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My Heart Fills With Happiness
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Julie Flett
Monique Gray Smith ,

Illustrated by :

Julie Flett


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:

Board book

Form detail:

Picture book, Self-covered
Board book , Picture book, Self-covered


Juvenile: Age (years) 0 - 2, Grade (CAN) P, Grade (US) P, Reading age 0 - 2
Mar 01, 2016
$12.95 CAD


7in x 7 x 0.48 in | 260 gr

Page Count:

24 pages


full color images
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Baby books|Early years: family|Children’s / Teenage emotions: Happiness, joy|For children c 0–36 months|Relating to Indigenous peoples
North America
jC813/.6 23
Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize 2017, Winner Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee Best Children's Books of the Year 2017, Commended Girls of Summer Reading List 2017, Commended Global Read Aloud 2018, Commended Indigenous Literature Award 2018, Short-listed
  • Short Description
A board book that celebrates happiness and invites children to reflect on the little things in life that bring them joy.
A celebration of what makes us happy.

★ "A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

The sun on your face. The smell of warm bannock baking in the oven. Holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This beautiful board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.

Key Selling Points

  • My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize in 2017.
  • Author Monique Gray Smith has also written the bestselling picture book You Hold Me Up and the middle-grade nonfiction book Speaking Our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation.
  • This book features a beautiful array of Indigenous children and multigenerational families.
  • The dual-language English/Plains Cree edition of this book was selected for the 2019 TD Grade One Book Giveaway.
  • Monique Gray Smith dedicated this book to the former Indian Residential School students and their families.
  • My Heart Fills With Happiness has been translated into French, Spanish, Plains Cree and Anishinaabemowin.

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 WSÁNEĆ Peoples.

Julie Flett is a Swampy Cree and Red River Métis artist and author. She studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. She won the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her work on When We Were Alone by David Robertson, and her book Birdsong won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. She is the three-time recipient of the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award for Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet, Dolphin SOS and My Heart Fills With Happiness.

★ "A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures, which features a cast of First Nations children and adults...Short, first-person phrases...revel in both solitary and familial activities...Flett’s (Little You) crisp-edged paintings blend universal and culturally specific experiences." - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"A board book that leaves you feeling cheerful and appreciative of those small moments in life that bring one joy. Recommended."

- CM: Canadian Review of Materials

★ "Joyful and tender, this board book celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections...Flett’s quietly powerful gouache and digital collage illustrations emphasize the relationships between people...The sweet family story has universal appeal. A first purchase for all libraries." - School Library Journal, starred review

"A celebration of aboriginal culture...but also universal in its message: sometimes it's the simplest things that lift our spirits highest...[The book] is beautiful in both its appearance and its intention." - Quill & Quire

“A comforting board book offers young children the opportunity for reflection, and for affirmation, too. Moments of happiness tucked into each and every day celebrated here include time with family, self-expression, and the natural world." - Cooperative Children’s Book Center

"[A] light, warm and utterly charming book...Highly recommended for families, parents of young children to share with them and to begin conversation and sharing about emotions." - Resource Links

"An excellent board book for every baby Canadian." - The Toronto Star

"Specific visuals ground this sweet celebration of simple pleasures." - Kirkus Reviews

"It is a fantastic toddler book that celebrates family and heritage and would be valuable in any collection, especially those of First Nations heritage." - Raising Mom blog

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