I Can't Have Bannock But The Beaver Has A Dam is a wonderful picture book for reading aloud to young children. Bernalda Wheeler creates a refreshing way to introduce young children to contemporary First Nations people. Her character is a young boy who asks his mother to make some bannock. Bannock is a traditional bread made by most First Nations in northern Canada. The mother explains why she can't use her stove until the hydro line is fixed. It all comes down to the fact that a beaver has cut down a tree for his dam.
The Thundermaker is a 32-page Mi'kmaq / English dual language picture book from Nimbus Publishing’s publication for children about the importance of thunder. In Mi’kmaw artist Alan Syliboy’s account that he wrote and illustrated begins in a time long before the world was completed. Set in a small village, the story begins with a family sitting beside their cooking fire while the mother tells a traditional story. Father is Big Thunder, mother is Giju, a renowned storyteller, and their son, Little Thunder. Each has an important role.
Like a Walk on the Tundra, A Walk on the Shoreline introduces young readers to unique plants and animals found in the Arctic, as well as the traditional Inuit uses for the various species. Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the Arctic shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family.
Taan's Moons: A Haida Moon Story is a fascinating art-based picture book developed by Alison Gear (poetry) and Kiki van der Heiden and the student artists of Haida Gwaii. During a three month art project involving Kindergarten (some mixed Grade 1/2) classes of all six elementary schools on Haida Gwaii, BC, the author and artist worked together to create this 48-page book about the Bear's Moons. In Haida language taan refers to the bear. The Haida people have a unique way of recording time according to the way the bear follows the seasons or months of the year.
Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by bryologist (a botanist who specializes in the study of mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) Robin Wall Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of Indigenous ways of knowing. Dr. Kimmerer, Associate Professor of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, interweaves the biological life histories of many different genera of mosses with recollections from both her own life and her Potawatomi Bear Clan's traditions.
Uumajut, Volume 2 (French): Étudions Les Animaux De L'Arctique is the primary non-fiction title in Inhabit Media's bilingual (French and Inuktitut) language collection. The book published by Inhabit Media in partnership with Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society is written by Nunavut residents Simon Awa and Seeglook Akeeagok, along with Anna Ziegler and Stephanie McDonald.
Uumajut, Volume Un (French) Étudions Les Animaux de L'Arctique is volume one in the dual language series Uumajut. Written by Simon Awa, Anna Ziegler and Stephanie McDonald and illustrated by Romi Caron, this bilingual French and Inuktitut title is translated into French by Donna Christopher. The Inuktitut syllabics translation is by Leah Otak. This information book explores the various animals of the tundra and the sea and ice regions of the Arctic.
Uumajut, Volume 2, Learn About Arctic Wildlife is the primary non-fiction title in Inhabit Media's bilingual (English and Inuktitut) language collection. The book published by Inhabit Media in partnership with Qikiqtani Inuit Association and the Nunavut Bilingual Education Society is written by Nunavut residents Simon Awa and Seeglook Akeeagok, along with Anna Ziegler and Stephanie McDonald.
Painted Skies is a charming picture book by Nova Scotia author Carolyn Mallory about the northern lights seen in Arctic regions. Together with Amei Zhao, this 36-page book explores this phenomenon through the eyes of two friends. Oolipika, an Inuk girl, shares traditional knowledge about aqsarniit, the northern lights, with her friend Leslie. New to the Arctic, Leslie is afraid of the lights that appear to be coming closer to the girls. In her nervousness Leslie begins to whistle and the lights come even closer. Oolipika begins to click her finger nails together and hushes her friend.