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Mouse Celebrates the Winter Solstice - ON SALE
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Kwakwaka'wakw;

It is winter. The land lies still, quiet and stark beneath a blanket of snow. The tiny footprints of a mouse can be seen in the light of the moon.

"Wrapped in the quiet, and there in the bleak, there stood a wise mouse, preparing to speak."

The words that mouse chose were from many years past. She spoke them into the cold night air. So begins the enchanting story of a very special Winter Solstice celebration.

Kwakwaka’wakw author Terri Mack and Tsimshian artist Bill Helin have collaborated to bring us this story of strength, friendship and celebration. The lyrical text and engaging illustrations will appeal to readers of all ages.

Author's note:
Gila'kasla!
I spent a year writing and rewriting this poem to be sure to convey the message clearly to my audience. It was important to me that the poem reflect the importance of us all joining together to find the sacredness in celebration, the joy of belonging within a greater community and the voice of determination inside of each of us. Inspired by Indigenous Peoples rising, healing and joining together I hope that this poem inspires our youth to be strong and determined in all their future goals.
~Terri Mack

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24 pages | 9" x 12" | ISBN: 9781771740555

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My Little Baby Bear - ON SALE
Format: Paperback

“My little baby bear,
Will you go to sleep?
You want to giggle with me,
As I count the sheep!”

Have some bedtime giggles with your little baby bear while reading this warm and tender poem.

Written with accessible language and an easy syllable count for an easy read aloud for adults to have success with.

The book works well with a drum to sing the poem together as a group.

A set of wall decals and a matching card game are also available for this book.

Book Dimensions: 8in x 8in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781771740562

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Buffalo
Authors:
Beverly Brodsky
Artists:
Beverly Brodsky
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Native American;

A powerful tribute to a majestic animal!

"The Buffalo was a way of life for the Indians of the Great Plains. It provided food, fuel, and clothing - all the basic needs. The first Americans celebrated the buffalo's sacred spirit with ceremonies, prayers, and songs. The buffalo taught that all living things, including humans, are equal in the natural world. The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers; he belongs just as the buffalo belonged" - Oglala Sioux chief

Beverly Brodsky's watercolors and oil paintings accompany tribal song-poems woven into a narrative history about the buffalo's essential and sacred role on the Plains. Her book is a powerful tribute to a majestic animal, tracing the history of the buffalo from the beginning of time to present day. 

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"Brodsky has made a magnificent re-entry into the world of picture books with this historical look at the plight of the buffalo as related to the Native American experience. Museum-quality watercolors and oil paintings are breathtakingly stunning. Particularly dramatic is “Countless Millions,” a watercolor spanning two pages—a dramatic depiction of the millions of buffalo that were hunted to near extinction. The author’s first-rate text simultaneously relates the history of the demise of the western buffalo herds, presents tribal song-poems, and factual notes about the use of the song-poems and their relationships to the history of the buffalo and Native American customs." - Kirkus Review

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32 pages | 8.50" x 9.50"

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Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building
Authors:
Christy Hale
Artists:
Christy Hale
Format: Hardcover

Here is a unique celebration of children’s playtime explorations and the surprising ways childhood experiences find expression in the dreams and works of innovative architects.

Children’s fascination with objects in their environment begins at an early age. As they play, they move, haul, stack, balance, and combine items they encounter in numerous and imaginative ways. As they discover their abilities to build, children also become fascinated with actual buildings, a natural outgrowth of their curiosity about anything huge and complex around them.

Dreaming Up celebrates all this by pairing illustrations of children’s familiar play activities and informative, captivating concrete poems with photographs of real buildings that take the form and structure of children’s constructions to the level of architectural treasures. Locations of the buildings highlighted—some famous and some less well-known—include Egypt, Japan, the United States, Spain, Columbia, China, Malaysia, and Canada. Brief introductions focusing on the childhoods of the renowned architects from around the world who designed the buildings conclude the book.

Come be inspired to play—dream—build—discover!

