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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

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        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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        Tales from the tundra

        2010

        by Ibi Kaslik and Anthony Brennan

        Learn why the raven is black or how a little boy was transformed into a bird. Find out why a walrus used to have antlers and how an earth spirit pulled the first caribou from the ground. These fascinating stories will capture the imagination of young readers and introduce them to the rich mythology of the Canadian Inuit

        An Inuksuk means welcome

        2015

        by Mary Wallace

        An inuksuk is a stone landmark that different peoples of the Arctic region build to leave a symbolic message. Inuksuit (the plural of inuksuk) can point the way, express joy, or simply say: welcome. A central image in Inuit culture, the inuksuk frames this picture book as an acrostic: readers will learn seven words from the Inuktitut language whose first letters together spell INUKSUK. Each word is presented in English and in Inuktitut characters, with phonetic pronunciation guides provided. --Publisher

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