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?
Keeshig and the Ojibwe Pterodactyls is Keeshig's story transcribed by his mother, Dr. Celeste Pedri-Spade (Anang Onimiwin), Anishinabekwe from Lac Des Mille Lacs First Nation. Keeshig Spade (Keeshigbahnahnkut) is a six year-old Anishinabe from Lac des Mille Lacs First Nation. On a hot summer day, a young Anishinabe boy visits the shores of Gitchee Gumee with his mother. Nanaboozhoo, their teacher, is before them, presenting himself as a mass of land that stretches across the horizon.
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.
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, is published by North Dakota State University Press. This story is set in Minnesota and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. Apple Starkington’s mother, a member of Turtle Mountain Chippewa, died after giving birth to her. Growing up with her father and stepmother, and living in upper middle-class suburbia, Apple feels like she doesn’t fit in. She has experienced racism at school when she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Native American descent.
Cradle Me celebrates Native American families and shows how they carry their babies. This 14-page board book features facial close-up photographs of 11 infants wrapped in various cradle styles. Star Bright Books published this board book with the advice of the National Indian Child Care Association. As the back cover indicates Native American families carried infants safely, comfortably, and close to mothers in cradle boards. Each cradle board is personalized and decorated according to tribal designs and materials.
I Will See You Again is by Lisa Boivin, a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation. When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength. The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.
Thanku is a poetry anthology, edited by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Malena Myles, Spirit Lake Dakota/Mohegan/Muscokee Creek. Thanku explores a wide range of ways to be grateful with poems by a diverse group of contributors, including Joseph Bruchac, Margarita Engle, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Naomi Shihab Nye, Charles Waters, and Jane Yolen. There are colour illustrations, an illustrator and author's note, author biography and original artwork.
The Beadworkers - Stories - by Beth Piatote, Nez Perce enrolled with Colville Confederated Tribes, is a book of poetry, verse, and prose. The four parts of The Beadworkers is an exploration of Native American life through land and life, Indian Wars, I tell my story/I conjure my powers/I make a wish and, human beings. Each story is a gift. Feast I, Feast II and Feast III introduce The Beadworkers moving to Indian Wars in The News of the Day and Fish Wars and include stories about treaties and rights. These actions and reactions of these stories resonate long after the events.
Dans Le cadeau parfait : une histoire sur l'amour, Migizi adore sa gookom. Saura-t-il trouver le cadeau parfait pour lui montrer à quel point il l’aime? Les Sept enseignements sacrés des Anishinaabeg (l’amour, la sagesse, l’humilité, le courage, le respect, l’honnêteté et la vérité) sont au coeur de ces sept histoires pour enfants. Se déroulant en milieu urbain et mettant en scène des enfants autochtones auxquels tous les jeunes lecteurs pourront s’identifier, ces histoires abordent les thèmes du foyer et de la famille.
Tout Petit Toi (Little You in English) is a charming and heart-warming book that welcomes a new baby into a family. Written by renowned author and storyteller Richard Van Camp, illustrated with creative flair by Julie Flett and translated Rachel Martinez, this book is a welcome addition to Indigenous family resources. 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. Simple rhyming text accompanies each image.