Only in My Hometown: Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani is written and illustrated by sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen about growing up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Written in Inuktitut (using both syllabics and transliterated roman orthography) and English the 24-page book tells readers about the girls and their family in simple poetry format along with colour drawings of key activities the girls enjoyed while growing up.
Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice is the art catalogue written by Nancy Campbell for the late Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook's 62 full colour drawings exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In the accompanying critical essay Campbell interviewed the artist's family members as well as community members from Cape Dorset now called Kinngait. The artist looked at contemporary Inuit life especially indoor images depicting the lives of Inuit women. Images cover family violence, alcohol abuse as well as everday activities.
Anishinaabemowin Alphabet is a 30-page Ojibwe language resource published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre. Author Wanda Barker uses the Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) Double Vowel writing system. Combined with pencil drawings by Nicole Mange language teachers can use the book to learn the alphabet and words associated with each letter symbol.
Tout sur les oiseaux (All About Birds), Level 8 is a non-fiction book that teaches children about the appearance, behaviour, and diets of nine different Arctic birds. This 24-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 8 titles range from 20-24 pages in length and have 1 to 3 sentences on each page. As sentences increase in length they are also increasing in complexity. This level 8 title features colour photographs of the nine birds with accompanying additional details in the text.
Ukaliq & Kalla vont camper (Ukaliq & Kalla Go Camping), Level 7 is a leveled reader about camping on the land in the Arctic. The best friends Ukaliq and Kalla go on a camping adventure and demonstrate the types of activities that occur in the far north. This 16-page reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 7 readers have 8 to 16 pages of one to two sentences per page. These sentences vary in length and complexity. Punctuation includes periods with some question and exclamation marks.
Les nouvelles kamiks de Viivi (Viivi's New Kamiks), Level 9 is a leveled reader that uses a sequential story to introduce children to kamiks, a traditional boot Inuit have worn for hundreds of years. An explanatory note helps children understand what kamiks look like and why they are worn. All nine-year-old Viivi wants for her birthday is a pair of kamiks. These special books take a long time to make and also each person must take good care of their pair. Viivi sets out to prove to her parents that she is a responsible person who can now care for her boots.
Tout sur les phoques (All about Seals), Level 9 is a non-fiction book to teach children about the appearance, behaviours, and diets of four different Arctic seal species. It also introduces the concept of traditional Inuit seal hunting, including the practical uses of each type of seal from the Inuit perspective. This 20-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 9 titles have 2 to 4 sentences per page with longer and more complex sentences. Readers now rely more on the book's text for information along with supportive photographs.
Je vais chez grand-maman (Going to Grandma's), Level 4 is one of the leveled readers in Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. This illustrated book introduces readers to simple action verbs. The level 4 reader has one sentence in English per page. Each sentence is short, basic, and repetitive. Full-colour drawings support readers decode the sentences. In this reader a young Inuk girl walks to Grandma's house to spend the night. Simple and fun activities let's readers know that contemporary Inuit families live in houses, have plumbing, and go to sleep in beds.
Les choses qui nous tiennent au chaud (Things That Keep Us Warm), Level 4 is a leveled reader with simple sentences to describe items common throughout Canada, like the parka, hats, and socks, and some items that are uniquely Northern, like the qulliq (oil lamp). This 8-page reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 4 titles range from 8 to 12 pages with a single sentence per page. Each sentence is simple with basic punctuation and is aided by a colour photograph that helps the beginning reader decode the text.
Tout sur les ours polaires (All about Polar Bears, Level 7 is a simple nature book that introduces children to information about the polar bear, including where polar bears live, what they eat, and how they hunt. This 16-page leveled reader is part of Inhabit Education's new series Nunavummi Reading. Level 7 range from 8 to 16 pages in length and have 1 to 2 sentences per page. The full-colour photographs and the simple text provide basic information about polar bears. This book is a welcome addition to the standard leveled reading series world.