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The Raven Mother

By Hetxw’ms Gyetxw Brett D. Huson
Illustrated by Natasha Donovan
Series: Mothers of Xsan
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Nonfiction, Environmental Science & Ecosystems, Indigenous, Birds, Seasons
Big Ideas: Aspects of Indigenous Cultures, Worldviews, Teachings, and Protocols, STEM, Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability, Ecosystems, Life Cycles, Seasonal Cycles, Symbiotic Relationships
Cultures & Peoples: Gitxsan
Indigenous Languages: Gitxsanimx, Words or Phrases

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell V, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 1000L
Hardcover : 9781774920039, 32 pages, September 2022
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781774920046, 32 pages, October 2022
Ebook (PDF) : 9781774920053, 32 pages, October 2022

Bring science to life with this book about ravens, their role in the food web, and how they benefit their ecosystem.


★ 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.


  • Short-listed, SWCC's Book Awards, Children and Youth 2023
  • Long-listed, PMC Indigenous Literature Award 2023
  • Nominated, <P><I>Shortlisted for OLA&#39;s</I> Yellow Cedar Award</P>
  • Winner, <P><I>Among California Reading Association&#39;s</I> Eureka! Nonfiction Children&#39;s Book Awards, Honor Awards (2023)</P>
  • Commended, Eureka! Nonfiction Children's Book Awards 2023
  • Short-listed, OLA's Yellow Cedar Award 2023
  • Short-listed, Animal Behavior Society Outstanding Children’s’ Book Award 2024


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

Kirkus Reviews, Kirkus Reviews

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

BC Booklook, 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.

Emelia Fournier, 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).

Debbie Reese and Jean Mendoza, 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