A first conversation about the importance of Nibi, which means water in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), and our role to thank, respect, love, and protect it. Babies and toddlers can follow Nibi as it rains and snows, splashes or rows, drips and sips. Written from an Anishinaabe water protector’s perspective, the book is in dual language: English and Anishinaabemowin.
A board book for babies and toddlers that introduces the importance of water /water protection.
A pronunciation guide will be included in the back of the book.
Will appeal to environmentally aware parents, grandparents, and gift buyers.
Indigenous dual language books are in high demand. This book is in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe) and English. It will have a pronunciation guide at the back for the words in Anishinaabemowin.
These dual language books are important in all of our efforts to support the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, specifically the call to promote, support, and teach Indigenous languages.
Indigenous water protectors, like author Joanne Robertson, are highly respected environmentalists in Canada and across North America.
Joanne Robertson is the author and illustrator of the award-winning picture book The Water Walker. She will be traveling in Southern and Northern Ontario to promote all of her books in Fall 2019 and Spring 2019. Including the Telling Tales Festival in Hamilton Ontario, the Ontario Library Association Conference, and others.
Large advance copy mailing of printed galleys to relevant/key media, reviewers, librarians.
Digital galleys will be available on NetGalley and Edelweiss. With advertising to support their promotion.
Ads and promotion with Indigenous media: print, radio, online.
Ads and promotion with print media, radio, and trade and library publications, as well as coordinated social media.
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Like many board books, Nibi is Water = nibi aawon nbiish will assist youngsters in increasing their vocabulary, but this time, not in one but two languages. Perhaps more importantly, the board book provides an early introduction to the concept of caring for one of the world’s most important resources.
- Dave Jenkinson, CM: Canadian Review of Materials
Robertson's book is about water and the many ways that a child experiences it. You can swim or bathe in it, you can drink it, you can use it to wash your clothes... But Robertson reminds us that we need to care for it, that we have to respect, love, and protect it because, as the final page tells us, water is life.
- Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature