I Am Loved! is written by Kevin Qamaniq-Mason who grew up in Iglulik and is a senior policy advisor at Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and Mary Qamaniq-Mason. I Am Loved! is illustrated by Hwei Lim. In this book Pakak is in a new foster home, with new people, new food, and new smells. Feeling alone and uncertain, Pakak finds comfort in a secret shared with him by his anaanattiaq, his grandmother, and in the knowledge that he is loved no matter how far away his family may be.
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.
Inuki's Birthday Party is a bilingual Inuktitut and English book by Aviaq Johnston who is from Igloolik, Nunavut, and illustrated by Ali Hinch. In Inuki's Birthday Party, Inuki lives in Iglulik, Nunavut and it is his fifth birthday! He can’t wait for his party at the community hall. There is cake to eat and presents to open, but celebrating with his family and friends is Inuki’s favourite gift of all!
Where Did the Walruses Go is a bilingual Inuktitut and English paperback book by Tooma Laisa, who was raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut; and illustrated by Udayana Lugo. In Where Did the Walruses Go, Nalluq loves spending time outdoors at his family’s summer camp in Peterhead Inlet. One day during a walk on the shoreline, his ataata shares an exciting discovery with him: a walrus skull! But Nalluq never sees walruses there. Where did they go? Nalluq's ataata tells Nalluq a traditional story about why all the walruses disappeared from Peterhead Inlet.
Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas, Mi’kmaw and registered with Lennox Island First Nation, and Illustrated by Maya McKibbin, Ojibwe, Yoeme and Irish, asks what it means to be Mi’kmaq. In Swift Fox All Along, Swift Fox looks for the answer and wonders if she will ever feel like part of her family. When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she’ll learn how to be Mi’kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger.
In We Learn from the Sun Lesson Plan, David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem through activities for teachers. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings available at GoodMinds.com.
We Learn from the Sun by David Bouchard, Métis, and best selling author, speaker and educator, weaves together Woodland style paintings with an Indigenous rhythmic poem. We Learn from the Sun is about the spiritual lessons that we can learn from the Sun and the seven sacred teachings. This poem is based on David Bouchard’s book on the Seven Sacred Teachings. A Teacher Lesson Plan and Resource Guide accompanies this book (and is available from GoodMinds.com). The colorful illustrations are by Métis illustrator Kristy Cameron.
Gidagaashiinh is the English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) version of Little You, a charming and heart-warming board book that welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp and illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett, this board book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. Gidagaashiinh has been translated by Angela Mesic and Margaret Noodin. Julie Flett uses collage-like images of an infant who grows to be a toddler. This child is adored and loved by one or both parents on every other page.
You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim is by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith and is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. Gimanaadenim is in both English and Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe). In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
Tu es là pour moi is the French version of 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. This book is illustrated by Danielle Daniel. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.