We Sang You Home is a charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby boy into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp and illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett, this board book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family print resources. Flett uses collage-like images of a couple sitting on a blanket during the night. A moon can be seen along with two white rabbits peeking at each other from across the page. The woman is playing guitar and the simple text on the opposite page proclaiming that they sang for an infant to join them.
The Caterpillar Woman written by Nadia Sammurtok based on a traditional Inuit story, this picture book explores inner beauty, kindness, and transformation making it a perfect addition to any young reader’s bookshelf. Piujuq is a kind young woman who loves to take long walks on the tundra and dance by her favourite lake surrounded by butterflies. But one day, she encounters a stranger on her walk. When this person asks a favour of Piujuq, she happily obliges, and that kindness leaves Piujuq stuck in the body of a caterpillar.
Helping My Grandfather, Level 6 is an illustrated book that introduces beginning readers to the verb to help. Set in the Arctic out on the land, this reader shows a young boy helping his grandfather with daily chores inside and outside the tent. This 8-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 6 titles have 8 to 12 pages of text with one to two sentences per page. The fun, full-colour comic-like illustrations by Luke Coleman assist the beginning reader with decoding the simple text.
You're Just Right is Victor Lethbridge's third children's book. This 32-page picture book is a charming poem to a First Nation daughter welcomed by loving parents as a gift from the Creator. From the time the infant girl cries at home the parents just know she is just right. As she grows to toddler the parents welcome her active life and play because it makes their house a home. The loving parents continue their unconditional support for their growing daughter as she dances at the powwow, moves away to college, and begins her life away from her family.
The Apple Tree by first-time author Sandy Tharp-Thee tells the story of a contemporary Cherokee boy who plants an apple seed and already sees the mature apple tree it is meant to be. But the little apple tree is not so sure. Young and impatient, it begins to doubt its calling after apples fail to appear that first fall. How can the boy convince the tree that the seasons need the time to help the tree to mature and produce apples? The story is told in English with Cherokee translation, and includes a Cherokee syllabary.
My Heart Fills with Happiness is a 2016 board book release from Orca Book Publishers. Written by award-winning author Monique Gray-Smith, this early childhood title brings joy and happiness to all families who read and celebrate this book for toddlers and young children. This brightly illustrated board book's simple art from award-winning illustrator Julie Fleet brings the message of joy and happiness that brings smiles and loving feelings to all who read it.
My Father is Taller Than a Tree is a celebratory children's picture book by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. Together with illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin, the pair creates a charming book for early readers or for library read aloud sessions about the close relationship between fathers and sons across cultures. The book features thirteen pairs of father and son examples. A father is shown helping his son ride a bike, another shows a winter scene with papa pulling his boy on a sled, and one shows a father reading to his son before bedtime.
Kamik's First Sled is the follow-up title from Inhabit Media's Kamik: An Inuit Puppy. Jake's puppy Kamik is growing quickly, but the dog isn't becoming any easier to handle. All Jake wants is to raise his puppy to be a strong, fast sled dog, but Kamik is far from ready to pull a sled with a dog team. With some advice and a little help from his grandmother, Jake learns basic principles of how to begin training a dog to pull. Kamik finally has his first sled, and he and Jake can finally begin exploring the tundra together.