Book cover of The Grizzly Mother

The Grizzly Mother



Publisher & Publication Year

Highwater Press (2019)

Publisher's Book Page


Hetxw’ms Gyetxw/Brett D. Huson (Gitxsan)

Author's Website 


Natasha Donovan (Métis)



This second book of the Mothers of Xsan series introduces readers to the grizzly bear and its place in the Xsan ecosystem. To the Gitxsan people of Northwestern British Columbia, the grizzly is an integral part of the natural landscape. Together, they share the land and forests that the Skeena River runs through, as well as the sockeye salmon within it. Follow mother bear as she teaches her cubs what they need to survive on their own.

Notable Achievements

Winner, Animal Behavior Society's Outstanding Children's Book Award 2020; Winner, Manuela Dias Design and Illustration Awards, Children's Illustration 2020; Short-listed, McNally Robinson Book for Young People 2020


Publishers Weekly: “Saturated with ocher hues and expressively detailed with black line, Donovan’s illustrations amplify the text’s lyricism with nuanced perspectives and subtle formline art motifs.”

Educator Guide

This guide, created by educator Nancy Ha in association with the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary, includes curriculum connections, background lessons, and activities.

Link to Guide

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