Mi'kmaw Waisisk, Mi'kmaw Animals is a dual language, English and Mi'kmaw, written and illustrated by Mi'kmaw artist Alan Syliboy. This 12-page colour board book introduces parents, caregivers, and preschoolers to Mi'kmaw animals in English and Mi'kmaw language. The Mi'kmaw language terms for whale, moose, caribou, crane, turtle, eel, horse, butterfly, and beaver was translated by Lindsay Robert Marshall. This remarkable artist used colour effectively creating stylized animal designs based on Mi'kmaw petroglyphs based on rock art found in the Maritimes.
Jon's Tricky Journey: A Story for Inuit Children with Cancer and Their Families is an important dual language book written for Inuit children and their families as they face childhood cancer diagnosis. Written in Inuktitut and English, the first section of the book tells the story of an Inuit boy Jon’s experience of cancer, starting from first diagnosis. The latter half of the book features information for both parents and caregivers alike.
Niwîcihâw, I Help is a bilingual picture book that celebrates the role of a Cree grandmother (Kohkum) as she takes her grandson on a short trip to the bush to pick rosehips. Previously published in 2008 as Niwechihaw, I Help by Caitlin Dale Nicholson who wrote and illustrated this gentle story with spare repetitive language about the child watching and following the lead of his teacher, Kohkum. As he follows his grandmother, the boy watches and learns the cultural practices necessary to properly gather the ingredients to make rosehip tea.
The Cloud Artist by Choctaw author Sherri Maret and Choctaw artist Marisha Sequoia Clark is published by RoadRunner Press. An imaginary story about a Choctaw girl who discovers her gift for painting with the clouds on a sunny day. Her family and friends are entertained and one day a traveling carnival sees her magical creations. The carnival man wants Leona to travel with the show and make cloud paintings as their cloud artist. To Leona this is a big decision that the girl has to make for herself. In the end Leona chooses to remain with her family.
Only in My Hometown: Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani is written and illustrated by sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen about growing up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Written in Inuktitut (using both syllabics and transliterated roman orthography) and English the 24-page book tells readers about the girls and their family in simple poetry format along with colour drawings of key activities the girls enjoyed while growing up.
Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice is the art catalogue written by Nancy Campbell for the late Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook's 62 full colour drawings exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In the accompanying critical essay Campbell interviewed the artist's family members as well as community members from Cape Dorset now called Kinngait. The artist looked at contemporary Inuit life especially indoor images depicting the lives of Inuit women. Images cover family violence, alcohol abuse as well as everday activities.
Anishinaabemowin Alphabet is a 30-page Ojibwe language resource published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Author Wanda Barker uses the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Double Vowel writing system. Combined with pencil drawings by Nicole Mange language teachers can use the book to learn the alphabet and words associated with each letter symbol.
Tout sur les oiseaux (All About Birds), Level 8 is a non-fiction book that teaches children about the appearance, behaviour, and diets of nine different Arctic birds. This 24-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 8 titles range from 20-24 pages in length and have 1 to 3 sentences on each page. As sentences increase in length they are also increasing in complexity. This level 8 title features colour photographs of the nine birds with accompanying additional details in the text.
Ukaliq & Kalla vont camper (Ukaliq & Kalla Go Camping), Level 7 is a leveled reader about camping on the land in the Arctic. The best friends Ukaliq and Kalla go on a camping adventure and demonstrate the types of activities that occur in the far north. This 16-page reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 7 readers have 8 to 16 pages of one to two sentences per page. These sentences vary in length and complexity. Punctuation includes periods with some question and exclamation marks.