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Neil Christopher

Neil Christopher moved to Resolute Bay, Nunavut, after teachers' college. There he worked as a high school science teacher, helping to develop a community school (in the past students were sent to a residential school in Pond Inlet). During his time in Resolute Bay, Neil fell in love with the North—the landscape, the wildlife, and the culture. It was also in those first years in the North, that Neil was introduced to the rich mythology of the Canadian Inuit. Through the stories and artwork of his high school students, Neil began to take an interest in the oral history of the Arctic.

For the last eight years, Neil has been researching Inuit myths and legends and has used this research to develop publications for children, youth and adults. Currently, Neil works more as an editor for Inhabit Media Inc., but he hopes to continue his collaborative work with Nunavummiut on children’s books.

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Kappianaqtut: Strange Creatures and Fantastic Beings From Inuit Myths and Legends
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;

Each volume in the Kappianaqtut series provides readers with an in-depth academic examination of two mythological creatures from Inuit mythology. The series examines Inuit myths from an ethnographic perspective and fosters discussion on the variations and multiple representations of the myths and creatures in question.

This volume, which explores the giants of the North and the mother of the sea mammals, has been fully revised and updated.

Kappianaqtut represents the first book-length study of Inuit mythological beings written from a Northern perspective.

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$19.95

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Arctic Giants
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

In ancient times, giants ruled the Arctic. These were fearsome creatures, some so large and powerful that they could wade into the ocean to catch whales using their bare hands! Read about the maneating giants, child-stealers and humungous animals of times past.


This book is the only full-length volume on the giants of the North. It is based on Inuit oral tradition and has been extensively and meticulously researched. These authentic myths will take you back to a dangerous time of epic battles, shape-shifting animals and dark magic. For hundreds of years these Inuit legends have been carried down from generation to generation, whispered quietly in the night.


This compendium of traditional Northern lore is fully illustrated in an evocative gothic style. Each horrifying giant is carefully documented, and the detailed images of these monsters will leave you breathless.


Unsparingly told in the vein of the Brothers Grimm, this powerful cultural legacy is bound to become part of Canada's fairy tale canon. This rich and dramatic Arctic folklore with its spectacular illustrations will cast a spell on children and adults alike.

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$24.95

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La contrée des loups
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 6; 7; 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

Based on the acclaimed animated film of the same name, this visually stunning graphic novel takes readers on a mysterious adventure with two brothers who are lost at sea. It begins as an average hunting trip for two young men. But when they find themselves adrift at sea, the only safe haven to be found for miles-a mysterious village filled with the sounds of drum dancing and revelry-turns out to be even more dangerous than the frigid ocean.

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$17.95

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Ava and the Little Folk
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

The most magical things can come in tiny packages! In the Arctic, tales of tiny people who live on the land abound. This children's story follows the adventures of an orphan named Ava who is left to fend for himself by the adults in his village. One day, cold and alone, Ava stumbles upon a group of magical dwarves who finally show him how it feels to have a home of his own.

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"Christopher, a researcher and publisher of Inuit legends and history, and Neal, a Canadian journalist, team up for a relatively lengthy, original story incorporating traditional Inuit characters and setting. Little Ava is alone and unwanted, an outcast orphan in his Arctic village. One day, he stumbles on a tiny, dwarflike man who takes Ava home to his group of family and friends (including sled dogs the size of squirrels). Ava learns that in this new world, time, size and shape can shift, according to one’s own perceptions and inner strength. He proves himself a worthy hunter, accepts the love and respect of his new family, and finds that he is now the same size as the tiny people, the Inugarulligaarjuit. Dreamy watercolor illustrations in muted tones show Ava’s growth from a cowering child to a brave and strong boy who can fight a lemming or a bear. The story is long for the picture-book format, but children who enjoy fairy and folk tales will find the story of Ava an unusual and compelling one. (author’s note, glossary, pronunciation guide) (Picture book. 6-9)" - Kirkus Review

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32 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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$13.95

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Chroniques de l'Amautalik: ogresse de la mythologie
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

In this colourful, illustrated children’s book, the dreaded amautalik haunts two Inuit communities, terrifying five young but resourceful children. With luck, courage, and the knowledge of their ancestors, these young adventurers are able to face one of the most frightening beings to roam the Arctic. Listen well, young ones, for the information in these stories might just save YOU one day!

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36 pages | 9.00" x 7.00"

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$9.95

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Making Sounds with Mia and the Monsters (English/Inuktitut)
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Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Let’s make sounds!

In this interactive book, children can play along with Mia and her monster friends, making the sounds each character demonstrates in the book.

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This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills.

This is an interactive book, which encourages children to actively participate in the stories they are listening to. Through directions or instructional text, children are encouraged to play, move, or make sounds along with the characters in the book.

Recommended Ages: 3 and under

Dual-Language: English and Inuktitut

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16 pages | 8.25" x 8.25"

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$14.95

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Mia and the Monsters: Staying Warm in the Winter (English/Inuktitut)
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Featured on Anaana's Tent on APTN!

What do Mia and her monster friends wear to stay warm? Watch as Mia and the monsters get ready to play outside in the snow.

