Indigenous Lit - Gr. K-4

A list of recommended children's literature from the Doucette Library written by First Nations, Metis and Inuit authors for grades K to 4/5.
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When a little girl asks her grandfather how to say something in his language - Cree - he admits that his language was stolen from him when he was a boy. The little girl then sets out to help her grandfather find his language again. This sensitive and warmly illustrated picture book explores the intergenerational impact of the residential school system that separated young Indigenous children from their families.

Stolen Words by Melanie Florence: "A look at the intergenerational impact of Canada's residential school system that separated Indigenous children from their families and the beautiful, healing relationship between a little girl and her grandfather.

Blinded by his mother a boy goes to the loon for healling. Once he can see again, he gets revenge by causing his mother to drown in the sea, where she turns into a narwhal. Gr.3-6

Blinded by his mother a boy goes to the loon for healling. Once he can see again, he gets revenge by causing his mother to drown in the sea, where she turns into a narwhal. Gr.3-6

Simon would rather play his video game than learn how to build an igloo with his grandfather or listen to his grandmother's traditional stories, until a blizzard strands him with his grandparents and he learns the value of the "old ways."

FICTION:Simon would rather play his video game than learn how to build an igloo with his grandfather or listen to his grandmother's traditional stories, until a blizzard strands him with his grandparents and he learns the value of the "old ways.

Adventure begins when Grandma takes her two grandchildren out for a trip on the lake. After showing the kids how to prepare of a fishing trip, Grandma and the kids enjoy a day of jigging in the ice for fish. Grandma shows them everything they need to know to complete a successful fishing trip, from what clothes to wear, to how to drill and clear holes in the ice, to how to make a traditional Inuit jigging rod.

Fishing with Grandma by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula, illustrated by Charlene Chua

Novel: A Native American boy with a special gift to 'see' beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty. Gr.3-6

A Native American boy with a special gift to 'see' beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.

Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family. After spending one night in town, Nukappia and his uncle Angu begin the long walk down the shore to the family summer campsite, where all of Nukappia's cousins and aunts and uncles are waiting for him. Gr.1-3

Young Nukappia can't wait to get out to his family campsite on the shoreline. After spending all year in the south with his adoptive parents, Nukappia always looks forward to his summer visits with his birth family. After spending one night in town, Nukappia and his uncle Angu begin the long walk down the shore to the family summer campsite, where all of Nukappia's cousins and aunts and uncles are waiting for him. Gr.1-3

Jake finds out that his new puppy is a lot of work, but learns the traditional way to train a sled dog from his grandfather.

Jake finds out that his new puppy is a lot of work, but learns the traditional way to train a sled dog from his grandfather.

Igvillu is a little dog who goes to live with a storyteller in Northern Canada and dreams about pulling a sled with big huskies. Gr.K-3

Igvillu is a little dog who goes to live with a storyteller in Northern Canada and dreams about pulling a sled with big huskies. Gr.K-3

Novel:An eleven-year-old Penacook Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father's alcoholism, a controversy surrounding plans for a casino on a tribal island, and insensitivity toward Native Americans in his school and nearby town. Gr.4-6.

The Heart of a Chief by Joseph Bruchac - cultural pride and preservation, poverty, and alcoholism in contemporary Native American Communities.

Novel: Moss and Trouble, an Algonquin boy and girl, struggle with the problems of growing up in the Massachusetts area during the time of the first Thanksgiving. Gr.3-6

Novel: Moss and Trouble, an Algonquin boy and girl, struggle with the problems of growing up in the Massachusetts area during the time of the first Thanksgiving.

Watching the river ice break up after eight frozen months, papa Kumak comments to his family, "As sure as seagulls return in spring, that river will come to visit us today." Indeed it does--as Kumak and his neighbors watch from the roofs of their stilt-based homes, the water rises behind a temporary jam to carry away the village's oil drums, fish tubs, net floats and toys, as well as the boat into which Kumak has herded his motley pack of dogs.

Watching the river ice break up after eight frozen months, papa Kumak comments to his family, "As sure as seagulls return in spring, that river will come to visit us today." Indeed it does--as Kumak and his neighbors watch from the roofs of their stilt-based homes, the water rises behind a temporary jam to carry away the village's oil drums, fish tubs, net floats and toys, as well as the boat into which Kumak has herded his motley pack of dogs.

Jake cannot wait for his uncle to meet Kamik, and to see what an obedient puppy he is becoming! Jake's uncle is a great musher, who has won many dogsledding races, and if Kamik is good enough Jake hopes today might be the day that Kamik finally gets to run with a dog team!

Jake cannot wait for his uncle to meet Kamik, and to see what an obedient puppy he is becoming! Jake's uncle is a great musher, who has won many dogsledding races, and if Kamik is good enough Jake hopes today might be the day that Kamik finally gets to run with a dog team!

A child who is only part Native American is troubled by his mixed racial heritage. Gr.K-4

A child who is only part Native American is troubled by his mixed racial heritage. Gr.K-4

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

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

Because her good luck cat Woogie has already used up eight of her nine lives in narrow escapes from disaster, a Native American girl worries when she disappears.

Because her good luck cat Woogie has already used up eight of her nine lives in narrow escapes from disaster, a Native American girl worries when she disappears.

When Akilak must travel a great distance to another camp to gather food, she's not sure she will be able to make it. But with a little help from her grandmother's spirit, and her own imagination to keep her entertained, Akilak manages to turn a long journey into an adventure! Gr. K-2

When Akilak must travel a great distance to another camp to gather food, she's not sure she will be able to make it. But with a little help from her grandmother's spirit, and her own imagination to keep her entertained, Akilak manages to turn a long journey into an adventure! Gr. K-2

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