accompanies this book (and is available from GoodMinds.com). The colorful illustrations are by Métis illustrator Kristy Cameron.
You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim is by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith and is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. Gimanaadenim is in both English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
Tu es là pour moi is the French version of 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. This book is illustrated by Danielle Daniel. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.