Sweetest Kulu, a charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. Author Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
Niwîcihâw, I Help is a bilingual picture book that celebrates the role of a Cree grandmother (Kohkum) as she takes her grandson on a short trip to the bush to pick rosehips. Previously published in 2008 as Niwechihaw, I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson who wrote and illustrated this gentle story with spare repetitive language about the child watching and following the lead of his teacher, Kohkum. As he follows his grandmother, the boy watches and learns the cultural practices necessary to properly gather the ingredients to make rosehip tea.
ABC: Animal Babies of Canada is an A to Z alphabet book featuring 26 baby animals from all across the country. The book contains information about each animal’s range in Canada and their conservation status. Simple rhyming sentences provide bits of information about antelope, bobcat, cougar, deer, fox, grizzly bear, harp seal, jack rabbit, lynx, moose, narwhal, otter, polar bear, quail, raccoon, sea wolf, turtle, wolverine, yellowthroat, and zooplankton.
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. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
The Cloud Artist by Choctaw author Sherri Maret and Choctaw artist Marisha Sequoia Clark is published by RoadRunner Press. An imaginary story about a Choctaw girl who discovers her gift for painting with the clouds on a sunny day. Her family and friends are entertained and one day a traveling carnival sees her magical creations. The carnival man wants Leona to travel with the show and make cloud paintings as their cloud artist. To Leona this is a big decision that the girl has to make for herself. In the end Leona chooses to remain with her family.
Anishinaabemowin Alphabet is a 30-page Ojibwe language resource published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Author Wanda Barker uses the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Double Vowel writing system. Combined with pencil drawings by Nicole Mange language teachers can use the book to learn the alphabet and words associated with each letter symbol.
Indigenous Dwellings of Canada: A Colouring Book authored by Katherine and Leo Pettipas and illustrated by Don Monkman is produced by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. This 53-page colouring book depicts the various styles of buildings designed by First Nations and Inuit peoples over the centuries. Each page has a brief caption describing the Nation and the dwelling such as winter pit houses, longhouses, wigwams, earth lodges, plank houses, and earth lodges.
A Bug in a Rug is the second picture book written and illustrated by Metis storyteller and illustrator Elaine Chaput Lariviere for Pemmican Publications. This 32-page children's with a quiet message about bullying and thinking about how we treat animals and insects. This bug in a rug is a spider discovered by a young child. Questions ask young readers what they would do if they encountered a spider. The young boy and his two cats could step on the spider or let it live and continue its life. Presents alternatives to bullying such as caring, empathy and kindness.
Let's Learn Cree Namôya âyiman by Dr. Anne Anderson is a Cree language instruction book. Dr. Anderson was the founder and president of the Cree Productions Learning Centre where she taught Cree classes. This book includes the Cree Language "Y' Dialect Phonetics (Standard Roman Orthography), Thanks, Greetings, Try Speaking Cree, Months, Days of the Week and many other lessons for learning Cree.
In the picture book What's My Superpower?, Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at a million other things. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special - and that her superpower was right in front of her all along. Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut.