Indigenous Lit. E-books, K-12

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These resources are ebooks available through the University of Calgary's library system. You need to be a registered user (eg. off-campus student, on-campus student, faculty, staff, etc.) to access the full-text of the books. Community borrowers and alumni patrons need to be on campus to access these books.

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When I Was Eight by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard, Shortlisted for the 2014 Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize Roman, Native American Children, American Indians, Residential Schools, Thing 1, Mentor Texts, Early Readers, Children's Literature, Learn To Read

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

Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese - such a great book! I think everyone over the age of and living in Canada should read this book. It has the potential to change a nation! Great Books, My Books, Nlp Techniques, Indian Horses, Residential Schools, Horse Books, Incredible Gifts, Canadian History, Beautiful Stories

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.

Read "One Story, One Song" by Richard Wagamese available from Rakuten Kobo. A new collection of warm, wise and inspiring stories from the author of the bestselling One Native Life. Seize Ans, Barbara Kingsolver, Song One, First Story, Book Title, Paperback Books, Nonfiction Books, My Books, It Hurts

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 … – Animal Kingdom Nature Publication, Good Books, Books To Read, Musk Ox, Children's Picture Books, Reading Levels, Animal Kingdom, Mammals, Storytelling

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. Josh Wilson, University Of Calgary, History Projects, Native Americans, The Borrowers, Massachusetts, Novels, Ebooks, Student

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

Turtle Island: The Story of North America's First People - Eldon Yellowhorn and Kathy Lowinger The story of First Peoples dating back to the Ice Age based on archaeological finds and scientific research. Life Is Like, What Is Life About, Youth Services, Heritage Month, First Nations, Nonfiction, North America, Central America, The Book

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. University Of Calgary, First Novel, The Old Days, Novels, Ebooks, Old Things, Language, Student, English

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.

Fight for Justice by Lori Saigeon. Ten-year-old Justice feels like the "man of the house" for his twin sister Charity and their mom. But when his classmate Trey bullies him, he doesn't know what to do. University Of Calgary, Fight For Justice, Man Of The House, Library Catalog, Books For Teens, Fiction Writing, Twin Sisters, Book Publishing, When Someone

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

Dreaming in Indian by Lisa Charleboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale, eds. School Library Journal Best Book of 2014 Youtube Stars, Native American History, Artist At Work, Nonfiction, Good Books, Ya Books, Nativity, Dream Catcher, The Voice

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

The Night Wanderer: A Native Gothic Novel by Drew Hayden Taylor Ya Books, Good Books, Books To Read, Smart Humor, Vampire Stories, Horror Comics, Reading Levels, Coming Of Age, First Nations

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

Read "Baseball Bats for Christmas" by Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak available from Rakuten Kobo. Life in the high Arctic is beautifully captured in this classic picture book, read aloud in digital form by award-winnin. Baseball Scores, Baseball Bats, University Of Calgary, Arctic Circle, Christmas Scenes, Reading Levels, First Nations, Read Aloud, Good Books

Picture book: When a bush pilot brings Christmas trees to the Inuit community in Repulse Bay, the children, who have never seen trees use them to make baseball bats. Gr.K-3.

Read Around the World Summer Reading Series: The Salmon Twins by Caroll Simpson University Of Calgary, Library Signs, Alphabet Cards, Christian School, Project Based Learning, Guided Math, First Nations, Salmon, My Books

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

Read "The Sand Sifter" by Julie Lawson available from Rakuten Kobo. 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 wh. University Of Calgary, The Dunes, Audiobooks, This Book, Novels, Ebooks, Illustration, Free Apps, Sands

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. Aboriginal Education, Indigenous Education, Aboriginal Culture, Indigenous Art, Grandfather Tattoo, Importance Of Reading, Medicine Wheel, Native American History, American Symbols

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

Fatty Legs, by Christy Jordan-Fenton and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton: Margaret, a First Nations girl, goes to school to learn how to read. Can she outsmart the prejudiced teacher standing in her way? Read with mom finished Nov. Residential Schools, Mighty Girl, Version Francaise, Summer Reading Lists, Comprehension Questions, Children's Literature, Literature Circles, Learn To Read, First Nations

Nonfiction: This book chronicles the unbreakable spirit of an Inuit girl while attending an Arctic residential school. Gr.5 & up