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My Heart Fills With Happiness / Nijiikendam
Dual language (English & Anishinaabemowin)
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Julie Flett Translated by: Angela Mesic Translated by: Margaret Noodin
Monique Gray Smith ,

Illustrated by :

Julie Flett ,

Translated by :

Angela Mesic ,

Translated by :

Margaret Noodin

Imprint:

Orca Book Publishers - Victoria

ISBN:

9781459825390

Product Form:

Hardcover

Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
English, Ojibwa

Audience:

Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
May 11, 2021
Print Run: 4000
$19.95 CAD
Active

Dimensions:

8in x 8 x 0.38 in | 300 gr

Page Count:

32 pages

Illustrations:

32 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C023083
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Children’s picture books|Interest age: from c 3 years|Relating to indigenous peoples
North America
  • Short Description
A dual-language book that celebrates happiness and invites children to reflect on the little things in life that bring them joy. In English and Anishinaabemowin.
What fills your heart with happiness?

★ "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 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.

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

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.
  • Illustrator Julie Flett received a BolognaRagazzi Special Mention (2019) for her book with Richard Van Camp, We Sang You Home.
  • 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 now 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.

Angela Mesic currently teaches the first year Anishinaabemowin course at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (UWM) and provides online long-distance learning for Yale University. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in the field of psychology at UWM and is currently working on a master of community psychology at Alverno College. Angela has a strong interest in research focused on the psychology of learning and curriculum development. Through the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at UWM, she assists the director, Dr. Margaret Noodin, in making significant revisions to language curriculum, and handles curricular queries from various internal and external partners, including Indian Community School, several colleges and universities throughout the United States, and tribal communities.

Margaret Noodin received an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is currently a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where she also serves as director of the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education and a scholar in the Center for Water Policy. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and two bilingual collections of poetry, Weweni and Gijigijigikendan: What the Chickadee Knows. Her poems are also anthologized in New Poets of Native Nations, Poetry, the Michigan Quarterly Review, Water Stone Review and Yellow Medicine Review. Her research spans linguistic revitalization, Indigenous ontologies, traditional science and prevention of violence in Indigenous communities.



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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 newsletter
  • Continued promotion with Orca’s dual-language titles

“Charming in its simplicity, this is a great ­reminder of what can be found every day in our lives.” - School Library Journal

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