Nonfiction picture book: Eight-year-old Olemaun wants to learn to read and convinces her father to take her to a school far from her Arctic home. At school, the nuns call her Margaret and she is forced to do chores, but her persistence and spirit help her to learn. Gr.1-3
Novel: Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he’s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he’ll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he’s led as a northern Ojibway, with all its joys and sorrows. Gr.10 and up.
Essays: Richard Wagamese focuses on stories: how they shape us, how they empower us, how they change our lives. Ancient and contemporary, cultural and spiritual, funny and sad, the tales are grouped according to the four Ojibway storytelling principles: balance, harmony, knowledge and intuition. Gr.12 and up.
Board book: Introduces young readers to mammals, such as the musk ox and arctic hare. Focuses on a particular aspect of arctic wildlife—often showing a mother with her young—and pairs lovely watercolor paintings with simple and expressive language. Preschool
Novel: While working on his grade nine history project, Josh stumbles into a parallel world where Native Americans have not been displaced by colonists, but live in a powerful domain and co-exist with small colonies in Massachusetts and New York. Gr.7-9
Nonfiction: Discover the amazing story of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas from the end of the Ice Age to the arrival of the Europeans. You'll learn what people ate, how they expressed themselves through art, and how they adapted to the land. Archaeologists have been able to piece together what life may have been like pre-contact-- and how life changed with the arrival of the Europeans. Gr.6& up
Novel (ebook): Based on an Inuit legend, Harpoon of the Hunter is a story of life in the old days, not as it appeared to southerners, but as it has survived in the memory of the Inuit themselves. Emerging from a largely oral tradition, it is the first novel by an Inuit written in English. Markoosie has the rare ability to capture the richness and imagery of the Inuit language in English.
Novel: Justice takes care of his mother and his twin sister, Charity, but when someone starts bullying him at school, he does not know how to handle it, until he visits his grandfather and learns some valuable lessons. Gr.4-6
Nonfiction: A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today. Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Gr.8 & up
Novel: Nothing ever happens on the Otter Lake reserve. But when 16-year-old Tiffany discovers her father is renting out her room, she's deeply upset. Sure, their guest is polite and keeps to himself, but he's also a little creepy. Little do Tiffany, her father, or even her insightful Granny Ruth know, the mysterious Pierre L'Errant is actually a vampire, returning to his tribal home after centuries spent in Europe. Gr.8-10
Picture book: When new twins are born in a village in the Pacific Northwest, everyone celebrates. The birth of twins is a rare and special occasion; they are children of the salmon. But as the twins grow, they become selfish and greedy, which is not the way of their people. When Thunderbird sees the twins fighting and arguing, he is not happy, and he transforms them into a Two-Headed Sea Serpent... Gr.1-3
Novel: In a tumble-down house carved out of the dunes lives an old man with second sight. He is the sifter of sands, the man who separates the sparkling mica, black lava, golden-reds, and misty grays. And as he sifts he mesmerizes Jessica and Andrew with his tales of the trickster-creator Raven and how a lonely young man lived to be 300 years old. Gr.4-6
Nonfiction: The Seven Sacred Teachings is a message of traditional values and hope for the future. The Teachings are universal to most First Nation peoples. These Teachings are aboriginal communities from coast to coast. Gr,3-7