Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm is a story by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Albert Owl (Sagamok Anishinaabek). The artwork is by Rachel Mae Dennis (Haudenosaunee/Latino). Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm follows the adventure of two kittens, Birchbark and Storm, as they venture out into the garden. Follow them as they wake up and leave mother to explore the garden. A story about exploring the world all the while within mom’s gaze.
Ayana Ogiigoonnke / Ayana Goes Fishing, is a story by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Albert Owl (Sagamok Anishinaabek) with artwork by Rachel Mae Dennis (Haudenosaunee/Latino). In Ayana Goes Fishing follow Ayana as she asks her father to teach her how to fish. Ayana collects the equipment, digs up worms, learns how to cast and catches her first fish. An Ojibwe and English full color storybook that is great for teaching beginner Ojibwe language.
Mina-waasige miinwaa Goon / Sunny and the Snow is a story by Brita Vija Brookes with artwork by Rachel Mae Dennis, Haudenosaaunne/Latino, and translated by Isadore Toulouse from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, and Shirley Ida Williams, Migizi ow-kwe,That Eagle Woman, who is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. In Sunny and the Snow, Sunny the horse leads his community through the snowstorm with help from his Elders despite his fear of ice and cold. Follow Sunny on a quest to learn how to walk and run on the snow.
The Dancers by Thomas Peacock, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and illustrated by Jacqueline Paske Gill, is a heart-warming story about a young Native girl, her mother, and a very special auntie. It is also a story of wisdom and triumph, of being strong, and of dancing with your heart.
The Sasquatch, the Fire and the Cedar Baskets by Joseph Dandurand, a member of Kwantlen First Nation located on the Fraser River and illustrated by Simon Daniel James, an Indigenous artist from the Mamalilikulla/Kwicksutaineuk clans from the Kwakwaka’wakw nation, is told with grace and simplicity by a master storyteller in the great tradition of the Kwantlen people and accompanied by whimsical illustrations from this Kwakwaka’wakw artist. “Deep in the thickest part of a cedar forest there lived a young Sasquatch. He was over nine feet tall and his feet were about size twenty.
If You Want to Visit a Sea Garden is by Kay Weisman and illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers, whose ancestry includes the Tsimshian, Haida and Heiltsuk First Nations. Roy Henry Vickers has created hauntingly beautiful images to accompany the captivating text. The manuscript has been vetted and approved by the scientists of the Clam Garden Network and Kwaxsistalla Wathl’thla Clan Chief Adam Dick. Sea gardens have been created by First Peoples on the Northwest Coast for more than three thousand years.
Lillian and Kokomis: The Spirit of Dance, is by Lynda Partridge, a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan and illustrated by Dave Nicholson. In Lillian and Kokomis, Lillian who is a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry is in the process of being shuffled to her seventh foster home. Lillian is a complex and not-always-lovable hero and she doesn’t always fit in but she eventually finds a sense of peace and belonging from a surprising spirit that returns her to traditional ways.
Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project is a children’s story by Deborah L. Delaronde, Métis; and illustrated by Sheldon Dawson. In Louis Riel Day: The Fur Trade Project, a young boy is assigned a project about the fur trade by his teacher, but he doesn’t know who to turn to because his mom works all day. With help from his grandfather and the internet, they travel back in time and discover how the fur trade began, a new people emerged, the Métis’ role in the fur trade, Louis Riel and the Red River Resistance, and the reason behind a holiday named Louis Riel Day.
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.
The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series from Highwater Press. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.