Orca Indigenous through June 2019

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    Series: IndigLits
    Legends and Teachings of Xeel's, the Creator 3rd edition Dr. Ellen Rice White Canada, Dr. Jo-Ann Archibald
    9781926886558 Paperback SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies On Sale Date: May 28, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 5 x 7 x 0.25 in | 200 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Theytus Books
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      Legends and Teachings of Xeel's, the Creator is the final book by celebrated Indigenous educator Ellen White. She died in 2018 at the age of ninety-four. White was a cultural knowledge keeper, author, linguist, herbalist, healer, traditional midwife, political activist and advocate who spent her life seeking knowledge and understanding to help peoples and nations better understand themselves and each other. She was invested into the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada for her many accomplishments. Her last book features an exciting collection of short stories: "The Creator and the Flea Lady," "The Boy Who Became a Killer Whale," "The Sockeye that Became a Rainbow" and "The Marriage of the Seagull and the Crow." Each story is accompanied by a discussion piece that provides cultural context and questions for the reader to consider.
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      Dr. Ellen White - Kwulasulwut was a celebrated educator, author, storyteller and medicine woman who believed education is the key to social change and community building. Fittingly, this Snuneymuxw Elder was known as Kwulasulwut, which translates as "many stars." She was raised by her grandmother on a small Gulf Island outside the residential-school-system catchment. She was taught traditional Coast Salish spirituality and medicine and started to learn midwifery at a young age, at a time when other Indigenous children were being separated from their culture.

      Member of the Stó:lo Nation, Dr. Jo-ann Archibald - Q’um Q’um Xiiem is described as a visionary and an agent of change, and is nationally recognized for creating culturally relevant teacher education and graduate programs for Aboriginal students. During her career of more than 40 years, her work transformed the learning landscape through curriculum and program development, policy, teaching and research.
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        Author was made a member of the Order of Canada in December 2016 for her work as an elder and community leader and her efforts to preserve the Hul’qumi’num language. In 2011, she was invested in the Order of B.C. In 2006, she received an honorary doctorate from what is now Vancouver Island University, where she was the first elder-in-residence and helped establish a First Nations program.
        Ellen White’s teachings and writings are sought for naming and ceremony traditions and have helped inform treaty negotiations and pipeline environmental assessment. White campaigned successfully to get electricity onto her reserve, to establish schools closer to the reserve and to establish a substance-abuse rehabilitation facility and the Friendship Centre in Nanaimo.
        White worked in the school system to bring cultural education to students through traditional teachings, Hul’qumi’num language lessons, dance, stories, foods and lectures. She published books of Coast Salish stories in English. She also wrote about native plants and created one of the first English-Hul’qumi’num dictionaries.
        White worked with the Nanaimo museum on First Nations artifacts. She spent 10 years lecturing native students in summer programs at the University of British Columbia, and was named Nanaimo’s Woman of the Year and Mother of the Year.

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    Series: IndigLits
    Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay Dual language (English & Cree) Shane L. Koyczan Canada, Joseph M. Sánchez Canada, Jim Logan Canada, Kent Monkman Canada, Nadya Kwandibens Canada
    9781926886510 Hardcover POETRY / Native American On Sale Date: May 28, 2019
    $29.95 CAD 8.5 x 8.5 x 0.25 in | 80 pages Carton Quantity: 1 Canadian Rights: Y Theytus Books
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      Inconvenient Skin challenges how reconciliation has become a contested buzzword filled with promises and good intentions but rarely any meaningful follow-through. While Canada's history is filled with darkness, these poems aim to unpack that history to clean the wounds so the nation can finally heal. Powerful and thought-provoking, this collection will draw you in and make you reconsider Canada's colonial legacy. The cover features the art of Kent Monkman, and the interior features work by Joseph Sanchez, a member of the Indian Group of Seven.

      Written in English and Cree.
      Bio
      Shane Koyczan writer, poet, spoken word artist, and has performed around the globe at universities and at music and literary festivals. His writing and performance is vital, witty and sincere: he reaches the hearts of his audiences with his powerful verses and has brought the Canadian spoken word movement to the international stage.

