Sometimes I Feel Scared is a reader from the Nunavummi Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Emotional Literacy Series. These books feature thoughtful, engaging stories that teach preschool-aged children to identify and regulate their emotions in healthy ways. The writers at Inhabit Education have created charming cartoon-like characters based on animals from the Arctic region. Tuka is a large caribou-like character and his friend is a much smaller character similar to a lemming. Their story follows the pair as they prepare to travel out on the land with their teacher and classmates.
Sweetest Kulu, a charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants. Author Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut.
Jon's Tricky Journey: A Story for Inuit Children with Cancer and Their Families is an important dual language book written for Inuit children and their families as they face childhood cancer diagnosis. Written in Inuktitut and English, the first section of the book tells the story of an Inuit boy Jon’s experience of cancer, starting from first diagnosis. The latter half of the book features information for both parents and caregivers alike.
Families is a 32-page picture published by Inhabit Media about a grade two student who attends school in his home community of Iqaluit. The simple book explains a variety of families living in the town from single parent home, a home with a mother, father and child, a girl with two mothers, a boy with two fathers, a girl living with her grandmother, and a boy with two families—a father in Iqaluit and a mother in Ottawa. The student begins to realize that no matter your own kind of family if there is caring and love that is what counts.
Siuluk: The Last Tuniq is a picture book published by Inhabit Media and written by Nadia Sammurtuk with illustrations by Rob Nix. This primary level picture book is based on traditional oral histories of a specific location in the Arctic about the last person, Siuluk, who is considered the last known Tuniq or ancient giant of the early Inuit. These early Inuit were considered giants and they were said to be friendly. This last giant was challenged to a test of his strength so he lifted a huge rock.
The Muskox and the Caribou is a 32-page picture book about a young muskox that becomes separated from his herd and his mother. But he is found by a young caribou and his mother becoming part of the caribou herd. Mother caribou felt concern for this young animal and she brought him into her herd taking care of him and encouraging her caribou son to play with the muskox. Days passed and muskox grew larger and his differences among the young caribou grew more visible. One day when mother caribou was searching for the muskox herd she came across a few muskox in the distance.
Annie Muktuk and Other Stories includes 16 short stories that deal with the lives of Inuit characters with themes of everyday life, racism, colonialism, illness, rape and abuse at residential school, trauma, love and grief. Characters express their loves, loss, humour, addictions, anger and fears in these simply told stories. Raw dialogue and brutal sexuality, tender scenes of a loving couple are explored in the first person.
Otter's Journey Through Indigenous Language and Law takes the Anishinaabe traditional protocols regarding storytelling to explore how Ojibwe language revitalization can inform the growing field of Indigenous legal revitalization. Utilizing the process of storytelling the book follows the journey of Otter, an Ojibwe dodem on a journey across Anishinaabe, Inuit, Maori, Coast Salish, and Abenaki territories, through a narrative of Indigenous resurgence.
Only in My Hometown: Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani is written and illustrated by sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen about growing up in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Written in Inuktitut (using both syllabics and transliterated roman orthography) and English the 24-page book tells readers about the girls and their family in simple poetry format along with colour drawings of key activities the girls enjoyed while growing up.
Annie Pootoogook: Cutting Ice is the art catalogue written by Nancy Campbell for the late Inuk artist Annie Pootoogook's 62 full colour drawings exhibited at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. In the accompanying critical essay Campbell interviewed the artist's family members as well as community members from Cape Dorset now called Kinngait. The artist looked at contemporary Inuit life especially indoor images depicting the lives of Inuit women. Images cover family violence, alcohol abuse as well as everday activities.