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Orca RESPECT through December 2023

Little You / kiya kâ-apisîsisiyan
Dual language (English & Plains Cree)
By (author): Richard Van Camp Illustrated by: Julie Flett Translated by: Mary Cardinal Collins Edited by: Cree Literacy Network
Richard Van Camp ,

Illustrated by :

Julie Flett ,

Translated by :

Mary Cardinal Collins ,

Edited by :

Cree Literacy Network


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
Aug 16, 2022
Print Run: 6000
$19.95 CAD


8in x 8 x 0.31 in | 280 gr

Page Count:

32 pages


full color images
FSC certified – mixed sources C016245
Orca Book Publishers
JUVENILE FICTION / Family / New Baby
Children’s / Teenage fiction: Family and home stories|Children’s picture books|Children’s / Teenage: Poetry|Interest age: from c 3 years|Relating to infancy
North America
BC Books for Babies 2013, Winner CCBC Best Books 2013, Commended OLA Best Bets 2013, Commended Resource Links "The Year's Best" 2013, Commended Read to Me!'s 50 Best Books for Babies list 2013, Commended CLA Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award 2014, Short-listed CCBC Choices selection 2014, Commended Alcuin Design Award 2014, Short-listed R. Ross Annett Award 2015, Winner Today's Parent's Best Canadian Kids Books list selection 2015, Commended Reading Lights selection 2015, Commended Best Picture Book at the American Youth Literature Awards 2016, Winner CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Commended
  • Short Description
This dual-language, poetic picture book celebrates every child and the joy babies bring into the world. In English and Plains Cree.
Perfect for all the little ones and newborns in your life!

★ "Van Camp composes a lyrical ode to a newborn child, which is matched in its loveliness by Flett's exquisite, collage-like images of a young one with his or her parents.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

Richard Van Camp, internationally renowned storyteller and bestselling author of Welcome Song for Baby and We Sang You Home, has partnered with award-winning illustrator Julie Flett to create a tender book that honors the child in everyone. With its delightful contemporary illustrations, Little You is perfect to be shared, read or sung to all the little people in your life—and the new little ones on the way!

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

Key Selling Points

  • Little You lyrically celebrates the potential of each child and can be enjoyed by the entire family.
  • Richard Van Camp is the award-winning and bestselling author of We Sang You Home, Welcome Song for Baby and May We Have Enough to Share.
  • Illustrator Julie Flett received a BolognaRagazzi Special Mention (2019) for her work on We Sang You Home.
  • Little You has been translated into over five languages, including French, Spanish, Anishinaabemowin, Bush Cree, South Slavey and Chipewyan.
  • The inspiration for Little You came to Richard while at a Pearl Jam concert.

Internationally renowned storyteller and award-winning author Richard Van Camp is a proud member of the Tłı̨chǫ Dene from Fort Smith, Northwest Territories. A graduate of the En'owkin International School of Writing, the University of Victoria's BFA in Creative Writing program and the MFA in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia, Richard has written over twenty-six books in just about every genre, including Little You and We Sang You Home, both beautifully illustrated by Julie Flett. He lives in Edmonton.

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.

Mary Cardinal Collins is a semi-retired teacher, fluent Cree speaker and translator.

The Cree Literacy Network was created in 2010 to promote Cree language and cultural literacy, in oral form and through literacy materials. Through the essential tool of standard spelling, the Cree Literacy Network supports the fundamental right of Cree speakers to understand and be understood.

