Cree Books for Kids – A Library List

Here (piyisk!) is a very first step in collecting all the titles we can find in Cree (or including Cree) for kids. We’ve needed this for ages, but please be patient: It’s a work in progress. I will continue to add books, details, and comments as time permits.

And if *you* have good books to recommend or comments to add, please send me a note! I would especially appreciate photos or scans of book covers, so I can add them to this list.

Important: The Cree Literacy Network *does not have these books for sale.* If I can find ordering information, I’ve included it with the individual book description.  Many are out of print (and can only be found – if you’re lucky – in libraries).

A lot of great resources can also be found in the online catalogs of some education resource centres and resellers. Click here for a separate list of these catalogs: You can order from them directly!

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Cree Books

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Dialect Neutral
Some words are the same in n-, th- and y-dialects. Vocabulary in these books is selected so they work in any of the three major dialects.
nîhithowîwin / Woods Cree / th-dialect
Alfred's First Day of School
out of print
Alfred

Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated into Cree by Freda Ahenakew. Gabriel Dumont Institute.

Available at University of Manitoba Elizabeth Dafoe Library

“The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes:
Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”

Alfred's Summer
out of print
Alfred

Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated by Freda Ahenakew

Available at University of Manitoba, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

“The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes:
Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”

Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree
2017
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree Image

Featuring the work of award-willing illustrator Julie Flett, and a detailed explanation of how colour words work in Cree from the Cree Literacy Network.
Native Northwest/Garfinkel Publications, 2017

Order from Amazon

Hide and Peek (th)
2017
Hide and Peek (th) Image

Concept by Veronica Atwin
Translation by Solomon Ratt
Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill
SayITFirst Books

Read along with elders video

Hide and Peek (y)
2017
Hide and Peek (y) Image

Concept by Veronica Atwin
Translation by Leona Tootoosis, Guy Albert and Jean Okimâsis
Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill
SayITFirst Books

Read along with elders video

Know what you Throw (th)
2017
Know What you Throw (y)
2017
nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis
1988
nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis Image

Published initially in separate Cree and English editions (1988), the English version is now out of print.
Cree-only version is available from SICC. Download their catalog here:
SICC Learning Outlet Catalog

Pîsim Finds her Miskanow
2014
Pîsim Finds her Miskanow Image

Pisim Finds Her Miskanow is based on an important 1993 archaeological find that located the remains of a young woman at Nagami Bay, Southern Indian Lake, Manitoba. The fully illustrated book recounts a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pisim begins to recognize her miskanow – her life’s journey – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Mikmaw artist Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more. This 48-page historical fiction and information text features 21 colour illustrations and 20 black and white illustrations and 5 maps making the rich cultural history of the Manitoba Cree come to life. Oversize hardcover. Winner of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 2014 Public Communications Award, Author Category. Highly recommended.

Order from Good Minds

We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers
2014
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers Image

We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is the 2014 board book from Native Northwest featuring the artwork of Cree/Métis artist Julie Flett.

Includes Cree number words, with pronunciation guide by Cree Literacy Network.

Order from Good Minds

What Will I Do? (th)
2017
What Will I Do? (th) Image

Concept by Veronica Atwin
Translation by Solomon Ratt
Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill
SayITFirst Books

Read along with elders video

What Will I Do? (y)
2017
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon
2001
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon Image

Written in Cree and English by Freda Ahenakew; illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette.

Order from GoodMinds

wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin
1988
wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin Image

Freda Ahenakew, 1988.
[Cree only edition]. Illustrated by George Littlechild.Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. English edition is out of print.

When the Trees Crackle With Cold: A Cree Calendar : PĪSIMWASINAHIKAN
2017
When the Trees Crackle With Cold: A Cree Calendar : PĪSIMWASINAHIKAN Image

Bernice Johnson-Laxdal & Miriam Körner. Illustrated by Miriam Körner.
Regina, SK: Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, 2016.
32 pp., hardcover, $19.95.
ISBN 978-1-927756-84-3.

Kindergarten-grade 5 / Ages 5-10.

