Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer

Are you looking for a fun way to learn about arctic animals and habitats? Are you looking for a peek into life in the far north?

Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer, by Own Voices author Suzie Napayok-Short & illustrator Tamara Campeau, is the story of a little girl who visits her extended family on an island in the Arctic one summer. When she gets there, she learns they will take a trip by boat to a nearby island where her aunt and uncle once had a campground, but which has now been taken over by polar bears. On their trip they encounter beluga whales, seagulls, polar bears, and fox kits, and Akuluk learns how they are all connected.

Before reading this aloud I recommend spending some time with the pronunciation guide in the back so you can pronounce the Inuktitut words found in the text. My girls always love when they get to hear words from other languages in stories.

Kits, Cubs, and Calves: An Arctic Summer contains so much factual information about the animals, the habitat, and the interconnectedness of everything that it could easily be used in an arctic animal or habitat study

The illustrations add so much to the text with the expressive faces, the vibrant color palette, and attention to detail.

This book is on my “Canada Book List” on the “Topical Book List” page. You can also find it in my Bookshop Shop. is a website that supports small, local bookstores by donating each time you purchase a book through their website.

Thank you Publisher Spotlight for sending this book to my family and I!  I am excited to read it to my girls when we learn about Arctic animals in the new year.

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