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Orca BIPOC authors and illustrators through December 2021

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    Little You / Gidagaashiinh Dual language (English & Anishinaabemowin) Hardcover Richard Van Camp 9781459825505 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 May 11, 2021
    Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of Welcome Song for Baby and We Sang You Home, has partnered with talented illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender board book for babies and toddlers that honors the child in everyone. 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 proud to offer this picture book as a dual-language (English and Anishinaabemowin) edition.
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    My Heart Fills With Happiness / Nijiikendam Dual language (English & Anishinaabemowin) Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459825390 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 May 11, 2021
    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 ... + Read More
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    Tu es là pour moi Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459826656 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 May 11, 2021
    Cet album aux illustrations vibrantes de la célèbre artiste Danielle Daniel encourage les enfants à manifester leur affection, à se soutenir mutuellement et à tenir compte du bien-être des autres dans leur quotidien.Monique Gray Smith, qui est une experte-conseil, conférencière d’envergure internationale et autrice primée, a écrit Tu es là pour moi afin de favoriser le dialogue entre les enfants et les autres jeunes, les professionnels de la santé qu’ils côtoient et leurs enseignants au sujet de la Réconciliation et de l’importance des liens qu... + Read More
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    You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim Dual Language (English & Anishnaabemowin) Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459827196 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 May 11, 2021
    This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their every-day actions. Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about build... + Read More
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    City Baby Board book Laurie Elmquist 9781459825925 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 0 - 2 May 11, 2021
    Bustling streets, lively squares and busy restaurants are baby’s playground when they are in the big city. So much to see and do as baby’s stroller navigates the crowded avenues or baby takes a break in a quiet park to blow bubbles and chase pigeons. Ashley Barron’s paper-collage illustrations are a joy to behold, bringing energy and life to this delightful board book. Rhyming verse from Laurie Elmquist takes the reader on a journey through a festive big city.
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    My Heart Beats Board book Rina Singh 9781459825680 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 0 - 2 Apr 13, 2021
    No matter what language we speak, no matter where we live in the world, our hearts beat with the same rhythm. We may hear and say the sounds differently—doki doki in Japanese, tu tump tu tump in Italian, dugeun dugeun in Korean, dhak dhak in Urdu, boum boum in French and thump thump in English—but when our hearts beat, all the sounds mean the same thing: you are alive and you are loved.A beautiful photographic board book featuring babies from all over the world and the sounds their hearts make as they beat with love.
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    The Sun is a Shine Board book Leslie A. Davidson 9781459826267 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 0 - 2 Apr 13, 2021
    A gentle and poetic board book about weather systems across the world. Young readers will enjoy meeting children from around the globe and experiencing the phenomena of the sky as each child thanks Mother Earth for bringing the sun, wind, rain, snow, lightning and thunder to them. Magical illustrations enhance evocative text in a delightful blend of cultural diversity, geography, science, rich language and gratitude.The sun is a shine, that wakens the day, sparkles the dew, makes everything new. Miigwetch, merci, golden Sun. Thank you, thank yo... + Read More
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    A Perfect Likeness Two Novellas Combined volume Paperback Richard Wagamese 9781459828360 $19.95 FICTION Mar 16, 2021
    The volume brings together two previously published novellas by Richard Wagamese, Him Standing and The Next Sure Thing, with a foreword from author Waubgeshig Rice. Both stories follow the lives of young men who have dreams for a better future. In their search for fame and fortune, Cree Thunderboy and Lucas Smoke end up on paths where their biggest challenge is staying true to themselves. In Him Standing, Lucas Smoke learns the art of carving from his grandfather. He discovers that he is a natural; he can literally make people come to life in... + Read More
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    Louis Riel Day The Fur Trade Project Hardcover Deborah L. Delaronde 9781926886619 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 6 - 9 Feb 09, 2021
    When a young boy is assigned a project about the fur trade by his teacher, he doesn’t know who to turn to because his mom works all day. With help from his grandfather and the internet, they travel back in time and discover how the fur trade began, a new people emerged, the Métis’ role in the fur trade, Louis Riel and the Red River Resistance, and the reason behind a holiday named Louis Riel Day.
