Blackflies is a picture book written by children's author Robert Munsch and illustrated in cartoon-style by Jay Odjick of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabe community in Quebec. This 32-page book will appeal to young children through the cartoon like colour images and the fun text about a girl who just wants to go outdoors following a snow filled winter season.
The Spirit Trackers by Ojibwe storyteller and author Jan Bourdeau Waboose and illustrated by Francois Thisdale is published by Fifth House Publishing. Two young cousins visit with their uncle one wintery night. They ask for a story about Windigo and find some strange scratches and large footprints the next morning. The boys decide to be trackers just like their uncle and so set out to track the creature who made the footprints. The colour illustrations make this story a fascinating account of the creature known as Windigo as young children enjoy this Ojibwe legend. Highly recommended.
You Hold Me Up by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
The Cloud Artist by Choctaw author Sherri Maret and Choctaw artist Marisha Sequoia Clark is published by RoadRunner Press. An imaginary story about a Choctaw girl who discovers her gift for painting with the clouds on a sunny day. Her family and friends are entertained and one day a traveling carnival sees her magical creations. The carnival man wants Leona to travel with the show and make cloud paintings as their cloud artist. To Leona this is a big decision that the girl has to make for herself. In the end Leona chooses to remain with her family.
A Big Mistake is a picture book by Richelle Lovegrove for Manitoba First Nation Education Resource Centre. With illustrations by Amber Green the book explores friendship, gifts and generosity. When Summer’s best friend compliments the necklace her kokum (grandmother) gave her, she remembers her Elder’s teaching and gives the necklace away. But when her kokum comes over for supper, Summer worries that she made a big mistake by giving away such a special gift. The girl began to worry about giving kokum's special necklace away to her friend.
A Bug in a Rug is the second picture book written and illustrated by Metis storyteller and illustrator Elaine Chaput Lariviere for Pemmican Publications. This 32-page children's with a quiet message about bullying and thinking about how we treat animals and insects. This bug in a rug is a spider discovered by a young child. Questions ask young readers what they would do if they encountered a spider. The young boy and his two cats could step on the spider or let it live and continue its life. Presents alternatives to bullying such as caring, empathy and kindness.
Warren Whistles at the Sky is one of the titles from the Under a Blanket of Stars: First Nations Constellations published by Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre in 2016. Written by David A. Robertson with illustrations drawn by Amber Green this 24 page picture book explores the meaning behind an Elder's story about the night sky. Recalling the story the Elder told, Warren goes outdoors at night and sees the sky full of stars. The Elder had said that if you whistle at the stars the spirits would come down from their home in the sky.
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.
Stolen Words by author Melanie Florence and published by Second Story Press is a primary level picture book that explains language loss among First Nations residential school survivors and their descendants. Told through the eyes of a child and her grandfather, the book captures the close and caring relationship between generations as the girl learns about residential schools and language loss.