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Pivik Learns from Takannaaluk

Inuktitut Edition

by Paninnguaq Lind Jensen, illustrated by Hannah Barrett
edition: Paperback
  • age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 3
tagged: native canadian, siblings, polar regions, native american

In this story from West Greenland, one young girl tries to teach her mischievous little sister a lesson by telling her the Inuit traditional story of Takannaaluk.

Pivik is the laziest little sister! She is always complaining about helping Anaana and stealing the best food for herself. Fed up, her big sister, Ukaleq, seizes the chance to teach Pivik …

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Maakusie Loves Music

English Edition

by Chelsey June and Jaaji (Twin Flames), illustrated by Tamara Campeau
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 7 to 9
  • Grade: 3
tagged: native canadian, polar regions, music

Maakusie loves music! But what makes music in the Arctic so special? Join Maakusie as he practises katajjaniq (throat singing) and learns ajaja songs, drumming, and more!

Explore everything from traditional instruments to dances to the origin of the brass bands in the Arctic today. Grab your instruments or sing along. This journey through the histor …

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Winterkill

by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: europe, military & wars

Ukrainian Canadian author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch tells a gripping story of how the Soviet Union starved the Ukrainian people in the 1930s -- and of their determination to overcome.

 

Nyl is just trying to stay alive. Ever since the Soviet dictator, Stalin, started to take control of farms like the one Nyl's family lives on, there is less and less fo …

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Canada Wild

Animals Found Nowhere Else on Earth

by Maria Birmingham, illustrated by Alex MacAskill
edition: Paperback
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
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A full-colour illustrated guide to Canada's endemic species for young readers, from the award-winning author of Snooze-O-Rama: The Strange Ways that Animals Sleep.

Canada is home to over 308 endemic species of plants and animals — meaning they're found nowhere else on Earth. In Canada Wild, award-winning author Maria Birmingham introduces young r …

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AWOL

by Marla Lesage
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: parents, depression & mental illness

A moving graphic novel, AWOL explores the realities of PTSD from a kid's perspective. The book includes an author's note and kid-friendly mental health resources.

As a military child, eleven-year-old Leah moves...a lot. But this summer she will be the one left behind when her best friend’s family is reassigned. To make matters worse, her mother wi …

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Weird Rules to Follow

by Kim Spencer
edition: Paperback
  • age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7
tagged: friendship, adolescence, prejudice & racism, multigenerational, native canadian

Mia knows her family is very different than her best friend's.

In the 1980s, the coastal fishing town of Prince Rupert is booming. There is plenty of sockeye salmon in the nearby ocean, which means the fishermen are happy and there is plenty of work at the cannery. Eleven-year-old Mia and her best friend, Lara, have known each other since kindergart …

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The Raven Mother

by Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson, illustrated by Natasha Donovan
edition: eBook
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6
tagged: native canadian, environmental science & ecosystems, birds, seasons

Hoarders. Scavengers. Clever foragers. Bringers of new life.

Ravens have many roles, both for the land and in Gitxsan story and song. The sixth book in Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson)’s Mothers of Xsan series transports young readers to Northwestern British Columbia, where they will learn about the traditions of the Gitxsan, the lives of ravens, …

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