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Bear for Breakfast
Authors:
Robert N. Munsch
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Chipewyan;

Donovan is hungry for a special kind of breakfast . . . BEAR!

It’s breakfast time and Donovan knows exactly what he wants this morning! Not eggs, not pancakes, not cereal. No, what he wants is BEAR, just like his grandfather used to eat for breakfast!  

So Donovan sets off to bag a bear of his own, going on an adventurous hunt through the woods, where he stalks and is stalked by an ant, a squirrel, and a dog — but they are not bears, so he shoos them away!

When Donovan finally meets a real, big and growling bear, he quickly learns that sometimes breakfast tastes best when it doesn’t have any teeth!

This story was inspired by Donovan, a first-grader in La Loche, Saskatchewan, a Chippewan community in northern Saskatchewan that Robert Munsch visited in January, 1990. When Robert asked what the kids liked to eat, Donovan said that he liked to eat BEAR!

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32 pages

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Big Bear Hug
Authors:
Nicholas Oldland
Format: Paperback

A huge bear is wandering through the forest - but wait a minute! Who's that he's hugging? A beaver? And a moose? And a bird? And a tree?

Welcome to the world of Big Bear Hug, a contemporary fable about a bear who has an appetite for hugging everything in sight - even creatures that bears have been known to eat. One day, the benevolent bear meets up with a human. This human proceeds to do something the bear cannot understand: he raises his axe and begins to cut down a tree. Suddenly the bear doesn't feel like hugging anymore and must make a difficult decision on how to stop this destruction in his forest.

The environmental message of Big Bear Hug is both funny and powerful, while simple enough to engage very young children and show them the awesome power of a hug.

Awards

  • 2010 Best Books for Kids & Teens, Starred Selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre winner.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

 

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Bigfoot Boy: The Sound of Thunder
Authors:
J. Torres
Artists:
Faith Erin Hicks
Format: Paperback

This conclusion to the Bigfoot Boy graphic novel trilogy adds a backdrop of Pacific Northwest mythology to the popular story about an ordinary boy who becomes a hero through the power of magic. As the book begins, Rufus, Penny and their squirrel friend, Sidney, are eager to recapture the magic totem they lost to the ravens in the previous book. But how? With Rufus no longer in possession of his powers, the trio seems destined to fail. Their luck turns, however, when they learn the local legend of Thunderbird. It seems the mighty bird had created the magic totem decades earlier to be used to ward off developers who wanted to destroy the precious Pacific Northwest forest. Developers who were much like the ones cutting down their trees today! Empowered with a newfound purpose to protect the woods, they finally know just what they have to do to save the day --- and the trees! 

J. Torres has crafted a fast-paced adventure with snappy dialogue, touches of humor and plenty of plot twists. Illustrations by Faith Erin Hicks are energetic and lush, with many panels per page to keep young eyes moving along. This book is an excellent choice to expose reluctant readers to literary devices such as plot and character development, the importance of dialogue and folklore. It could also provide a terrific jumping-off point for discussions about the environment, as well as the concept of civic engagement and making a difference in your community.

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This graphic novel is part of the Bigfoot Boy series.

Themes/Key Ideas: animals, protests, environmental issues, friendship, magic, bravery, determination, Indigenous Peoples, forest conservation, 

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100 pages | 6.50" x 8.50"

 
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Coyote Tales
Artists:
Byron Eggenschwiler
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;

Two tales, set in a time “when animals and human beings still talked to each other,” display Thomas King’s cheeky humor and master storytelling skills. Freshly illustrated and reissued as an early chapter book, these stories are perfect for newly independent readers.

In Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote is at first the cause of misfortune. In those days, when the moon was much brighter and closer to the earth, Old Woman and the animals would sing to her each night. Coyote attempts to join them, but his voice is so terrible they beg him to stop. He is crushed and lashes out — who needs Moon anyway? Furious, Moon dives into a pond, plunging the world into darkness. But clever Old Woman comes up with a plan to send Moon back up into the sky and, thanks to Coyote, there she stays.

