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When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’i?????????´igo
Dual language (English & Diné)
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Nicole Neidhardt Translated by: Mildred Walters
9781459827530 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards English, Navajo, Translated from: English Juvenile: Age (years) from 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) from P - K, Grade (US) from P - K, Reading age from 3 - 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings North America Oct 13, 2020 Print Run: 4000
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming 9 x 9 x 0.25 in | 200 gr 32 pages 32 Colour illustrations FSC certified – mixed sources C013314 Orca Book Publishers
What makes you feel kind?

When We Are Kind celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.

Orca Book Publishers is proud to offer this picture book as a dual-language (English and Diné) edition.

Key Selling Points
  • Simple, pointed text gives examples of how children can be kind to those around them, the different emotions that receiving kindness can make us feel, and how we maintain a connection with one another through acts of kindness within our community.
  • The author is well-known for her board and picture books. Her title My Heart Fills With Happiness was selected for the 2019 TD Grade One Book Giveaway.
  • Like the author's bestselling title You Hold Me Up, the text relays an important message through carefully chosen language.
  • The illustrator is Diné (Navajo) from New Mexico. She was inspired by her community to illustrate an Indigenous family.

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.

Mildred Walters is Diné (Navajo) from Torreon, New Mexico, in the eastern region of the Navajo Nation. She has a bachelor of arts in linguistics, a master of arts in language, reading, and culture and a master of arts in information resources and library science. She currently works as a librarian for a Public Tribal Library in Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico, and has done so for 11 years. Mildred currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“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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You Hold Me Up / Ki Kîhcêyimin Mâna Monique Gray Smith 9781459821750 $19.95 CAD Sep 04, 2018


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