Isla’s New Drum is written and illustrated by Herbert Shane Hartman, a member of the Beaver or Lhts'umusuyoo Clan from the Nak'azdli Whut'en First Nation. In this story, Isla has been given a new drum that she loves dearly but she doesn’t have a song to sing to her new drumbeat. She decides to ask some forest friends to help her make a new song. Each friend offers Isla what they can, showing true generosity. Each friend also offers a message that is important to keeping Mother Earth healthy and strong. In return, Isla plays her drum for each friend as she gives back what she can.
La Terre me parle : Un livre sur les saisons / This Is How I Know: A Book about the Seasons, is written by Brittany Luby, of Anishinaabe descent and raised on Treaty 3 Territory; and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, Ojibwe Woodland artist and member of Wasauksing First Nation. In, La Terre me parle, an Anishinaabe child and her grandmother take pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. This lyrical, bilingual story-poem is written in Ojibwe and French.
Nanuq's Baby Brother is written by Nadia Sammurtok, an Inuit writer and educator from Rankin Inlet, with Rachel Rupke; and illustrated by Ali Hinch. In Nanuq's Baby Brother, Nanuq is so excited when she finds out she is going to be a big sister! She thinks about all the fun things she will do with her new sibling. But when her baby brother is born, he cries all the time. Her parents are so busy with the baby, they don’t have time for her anymore. Nanuq feels lonely. Is this really what being a big sister is like?
In Tuktu Says written by Nadia Sammurtok, an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; and illustrated by Ali Hinch,Tuktu and his friends are playing so join them and you can play, move, or make sounds along by doing the actions with the characters in this book. With interactive books, children are encouraged to actively participate in the stories they are listening to through directions or instructional text.
If You're Happy and You Know It is written by Monica Ittusardjuat, a residential school survivor who grew up in a time when Inuit lived a subsistence way of life, moving camps and following animals where they were plentiful. This book is illustrated by Ali Hinch. Tuktu and his friends are singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It.” Join in and sing along! In this interactive book, children can sing along and do the actions with the characters in the book. With interactive books, children are encouraged to actively participate in the stories they are listening to.
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.
Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh Niibing, dgwaagig, bboong, mnookmig dbaadjigaade maanpii mzin’igning / This Is How I Know: A Book about the Seasons is written by Brittany Luby, of Anishinaabe descent and raised on Treaty 3 Territory; and Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, Ojibwe Woodland artist and member of Wasauksing First Nation. In This Is How I Know, an Anishinaabe child and her grandmother take pleasure in the familiar sights that each new season brings. This lyrical, bilingual story-poem is written in Anishinaabemowin and English.
Mi'kmaw Daily Drum: Mi'kmaw Culture For Every Day of the Week is written and illustrated by Mi'kwaw artist Alan Syliboy. Mi'kmaw Daily Drum is in the style of his Mi'kmaw Animals baby board book, which was shortlisted for the Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration. Mi'kmaw Daily Drum showcases seven of Syliboy's popular Daily Drum artworks, each paired with a different day of the week. From Spirit Woman to Caribou to Round Dance, Mi'kmaw culture and teachings are made accessible to toddlers in this vibrant book form.
The Sharing Circle is a picture story book by Theresa "Corky" Larsen-Jonasson, a proud Cree/Danish Metis Elder with roots in Red Deer and Maskwacis First Nations. The text is illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner and edited by Allison Parker. In The Sharing Circle, two red foxes have an argument, which threatens to break apart their community. It is then that a gentle buffalo decides to take a braid of sweetgrass to a local elder and asks her to help with a sharing circle for all the animals.