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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Science & Ecosystems

The Raven Mother

by (author) Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson

illustrated by Natasha Donovan

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Seasons, Birds, Native Canadian
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 6


★ Starred selection for CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens 2023!

Hoarders. Scavengers. Clever foragers. Bringers of new life.

Ravens have many roles, both for the land and in Gitxsan story and song. The sixth book in Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson)’s Mothers of Xsan series transports young readers to Northwestern British Columbia, where they will learn about the traditions of the Gitxsan, the lives of ravens, and why these acrobatic flyers are so important to their ecosystem.

Follow along as Nox Gaak, the raven mother, teaches her chicks what they need to survive with the help of her flock.

About the authors

Hetxw'ms Gyetxw, also known as Brett D. Huson (he/him/his), is from the Gitxsan Nation of the Northwest Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Growing up in this strong matrilineal society, Brett developed a passion for the culture, land, and politics of his people, and a desire to share their knowledge and stories. Brett has worked in the film and television industry for over 13 years and is a volunteer board member for organizations such as Ka Ni Kanichihk and sākihiwē festival. Brett also works with the Prairie Climate Centre to connect western science and Indigenous Knowledges.

The award-winning Mothers of Xsan series is Brett’s first series of books and part of a larger vision to share the worlds of the Gitxsan Nation. With the support of his wife, Jeri, and their children, Warren and Ruby, Brett endeavours to continue sharing stories with his writing, artwork, and photography.

Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson's profile page

Natasha Donovan is the illustrator of the award-winning Mothers of Xsan series (written by Brett Huson). She illustrated the graphic novel Surviving the City (written by Tasha Spillett), which won a Manitoba Book Award and received an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA) honor. She also illustrated Classified: The Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross, Cherokee Aerospace Engineer which won an Orbis Pictus Honor Book and an American Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA). Natasha is Métis, and spent her early life in Vancouver, British Columbia. Although she moved to the United States to marry a mathematician, she prefers to keep her own calculations to the world of color and line. She lives in Washington.

Natasha Donovan's profile page


  • Short-listed, Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children’s’ Book Award
  • Short-listed, OLA's Yellow Cedar Award
  • Commended, Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Awards
  • Long-listed, PMC Indigenous Literature Award
  • Short-listed, SWCC's Book Awards, Children and Youth
  • Nominated, Shortlisted for OLA's Yellow Cedar Award
  • Winner, Among California Reading Association's Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Awards, Honor Awards (2023)

Editorial Reviews

[Author Brett D. Huson is] Among BC Booklook's Who's Who

BC Booklook

Read The Raven Mother, along with the other five titles in the series, for a satisfying perspective of the Gitxsan culture that is so closely aligned with the natural world. Highly Recommended.

CM Reviews

In the midst of a climate crisis, it has never been more important to understand how ecosystems work. That’s why Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, or Brett D. Huson, of the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, decided to write engaging and informative books about the creatures on his home territory. The illustrator...brings Huson’s storytelling to life through bold hues and the dynamic style of graphic novel illustrations.

Prairie Books Now

Filled with accessible information about ecosystems and culture, The Raven Mother is an enjoyable read that will be a great teaching tool for the target audience. I quite enjoyed reading it and will definitely be sharing it with my own child when she’s older. And I am going to gush about the artwork in this book. I really really loved everything about it, so major props to Natasha Donovan.

The Library Ladies

Among CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens 2023, starred selection of exceptional caliber


Among American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) Best Books 2022

American Indians in Children's Literature

Make room in your science curriculum for books like The Raven Mother by Hetx’wms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson).

American Indians in Children's Literature

Among CBC Books 36 Canadian middle-grade books to watch for in fall 2022

CBC Books

A rich mix of nature and culture, pointing out connections between the two.

Kirkus Reviews

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