In Coyote’s New Suit, mischievous Raven wreaks havoc when she suggests that Coyote’s toasty brown suit is not the finest in the forest, thus prompting him to steal suits belonging to all the other animals. Meanwhile, Raven tells the other animals to borrow clothes from the humans’ camp. When Coyote finds that his closet is too full, Raven slyly suggests he hold a yard sale, then sends the human beings (in their underwear) and the animals (in their ill-fitting human clothes) along for the fun. A hilarious illustration of the consequences of wanting more than we need.

Educator Information
Recommended for Grades K-4 English Language Arts.

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56 pages | 5.25" x 7.75"

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Curse of the Shaman: A Marble Island Story
Artists:
Vladyana Krykorka
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;

Sometimes even shamans get cranky. That was baby Wolverine’s misfortune — to be cursed by an out-of-sorts shaman frustrated by his own baby daughter’s incessant crying. Not only has shaman Paaliaq forbidden the future marriage of Wolverine to Breath, Paaliaq’s beautiful but teary baby girl, he has cursed Wolverine, banishing him when he becomes a young man. And even when a contrite Paaliaq later revokes the curse, the shaman’s even crankier magic animal will not. Now Wolverine finds himself stranded on a barren island, locked in a life-or-death struggle to return to his home, his family and a very special young girl.

Michael Kusugak, consummate storyteller and bestselling author, conjures up an Inuit tale of adventure, perseverance and first-time love shot through with humanity and humour. This is a story perfect for its pre-teen and ’tween audience, where even the strong and the mighty have bad days, the bully gets his due and a dream can come true.

Author's Note: "I was thinking The Curse Of The Shaman, A Marble Island Story would make a wonderful book for those studying Inuit in social studies programs."

Reviews
"Wonderful! I loved every minute of it. Native story-telling at its best."— Tomson Highway, author of Fox on the Ice and Dragonfly Kites

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168 pages | 5.50" x 8.25"

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Granny's Giant Bannock
Artists:
Kimberly McKay
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree;

A little miscommunication between English-speaking Larf and his Cree-speaking grandmother leads to hilarious results when a giant, sprawling bannock threatens to take over the town. Beyond its antic humour, this is a tender story about the need to listen and understand.

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40 pages | 9.00" x 8.00"

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Hold Up the Sky: And Other Native American Tales from Texas and the Southern Plains
Authors:
Jane Louise Curry
Artists:
James Watts
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Native American;

Nearly all that remains of some Indian tribes of Texas and the Southern Plains are their stories. Here twenty-six tales are brought together from fourteen tribes and at least five different cultures. They are stories of humor, guidance, and adventure that have been passed down through the generations.

From the Tejas story that explains how the universe began, to the Lipan Apache tale in which a small lizard smartly outwits a hungry coyote, these stories are sure to delight young readers. Additional information about each tribe is included in the "About the Storytellers" section.

Once again Jane Louise Curry has skillfully retold traditional tales of Native Americans. Hold Up the Sky is in keeping with the style of her previous, highly acclaimed collections of Native American stories, Back in the Beforetime, The Wonderful Sky Boat, and Turtle Island. This, too, is a collection to be treasured.

Educator Information
Information on the source of each story retold by Jane Louise Curry is provided at the back of the book.

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176 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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Just a Walk
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Cree;

In Just a Walk, a young boy named Chuck goes for a simple walk that turns into a day of crazy adventure. Chuck encounters animals, fish and birds that lead him on a wild journey through their various habitats.

Jordan Wheeler's whimsical rhyming will capture the young readers attention and Chuck's hilarious predicaments will keep all ages laughing for more.

Written to excite the young readers and to leave a smile on their faces.

Educator Information
Just a Walk is an adaptation of a popular oral presentation that children's scriptwriter developed as an interactive performance for children.

Although not expressed explicitly in the story, Chuck is a young Cree boy, as made evident in Wheeler's first book about him, Chuck in the City.

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32 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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Kumak's House
Authors:
Michael Bania
Artists:
Michael Bania
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous American; Alaska Native; Inupiat;

At the edge of a great frozen river, Kumak and his family lived in their house by the willows. Though their house was warm and cozy, Kumak was not happy. His wife was not happy. His sons and daughters were not happy. His wife's mother was not happy. "Too small, this house," said Kumak. "I will go to see Aana Lulu. She will know what to do."

