December 2019 Holiday Campaign

Check out the recommended books for our December 2019 Holiday Campaign.

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Nibi’s Water Song

Sunshine Tenasco,
illustration by Chief Lady Bird

Summary of Nibi’s Water Song

In Nibi’s Water Song, an Indigenous girl named Nibi is on the search for clean water to drink. Though she faces repeated obstacles, Nibi’s joyful energy and perseverance shines through. She becomes a catalyst for change and action as her community, and then in widening circles the country and government, rally to make clean drinking water available for everyone.

Kids will see that when the stakes are high and a problem seems too large to face, every small bit that someone does can help — and that inaction in the face of a wrong is not an option. In an incredible collaboration of talent, Chief Lady Bird’s stunning original artwork conveys themes of strength, hope and resilience, while Sunshine Tenasco’s amazing optimistic spirit shines through in her writing.

(Source: Scholastic)

This Place: 150 Years Retold

(Multiple authors)

Summary of This Place: 150 Years Retold

Explore the past 150 years through the eyes of Indigenous creators in this groundbreaking graphic novel anthology. Beautifully illustrated, these stories are an emotional and enlightening journey through Indigenous wonderworks, psychic battles, and time travel. See how Indigenous peoples have survived a post-apocalyptic world since Contact.

(Source: Portage and Main Press)


Arielle Twist

Summary of Disintegrate/Dissociate

In her powerful debut collection of poetry, Arielle Twist unravels the complexities of human relationships after death and metamorphosis. In these spare yet powerful poems, she explores, with both rage and tenderness, the parameters of grief, trauma, displacement, and identity. Weaving together a past made murky by uncertainty and a present which exists in multitudes, Arielle Twist poetically navigates through what it means to be an Indigenous trans woman, discovering the possibilities of a hopeful future and a transcendent, beautiful path to regaining softness.

(Source: Arsenal Pulp Press)

Blueberry Patch / Meennunyakaa

Jennifer Season
Also available in Anishinaabemowin

Summary of Blueberry Patch / Meennunyakaa

Based in Duck Bay, Manitoba, in the 1940s, an Elder shares his experience of packing up to go out to collect blueberries, a traditional gathering that took place every summer. He describes the journey and landscape with humor and such vivid imagery that readers will see themselves there with him, boarding the trail of wagons from surrounding communities and heading east toward the blueberry patch. The Elder’s stories offer a journey back in time and are complemented by images of fields of plump blueberries, tall green grass, bannock baking over an open fire, clear freshwater streams, and the tents the people slept in.

(Source: Theytus Books)

The Orange Shirt Story

Phyllis Webstad

Summary of The Orange Shirt Story

When Phyllis Webstad (nee Jack) turned six, she went to the residential school for the first time. On her first day at school, she wore a shiny orange shirt that her Granny had bought for her, but when she got to the school, it was taken away from her and never returned. This is the true story of Phyllis and her orange shirt. It is also the story of Orange Shirt Day (an important day of remembrance for First Nations and non First Nations Canadians).

(Source: Medicine Wheel Education)

It's Time for Bed

Jeremy Debicki and Ceporah Mearns

Summary of It's Time for Bed

It’s time for Siasi to go to bed, but she doesn’t want to brush her teeth or put away her toys. It’s so much more fun to play with all the animals of the Arctic! Wouldn’t everyone rather dance with polar bear, howl with the wolves, and swim with the fish instead of get ready for bed? In this charming bedtime story, readers follow Siasi on a nighttime adventure as she comes up with excuse after excuse for why she’s not quite ready to go to bed.

This story is inspired by the authors' daughter Siasi.

(Source: Strong Nations Publishing)

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