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Children's Fiction Emotions & Feelings

My Heart Fills With Happiness / Mi corazón se llena de alegría

by (author) Monique Gray Smith

illustrated by Julie Flett

translated by Lawrence Schimel

Publisher
Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Apr 2024
Category
Emotions & Feelings, Native Canadian, General
Recommended Age
3 to 5
Recommended Grade
p to k
Recommended Reading age
3 to 5
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459840683
    Publish Date
    Apr 2024
    List Price
    $10.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459840706
    Publish Date
    Apr 2024
    List Price
    $13.99

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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 illustrations in Richard Van Camp's 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 bookwas selected for the 2019 TD Grade One Book Giveaway.
  • Monique Gray Smith dedicated this book to the former residential school students and their families.
  • My Heart Fills With Happiness has been translated into French, Spanish, Plains Cree and Anishinaabemowin.

About the authors

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed–heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lkwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. 

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Julie Flett is an award-winning Cree-Metis author, illustrator and artist. She has received many awards, including the 2016 American Indian Library Association Award for Best Picture Book for Little You, written by Richard Van Camp (Orca Books), and the Canadian Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Award in 2015 for Dolphins SOS, written by Roy Miki (Tradewind Books) and in 2017 for My Heart Fills with Happiness, written by Monique Gray Smith (Orca Books), and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L’alphabet di Michif). Her own Wild Berries (Simply Read Books) was chosen as Canada’s First Nation Communities Read title selection for 2014-2015.

www.julieflett.com

 

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Lawrence Schimel is an award-winning author and anthologist who has published over 70 books in many genres, including four anthologies for Arsenal Pulp Press, all co-edited with Richard Labonte: The Future Is Queer (2006), the Lambda Award-winning First Person Queer (2007), its sequel Second Person Queer (2009), and I Like It Like That (2009). His other books include Lambda winner PoMoSexuals: Challenging Assumptions about Gender and Sexuality (with Carol Queen), The Drag Queen of Elfland, The Mammoth Book of Gay Erotica, and Things Invisible to See: Lesbian and Gay Tales of Magic Realism. Formerly of New York, he has lived in Madrid, Spain since 1999.

 

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Awards

  • Short-listed, Periodical Marketers of Canada (PMC) Indigenous Literature Award - Children's Category
  • Commended, Girls of Summer Reading List - Picture Books
  • Commended, Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee Best Children's Books of the Year
  • Winner, BC and Yukon Book Prizes - Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize

Editorial Reviews

"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

"An excellent board book for every baby Canadian."

The Toronto Star

★ "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 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 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

"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

"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

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

School Library Journal

"[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."

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