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Haiti my country
Poems by Haitian Schoolchildren
Illustrated by Rogé

On The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of 2014

"Pretty flowers in my country are for me
Like pink butterflies
That smile at the sun"


For several months, Quebec illustrator Rogé prepared a series of portraits of Haitian children. Students of Camp Perrin wrote the accompanying poems, which create, with flowing consistency, Haiti, my country. These teenaged poets use the Haitian landscape as their easel. The nature that envelops them is quite clearly their main subject. While misery often storms through Haiti in the form of earthquakes, cyclones, or floods, these young men and women... more


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The Old Ways
Susan Chapman,
Illustrated by John Mantha

Simon enjoys school, TV, pizza, and video games. So when his grandmother tells legends of the sea goddess, Sedna, and his grandfather invites him to build an igloo, Simon's heart sinks.
"Sorry Ananaksaq, my show is on. Sorry, Ataatga, maybe another time," he responds.

Secretly he thinks his grandparents are stuck in their old ways. Secretly his grandparents hide their disappointment and wait for "another time."


Fire Pie Trout
Melanie Mosher
Illustrated by Renné Benoit

Grace loves being with her gramps, but there are things she is not so sure of: the dark; scary movies; trying new things she has never tried before. So when Gramps takes her fishing on a dark, foggy morning, she has her doubts — lots of them.

How can she tell Gramps she's not as keen on adventure as he is without spoiling their time together? Some bemused assurance from Gramps and a timely flash of creativity from Grace solve the problem and prove once and for all that no one is too young to go fishing or to face new challenges.


Las Comadres de la Rez
(The Rez Sisters in Spanish)

Tomson Highway

Tomson Highway's classic drama now available in a Spanish language translation.

First published in 1988, The Rez Sisters has gone on to become an internationally critically acclaimed play, included in all major anthologies of Canadian literature world-wide.

The play tells the story of seven reserve women who decide to go to the “Biggest Bingo in the World,” in Toronto, a night’s drive from their Manitoulin Island home.


Mingan My Village
Poens by Innu Schoolchildren
Illustrated by Rogé
"While descending the Kuakuapishish River
I am transformed into a butterfly
With my new wings, like a wolf I cry
When night falls"
- Cynthia

Illustrator Rogé visited a school in Mingan, an Innu village in northeastern Quebec. He spent a few days taking the time to photograph each child. Once he returned home to his studio, brush in hand, he revisited the eyes of these children and drew their portraits.


Bootlegger Blues
Drew Hayden Taylor

This comedy by the author of Toronto at Dreamer's Rock and Education Is Our Right is about love, family, and what to do with too much beer. Set on a reserve, it follows the plight of Martha, a church-going, teetotaling woman who finds herself stuck with 143 cases of beer after a church fundraiser fails. She decides to bootleg the beer, to the horror of her son Andrew, nicknamed Blue, who is a special constable on the reserve.
Canadian Authors Association Literary Award winner for Best Drama
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Caribou Song
Tompson Highway,
Artwork: John Rombough

Joe and Cody are young Cree brothers who follow the caribou all year long, tucked into their dog sled with Mama and Papa.
To entice the wandering herds, Joe plays his accordion and Cody dances, whirling like a young caribou. They are so busy playing and dancing, they don't hear the rumble of the caribou. Bursting from the forest, ten thousand animals fill the meadow. Joe is engulfed; he can barely see Cody a few yards away. Their parents seem to have disappeared.

Who Speaks for the River?:
The Oldman River Dam and the Search for Justice

This is the true story of environmentalist Martha Kostuch who uses the law and "Woodstock of the Environment," the largest environmental rally in Canada to stop construction of the dam. Piikani First Nation activist Milton Born With A Tooth and his group The Lonefighters, use protests, bulldozers to divert the Oldman River, and one shotgun which Milton fires at police. Those shots result in Milton facing an unfair trial, which one observer characterizes as "what Native people have faced for a century."

Sweet Seas: Portraits of the Great Lakes
Mark Schacter

When the first European explorers saw The Great Lakes they called them les mers douces — the sweet seas. They had never before encountered anything comparable. For the First Nations the Great Lakes have long been places of wonder and mystical power. And today the Lakes still have an ability to fascinate.

Acclaimed photographer Mark Schacter travels the Great Lakes system to produce a personal portrait of the lakes and their surrounding towns, cities, ports, industrial zones and landscapes.

About Fifth House

Fifth House Publishers is dedicated to celebrating the wide variety of voices, places, and ideas that make Canada unique by publishing fiction, and non-fiction, adult and children’s books. To complement our strong Aboriginal publishing program, we publish non-fiction specifically for Canadian readers in the following areas: art, biography, current events, environment, gardening, history, and natural history. It is our belief that every community in Canada must possess a positive understanding of its worth and place if it is to remain vital and progressive.

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   Call: 1-800-387-9776 Ext. 214

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featuring:  The land is our storybook

The first two books in this series by and about the people of the NWT were published in April 2008 to critical acclaim. Told in a uniquely diverse range of northern voices, with a child-centred approach, the 10 books in The Land Is Our Storybook series highlight the languages and cultures of the NWT.

