The Raven Mother

  • Illustrated By: Natasha Donovan
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Portage & Main Press
  • Series: Mothers of Xsan
  • Themes:birds, Gitxsan, indigenous traditions, climate change, food web
  • Available:09/06/2022
  • Lexile:1000L
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:V

★ Starred selection for CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens 2023!

Hoarders. Scavengers. Clever foragers. Bringers of new life.

Ravens have many roles, both for the land and in Gitxsan story and song. The sixth book in Hetxw'ms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson)’s Mothers of Xsan series transports young readers to Northwestern British Columbia, where they will learn about the traditions of the Gitxsan, the lives of ravens, and why these acrobatic flyers are so important to their ecosystem.

Follow along as Nox Gaak, the raven mother, teaches her chicks what they need to survive with the help of her flock.

A rich mix of nature and culture, pointing out connections between the two.

– Kirkus Reviews

[Author Brett D. Huson is] Among BC Booklook's Who's Who

– BC Booklook

Among CBC Books 36 Canadian middle-grade books to watch for in fall 2022

– CBC Books

Filled with accessible information about ecosystems and culture, The Raven Mother is an enjoyable read that will be a great teaching tool for the target audience. I quite enjoyed reading it and will definitely be sharing it with my own child when she’s older. And I am going to gush about the artwork in this book. I really really loved everything about it, so major props to Natasha Donovan.

– The Library Ladies

In the midst of a climate crisis, it has never been more important to understand how ecosystems work. That’s why Hetxw’ms Gyetxw, or Brett D. Huson, of the Gitxsan Nation in northwestern British Columbia, decided to write engaging and informative books about the creatures on his home territory. The illustrator...brings Huson’s storytelling to life through bold hues and the dynamic style of graphic novel illustrations.

– Prairie Books Now

Among American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) Best Books 2022

– American Indians in Children's Literature

Make room in your science curriculum for books like The Raven Mother by Hetx’wms Gyetxw (Brett D. Huson).

– American Indians in Children's Literature
Read The Raven Mother, along with the other five titles in the series, for a satisfying perspective of the Gitxsan culture that is so closely aligned with the natural world. Highly Recommended.
– CM Reviews

Among CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens 2023, starred selection of exceptional caliber


Shortlisted for the SWCC's Book Awards, Children and Youth

  |   |  Nominated
SWCC's Book Awards, Children and Youth   | 2023  |  Short-listed
PMC Indigenous Literature Award   | 2023  |  Long-listed