Taan's Moons: A Haida Moon Story is a fascinating art-based picture book developed by Alison Gear (poetry) and Kiki van der Heiden and the student artists of Haida Gwaii. During a three month art project involving Kindergarten (some mixed Grade 1/2) classes of all six elementary schools on Haida Gwaii, BC, the author and artist worked together to create this 48-page book about the Bear's Moons. In Haida language taan refers to the bear. The Haida people have a unique way of recording time according to the way the bear follows the seasons or months of the year.
Kulu Adoré is the French translation of Inhabit Junior's picture book, 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.
Marine Mammals is a 16-page board book from Inhabit Media about 8 key Arctic mammals. Full-colour photographs of each mammal includes the bowhead whale, narwhal, beluga, harp seal, bearded seal, walrus, and ringed seal in each mammals own environment. Each animal has its name printed in English and Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Roman orthography. This bilingual board book is an important resource for the preschool child.
Inuit Tools is a bilingual board book from Inhabit Junior series featuring 20 full-colour pages of Inuit technology. This unique Inuit counting book introduces new tools such as the ulu and the stone lamp to young children. Each tool has its name printed in English and Inuktitut syllabics, as well as Inuktitut Roman orthography. This bilingual board book is an important information and counting resource for the preschool child.
Arctic Animals is a 16-page board book from Inhabit Media Junior. Issued in 2015 this appealing early childhood book presents 8 animal full-colour photographs showing a polar bear, fox, caribou, bearded seal, lemming, eider duck, wolf and ptarmigan. Each animal has its name printed in English and Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Roman orthography. This bilingual board book is an important resource for the preschool child.
Hurry Up, Ilua! is a 32-page colour picture book from the Inhabit Junior series, published by Inhabit Media. First time author and illustrator Nola Helen Hicks, teacher, writer, and artist living in Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, has created a charming picture book about a ground squirrel family preparing for hibernation. Ilua and her little sister Ivavaa are taking their time watching the family of siksiks (Arctic ground squirrels) are scurrying about picking the last of the berries, collecting lichen and Arctic cotton in preparation for the long winter ahead.
In Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford is an engaging 32-page picture book about northern mammals such as polar bears, walruses, seals, narwhals and beluga whales as they chase each other around "the ice that floats in the Arctic waters." Not only is the rhythmic, cumulative prose good for early readers; it is a pure delight to read aloud. The book is validated by the marine mammal specialist at the University of Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program. The final pages introduce an Inuk hunter into the rhyme.
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.
Loving Me is a board book from Star Bright Books featuring contemporary Native American families. Whether it is a loving kiss from mother, a hug from father, a playful romp with an older brother, or reading with grandfather, babies and toddlers will discover the importance of family relationships through these heart-warming photographs. This appealing board book features Iroquois, Bannock/Shoshone, Lakota, Navajo, and Potawatomi multi-generational family members. This board book has 12 pages and is ideal for 12-months to three year old viewers.