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You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim
Dual Language (English & Anishnaabemowin)
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Danielle Daniel Translated by: Angela Mesic Translated by: Margaret Noodin
9781459827196 Hardcover, Picture book, Paper over boards English, Ojibwa, 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 May 11, 2021 Print Run: 4000
$19.95 CAD
Forthcoming 8 x 8 x 0.5 in | 200 gr 32 pages Colour illustrations Orca Book Publishers
 
CCBC Best Books 2018, Commended Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed Quill & Quire's kidlit and YA Books of the Year 2017, Commended AICL's Best Books 2017, Commended Resource Links The Year's Best  2017, Commended Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year starred selection 2018, Commended Global Read Aloud  2018, Commended CCBC Best Books  2018, Commended Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award 2018, Short-listed CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
We hold each other up.

This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their every-day actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

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

Key Selling Points:

  • Simple but powerful text shows us the different ways we can respect and be kind to one another in this moving picture book.
  • 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.
  • Danielle Daniel's book Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox was the winner of the 2016 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award (CCBC), a finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award and the 2017 Blue Spruce Award, and was named one of NY Public Library's Most Notable Titles in 2015.
  • You Hold Me Up has been translated into French, Plains Cree and now Anishinaabemowin.

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. 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 first-grade students in Canada in 2019. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia.

Danielle Daniel is the author and illustrator of Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, finalist for the First Nation Communities Read Award and the Blue Spruce Award and one of New York Public Library's Most Notable Books of 2015. Danielle is currently working on two novels and completing an MFA in creative writing through UBC. She writes and paints in Sudbury, Ontario.

"You Hold Me Up is a gentle but effective way to introduce the topic of Reconciliation to students of all ages." - ETFO Voice

"You Hold Me Up is a welcome addition to the ongoing conversations around healing and rebuilding relationships…Gentle, relevant and never heavy-handed, this book serves both as a quiet lullaby and a starting point for discussions on empathy, community and wellness." - Canadian Children's Book News

"A seemingly simple picture book that conveys a valuable message for all ages…The distinctive and soft illustrations by Daniel enhance the positive message by Smith about the power of companionship, compassion, respect and togetherness…This quiet book has a deep beauty and a universal message. " - Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Jury

"Ideal for early readers by themselves, for lap-sitting, or as a read-aloud." - Canadian Literature

"A strong and powerful message that even the youngest reader can understand...Very timely message indeed." - Youth Services Book Reviews

“Warm illustrations help to expand the brief text.” - The Horn Book Online

“A lovely meditation on compassion and respect...A strong sense of community runs through the poetic text and is warmly depicted in Daniel’s stunning watercolour paintings.” - 49th Shelf

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