"A contemporary Metis child and his family are shown as the child grows from infancy to toddlerhood. Joy in life and the world about them are lovingly depicted in spare, but evocative text that is paired with Flett's exquisite mixed-media illustrations." - Debbie Reese for School Library Journal

★ "Van Camp composes a lyrical ode to a newborn child, which is matched in its loveliness by Flett's exquisite, collage-like images of a young one with his or her parents. Both collaborators are of aboriginal Canadian descent, and the book will have particular appeal for families looking for nonwhite representations of tender family moments. But families of every size, shape, and background can appreciate sentiments like, 'You are life and breath adored/ You are us and so much more/ Little ember with growing light/ Feel our love as we hold you tight.'" - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Both the language and artwork is sophisticated in this board book that welcomes a new child into the world and explains how important he or she is to their parents…There is a smoothness and softness to both the message and the rhythm of the text, to which little ones will respond…The collage-style art featuring an Asian family has a warm elegance that parents will enjoy and whimsical touches that will appeal to children." - Booklist

"This tender celebration of babies features gentle rhymes and warm, understated illustrations…The art has the look of cut paper, with distinct lines and pleasingly curved shapes...Eschewing the overt cuteness often seen in board books, the artist captures the toddler's joy in subtle, but tangible images...The family feels real and specific, and the message...will resonate with all readers." - School Library Journal

"The spreads lovingly depict a young child growing from infancy to toddlerhood...The text has the gentle cadence of a lullaby...Flett, who is of Cree Métis heritage, gives each character tawny skin, almond-shaped eyes and dark hair. This, combined with her sophisticated and simple style, allows her featured family to represent relatively broad branches of the human family. The art, with the look of cut-paper collage, uses curved forms and playful prints to flesh out the affectionate tableaux...The soothing rhythms of the language and the affection of the scenes are right on target. A poetic and joyful celebration." - Kirkus Reviews

"A celebratory homage to newborn children and the joy they bring to their families. In a sensitive three-verse poetic text, author and storyteller Richard Van Camp evokes the love and commitment parents have for their offspring. The writing is meditative in nature...Julie Flett's unique pencil, watercolour and gouache collage illustrations are an exquisite partnering with the text...The colourful patterns on the parents' and child's clothing add visual interest in the artwork, which is otherwise striking in its simplicity.This beautiful board book will particularly resonate with parents, grandparents and caregivers of newborns as they begin their life's journey together." - Canadian Children's Book News

"[Has] a quiet lyricism and poetic flair...Thunder, star, breath and ember provide images for the parents' love of this small baby—small in body but great in wonder. The clean lines and subtle colour contrasts in Flett's illustrations are an apt complement to Van Camp's evocation of love, festivity and natural wonder." - The Toronto Star

"Charming and fluid, Richard Van Camp has unlocked the keys to the heart, beautifully expressing how parents feel about their own baby...This touching and joyful tale Little You takes us on a heartfelt and peaceful journey of raising baby...Encapsulating the serenity and enchantment of Van Camp's words, Julie Flett illustrates...in an elegant monochromatic autumnal palette...Simple clean lines, geometric shapes and the beautiful use of negative space are a delight at each turn of the page. Taking us on a journey of the pure love from season to season, daytime and evening, indoors and outdoors...A little book with a bigger heart, much, much bigger than little!" - Resource Links

"A sweet little board book...Richard Van Camp has written a beautiful poem that describes the feelings of parenthood...The illustrations, done by Julie Flett, are both simple, and bold at the same time...and helped bring such beautiful words to life. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys curling up with their little one with a good book. It's a nice quick little read, that captured my little one's attention right away. It's got a great message that I hope she'll remember for the rest of her life." - Just Trying to Let It Be blog

"This board book is meant for the very youngest 'listeners' as well as a good gift idea for new parents or soon-to-be parents. The quiet verses are warm, cozy and heartfelt. The illustrations show a family of people with darker skin (the author and illustrator are Canadian aboriginals) which would make this book appealing to people who are non-Caucasian, thus widening its appeal. A wonderful addition for public libraries." - Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group

"The brief poetic text speaks to the delight that a child has brought into its parents' lives...Flett's illustrations of a Métis or First Nations family, consisting of mother, father and child, capture their close physical and emotional bonds. Little You is an excellent purchase for public libraries as well as being a good gift for new parents! Highly Recommended." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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