      Joseph M. Sánchez is a leader in Indigenous and Chicano arts since the 1970s, Joseph has worked with hundreds of artists creating work, developing exhibitions, and advocating for the rights of minority artists, most importantly with the Professional Native Indian Artists (Native Group of Seven). A spiritual surrealist, Joseph's work is sensual and dreamlike, provocative and thought-inducing.

      Jim Logan was born in 1955 in New Westminster, British Columbia and studied at the Kootenay School of Art in Nelson, BC. Logan's humor and affection for his culture is tempered by a concern for the restoration of identity and self-awareness within First Nations communities.

      Kent Monkman is a Canadian artist of Cree ancestry who is well known for his provocative reinterpretations of romantic North American landscapes in a variety of mediums, including painting, film/video, performance, and installation. His glamorous gender fluid alter-ego Miss Chief Eagle Testickle reverses the colonial gaze, upending received notions of history and Indigenous people.

      Nadya Kwandibens is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the Animakee Wa Zhing #37 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. She is a self-taught portrait and events photographer and has travelled extensively across Canada for over 10 years. Nadya's photography has been exhibited in group and solo shows across Canada and the United States.
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        Shane performed at the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics, where an audience of more than 1 billion people worldwide heard his piece We Are More.
        He is most famous for the anti-bullying poem To This Day which has over 20 million views on YouTube.
        He has published three books: Stickboy, Our Deathbeds Will Be Thirsty and Visiting Hours, selected by both The Guardian and The Globe and Mail for their Best Books of the Year lists.
        Shane's video of Incovenient Skin features the voices of Tanya Tagaq and Kym Gouchie.

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    Series: schchechmala children’s series
    Neekna and Chemai 3rd edition Jeannette Armstrong Canada, Barbara Marchand Canada
    9781926886435 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Grade (CAN) from 4 - 7, Grade (US) from 4 - 7, Reading age from 9 - 12 On Sale Date: May 28, 2019
    $14.95 CAD 5 x 7 x 0.25 in | 52 pages Carton Quantity: 180 Canadian Rights: Y Theytus Books
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      Neekna and Chemai are two little girls growing up in the Okanagan Valley in the time before European contact. Through these two friends, we learn about the seasonal life patterns of the Okanagan First Peoples. The girls spend time with Great-Grandmother, who tells them about important ceremonies, and they gather plants with Neekna's grandmother. Grandmother explains how bitterroot came to be an important food source, and why the people give a special ceremony of thanks at its harvest. Grandmother also tells the story of how a woman was changed to a rock to watch over the Okanagan Valley. Neekna understands how important it is that she has received the knowledge passed down for generations, from great-grandmother to grandmother to mother.
      Bio
      Jeannette Armstrong is a Canadian classic author and an award-winning Indigenous leader.

      Barbara Marchand is a published author and editor and an illustrator of children's books and young adult books. Her credits include Kou-Skelowh/We are the People: A Trilogy of Okanagan Legends (new bilingual edition). She lives in the Okanagan region of British Columbia.
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        Learn about the seasonal life patterns of the Okanagan people.
        Okanagan traditions and creation stories are shared.
        Jeannette Armstrong has deftly created a world for children to enter and better understand her peoples history pre-contact.
        Armstrong's main goal in writing is to educate young people about Native culture and history.
        Both educator and protector, Jeannette Armstrong is a professor of Indigenous Studies and a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Philosophy. Her research into Indigenous philosophies and Okanagan Syilx thought and environmental ethics that are coded into Syilx literature has been recognized locally and globally, and she serves as an active member of the Okanagan Nation Alliance and the En’owkin Centre.

