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Children's Fiction Bedtime & Dreams

Sweetest Kulu 5th Anniversary Limited Edition

by (author) Celina Kalluk

illustrated by Alexandria Neonakis

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Oct 2019
Bedtime & Dreams, Polar Regions, Values & Virtues, Native Canadian
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2019
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 0 to 2
  • Grade: p
  • Reading age: 0 to 2


USBBY Outstanding International Book
"Dream a little, Kulu, this world now sings a most beautiful song of you."

This beautiful bedtime poem, written by acclaimed Inuit throat singer Celina Kalluk, describes the gifts given to a newborn baby by all the animals of the Arctic.

Lyrically and tenderly told by a mother speaking to her own little Kulu; an Inuktitut term of endearment often bestowed upon babies and young children, this visually stunning book is infused with the traditional Inuit values of love and respect for the land and its animal inhabitants.

A perfect gift for new parents.

About the authors

Celina Kalluk was born and raised in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, to Zipporah Kalluk and Leonard Thibodeau. Celina has two brothers and five sisters, one sister-niece, and many more beautiful nieces and nephews. She also has four daughters of her own, Jazlin, Aulaja, Saima, and Ramata. She dedicates this book to all the mothers and fathers of this earth and to our wonderful children. Celina is also a visual artist and has illustrated several book covers and other literacy materials. Currently, she is the Inuktitut Language Specialist and Cultural Arts teacher for grades seven through twelve at Qarmartalik School in Resolute Bay. Sweetest Kulu is her first book for children.

Celina Kalluk's profile page

Alexandria Neonakis grew up in Nova Scotia, Canada, with her huge family. She now lives in California with her husband and their two cats. In addition to illustrating children’s books, she works as a character- concept artist for video games. Her recent children’s books include Sweetest Kulu by Celina Kalluk and This Is MY Room by Jennifer Richard Jacobson. She loves hiking in the gorgeous Southern California wilderness, gardening, playing games, and reading good books. Learn more about her online at

Alexandria Neonakis' profile page


  • Top Summer Read - TD Summer Reading Club
  • United States Board on Books for Young People, Outstanding International Books Selection
  • Winner, Wordcraft Circle Award: Picturebooks
  • Best Bedtime Book - Huffington Post
  • American Indians in Children's Literature's Best Books of 2014

Editorial Reviews

"This picture book adaptation about a new child born in the Arctic succeeds in its new board book form. While the language is sophisticated and the text is longer than most found in board books, the lyrical quality will capture children's attention. The animated illustrations dominate each page and complement the text. This purchase should be considered to add diversity and elegance to board book collections." —School Library Journal

"Debut author Kalluk presents a series of warm affirmations for a newborn (the name "Kulu" is an Inuktitut term of endearment). Neonakis's artwork...offers a genuinely folklike sensibility and strong, dynamic compositions."—Publishers Weekly

“This is a terrific book for those who have a newborn in the house… And for those of us who just need a book that rights the world for us, that reminds us of that world in all its richness.”—American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

“[A] lovely bedtime book . . . Young children will be captivated by the beauty of the Arctic world embracing little Kulu.”—Quill & Quire

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