First People’s Fiction Elementary Reading List

This is a website that houses a list of First People’s fiction picture books for elementary classrooms. One of my student’s favourite is ‘Mwakwa Talks to the Loon: A Cree Story’. What I appreciate about this resource is the extensive information and back story for teachers, helping to explain the importance of the book. For example, “In our individualistic, egotistical modern world, Kayâs’ story is an important one about the qualities of service and humility. It also contains an important message about the need to give thanks for the gifts that we enjoy. Furthermore, Mwâkwa Talks to the Loon contains environmental messages about our reliance on the natural world around us, and the necessity for us to attend carefully to our stewardship of the Earth.” The list goes through many resources, which support many of the social studies big ideas and curricular competencies of the new curriculum. I use the search option to find key words to support content cross-curricular. (ex. sounds, animal, culture, family, community, etc.)

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