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    Series: Orca Origins Chinese New Year A Celebration for Everyone Paperback Jen Sookfong Lee 9781459826434 $12.95 JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12 Jan 19, 2021
    From its beginnings as a farming celebration marking the end of winter to its current role as a global party featuring good food, lots of gifts and public parades, Chinese New Year is a snapshot of Chinese culture. Award-winning author and broadcaster Jen Sookfong Lee recalls her childhood in Vancouver and weaves family stories into the history, traditions and evolution of Chinese New Year. Lavishly illustrated with color photographs throughout.
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    Series: Follow the Water sk?p'lk'mitkw / Water Changeling Dual Language (English & nsyilxc?n) Paperback Harron Hall 9781926886664 $15.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 7 - 10 Jan 26, 2021
    sk?p’lk’mitkw / Water Changeling is the story of the natural water cycle from a Syilx traditional ecological knowledge perspective. The story features a water girl named sk?p’lk’mitkw who longs to visit with her grandparents. She receives help from newfound friends who change her into rain, hail and snow so she can reach her grandparents.
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    Series: Follow the Water k?xntim s?anixw k'?l nixwtitkw i? acxw?l?xwalt / We Go with Muskrat to Those Living Underwater Dual Language (English & nsyilxc?n) Paperback Harron Hall 9781926886695 $15.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 7 - 9 Jan 26, 2021
    k?xntim s?anix? k??l nix?titk? acx??l?x?alt / We Go With Muskrat to Those Living Underwater is an interactive story with s?anix? (Muskrat) in the lead, allowing readers to learn both the n’syilxwcn and English names of underwater creatures living in the Okanagan Valley. The book seamlessly combines beautiful imagery with amusing descriptions as Muskrat introduces a diverse set of underwater creatures.
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    Series: Follow the Water kwu?c'?x?w?ntim t?l stunx isck'wuls / Lessons From Beaver's Work Dual Language (English & nsyilxc?n) Paperback Harron Hall 9781926886688 $15.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 10 - 13 Jan 26, 2021
    k?u?c??x???ntim t?l stunx isck’?uls / Lessons From Beaver’s Work teaches children through storytelling to hold reverence for all life forms. The book depicts a conflict between Tapit, a rancher, and stunx (beaver), as they both try to meet their water needs. The touching humanity of stunx (Beaver) softens Tapit’s outlook, as he reminds Tapit that he is not the only one that depends on water.
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    Series: Follow the Water i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k'?l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli? Dual Language (English & nsyilxc?n) Paperback Harron Hall 9781926886671 $15.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 5 - 7 Jan 26, 2021
    i? siw?kw nkwancin?m k??l suli? / The Water Sings to Suli? is an original story with a universal message, shedding light on the importance of water as a living entity. The story features a young girl named suli?, who hears the song of the water calling for her while playing outside. suli? ventures out of her yard and into the forest. Along the way she meets an unexpected magic water child. The water child entrusts suli? with an important message to share with the world.
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    Series: IndigLits Inconvenient Skin / nayêhtâwan wasakay Dual language (English & Cree) Paperback Shane L. Koyczan 9781926886657 $19.95 POETRY Mar 16, 2021
    Inconvenient Skin challenges how reconciliation has become a contested buzzword filled with promises and good intentions but rarely with 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 Sánchez, a member of the Indian Group of Se... + Read More
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    When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo Dual language (English & Diné) Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459827530 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 Oct 13, 2020
    When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.Orca Book Publishers is proud to offer this picture bo... + Read More
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    When We Are Kind Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459825222 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 Oct 13, 2020
    When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.
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    Series: Orca Echoes Hockey Night in Kenya Paperback Danson Mutinda 9781459823617 $7.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 6 - 8 Oct 13, 2020
    ? “This simple story of discovery, sport, and friendship is filled with likable characters and innocently joyful moments...Delightful.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review Kenyan orphans, Kitoo and Nigosi, spend their days studying, playing soccer, helping their elders with chores around the orphanage and reading from the limited selection of books in their library. When the librarian gives Kitoo a copy of Sports Around the World he becomes fascinated by an image of the Canadian national men's ice hockey team. Then one day the fates align and Kitoo ... + Read More
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    Nous sommes gentils Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459826502 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 Oct 13, 2020
    Nous sommes gentils traite des gestes de bonté tout simples du quotidien et encourage les enfants à explorer comment ils se sentent quand ils sont bienveillants ou quand une personne est gentille à leur égard. L’autrice renommée Monique Gray Smith a écrit de nombreux ouvrages sur la résilience et la réconciliation. Elle communique un message important qui s’adresse aux lecteurs de tous les âges au moyen de mots soigneusement choisis. Magnifiquement illustré par l’artiste Nicole Neidhardt, l’album encourage les enfants à être gentils avec les a... + Read More
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    Once Upon an Hour Hardcover Ann Yu-Kyung Choi 9781459821279 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 3 - 5 Oct 13, 2020
    Yu-Rhee, a young Korean girl, wants to know how to tell time using a clock. Her mother tells her a tale from her childhood based on the traditional Korean practice of timekeeping, where the 12 animals of the zodiac are assigned to 2-hour sections of the 24-hour clock. Told from the point of view of a mountain, the story follows a child as they climb the mountainside in search of a plant to heal their ailing mother. The climb is steep, the path wild and the way difficult. The mountain watches the child struggle and calls on the animals that live... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Soundings Dreaming in Color Paperback Melanie Florence 9781459825864 $10.95 YOUNG ADULT FICTION Age (years) from 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Jennifer McCaffrey has been working hard on her art for years and is thrilled when she is accepted to a prestigious art school. The school is everything she always thought it would be, mostly. There is one group of kids who seem to resent her and say she only got in because of her skin color. Jen, who loves to create new pieces of artwork that incorporate her Indigenous heritage, finds herself a target when the group tells her to stop being “so Indian”. The night before the big art show at school, Jen’s beading art project is defaced. Jen has t... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Currents Haunted Hospital Paperback Marty Chan 9781459826205 $10.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12 Sep 22, 2020
    Xander thinks the George Wickerman Hospital would be the perfect setting for Spirits and Specters, a role-playing game where players go on “missions” to find evidence of paranormal activities. According to local legend, tuberculosis patients were used as test subjects in medical experiments that ended tragically, and their disfigured ghosts walk the hallways of this now-abandoned building. What better location to go ghost hunting? Even though they didn’t really believe the rumors, Xander and his friends soon begin to suspect that they are not a... + Read More
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    J'ai le cœur rempli de bonheur Hardcover Monique Gray Smith 9781459825345 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 0 - 2 May 19, 2020
    Qu’est-ce qui te remplit le cœur de bonheur ? Le soleil sur ton visage ? L’odeur de la banique qui cuit au four ? Tenir la main d’une personne que tu aimes ? Ce magnifique album cartonné, illustré par la talentueuse artiste Julie Flett, rappelle aux petits et aux grands de penser aux moments de la vie qui leur apportent de la joie et d’en profiter. La conférencière et autrice de réputation internationale Monique Gray Smith a écrit J’ai le cœur rempli de bonheur pour soutenir le bien-être des enfants et des familles autochtones, et pour encour... + Read More
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    Mi corazón se llena de alegría Paperback Monique Gray Smith 9781459824294 $6.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 0 - 2 May 19, 2020
    La luz del sol en la cara. El aroma de bannock caliente horneándose. Agarranr la mano de alguien querido. ¿Qué llena tu corazón de alegría? Este hermoso libro en cartoné, con ilustraciones de la artista de renombre Julie Flett, sirve como recordatorio tanto para pequeños como adultos a pensar en y apreciar los momentos de la vida que nos llenan de alegría. La ponente internacional y premiada autora Monique Gray Smith escribió Mi corazón se llena de alegría para reforzar el bienestar de niños y familias indígenas y para incentivar que los niñ... + Read More
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    Tout petit toi Hardcover Richard Van Camp 9781459825444 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 0 - 2 May 19, 2020
    Richard Van Camp, reconnu à travers le monde à titre de conteur et d’auteur des ouvrages à succès Welcome Song for Baby et We Sang You Home, s’est associé à la grande illustratrice Julie Flett. Cet album cartonné destiné aux bébés et aux bambins rend hommage, avec tendresse, à l’enfant à l’intérieur de chacun. Grâce à ses illustrations contemporaines adorables, Tout petit toi est un ouvrage parfait pour être regardé, lu à voix haute ou même chanté à tous les petits qui vous entourent… ou qui partageront votre vie bientôt !
