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Nice Indigenous Books by Indigenous Authors for Children

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It has at all times been a problem to search out books and assets that give an correct portrayal of Indigenous historical past and Indigenous life. Nonetheless the variety of books revealed about Indigenous Peoples written by Indigenous authors has exploded in recent times – particularly for elementary-aged youngsters. It’s an honour to examine completely different views and experiences for a lot of completely different cultural teams and communities. Here’s a listing of some Indigenous books by Indigenous authors for elementary college students.


Studying to Carve Argillite by Sara Flora Davidson and Robert Davidson
Age Vary: Grade 1-3
A boy learns from his father and grandfather the way to carve, primarily based on Haida artist Robert Davidson’s childhood. 

The cover of the book Learning to Carve Argillite.

Jigging for Halibut with Tsinii by Sarah Florence Davidson and Robert Davidson
Age Vary: Grade 1-3
A boy learns from his grandfather about jigging for halibut, primarily based on Haida artist Robert Davidson’s childhood. 

The cover of the book Jigging for Halibut with Tsinii.

On the Coronary heart of It by Raymond Taniton and Mindy Willett
Age Vary: Grade 1-2
Writer Raymond Taniton exhibits readers the way to make a standard Dene drum and speaks in regards to the significance of traditions and shares different details about his folks.

The cover of the book At the Heart of it.

The Delta is My Residence by Tom McLeod and Mindy Willet
Age Vary: Grade 2-7
11-year-old Tom McLeod tells us about his house within the MacKenzie Delta and why he likes to reside on the land.

The cover of the book The Delta is my Home.

Dwelling Tales : Godi Weghàà Ets’ eèda by Philip Zoe and Therese Zoe 
Age Vary: Grade 4-7
 Writer Therse Zoe interprets tales and conventional knowledge of elders.

The cover of the book Living Stories.

We Really feel Good Out Right here by Julie-Ann André
Age Vary: Grade 4-7
Writer Julie-Ann André shares about her household’s story and the story of her land. 

The cover of the book We Feel Good Out Here.

Come and study with me = Éwo, séh kedjdjh Éwo, séh kedjdjh by Sheyenne Jumbo 
Age Vary: Grade 4-7.
Sheyenne, 9 years outdated, teaches about her group within the fall, the season of the moose

The cover of the book Come and Learn With Me

Sharing Our Truths / Tapwe by Eileen Beaver, Henry Beaver and Mindy Willett 
Age Vary: Grade 3-7.
Find out about constructing a tipi, trapping a beaver, laying the grandfather stones for a fireplace, smudging, and harvesting salt.

The cover of the book Sharing Our Truths

Proud to be Inuvialuit/Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama 
Age Vary: Grade 2-7
James, an Inuvialuit residing in  Tuktoyuktuk, NWT, shares about harvesting and making ready a beluga whale, a standard and integral a part of Inuvialuit tradition and historical past.
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The cover of the book Proud to be Inuvialuit.

Blueberry Patch / Meennunyakaa by Jennifer Leason 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3
An elder shares his expertise of blueberry selecting in Duck Bay, MB, within the 1940’s. Written in English and Anishinaabemowin.

Cover of the book Blueberry Patch.

A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell 
Grade PK-4.
A household learns from their grandmother on an outing to forage for herbs and mushrooms. 

The cover of the book A Day with Yayah.

A Stroll on the Shoreline by Rebecca Hainnu 
Grade Okay-3.
Study with Nukappia all in regards to the shoreline.

Cover of the book Walk on the Shoreline.

No borders = Kigliqangittuq by Darla Evyagotailak 
Grade 4-8.
Study in regards to the lifetime of a 16 12 months outdated Inuk woman, Darla Evyagotailak. Study in regards to the communities of Kugluktuk, Nunavut and Ulukhaktok, NWT.

Cover of the book No Borders.

Arctic Adventures: Tales from the Lives of Inuit Artists by Raquel Rivera 
Age Vary: Grade 2-3.
Tales from the lives of 4 Inuit artists together with details about every artist and a copy of one in all their works.

Cover of the book Arctic Adventures.

A Stroll on the Tundra by Rebecca Hainnu 
Age Vary: Grade 3-5.
Comply with Inuujaq, somewhat woman, and her grandmother as they take a stroll on the tundra and Inuujaq discovers the significance of the crops to the Inuit folks. Features a discipline information and details about Arctic crops.

Cover of the book A Walk on the Tundra.

Fishing with Grandma by Susan Avingaq 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3.
Be a part of Grandma and her two grandchildren as she takes them on a fishing journey and teaches them every thing they should know to fish on their very own.

Cover of the book Fishing with Grandma.

How I Survived: 4 Nights on the Ice by Serapio Ittusardjuat 
Age Vary: Grade 2-6.
Serapio Ittusardjuat tells about his 4 nights spent on the ice when his snowmobile broke down. Study in regards to the conventional expertise and data he used to outlive 4 nights on the ice within the Arctic.

