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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We feel good out here


by Julie-Ann André, Tessa Macintosh and Mindy Willett

The story of Julie-Ann André, a Canadian ranger, mother, hunter, trapper, business owner, and student. She shares her family's story and that of her land, Khaii Luk, the place of winter fish

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by Ningeokuluk Teevee and Nina Manning-Toonoo

The experiences of a young child as she and her grandmother go for a walk along the shore to gather clams for the family's supper. During the experience Alego finds many new and interesting animals and creatures that live the tide pools along the shore and grandmother teaches her the names of the creatures

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Emma’s gift


by Deborah L. Delaronde, Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Jay Odjick

Emma wants to participate in her community's annual 'King's Day' celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. Her mother, however, feels that Emma is too young. When Emma's grandmother hurts herself, Emma reluctantly agrees to help. In helping her grandmother prepare and serve her King's Day meal, Emma discovers the meaning behind this special day. 'King's Day' is about celebrating Christ's birth and the Three Wise Kings who visited the baby Jesus bearing gifts on this holy day. Emma learns that 'King's Day' is not only about exchanging gifts, it's also about helping family and friends by giving one's time.-- Publisher's website

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The old ways


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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Which way should I go?


by Sylvia Olsen, Kasia Charko and Ron Martin

Joey is a happy Nuu-chah-nulth boy, eager to help and quick to see the bright side of things. But when he loses his beloved grandmother, the sun goes out in his world. Fortunately, she has left something of herself behind a song, which keeps knocking on Joey's heart, and a dance, which urges him to get up on his feet and choose again

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The dreaded ogress of the tundra


by Neil Christopher and Larry MacDougall

"This revised, expanded edition, originally published as Stories of the Amautalik, shares two spine-tingling tales of the dreaded ogress of the tundra, a creature that carries away unsuspecting children on her back! New illustrations in this edition ring the amautalik to life in even greater, creepier detail than the original. Revised text and additional content make this new edition a must-buy for young readers who are intrigued with the dark and dreaded beings of Inuit mythology!"--|cProvided by publisher