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    The Girl and the Wolf Katherena Vermette Canada, Julie Flett Canada
    9781926886541 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 On Sale Date: February 05, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Theytus Books
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      While picking berries with her mother, a little girl wanders too far into the woods. When she realizes she is lost, she begins to panic. A large grey wolf makes a sudden appearance between some distant trees. Using his sense of smell, he determines where she came from and decides to help her. Through a series of questions from the wolf, the little girl realizes she had the knowledge and skill to navigate herself—she just needed to remember that those abilities were there all along.
      Bio

      Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction and children's literature. Her first book, North End Love Songs (The Muses' Company), won the 2013 Governor General's Literary Award for English Poetry. Her first novel, The Break (House of Anansi), was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize. Her National Film Board film this river won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of British Columbia and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. For more information, visit katherenavermette.com.

      Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alphabet di Michif. Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.


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        A little girl becomes lost in the woods and encounters a wolf. By asking her questions the wolf shows the girl she has the skill to find her own way home.

        Themes include independence, knowledge, trusting your instincts, and survial skills.

        An Indigenous twist on a classic wolf narrative (a la Little Red Riding Hood).

        Katherena Vermette wrote the bestselling and award-winning adult novel, The Break.

        The Break was a 2017 Canada Reads selection (CBC Radio One).

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      ★ "It's got a worthy message for any reader to enjoy, and Indigenous and First Nations readers will especially connect with characters who nourish traditional ways of knowing while existing in an active, contemporary present. A tale about knowledge, power, and trust that reminds readers we used to speak with animals and still do—it already feels like a classic."
      "What I like about this story so much is the way the wolf and girl demonstrate techniques for calming down to solve problems…The wolf also sets an example for parents; rather than solving the girl's problem for her, he provides support and assurance while encouraging her to apply her knowledge to a given situation."
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    Series: schchechmala children's series
    Zoe and the Fawn Catherine Jameson, Julie Flett Canada, Richard Armstrong Canada
    9781926886534 Hardcover JUVENILE FICTION / Animals Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 On Sale Date: February 05, 2019
    $19.95 CAD 8 x 8 x 0.38 in | 32 pages Carton Quantity: 38 Canadian Rights: Y Theytus Books
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      Zoe and her father are delighted to come across a fawn in the forest. But the fawn is alone—where is its mother? Join Zoe on her quest for the deer, as she encounters animals and learns their Okanagan (syilx) names along the way.

      Repetition of phrased questions will enhance success for beginning readers while creating a playful rhythm for young listeners.

      This sweet story is by Catherine Jameson, a mother who studied Children's Fiction Writing at the En'owkin Centre's Indigenous Creative Writing Graduate Program.
      Bio
      Catherine Jameson is Secwépemc-syilx (Okanagan). She lives in Penticton, British Columbia. This is her first book.

      Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alphabet di Michif. Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.

      Richard Armstrong, syilx traditional knowledge/language specialist, offers syilx (Okanagan) translations for each of the animals in this story. He is from the Okanagan Nation.
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        A young girl finds a lone fawn and with her father's help searches for its mother. Along the way she learns the Okanagan (syilx) names of the many woodland animals they encounter.

        Introduces young children to the Okanagan (syilx) language.

        Julie Flett has won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize three times and won the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature in 2017.

        The paperback edition of Zoe and the Fawn won the Moonbeam Children's Book Award, Bronze in 2007.

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      "Jameson has crafted a quiet tale of father-daughter togetherness using simple vocabulary, a good use of repetition, and a gentle storytelling tone. Flett's earth-toned illustrations neatly complement the author's style of writing…A lovely father-daughter idyll."
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    Kiss by Kiss / Ocêtôwina A Counting Book for Families Dual language (English & Plains Cree) Richard Van Camp Canada, Mary Cardinal Collins Canada
    9781459816213 Board book JUVENILE FICTION / Concepts Grade (CAN) from P - P, Grade (US) from P - P, Reading age from 0 - 2 On Sale Date: September 18, 2018
    $9.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.5 in | 26 pages Carton Quantity: 48 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      One kiss, two kiss, three kiss, four! So many kisses and so many more. From bestselling author Richard Van Camp comes a delightful counting book that honors families and can be used to praise your little ones as they learn to count. Ten kisses from your sweet baby might not be enough to get you through this adorable book, so you'll just have to read it over and over!

