The finalists for the 2018 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award have been announced. The $50,000 prize is the richest in Canadian children’s literature — awarded annually to the creators of one book for readers up to the age of 12.
Inspired by the diversity of the finalists for this award, CBC Books is putting together reading lists for the whole family. One of the 2018 finalists is Monique Gray Smith ‘s Speaking Our Truth — a nonfiction book that details the history of the residential school system in Canada and its lasting effects on generations of Indigenous people living in Canada.
Here are 13 other inspiring books by Indigenous authors for kids and their families to check out. Picture books:
Nokum Is My Teacher is a children’s book written by David Bouchard and illustrated by Allen Sapp. (Rubicon Publishing/Red Deer Press/Dean Bauche) Written by award-winning Métis poet and author David Bouchard and illustrated by Cree elder and Governor General’s Literary Award-winning painter Allen Sapp, Nokum Is My Teacher is the poetic story about a young Indigenous boy who asks his Nokum (grandmother) a series of questions about the world outside of their community. Nokum gives her grandson an appreciation for his tradition as well as an understanding of how to fit into life off of the reserve — while still respecting the ways of his people. This children’s book was the recipient of the Ânskohk Aboriginal Children’s Book of the Year and was a bronze medallist for the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards in 2007. Shi-shi-etko is a children’s book written by Nicola I. Campbell and illustrated by Kim LaFave. (salishwrite.com/Kinder Books) Shi-shi-etko is a young girl who has only a few days before she is sent off to a residential school. In the short time she has left, she soaks in the natural wonders of the world around her, from the tall grass to the tadpoles in the creek. Before she leaves, the child learns valuable lessons and wisdom needed in the trying times ahead. Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox is a children’s book written and illustrated by Danielle Daniel. (danielledaniel.com/Groundwood Books) Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox is a children’s introduction to the idea of totem animals, a deeply rooted Anishinaabe tradition. In a series of short poems that are accompanied by illustrations of children wearing masks, the book explains the idea of identifying with a chosen animal. Written and illustrated by Danielle Daniel, Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox also describes how totem animals can act as guides for people seeking to understand themselves and their place in the world better. The Moccasins is a children’s book written by Earl Einarson and illustrated by Julie Flett. (poppytalk.com/Theytus Books/McKellar & Martin Publishing Group) Written by Earl Einarson and illustrated by award-winning artist Julie Flett, The Moccasins is about an Indigenous boy who is given a gift from his adoptive mother. This simple story is built on themes of acceptance, self-esteem and love to depict a positive foster care experience. Coyote Tales is a collection of two fables by award-winning author Thomas King. (HarperCollins/Groundwood Books) This children’s book by award-winning novelist Thomas King tells two fables featuring the trickster Coyote. In Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote must get the Moon back into the sky after he insults it and causes Moon to plunge into a pond, sending the world into darkness. In Coyote’s New Suit , the mischievous Raven insists that Coyote’s brown suit is not the finest in the forest. Coyote then steals the suits of the other animals while Raven convinces the animals to steal clothes […]
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