Kamik Takes the Lead is the final installment in the Kamik series by Darryl Baker, dog musher. In Kamik Takes the Lead the colourful illustrations are by Ali Hinch. The other books in this series are: Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story, Kamik's First Sled, and Kamik Joins the Pack. The series shares the history of Nunavut working dogs through traditional dog-rearing practices and dog-training techniques from Arviat community members. In Kamik Takes the Lead, Jake sits on his qamutiik at the starting line of the race that will take them around town with other mushers.
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.
Split Tooth by Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq is now available in paperback. This is a compelling combination of journal entries, poetry and short stories that offers a new voice to the growing field of Indigenous literature. Reading like a coming of age narrative about a young girl who covers traditional stories about animals and the Arctic environment, impacts of residential school, the role of family, drug and alcohol abuse, violence against women and children, and teen pregnancy, this book has made a significant contribution to the literary world.
Ukaliq Arctic Hares, Fun for Little Nunavummiut, is a bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book about arctic hares of Nunavut filled with opportunities to read, learn and play. This flip book format provides 16 pages in English and 16 pages in Inuktitut. Ukaliq Arctic Hares is published by Inhabit Media, edited by Monica Ittusardjuat (Inuktitut) and Grace Shaw (English) and translated by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier under the art direction of Danny Christopher, Astrid Arijanto and Sam Tse.
Ukaliq Snow Buntings, Fun for Little Nunavummiut, is a bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book about animals of Nunavut filled with opportunities to read, learn and play. This flip book format provides 16 pages in English and 16 pages in Inuktitut. Ukaliq Snow Buntings is published by Inhabit Media, edited by Monica Ittusardjuat (Inuktitut) and Grace Shaw (English) and translated by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier under the art direction of Danny Christopher and Sam Tse.
Fishing in the Summertime is a wordless picture book by Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education. This book is written by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Anton Kotelenets. In Fishing in the Summertime, the colourful illustrations show a fishing experience. The images show social interactions and enjoyment of the event as fishing skills develop between a child and his father as they go fishing, catch fish, and make pitsi. Wordless picture books help young children develop early book-handling skills and to use vocabulary as they interact with the book.
Making A Qamutiik is a wordless picture book by Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education. This book is written by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Amanda Sandland. In Making A Qamutiik the colourful illustrations shows the steps to making a qamutiik. It also shows social interactions and enjoyment as the qamutiik takes shape. Wordless picture books help young children develop early book-handling skills and to use vocabulary as they interact with the book.
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.
Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories, compiled by Neil Christopher, is about the dark. This book contains nine short chilling stories: Iqsinaqtutalik Piqtuq: The Haunted Blizzard - Aviaq Johnston, The Door - Ann R. Loverock, Wheetago War II Summoners - Richard Van Camp, Revenge - Thomas Anguti Johnston, Lounge - Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Utiqtuq - Gayle Kabloona, Sila by K.C. Carthew; The Wildest Game - Jay Bulckaert and Strays - Repo Kempt. There is a glossary of Inuktitut words and their pronunciation.