The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World’s Largest Land Biome

Written by: L.E. Carmichael Illustrated by: Josée Bisaillon For ages: 8-12 years  Language: English Topics Covered: STEM, Biology, Pint-Sized Professor, Nature, Non-Fiction, Animals, Boreal Forest, Indigenous Voices.  Summary:  This is a really fascinating book that spans a whole year in the world’s largest biome.  I really liked how it’s designed for older elementary readers, because everyone loves beautifully illustrated books…

In My Anaana’s Amautik

Written by: Nadia Sammurtok Illustrated by: Lenny Lishchenko  For ages: 3 years and up  Language: English & Inuktitut  Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Family, Love, Comfort, Emotional Support, Social-Emotional Learning, Own Voices.  Summary:  In My Anaana’s Amautik is an incredibly sweet story that celebrates the calm and cozy emotional support that a child feels while in their mother’s amautik.  An amautik…

The Eagle Mother [released 4/21]

Written by: Hetxw’ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson) Illustrated by: Natasha Donovan For ages: 7/8 years and up Language: English & Gitxsan Topics Covered: First Nations, Natural World, Global Community, Animals, Traditions, Gitxsan Culture. Summary:  Folx, it’s here!  You might remember how much we loved The Grizzly Mother this past winter, and were excited for the next volume to come out.  And…

Northwest Resistance [A Girl Called Echo Vol 3]

Written by: Katherena Vermette Illustrated by: Scott B. Henderson, color by Donovan Yaciuk  For ages: 12 years and up Language: English, minor French.  Topics Covered: History, First Nations, Military Action, Growing Up, Family, Fantasy, Time Travel, Métis History. Summary:  This is the third installment about the time-traveling adventures of Echo Desjardins, a Métis teenager learning about her own history. Echo…

Tanna’s Owl

Written by: Rachel & Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley Illustrated by: Yong Ling Kang For ages: 4 years and up Language: English, some Inuktitut (pronunciation guide in back as well) Topics Covered: First Nations, Residential Schools, Own Voices, Responsibility, Pets, Growing Up, Indigenous Voices.  Summary:  This is a lovely book based on author Rachel’s own life experience raising an owl.  Tanna, or main…

Canadian Women: Now + Then

Written by: Elizabeth MacLeod Illustrated by: Maïa Faddoul For ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Biography, Canadian Women, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Women in STEM, Women in Sports, Feminism, Journalism.  Summary:  Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a fantastic day to honor those past and present who have changed the world, and Canadian Women: Now + Then is…

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock

Written by: Dallas Hunt Illustrated by: Amanda Strong For ages: 3-8 years Language: English & Cree Topics Covered: First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Family, Problem-Solving, Accountability, Love, Animals, Nature, Natural World, Bilingual Stories, Social-Emotional Learning, Own Voices.  Summary: More skills we wish to take into the new year are found in this book, and they are: accountability and problem-solving!  We really enjoyed…

Way Back Then

Written by: Neil Christopher Illustrated by: Germaine Arnaktauyok For ages: 3 years and up Language: Inuktitut & English, pronunciation guide included.  Topics Covered: First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Folklore, Culture & Traditions,  Summary: Kudlu’s children cannot sleep.  They beg him for stories about olden times, when there was magic and the mountains were made of giants.  Kudlu tells his children of a fox…

Anguti’s Amulet

Written by: The Central Coast of Labrador Archaeology Partnership Translated by: Sophie Tuglavina Illustrated by: Cynthia Colosimo For ages: 8 years and up Language: Inuktitut & English Topics Covered: First Nations People, Indigenous Voices, Culture & Traditions, Family, Community, Love, Historical Events, Historical Fiction. Summary: This is a two-part book.  The first tells of a young Inuit boy named Anguti and his…

Arctic Animals

Written & Illustrated by: Inhabit Media Inc., which is part of the Qikiqtani Inuit Association. For Ages: Board book, infant and up. Language: Inuksiutiit & English, also contains Inuksiutiit pronunciation in Roman alphabet. Topics Covered: First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Literacy, Bilingualism, Numeracy, Culture & Traditions, Own Voices. Summary: Like the counting book we reviewed before, this is a simple board…