The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series from Highwater Press. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.
The Scout: Tommy Prince is one of the titles from Tales from Big Spirit series. This unique graphic novel series is a highly recommended six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of great Indigenous heroes from Aboriginal peoples and Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics.
Siha Tooskin Knows the Strength of His Hair is part of the Siha Tooskin Knows early chapter book series by Charlene Bearhead, Wilson Bearhead, a Nakota Elder and Wabamun Lake First Nation community member in central Alberta (Treaty 6 territory) and the recent recipient of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation Indigenous Elder Award; and illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch, of Alexis Nakoda Sioux Nation of Northern Alberta. Where can you find strength when someone disrespects you? And what does having strength really mean?
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.
What Can Ataata Fix? by Nadia Sammurtok, an Inuit writer and educator, and illustrated by Emma Pedersen is the story of Kyle who lives in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. He is excited about the miniature boat race on Williamson Lake! As Kyle gets ready to go to the race, the chain falls off his bike. Kyle hopes his Ataata can fix it when he comes home. He knows his Ataata can fix a lot of things, but will he be able to fix Kyle's bike? This book is bilingual in Inuktitut and English.
The Great Fishing Derby is written by Alex Ittimangnaq whose hometown is the Nattilik hamlet of Kugaaruk, Nunavut, and illustrated by Eric Kim and Amanda Sandland. In The Great Fishing Derby, Kanayuq who lives in Kugaaruk, Nunavut is excited for the fishing derby! Kanayuq hopes he can catch a big enough fish to win the grand prize—a new bicycle! Before he can compete in the derby, he must help his family. Will Kanayuq be able to finish all his work and win the competition? This book is bilingual and is written in Inuktitut and English.
Making A Whole Human Being: Traditional Inuit Education, is written by Monica Ittusardjuat, Inuit educator and linguist and illustrated by Yong Ling Kang. In Making A Whole Human Being, 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.
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.
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.