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Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock

By Dallas Hunt
Illustrated by Amanda Strong
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Friendship, General, Cooking & Food
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Traditional Foods, Social Emotional Learning, Friendship, Responsibility, STEM, Positional Language, Properties of Matter
Cultures & Peoples: Cree
Indigenous Languages: Cree, Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 3–5
Grade: p–k
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell L, Lexile® Framework for Reading: AD590L
Hardcover : 9781553797791, 32 pages, November 2018
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553797807, 28 pages, December 2018
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553797814, 28 pages, December 2018

Young Awâsis loses Kôhkum’s freshly baked world-famous bannock. What will she do?


During an unfortunate mishap, young Awâsis loses Kôhkum’s freshly baked world-famous bannock. Not knowing what to do, Awâsis seeks out a variety of other-than-human relatives willing to help. What adventures are in store for Awâsis?

Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock highlights the importance of collaboration and seeking guidance from one's community, while introducing the Cree words for different animals and baking ingredients. Find a pronunciation guide and the recipe for Kôhkum’s world-famous bannock in the back of the book.


  • Short-listed, Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award 2018
  • Short-listed, Manuela Dias Design and Illustration?Awards / Prix Manuela-Dias de conception graphique et d’illustration en édition 2020


I'm going to shout about this book to friends and colleagues in children's literature. Published in 2018 by Highwater Press, Awâsis and the World Famous Bannock by Dallas Hunt and Amanda Strong is highly recommended!

Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

Selected for AICL's Best Books of 2018

Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL)

In his debut book, Hunt tells a story that already feels like a childhood classic. Young children will enjoy the tale’s effective repetition of incident and language. .., its cooperative animals, and the happy ending. Strong’s charmingly faux naif illustrations, dominated by soft colors of blue, purple, brown, and green, are lovely and expressive

Kirkus Reviews

Catchy and delightful, Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock has a strong plot that propels readers along at a brisk and exciting pace. ..Awâsis and the World-Famous Bannock is a must-have for all Canadian children’s collections.

Highly Recommended.

Roxy Garstad, CM Association

The writing and illustrations work very well together, making the book both enchanting and educational. Reading and learning from this book is one step that anyone…can make to support this work so that Indigenous languages and concepts will continue to be a vital part of the intellectual life in Canada.

Mary Jane Logan McCallum, Quill & Quire