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I Hope / nipakosêyimon
Dual language (English & Plains Cree)
By (author): Monique Gray Smith Illustrated by: Gabrielle Grimard Translated by: Dolores Greyeyes Sand
Monique Gray Smith ,

Illustrated by :

Gabrielle Grimard ,

Translated by :

Dolores Greyeyes Sand


Orca Book Publishers - Victoria



Product Form:


Form detail:

Picture book
Hardcover , Picture book
Cree, English, Translated from: English


Juvenile: Age (years) 3 - 5, Grade (CAN) P - K, Grade (US) P - K, Reading age 3 - 5
Sep 13, 2022
Print Run: 5000
$21.95 CAD


9in x 9 x 0.31 in | 380 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


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
SYRCA Shining Willow Award 2023, Short-listed CBC Teacher Favorites Award 2023, Winner
  • Short Description
This beautifully illustrated dual-language picture book, written by award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith, explores all the hopes adults have for the children in their lives. In English and Plains Cree.
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.

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

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 in 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 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.

As a first-language speaker of Plains Cree (nêhiyawêwin), translator Dolores Greyeyes Sand has devoted her career to teaching and promoting Cree language and cultural literacy at every opportunity, proudly following the path laid by her late mother, Dr Freda Ahenakew CM, SOM.

“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

“A wonderful message and an opportunity to remind children how loved they are and that they will always have someone cheering them on and supporting them.” - Children's Literature

“Simple but compelling...The poignant message in I Hope will resonate with parents, grandparents and caregivers as they seek all good things for the children within their realm.” - Canadian Children's Book News

“Lovely and warm…The dual language text is important not only for those who speak Cree, but for all those who read it. It helps to remind children that Indigenous people are “still here” and retain their language and culture.” - The Arts Fuse

“A hopeful read for audiences young and old finding themselves and their place in the world and leaving a positive impact while living whole-heartedly and joyfully.” - Children's Literature

Also Available

My Heart Fills With Happiness / Nijiikendam Monique Gray Smith 9781459825390 $19.95 CAD May 11, 2021
You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim Monique Gray Smith 9781459827196 $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 / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo Monique Gray Smith 9781459827530 $21.95 CAD Oct 13, 2020
When We Are Kind Monique Gray Smith 9781459825222 $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
We Belong to the Drum / mistikwaskihk kitipêyimikonaw Sandra Lamouche 9781459834385 $21.95 CAD May 16, 2023
Forever Our Home / kâkikê kîkinaw Tonya Simpson 9781459837584 $21.95 CAD May 16, 2023
We Sang You Home / kikî-kîwê-nikamôstamâtinân Richard Van Camp 9781459836365 $19.95 CAD Sep 13, 2022
Little You / kiya kâ-apisîsisiyan Richard Van Camp 9781459835931 $19.95 CAD Aug 16, 2022

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