Review: CM Magazine

Order from:
Your Nickel’s Worth Press

Stolen Words
2017
Stolen Words Image

Written by Melanie Florence and Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Order from: Second Story Press

Teacher resource material includes an explanation of the six Cree words introduced by Cree Literacy Network Director Arden Ogg

Dialect Neutral
Some words are the same in n-, th- and y-dialects. Vocabulary in these books is selected so they work in any of the three major dialects.
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree
2017
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree Image

Featuring the work of award-willing illustrator Julie Flett, and a detailed explanation of how colour words work in Cree from the Cree Literacy Network.
Native Northwest/Garfinkel Publications, 2017

Order from Amazon

We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers
2014
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers Image

We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is the 2014 board book from Native Northwest featuring the artwork of Cree/Métis artist Julie Flett.

Includes Cree number words, with pronunciation guide by Cree Literacy Network.

Order from Good Minds

Pîsim Finds her Miskanow
2014
Pîsim Finds her Miskanow Image

Pisim Finds Her Miskanow is based on an important 1993 archaeological find that located the remains of a young woman at Nagami Bay, Southern Indian Lake, Manitoba. The fully illustrated book recounts a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pisim begins to recognize her miskanow – her life’s journey – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Mikmaw artist Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more. This 48-page historical fiction and information text features 21 colour illustrations and 20 black and white illustrations and 5 maps making the rich cultural history of the Manitoba Cree come to life. Oversize hardcover. Winner of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 2014 Public Communications Award, Author Category. Highly recommended.

Order from Good Minds

Stolen Words
2017
Stolen Words Image

Written by Melanie Florence and Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

Order from: Second Story Press

Teacher resource material includes an explanation of the six Cree words introduced by Cree Literacy Network Director Arden Ogg

nêhiyawêwin / Plains Cree / y-dialect
Alfred's First Day of School
out of print
Alfred

Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated into Cree by Freda Ahenakew. Gabriel Dumont Institute.

Available at University of Manitoba Elizabeth Dafoe Library

“The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes:
Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”

The Time I Went to School
2012
The Time I Went to School Image

kâ-nitai-kiskinohamakosiyân / The Time I Went to School. Story by Beatrice Henry. Chamakese Education Centre: Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan. Illustrations by Randi Sunshine. Edited, Design and Layout by Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.

Order from SICC.

wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin
1988
wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin Image

Freda Ahenakew, 1988.
[Cree only edition]. Illustrated by George Littlechild.Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. English edition is out of print.

What Will I Do? (y)
2017
Know What you Throw (y)
2017
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon
2001
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon Image

Written in Cree and English by Freda Ahenakew; illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette.

Order from GoodMinds

nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis
1988
nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis Image

Published initially in separate Cree and English editions (1988), the English version is now out of print.
Cree-only version is available from SICC. Download their catalog here:
SICC Learning Outlet Catalog

Hide and Peek (y)
2017
Hide and Peek (y) Image

Concept by Veronica Atwin
Translation by Leona Tootoosis, Guy Albert and Jean Okimâsis
Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill
SayITFirst Books

Read along with elders video

Alfred's Summer
out of print
Alfred

Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated by Freda Ahenakew

Available at University of Manitoba, Elizabeth Dafoe Library

“The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes:
Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”

Discovering Words
2013
Discovering Words Image

Neepin Auger.

Order from Amazon.ca

nîhithowîwin / Woods Cree / th-dialect
Hide and Peek (th)
2017
Hide and Peek (th) Image

Concept by Veronica Atwin
Translation by Solomon Ratt
Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill
SayITFirst Books

Read along with elders video

Know what you Throw (th)
2017
What Will I Do? (th)
2017
What Will I Do? (th) Image

Concept by Veronica Atwin
Translation by Solomon Ratt
Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill
SayITFirst Books

Read along with elders video

The Time I Went to School
2012
The Time I Went to School Image

kâ-nitai-kiskinohamakosiyân / The Time I Went to School. Story by Beatrice Henry. Chamakese Education Centre: Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan. Illustrations by Randi Sunshine. Edited, Design and Layout by Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.

Order from SICC.