Set in an Inupiat village in the northwest Arctic, Kumak's House is a folktale that conveys a humorous lesson on life with Kumak as the foil. As Kumak treks again and again to elder Aana Lulu for advice, the book's charming illustrations incite laughter and introduce children to traditional Inupiat activities and animals of the Arctic.

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32 pages | 9.98" x 8.34"

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Little Chief and Mighty Gopher: The Pemmican Frenzy
Artists:
Ben Crane
Format: Hardcover
Text Content Territories: Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksikaitsitapi); Cree; Lakota;

Discover what happens when a young boy’s friendship with a gopher turns everyone’s life upside down!

Written by Indigenous author Victor Lethbridge and beautifully illustrated by Ben Crane, Little Chief and Mighty Gopher: The Pemmican Frenzy tells the story of a young boy who finds friends and acceptance in unexpected places. This is a funny, heartfelt story of hope, empowerment and determination suited to young readers, the young at heart and those who struggle with bullying and rejection.

This book has already become a Canadian bestseller and winner of numerous awards. It has become a favourite among many young readers and has garnered much attention in the literary world.

Anticipation is growing to see what adventures lie ahead for “Little Chief” and his cast of friends!

Awards

  • 2011 Alberta Book Award: Children’s and Young Adult Book of the Year
  • 2011 Nautilus Book Award Silver Medalist - Children’s Book Category
  • 2010 SIWC Griffin Award
  • 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards Bronze Medalist - Best First Book

Educator Information
Included: Bonus CD with narrated story and song. Special Feature: Word translation in Sioux, Cree, and Blackfoot.

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34 pages | 10.00" x 9.25"

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Nunavummi Reading Series: My Little Brother
Authors:
Nadia Mike
Artists:
Lars Rudebjer
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
Big Sister is learning what it's like when Little Brother isn't so little anymore!

This book uses a repeating sentence structure to help children follow the humorous family story, and will help children understand the concept of changing family roles.

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. My Little Brother is a Level 8 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradientâ„¢ Levelling System. My Little Brother's F&P Level is I.

Recommended for ages 4-6

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20 pages | 7.00" x 9.00"
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Nunavummi Reading Series: Siku & Kamik Are Hungry
Artists:
Ali Hinch
Format: Paperback

Siku and Kamik are ready for a snack!

This humorous story describes how Siku and Kamik show they are hungry and what they will do to get a treat.

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 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 F.

Curriculum Connections: Language and literacy; Diversity; Environmental Awareness; Identity.

Recommended for ages 4-6.

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24 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"

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Nunavummi Reading Series: The Happy Mosquito
Artists:
Luke Coleman
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
Follow along with a very happy mosquito as she enjoys a beautiful day, and finds a few surprises!

This humorous book will expose children to expressive language and dialogue, and help them read text and illustrations together to follow a story.

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. The Happy Mosquito is a Level 9 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradientâ„¢ Levelling System. The Happy Mosquito's F&P Level is J.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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24 pages | 8.00" x 8.00"
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Nunavummi Reading Series: Ukaliq and Kalla Go Sliding
Authors:
Jessie Hale
Artists:
Amanda Sandland
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
Best friends Ukaliq and Kalla are about to go on an outdoor adventure, sliding at the park!

This book uses a humorous sequential story to teach children about outdoor safety.

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. Ukaliq and Kalla Go Sliding is a Level 9 book in the Nunavummi series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradientâ„¢ Levelling System. Ukaliq and Kalla Go Sliding's F&P Level is G.

Recommended for ages 5-7.

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28 pages | 8.00" x 6.00"
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Nunavummi Reading Series: Ukaliq and Kalla Go to the City
Authors:
Nadia Mike
Artists:
Amanda Sandland
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Inuit;
Ukaliq can't wait to go on his first trip to the city, but his best friend Kalla isn't so sure!

This humorous story uses a repeating sentence structure to help children follow Ukaliq and Kalla on their adventure.

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. Ukaliq and Kalla Go to the City is a Level 8 book in the series.

Nunavummi Reading Series books have also been officially levelled using the Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradientâ„¢ Levelling System. Ukaliq and Kalla Go to the City's F&P Level is J.

Recommended for ages 4-6.

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24 pages | 8.00" x 6.00"
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