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Do you have a provincial/territory list of approved Aboriginal resources that you would like to showcase to other provinces and territories? On the left side panel you will see a list of entries that we have so far. My goal is to see our entire country represented here with all of our favourite titles in one spot! Please contact me, Terri Mack, to make a submission.


Animal World
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1;

Animal World is 14-page board book by Ben Houstie.

Ben Houstie is a renowned First Nations artist from Canada who has committed his life to the art of his ancestors and the people of Bella Bella. Ben is a Residential School survivor. His art expresses his strength, resilience, and dedication to the continuity of his tradition.

Partial proceeds from this publication support aboriginal early childhood development.

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14 pages | Board Book

 

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$10.00

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Discovering Numbers
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

Neepin Auger's books for children contain original, brightly coloured images and early education level concepts familiar to everyone. Playful and bold, this dynamic series will educate and entertain preschoolers, parents, and teachers alike.

In addition to the English words presented, the French and Cree equivalents are also given, making these some of the most dynamic and useful board books on the market, perfectly suitable for the classroom, library, and nursery.

Neepin Auger is a Cree artist, educator, and mother. Originally from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta, she has been painting for over ten years, having studied art under her father, Dale Auger, a renowned First Nations artist and author of the award-winning children's book Mwâkwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children.

Reviews
"Neepin Auger has created a simple board book that illustrates the numbers one to ten and includes the words in English, French and Cree. Bright, simple drawings attract the eye. The subjects are those familiar to Cree children but have universal application. This book and its companion Discovering Words will be useful in preschool and kindergarten classrooms, especially those introducing multiple languages." —Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools, 2014-2015,October 2014

Additional Information
12 pages | 6.50" x 6.50"

 

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$8.00

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Discovering Words
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Cree (Nehiyawak);
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

Neepin Auger's books for children contain original, brightly coloured images and early education level concepts familiar to everyone. Playful and bold, this dynamic series will educate and entertain preschoolers, parents, and teachers alike.

In addition to the English words presented, the French and Cree equivalents are also given, making these some of the most dynamic and useful board books on the market, perfectly suitable for the classroom, library, and nursery.

Neepin Auger is a Cree artist, educator, and mother. Originally from the Bigstone Cree Nation in northern Alberta, she has been painting for over ten years, having studied art under her father, Dale Auger, a renowned First Nations artist and author of the award-winning children's book Mwâkwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story for Children.

Reviews
"Neepin Auger's alphabet board book uses the same bright, simple style of illustration as the companion Discovering Numbers. English, French and Cree words accompany each illustration. Only the English words, in fact, follow the alphabet while the French and Cree words are translations. The pictures will be familiar to Cree children and provide a useful introduction to the other languages." Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools, 2014-2015

Additional Information
28 pages | 6.50" x 6.50"

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$12.00

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Good Morning World
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

24-page board book by Paul Windsor.

"The whole purpose of this book is to share the GOOD energy coming from all the experiences I've had in the past, present and going into the future. There are days that are challenging, but it is important to carry on, improve one's creativity, and learn to respect ourselves and the land we share. By doing so, we can gain a fresh start and a new beginning. GOOD MORNING TO YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY!" - Paul Windsor, Haisla, Heiltsuk 

Additional Information
24 pages | 6" x 7.5" 

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$10.00

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Goodnight World (BB)
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3;

24-page board book by various Indigenous artists.

"Animals are highly respected in our culture and featured in our traditions. They are part of our stories, dances, songs, and in our dreams." - Francis Horne Sr., Coast Salish

 Additional Information
Board book format.  Also available as a hardcover book.

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$10.00

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Learn and Play
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

This 18-page board book introduces concepts such as opposites, shapes, counting, the alphabet, colours, and search and find using Northwest Coast art designs from various Indigenous artists such as Corey Bulpitt, Wolf Morrisseau, and Paul Windsor.