No Borders: Kigliqangittuq

Darla Evyagotailak and Mindy Willett

No Borders shares the life of Darla Evyagotailak, a 16 year old Inuk girl. Through Darla's life readers will get a glimpse into the intricately connected families of Inuit living in the communities of Kugluktuk, Nunavut and Ulukhaktok, NWT.

At the Heart of It: Dene dzó t’áré

Raymond Taniton and Mindy Willett

Raymond Taniton is Sahtugot'ine, which means "people from the Sahtu or Great Bear Lake." He lives in Deline, Northwest Territories, on the shore of Sahtu, Canada's largest and most pristine lake. Raymond, former chief, is one of his community's many gifted leaders. more...



The Caribou Feed Our Soul: Æétthén bet’á dághíddá

Pete Enzoe and Mindy Willett

Pete takes readers on a respectful caribou harvest. Along the way, he shares creation stories about how his people are descendants of the caribou. He also describes the spiritual areas his community is trying to protect, including Thaidene Nene, which means "land of our ancestors." Pete's stories help the reader to understand the rich history of the Chipewyan Dene and their relationship with the caribou today. more...
Also available in French as Le caribou nourrit notre âme.   


Proud to Be Inuvialuit: Quviahuktunga Inuvialuugama

James Pokiak and Mindy Willett

James Pokiak is proud to be Inuvialuit, which means "real people." The Inuvialuit are the most westerly Canadian Inuit. He lives in the hamlet of Tuktoyuktuk, NWT, which is above the Arctic Circle on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. The community is often just called Tuk to save time. Even though he lives in town now, James grew up on the land, learning the traditional values and survival skills of his people. more...
Also available in French as Fiers d'être Inuvialuits.   


Come and Learn With Me: Éwo, séh Kedįdįh

Sheyenne Jumbo and Mindy Willett

Nine-year-old Sheyenne lives in Sambaa K’e, Northwest Territories - that’s Trout Lake in English. Come learn with her as she takes you on a journey to her community in the fall, the season of moose. The fourth book in the popular series “The Land Is Our Storybook” features the Dehcho region of the Dene. more...
Also available in French as Viens avec moi: Nous apprendrons ensemble!.   


Living Stories: Godi Weghàà Ets' eèda

Mindy Willett, Therese Zoe and Philip Zoe,

Therese Zoe is a Tlicho woman from Gamèti in the Northwest Territories. She is a community health representative, a mother and grandmother, as well as a champion of ancestral skills and stories. In Living Stories, Therese shares her love for her community and translates the sacred stories and traditional wisdom of her brother-in-law, Philip Zoe, and his sister, Elizabeth Chocolate. As Therese writes, “You might look at our lands and think they are empty, but we do not go hungry. The land gives us our food and our shelter. It holds our stories and our histories. It gives us everything we need.” more...
Also available in French as Nos histoires sont vivantes.


The Delta is My Home

Tom McLeod and Mindy Willett

Tom McLeod is an 11-year-old boy from Aklavik who is a gifted storyteller heard frequently on CBC Radio North. He is of mixed cultural heritage—Gwich’in  and Inuvialuit. Tom says, “Northerners have always hunted ducks, muskrats, and other animals for survival. We are careful about how we use the land. To be good hunters we need to pay attention to what is happening on the land around us—that’s why it’s important for us to be out there. We are the first to know if the land and animals are changing.” more...
Also available in French as Le delta, c’est mon chez moi.


We Feel Good Out Here

Mindy Willett and Julie-Ann André,

Julie-Ann André is a Gwichya Gwich’in from Tsiigehtchic in the Northwest Territories. She is a Canadian Ranger, a mother of twin daughters, a hunter, a trapper, and a student. In We Feel Good Out Here, Julie-Ann shares her family’s story and the Story of her land – Khaii luk, the place of winter fish. As Julie-Ann says, “The land has a story to tell, if you know how to listen. When I travel, the land tells me where my ancestors have been. It tells me where the animals have come and gone, and it tells me what the weather may be like tomorrow.” We Feel Good Out Here introduces readers to Julie-Ann’s world: her family, the land, and the stories that shape them. more...
Also available in French as Comme on se sent bien ici!.

Now in: 2015 Calendar

French Edition

The 2015 Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar
David Phillips
Did you know that . . .

  • A lightning strike can start up battery operated toys?
  • That moose, wolves, and polar bears are not susceptible to frost-bite, even when walking on snow or ice at -70°C?
  • That there were 173 hurricane-strength storms in Canada in the twentieth century?

From black blizzards to snowspouts, white-washers to mauzy days, Canada's curious weather awaits you inside the covers of the 2015 edition of star climatologist David Phillips's award-winning Canadian Weather Trivia Calendar.

For more... on the French Edition.

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Fifth House acknowledges, with thanks, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council, for their support of our publishing program.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for our publishing activities.