Families is a 32-page picture published by Inhabit Media about a grade two student who attends school in his home community of Iqaluit. The simple book explains a variety of families living in the town from single parent home, a home with a mother, father and child, a girl with two mothers, a boy with two fathers, a girl living with her grandmother, and a boy with two families—a father in Iqaluit and a mother in Ottawa. The student begins to realize that no matter your own kind of family if there is caring and love that is what counts.
The Muskox and the Caribou is a 32-page picture book about a young muskox that becomes separated from his herd and his mother. But he is found by a young caribou and his mother becoming part of the caribou herd. Mother caribou felt concern for this young animal and she brought him into her herd taking care of him and encouraging her caribou son to play with the muskox. Days passed and muskox grew larger and his differences among the young caribou grew more visible. One day when mother caribou was searching for the muskox herd she came across a few muskox in the distance.
Treaty Tales 2: The Friendship is volume two in the treaty trilogy produced by educators at Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre for students in Manitoba. The Friendship title explains the key concepts of treaties in a picture book format. Grandmother and granddaughter are making bannock and during the baking process grandmother tells the history of First Nations and their friendship with the settlers. The friendship led the First Nations to aid the settlers with housing, traveling, and living in the new land. This friendship remains today.
Treaty Tales 3 volume set contains Treaty Tales Volume One The Handshake and the Pipe; Treaty Tales Volume Two The Friendship; and Treaty Tales Volume Three We Are All Treaty People produced by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. A young girl Neepin and her grandmother (Kookoo) travel around their community Lynx Creek First Nation and grandmother introduces the girl to key people of their First Nation.
Blackflies is a picture book written by children's author Robert Munsch and illustrated in cartoon-style by Jay Odjig. This 32-page book will appeal to young children through the cartoon like colour images and the fun text about a girl who just wants to go outdoors following a snow filled winter season.
The Spirit Trackers by Ojibwe storyteller and author Jan Bourdeau Waboose and illustrated by Francois Thisdale is published by Fifth House Publishing. Two young cousins visit with their uncle one wintery night. They ask for a story about Windigo and find some strange scratches and large footprints the next morning. The boys decide to be trackers just like their uncle and so set out to track the creature who made the footprints. The colour illustrations make this story a fascinating account of the creature known as Windigo as young children enjoy this Ojibwe legend. Highly recommended.
Treaty Tales 1: The Handshake and the Pipe is volume one in the treaty trilogy produced by educators at Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre for students in Manitoba. A young girl Neepin and her grandmother (Kookoo) travel around their community Lynx Creek First Nation and grandmother introduces the girl to key people of their First Nation. Grandmother shows the girl how a young person should greet people with a handshake.
Les Mots Volés by author Melanie Florence and published by Editions Scholastic is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. This French language translation of Stolen Words is told through the eyes of a child and her grandfather. The book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girl learns about residential schools and language loss.
A Bug in a Rug is the second picture book written and illustrated by Metis storyteller and illustrator Elaine Chaput Lariviere for Pemmican Publications. This 32-page children's with a quiet message about bullying and thinking about how we treat animals and insects. This bug in a rug is a spider discovered by a young child. Questions ask young readers what they would do if they encountered a spider. The young boy and his two cats could step on the spider or let it live and continue its life. Presents alternatives to bullying such as caring, empathy and kindness.
Treaty Tales 3: We Are All Treaty People is volume three in the treaty trilogy produced by educators at Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre for students in Manitoba. In We Are All Treaty People explains in picture book format the importance of treaties for First Nations and all Canadians. Told as a story about Neepin and her grandmother, Kookoo the book shows children, parents and elders gathered around a campfire. Grandmother explains how treaties were signed with newcomers and how First Nations agreed to share the land.