Cover of the book How I Survived Four Nights on the Ice.

Kisimi Taimaippaktut Angirrarijarani/Solely in My Hometown by Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen 
Age Vary: Grade PK-2.
Be a part of sisters Angnakuluk Friesen and Ippiksaut Friesen and find out about what it’s prefer to develop up in an Inuit group in Nunavut.

Cover of the book Only in My Hometown.

Kamik: An Inuit Pet Story (#1) by Donald Uluadluak 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3.
Impressed by tales of an elder from Arviat, Nunavut. This e book teaches in regards to the conventional dog-rearing practices from the occasions when Inuit relied on canine for transportation and survival.

Cover of the book Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story

Kamik’s First Sled (#2) by Matilda Sulurayok 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3.
Impressed by tales from Arviat, Nunavut, elder Matilda Sulurayok. Find out about primary dog-rearing practices.

Cover of the book Kamik's First Sled.

Kamik Joins the Pack (#3) by Darryl Baker 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3.
Find out about Jake and his pet Kamik as they study from their elders all about the way to be a part of a successful sled canine crew.

Cover of the book Kamik Joins the Pack.

Kamik Takes the Lead by (#4) by Darryl Baker 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3.
Study from creator and musher Darryl Baker about making ready a canine crew for a race.

Cover of the book Kamik Takes the Lead


Encounter by Brittany Luby 
Grade PK-3.
An imagined story of a primary encounter between a European sailor and a Stadaconan fisher. Based mostly on a journal entry by explorer Jacques Cartier from his first expedition to North America in July 1534.

Cover of the book Encounter.

The Tiny Voyageur: A Younger Lady’s Discovery of Métis Historical past by Rebekah Wilson
Age Vary: Grade Okay-4.
A younger woman goes on a time touring journey again in time. She learns about Métis traditions, the Michif language, and accompanies her great-great grandfather on a fur commerce.

Cover of the book The Tiny Voyageur.


The Orange Shirt Story: The True Story of Orange Shirt Day or for the French version: L’histoire du chandail orange by Phyllis Webstad 
Age Vary: Grade 2-7.
Learn in regards to the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt that was taken from her at a residential college. Find out about Orange Shirt Day.

Cover of the book The Orange Shirt Day

Phyllis’s Orange Shirt by Phyllis Webstad 
Age Vary: Grade PK-2.
An adaptation for youthful youngsters ages 4-6 of the Orange Shirt Story. The story of what impressed Orange Shirt Day, when Phyllis’ orange shirt was taken away at a residential college.

Cover of the book Phyllis's Orange Shirt

Expensive Canada: These are My Phrases or for the French version: Cher Journal : Les mots qu’il me reste by Ruby Slipperjack 
Age Vary: Grade 4-7.
Arrange as a diary format, this e book tells the story of a 12 12 months outdated’s expertise at a residential college in Northern Ontario in 1966.

Cover of the book These Are My Words.

When We Had been Alone by David A. Robertson 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3.
A younger woman learns from her grandmother in regards to the grandmother’s experiences at a residential college.
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Cover of the book When We Were Alone.

The Prepare by Jodie Callaghan 
Age Vary: Grade 1-4.
Ashley learns from her great-uncle about when he and the opposite youngsters from their group have been instructed to board the practice to go to a residential college the place their lives have been modified eternally.

Cover of the book The Train.

I Misplaced My Discuss by Rita Joe 
Age Vary: Grade 1-2.
A poem about Mi’kmaw Elder Rita Joe’s childhood story of shedding her language whereas a resident of a residential college.

Cover of the book I Lost My Talk.

My Title is Seepeetza by Shirley Stirling 
Age Vary: Grade 4-7.
A narrative about life in a residential college within the 1950’s and a woman who survived it.

Cover of the book My Name is Seepeetza.

As Lengthy Because the Rivers Move by Larry Loyie 
Age Vary: Grade 4-8.
The story of creator Larry Loyie and his final summer time along with his Cree tribe earlier than being taken to residential college.

Cover of the book As Long as the Rivers Flow.

Shi-shi-etko by Nicola I. Campbell 
Age Vary: Grade PK-2.
The story of the final 4 days of Shi-shi-etko earlier than leaving for residential college.

Cover of the book Shi-shi-etko.

Shin-Chi’s Canoe by Nicola I. Campbell 
Age Vary: Grade PK-2.
Whereas at residential college, Shin-Chi finds solace in a toy canoe from his grandfather and in dreaming of returning house.

Cover of the book Shin-Chi's Canoe.

Stolen Phrases by Melanie Florence 
Age Vary: Grade 1-3.
The story of somewhat woman and her grandfather and the influence of the residential college system.

Cover of the book Stolen Words.

I hope this listing is useful as you search to search out books about Indigenous peoples by Indigenous authors.



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