Nibi is Water

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A first conversation about the importance of water, told from an Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) perspective.

A first conversation about the importance of Nibi, which means water in Anishinaabemowin (Ojibwe), and our role to thank, respect, love, and protect it. Babies and toddlers can follow Nibi as it rains and snows, splashes or rows, drips and sips. Written from an Anishinaabe water protector’s perspective, the book is in dual language: English and Anishinaabemowin.

Praise & Recognition

"Like many board books, Nibi is Water = nibi aawon nbiish will assist youngsters in increasing their vocabulary, but this time, not in one but two languages. Perhaps more importantly, the board book provides an early introduction to the concept of caring for one of the world’s most important resources."

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"Robertson's book is about water and the many ways that a child experiences it. You can swim or bathe in it, you can drink it, you can use it to wash your clothes... But Robertson reminds us that we need to care for it, that we have to respect, love, and protect it because, as the final page tells us, water is life."

The Educator’s Playbook list of Best Books for Young Readers of 2020 2020 - Commended

TD Summer Reading Club - Top Recommended Reads 2021 - Commended

American Indians in Children's Literature's Best Books of the Year 2020 - Commended

CCBC - Best Books for Kids and Teens - Fall 2020 - Commended


Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Reading Age: 0 - 2

Genre: Board Book

Product Format: Board book

Pages: 28

ISBN: 978-1-77260-132-9

Joanne Robertson

About the Author

Joanne Robertson

Joanne Robertson is AnishinaabeKwe and a member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (White Fish First Nation) in Ontario. She continues to help water walkers through live GPS spotting to make sure they are safe on their journeys.
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