Johnny's Pheasant is written by Cheryl Minnema (Waabaanakwadookwe), a member of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis. Johnny's Pheasant starts with their car stopping: "Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!” Johnny says. Grandma does and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. It’s hard to say who is most surprised by what happens next—Grandma, Johnny, or the pheasant.
Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist, has written and illustrated Birdsong. In this story a young girl, Katherena, moves to the city with her mother and feels lonely and no longer wants to draw, something that she usually enjoys. But soon she meets the neighbour, Agnes, who shares her love of arts and crafts with Katherena. The two become friends but as the seasons change Agnes becomes frail. Julie Flett’s textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story of friendship.
Palluq and Qiliqti Help Their Annanatsiaq is written by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier and illustrated by Michelle Simpson. In this story, Palluq and his cousin Qiliqti love helping their anaanatsiaq! They are excited to visit her on their way to school. What chores can they do to help their anaanatsiaq? Jeela is the Executive Director of Inuit Uqausinginnik Taiguusiliuqtiit, the Inuit Language Authority of Nunavut.
My Bravo is written by Jordan Kyak and illustrated by Steve James. This is the story of Jordan who loves driving his Bravo! It might be small, but it is tough. Jordan uses his Bravo for hunting, helping his family, and more. Find out what makes Jordan’s Bravo so special. This is a leveled reading book with PM Benchmark 21 or F&P guided reading L. Jordan Kyak was born and raised in Pond Inlet, Nunavut. He attended Nunavut Arctic College.
Harry Okpik Determined Musher by Harry Okpik and Maren Vsetula is the story of Inuit hero Harry Okpik and the history of dogsledding. This book is illustrated by Ali Hinch. Harry Okpik Determined Musher introduces the biography genre to children through the life of Harry Okpik who was born in the community of Quaqtaq in 1954. Harry Okpik owns a dog team and has participated in numerous Ivakkak dog sled races. He is widely recognized as one of the most dedicated and successful dog team owners in Nunavik.
Making A Whole Person: Traditional Inuit Education, is written by Monica Ittusardjuat, Inuit educator and linguist and illustrated by Yong Ling Kang. In Making A Whole Person, Monica Ittusardjuat says: "Before schools were introduced to the Inuit, we were taught by our relatives.” In this picture book, she shares how she learned knowledge and skills in a time before being taken to residential school.
We Are Water Protectors is lyrically written by Carole Lindstrom, Anishinaabe/Metis and proud member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Ojibwe Indians, and beautifully illustrated by Michaela Goade, of Tlingit descent who is tribally enrolled with the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. We Are Water Protectors, is inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America and this book issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption. Water is the first medicine. It affects and connects us all.
Thanku is a poetry collection edited by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Malena Myles, Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/Muscokee Creek. Thanku explores a wide range of ways to be grateful with poems by a diverse group of contributors, including Joseph Bruchac, Margarita Engle, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Waters, and Jane Yolen. There are colour illustrations, an illustrator and author's note, author biography and original artwork.
Like a Walk on the Tundra, A Walk on the Shoreline, now in paperback, introduces young readers to unique plants and animals found in the Arctic, as well as the traditional Inuit uses for the various species. Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the Arctic shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family.
Like a Walk on the Tundra, A Walk on the Shoreline / Sigjakkut Pisuktuni in Inuktitut introduces young readers to unique plants and animals found in the Arctic, as well as the traditional Inuit uses for the various species. Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the Arctic shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family.