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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Tiri Is Scared of the Dark

Bilingual Inuktitut and English Edition

by (author) Nadia Sammurtok & Rachel Rupke

illustrated by Ali Hinch

Arvaaq Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2022
Native Canadian, Polar Regions, Friendship, Emotions & Feelings
  • Paperback / softback

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

  • Age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: k
  • Reading age: 3 to 5


Tiri has a secret: he is scared of the dark. He doesn’t want anyone to find out, but as he spends the day with his friends, he learns they are each scared of something too. Tuktu is scared of heights. Ukaliq is scared of swimming in deep water. Will Tiri be able to open up and face his own fear? See how the friends learn to support one another.

About the authors

Nadia Sammurtok is an Inuit writer and educator originally from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. Nadia is passionate about preserving the traditional Inuit lifestyle and Inuktitut language so that they may be enjoyed by future generations. Nadia currently lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, with her family.


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Rachel Rupke has a Masters of Education degree from OISE and over ten years of experience working in education as a classroom teacher, literacy specialist, curriculum developer, and educational consultant. Rachel has loved to write for as long as she can remember and is passionate about helping children find their writing voice. Rachel lives with her partner Dave in Toronto.

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Ali Hinch has worked as a full-time illustrator in educational children’s literature since getting her degree in illustration from Sheridan College. She’s had the opportunity to work on a variety of unique projects outside of book illustration ranging from designing puppet concepts and assisting on set building to working with musicians and artists to design CDs and promotions. Currently living in Toronto, she spends a lot of time drinking iced coffee and making new dog friends.

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