International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She wrote When We Are Kind to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about kindness and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. Monique's picture book My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was selected as the TD Grade One Giveaway Book for all grade one students in Canada in 2019. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.
Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa'áanii Clan and is from from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and is working on her MFA at Ontario College of Art & Design University in Toronto. Nicole’s Diné identity is the heart of her practice, which encompasses installation, illustration and large-scale murals. She currently lives in Toronto.
“A perfect addition to your bedtime routine, and would make a great gift for every teacher and librarian your child knows, so each school has a copy upon reopening.” - them.
“Simple statements have the resonance of affirmations and establish a clear chain of connectedness…A panoply of Indigenous characters is featured in rich detail. A visual feast for families interested in seeing the Native world through small, kind deeds.” - Kirkus Reviews
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