The Wolf ’s Trail, an Ojibwe Story, Told by Wolves by Thomas D. Peacock, a member of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Anishinaabe Ojibwe, tells the story of Zhi-Shay, an elder wolf, and a litter of young wolves living somewhere on the side of a hill overlooking the river that flows through Nagahchiwangong in Northern Minnesota. Zhi-Shay, who knows the whole story of the parallel relationship between wolves and the Ojibwe going all the way back to the beginning, sharing it with his nieces and nephews, and us.
Takoza: Walks With the Blue Moon Girl by Tara Perron, Dakota/Ojibwe and illustrated by Alicia Schwab, is an endearing, lyrical illustrated children’s story about a young Dakota girl, walks with the blue moon girl, and her Zunzi (grandmother). The grandmother teaches her, Takoza (granddaughter), through story while making star quilts, and planting and caring for a garden.
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.
Powwow Summer by Nahanni Shingoose, Saulteaux, is a coming-of-age story about a teen girl who experiences her Indigenous heritage in a meaningful way. Part Ojibwe and part white, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity.
Bears is a play by Matthew MacKenzie where he is exploring his family’s Cree, Ojibwe and Métis heritage. In Bears a Métis oil sands worker Floyd is making his way westwards along the Trans Mountain pipeline route beginning in Alberta and travelling west to the Pacific watched by the spirit of his mother and others. Little Cub Floyd who has a love for fresh berries, an aversion to authority and a fascination with bears, is outrunning the RCMP after a workplace accident where he is the prime suspect.
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.
It’s a Mitig! is Bridget George’s first book. She is an Anishinaabe author-illustrator and graphic designer raised on the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Ontario. It’s a Mitig! guides young readers through the forest while introducing them to Ojibwe words for nature. From sunup to sundown, encounter an amik playing with sticks and swimming in the river, a prickly gaag hiding in the bushes and a big, bark-covered mitig.
The Trail of Nenaboozhoo and Other Creation Stories is written and illustrated by Isaac Murdoch or Manzinapkinegego'anaabe / Bombgiizhik who is from the fish clan of Serpent River First Nation and a well respected storyteller and traditional knowledge holder; and Christi Belcourt, a Michif (Métis) visual artist with a deep respect for Mother Earth, the traditions and the knowledge of her people. In The Trail of Nenaboozhoo, Nenaboozhoo, the creator spirit-being of Ojibway legend, gave the people many gifts.
Noopiming: The Cure for White Ladies by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson who is a Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg writer, scholar, and musician, and a member of Alderville First Nation, is a novel that combines narrative and poetic fragments through a careful and fierce reclamation of Anishinaabe aesthetics. In Noopiming, Mashkawaji (they/them) lies frozen in the ice, remembering a long-ago time of hopeless connection and now finding freedom and solace in isolated suspension.