Putuguq and Kublu is a graphic novel for primary level readers about Putuguq and Kublu, sister and brother who cannot get along. They love to pull pranks and one-up each other every chance they get! When one of Putuguq's pranks does not go as planned, the feuding siblings find themselves on the land with their grandfather, learning a bit about Inuit history - between throwing snowballs, that is. Danny Christopher is an illustrator who has travelled throughout the Canadian Arctic as an instructor for Nunavut Arctic College.
The People of the Sea is a picture book based on the author's own childhood experiences. When the young Donald and his friends head down to the water to play, they have no idea that they are soon to encounter a mermaid, one of the creatures that his elders have told him about. Terrified, the boys run back to their camp, ready to tell everyone what they have just seen. But what did they see? They can't seem to remember it clearly. It is up to Donald's grandmother to explain to them the magical creature they just encountered. Donald Uluadluak was an elder from Arviat, Nunavut.
Ukaliq and Kalla Go Fishing from Inhabit Media tells the story of two friends who could not be more different. Ukaliq is loud, excited, and always looking for adventure. Kalla, on the other hand, is calm, quiet, and knows it's best to be well-prepared before travelling out on the land or sea ice. When the two friends head out for a day of fishing, Ukaliq can barely wait to get his line in the water - but his eagerness to catch a fish may just leave him empty-handed in the end.
Why The Monster by Rachel and Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley is a young adult novel. Huuq is a young Inuk boy who has never fit in to camp life. One day, fleeing yet another attack from the camp bullies, Huuq finds himself alone and far away, with only his dog Qipik as company. On a lonesome hill, Huuq and Qipik find an egg. But this is no ordinary bird's egg. It's big. And almost looks like a stone. When Huuq breaks this mysterious egg, it unleashes a series of events that turn Huuq himself into a monstrous half-human creature.
In the picture book Sukaq and the Raven, Sukaq loves to drift off to sleep listening to his mother tell him stories. His favourite story is the tale of how a raven created the world. But this time, as his mother begins to tell the story and his eyelids become heavy, he is suddenly whisked away on the wings of the raven to ride along as the entire world is formed! This traditional legend from Inuit storyteller Roy Goose is brought to life through co-author Kerry McCluskey's jubilant retelling.
Animals Illustrated: Walrus by Herve Paniaq is a non-fiction book that contains first-hand accounts from authors who live in the Arctic, along with interesting facts on the behaviours and biology of each animal. Readers will learn about how walruses raise their young in the cold Arctic ocean, what they eat, and where they can be found, along with other interesting information, like the fascinating uses for their characteristic tusks. Herve Paniaq is an elder from Igloolik, Nunavut. Ben Shannon is a Canadian-born, award-winning illustrator and animator.
In the picture book How Nivi Got Her Names, Nivi has always known that her names were special, but she does not know where they came from. One sunny afternoon, Nivi decides to ask her mom. The stories of the people Nivi is named after lead her to an understanding of traditional Inuit naming practices and knowledge of what those practices mean to Inuit. How Nivi Got Her Names is an easy-to-understand introduction to traditional Inuit naming, with a story that touches on tradtional Inuit adoption. Laura Deal was born and raised in a small farming town in Nova Scotia.
In this traditional Inuit story, The Legend of the Fog paperback edition, a simple walk on the tundra becomes a life or death journey for a young man. When he comes across a giant who wants to take him home and cook him for dinner, the young man's quick thinking saves him from being devoured by the giant and his family, and in the process releases the first fog into the world.
This young adult novel, written by Iqaluit-based Inuk author Aviaq Johnston, is a coming-of-age story that follows a young shaman named Pitu as he learns to use his powers and ultimately finds himself lost in the world of the spirits. After a strange and violent blizzard leaves Pitu stranded on the sea ice, without his dog team or any weapons to defend himself, he soon realizes that he is no longer in the world that he once knew.
Akilak's Adventure is a children's picture book set long ago when an Inuk grandmother and her granddaughter lived by themselves a day's walk from their relative's camp. Grandmother twists her ankle and is unable to walk to the neighbour's camp. So she sends her young granddaughter, Akilak, on a day's journey for some food. Akilak is uncertain about the journey but grandmother convinces the girl she is capable and the land will not run away; but will be reached eventually. Akilak's Adventure begins when Akilak must travel a great distance to another camp to gather food.