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40 pages | 8.75" x 8.75"

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For the Children
Artists:
Burland Murphy
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Mi’kmaw;

With the young person in mind, these strong, clear and encouraging poems from Rita Joe speak directly to all of us, a testament to courage and her hope for a better world. Down-to-earth and often humorous and a world honoured Mi'kmaw elder and Order of Canada recipient, in the book Rita Joe passes her torch to the young.

Born in 1932, in Whycocomagh, Rita Joe lived a hardscrabble existence, from foster home to foster home, experiences that helped her decide to admit herself to Shubenacadie Indian Residential School, a place most Mi'kmaq people had come to dread. It was a rare example of the child choosing Shubie, "to better myself," to get an education. That same determination compelled her to write about her personal combination of traditional Mi'kmaw spiritualism and Catholic faith, carrying forward her 'gentle war'. Her last poem, unfinished, was found in her typewriter when she died in March 2007.

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52 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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I Like Being Me: Poems About Kindness, Friendship, and Making Good Choices
Authors:
Judy Lalli
Format: Paperback

These twenty-five rhyming poems invite children to believe in themselves, learn from mistakes, cooperate, share, help others, solve problems, be kind, tell the truth, make positive choices, and more. The short poems are quick to read, easy to learn, and fun to recite—making them perfect for teaching social skills to young children. Children can memorize their favorite poems, talk about them, act them out, and get ideas for creating their own. Accompanying photographs show children from diverse backgrounds in realistic settings, and back matter provides adults with ideas for thought-provoking discussion, activities, and learning. This charming update to a popular volume of poetry for children is a book that adults and children will love sharing again and again.

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Reading Level: Grade 2
Interest Level: Ages 4–8
Guided Reading Level: L

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64 pages | 8.23" x 7.83"

$14.99

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If You're Not from the Prairie...
Artists:
Henry Ripplinger
Format: Paperback

Award-winning poet David Bouchard offers words that remind the reader of the power of the wind, the sweep of the sky, and adventures on a cold prairie night. Henry Ripplinger's stunning paintings are treasures for the mind and the heart.

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"If you're from the prairie or not it doesn't matter: this evocative book will take your breath away. David Bouchard has created a series of verses about life on the prairie that are simple, lyrical and exquisite. Henry Ripplinger's brush matches the cadence of the poetry stroke for stroke. This is a book that is hard to put down and easy to return to. Is it an adult book masquerading as a children's book? It is the author's and illustrator's loving look back to their home, but it transcends age and time and place. A child will be drawn in by the poetry's ingenious metaphors and the pictures' panoramic rural scenes. The prairie landscape is realistically painted with a magical glow that distance in time allows the painter. An adult will hear the nostalgic echoes of childhood. Adult or child--one's eyes will be lost in the expanse of the prairie and one's ears will reverberate with the melodic rhymes." - Theo Hersh, CM Magazine

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Ages: 6+

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32 pages | 10.34" x 9.36"

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Lasso the Wind: Aurelia's Verses and other Poems
Authors:
George Elliott Clarke
Artists:
Susan Tooke
Format: Hardcover

Can you lasso the wind?

Can you whip it a-gale?

Can you make oceans bend

To cradle each lost whale?

Lasso the Wind is the first collection of children’s poetry by renowned poet and playwright George Elliott Clarke. By turns absurd, witty, playful, and profound, Clarke’s poems speak to the vivid wonder, the bright joys, and the secret pains of growing up in this world.

With bold and contemporary illustrations by Susan Tooke, Lasso the Wind is a masterpiece.

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64 pages | 8.25" x 9.25"

 

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Mingan My Village
Artists:
Rogé
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Innu (Montagnais-Naskapi);

Illustrator Rogé visited a school in Mingan, an Innu village in northeastern Quebec. He spent a few days taking the time to photograph each child. Once he returned home to his studio, brush in hand, he revisited the eyes of these children and drew their portraits.

Mingan, my village is a collection of fifteen faces, and fifteen poems written by young Innu. Given a platform to be heard, the children chose to transport readers far away from the difficulties and problems related to their realities to see the beauty that surrounds them in nature.