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    Tú eres tú Paperback Richard Van Camp 9781459825475 $6.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 0 - 2 May 19, 2020
    Richard Van Camp, cuentacuentos renombrado internacionalmente y el autor de bestsellers como los libros Welcome Song for Baby y We Sang You Home, ha unido fuerzas con la ilustradora talentosa Julie Flett para crear un libro tierno en cartoné para los lectores más pequeños que honra el niño que hay en todo el mundo. Con sus ilustraciones contemporáneas y encantadoras, Tú eres tú es perfecto para ser compartido o leído a todos los seres pequeños en su vida–¡e incluso con los pequeños que vienen de camino!
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    Grandmother School Hardcover Rina Singh 9781459819054 $19.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 6 - 8 May 05, 2020
    Every morning, a young girl walks her grandmother to the Aajibaichi Shala, the school that was built for the grandmothers in her village to have a place to learn to read and write. The narrator beams with pride as she drops her grandmother off with the other aajis to practice the alphabet and learn simple arithmetic. A moving story about family, women and the power of education—when Aaji learns to spell her name you’ll want to dance along with her. Women in countless countries continue to endure the limitations of illiteracy. Unjust laws have... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Origins Powwow A Celebration through Song and Dance Hardcover Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane 9781459812345 $24.95 JUVENILE NONFICTION Age (years) from 9 - 12 Apr 21, 2020
    ★ “Clearly organized and educational—an incredibly useful tool for both school and public libraries.” —School Library Journal, starred review Powwow is a celebration of Indigenous song and dance. Journey through the history of powwow culture in North America, from its origins to the thriving powwow culture of today. As a lifelong competitive powwow dancer, Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is a guide to the protocols, regalia, songs, dances and even food you can find at powwows from coast to coast, as well as the important role they play in In... + Read More
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    Series: Orca Echoes Genius Jolene Paperback Sara Cassidy 9781459825291 $7.95 JUVENILE FICTION Age (years) from 6 - 8 Apr 07, 2020
    On her annual trip in her father’s 18-wheeler, eight-year-old Jolene is headed to Los Angeles on a six-day road trip to deliver some newsprint with her dad. Just like last year, they tell each other stories and listen to music. They also keep up their favorite tradition: critiquing one type of food at every stop. This time it’s onion rings. But this year is also different. Unlike last year, Jolene’s parents are no longer together. They split up when her father came out as gay. These are big changes for Jolene, but she is spunky and smart and h... + Read More
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    One Earth People of Color Protecting Our Planet Paperback Anuradha Rao 9781459818866 $24.95 YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION Age (years) from 12 Apr 07, 2020
    ? “The activists’ stories are extraordinary...It’s a powerful answer to Rao’s framing questions: ‘Who is an environmental defender? What does she or he look like? Maybe like you. Maybe like me.’”—Publishers Weekly, starred review ? “Thought-provoking reading for young people figuring out their own contributions. This valuable compilation shows that Earth’s salvation lies in the diversity of its people.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review One Earth profiles Black, Indigenous and People of Color who live and work as environmental defenders. Through... + Read More

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