Viivi's New Kamiks, Level 9 is a leveled reader that uses a sequential story to introduce children to kamiks, a traditional boot Inuit have worn for hundreds of years. An explanatory note helps children understand what kamiks look like and why they are worn. All nine-year-old Viivi wants for her birthday is a pair of kamiks. These special books take a long time to make and also each person must take good care of their pair. Viivi sets out to prove to her parents that she is a responsible person who can now care for her boots.
One Night by Plains Cree/Scottish author Melanie Florence is one of the recent SideStreets series from James Lorimer Publishing. This series has edgy and fast-paced novels that combine real-world themes and believeable characters to make for short, heart-stopping books ideal for engaging the most reluctant reader. In One Night, Luna Begay is as studious and serious about her Aboriginal heritage as her sister, Issy, is outgoing and fun.
Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People is a well-told picture book about the outstanding Lakota Sioux leader known as Tatanka Iyotake, was probably born in 1831. He was one of the greatest Lakota Sioux warriors and chiefs who ever lived. From Sitting Bull’s childhood, killing his first buffalo at age 10, to being named war chief to leading his people against the U.S. Army. When he was a child the family called him Slow because he was a thoughtful child who took his time in deliberation before making a major decision.
The Thundermaker is a 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children about the importance of thunder. In Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy’s account that he wrote and illustrated begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
Three Feathers: A Graphic Novel by Richard Van Camp explores the power and grace of restorative justice in one Northern community and the cultural legacy that can empower future generations. Three young men, Flinch, Bryce, and Rupert, have vandalized their community and are sent by its Elders to live nine months on the land as part of the circle sentencing process. There, the young men learn to take responsibility for their actions and acquire the humility required to return home. But, when they do return, will they be forgiven for what they've done?
Yetsa's Sweater is a charming picture book by Sylvia Olsen about the women of the Coast Salish who continue to create beautiful Cowichan sweaters. It is an effective picture book that demonstrates First Nations experiential learning. Yetsa is spending time with her grandmother assisting in the preparation of the sheep's wool needed to knit these amazing one-of-a-kind sweaters. The story and illustrations show the love and understanding between the generations as Yetsa's mother joins the group to complete the many tasks needed to make the wool ready for knitting.
Which Way Should I Go is a recent picture book written by Sylvia Olsen and based on the memories of Olsen's friend Ron Martin. This picture book offers young children an opportunity to understand that we all have choices to make in our lives even if we are young. Joey is a young Nuuchahnulth boy who has a happy and cheerful disposition. Even his friend, his teacher, and the store owner notice that Joey always has a smile on his face.
Une Promesse C'est Une Promesse is the 2014 French edition of Michael Kusugak's and Robert Munsch's classic children's book, A Promise is a Promise. In this story Michael Kusugak and Robert Munsch collaborate by taking the mythical characters that live in the sea ice, the Qallupilluit, and create an adventure story about a young Inuit girl. Allashua does not listen to her mother's warnings about Qallupilluit. She convinces herself that these creatures, which are similar to trolls, are just stories her mother uses as a warning to keep away from the dangerous sea ice.
L'Arbre Sacré is the French 2013 translation of The Sacred Tree. Originally published by Four Worlds Development Project in 1984, this book was intended as a resource for Aboriginal communities involved in healing programs. The Sacred Tree remains a valuable book that provides an introduction to First Nations spirituality, identity, self-discovery, cultural and traditional values, and symbolism. The book can be used to assist students to understand themselves, their community, and the world around them.