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Ren Louie’s Kidlit Books

March 28th, 2024

Indigenous author Ren Louie (at right) will be publishing a brand-new adaptation of his book for children from 6 to 8 years, Drum from the Heart (Medicine Wheel Publishing, 2022). The adaptation, Teachings of the Drum (Medicine Wheel Publishing $12.95), due out in May, is a rhyming picture book for younger audiences, ages 4 to 6. The story follows young Louie learning many things about himself and his culture from the handmade drum gifted to him by his mother. The book highlights the significance of heritage and culture to a child’s identity as the narrative showcases how young Louie was able to find confidence in his voice to joyfully sing the traditional songs of his Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, through his special drum. Both the books are illustrated by Vancouver-based Indigenous artist, Karlene Harvey.

Ren Louie, known by his traditional name Wikinanish, originates from the Nuu-chah-nulth from Ahousaht. His ancestry is a blend of Nuu-chah-nulth, African American and Ukrainian heritage. Louie’s professional pursuits are grounded in Indigenous Studies, and he aims to transition into teaching this discipline at the post-secondary level, leveraging his background and experience as an Aboriginal Role Model within educational institutions. He demonstrates a profound dedication to preserving his language and culture, actively engaging with Elders and Knowledge Keepers to absorb traditional teachings and songs. Residing in his hometown of Victoria situated on the ancestral lands of Lekwungen and WSÁNEĆ Territories, Louie maintains a steadfast connection to his roots and community.

Karlene Harvey (she/they) is an illustrator and writer, residing on the unceded and ancestral territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh peoples. Of Tsilhqot’in and Syilx descent, Harvey’s upbringing spans the territories of the Semiahmoo and Kwantlen Nations. Their portfolio includes contributions to children’s literature, with illustrated works such as Drum from the Heart, Every Child Matters (Medicine Wheel Publishing, 2023), Maggie Lou, Firefox (Groundwood Books, 2023), and Kaiah’s Garden (North Winds Press, 2024). Harvey pursued her studies at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, earning a BFA in Visual Arts and a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of British Columbia. Professionally, they are deeply engaged in fostering community and nurturing leadership potential, particularly among women and youth. Currently, they serve as an Academic Advisor for Indigenous students at UBC, contributing to the university’s commitment to Indigenous education and support services.

Drum from the Heart: 9781989122884
Teachings of the Drum: 9781778540387

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