few weeks ago, I was contacted by the editor of Salina Bookshelf,
Inc., to see if we'd like to review some of their books for you.
Of course, I said yes, and Jessie Ruffenach, the editor, sent me
five books. I must say that these books took my breath away. Not
only are they wonderful tools for learning the Navajo language,
they are absolutely beautiful.
Bookshelf, Inc., founded in 1994, is an independent publisher of
textbooks, childrens picture books, reference books and electronic
media in Navajo and English. These dual language materials captivate
young and old readers alike. Many books include an audio CD narrated
in Navajo and English for use in the home or classroom. Authentic
depictions of Navajo life, both contemporary and traditional, are
portrayed throughout the entire collection of materials offered.
These resources have broad appeal in classrooms, adult centers,
libraries and homes to teach the Navajo language and culture.
books that are must reads for parents and little ones are Baby's
First Laugh and Baby Learns to Count. These baby books are a childs
first introduction to learning the Navajo language. Clearly and
simply written in Navajo and English, the books in this series are
an easy step towards gaining a rudimentary knowledge of Navajo.
Beverly Blacksheeps charming illustrations please the eye
and help teach the words being introduced.
for older readers, there are many selections to choose from. Some
teach traditional Navajo stories, while others help children with
modern life. These books are illustrated in vibrant colors.
those who wish to hear the books, Salina Bookshelf offers audio
books. These books are narrated by Native speakers and will help
with pronunciation of the Navajo words.
visit Salina Bookshelf, and see what else they have to offer, please
visit them at: