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It is great to share indigenous texts with your little ones that take place in the present day. This will give indigenous children the opportunity to see themselves within the text (what we call the “mirror” in the educational field) and children who are not of indigenous ethnicity, to have insight into other cultures (a “window”).

Wild berries = Pikaci-mīnisa

Flett, Julie author, illustrator.

Clarence, a young Cree Native American, and his grandmother pick blueberries together as they sing, look out for the animals, and enjoy sampling the fruit.

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You Hold Me Up

Gray Smith, Monique, 1968- author.

Diverse families and friends help to hold one another up by being kind, sharing, learning, playing, laughing, and doing other supportive things together.

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Dragonfly Kites

Highway, Tomson, 1951- author.

Cree brothers Cody and Joe, their parents, and their dog Ootsie spend the summers on the shores of a lake in Manitoba, where the boys play with the objects they find, make pets of the animals, and fly the dragonflies like kites.

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Sweetest Kulu

Kalluk, Celina

"This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic. Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little "Kulu," an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants."-- Provided by publisher.

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When We Were Alone

Robertson, David, 1977- author.

"When a young girl helps tend to her grandmother's garden, she begins to notice things that make her curious. Why does her grandmother have long, braided hair and beautifully colored clothing? Why does she speak another language and spend so much time with her family? As she asks her grandmother about these things, she is told about life in a residential school a long time ago, where all of these things were taken away. When We Were Alone is a story about a difficult time in history, and, ultimately, one of empowerment and strength." -- Provided by publisher

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Jingle Dancer

Smith, Cynthia Leitich

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.

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My Heart Fills with Happiness

Smith, Monique Gray, author.

A board book that invites young readers to reflect on what makes them happy.

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Little You

Van Camp, Richard

Rhyming text that celebrates the potential of every child and the wonder of babies.

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