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Bilingual: English and Inuktitut

This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills. 

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16 pages | 8.50" x 8.50"

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$13.95

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Move Your Body with Mia and the Monsters (English/Inuktitut)
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Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Preschool;

Let’s move our bodies!

In this interactive book, children can play along with Mia and her monster friends, trying out the movements shown in the book.

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This is an Arvaaq Book. Books in this series are intended for infants and very young children and are designed to help children develop physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language skills.

This is an interactive book, which encourages children to actively participate in the stories they are listening to. Through directions or instructional text, children are encouraged to play, move, or make sounds along with the characters in the book.

Recommended Ages: 3 and under

Dual-Language: English and Inuktitut

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24 pages | 8.25" x 8.25"

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$14.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series Big Book: On the Shoulder of a Giant
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 2;

A friendly giant comes across a little hunter on the tundra and adopts him as his son! From the shoulder of one of the biggest giants to ever roam the Arctic, this hunter experiences the world from Inukpak's perspective.

This big book can be shared with a classroom to teach students a traditional Inuit story that has been shared in the Arctic for generations.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. On the Shoulder of a Giant is a Level 11 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradientâ„¢ Levelling System. On the Shoulder of a Giant's F&P Level is N.

This is a Big Book. Its large print and colourful, large images make it ideal for read-alouds and shared readings.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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32 pages | 18.00" x 14.40"

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$23.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Being a Good Friend
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 2; 3; 4;

What does it mean to be a good friend?

Uka is excited for his biking trip with Sissi. When Sissi accidentally forgets their plans, Uka is upset. See how Uka learns about forgiveness and other qualities that make a good friend.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. It is a Level 12 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. F&P Level of this book: L.

This book is also part of the Social Emotional Learning Series from Nunavummi. These books feature thoughtful, engaging stories that teach school-aged children to identify and regulate their emotions in healthy ways.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Identity; Self-Image; Roles and Responsibilities 

Recommended for ages 7 to 9.

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36 pages | 9.10" x 9.20"

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$16.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Inukpak and His Son
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3;

Discover this gigantic Northern tale.

This book introduces children to a traditional Inuit legend. Learn how the great giant Inukpak adopted a human hunter as his son.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. It is a Level 11 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System. F&P Level of this book: M.

Curriculum Connections: Language and Literacy; Diversity; Indigenous Perspectives; History and Heritage.

Recommended for ages 6 to 8.

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36 pages | 9.10" x 9.20"

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$16.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: Siku and Kamik Go to School
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Siku and Kamik are good dogs. They want to go to school just like you!

With this fun book, children will be encouraged to follow a simple story with the help of supportive illustrations.

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This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Siku and Kamik Go to School is a Level 6 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradientâ„¢ Levelling System. Siku and Kamik Go to School's F&P Level is E.

Recommended for ages 4-6.

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12 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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$6.95

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Nunavummi Reading Series: The Amautalik and the Orphan
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2;

Read about an ogress of the Arctic!

Based on an Inuit traditional story, this book tells the tale of a brave and quick-thinking orphan and his encounter with a strange Arctic ogress.

Educator Information 
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic.  It is a Level 8-11 book in the series. 

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient™ Levelling System.  This book's F&P Level is N.

Curriculum Connections: Language and literacy; Diversity; Indigenous perspectives; Heritage.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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36 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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$8.95

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On the Shoulder of a Giant
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Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 2;

This pan-Arctic Inuit legend, which tells the story of a friendly giant, is lightheartedly retold, featuring sweeping illustrations.

Inukpak was big, even for a giant. He loved to walk across the tundra, striding over the widest rivers and wading through the deepest lakes. He could walk across the Arctic in just a few days.

But being so big, and travelling so far, Inukpak was often alone. Until one day when he came across a little hunter on the tundra. Thinking that the hunter was a little boy alone on the land, Inukpak decided to adopt him. And so, from the shoulder of one of the biggest giants to ever roam the Arctic, this hunter experiences the world from Inukpak's perspective.

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This big book can be shared with a classroom to teach students a traditional Inuit story that has been shared in the Arctic for generations.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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40 pages | 10.00" x 8.00"

This book is also available as a part of the Nunavummi Reading Series in a Big Book format.

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$16.95

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Série de lecture Nunavummi: Les propriétés des matériaux
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 1;

Ce livre explore les caractéristiques variées de divers objets (dur, mou, lourd, léger, etc.).

Il introduit les lecteurs aux adjectifs descriptifs simples et se veut une belle façon d’intégrer l’apprentissage des sciences à celui de la littératie.

This book explores different objects and their varying characteristics (hard, soft, heavy, light, etc.).

It introduces readers to simple descriptive adjectives and is a great way to bring science learning and literacy learning together.

Educator Information
This book is part of the Nunavummi Reading Series, a Nunavut-developed series that supports literacy learning while teaching readers about the people, traditions, and environment of the Canadian Arctic. Les propriétés des matériaux is a Level 5 book in the series.

Recommended for ages 3-5.

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12 pages | 6.00" x 8.00"

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$7.95

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