Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer

Written By: Suzie Napayok-Short Illustrated by: Tamara Campeau For Ages: 6-12 years Language: English & Inuktitut (glossary, pronunciation guide & tips included) Topics Covered: Nature, First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Family, Own Voices. Summary: This hefty book is a really unique mix of family history and nature knowledge, following a young girl named Akuluk visiting her…

When Pumpkins Fly

Written By: Margaret Lawrence Illustrated by: Amanda Sandland & Margaret Lawrence For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English & some Inuktitut Topics Covered: First Nations, Indigenous Voices, Halloween, Holiday Celebrations, Folklore. Summary: Happy Indigenous People’s Day! We are currently on occupied Massachuset/Nipmuc land. I wanted to share this book today because it not only talks about…

Birdsong

Written & Illustrated by: Julie Flett For Ages: 3 years and up Language: English & some Cree Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Own Voices, Intergenerational Stories, Single-Parent Families, Moving, Nature, Seasonal Changes, Drawing. Summary: Katherena is a young Cree girl who moves with her mother from a little house by the sea into a little house…

Sharuko: El Arquelógo Peruano/Peruvian Archaeologist Julio C. Tello

Written By: Monica Brown Illustrated by: Elisa Chavarri For Ages: 4-8 years Language: Bilingual: Spanish & English Topics Covered: Biography, Indigenous Voices, Peruvian Culture & Identity, Archaeology, Own Voices. Summary: This gorgeous bilingual picture book is all about the life and accomplishments of Julio “Sharuko” Tello, the first Indigenous Peruvian archaeologist! Julio was born in…

Finish the Fight! The Brave and Revolutionary Women Who Fought for the Right to Vote

Written By: Veronica Chambers & the staff of the New York Times Portraits Illustrated by: Monica Ahanonu, Rachelle Baker, Kristen Buchholz, Alex Cabal, Noa Denmon, Ellen Duda, Shyama Golden, Johnalynn Holland, Hillary Kempenich, Nhung Lê, Ella Trujillo, & Steffi Walthall For Ages: 8-13 years Language: English Topics Covered: Suffrage, BIPOC Activism, Historical Figures, Middle Grade,…

Surviving the City (Vol I & II)

Written By: Tasha Spillett-Sumner Illustrated by: Natasha Donovan For Ages: YA Language: English, some & Cree Topics Covered: Friendship, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), Gender Identity, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Cree, Two-Spirit, Family, Foster Care, Growing Up, Mentors. Summary: Surviving the City is a two-part (so far! I want more already!) graphic novel series…

We Are Water Protectors

Written By: Carole Lindstrom Illustrated by: Michaela Goade For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English & Ojibwe Topics Covered: Activism, Indigenous Voices, Oil Pipelines, Own Voices, Ojibwe. Summary: If you’re looking for a book that will give you literal chills at its beauty, this is the one to crack open. We Are Water protectors is an…

Amazing Athletes: 40 Inspiring Icons

Written By: Jean-Michel Billioud Illustrated by: Gonoh For Ages: 7 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Sports, Feminism, History, Activism, Indigenous Voices, Global Community, Paralympics, Olympics. Summary: This is another book in the same series of another book I shared a couple of weeks ago, Black Music Greats. You know I’m a sucker for…

Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People who Made History

Written By: Sarah Prager Illustrated by: Sarah Papworth For Ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures, LGBTQ Community, Own Voices, Activism, BIPOC Narratives, Black Identity & Culture, Global Community. Summary: This book is phenomenal! I can’t explain how much the world needs this book, and especially the queer community. Flipping through…

Kamik Takes the Lead

Written by: Darryl Baker Illustrated by: Ali Hinch For ages: 4-8 years Language: English & Inuktitut Topics Covered: First Nations, Inuit, Outdoors, Dog-Sledding, Growing Up, Own Voices. Summary:  This is the 4th installment of the Kamik books, but still worth checking out if it’s the first one you come across! The series is about Jake, a young boy interested…