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Nibi's Water Song

Nibi's Water Song

by Sunshine Tenasco, illustrated by Chief Lady Bird

ISBN 9781443107891 Hardcover
32 Pages | Ages 4 to 8
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Determination, teamwork and perseverance together bring clean water for Nibi and all her friends.

Nibi is the Anishinaabemowin word for water. In Nibi's Water Song , an Indigenous girl is on the search for clean water to drink.

Nibi is thirsty, so thirsty her mouth is clucking. Her joyful determination to find water carries an optimistic message about working together to bring change.

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  • Short-listed, IODE Toronto Jean Throop Award, 2020
  • Long-listed, First Nation Communities READ Award, 2020
  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, Starred Selection, 2020

Rights Sold

  • English (US) - Lee and Low
  • French (N. Amer) - Éditions Scholastic

Selling Points

  • An upbeat story about the importance of clean water.
  • Encourages discussion on other environmental issues.
  • Author and illustrator are both active in youth outreach and education in their communities.
  • Models a way children can bring about change —demonstrating that though young, they are not powerless.


Contact Information

Maral Maclagan, Rights and Contracts Manager | 416-915-3524
604 King Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 1E1

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