Sealaska Heritage Institute(SHI) has released the first three of eighteen culturally-based children’s books that reflect the Native worldview. The books are part of the institute’s Baby Raven Reads, a program for Alaska Native families with children up to age five that promotes language development and school readiness.
The release of the books is groundbreaking because so few culturally-relevant children’s books from Southeast Alaska exist that are
not tailored for the commercial market. Also, research has shown that Native students do better academically when their cultures are
incorporated into learning materials and classes, said SHI President Rosita Worl.
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