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.
Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer, is a colourfully illustrated story by Suzie Napayok-Short and illustrated by Tamara Campeau. Suzie Napayok-Short was born in Frobisher Bay and grew up in Apex, Nunavut, and the DEW line sites on Baffin Island. She attended residential school before moving to Coral Harbour, Nunavut, and later to Iqaluit, Nunavut. In Kits, Cubs, and Calves, Akuluk is visiting her family in Nunavut and can’t wait to get out on her uncle’s boat for a ride into the powerful Arctic Ocean.
Like a Walk on the Tundra, A Walk on the Shoreline / Sigjakkut Pisuktuni in Inuktitut introduces young readers to unique plants and animals found in the Arctic, as well as the traditional Inuit uses for the various species. Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the Arctic shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family.
In Animals Illustrated: Caribou, by Dorothy Aglukark, an Inuk elder from Arviat, Nunavut and David Aglukark, Inuit, and Illustrated by Amanda Sandland, children will learn how caribou raise their babies, where they live, what they eat, and other interesting information, like how fast caribou can run—up to 50 miles per hour! Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non-fiction books about 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.
Takannaaluk is a 32-page bilingual picture book written by Inuk Elder Herve Paniaq and illustrated by renowned Inuk artist Germaine Arnaktauyok published by Inhabit Media. In this Inuit creation story, storyteller and artist combine their remarkable talents to recount the origin of Arctic sea mammals and explains how the mother of these mammals is highly respected. Takannaaluk means the one down there is a term used in the High Arctic to refer to the mother of sea mammals, the most important being in Inuit worldview.