In My Anaana’s Amautik

ᓈᑎᐊ ᓴᒻᒧᖅᑐᖅ ᓇᒡᓕᒍᓱᒃᖢᓂ ᑐᙵᓵᕆᕗᖅ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᕐᓂᐊᖅᑐᒥᒃ ᐊᒪᐅᑎᒧᑦ— ᐊᓈᓇᐅᔫᑉ ᕿᑐᕐᖓᒥᓂᒃ ᐊᒫᕈᑎᖓ—ᓄᑕᕋᐅᑉ ᐊᒪᕆᔭᐅᔫᑉ ᐃᒃᐱᒋᔭᓕᒫᖏᓐᓂᒃ ᐊᒫᖅᑕᐅᑎᓪᓗᒍ, ᐅᕙᙵᑦ ᓄᕗᔭᑎᑐᑦ ᓂᕈᒥᒃᑎᒋᓪᓗᓂ ᐊᒪᐅᑎ ᐊᓈᓇᖓᑕᓗ ᐃᒡᓚᕐᓂᖓ ᑐᓴᕐᓂᖅᑎᒋᓪᓗᓂ ᑰᒃᑎᑐᑦ ᕿᓪᓕᖅᑐᖅ.

ᑐᓴᕐᓂᖅᖢᓂ ᓴᐃᓪᓕᓇᖅᖢᓂᓗ, ᑖᓐᓇ ᐅᖃᓕᒫᒐᖅ ᐊᔾᔨᐅᙱᑦᑐᒥᒃ ᑭᒃᑯᓕᒫᓄᑦ ᐊᓕᐊᓇᐃᒋᔭᐅᓂᐊᖅᑐᖅ ᐱᐅᒋᔭᐅᓗᓂᓗ.

ᑎᑎᕋᖅᑐᖅ ᓈᑎᐊ ᓴᒻᒧᖅᑐᖅ | ᑎᑎᕋᐅᔭᖅᑐᖅ ᓚᓂ ᓚᓯᓐᑯ

Nadia Sammurtok lovingly invites the reader into the amautik—the pouch in the back of a mother’s parka used to carry a child—to experience everything through the eyes of the baby nestled inside, from the cloudlike softness of the pouch to the glistening sound of Anaana’s laughter.

Sweet and soothing, this book offers a unique perspective that will charm readers of all ages.

Written by Nadia Sammurtok | Illustrated by Lenny Lishchenko

Hardcover (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-252-9 | $16.95 | 9″ x 9″ | 24 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 0-3 | F&P Level L |

Paperback (Inuktitut) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-253-6 | $12.95 | 9″ x 9″ | 20 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 0-3 | F&P Level L |

Board Book (English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-424-0 | $12.95 | 9″ x 9″ | 20 pages | Full-colour illustrations throughout | Ages 0-3 | F&P Level L |

Audiobook (Inuktitut/English) | ISBN: 978-1-77227-424-0 | $6.99 | Ages 0-3 | F&P Level L |


“Delicate pastels give the Arctic landscape a welcoming beauty, and fanciful depictions of the similes the narrator suggests lend a playful air. The far north has never felt so deliciously warm.”—★ Kirkus, STARRED review

“This gentle story is warm, cozy, and loving—just like being in anaana’s amautik. Readers will carry this gorgeous book close to their hearts.”—★ School Library Journal, STARRED review

“A tender paean for the youngest readers and their caregivers.”—Booklist

“This gentle story elevates the feelings of comfort and security that the amautik enables.”—★ Horn Book Magazine, STARRED review

“Adults and the little ones to whom they are reading can bond within the glow of this cultural gem as it hugs them in an atmosphere of love.”—Shelf Awareness

“Just right for bedtime, it’s an intimate tale that celebrates simple warmth and comfort.”—Publishers Weekly

“An Inuit baby curled in the pouch of his mother’s parka narrates what he sees and feels, protected from the cold and snuggled safe. Each page of this sensory exploration begins with the title phrase and ends with a feeling that the little boy loves, and the illustrations fancifully translate those feelings into swirling pictures. A cozy peek into a baby’s small world and big imagination.”—The Boston Globe

“In My Anaana’s Amautik is a book to be savoured…it begs to be read cuddled close with the little ones we hold most dear.”—CM Magazine

“This beautifully lyrical tale set in Northern Canada is a treasure to curl up with again and again.”—Resource Links

“It offers peaceful illustrations of an adorable baby in snuggly situations, with loving word-images about the comfort and joy of being carried and cared for.”—American Indians in Children’s Literature


Best Books of 2020 — The Boston Globe

Best Books for Kids and Teens — Canadian Children’s Book Centre, 2020

Shortlisted — Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2020

Best Books of 2020 — American Indians in Children’s Literature