The Giant Bear: An Inuit Folktale is the new edition of the 2012 picture book from Inhabit Media told by Jose Angutinngurniq, Inuk author and storyteller. With Manga-like illustrations by Eva Widermann this 32-page picture book tells the exciting story of an Inuk hunter’s efforts to kill the giant polar bear or nanurluk. These bears lived long ago and were often covered by icy fur coats that resisted Inuit hunters’ spears. These were fearsome creatures and this traditional story recounts an Inuk hunter’s adventure. The man and his wife lived on the land in their snow house or iglu.
Like a Walk on the Tundra, A Walk on the Shoreline 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.
Tanna's Owl begins with a greeting from Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley (Inuit-Cree), the author and this is the story of an owl brought home by her father after hunting. Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley (Scottish-Mohawk) is the co-author. In the colourfully illustrated images by Yong Ling Kan, Tanna's Owl, tells the story of Tanna feeding and caring for owl with the help of her brothers and sisters. She gives owl the name Ukpik meaning owl in Inuktitut.
Kamik Takes the Lead is the final installment in the Kamik series by Darryl Baker, dog musher. In Kamik Takes the Lead the colourful illustrations are by Ali Hinch. The other books in this series are: Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story, Kamik's First Sled, and Kamik Joins the Pack. The series shares the history of Nunavut working dogs through traditional dog-rearing practices and dog-training techniques from Arviat community members. In Kamik Takes the Lead, Jake sits on his qamutiik at the starting line of the race that will take them around town with other mushers.
Life Cycles of Caribou by Monica Ittusardjuat and illustrated by Emma Pedersen is a dual language board book for young children. The text shares six important terms in Inuktitut syllabics, Inuktitut Roman orthography, and English for the caribou throughout their life cycles. Each word is accompanied by a colour two page image of the caribou on the land and through the seasons.
In My Anaana’s Amautik by Nadia Sammurtok, who is an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut; and illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko, tells the story of the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child. The experience in this story is that of baby nestled inside feeling the softness of the amautik and hearing the delightful sounds of anaana’s laughing, the warmth of her safety is like the sun, her cozyness like clouds. Over the 20 pages the love of anaana is shared in colourful images.
In Animals Illustrated: Caribou, by Dorothy Aglukark, an Inuk elder from Arviat, Nunavut and David Aglukark, Inuit, and Illustrated by Amanda Sandland, children will learn how caribou raise their babies, where they live, what they eat, and other interesting information, like how fast caribou can run—up to 50 miles per hour! Animals Illustrated mixes fun-filled animal facts suitable for the youngest of readers with intricately detailed illustrations to create a unique and beautiful collection of children's non-fiction books about Arctic animals.
Ukaliq Arctic Hares, Fun for Little Nunavummiut, is a bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book about arctic hares of Nunavut filled with opportunities to read, learn and play. This flip book format provides 16 pages in English and 16 pages in Inuktitut. Ukaliq Arctic Hares is published by Inhabit Media, edited by Monica Ittusardjuat (Inuktitut) and Grace Shaw (English) and translated by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier under the art direction of Danny Christopher, Astrid Arijanto and Sam Tse.
Ukaliq Snow Buntings, Fun for Little Nunavummiut, is a bilingual (English and Inuktitut) activity book about animals of Nunavut filled with opportunities to read, learn and play. This flip book format provides 16 pages in English and 16 pages in Inuktitut. Ukaliq Snow Buntings is published by Inhabit Media, edited by Monica Ittusardjuat (Inuktitut) and Grace Shaw (English) and translated by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier under the art direction of Danny Christopher and Sam Tse.
Arctic Animals Ukiuqtaqtuup Uumajungit includes Inuktitut syllabics and Roman orthography to sound out the words. This is a board book of photographs of Arctic animals and birds such as the ptarmigan, wolf, polar bear, eider duck and many more and is a pleasure to read along with the images. This book will introduce infants and toddlers to the names of Arctic animals.