Stolen Words by author Melanie Florence and published by Second Story Press is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. 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.
The Water Walker is a celebration of a determined Ojibwe grandmother Nokomis Josephine and her love for water nibi. Nokomis walks to raise awareness of our need to protect Nibi for future generations, and for all life on the planet. She, along with other women, men, and youth, have walked around all the Great Lakes from the four salt waters, or oceans, to Lake Superior. The walks are full of challenges, and by her example Josephine challenges us all to take up our responsibility to protect our water, the giver of life, and to protect our planet for all generations.
I Am Not a Number is the first children's picture book by Ojibwe educator Jenny Kay Dupuis from Nipissing First Nation in Ontario. Dupuis retells the story of her grandmother Irene Couchie Dupuis taken to residential school at the age of eight in 1928. The book opens with the distressing image of the Indian agent standing in the doorway demanding that the eldest three children of Mary Ann and Ernest Couchie attend Spanish Indian Residential School. Despite their pleading the family is forced to relinquish their children to the nuns or face fines and prison time.
Shannen and the Dream for a School is one of the titles in the Kids Power Series from Second Story Press. The author Janet Wilson has taken the real-life story of Shannen Koostachin, her friends and family of Attawapiskat and created a fictionalized account in a chapter book format. Shannen was a student attending JR Nakogee Elementary when her and other community students began a campaign to have a new school built. The school had been contaminated by a fuel spill in 1979, and now students were forced to endure moldy and drafty portables during the school day. At thirteen Shannen and h
The First Nations Series for Young Readers Teacher Resource is a 148-page guide for classroom teachers using the Second Story Press titles in lessons relating to social justice issues. Designed to provide helpful lesson ideas, curriculum connections, differentiated instruction, encourage critical thinking and literacy skills for the grade 4 to 10 levels. The author has selected the important concept of community as it applies to First Nations and Native Americans as the guiding principle.
Environmentalists from our First Nations is the 2011 release in the series, First Nations Series for Young Readers from Second Story Press. All books in this series feature brief biography pieces about several First Nation and Native American people who show leadership in their chosen field. In this book, the author Vincent Schilling has selected eleven individuals from the USA and Canada who work for the betterment of Mother Earth and her peoples in the field of environmental science.
The Way It Is presents a coming of age novel about a fifteen-year-old girl who finds moving from Vancouver to Salmon Arm daunting when her parents lease a summer resort located on First Nation territory. White Pine Nominee 2012. Lexile Measure: 750; Reading Counts: 5.6. Guided Reading Level: Z+.
Lacey and the African Grandmothers is one of the titles in the Kids Power Series from Second Story Press. The author Sue Farrell Holler has adapted a true event into a fictionalized chapter book format. The story shows how one individual twelve-year-old Blackfoot girl can make a difference in the lives of African grandmothers who are caring for their orphaned grandchildren. Lacey tells the story from her perspective as a girl living on a First Nation reserve outside of Calgary where she is bussed to an off-reserve school.
Great Writers from Our First Nations is the 2012 book in the series, First Nations Series for Young Readers from Second Story Press. Published in the USA as Native Writers: Voices of Power in the Native Trailblazer Series from Native Voices Books. All books in this series feature brief biography pieces about several First Nation and Native American people who show leadership in their chosen field. In this book, the authors Kim Sigafus and Lyle Ernst selected ten individuals from the USA and Canada who work in the field of literature.
Astonishing Women Artists: The Women's Hall of Fame Series profiles ten phenomenal women with a passion for art. Although Inuit artist Kenojuak Ashrvak is the only Aboriginal artist listed, her biography and contributions to Canadian art makes compelling reading. Additional artists include Mary Pratt, Emily Carr, Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Artemisia, Gentileschi, Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun, Louise Nevelson, Elizabeth Catlett, and Faith Ringgold. Suitable for elementary and secondary school readers.