Fishing in the Summertime is a wordless picture book by Arvaaq Books, an imprint of Inhabit Education. This book is written by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Anton Kotelenets. In Fishing in the Summertime, the colourful illustrations show a fishing experience. The images show social interactions and enjoyment of the event as fishing skills develop between a child and his father as they go fishing, catch fish, and make pitsi. Wordless picture books help young children develop early book-handling skills and to use vocabulary as they interact with the book.
Clothing by Inhabit Education and illustrated by Amanda Sandland is a dual language English and Inuktitut syllabics sensory board book. In Clothing, children can feel the texture of different types of clothing worn in the Arctic. Inuit clothing includes a blanket, sweater, socks, kamik, and much more. Feel the textures of clothing that keeps you warm while learning Inuktitut. Each piece of clothing is on a separate and colourful background page with the text on the opposite page. With sensory books children can explore with their sense of touch and sight.
Arctic Animals Ukiuqtaqtuup Uumajungit includes Inuktitut syllabics and Roman orthography to sound out the words. This is a board book of photographs of Arctic animals and birds such as the ptarmigan, wolf, polar bear, eider duck and many more and is a pleasure to read along with the images. This book will introduce infants and toddlers to the names of Arctic animals.
Let’s Count is a bilingual English and Inuktitut board book. This book is based on a children’s song by Nunavut band, The Jerry Cans, the authors, and helps children count to five. A copy of the recording of the song is available at www.arvaaqbooks.com. The book is illustrated by We Are Together. Each image is accompanied by Inuktitut and English text. The illustrations are colourful and bold and across two pages depicting Arctic birds, animals, and fish. Let’s Count is 7 x 9 inches and slightly larger than the average board book.
The Train is written by Jodie Callaghan, a Mi’gmaq woman from Listuguj First Nation in Gespegewa’gi near Quebec. The Train is illustrated by Georgia Lesley. This is story of a young girl, Ashley who is slowly walking back from school when she meets her Uncle. He is sad. He tells Ashley his story of first going to residential school and the important lesson of knowing where you come from. This story is colourfully illustrated yet invokes the sadness that Ashley and her Uncle feel. It is also descriptive with a short glossary of Mig’maq words.
Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is written and illustrated by Joanne Robertson and translated by Shirley Williams and Isadore Toulouse. Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and author and illustrator of The Water Walker. Nibi is Water, Nibi Aawon Nbiish is for babies and toddlers and in both English and Anishinaabemowin. This book is written from an Anishinaabe water protector's perspective. There are many words associated with the importance of water - rain, snow, splashing, drinking and our role to thank, respect and protect Nibi. Nibi is water and water is life.
Phyllis’s Orange Shirt is written by Phyllis Webstad who is Northern Secwépemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation, and illustrated by Brock Nicol. This book is an adaptation of Phyllis’s The Orange Shirt Story. Phyllis’s Orange Shirt is suitable for 4 to 6 year-olds and while based on the original story, this version has been simplified, shortened, has a rhyming scheme and gentler images. This is Phyllis’s story of living on the Dog Creek Reserve picking berries, gardening and fishing. One day she goes to town and picks out an orange shirt, which becomes her favourite.
Sockeye Salmon, Saltchuck Blue is a sturdy, vibrantly illustrated and glossy board book by Roy Henry Vickers and Robert Budd. This book introduces babies and toddlers to colours and the rhythm of the changing seasons of the Pacific North West coast through the greys of winters, reds and orange glow of sunsets, yellow berries of summer and other images of nature.
May We Have Enough To Share is a delightful board book about gratitude and being grateful for so much around us. The strength of connections, the nature that provides them and the love that is endless. In May We Have Enough To Share,Tlicho Dene Nation author Richard Van Camp has included photographs by Indigenous women photographers. This is a book about sharing and community.
Ukaliq and Kalla Go Summer Camping is a search-and-find board book based on the characters imagined and written by Neil Christopher and illustrated by Amanda Sandland. Search-and-find books help children develop their observational skills and early literacy skills and language development. In Ukaliq and Kalla Go Summer Camping, children are encouraged to find objects hidden in the pictures in this dual language book. Children are drawn into the book through an invitation by Ukaliq and Kalla to find things for their camping in the summer and later to go camping with them.