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!

Pîsim Finds her Miskanow

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.

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Pîsim Finds her Miskanow

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.

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About Arden Ogg

Arden Ogg is Director of the Cree Literacy Network, a not-for-profit-in-the-making 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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