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My Heart Fills with Happiness

Written by Monique Gray Smith & illustrated by Julie Flett
Published by Orca Book Publisher
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Opening with “My heart fills with happiness when…”, readers are reminded that sometimes the most simple things in life are teh ones that fill our hearts with happiness. Beautifully illustrated and gently written, Smith and Flett have done an amazing job helping children find their commonalities with other children from different cultures, as their descriptions of what makes the child’s heart full with happiness are pretty universal. This is the sweetest story about things that make our hearts happy, and my favorite part about it is how much it connects my children to Native American children, as aside from cooking bannock, my girls can relate to everything that fills the narrator’s heart. While I love books that highlight diversity, I also love books that help my children recognize that despite diversity, we all have lots in common, too.

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A board book that celebrates happiness and invites children to reflect on the little things in life that bring them joy.

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Who Wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness

Monique Gray Smith

<strong>Monique Gray Smith</strong> 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, <i>Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience</i>, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit

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Who Illustrated My Heart Fills with Happiness

Julie Flett

<strong>Julie Flett</strong> studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature for her book <i>Owls See Clearly at Night: A Michif Alphabet / Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer: L’alphabet di Michif</i>. Julie is Cree-M&eacutetis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.

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