Johnny's Pheasant is written by Cheryl Minnema (Waabaanakwadookwe), a member of Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and illustrated by Julie Flett, Cree-Métis. Johnny's Pheasant starts with their car stopping: "Pull over, Grandma! Hurry!” Johnny says. Grandma does and Johnny runs to show her what he spotted near the ditch: a sleeping pheasant. It’s hard to say who is most surprised by what happens next—Grandma, Johnny, or the pheasant.
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.
The Fox Wife by Beatrice Deer, Inuk singer from Quaqtaq, Quebec and illustrated by D.J. Herron, is an interpretation of a traditional story. In The Fox Wife, a very pretty fox falls from the sky and begins to follow humans – a woman, her husband and two sons – through the seasons. Irniq the oldest son leaves his family and is followed by the fox. Thinking he is dreaming when he returns to his camp to find things different to when he left, he decides to lay a plan to find out who is looking after him. The mystery is resolved shortly after this.
Nokum is My Teacher is a picture book that effectively explains about teachings from grandmother, Nokum, told in English and Cree. Allen Sapp's remarkable oil paintings illustrate this sensitive book about the importance of Elders. Grandson asks his grandmother about the importance of attending school and learning how to read. Grandmother provides gentle teachings about respect for the culture of the Cree and advises the boy about understanding the world around him as well as his community. Bouchard uses lyrical dialogue between Nokum and grandson that is thoughtful and loving.
You Hold Me Up/ Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page dual language picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
You Hold Me Up by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a 32-page picture book about friendship and kindness ideal for preschool and primary level students as educators introduce topics such as reconciliation. In everyday interactions young children can show kindness and caring in their relationships.
A Bug in a Rug is the second picture book written and illustrated by Metis storyteller and illustrator Elaine Chaput Lariviere for Pemmican Publications. This 32-page children's with a quiet message about bullying and thinking about how we treat animals and insects. This bug in a rug is a spider discovered by a young child. Questions ask young readers what they would do if they encountered a spider. The young boy and his two cats could step on the spider or let it live and continue its life. Presents alternatives to bullying such as caring, empathy and kindness.
In the picture book What's My Superpower?, Nalvana feels like all of her friends have some type of superpower. She has friends with super speed (who always beat her in races), friends with super strength (who can dangle from the monkey bars for hours), and friends who are better than her at a million other things. Nalvana thinks she must be the only kid in town without a superpower. But then her mom shows Nalvana that she is unique and special - and that her superpower was right in front of her all along. Aviaq Johnston is a young Inuk author from Igloolik, Nunavut.
Mary au Parka Rouge is the is the French language edition of Red Parka Mary. Translated by Mona Buors from children's author Saskatchewan writer and storyteller Peter Eyvindson a seven-year-old First Nation boy narrates his experiences with an elderly neighbour. Someone had told the boy to be afraid of this Elder. But one day while passing her home, the woman named Mary calls to the boy and gives him a pail filled with chokecherries for his mother. Slowly the boy comes to understand Mary, visits her often, and begins to learn traditional activities during their visits.
The Caterpillar Woman written by Nadia Sammurtok based on a traditional Inuit story, this picture book explores inner beauty, kindness, and transformation making it a perfect addition to any young reader’s bookshelf. Piujuq is a kind young woman who loves to take long walks on the tundra and dance by her favourite lake surrounded by butterflies. But one day, she encounters a stranger on her walk. When this person asks a favour of Piujuq, she happily obliges, and that kindness leaves Piujuq stuck in the body of a caterpillar.