Th’owxiya / The Hungry Feast Dish by Kwantlen First Nation writer, Joseph Dandurand, is the story of the Kwantlen First Nation village of Squa’lets and the tale of Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish of tempting, beautiful foods from around the world. But even surrounded by this delicious food, Th’owxiya herself craves only the taste of children. When she catches a hungry mouse named Kw’at’el stealing a piece of cheese from her dish, she threatens to devour Kw’at’el’s whole family, unless he can bring Th’owxiya two child spirits.
The Case of the Burgled Bundle by Michael Hutchinson, Misipawistik Cree Nation, is the third book in A Mighty Muskrat Mystery series. In The Case of the Burgled Bundle, The National Assembly of Cree Peoples has gathered together in the Windy Lake First Nation, home to the Mighty Muskrats - cousins Chickadee, Atim, Otter, and Sam. But when the memory bundle, the center of a four-day long ceremony, is taken, the four mystery-solving cousins set out to catch those responsible and help protect Windy Lake’s reputation!
The Sea in Winter by Christine Day, Upper Skagit, is about Maisie Cannon. It has been a hard year for her since she hurt her leg and could not keep up with her ballet training and auditions. Her blended family is loving and supportive, but Maisie knows that they just can’t understand how hopeless she feels. With everything she’s dealing with, Maisie is not excited for their family midwinter road trip along the coast, near the Makah community where her mother grew up. But soon, Maisie’s anxieties and dark moods start to hurt as much as the pain in her knee.
Long Powwow Nights, Iskewsis, Dear Mother / Mawio'mi Amasiwula'kwl, Iskewsis, Nkij, is a moving picture book co-written by David Bouchard and Pam Aleekuk. The bilingual 32-page book has text in English and Mi'kmaq and access to an audio recording of the book. Bouchard's rhythmic poems are inspired by the child's fond memories of powwows attended with his mother. Raised in a single parent family, the narrator shows his love for the powwow event, the dancers, the long car rides to the powwow, and the intricate regalia.
The Secret of Your Name / kiimooch ka shinikashooyen is the 2010 children's picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The French and Michif book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
How Things Came to Be: Inuit Stories of Creation from Inhabit Media replaces their 2008 release, Qanuq Pinngurnirmata: Inuit Stories of How Things Came to Be. This 2015 release from Inhabit Media is a collection of nine traditional Inuit stories and legends retold in English by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley.
Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow, is written by Aimée Craft, Anishinaabe-Métis, and an Indigenous lawyer; and illustrated by Luke Swinson, an Anishinaabe illustrator and member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. In Treaty Words, the first treaty that was made was between the earth and the sky. It was an agreement to work together. We build all of our treaties on that original treaty. This is the story of Mishomi and his granddaugher.
kwu?c'?xw?ntim t?l stunx isck'wuls / Lessons From Beaver’s Work is a dual language children's book by Harron Hall, Syilx and Nla'kapamuc Nations; and illustrated by Bill Cohen of Okanagan Nation. This book, in English and nsyilxcən, teaches children through storytelling to hold reverence for all life forms. The book depicts a conflict between Tapit, a rancher, and stunx (beaver), as they both try to meet their water needs. The touching humanity of stunx (Beaver) softens Tapit’s outlook, as he reminds Tapit that he is not the only one that depends on water.
In The Range Eternal, Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa tells the story of the heart of a home in the Turtle Mountains, It is a woodstove. This woodstove is where Mama makes her good soup, where she cooks a potato for warming hands on icy mornings, where she heats a stone for warming cold toes at night. It warms the winter nights and keeps Windigo, the ice monster, at bay.
Name Your Mountain by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is part of the Pathfinders series. In Name Your Mountaing everything is looking great for Bobby Byington and his best friend Cherokee Johnny as their high school basketball team prepares for an important game. But just when things seem to be going really well, someone tries to take the life of Cherokee Johnny’s father. Bobby is determined to help his friend’s family but feels useless until he gets some ingenious ideas that can aid the police.