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Children’s collections focused on Aboriginal peoples, cultures and languages

I stumbled upon a resource today that might be of interest to public and school librarians. Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth developed a resource entitled “Manitoba Kindergarten to Grade 4: Aboriginal Languages and Cultures: Bibliography of Recommended Picture Books/Novels with Suggested Uses: A Reference for Selecting Learning Resources.” 

The resource was developed by fourteen educators representing Manitoba First Nations, and an Elder was present throughout the review. Resources are organized according to:

  • clusters and/or learning experiences (outlined on page 5 of the document)
  • culture (with emphasis on Cree, Dene, Metis, Oji-Cree and Ojibway)
  • audience (grades 1-4)
  • media type (fiction, non-fiction, ancestral stories)

It also lists publishers where these materials can be purchased.

I haven’t had the opportunity to read or review all of these books (though I have read several with a critical eye). Nonetheless, the list is a good place to start if you’re looking to build or grow a collection for children (and adults as some of us love children’s books) focused on Aboriginal peoples, cultures and languages.


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