Children’s Storytime

December is the perfect time to stay home, get cozy, and share the story-telling tradition with your family. Oral storytelling is an important tradition in Indigenous communities across North America, and reading aloud to the next generation is a beautiful way to honour that tradition.

Check out the resources below available through our library, the National Film Board, and beyond.

Picture Books Available Online

Claire and Her Grandfather = Claire et son Grand-Père

  • “The story of Claire and her Grandfather is designed to enhance young people’s awareness of some of the many contributions and inventions by Aboriginal people. The story is meant to be a versatile teaching tool for children ages 7-12, although older students might enjoy the story and its images. Teachers of children in the target age group can use the story to initiate a broader examination of the many historical and contemporary contributions of First Nations and Inuit to Canada and the world.”

Further Reading

How Things Came To Be by Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley

Cloudwalker by Robert Budd and Roy Henry Vickers

Kiss by Kiss by Richard Van Camp

May we have enough to share by Richard Van Camp

My heart fills with happiness = Ni sâkaskineh mîyawâten niteh ohcih by Monique Gray Smith

 Not My Girl by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton 


Streaming Media through the National Film Board

Before you get started, please refer to our guide to streaming media through UBC.


Wapos Bay

Maq & Spirit of the Woods 


Happy storytelling!