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.
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.