Book cover of Wiijibibamatoon Anangoonan / Runs with the Stars

Wiijibibamatoon Anangoonan / Runs with the Stars



Publisher & Publication Year

Second Story Press, 2022

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Darcy Whitecrow (Ojibwe/Dakota) and Heather O'Connor

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Lenny Lishchensko



As they await the birth of a new foal, a man teaches his grandchild about the Ojibwe Horses that used to roam the forests of northwestern Ontario. The horses once ran wild and free, but when Grandfather was a boy, they almost disappeared. Now he is the caretaker of his own small herd, keeping the breed alive for future generations and teaching his grandchild about the loving bond between humans and animals. The story is told in both Ojibwemowin/Anishinaabemowen and English.

Notable Achievements

Selected for IBBY’s "From Sea to Sea to Sea: Celebrating Indigenous Picture Books" catalogue, 2023; Longlisted for 2023-2024 First Nations Communities Read; Recommended Read for TD Summer Reading Club, 2023; OLA Best Bets List, 2022; FOLD Kids 2022 Reading List; Toronto Public Library New and Noteworthy, 2022; 49th Kids Summer Reading List, 2022; Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre, Fall 2022


Publishers Weekly: "Whitecrow and O’Connor weave a history of wild-roaming Ojibwe horses around western Lake Superior with the intergenerational story of an Ojibwe seven-year-old awaiting the birth of a foal."

Educator Guide

This guide, created by Laura Horton, includes information for educators, discussion questions, activities, and an introduction to the Ojibwemowin language.

Link to Guide

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