Alfred
Alfred's First Day of School
Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated into Cree by Freda Ahenakew. Gabriel Dumont Institute. Available at University of Manitoba Elizabeth Dafoe Library “The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes: Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”
out of print
Alfred
Alfred's Summer
Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated by Freda Ahenakew Available at University of Manitoba, Elizabeth Dafoe Library “The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes: Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”
out of print
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree Image
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree
Featuring the work of award-willing illustrator Julie Flett, and a detailed explanation of how colour words work in Cree from the Cree Literacy Network. Native Northwest/Garfinkel Publications, 2017 Order from Amazon
Hide and Peek (th) Image
Hide and Peek (th)
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
Hide and Peek (y) Image
Hide and Peek (y)
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Leona Tootoosis, Guy Albert and Jean Okimâsis Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
Know what you Throw (th) Image
Know what you Throw (th)
Read along with Elders Video
Know What you Throw (y) Image
Know What you Throw (y)
Read along with elders video
nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis Image
nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis
Published initially in separate Cree and English editions (1988), the English version is now out of print. Cree-only version is available from SICC. Download their catalog here: SICC Learning Outlet Catalog
Pîsim Finds her Miskanow Image
Pîsim Finds her Miskanow
Pisim Finds Her Miskanow is based on an important 1993 archaeological find that located the remains of a young woman at Nagami Bay, Southern Indian Lake, Manitoba. The fully illustrated book recounts a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pisim begins to recognize her miskanow – her life’s journey – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Mikmaw artist Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more. This 48-page historical fiction and information text features 21 colour illustrations and 20 black and white illustrations and 5 maps making the rich cultural history of the Manitoba Cree come to life. Oversize hardcover. Winner of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 2014 Public Communications Award, Author Category. Highly recommended. Order from Good Minds
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers Image
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is the 2014 board book from Native Northwest featuring the artwork of Cree/Métis artist Julie Flett. Includes Cree number words, with pronunciation guide by Cree Literacy Network. Order from Good Minds
What Will I Do? (th) Image
What Will I Do? (th)
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
What Will I Do? (y) Image
What Will I Do? (y)
Read along with Elders video
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon Image
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon
Written in Cree and English by Freda Ahenakew; illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette. Order from GoodMinds
wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin Image
wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin
Freda Ahenakew, 1988. [Cree only edition]. Illustrated by George Littlechild.Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. English edition is out of print.
When the Trees Crackle With Cold: A Cree Calendar : PĪSIMWASINAHIKAN Image
When the Trees Crackle With Cold: A Cree Calendar : PĪSIMWASINAHIKAN
Bernice Johnson-Laxdal & Miriam Körner. Illustrated by Miriam Körner. Regina, SK: Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing, 2016. 32 pp., hardcover, $19.95. ISBN 978-1-927756-84-3. Kindergarten-grade 5 / Ages 5-10. Review: CM Magazine Order from: Your Nickel’s Worth Press
Stolen Words Image
Stolen Words
Written by Melanie Florence and Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard Order from: Second Story Press Teacher resource material includes an explanation of the six Cree words introduced by Cree Literacy Network Director Arden Ogg
Dialect Neutral
Some words are the same in n-, th- and y-dialects. Vocabulary in these books is selected so they work in any of the three major dialects.
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree Image
Black Bear Red Fox: Colours in Cree
Featuring the work of award-willing illustrator Julie Flett, and a detailed explanation of how colour words work in Cree from the Cree Literacy Network. Native Northwest/Garfinkel Publications, 2017 Order from Amazon
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers Image
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers
We All Count: A Book of Cree Numbers is the 2014 board book from Native Northwest featuring the artwork of Cree/Métis artist Julie Flett. Includes Cree number words, with pronunciation guide by Cree Literacy Network. Order from Good Minds
Pîsim Finds her Miskanow Image
Pîsim Finds her Miskanow
