November Picks

This Place: 150 Years Retold Cover Image
ISBN: 9781553797586
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Published: Highwater Press - April 30th, 2019

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

7 Generations: A Plains Cree Saga Cover Image
ISBN: 9781553793557
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Published: Highwater Press - January 5th, 2016

This graphic novel follows one Plains Cree family from the early nineteenth century to the present day. For Edwin, the story of his ancestors from both the distant and recent past must guide him through an uncertain present and to the dawn of a new future.

Pemmican Wars (Girl Called Echo #1) Cover Image
By Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator), Donovan Yaciuk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781553796787
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Published: Highwater Press - March 2018

Echo Desjardins, a thirteen-year-old M tis girl, is struggling with feelings of loneliness while attending a new school and living with a new foster family. Then an ordinary day in Mr. Bee's history class turns extraordinary, and Echo's life will never be the same. During Mr.

Red River Resistance (Girl Called Echo #2) Cover Image
By Katherena Vermette, Scott B. Henderson (Illustrator), Donovan Yaciuk (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781553797470
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Published: Highwater Press - March 2019

Echo Desjardins is adjusting to her new home, finding friends and learning about M tis history. One ordinary afternoon in class, Echo finds herself transported through time to the banks of the Red River in the summer of 1869. All is not well in the territory, as Canadian surveyors have arrived and M tis families who have lived there for generations are losing access to their land.

#notyourprincess: Voices of Native American Women Cover Image
By Charleyboy (Editor), Leatherdale (Editor)
ISBN: 9781554519576
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Published: Annick Press - September 12th, 2017

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #NotYourPrincess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman.

The Marrow Thieves Cover Image
ISBN: 9781770864863
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Published: Dcb - September 2017

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.

How I Became a Ghost: A Choctaw Trail of Tears Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937054557
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Published: Roadrunner Press - September 8th, 2015

A Choctaw boy tells the story of his tribe's removal from the only land his people had ever known, and how their journey to Oklahoma led him to become a ghost--one with the ability to help those he left behind.

A Big Dose of Lucky (Secrets) Cover Image
By Marthe Jocelyn (Artist)
ISBN: 9781459806689
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - September 29th, 2015

Malou has just turned sixteen--hardly old enough to be out in the world on her own--and all she knows for sure is that she's of mixed race and that she was left at an orphanage as a newborn. When the orphanage burns to the ground, she finds out that she may have been born in a small town in Ontario's cottage country.

Crazy Horse's Vision Cover Image
ISBN: 9781584302827
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Published: Lee & Low Books - May 2002

Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes. Yet many people do not know his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair.

Muskrat Will Be Swimming Cover Image
By Cheryl Savageau, Robert Hynes (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780884482802
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Published: Tilbury House Publishers - April 2006

*Notable Books For Children - Smithsonian*

*Skipping Stones Book Award for Exceptional Multicultural and Nature/Ecology Books*

*Wordcraft Circle Writer of the Year (Prose - Children's Literature)*

*Wordcraft Circle Mentor of the Year*

Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation Cover Image
ISBN: 9781459815834
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - September 19th, 2017

Canada's relationship with its Indigenous people has suffered as a result of both the residential school system and the lack of understanding of the historical and current impact of those schools. Healing and repairing that relationship requires education, awareness and increased understanding of the legacy and the impacts still being felt by Survivors and their families.

1493 for Young People: From Columbus's Voyage to Globalization (For Young People Series) Cover Image
By Charles Mann, Rebecca Stefoff (Adapted by)
ISBN: 9781609806637
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Published: Triangle Square - January 26th, 2016

1493 for Young People by Charles C. Mann tells the gripping story of globalization through travel, trade, colonization, and migration from its beginnings in the fifteenth century to the present. How did the lowly potato plant feed the poor across Europe and then cause the deaths of millions? How did the rubber plant enable industrialization?

21 Things You May Not Know about the Indian ACT: Helping Canadians Make Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples a Reality Cover Image
ISBN: 9780995266520
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Published: Indigenous Relations Press - April 10th, 2018

Based on a viral article, 21 Things You May Not Know About the Indian Act is the essential guide to understanding the legal document and its repercussion on generations of Indigenous peoples, written by a leading cultural sensitivity trainer.

Sugar Falls: A Residential School Story Cover Image
ISBN: 9781553793342
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Published: Highwater Press - January 20th, 2012

BASED ON A TRUE STORY* A school assignment to interview a residential school survivor leads Daniel to Betsy, his friend's grandmother, who tells him her story. Abandoned as a young child, Betsy was soon adopted into a loving family. A few short years later, at the age of 8, everything changed. Betsy was taken away to a residential school.

Rez Sisters: A Play in Two Acts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780920079447
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Published: Fifth House Publishers - December 15th, 1992

Winner of the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Best New Play

Nominated for the Governor General's Award

There There: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf - June 5th, 2018



Robopocalypse: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307740809
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Published: Vintage - April 17th, 2012

In this terrifying tale of humanity’s desperate stand against a robot uprising, Daniel H. Wilson has written the most entertaining sci-fi thriller in years.

Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781534413504
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 26th, 2018


Nebula Award Finalist for Best Novel

“Someone please cancel Supernatural already and give us at least five seasons of this badass indigenous monster-hunter and her silver-tongued sidekick.” —The New York Times

“An excitingly novel tale.” —Charlaine Harris, #1

A Matter of Conscience Cover Image
ISBN: 9781459741126
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Published: J. Patrick Boyer Book - June 5th, 2018

A novel of love and betrayal dealing with the biggest issues facing Canada's Indigenous peoples today.

Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience Cover Image
ISBN: 9781550392098
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Published: Sono NIS Press - February 2014

Tilly has always known she's part Lakota on her dad's side. She's grown up with the traditional teachings of her grandma, relishing the life lessons of her beloved mentor. But it isn't until an angry man shouts something on the street that Tilly realizes her mom is Aboriginal too--a Cree woman taken from her own parents as a baby.

A Short History of Indians in Canada: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780816689811
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - September 2013

 Winner of the McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year and the Aboriginal Fiction Book of the Year—a collection of twenty short stories told in Thomas King's classic, wry, irreverent, and allegorical voice.

Two Roads Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735228863
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Published: Dial Books - October 23rd, 2018

A boy discovers his Native American heritage in this Depression-era tale of identity and friendship by the author of Code Talker

A Coyote Solstice Tale Cover Image
By Thomas King, Gary Clement (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780888999290
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Published: Groundwood Books - August 25th, 2009

Wily trickster Coyote is having his friends over for a little solstice get-together in the woods when a little girl comes by unexpectedly. She leads the friends through the snowy woods to the mall a place they had never seen before.

A is for Aboriginal Cover Image
ISBN: 9780991858903
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Published: Interactive Publishing Corporation - January 2014

A is for Aboriginal is the first in the First Nations Reader Series. Each letter explores a name, a place or facet of Abo­riginal history and culture.

The reader will discover some interesting bits of history and tradition that are not widely known. Many, for example.

People Shall Continue Cover Image
By Simon J. Ortiz, Sharol Graves (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780892391257
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Published: Children's Book Press (CA) - October 9th, 2017

Told in the rhythms of traditional oral narrative, this powerful telling of the history of the Native/Indigenous peoples of North America recounts their story from Creation to the invasion and usurpation of Native lands. As more and more people arrived, The People saw that the new men did not respect the land.

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga Cover Image
By Traci Sorell, Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781580897723
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Published: Charlesbridge - September 4th, 2018

2019 Sibert Honor Book
2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book
NPR's Guide To 2018’s Great Reads
2018 Book Launch Award (SCBWI)
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
School Library Journal Best Books of 2018
2018 JLG selection

Bowwow Powwow Cover Image
By Brenda J. Child, Jonathan Thunder (Illustrator), Gordon Jourdain (Translator)
ISBN: 9781681340777
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press - May 2018

Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself-about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to, well, just about everything.

The Girl and the Wolf Cover Image
By Katherena Vermette, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781926886541
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Published: Theytus Books - February 5th, 2019

While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her.

Go Show the World: A Celebration of Indigenous Heroes Cover Image
By Wab Kinew, Joe Morse (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780735262928
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Published: Tundra Books - September 11th, 2018

"We are a people who matter." Inspired by President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing, Go Show the World is a tribute to historic and modern-day Indigenous heroes, featuring important figures such as Tecumseh, Sacagawea and former NASA astronaut John Herrington.

When I Was Eight Cover Image
ISBN: 9781554514908
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Published: Annick Press - February 2013

Bestselling memoir Fatty Legs for younger readers. Olemaun is eight and knows a lot of things. But she does not know how to read. Ignoring her father's warnings, she travels far from her Arctic home to the outsiders school to learn. The nuns at the school call her Margaret. They cut off her long hair and force her to do menial chores, but she remains undaunted.

The First Strawberries Cover Image
By Joseph Bruchac (Retold by), Anna Vojtech (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780140564099
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Published: Puffin Books - June 1998

From an award-winning Native American storyteller comes this captivating re-telling of a Cherokee legend, which explains how strawberries came to be.

Long ago, the first man and woman quarrelled. The woman left in anger, but the Sun sent tempting berries to Earth to slow the wife's retreat. Luminous paintings perfectly complement this simple, lyrical text. 

Jingle Dancer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780688162412
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Published: HarperCollins - April 5th, 2000

The affirming story of how a contemporary Native American girl turns to her family and community to help her dance find a voice.

Jenna loves the tradition of jingle dancing that has been shared by generations of women in her family, and she hopes to dance at the next powwow. But she has a problem—how will her dress sing if it has no jingles?

My Heart Fills with Happiness Cover Image
By Monique Gray Smith, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781459809574
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - March 2016

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

We Sang You Home Cover Image
By Richard Van Camp, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781459811782
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 18th, 2016

In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhythmic text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.

When We Were Alone Cover Image
By David A. Robertson, Julie Flett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781553796732
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Published: Highwater Press - March 2017

When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family?

You Hold Me Up Cover Image
ISBN: 9781459814479
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Published: Orca Book Publishers - October 31st, 2017

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their everyday actions.

Sweetest Kulu (English) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781927095775
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Published: Inhabit Media - September 25th, 2014

"Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you."

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.