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2023 FOLD Kids Challenge — September

An audiobook by an Indigenous Author

By Calyssa Erb

This month we’re highlighting audiobooks from Indigenous authors. Indigenous knowledge and stories have traditionally been passed along orally. Through audiobooks, we can engage with new stories in this same way. From the importance of protecting water to questions about life, love and death, these audiobooks will expand your mind and be a delight to your ears.

Book cover for WE ARE WATER PROTECTORS by Carole Windstorm, illustrated by Michaela Goade. Cover features an Indigenous girl standing in a blue wave holding a feather. In the background is a silhouette of a line of people holding hands.
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom, illustrated by Michaela Goade (Picture Book)

Inspired by the many Indigenous-led movements across North America, We Are Water Protectors issues an urgent rallying cry to safeguard the Earth’s water from harm and corruption – a bold and lyrical picture book written by Carole Lindstrom and vibrantly illustrated by Michaela Goade.

Water is the first medicine.
It affects and connects us all . . .

When a black snake threatens to destroy the Earth
And poison her people’s water, one young water protector
Takes a stand to defend Earth’s most sacred resource.

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Book cover of THE STONE CHILD by David A. Robertson.
The Stone Child (Misewa Saga #3) by David A. Robertso (Middle Grade)

It’s a race against time to save Eli, in this third book in the award-winning, Narnia-inspired Indigenous middle-grade fantasy series.

After discovering a near-lifeless Eli at the base of the Great Tree, Morgan knows she doesn’t have much time to save him. And it will mean asking for help — from friends old and new. Racing against the clock, and with Arik and Emily at her side, Morgan sets off to follow the trail away from the Great Tree to find Eli’s soul before it’s too late. As they journey deep into the northern woods, a place they’ve been warned never to enter, they face new challenges and life-threatening attacks from strange and horrifying creatures. But a surprise ally comes to their aid, and Morgan finds the strength to focus on what’s most important: saving her brother’s life.

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Book cover for FUNERAL SONGS FOR DYING GIRLS by Cherie Dimaline. Cover features two stone like figures looking at each other—one is wearing a red cape. In the middle is a pair of dark hands holding a broken eggshell that has plant growing out of it.
Funeral Songs for Dying Girls by Cherie Dimaline (Young Adult)

After inadvertently starting rumors of a haunted cemetery, a teen befriends a ghost in this brand-new young adult novel exploring grief and belonging by the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of The Marrow Thieves series.

Winifred has lived in the apartment above the cemetery office with her father, who works in the crematorium, all her life, close to her mother’s grave. With her sixteenth birthday only days away, Winifred has settled into a lazy summer schedule, lugging her obese Chihuahua around the grounds in a squeaky red wagon to visit the neglected gravesides and nursing a serious crush on her best friend, Jack.

Her habit of wandering the graveyard at all hours has started a rumor that Winterson Cemetery might be haunted. It’s welcome news since the crematorium is on the verge of closure and her father’s job being outsourced. Now that the ghost tours have started, Winifred just might be able to save her father’s job and the only home she’s ever known, not to mention being able to stay close to where her mother is buried. All she has to do is get help from her con-artist cousin to keep up the ruse and somehow manage to stop her father from believing his wife has returned from the grave. But when Phil, an actual ghost of a teen girl who lived and died in the ravine next to the cemetery, starts showing up, Winifred begins to question everything she believes about life, love and death. Especially love.

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