Children's books are a great way to learn more about indigenous cultures with our little ones. Our team put together a list of 5 children books written by authors and illustrators from First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities. Sweet, funny and colorful books that will have your minis fascinated!
1. Fishing with Grandma, Susan Avingaq, Maren Vsetula, Charlene Chua, Inhabit Media
During an expedition to the lake with their grand-mother, two kids learn everything there is to know about fishing on the ice: appropriate clothes to wear, the tools they need, the right method to drill holes, how to make a traditional jigging rod, etc. A day filled with adventure and shared moments!
There is a glossary at the end of the book so readers can learn inuit words used throughout the story.
2. Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock, Dallas Hunt, Amanda Strong, Scholastic
Awâsis looses her grand-mother's freshly cooked bannock. To find them, the child will ask her animal friends for help. A whole lot of adventures is waiting! A great story about frienship.
Included in the book is the recipe for the world-famous bannock and a pronunciation guide for cree words.
3. On the Trapline, David A. Robertson, Julie Flett, Scholasti
The trapline is where people hunt and live off the land. On a trip to the North with his grand-father, a young boy will learn a lot about his Moshom's life and early years. He will soon realize the changes that happened and the ressemblances between his life and his Moshom's.
4. 8tlokaw8ganal, Nicole O'bomsawin, Sylvain Rivard, Hannenorak
This first children book signed by Nicole O'bomsawin teaches us about w8banaki mythology. Through a walk in the fores, we learn more about its inhabitants.
5. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, Danielle Daniel, Groundwood Bookds Ltd
As sweet as poetry, this album tells the story of 12 children who identifies to different animals. The text references to totemic animals from the Anishinaabe tradition and presents each one's characteristics.