Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata is a picture book by Jeela Palluq-Cloutier, who has worked on the standardization of Inuktut orthography in Nunavut, as well as at the national level with the Atausiq Inuktut Titirausiq task group with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. This book is illustrated by Michelle Simpson. In Palluq and Inuluk Go Hunting with Their Ataata, Palluq is going seal hunting with his older brother, Inuluk, and his ataata! They pack up their qamutiik and travel for hours to reach the floe edge. Will Palluq catch a seal to bring home to his anaana?
The Big Blizzard is a bilingual Inuktitut and English picture book by author Julia Ogina, Inuit, of Cambridge Bay and Emily Jackson with illustrations by Amanda Sunderland. In The Big Blizzard, Niaqualuk and Haugaaq live in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut and there is a big blizzard coming! Haugaaq wishes she could play outside more, but Niaqualuk is excited about playing inside. See what fun things the sisters do all day as the blizzard howls outside. This picture book is for children from ages 3 to 5.
Nijiikendam / My Heart Fills With Happiness, is a dual language picture book in English and Anishinaabemowin. It is written by award-winning author Monique Gray-Smith, of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish origin; illustrated by Julie Flett (Métis); and translated by Angela Mesic, Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), and Margaret Noodin of Anishinaabe descent. This early childhood title brings joy and happiness to all families who read and celebrate this book for toddlers and young children.
J'ai le cœur rempli de bonheur, is the French version of My Heart Fills With Happiness. J'ai le cœur rempli de bonheur / My Heart Fills with Happiness, is written by award-winning author Monique Gray-Smith, of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish origin. The book was translated by Rachel Martinez. This early childhood title brings joy and happiness to all families who read and celebrate this book for toddlers and young children.
Asboodashkoonishiinh Egaagiitaawbiza / The Dragonfly Who Flies in Circles with artwork and story by Brita Vija Brookes, has been translated by Isadore Toulouse from Wikwemikong Unceded Reserve, and Shirley Ida Williams, Migizi ow-kwe,That Eagle Woman, who is a member of the Bird Clan of the Ojibway and Odawa First Nations of Canada. This picture book follows the story of dragonfly who is born in the pond. Does the dragonfly return home again? Dragonflies rise from the world of water to fly in the air.
Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm is a story by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Albert Owl (Sagamok Anishinaabek). The artwork is by Rachel Mae Dennis (Haudenosaunee/Latino). Wiigwaas Minawaa Nichiiwak / Birchbark and Storm follows the adventure of two kittens, Birchbark and Storm, as they venture out into the garden. Follow them as they wake up and leave mother to explore the garden. A story about exploring the world all the while within mom’s gaze.
Ayana Ogiigoonnke / Ayana Goes Fishing, is a story by Brita Vija Brookes and translated by Albert Owl (Sagamok Anishinaabek) with artwork by Rachel Mae Dennis (Haudenosaunee/Latino). In Ayana Goes Fishing follow Ayana as she asks her father to teach her how to fish. Ayana collects the equipment, digs up worms, learns how to cast and catches her first fish. An Ojibwe and English full color storybook that is great for teaching beginner Ojibwe language.
Grasshopper Girl is written by Teresa Peterson, Dakota from the Upper Sioux Community and illustrated by Jordan Rodgers, Lakota. In Grasshopper Girl, young Psipsi is sick in bed. What will make her feel better? An Unktomi trickster story from her father lulls her to sleep. "Unktomi stories have been shared in Dakota families and communities for a very long time. This tradition continued into the childhood of my mother's generation. Depending upon location and community, variations of this Unktomi story have been told.
On Becoming Apache by Harry Mithlo and Conger Beasley is the story of Watson Mithlo, Chiricahua Apache, his family, and his life. Watson’s story embodies the life of the Chiricahua Apache people, who in 1886 were forced into exile to Fort Marion, Florida, by the US government and considered prisoners of war until 1914. This story tells Watson’s lived history as the Chiricahua were relocated from Arizona to Florida to Alabama and finally to Fort Sill, Oklahoma. But this is also a story of Harry Mithlo, Watson’s son, and Conger Beasley, Harry’s friend. It is a story of telling a story.
Swift Fox All Along by Rebecca Thomas, Mi’kmaw and registered with Lennox Island First Nation, and Illustrated by Maya McKibbin, Ojibwe, Yoeme and Irish, asks what it means to be Mi’kmaq. In Swift Fox All Along, Swift Fox looks for the answer and wonders if she will ever feel like part of her family. When Swift Fox’s father picks her up to go visit her aunties, uncles, and cousins, her belly is already full of butterflies. And when he tells her that today is the day that she’ll learn how to be Mi’kmaq, the butterflies grow even bigger.