Seven Sacred Teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman, Niizhwaaswi aanike'iniwendiwin waabishiki mashkode bizhikiins ikwe, is the 2009 book from Metis author David Bouchard. This publication is co-written with Joseph Martin; Cree translator Mary Cardinal; and co-published with The South Slave Divisional Education Council. This book is illustrated by Kristy Cameron.. The book combines the Seven Grandfather Teachings and the White Buffalo Calf Woman teachings into a coherent mix. The book begins with a foreword briefly explaining the teachings of White Buffalo Calf Woman told in first person.
The Secret of Your Name: Proud to be Metis, Kiimooch ka shinikashooyen, Aen Kishchitaymook Aen Li Michif Iwik, is the 2010 picture book by renowned Métis author David Bouchard. The book draws in readers with the warmth and detailed colour art illustrations by Dennis J. Weber as well as the poetic verses written in English and Michif. The story of the author's identity is told in the spare text and the engaging images. He begins with acknowledging the early contact period of the French and First Nations.
Laughter is Good Medicine: Don Burnstick is a 38-page biography written by journalist Waubgeshig Rice for the Ningwakwe Learning Press. This company specializes in adult literacy resources for Aboriginal learners. This biography is a well-written account of the life of Cree comedian Don Burnstick and how he overcame his addictions and now works in the recovery movement focused on Aboriginal youth. The book is organized into four chapters that explain the comedian's creed, laughter is good medicine.
Just Reach Out: Back to High School Transition Guide for Aboriginal Students is a Life Skills Guide designed for high school students of Aboriginal descent. The publisher, Ningwakwe Learning Press, is focused on literacy and provides this student guide that is based on the Seven Grandfather Teachings. The book is organized into seven chapters that focus on Getting Prepared and Respect; The Centre and Honesty; the Traditional Teachings of Love, Humility, Generosity, Courage, and Wisdom.
Mama Says: A Book of Love for Mothers and Sons is a 32-page multicultural picture book designed to celebrate the love between mothers and sons. Simple rhyming poems capture a tender moment of guidance and joy between parent and child from twelve cultural traditions. The subtle messages of teaching are written in English, Cherokee, Hindi, Danish, Russian, Amharic, Japanese, Inuktitut, Hebrew, Korean, Arabic, and Quechua. Each linguistic and cultural tradition shows mother and son in traditional clothing and settings.
A Journey Through the Circle of Life is a 32-page children's picture book written by Métis author Desiree Gillespie and illustrated by Kimberly McKay-Fleming. The book tells the story of a Métis child and her grandfather, Pepere. Grandfather lives on a farm and every chance his granddaughter has she visits the farm. Cheyenne and her Pepere are close and each year they plant a tree. Grandfather explains the circle of life as everything living must die and return to Mother Earth. This natural rhythm of life is explained to Cheyenne in terms she can comprehend.
Night Wings is the latest novel for children written by well-known Abenaki storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac. This novel takes readers on an adventure with an Abenaki 13-year-old teen in the care of his grandfather who works as a wilderness guide in New Hampshire. Paul Fortune's parents are both deployed to Iraq and for the next year he is living with his grandfather. Their lives are seriously uprooted when the pair is basically kidnapped by a TV crew bent on finding the famed treasure of Pmola, an Abenaki bird-like creature of legend living high on Mount Washington.
The Porcupine Year is the third children's novel in Ojibwe writer Louise Erdrich's series about the life of a 19th-century Ojibwe family set on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. This story is set in 1852 and the lead character, Omakayas, is twelve-years-old as her family is forced to move from their beloved land because of the demands by the chimookomanag, the white people, who are moving closer to the people every year. The family decides to travel north to meet up with a sister's family.
Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda one of the latest titles in Fifth House Publishing's The Land Is Our Storybook series. This book co-authored by Therese Zoe, Philip Zoe, and Mindy Willett offers elementary students a First Nation's perspective about the lifestyle and cultural heritage of the contemporary Tlicho (Dogrib) community in the Northwest Territories. This picture book contains first-hand information about the community of Gameti through the stories and words of Therese Zoe, her brother-in-law Philip Zoe, and Philip's sister, Elizabeth Chocolate.
Un Nom pour un Metis is the French edition for A Name For A Metis. This is the first children's picture book by Metis librarian, Deborah Delaronde of Duck Bay, Manitoba. She tells the humourous story about a young boy who wants a nickname. He asks his parents and grandparents for ideas for a traditional Ojibway name. They suggest all sorts of names that could fit his personality and behavior. His mother suggests Gitchi Mangijaan or Great Big Nose because the boy is nosey about everything around him. The boy also comes up with ideas for a name such as Wajeppi, which means He is quick.