Kamik Takes the Lead

ᔩᒃᓗ ᑲᒥᒡᓗ ᐱᖃᑕᐅᓂᐊᓕᑕᐃᓇᕋᒥᒃ ᓱᑲᐅᒎᖃᑕᐅᓗᑎᒃ ᓯᕗᓪᓕᖅᐹᒥᒃ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᑐᓂᒃ! ᑭᓯᐊᓂ ᐱᓕᕆᐊᒃᓴᑕᖃᕐᔪᐊᖅᐳᖅ ᐊᑐᐃᓇᕈᐃᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᐊᒻᒪ ᔩᒃ ᓈᓚᒋᐊᖃᕐᐳᖅ ᐊᒃᑳᑕ ᐅᖃᐅᓰᓂᒃ ᕿᒻᒥᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᑐᐃᓇᕈᖁᔨᓐᓂᕈᒥ ᐅᐱᖖᒑᒧᑦ ᓱᒃᑲᐅᒎᓐᓂᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᒧᑦ.

ᐱᒋᐊᕈᑎᖃᖅᖢᑎᒃ ᕿᒻᒥᓂᒃ ᐱᕈᖅᓴᐃᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᐊᔪᕈᓇᐃᓴᐃᓂᕐᒥᒃ ᓇᓗᓇᐃᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᕐᒥ ᑲᒥᒃ ᕿᒧᖃᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᕐᕕᐊᑦ, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ, ᐅᓂᑉᑳᕐᑕᖏᓂᒃ ᕿᒧᒃᓯᖅᑎᐅᑉ ᑎᐅᕈ ᐲᑯ ᐊᒥᖅᑳᖃᑎᖃᖅᐳᖅ ᒪᒃᑯᑐᓄᒃ ᐱᕙᓕᐊᓕᓵᑐᓄᑦ ᖃᐅᔨᒪᔪᑎᓂᒃ ᓇᒃᑭᐅᒎᖃᑕᐅᓂᐊᕐᓗᓂ ᐊᑐᐃᓇᕈᐃᕙᓪᓕᐊᓂᕐᒥᒃ.

Jake and Kamik are finally ready to run their first dog sled race with a full team! But there is a lot to do to prepare, and Jake must follow his uncle’s lead if he and his dogs are going to be ready for the early spring race.

Kamik Takes the Lead is the fourth installment in the Kamik series of books following Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story, Kamik’s First Sled, and Kamik Joins the Pack. Books in this series share traditional dog-rearing practices and dog-training techniques from the remote community of Arviat, Nunavut, through the life memories of community members. These books preserve the rich history of working dogs in Nunavut and celebrate the traditional bond between Inuit and their sled dogs.

Building on the dog-training practices outlined in Kamik Joins the Pack, Arviat, Nunavut, author and dog musher Darryl Baker shares with young readers the basic information needed to prepare a dog team for a race.

Adapted from the memories of Darryl Baker | Illustrated by Ali Hinch

Paperback (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-266-6 | $10.95 | 8.5″ x 8.5″ | 32 pages | Full-colour illustrations | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level M |

Paperback (Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-261-1 | $12.95 | 8.5″ x 8.5″ | 32 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 5–7 | F&P Level M |


“The story is both educational and fun, and I love the peek into the Arviat community in Nunavut through these memories of the author. A perfect Own Voices text for animal-lovers looking to diversify the animals they learn about! I also love that this book talks a lot about perseverance and working towards a goal that seems like a long way off.”—The Tiny Activists

“This book does a really good job in showing the traditional knowledge that has been passed through families and generations in Nunavut as well as the special relationship between Inuit people and their sled dogs. There are many more subtle lessons in this book as well, like respect, patience, the value of hard work and responsibility…Kamik Takes the Lead would be an excellent addition to any school, community or personal library, particularly in Canada, for children to learn about Inuit culture. Highly Recommended”—CM Magzine