When We Are Kind / Nihaa ádahwiinít’i?´´igo is a Diné / English children’s picture book by Monique Gray Smith of Cree, Lakota and Scottish heritage; illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, who is Diné (Navajo) on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side and is from Santa Fe, New Mexico; and translated into Diné (Navajo) by Mildred Walters. When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.
When We Are Kind is a children’s picture book by Monique Gray Smith of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry; and illustrated by Nicole Neidhardt, who is Diné (Navajo) on her mother’s side and a blend of European ancestry on her father’s side. When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives.
Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer is a colourfully illustrated story by Suzie Napayok-Short and illustrated by Tamara Campeau. Suzie Napayok-Short was born in Frobisher Bay and grew up in Apex, Nunavut, and the DEW line sites on Baffin Island. She attended residential school before moving to Coral Harbour, Nunavut, and later to Iqaluit, Nunavut. In Kits, Cubs, and Calves, Akuluk is visiting her family in Nunavut and can’t wait to get out on her uncle’s boat for a ride into the powerful Arctic Ocean.
Cradle Me celebrates Native American families and shows how they carry their babies. This 14-page board book features facial close-up photographs of 11 infants wrapped in various cradle styles. Star Bright Books published this board book with the advice of the National Indian Child Care Association. As the back cover indicates Native American families carried infants safely, comfortably, and close to mothers in cradle boards. Each cradle board is personalized and decorated according to tribal designs and materials.
The Great Fishing Derby is written by Alex Ittimangnaq whose hometown is the Nattilik hamlet of Kugaaruk, Nunavut, and illustrated by Eric Kim and Amanda Sandland. In The Great Fishing Derby, Kanayuq who lives in Kugaaruk, Nunavut is excited for the fishing derby! Kanayuq hopes he can catch a big enough fish to win the grand prize—a new bicycle! Before he can compete in the derby, he must help his family. Will Kanayuq be able to finish all his work and win the competition? This book is bilingual and is written in Inuktitut and English.
Life Cycles of Caribou by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Emma Pedersen is a dual language board book for young children. The text shares six important terms in Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Roman orthography, and English for the caribou throughout their life cycles. Each word is accompanied by a colour two page image of the caribou on the land and through the seasons.
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, tells 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, the warmth of her safety is like the sun, her cozyness like clouds. Over the 20 pages the love of anaana is shared in colourful images.
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.