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Returning to the Yakoun River

By Sara Florence Davidson & Robert Davidson
Illustrated by Janine Gibbons
Series: Sk'ad'a Stories Series
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Multigenerational, Camping & Outdoor Activities
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Traditional Foods, Traditional Music, Contemporary Setting, Land-Based or Place-Based Learning
Cultures & Peoples: Haida

Interest Age: 6–8
Grade: 1–3
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell R, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 840L
Hardcover : 9781774920213, 40 pages, September 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781774920220, 40 pages, October 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781774920237, 40 pages, October 2022

Experience a Haida fish camp through the delighted eyes of children as they learn from the land and from their Elders.


Based on author Sara Florence Davidson’s childhood memories, this illustrated story captures the joy and adventure of a Haida fish camp.

Every summer, a Haida girl and her family travel up the Yakoun River on Haida Gwaii, following the salmon. While their father fishes, the girl and her brother spend their time on the land playing and learning from Tsinii (Grandfather).


  • Long-listed, PMC Indigenous Literature Award 2023


Among The Beat's A Small Press Spotlight


When author Sara Florence Davidson was growing up, much of her love for storytelling was inspired by her father, renowned carver and artist Robert Davidson. Enter Returning to the Yakoun River and Dancing With Our Ancestors, written by Sara and Robert.


Among CBC Books 40 Canadian picture books to watch for in fall 2022

CBC Books

Each of the four books documents a different day in the authors’ lives, including learning to carve argillite and fishing on the Yakoun River. Along the way, they immerse the reader in an Indigenous approach to teaching and learning. The collection really honours the people in the stories.

Kaitlyn Bailey, Vancouver Sun

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

American Indians in Children's Literature

Among IBBY Canada's 2020-2022 From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Book Collection

IBBY Canada

Among CCBC's Best Books for Kids & Teens 2023