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Our intention is to acquire and make available ALL picture books featuring indigenous people and people of color published in the U.S. since 2002, including reprints. Inclusion of a title in the collection DOES NOT EQUAL recommendation. See our related readings page for suggested links for evaluating books.

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          Not my girl

          2014

          by Christy Jordan-Fenton, Gabrielle Grimard and Margaret Pokiak-Fenton

          Two years ago, Margaret left her Arctic home for the outsiders' school. Now she has returned and can barely contain her excitement as she rushes towards her waiting family -- but her mother stands still as a stone. This strange, skinny child, with her hair cropped short, can't be her daughter. "Not my girl!" she says angrily. Margaret's years at school have changed her. Now ten years old, she has forgotten her language and the skills to hunt and fish. She can't even stomach her mother's food. Her only comfort is in the books she learned to read at school

          Beautiful Life Biography

          Missuk's snow geese

          2008

          by Anne Renaud and Geneviève Côté

          When her father agrees to teach her how to carve snow geese out of soapstone upon his return from a hunting trip, Missuk is thrilled with the opportunity to learn his great skill, but when a snowstorm blasts the area and her father is nowhere in sight, Missuk begins to fear the worst, in a moving tale set in the land of the Northern lights

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          The old ways

          2014

          by Susan Margaret Chapman and John Mantha

          "Simon loves his grandparents but they are stuck in their 'old ways.' Simon can't imagine what is so great about building igloos and listening to his grandmother's time- worn tales. It may take more than a little persuasion to interest him in both. In fact, it takes a blizzard and a broken engine to show Simon that the old ways are far more interesting-- and useful-- than any television show or video game could be"--Jacket flap

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          Wild eggs

          2015

          by Suzie Napayok-Short and Jonathan Wright

          Akuluk is not excited about visiting her grandparents in Nunavut. She would rather head south for summer vacation, somewhere with roller coasters and cotton candy. There can't be much to do way up there, Akuluk figures. But as soon as she steps off the plane and sees all the exciting animals that the tundra has to offer, Akuluk forgets all about her dreams of going south. On her first full day in Nunavut, she can't wait to travel out on the land with her grandfather to hunt for wild eggs. As she learns about the different types of eggs, how to collect them properly, and the delicious meals that can be prepared with them, Akuluk knows that this is just the beginning of the exciting things she'll learn about the Arctic

          Beautiful Life Folklore