Nimoshom and His Bus is a 24-page picture book written by Cree-Ojibwe author Penny Thomas with captivating pastel watercolour illustrations by Karen Hibbard for Highwater Books. In this gentle story young student readers meet a kind Elder Nimoshom (my grandfather) bus driver. He drives the yellow school bus for First Nations students. Every school day he greets the riders with the greeting, Tansi meaning hello. In fact the author introduces 13 Swampy Cree terms with meaning easily woven into the text. A glossary and pronunciation guide is provided at the end of the book.
Arctic Vehicles is a Level 9 reader in the Nunavummi Reading Series from Inhabit Education. This is a unique Nunavut-made levelled reading series that aligns the reading expectations of the Inuit language, English, and French. The reading series corresponds closely to the reading levels and expectations developed by the Department of Education in Nunavut. This approach to literacy provides educators and parents the tools they need to ensure that children are equally challenged and successful in all the languages represented in Nunavut.
Canoe Kids Volume 3 Mi'kmaq is the third issue of the publication designed as a family book for kids all ages. The mandate for the full-colour book is Exploring Indigenous Cultures through Authentic Indigenous Voices. This third Volume focuses on the Mi'kmaq located in Newfoundland. Articles include background about the Mi'kmaq of the North Atlantic Shores; Canoes; Harvesting Foods; and Respecting Mother Earth in Newfoundland. Throughout the text the editor has included colourful photographs of the geography, people, and animals living in Newfoundland.
Ukaliq and Kalla Go to the City, Level 8 is a humorous story uses a repeating sentence structure to help children follow Ukaliq and Kalla on their adventure. This 24-page leveled reader follows the two friends as they fly by plane to the city for the first time. Level 8 readers feature 12 to 24 pages, with one to three sentences per page. Dialogue is introduced in this reader as the friends check in to a hotel, watch a hockey game, go to a museum and go to a restaurant. For fun, the friends attend a hockey game where the pair have fun cheering for the home team.