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I Hope
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Gabrielle Grimard
Monique Gray Smith ,

Illustrated by :

Gabrielle Grimard

Imprint:

Orca Book Publishers - Victoria

ISBN:

9781459825932

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book
English

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 15000
$21.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

9in x 9 x 0.31 in | 380 gr

Page Count:

32 pages

Illustrations:

17 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Values & Virtues
Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: Emotions, moods, feelings and behaviours|Children’s / Teenage personal and social topics: First / new experiences and growing up / coming of age|Interest age: from c 3 years|Relating to childhood
North America
jC813/.6—dc23
  • Short Description
This beautifully illustrated picture book, written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, explores all the hopes adults have for the children in their lives.
My world is full of hope for you.

Poignant words from award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith about all the hopes adults have for the young people in their lives.

The hopes we have for the children in our lives are endless. We want our young people to thrive and experience all that life has to offer, but we also feel protective of them. Using simple but powerful statements, Monique Gray Smith delivers a touching message about loving, nurturing and wishing the best for our children. Paired with Gabrielle Grimard's warm and enchanting illustrations, the message in I Hope will resonate with all parents, grandparents and caregivers.


Praise for Monique Gray Smith:

★“Joyful and tender...celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections.”—School Library Journal, starred review for My Heart Fills With Happiness

“Smith's text is heartwarming!”—Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature for You Hold Me Up

“Gentle…Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.”—Publisher's Weekly for When We Are Kind

★“Smith tackles difficult and complex conversations with straightforwardness and compassion.”—School Library Journal, starred review for Speaking Our Truth

Key Selling Points

  • Simple, straightforward text outlines essential hopes that adults have for the young ones they love and asks young readers what hopes they have for themselves.
  • Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author and advocate for the mental health and well-being of all children.
  • Carefully constructed text addresses aspirations from a safe place to sleep to a life full of love.
  • The author’s When We Are Kind was a Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year, and My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.
  • The illustrator has been nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
  • Also available in French and Cree–English editions.

Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author and public speaker. Her books cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Woven into all of Monique’s writing and her speaking engagements is the teaching that Love is Medicine. Her books include Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills With Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, When We Are Kind and I Hope. She has also created the young adult adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Monique is Cree and Scottish. She lives with her family on the Traditional Territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.

Gabrielle Grimard has been drawing since she was young. Her passion for drawing and painting led her to pursue studies in fine arts and arts education at Concordia University. After she had her first child, she began her career as an illustrator. She is the illustrator of The Library Bus, which is a Governor General’s Literary Award finalist, and Stolen Words, which was a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Best Picture Book of the Year, and the winner of the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award. She lives in Waterville, Quebec, with her family.

Marketing and Promotional Plans

  • Print and online advertising campaigns
  • Promotion at national and regional school, library and trade conferences
  • Extensive ARC distribution, including NetGalley
  • Blog and social media promotion
  • Outreach in Orca newsletters

“Comforting, encouraging sentiments that adult readers and their little ones will appreciate.” - Kirkus Reviews

“The ingredients for happiness…A good platform to discuss children’s hopes, which is useful in both group and one-on-one settings.” - Booklist

“Walks the line of cultural specificity and broad relatability, offering readers multiple ways to connect to the narrative…[An] excellent option for parents looking for something to read with their young children.” - Quill & Quire

“Grimard’s artwork along with Gray Smith’s messages of hope create a synergy and context…Together they successfully teach intangible moments.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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Also Available

You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim Monique Gray Smith 9781459827196 $19.95 CAD May 11, 2021
My Heart Fills With Happiness / Nijiikendam Monique Gray Smith 9781459825390 $19.95 CAD May 11, 2021
My Heart Fills With Happiness / sâkaskinêw nitêh miywêyihtamowin ohci Monique Gray Smith 9781459831872 $19.95 CAD Apr 13, 2021
When We Are Kind Monique Gray Smith 9781459825222 $19.95 CAD Oct 13, 2020
When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo Monique Gray Smith 9781459827530 $21.95 CAD Oct 13, 2020
You Hold Me Up / ê-ohpiniyan Monique Gray Smith 9781459821750 $19.95 CAD Sep 04, 2018
You Hold Me Up Monique Gray Smith 9781459814479 $19.95 CAD Oct 31, 2017
Speaking Our Truth Monique Gray Smith 9781459815834 $29.95 CAD Sep 19, 2017
My Heart Fills With Happiness Monique Gray Smith 9781459809574 $12.95 CAD Mar 01, 2016
Waking Ben Doldrums Heather Smith 9781459833913 $21.95 CAD Mar 14, 2023

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