The book cover for The First Day: A Story of Courage by Katherena Vermette.

The First Day

A Story of Courage

Published in 01/14/2016 by Portage & Main Press
Illustrated by Irene Kuziw

Makwa has to go to a new school … and he doesn’t want to. How will he face his first day?

The First Day is one book in The Seven Teachings Stories series. The Seven Teachings of the Anishinaabe—love, wisdom, humility, courage, respect, honesty, and truth—are revealed in seven stories for children. Set in urban landscapes, Indigenous children tell familiar stories about home, school, and community.

Great ideas for using this book in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for The Seven Teachings Stories.