Little Wolf by Teoni Spathelfer, a hereditary member of the Heiltsuk Nation from coastal British Columbia, tells the story of Little Wolf’s move to the big city with her mom and sister and how she has difficulty adjusting to their new life. She misses living close to nature and seeing animals wherever she goes, and she misses fishing with her grandfather and seeing dolphins leaping beside their boat. Most of all, she misses feeling connected to her culture. At school, Little Wolf has trouble fitting in. Although her class has kids from many different cultures, no one is Heiltsuk, like her.
In Lela and the Butterflies written by Sherri Maret, Choctaw and Tim Maret; and illustrated by Merisha Sequoia Clark, Choctaw, Lela loves butterflies. When she takes a nature walk with Ranger Maggie, she learns that butterflies need help. Lela's small steps in butterfly conservation start with a butterfly garden of nectar and host plants, but she doesn't stop there and ends up spreading her love for butterflies throughout the community. A simple guide to planting a butterfly garden is also included. A great read aloud for storytime and picture book for elementary school readers.
The Sharing Circle is a picture story book by Theresa "Corky" Larsen-Jonasson, a proud Cree/Danish Metis Elder with roots in Red Deer and Maskwacis First Nations. The text is illustrated by Jessika Von Innerebner and edited by Allison Parker. In The Sharing Circle, two red foxes have an argument, which threatens to break apart their community. It is then that a gentle buffalo decides to take a braid of sweetgrass to a local elder and asks her to help with a sharing circle for all the animals.
Spirit Bear: Echoes of the Past is a picture book in the Spirit Bear series written by Order of Canada recipient Cindy Blackstock (Gitxsan Nation) and illustrated by Spotted Fawn Productions (SFP) founded in 2010 and incorporated in 2014 by Michif Owner/Director/Producer Amanda Strong. For the past 13 years, Spirit Bear has been working hard to make sure First Nations children get the help they need when they need it so they can grow up safely with their families, get a good education, and be healthy and proud of who they are. It’s been a long journey, and Spirit Bear needs a vacation!
Sweetest Kulu, a charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. Author Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
Discovering Numbers: English, French, Cree is the second edition of this book illustrated by Neepin Auger, a Cree artist and educator, This is a new format for young readers and transforms Neepin Auger’s bestselling board books into playful and colourful resources for elementary school children. Neepin Auger’s colourful board books for infants have collectively sold well over 20,000 copies since they first appeared on the market.
When We Were Alone by David A. Robertson, a member of Norway House Cree Nation and translated by Marsha Blacksmith, a member of Pimicikamak Cree Nation, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, is an empowering story of resistance that gently introduces children to the history of residential schools in Canada. In When We Were Alone, a young girl notices things about her grandmother that make her curious. As she asks questions, her grandmother tells her about her experiences in a residential school.
Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story is a picture book produced by the Union of Ontario Indians based on an original account by Jenny Restoule-Mallozzi. With original colour illustrations by Donald Chretien, this story recounts the experiences of an Ojibwe child forced to attend residential school. The tragic account is brought full-circle when Mary begins her healing journey with encouragement from her family.
Keeshig and the Ojibwe Pterodactyls is Keeshig's story transcribed by his mother, Dr. Celeste Pedri-Spade (Anang Onimiwin), Anishinabekwe from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. Keeshig Spade (Keeshigbahnahnkut) is a six year-old Anishinabe from Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation. On a hot summer day, a young Anishinabe boy visits the shores of Gitchee Gumee with his mother. Nanaboozhoo, their teacher, is before them, presenting himself as a mass of land that stretches across the horizon.
Spirit Bear: Honouring Memories, Planting Dreams is an award-winning picture book in the Spirit Bear series written by Order of Canada recipient Cindy Blackstock (Gitxsan Nation) and illustrated by Amanda Strong (Michif). In this story Spirit Bear is on his way home from a sacred ceremony when he meets Jake, a friendly dog, with a bag full of paper hearts attached to wood stakes.