New Native Kitchen

English 5+ Cooking Indigenous Food Ways DinĂ© Chefs Freddie Bitsoie & James O. Fraioli summary When I got the list of books that would be forthcoming because of the amazing opportunity to be a member of the #AbramsDinnerParty this year, New Native Kitchen was the one I was anticipating the most (Filipinx is a close…

Little Bird’s Day

English 3+ years Australian Aboriginal Creators Indigenous Folklore Natural World Australian Outback Sally Morgan & Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr summary I am SO excited that this story, brought to life by Aboriginal creators, is now available in North America! Little Bird’s Day follows, you guessed it, Little Bird. They fly across the land and wake up…

Sometimes We’re Scared: Little Moar and the Moon & The Bee

English & Inuktitut 4+ Social Emotional Learning Indigenous Voices Fear Inuktitut Roselynn Akulukjuk & Jazmine Gubbe; Becky Han & Tindur Peturs summary I wanted to pair these two stories together today because they both deal with overcoming fear, and the scariness lives outdoors! Each story also sprinkles in Inuktitut words and phrases, and is published…

Book Savvy

Here’s what we we look for in kid lit Here are some of the areas that guide our picture book selections and reviews. We look for books that share age-appropriate depictions of the authentic lived experiences of historical and contemporary figures of color, same-sex parents, disabled and neurodiverse people. Neurodiversity Neurodiversity reflects the differences in…

Two Haida-Centered Stories

English & Haida 4+ Haida Culture & Family Indigenous Voices First Nations Intergenerational Stories Memories Sara Florence Davidson, Robert Davidson, Janine Gibbons summary Today I have a pair of books for you by the same trio of creators, and they’re based on author artist Robert Davidson’s memories of learning Haida culture and traditions. Robert’s daughter…

Shaped by her Hands: Potter Maria Martinez

English & Tewa 4-8 years Artist Indigenous Voices San Ildefonso Pueblo Pottery Ceramicist Historical Figure Anna Harber Freeman, Barbara Gonzales & Aphelandra summary Shaped by Her Hands is a lovely biography aimed at typical picture book audiences about famous Native American potter Maria Martinez. She grew up in the San Ildefonso Pueblo at the turn…

Day of Truth and Reconciliation: Two Stories

Mi’gmaw, Cree, & English Mixed ages Residential Schools Colonization Indigenous Voices Cree Mi’gmaw Truth & Reconciliation summary Today is September 30th, and you’ve probably seen several of these posts already today. If you haven’t, and this is the first one you’ve seen please go find some Indigenous folks to learn from and follow. Although I…

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This Is How I Know

Anishinaabemowin & English 4+ Indigenous Voices Anishinaabe Culture Family Nature Seasons Intergenerational Stories Bilingual Books Brittany Luby & Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley summary Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh This is How I Know is a beautiful bilingual book with colorful illustrations and a plethora of Anishinaabe knowledge about the seasons and nature. The story follows a child and…

The First Blade of Sweetgrass

English& Passamaquoddy-Maliseet 4+ Indigenous Voices Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Sioux Intergenerational Stories Recipes Foraging Ancestral Knowledge Grandparents Suzanne Greenlaw, Gabriel Frey, & Nancy Baker summary Musqon is setting out with her grandmother to pick sweetgrass for baskets, and she’s really excited! Their family and ancestors have used these resources or generations, and Musqon must channel them when she…

Buen Provecho & Jaguars and Butterflies

English (Spanish version of J&B also available, as well as Indigenous Mexican languages!) Any Mexican Culture Mexican American Cooking Latinx Families summary You folks may remember the event I did with Ericka Sanchez this past summer, (click here to watch the recording!) and she has another new cookbook out already! Buen Provecho is packed full…