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this book as a dual-language (English/Plains Cree) edition.
      Bio
      Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's BFA in Creative Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Richard is the author of over twenty books in just about every genre, including Little You and Welcome Song for Baby. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films. For more information, visit richardvancamp.com. Follow him on social media @richardvancamp.

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      "Delightful…Underlines the special bond between and among family members."
      "Whether readers have brown skin or light skin, are mothers, fathers, or elders, this book is 'as welcome as the light from the sun,' as Van Camp's text aptly puts it. A wonderful expression of love and welcome song of hope manifested in a book about counting kisses."
      "This is one of those books you'll want to give to lots of people…Van Camp gives us so much…Highly recommended. Get a copy. You'll see. It is a delight!"
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    Little You / Kîya-K'apisîsisîyân Dual language (English & Plains Cree) Richard Van Camp Canada, Julie Flett Canada, Mary Cardinal Collins Canada
    9781459820067 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 On Sale Date: September 18, 2018
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 160 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of the hugely successful Welcome Song for Baby: A Lullaby for Newborns, has partnered with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that celebrates the potential of every child. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.
      Bio
      Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's BFA in Creative Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Richard is the author of over twenty books in just about every genre, including Little You and Welcome Song for Baby. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films. For more information, visit richardvancamp.com. Follow him on social media @richardvancamp.

      Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alphabet di Michif. Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.

