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!

Cree Books

out of print

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

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.”

2017

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

2017

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

Read along with elders video

2017

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

1988

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

2014

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

2014

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

2017

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

Read along with elders video

2001

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

Order from GoodMinds

1988

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

2017

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

2017

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.
2017

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

2014

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

2014

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

2017

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

nêhiyawêwin / Plains Cree / y-dialect
2012

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.

1988

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

2001

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

Order from GoodMinds

1988

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

2017

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

out of print

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

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.”

2018

By (author): Monique Gray Smith
Illustrated by: Julie Flett
Translated by: Mary Cardinal Collins
Plains Cree SRO edited by Cree Literacy Network

Order from Orca or your favourite bookstore.

2013

Neepin Auger.

Order from Amazon.ca

nîhithowîwin / Woods Cree / th-dialect
2017

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

Read along with elders video

2017

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

Read along with elders video

2012

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.

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
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
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
2017
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
2017
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
2017
Read along with Elders Video
2017
Read along with elders video
2017
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
1988
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
2014
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
2014
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
2017
Read along with Elders video
2017
Written in Cree and English by Freda Ahenakew; illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette. Order from GoodMinds
2001
Freda Ahenakew, 1988. [Cree only edition]. Illustrated by George Littlechild.Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. English edition is out of print.
1988
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
2017
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
2017
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.
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
2017
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
2014
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
2014
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
2017
nêhiyawêwin / Plains Cree / y-dialect
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.
2012
Freda Ahenakew, 1988. [Cree only edition]. Illustrated by George Littlechild.Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre. English edition is out of print.
1988
Read along with Elders video
2017
Read along with elders video
2017
Written in Cree and English by Freda Ahenakew; illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette. Order from GoodMinds
2001
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
1988
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
2017
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
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
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Julie Flett Translated by: Mary Cardinal Collins Plains Cree SRO edited by Cree Literacy Network Order from Orca or your favourite bookstore.
2018
Neepin Auger. Order from Amazon.ca
2013
nîhithowîwin / Woods Cree / th-dialect
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
2017
Read along with Elders Video
2017
Concept by Veronica Atwin Translation by Solomon Ratt Written and illustrated by Mark Parkhill SayITFirst Books Read along with elders video
2017
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.
2012

4 Responses

    1. 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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