Baseball Bats for Christmas Share this with a friend

by Michael Kusugak
illustrated by Vladyana Langer Krykorka

Greatest Canadian Books of the Century List, Vancouver Public Library 100 Best Books List, Toronto Public Library 100 Best Canadian Kids’ Books, Today’s Parent Magazine Ruth Schwartz Award finalist

A unique glimpse of childhood in the Arctic by an acclaimed Inuit storyteller.

The year is 1955 and Arvaarluk and his friends watch as Rocky Parsons lands his plane on the ice in Repulse Bay, a tiny community “smack dab on the Arctic Circle.” Having never seen trees before, the children try to guess what the six green spindly things are that Rocky delivers. One of the boys has a brilliant idea: why not use them as baseball bats? Full of vibrant, richly-colored illustrations, this story introduces young readers to a time, place, and culture that may be new to them. The Arctic way of life is realistically portrayed by the author, whose narrative voice resonates with the lilt of his native language. The illustrator spent time in the Arctic to ensure that her artwork was a faithful representation of the people and places in the story. With its winter landscapes and Christmas scenes, this would make an ideal holiday gift book.

Listen to Michael Kusugak tell the story!


“Kusugak’s first-person narration is warm, energetic, and wonderfully humorous. The story sprawls out anecdotally . . . a stand-out season winner.”
—Quill & Quire