First published in French as Mingan Mon Village in 2012, which won several awards and nominations, including:  Winner, 2013 Prix des libraires du Québec jeunesse (5-11 years category); 2013 Governor General’s Award, French Children’s Illustration finalist Finalist; Prix TD de Littérature Canadienne pour L’enfance et la Jeunesse 2013.

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"Mingan, My Village is a beautiful collection of poetry created by Innu children of the Teueikan school in Mingan, Quebec. The compilation includes 15 poems and 15 portraits that reveal a glimpse into the lives of the poets. Their poetry often focuses on local values, including relationships with nature and connections with the ancestors. The children skilfully integrate elements of imagery, metaphor, and simile, filling each page with emotion and meaning. . . Mingan, My Village offers a heartfelt glimpse into the lives of the Innu children. The poetry is inspired and supported by a range of artists, and Rogé's artwork masterfully complements the poets. Highly Recommended." — CM Magazine

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42 pages | 8.00" x 12.00"

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Mother Raven Nursery Rhymes
Authors:
Peter Redvers
Artists:
Don Harney
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;

Northern nursery rhymes. Traditional nursery rewritten to reflect real and whimsical northern experiences.

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Once in a Blue Moon
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Métis;

Inspired by the expression “once in a blue moon,” Danielle Daniel has created a book of short poems, each one describing a rare or special experience that turns an ordinary day into a memorable one. She describes the thrill of seeing a double rainbow, the Northern Lights or a shooting star as well as quieter pleasures such as spotting a turtle basking in the sun or a family of ducks waddling across the road.

In simple words and delightful naïve images, Once in a Blue Moon celebrates the magical moments that can be found in the beauty and wonders of nature.

With the same simple yet sophisticated design as Danielle’s award-winning picture book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, this book is a very accessible and inviting introduction to poetry for young readers.

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Something About a Bear
Authors:
Jack Morris
Format: Hardcover
Where the water churns with salmon, thick and rich with leaping fishes, there the brown bear stands and catches the wild king of the river.

With stunning watercolour paintings, this lyrical picture book describes eight bears from all over the world, all shown in their wild habitats: Black Bear, Polar Bear, Sloth Bear, Spectacle Bear, Sunbear, Panda, Moonbear, Brown Bear.

But which is the best bear of all? Your own teddy bear of course!
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Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg;

In this introduction to the Anishinaabe tradition of totem animals, young children explain why they identify with different creatures such as a deer, beaver or moose. Delightful illustrations show the children wearing masks representing their chosen animal, while the few lines of text on each page work as a series of simple poems throughout the book.

In a brief author’s note, Danielle Daniel explains the importance of totem animals in Anishinaabe culture and how they can also act as animal guides for young children seeking to understand themselves and others.

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Song on the Wind
Authors:
Caroline Everson
Artists:
Anne Marie Bourgeois
Format: Hardcover
This poetic story has universal appeal and spans time and distance with eloquent simplicity. In fourteen gentle stanzas, sleepy-eyed children throughout history draw comfort from bedtime tales and tender lullabies. Here, their innate curiosity about the world around them is satisfied by timeless music that drifts through centuries on the wind. Loving parents sing of white polar bears, northern lights, sea creatures, and woodland animals that dance under the stars and visit each child on the edge of sleep.

Evocative rhyming text and vivid images will call little ones back time and again to hear the song that drifts into their own special dreams and links them to past and future generations.

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"Historically around the globe, adult caregivers have comforted children by singing them to sleep. Everson's 14 beautiful verses have the potential to continue this tradition. Her serene words are complemented by Native artist Bourgeois' surreal, luminous illustrations. Muted and otherworldly, the colors and images bring depth to the text, bathing each of the families depicted with light. A joy."
Kirkus Starred Review

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32 pages | 8.75" x 11.25"
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Strong Readers Set A: A Circle of Friends (L7)
Format: Paperback
Level 7

Illustrated by Bill Helin.

Back cover book introduction:
There are many things that we do with friends and family.
What are some activities that you do with your friends and family?

Book Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in
Pages: 16
ISBN: 9781927571187

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