I Am Eating is a dual language reader from Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education designed to interest young children. The titles from this published are relevant to children in the Canadian Arctic. All books feature colourful and engaging illustrations or photographs and are available in English and Inuktitut syllabics. Illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko, this 12-page book asks readers about the foods they enjoy eating.
Zoe and the Fawn is a delightful 32-page children's picture book. The simple story revolves around a girl named Zoe and her father as they go outside to feed and water their horses and see a tiny fawn off in the distance. With the simple questions asked by Zoe about the location of the fawn's mother and father's gentle responses, the reader is taken on a magical adventure of the woods where there are birds and animals.
Notre premiere chasse au caribou is the French language edition of Inhabit Media's Our First Caribou Hunt. Notre premiere chasse au caribou is a sweet and simple introduction to Inuit hunting practices and the proper treatment of game. Nutaraq and Simonie are eager to go on their first hunting trip with their father. As they load up their snow machine and sled for the trip, Nutaraq hopes that she will be able to catch her first caribou that weekend, with some help from her dad.
L'Indien Malcommode is the French version of The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America is the 2013 offering from university professor and humourist Thomas King. With his biting wit and sarcasm, King tells readers a story of Canada’s and America’s relations with First Nations and Native Americans. King takes topics such as Ipperwash, Oka, Bill C-31, American Indian Movement, Treaty 6, Trail of Tears, and Wounded Knee and weaves these and more into a coherent whole. Overall the book comments on the state of Indian-white relations of the past and present.
Surviving the City written by Tasha Spillett, Nehiyaw (Cree) and Trinidadian, with effective illustrations from Metis artist Natasha Donovan brings the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to intermediate and secondary level readers. This 56-page graphic novel in the Debwe Series from Highwater Press presents the story of two teen girls attending an urban high school in Winnipeg.
‘Monsters’ is the second young adult novel in David Robertson’s The Reckoner Trilogy. Norway House Cree author, Robertson is well known for his graphic novels and children’s stories and now this trilogy. In this novel, the story continues and Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer, but the trouble is far from over. A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic is on lockdown by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets threaten to bubble to the surface.
Give Me Some Truth by Eric Gansworth, Sˑha-weñ na-saeˀ, (Onondaga, Eel Clan), is an enrolled member of Onondaga Nation and grew up on the Tuscarora Indian Nation near Niagara Falll, New York. His book If I Ever Get Out of Here was a Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of the American Library Association Best Fiction for Young Adults pick and an American Indian Library Association Young Adult Honor selection. Give Me Some Truth follows the lives of Carson Mastick and Magpie Bokoni both living on the Rez for different reasons.
Moon of the Crusted Snow is an exciting novel from Ojibwe journalist Waubgeshig Rice about the end of the world as seen through the eyes of people living on a northern Ontario First Nation. The book offers a unique perspective of the looming apocalypse as the electricity stops along with cell service and food supplies are running low in the local grocery store. Without warning one fall day the community awakes to find small changes to their daily routines. Set on a contemporary reserve the main characters feature Evan Whitesky, his partner Nicole and their two young children.
Split Tooth by Inuk musician Tanya Tagaq 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.