If I Ever Get Out of Here tells the engaging story of seventh-grader Lewis "Shoe" Blake from the Tuscarora Reservation. Being the lone rez teen and being bused to a small town for his educations presents a challenge that resonates for many outsider students trying to fit in. Lewis has a new friend, George Haddonfield from the local Air Force base, but in 1975 upstate New York there is a lot of tension and hatred between Native Americans and Whites--and Lewis is not sure that he can rely on friendship.
The Gathering is a 32-page well-illustrated picture book about a young child learning about a Mikmaw gathering, also known as mawiomi or a spiritual gathering. At the Gathering Alex is introduced to a variety of traditional powwow events such as learning about the sacred fire and fine arts and crafts. Alex and her older cousin participate in beading, watching how baskets and a canoe is made along with listening to the drummers and enjoying a traditional feast.
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.
Les Savoirs Perdus Panuijkatasikl Kina’masuti’l (The Lost Teachings) by Michael James Isaac is an engaging dual language (French & Mi’kmaq) story, with effective illustrations by Dozay Arlene Christmas, allows the reader to reconnect to and understand the seven Grandfather teachings and their meaning in relation to themselves and society. The Lost Teachings is a story about the importance of the seven teachings — wisdom, respect, love, honesty, humility, courage and truth — and how interconnected they are in achieving balance, harmony and peace.
Treaty Baby is a 20-page children's book about the importance of treaties to First Nations by Spirit & Intent publisher located in Ohsweken, Ontario. This primary level titles was co-created by sisters, Sara and Alyssa M. General. Writing and illustrating books for children, Spirit & Intent expresses a perspective of Mohawk young women. Treaty Baby features simple, one line sentences about a female and male toddler. On the book's cover readers see the pair holding an important wampum belt representing the Evergrowing Tree of Peace.
He Who Dreams by Cree/Scottish author is a new hi/lo title from Orca Publishers. Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what's happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide.
Honour Drum: Sharing the Beauty of Canada's Indigenous People with Children, Families and Classrooms is written by Nadleh Whut'en First Nation author Cheryl Bear and social-justice worker Tim Huff. Written as a simple rhyming poem for elementary students in primary level grades partnered with teacher notes and suggested activities this book offers parents and teachers the opportunity to introduce children to the First Nations, Inuit and Métis living in Canada.
Saila and Betty, Level 8 is a leveled reader with a fun animal story that teaches children the value of being yourself. The simple storyline and supportive illustrations make it a perfect choice for children who are beginning to read longer stories on their own. Set in the Arctic region, this 24-page features two characters who become friends despite their differences. Saila is a seal who wishes he could fly and Betty is a bird whose wisdom helps her friend enjoy his unique abilities. This reader published by Inhabit Education is part of their Nunavummi Reading Series.
Peace Dancer by fourth and final installment of the award-winning and bestselling Northwest Coast Legends series by the award-winning artist Roy Henry Vickers. In this 40-page picture book the children of the Tsimshian village of Kitkatla love to play at being hunters, eager for their turn to join the grown-ups. But when they capture and mistreat a crow, the Chief of the Heavens, angered at their disrespect, brings down a powerful storm. The rain floods the Earth and villagers have no choice but to abandon their homes and flee to their canoes.
Sweetest Kulu board book is a fine addition to early childhood education materials from Inhabit Media's Inhabit Junior series. Sweetest Kulu, a charming bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuk throat singer Celina Kalluk describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu, an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.