Th’owxiya / The Hungry Feast Dish by Kwantlen First Nation writer, Joseph Dandurand, is the story of the Kwantlen First Nation village of Squa’lets and the tale of Th’owxiya, an old and powerful spirit that inhabits a feast dish of tempting, beautiful foods from around the world. But even surrounded by this delicious food, Th’owxiya herself craves only the taste of children. When she catches a hungry mouse named Kw’at’el stealing a piece of cheese from her dish, she threatens to devour Kw’at’el’s whole family, unless he can bring Th’owxiya two child spirits.
k?xntim s?anix? k??l nix?titk? acx??l?x?alt / We Go With Muskrat is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Ron Hall, of Okanagan and Thompson ancestry and is a member of the Osoyoos Band. Those Living Underwater is an interactive story with s?anix? (Muskrat) in the lead, allowing readers to learn both the n’syilxwcn and English names of underwater creatures living in the Okanagan Valley. The book seamlessly combines beautiful imagery with amusing descriptions as Muskrat introduces a diverse set of underwater creatures.
sk?p’lk’mitkw / Water Changeling is by Syilx and Nla’kapamux Nations writer Harron Hall and illustrated by Phyllis Isaac, an Elder and a visual artist from the Penticton Indian Band of the Okanagan Nation. sk?p’lk’mitkw is the story of the natural water cycle from a Syilx traditional ecological knowledge perspective.The story features a water girl named sk?p’lk’mitkw who longs to visit with her grandparents. She receives help from newfound friends who change her into rain, hail and snow so she can reach her grandparents. This book is in English and Salishan.
The Case of the Burgled Bundle by Michael Hutchinson, Misipawistik Cree Nation, is the third book in A Mighty Muskrat Mystery series. In The Case of the Burgled Bundle, The National Assembly of Cree Peoples has gathered together in the Windy Lake First Nation, home to the Mighty Muskrats - cousins Chickadee, Atim, Otter, and Sam. But when the memory bundle, the center of a four-day long ceremony, is taken, the four mystery-solving cousins set out to catch those responsible and help protect Windy Lake’s reputation!
Native American Night Before Christmas by Gary Robinson (of Choctaw/Cherokee descent) and illustrated by Jesse T. Hummingbird (Cherokee), artist, is an innovative retelling of the classic Christmas tale. This full-color book takes a whimsical look at what Christmas Eve might be like for an American Indian family when Old Red Shirt (the Indian Santa Claus) comes a-calling with his team of flying white buffalo to deliver fry bread, commodities, and other goodies. Jesse Hummingbird’s inspired illustrations transform the author’s playful adaptation into a fresh and modern work of art.
Quand j'avais huit ans (When I was Eight) is the 32-page picture book adaptation of Margaret Pokiak-Fenton's book, Fatty Legs: A True Story in French. Margaret and her daughter-in-law, Christy Jordan-Fenton have adapted Margaret's childhood story about her life in a residential school when she was a child. This picture book memoir begins with Olemaun (the stone that sharpens the women’s knife, the ulu) living on the land with her family. Her older sister has attended residential school and brought back a special book about a girl named Alice. Olemaun wants to attend this school too.
Long Powwow Nights, Iskewsis, Dear Mother / Mawio'mi Amasiwula'kwl, Iskewsis, Nkij, is a moving picture book co-written by David Bouchard and Pam Aleekuk. The bilingual 32-page book has text in English and Mi'kmaq and access to an audio recording of the book. Bouchard's rhythmic poems are inspired by the child's fond memories of powwows attended with his mother. Raised in a single parent family, the narrator shows his love for the powwow event, the dancers, the long car rides to the powwow, and the intricate regalia.
The Secret of Your Name / kiimooch ka shinikashooyen is the 2010 children's picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The French and Michif book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
Treaty Words: For As Long As the Rivers Flow, is written by Aimée Craft, Anishinaabe-Métis, and an Indigenous lawyer; and illustrated by Luke Swinson, an Anishinaabe illustrator and member of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. In Treaty Words, the first treaty that was made was between the earth and the sky. It was an agreement to work together. We build all of our treaties on that original treaty. This is the story of Mishomi and his granddaugher.
kwu?c'?xw?ntim t?l stunx isck'wuls / Lessons From Beaver’s Work is a dual language children's book by Harron Hall, Syilx and Nla'kapamuc Nations; and illustrated by Bill Cohen of Okanagan Nation. This book, in English and nsyilxcən, teaches children through storytelling to hold reverence for all life forms. The book depicts a conflict between Tapit, a rancher, and stunx (beaver), as they both try to meet their water needs. The touching humanity of stunx (Beaver) softens Tapit’s outlook, as he reminds Tapit that he is not the only one that depends on water.