The Stone Cutter and the Navajo Maiden, Tse Yitsidi doo Ch'ikeeh Bitsedaashjee is a bilingual children's picture book that explains the importance of the Navajo metate or grinding stone. A young Navajo girl lives with her father after the death of her mother and takes over the roll of grinding the corn to make flour. One day she trips and falls while carrying the metate or grinding stone and it shatters. To the Navajo, this grinding stone is an important tool for processing corn into flour for breadmaking.
The Saver is a young adult novel written in the form of letters from a teen sent to an imaginary friend, Xanoth, who lives and thrives in a far-away planet. Life is rough and hard for Fern and her mother who live in an tiny apartment in Montreal. Mother is a First Nation woman whose only relative lives in Winnipeg. Fern and her mother are trying to make a life in Montreal where high school and cleaning jobs are routine. One day Fern returns home to find tragedy waits after her mother has fallen down stairs and was taken to hospital.
Thunderbird Spirit is part of the Orca Sports series and is targeted for reluctant readers who require high interest and low vocabulary books. This hockey oriented title contains an exciting sports context as well as racism, mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters are teen boys who play hockey for a Seattle team. The one character named Mike is a reckless and often quick to anger youth who has just been traded to this Seattle team and is starting to wear out his welcome.
A Summer's Trade, Shiigo Na'iini' is a bilingual children's picture book publisher by Salina Bookshelf told in English and Navajo. Author Deborah Trotter tells the story of a young Navajo boy who learns the meaning of hard work, determination, and sacrifice while working at a summer job. Tony would love nothing better than to help his father with the family's sheep and goats. But he spends his summer working at the trading post in town to earn enough money to buy a well-worn saddle. With the purchase of the saddle Tony will then be able to help at home.
Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia is co-written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin and published by Lee and Low Books. The couple writes about their travels to Mongolia to visit the Indigenous people who continue to live with their beloved horses. The story begins with the description of the long ride from Ulaanbaatar airport with an interpreter and driver to the camp of the respected horse trainers. The couple arrives to observe the important celebration of Naadam with a family of Mongolian people.
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.
The Secret Legacy is an illustrated chapter book that tells several traditional Mayan accounts of the world, humans, and the spiritual world by renowned activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu. Despite living through years of warfare in Guatemala, Menchu recounts joyous traditional legends and stories about life in Guatemala and the world of the Mayan people. The heroine, Ixkem, is a seven-year-old girl who is taught about the Mayan world by her elderly grandfather.
In free verse, author Karen Hesse tells of Vera and other Aleuts who are moved to Ketchikan in 1942 when the Japanese invade the Aleutian Islands. Many Aleuts die of illness, but Vera knows she will see her beloved island again. The people known as Aleuts were removed from their island homes following the June 1942 attack by the Japanese during World War Two. The story tells the tragic experiences of Vera and her family and friends as they struggle to retain their culture and family ties during this disruptive period of relocation.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher The Moonlight Hide and Seek Club in the Pollution Solution is a children's read-aloud story book about children taking responsibility for the environment. The story follows the children's efforts to clean the moon which has fallen from her place in the sky. The multicultural neighbourhood combines their efforts to wash the moon with environmentally friendly cleaning supplies and the results are encouraging. The moon finds her way back into the sky and all is well.
Voice of the Paiutes: A Story about Sarah Winnemucca is one of the titles in the Creative Minds Biography series. This retelling of the life of Sarah Winnemucca, a Paiute woman who lived from 1844 to 1891, introduces young readers to the life of a Native American hero who assisted her Nation with the skills she possessed. Living in the Plateau region of the United States Sarah grew up during a time of great upheaval for her Nation. She endured, received an education and went on to live her life devoted to her Paiute family and community.