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Yamozha and His Beaver Wife
Author: Vital Thomas
Content Territory: Tłı̨chǫ (Dogrib)
Format: Hardcover
Yamozha and His Beaver Wife is a story based upon an oral legend of the Dene people. Yamozha stories entertain but also teach and pass on knowledge. In this legend, Yamozha forgets his promise to his wife and as a result she turns into a giant beaver. He chases her all over Denedeh but is unable to catch her. This story tells of how this great medicine man shaped the land in the Dogrib region and surrounding areas into what it is today. Included in this book is a multimedia CD-ROM

Yaqan Nuki Ktunaxa Kutenai Tales
Author: Robert Louie
Format: Paperback
A selected collection of Ktunaxa Kutenai Tales held by the ancestors of Lower Division Kutenai people. The tales were never recorded, but were told in oral form a practice that was handed down from one generation to the next.

Yeny and the Children for Peace
Author: Michelle Mulder
Format: Paperback
What weapon can children use to fight violence? A vote for peace! Yeny and her family have escaped from the violence in their mountain village in Colombia to live in the city. But danger remains all around her — from groups of armed men who have kidnapped her uncle to a scary bully at school. Yeny feels powerless until her new friends decide to organize a peace carnival. Before long, the peace movement has attracted young people from across the country, and they decide to hold a national vote for peace.

Inspired by the Colombian Children’s Movement for Peace - on October 25, 1996, millions of kids throughout Colombia held a vote that resulted in one full day with no bombs, shootings, or kidnappings. The group has been nominated every year since then for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Yetsa's Sweater
Author: Sylvia Olsen
Format: Paperback
On a fresh spring day, young Yetsa, her mother and her grand-mother gather to prepare the sheep fleeces piled in Grandma's yard. As they clean, wash and dry the fleece, laughter and hard work connect the three generations. The reader joins this family in an old, but vibrant tradition: the creation of a Cowichan sweater.

You Are Helpful
Author: Todd Snow
Format: Paperback
Multi-ethnic content

These multicultural books are written in simple words, and are vividly illustrated with realistic scenes that relate to children's everyday lives. YOU ARE HELP-FUL and YOU ARE HEALTHY are ideal intros to a lifetime of good habits and great additions to the Series.

Ages 4 and up

You Hold Me Up
Content Territory: Cree, Métis
Format: Hardcover
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.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

"Smith's text is heartwarming! And the illustrations, by Danielle Daniel, reflect Native people in the present day. Like My Heart Fills with Happiness, this new book by Smith is one that parents, grandparents, pre-school and elementary teachers, and librarians, will want to have on their shelves." — Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

"People of all ages can find something of value within the pages of Monique Gray Smith and Danielle Daniel's book…Smith has Cree and Lakota ancestry, while Daniel is Métis. With this book, they become quiet and understated—yet powerful—voices in an age of reconciliation. You Hold Me Up is simple, yet beautiful, subtle but thought-provoking. It contains critical messages about love, unity, and support. Through carefully chosen words and strong, colourful are, the book presents an important reminder to readers to sustain and support one another. Highly Recommended." — CM Magazine

"Perfect for a shared storytime as well as a lap-sit reading session, the actions of each person emphasize community, togetherness, and mutual respect. While sharing is a universal concept, Daniel's illustrations bring specificity to the narrative…Just as in Smith's board book My Heart Fills with Happiness, readers will joyfully make connections between their own communities and the indigenous one depicted here." — IndiePicks Magazine

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32 pages | 9.00" x 9.00"
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You're Just Right
Format: Hardcover
Written with tenderness and great compassion, You're Just Right affirms the beauty and dignity that comes with unconditional love.

Through joy and sorrow, laughter and tears, our life's journey is meant to be a celebration of the gifts we have been given. A baby's first cry signals the beginning of walking in the footsteps of those who have gone before us and the ones guiding us now.

Award-winning children's author Victor Lethbridge reminds us that even though we all share in the same struggles, each one of us longs to hear these words quietly whispered in our ear. "I love you so much. You're just right. You're just right. You're just right."

You're Smarter Than You Think Revised & Updated: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences
Format: Paperback
Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences has revolutionized the way we think about being smart. Teachers are using multiple intelligences curricula in their classrooms. Multiple intelligences schools have opened in several states. But it’s not enough for adults to know about multiple intelligences. In true Free Spirit style, this new book helps kids understand Gardner’s theory, what it means to them, and how to make the most of their own abilities and potential.

In clear, simple language, Thomas Armstrong introduces the theory, explains the eight intelligences, and describes ways to develop each one. He tells young readers how to use all eight intelligences in school, build them at home, and draw on them to plan for the future. Resources describe related books, software, games, and organizations.

As kids read the book, try Tom’s ideas, and check out the resources, they stop asking “How smart am I?” and start asking “How am I smart?” This powerful learning tool is recommended for all kids—and all adults committed to helping young people do and be their best.

Young Aboriginal Voices
Author: M. D. Meyer
Format: Hardcover
This beautifully bound and illustrated 8 ½ X 11 hard cover book contains the work of thirty-nine young Aboriginal authors from the grade six classes at Jack River School in Norway House, MB. Each of the student stories and artwork reflects one of the Seven Teachings.

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