Pisim Finds Her Miskanow is based on an important 1993 archaeological find that located the remains of a young woman at Nagami Bay, Southern Indian Lake, Manitoba. The fully illustrated book recounts a week in the life of Pisim, a young Cree woman, who lived in the mid 1600s. In the story, created by renowned storyteller William Dumas, Pisim begins to recognize her miskanow – her life’s journey – and to develop her gifts for fulfilling that path. The story is brought to life by the rich imagery of Mikmaw artist Leonard Paul, and is accompanied by sidebars on Cree language and culture, archaeology and history, maps, songs, and more. This 48-page historical fiction and information text features 21 colour illustrations and 20 black and white illustrations and 5 maps making the rich cultural history of the Manitoba Cree come to life. Oversize hardcover. Winner of the Canadian Archaeological Association (CAA) 2014 Public Communications Award, Author Category. Highly recommended. Order from Good Minds
Stolen Words Image
Stolen Words
Written by Melanie Florence and Illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard Order from: Second Story Press Teacher resource material includes an explanation of the six Cree words introduced by Cree Literacy Network Director Arden Ogg
nêhiyawêwin / Plains Cree / y-dialect
Alfred
Alfred's First Day of School
Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated into Cree by Freda Ahenakew. Gabriel Dumont Institute. Available at University of Manitoba Elizabeth Dafoe Library “The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes: Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”
out of print
The Time I Went to School Image
The Time I Went to School
kâ-nitai-kiskinohamakosiyân / The Time I Went to School. Story by Beatrice Henry. Chamakese Education Centre: Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan. Illustrations by Randi Sunshine. Edited, Design and Layout by Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre. Order from SICC.
wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin Image
wîsahkêcâhk êkwa waskwayak: âtayohkêwin
Freda Ahenakew, 1988. [Cree only edition]. Illustrated by George Littlechild.Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. English edition is out of print.
What Will I Do? (y) Image
What Will I Do? (y)
Read along with Elders video
Know What you Throw (y) Image
Know What you Throw (y)
Read along with elders video
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon Image
Wisahkêcahk Flies to the Moon
Written in Cree and English by Freda Ahenakew; illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette. Order from GoodMinds
nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis Image
nâpêsis êkwa âpakosîs âcimowinis
Published initially in separate Cree and English editions (1988), the English version is now out of print. Cree-only version is available from SICC. Download their catalog here: SICC Learning Outlet Catalog
Hide and Peek (y) Image
Hide and Peek (y)
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Leona Tootoosis, Guy Albert and Jean Okimâsis Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
Alfred
Alfred's Summer
Story by Darrell Pelletier, translated by Freda Ahenakew Available at University of Manitoba, Elizabeth Dafoe Library “The Alfred Reading Series is an illustrated five book series for children in Michif, Plains Cree and French, with English subtitles. Through this set of storybooks, which focuses on Alfred and his sister Lisa, the reader will gain an appreciation of contemporary Aboriginal culture. The series includes: Alfred’s First Day at School, Alfred’s Summer, The Big Storm, The Pow Wow and Lisa and Sam.”
out of print
Discovering Words Image
Discovering Words
Neepin Auger. Order from Amazon.ca
nîhithowîwin / Woods Cree / th-dialect
Hide and Peek (th) Image
Hide and Peek (th)
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
Know what you Throw (th) Image
Know what you Throw (th)
Read along with Elders Video
What Will I Do? (th) Image
What Will I Do? (th)
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
The Time I Went to School Image
The Time I Went to School
kâ-nitai-kiskinohamakosiyân / The Time I Went to School. Story by Beatrice Henry. Chamakese Education Centre: Pelican Lake First Nation, Saskatchewan. Illustrations by Randi Sunshine. Edited, Design and Layout by Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre. Order from SICC.

About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, launched in 2010 with the goal of creating Cree language literacy materials suitable for use by learners of all ages.

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2 Responses to Cree Books for Kids – A Library List

  1. Myrtle Young says:

    I would like a list of books for children K-4 area. I’m teaching k-4 Cree Language at Wapanohk Community School Thompson Manitoba

    • Arden Ogg says:

      Thanks for your comment, Myrtle! A lot of teachers need that list you’re requesting. That’s why I began gathering the information here, and making notes about the books in my personal collection. As you know, gathering information like this takes time, energy and quite a bit of technical know-how. I really can’t comment, either, on books I haven’t actually seen. If you send cover scans of books you are already using, you can help make the list more useful for everyone. If you go to the page I’ve prepared about education resources, you can look through the catalogs of several organizations that publish materials for kids. Some of them include age and grade recommendations that you will find helpful. That page is at http://creeliteracy.org/2017/09/08/education-resource-catalogs-for-cree-and-other-first-nations-languages/

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