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!

Alfred's First Day of School

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.”

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

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.”

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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