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      Awards
      BC Books for Babies 2013, Winner
      CCBC Best Books 2013, Commended
      OLA Best Bets 2013, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended
      Read to Me!'s 50 Best Books for Babies list 2013, Commended
      CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award 2014, Short-listed
      CCBC Choices selection 2014, Commended
      Alcuin Design Award 2014, Short-listed
      R. Ross Annett Award 2015, Winner
      Today's Parent's Best Canadian Kids Books list selection 2015, Commended
      Reading Lights selection 2015, Commended
      Best Picture Book at the American Youth Literature Awards 2016, Winner
      Reviews
      "A contemporary Metis child and his family are shown as the child grows from infancy to toddlerhood. Joy in life and the world about them are lovingly depicted in spare, but evocative text that is paired with Flett's exquisite mixed-media illustrations."
      "Both the language and artwork is sophisticated in this board book that welcomes a new child into the world and explains how important he or she is to their parents…There is a smoothness and softness to both the message and the rhythm of the text, to which little ones will respond…The collage-style art featuring an Asian family has a warm elegance that parents will enjoy and whimsical touches that will appeal to children."
      "This tender celebration of babies features gentle rhymes and warm, understated illustrations…The art has the look of cut paper, with distinct lines and pleasingly curved shapes...Eschewing the overt cuteness often seen in board books, the artist captures the toddler's joy in subtle, but tangible images...The family feels real and specific, and the message...will resonate with all readers."
      "The spreads lovingly depict a young child growing from infancy to toddlerhood...The text has the gentle cadence of a lullaby...Flett, who is of Cree Métis heritage, gives each character tawny skin, almond-shaped eyes and dark hair. This, combined with her sophisticated and simple style, allows her featured family to represent relatively broad branches of the human family. The art, with the look of cut-paper collage, uses curved forms and playful prints to flesh out the affectionate tableaux...The soothing rhythms of the language and the affection of the scenes are right on target. A poetic and joyful celebration."
      "A celebratory homage to newborn children and the joy they bring to their families. In a sensitive three-verse poetic text, author and storyteller Richard Van Camp evokes the love and commitment parents have for their offspring. The writing is meditative in nature...Julie Flett's unique pencil, watercolour and gouache collage illustrations are an exquisite partnering with the text...The colourful patterns on the parents' and child's clothing add visual interest in the artwork, which is otherwise striking in its simplicity.This beautiful board book will particularly resonate with parents, grandparents and caregivers of newborns as they begin their life's journey together."
      "Charming and fluid, Richard Van Camp has unlocked the keys to the heart, beautifully expressing how parents feel about their own baby...This touching and joyful tale Little You takes us on a heartfelt and peaceful journey of raising baby...Encapsulating the serenity and enchantment of Van Camp's words, Julie Flett illustrates...in an elegant monochromatic autumnal palette...Simple clean lines, geometric shapes and the beautiful use of negative space are a delight at each turn of the page. Taking us on a journey of the pure love from season to season, daytime and evening, indoors and outdoors...A little book with a bigger heart, much, much bigger than little!"
      "A sweet little board book...Richard Van Camp has written a beautiful poem that describes the feelings of parenthood...The illustrations, done by Julie Flett, are both simple, and bold at the same time...and helped bring such beautiful words to life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys curling up with their little one with a good book. It's a nice quick little read, that captured my little one's attention right away. It's got a great message that I hope she'll remember for the rest of her life."
      "This board book is meant for the very youngest 'listeners' as well as a good gift idea for new parents or soon-to-be parents. The quiet verses are warm, cozy and heartfelt. The illustrations show a family of people with darker skin (the author and illustrator are Canadian aboriginals) which would make this book appealing to people who are non-Caucasian, thus widening its appeal. A wonderful addition for public libraries."
      "[Has] a quiet lyricism and poetic flair...Thunder, star, breath and ember provide images for the parents' love of this small baby—small in body but great in wonder. The clean lines and subtle colour contrasts in Flett's illustrations are an apt complement to Van Camp's evocation of love, festivity and natural wonder."
      ★ "Van Camp composes a lyrical ode to a newborn child, which is matched in its loveliness by Flett's exquisite, collage-like images of a young one with his or her parents. Both collaborators are of aboriginal Canadian descent, and the book will have particular appeal for families looking for nonwhite representations of tender family moments. But families of every size, shape, and background can appreciate sentiments like, 'You are life and breath adored/ You are us and so much more/ Little ember with growing light/ Feel our love as we hold you tight.'"
      "The brief poetic text speaks to the delight that a child has brought into its parents' lives...Flett's illustrations of a Métis or First Nations family, consisting of mother, father and child, capture their close physical and emotional bonds. Little You is an excellent purchase for public libraries as well as being a good gift for new parents! Highly Recommended."
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    My Heart Fills With Happiness / Ni Sâkaskineh Mîyawâten Niteh Ohcih Dual language (English & Plains Cree) Monique Gray Smith Canada, Julie Flett Canada, Mary Cardinal Collins Canada
    9781459820180 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 On Sale Date: September 18, 2018
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 160 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

      International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.
      Bio
      Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit www.littledrum.com.

      Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alphabet di Michif. Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.

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      Awards
      Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2017, Winner
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      Girls of Summer Reading List 2017, Commended
      Global Read Aloud 2018, Commended
      Indigenous Literature Award 2018, Short-listed
      Reviews
      "It is a fantastic toddler book that celebrates family and heritage and would be valuable in any collection, especially those of First Nations heritage."
      "Specific visuals ground this sweet celebration of simple pleasures."
      "An excellent board book for every baby Canadian."
      "[A] light, warm and utterly charming book...Highly recommended for families, parents of young children to share with them and to begin conversation and sharing about emotions."
      ★ "Joyful and tender, this board book celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections...Flett's quietly powerful gouache and digital collage illustrations emphasize the relationships between people...The sweet family story has universal appeal. A first purchase for all libraries."
      "A celebration of aboriginal culture...but also universal in its message: sometimes it's the simplest things that lift our spirits highest...[The book] is beautiful in both its appearance and its intention."
      "A comforting board book offers young children the opportunity for reflection, and for affirmation, too. Moments of happiness tucked into each and every day celebrated here include time with family, self-expression, and the natural world."
      "A board book that leaves you feeling cheerful and appreciative of those small moments in life that bring one joy. Recommended."
      ★ "A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures, which features a cast of First Nations children and adults...Short, first-person phrases...revel in both solitary and familial activities...Flett's (Little You) crisp-edged paintings blend universal and culturally specific experiences."
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    We Sang You Home / Ka Kîweh Nikamôstamâtinân Dual language (English & Plains Cree) Richard Van Camp Canada, Julie Flett Canada, Mary Cardinal Collins Canada
    9781459820142 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 On Sale Date: September 18, 2018
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 26 pages Carton Quantity: 160 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      In this sweet and lyrical board book from the creators of the bestselling Little You, gentle rhythmic text captures the wonder new parents feel as they welcome baby into the world. A celebration of the bond between parent and child, this is the perfect song to share with your little ones.

      Internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author Richard Van Camp teams up with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett for a second time to create a stunning board book for babies and toddlers.

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.
      Bio
      Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's BFA in Creative Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Richard is the author of over twenty books in just about every genre, including Little You and Welcome Song for Baby. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films. For more information, visit richardvancamp.com. Follow him on social media @richardvancamp.

      Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L'alphabet di Michif. Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit julieflett.com. Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended
      CCBC Best Books 2017, Commended
      CaldeNott 2019, Long-listed
      Reviews
      "A great strength of this book is that it is nonspecific and inclusive enough to encompass all new babies—arriving through birth, fostering, or adoption—and it does not specify gender…The whole message is one of love, welcome, and completion now that the young one has joined the family. The eye-catching illustrations hint at a non-specific non-white race for the family (could be Asian, First Nations, Inuit, etc.), making this book inclusive and encompassing of Canada's ethnic diversity…It is a book of thankfulness and hope that would make a wonderful addition to the preschool collection in a library. Highly recommended."
      "Babies and toddlers love to be loved, and they will also love to see themselves and their parents reflected in the beautiful pages of this book."
      "The emotions of parenthood—including feelings of love, elation, and gratitude—are certain to be conveyed to [children] by the parents who share this tale with them. A lovely picture book that will resonate with parents and show young readers the profound, positive impact they have on their parents' lives."
      "Both Van Camp's words and Flett's illustrations are economical, but We Sang You Home is not a quick read. Instead, each of the paired pages of text and illustration truly demands that the reader pause and reflect on the pages' contents. Highly recommended."
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    Welcome Song for Baby / Ni Nikamon 'Tawâw Nipepîmis' Dual language (English & Plains Cree) Richard Van Camp Canada, Mary Cardinal Collins Canada
    9781459820104 Paperback JUVENILE FICTION / Family Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 On Sale Date: September 18, 2018
    $6.95 CAD 7 x 7 x 0.13 in | 24 pages Carton Quantity: 160 Canadian Rights: Y Orca Book Publishers
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      Description
      From renowned First Nations storyteller Richard Van Camp comes a lyrical lullaby for newborns. Complemented with stunning photographs, this evocative board book is perfectly suited as a first book for every baby.

      Orca Book Publishers is pleased to offer this paperback as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.
      Bio
      Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tlicho Dene Nation from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's BFA in Creative Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Richard is the author of over twenty books in just about every genre, including Little You and Welcome Song for Baby. His novel The Lesser Blessed is now a movie with First Generation Films. For more information, visit richardvancamp.com. Follow him on social media @richardvancamp.

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    • Awards & Reviews

      Awards
      Toronto Public Library First & Best booklist 2007, Commended
      Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2007, Long-listed
      National Parenting Publications Award 2008, Winner
      Books for BC Babies 2008, Winner
      PJ Library Selection 2012, Commended
      Reviews
      "An excellent addition to a public library's collection. For new parents it would be a welcomed gift to be cherished for years to come."
      "This is a board book that toddlers will want to look at over and over just to see the expressions on the little ones."
      "It may work its way into parents' and grandparents' hearts the way Robert Munsch's Love You Forever has."
      "If you have a need to purchase a book as a gift for parents of a newborn, this is the one to get. It will be a treasure long after the baby has grown."
      "An excellent purchase for public libraries and a terrific gift for new parents! Highly recommended."

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