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Children's Nonfiction Environmental Science & Ecosystems


by (author) Simon Awa, Anna Ziegler & Stephanie McDonald

illustrated by Romi Caron

Inhabit Media
Initial publish date
Apr 2013
Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Polar Regions, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Feb 2010
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2013
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 6 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


The critically acclaimed Uumajut series of books is now available in French!
These beautiful books introduce the youngest readers to the diets and habitats of arctic species such as the siksik, ermine, wolf, muskox, eider duck, ringed seal, harp seal, and walrus. Kids will also learn about traditional Inuit uses for these animals, from traditional food preparation to clothing and household uses.

About the authors

Simon Awa was born and raised at a traditional outpost camp near Igloolik. Over the past thirty years he has held positions as Senior Administrative Officer for the Hamlet of Pond Inlet, President of the Baffin Region Inuit Association, Announcer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), Manager of Operations for CBC, and various governmental roles beginning in 1993 when Simon was appointed Executive Director for the Nunavut Implementation Commission.

Simon Awa's profile page

Anna Ziegler is the principal of Arctic Willow Consulting, which specializes in program development and evaluation in community wellness, poverty reduction, and adult learning. She has completed graduate research on practices of archiving Inuit traditional knowledge. After living in Iqaluit, Nunavut, for fourteen years, she now resides in Ottawa, Ontario, and works on projects with groups across Inuit Nunangat. She is also the co-author, with Rebecca Hainnu and Aalasi Joamie, of Edible and Medicinal Arctic Plants: An Inuit Elder’s Perspective.

Anna Ziegler's profile page

Stephanie McDonald grew up on a farm in southwestern Ontario and graduated from Trent University with an Honours Degree in International Development Studies and Canadian Studies. She moved north in 2006, first to Yellowknife, NT, and a year later to Iqaluit, NU, where she lived for three years. Stephanie has worked as a reporter with Nunavut News North, as Communications and Research Manager with the Nunavut Association of Municipalities.

Stephanie McDonald's profile page

Romi Caron is a professional illustrator with over 18 years of experience illustrating children books. She has illustrated more than 40 books for children, including two written by Marilyn Baillie, Small Wonders and Amazing Things Animals Do. Her books have been nominated for numerous awards, including Canadian Children's Book Centre Our Choice, the Saskatchewan Young Reader's Choice Awards, and the Outstanding Children's Book Award from the Animal Behaviour Society of Canada.

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Librarian Reviews

Uumajut: Learn About Arctic Wildlife!

This beautifully illustrated book takes readers from the tundra to the sea and ice, teaching children about a wide variety of Arctic animals. This rare look at the Canadian North showcases a fascinating ecosystem that we often forget is a large part of our country. Written in both English and Inuktitut.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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