The Walrus and the Caribou written by Maika Harper, Inuit, and illustrated by Marcus Cutler is a story about patience and courage. When the earth was new, words had the power to breathe life into the world. But when creating animals from breath, sometimes one does not get everything right on the first try! Based on a traditional Inuit story passed forward orally for generations in the South Baffin region of Nunavut, this book shares with young readers the origin of the caribou and the walrus—and tells of how very different these animals looked when they were first conceived.
Hunter with Harpoon is by Markoosie Patsauq (1941-2020) who was an Inuk writer, retired pilot, and community leader living near Inukjuak, Nunavik. Hunter with Harpoon is translated by Valerie Henitiuk, translation studies specialist, and Marc-Antoine Mahieu, a professor of Inuktitut. Hunter with Harpoon was first published fifty years ago under the title Harpoon of the Hunter. Markoosie Patsauq's novel helped establish the genre of Indigenous fiction in Canada.
Inuit Tools of the Western Arctic is written by Barbara Olson, an educator raised in Kugluktuk; and illustrated by Megan Kyak, an Inuk illustrator and painter from Pond inlet, Nunavut. Learn about Inuit tools and their different uses in this picture book of Inuit tools of the Western Arctic. Tools are used for different purposes, for example softening skins to pounding seal fat. Learn more in this beginner reading book for ages 5 to 7.
Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata is a picture book by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier, who has worked on the standardization of Inuktut orthography in Nunavut, as well as at the national level with the Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq task group with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. This book is illustrated by Michelle Simpson. In Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata, Palluq is going seal hunting with his older brother, Inuluk, and his ataata! They pack up their qamutiik and travel for hours to reach the floe edge. Will Palluq catch a seal to bring home to his anaana?
The Big Blizzard is a bilingual Inuktitut and English picture book by author Julia Ogina, Inuit, of Cambridge Bay and Emily Jackson with illustrations by Amanda Sunderland. In The Big Blizzard, Niaqualuk and Haugaaq live in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and there is a big blizzard coming! Haugaaq wishes she could play outside more, but Niaqualuk is excited about playing inside. See what fun things the sisters do all day as the blizzard howls outside. This picture book is for children from ages 3 to 5.
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.
I Am Loved! is written by Kevin Qamaniq-Mason who grew up in Iglulik and is a senior policy advisor at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Mary Qamaniq-Mason. I Am Loved! is illustrated by Hwei Lim. In this book Pakak is in a new foster home, with new people, new food, and new smells. Feeling alone and uncertain, Pakak finds comfort in a secret shared with him by his anaanattiaq, his grandmother, and in the knowledge that he is loved no matter how far away his family may be.
Inuki's Birthday Party is a bilingual Inuktitut and English book by Aviaq Johnston who is from Igloolik, Nunavut, and illustrated by Ali Hinch. In Inuki's Birthday Party, Inuki lives in Iglulik, Nunavut and it is his fifth birthday! He can’t wait for his party at the community hall. There is cake to eat and presents to open, but celebrating with his family and friends is Inuki’s favourite gift of all!
Where Did the Walruses Go is a bilingual Inuktitut and English paperback book by Tooma Laisa, who was raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut; and illustrated by Udayana Lugo. In Where Did the Walruses Go, Nalluq loves spending time outdoors at his family’s summer camp in Peterhead Inlet. One day during a walk on the shoreline, his ataata shares an exciting discovery with him: a walrus skull! But Nalluq never sees walruses there. Where did they go? Nalluq's ataata tells Nalluq a traditional story about why all the walruses disappeared from Peterhead Inlet.
The Most Amazing Bird by author Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak, an Inuk storyteller who grew up in Repulse Bay, NWT (now Naujaat, Nunavut); and Illustrator Andrew Qappik CM, who has always been inspired by vivid memories of his respected Elders and their stories, tells the story of a young girl who discovers nature’s surprising beauty. When Aggataa goes for a cold winter walk with her grandmother, she’s surprised by a sudden CRAH! All the birds have flown south for the winter except one kind—the tulugarguat, the ravens. They’re the ugliest birds that Aggataa has ever seen.