A Day with Yayah

Written by:¬†Nicola I. Campbell Illustrated by:¬†Julie Flett For ages:¬†4-8 years Language:¬†English & Nte?kepmx√≠n (Interior Salishan people) Topics Covered:¬†Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Family, Culture &¬†Traditions, Nature. Summary:¬†This book follows Nikki and her Yayah (grandmother) along with a few other kids as they gather food in the forest. ¬†Very vocabulary-heavy, this book also focuses on pronouncing ¬†Nte?kepmx√≠n…

Rad Women Worldwide

Written by: Kate Schatz Illustrated by: Miriam Klein Stahl For Ages: 8-16 years Language: English Topics Covered: Global Community, Activism, Trailblazers, Women in STEM, Artists. Summary: This book is much like it’s counterpart but on a global and more in-depth scale. ¬†Women from every continent are featured, spanning thousands of years throughout history. ¬†Ancient Mesopotamia…

Sweetest Kulu

Written by: Celina Kalluk Illustrated by: Alexandria Neonakis For Ages: Infant and up Language: Bilingual: Inuktitut and English; English. Topics Covered: Love, Family, First Nations People, Indigenous Voices, Inuit Culture. Summary: “Kulu” is an Inuktitut term of endearment, akin to “Mija” in Spanish. ¬†This book’s narrator is a mother speaking to their own Kulu. ¬†The…

I Am Not A Number

Written by: Jenny Kay Depuis and Kathy Kacer Illustrated by: Gillian Newland For Ages: 7-11 years Language: English, some Ojibway. Topics Covered: Indigenous People, First Nations, Historical Figures, Residential Schools, Culture, Community. Summary: This book is an emotional look into the story of Irene Couchie Dupuis and her forced residential schooling during her childhood. ¬†Irene’s…

Hiawatha and the Peacemaker

Written by: Robbie Robertson Illustrated by: David Shannon For Ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Historical Figures, First Nations People, Culture. Summary: This hefty book catalogues the story of Hiawatha and the Peacemaker as they attempt to unite the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) tribes many years ago in the 14th century. ¬†Hiawatha is a…

We Sang You Home

Written by: Richard Van Camp Illustrated by: Julie Flett For Ages: Infant and Up Language: Bilingual-English and Plains Cree Topics Covered: Family, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, New Baby. Summary: This board book is from the perspective of new parents speaking to their child, celebrating their birth and arrival to the family. ¬†The metaphor “we sang…

My Heart Fills With Happiness

Written by: Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Julie Flett For Ages: Infant and Up Language: Bilingual-English and Plains Cree Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Happiness, Family, Community, Culture, ¬†Love. Summary: This adorable board book celebrates happiness and the little things in life. ¬†Baking bread, walking in the grass, drumming on the lap of a…

Little You

Written by: Richard Van Camp Illustrated by: Julie Flett For Ages: Infant and Up Language: Bilingual-English and Plains Cree; English. Topics Covered: New Baby, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Family, Love, Celebration. Summary: This rhyming board book celebrates a new baby’s arrival in a family. ¬†The illustrations show a happy family mostly in nature, exploring the…

You Hold Me Up

Written by: Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Danielle Daniel For Ages: 3-6 years Language: English Topics Covered: Social-Emotional Learning, Family, Kindness, Community. Summary: This book uses the title phrase “you hold me up” to speak about kind acts loved ones do for one another. ¬†This book is great for young children to learn acts of…

When We Were Alone

Written by: David A. Robertson Illustrated by: Julie Flett For Ages: Infant and up Language: English and Cree Topics Covered: Indigenous Voices, Residential Schools, First Nations, Summary: This tender board book explores the history of residential schooling that was inflicted upon Indigenous and First Nations people. ¬†A young girl helps her grandmother in the garden…