 

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$10.00

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Learn the Alphabet
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

Learn the Alphabet with Northwest Coast Native Art is a 23-page board book that introduces young children to the alphabet. The letters include the upper and lower cases for each. Each letter is depicted with the letters and a drawing of a Northwest Coast animal, natural feature or object. For example the Letter H is for hummingbird ; the letter T is represented by Totem. Each artist's contribution is recognized in this important title for young children. This book also introduces young children to Northwest Coast art designs while helping reinforce the letters of the alphabet.

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$10.00

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Learn the Colours
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

"Learn the Colours" is the result of a collaborative effort on the part of eight Northwest Coast native artists to produce a wonderful book for children who are just learning their colors. The book is made of heavy cardboard using soy-based inks, non-toxic coatings and paper sourced from sustainable forests.

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$9.00

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Learn to Count
Authors:
Native Elements
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

"Learn to Count" is made of heavy cardboard using soy-based inks and non-toxic coatings. One Bear, Two Turtles and Three Hummingbirds are the beginning of learning how to count to Nine Frogs and Ten Ravens. Little children will be fascinated by all the shapes and colors this little book presents. And don't forget the Seven Baby Salmon and the Eight Ladybugs. You'll have to buy this book to see what Four and Five are.

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$9.00

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Little You
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

Awards
- 2013 BC Books for Babies winner
- 2015 R. Ross Annett Award winner
- 2016 American Indian Library Association Best Picture Book winner

Reviews
"Van Camp composes a lyrical ode to a newborn child, which is matched in its loveliness by Flett's exquisite, collage-like images of a young one with his or her parents. Both collaborators are of aboriginal Canadian descent, and the book will have particular appeal for families looking for nonwhite representations of tender family moments. But families of every size, shape, and background can appreciate sentiments like, 'You are life and breath adored/ You are us and so much more/ Little ember with growing light/ Feel our love as we hold you tight.'" — Publishers Weekly, March 2013

"A sweet little board book...Richard Van Camp has written a beautiful poem that describes the feelings of parenthood...The illustrations, done by Julie Flett, are both simple, and bold at the same time...and helped bring such beautiful words to life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys curling up with their little one with a good book. It's a nice quick little read, that captured my little one's attention right away. It's got a great message that I hope she'll remember for the rest of her life." — Just Trying to Let it Be blog, May 2013

"The spreads lovingly depict a young child growing from infancy to toddlerhood...The text has the gentle cadence of a lullaby...Flett, who is of Cree Métis heritage, gives each character tawny skin, almond-shaped eyes and dark hair. This, combined with her sophisticated and simple style, allows her featured family to represent relatively broad branches of the human family. The art, with the look of cut-paper collage, uses curved forms and playful prints to flesh out the affectionate tableaux...The soothing rhythms of the language and the affection of the scenes are right on target. A poetic and joyful celebration." — Kirkus Reviews, August 2013

Additional Information
24 pages | 7.00" x 7.00"

Authenticity Note: Because this book is meant to appeal to a variety of families, not just Indigenous families, this book has been labelled as containing Non-Indigenous Text, even though it has Indigenous creators. It's up to readers to determine whether this work will work for their purposes.

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$9.95

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Mama, Do You Love Me? (BB)
Authors:
Barbara Joosse
Artists:
Barbara Lavallee
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten;

This beloved bestseller of a child testing the limits of her independence, and a mother who reassuringly proves that a parent's love is unconditional and everlasting.

Additional Information
24 pages | 5.25" x 6.25"

$9.99

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Northwest Coast Native Animals
Format: Board Book
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

Each animal has many lessons to teach us. For example, we learn to care for our habitat, to live cooperatively with others, to ahve courage, to think before we act, and to be wise and respectful. Try observing the animals around you. How can you be inspired by their knowledge?

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$10.00

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Ojibway Animals
Authors:
Native Explore
Format: Board Book
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;
Grade Levels: Preschool; Kindergarten; 1;

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$10.00

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