In Bedtime in Nunatsiavut
, a little girl named Nya yearns to fly, swim, and wander like the goose, salmon, bear, fox, and other animals that populate her world. Each night, her loving An nak (mother) tucks her into bed and gives her a kunik (nose-to-nose rub) to help Nya dream and transform into the animals she longs to be like.
In Nya's dreams, she moves with the wonder and the freedom of the natural world, dancing beneath the dark Nunatsiavut skies, empowered and emboldened by her An nak's constant love. Written and illustrated by first-time author Raeann Brown, Bedtime in Nunatsivaut
is a beautiful and joyful tribute to an Inuit childhood.
Raeann Brown is a Nunatisiavut Inuk who lives with her family in Wabush, NL, where she owns her own business, Inuky Glass Art & Engraving. Brown was inspired by her culture from an early age and has been creating art for as long as she can remember. Today, Brown etches and engraves a wide range of glass, wood, acrylic, bone, and metal materials. Brown is an advocate of Indigenous issues and often creates and writes about past and present events that affect Indigenous peoples across Canada.