Sacred Song of the Hermit Thrush: A Mohawk Story was written by Tehanetorens, Ray Fadden, a teacher and influential figure among the Mohawks of Akwesasne. The Mohawk Nation adopted him into the Mohawk Wolf Clan and gave him the name Tehanetorens, which has been translated as "He Walks through the Pines". Sacred Song of the Hermit Thrush: A Mohawk Story was illustrated by David Kanietakeron Fadden the grandson of the author. He is an Akwesasne Mohawk artist born in Lake Placid, New York and grew up in Onchiota, New York.
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!
Naanan Miskogwanawe- Miigiwewininiwag / Five Santas is a delightful story with a Christmas theme and is also a counting lesson for young learners of Ojibwe. Naanan Miskogwanawe-Miigiwewininiwag/Five Santas are hard at work getting ready for Christmas when one-by-one they get tired and fall asleep. Written by Stella Young; translated into Ojibwe by Judy Doolittle, Wanda Barker and Darcy Malcolm; and illustrated by Rosalyn Boucha, this charming softcover is the perfect addition to any child’s library.
Anishinaabe ABC Mazina’igan is the second in a series by Language Facilitator, Wanda Barker, and illustrated by Nicole Burton. It is a great tool to assist with learning the Ojibwe language. Anishinaabe ABC Mazina’igan is filled with beautiful illustrations, Anishinaabemowin/Ojibwe sentences and their English translations. The images can serve as a starting point for discussion of the cultural relevancy of the sentences associated with each letter.
Awesiyag Children's Ojibwe Activity Workbook by Judy Doolittle and illustrated by Amber Green is a fun and playful activity workbook to learn animal names in Ojibwe. Lively illustrations bring the animals to life. Practice how to write out the words, play matching games and colour your own animals! Ideal for home or school. (Also available in Cree).
Fisher Finds the Bag of Summer by David Alexander Robertson and illustrated by Amber Green, is a story about Warren who has a dream about an unending winter, with animals teaming up to search for the lost bag of summer and all under a blanket of stars. Just as in the Anishinaabe and Ininew legend, Fisher, a brave hunter, is chosen to bring the bag of summer back to their home. But will he find the bag in time, or will the summer animals ruin his plans to bring warmth to the northern lands?
Weenipeeg by Elder Bill Ballantyne, Nicole Marie Burton and the Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre is a children's story carried on by Elder Bill Ballantyne. Weenipeeg, recounts the gripping true events that led to Winnipeg receiving its name. The name Weenipeeg (or Winnipeg) is known to mean dirty water. But how did it get that name? Weenipeeg is a journey story at its heart and this beautifully illustrated book will have you on the edge of your seat, while it shares important traditional knowledge.
When We Had Sled Dogs: A Story from the Trapline / ācimowin ohci wanihikīskanāhk by Ida Tremblay, a Cree Elder from La Ronge, Saskatchewan and illustrated by Miriam Körner, takes readers young and old on a journey into the past when dog teams were part of the traditional way of life in Northern Saskatchewan. Inspired by Elder Ida Tremblay’s childhood memories, and told in English with Woodland Cree words and phrases, the story follows the seasonal cycle of trapline life.
Inuit Tools of the Western Arctic is written by Barbara Olson, an educator raised in Kugluktuk; and illustrated by Megan Kyak, an Inuk illustrator and painter from Pond inlet, Nunavut. Learn about Inuit tools and their different uses in this picture book of Inuit tools of the Western Arctic. Tools are used for different purposes, for example softening skins to pounding seal fat. Learn more in this beginner reading book for ages 5 to 7.