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When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo
Dual language (English & Diné)
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Nicole Neidhardt Translated by: Mildred Walters
Monique Gray Smith ,

Illustrated by :

Nicole Neidhardt ,

Translated by :

Mildred Walters


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
Hardcover , Picture book, Sewn, Paper over boards
English, Navajo; Navaho


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Oct 13, 2020
Print Run: 4000
$19.95 CAD


9in x 9 x 0.31 in | 380 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


32 Colour illustrations
FSC certified – mixed sources C013314
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
Children’s picture books|Early years: people who help us|Interest age: from c 24 months|Relating to childhood
North America
Notable Social Studies Trade Book 2021, Commended CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2021, Commended Chocolate Lily Awards 2022, Commended Shining Willow Award 2021, Short-listed
  • Short Description
This dual-language beautiful picture book looks at how the simple act of being kind, to others and oneself, affects all aspects of a child’s life. In English and Diné.
What makes you feel kind?

"Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.”—Publishers Weekly

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.

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.

Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of the Kiiyaa'áanii Clan and is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and and an MFA at OCAD University in Toronto. Nicole’s Diné identity is the heart of her practice, which encompasses illustration, installation, murals and Indigenous Futurisms.

Mildred Walters is Diné (Navajo) from Torreon, New Mexico in Eastern 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 Tribal Public 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

“An accessible picture book that will work well as a read-aloud in a group or for quiet reading alone. Whether at home or in the classroom, its pleasing repetition of phrases. such as 'I am kind when' and 'I feel', will appeal to young readers and invite re-reading. Highly Recommended.” - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Gentle…Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.” - Publishers Weekly

“Lovely…A gentle message that shows how kindness connects us and reinforces our deep relations.” - Toronto Star

“Using minimal text, the message of kindness is delivered in illustrations that are beautiful, colorful and detailed. This title is highly recommended for use in preschool and primary or elementary classrooms and libraries.” - Must Read Literature

“Visually appealing at every turn and offering up details in clothing and surroundings, there is much to see here. The words inspire questions and memories about being kind in the world, and with family and friends.” - Sal's Fiction Addiction

“Thoughtful and beautifully illustrated.” - Canadian Teacher Magazine

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
You Hold Me Up / ê-ohpiniyan Monique Gray Smith 9781459821750 $19.95 CAD Sep 04, 2018

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