Douglas & McIntyre is pleased to announce that Bridget George's It's a Mitig! ($22.95) has been chosen as one of the TD Summer Reading Club's Top Recommended Reads. TD Summer Reading Club is Canada's biggest, bilingual summer reading program for kids of all ages, interests and abilities. This free Club is offered at more than 2,000 public libraries across Canada, as well as online. This year's list of books has been carefully chosen by librarians to help get kids started on their summer reading adventures.
Written and illustrated by Bridget George, It's a Mitig! was originally created for the author's son when she couldn't find any Ojibwe children's books.
"It's so exciting to know that so many children out there get to see an Indigenous language book featured in a program like this," says George on the announcement. "I talk a lot about representation and how critical it is for fostering strong identity for Indigenous children, as well as building accepting and loving communities everywhere, and it's really heartwarming to see the representation we've been able to put together be welcomed with open arms by so many people. It feels really special, and I'm so happy that children like my son will get to experience a little piece of the beauty of Indigenous language through the program!"
It's a Mitig! guides young readers (ages 3-5) through the forest while introducing them to Ojibwe words for nature. From sunup to sundown, encounter an amik (beaver) playing with sticks and swimming in the river, a prickly gaag (porcupine) hiding in the bushes and a big, bark-covered mitig (tree).
Featuring vibrant and playful artwork, an illustrated Ojibwe-to-English glossary and a simple introduction to the double-vowel pronunciation system, plus accompanying online recordings, It's a Mitig! is one of the first books of its kind.
Visit the author's website to see the It's a Mitig! pronunciation video: https://bridgetgeorge.com/its-a-mitig.
Bridget George is an Anishinaabe author-illustrator, graphic designer and mother to a lovely baby boy named Noah. She was raised on the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation in Ontario and she currently lives in London, ON. This is her first book.
For more information on the TD Summer Reading Club and how to participate, visit www.tdsummerreadingclub.ca.