Fry Bread is a family story by Kevin Noble Maillard (Seminole, Mekusukey band) and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (Peruvian). Fry Bread describes food, family meals and memories, sharing, celebration and more. This 48 page book is written in verse and is suitable for ages 3 to 6 years.
Tout Petit Toi (Little You in English) is a charming and heart-warming book that welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp, illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett and translated Rachel Martinez, this book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. Flett uses collage-like images of an infant who grows to be a toddler. This child is adored and loved by one or both parents on every other page. Simple rhyming text accompanies each image.
In My Anaana’s Amautik by Nadia Sammurtok, who is an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; and illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko, tell the story of the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child. The experience in this story is that of baby nestled inside feeling the softness of the amautik and hearing the delightful sounds of Anaana’s laughing. This is a peaceful book for all ages.
Clothing by Inhabit Education and illustrated by Amanda Sandland is a dual language English and Inuktitut syllabics sensory board book. In Clothing, children can feel the texture of different types of clothing worn in the Arctic. Inuit clothing includes a blanket, sweater, socks, kamik, and much more. Feel the textures of clothing that keeps you warm while learning Inuktitut. Each piece of clothing is on a separate and colourful background page with the text on the opposite page. With sensory books children can explore with their sense of touch and sight.
Arctic Animals Ukiuqtaqtuup Uumajungit includes Inuktitut syllabics and Roman orthography to sound out the words. This is a board book of photographs of Arctic animals and birds such as the ptarmigan, wolf, polar bear, eider duck and many more and is a pleasure to read along with the images. This book will introduce infants and toddlers to the names of Arctic animals.
Let’s Count is a bilingual English and Inuktitut board book. This book is based on a children’s song by Nunavut band, The Jerry Cans, the authors, and helps children count to five. A copy of the recording of the song is available at www.arvaaqbooks.com. The book is illustrated by We Are Together. Each image is accompanied by Inuktitut and English text. The illustrations are colourful and bold and across two pages depicting Arctic birds, animals, and fish. Let’s Count is 7 x 9 inches and slightly larger than the average board book.
Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson and translated by Shirley Williams and Isadore Toulouse. Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and author and illustrator of The Water Walker. Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is for babies and toddlers and in both English and Anishinaabemowin. This book is written from an Anishinaabe water protector's perspective. There are many words associated with the importance of water - rain, snow, splashing, drinking and our role to thank, respect and protect Nibi. Nibi is water and water is life.
Sockeye Salmon, Saltchuck Blue is a sturdy, vibrantly illustrated and glossy board book by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. This book introduces babies and toddlers to colours and the rhythm of the changing seasons of the Pacific North West coast through the greys of winters, reds and orange glow of sunsets, yellow berries of summer and other images of nature.
May We Have Enough To Share is a delightful board book about gratitude and being grateful for so much around us. The strength of connections, the nature that provides them and the love that is endless. In May We Have Enough To Share,Tlicho Dene Nation author Richard Van Camp has included photographs by Indigenous women photographers. This is a book about sharing and community.
Ukaliq and Kalla Travel on the Ice is a search-and-find board book illustrated by Amanda Sandland. Search-and-find book help children develop their observational skills, early literacy skills and language development. In Ukaliq and Kalla Travel on Ice, children are encouraged to find things for this trip with Ukaliq and Kalla.