Book cover of A Day with Yayah

A Day With Yayah



Publisher & Publication Year

Orca Book Publishers, 2017

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Nicola Campbell (Nlaka’pamux, Syilx/Interior Salish, and Métis)

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Julie Flett (Cree-Métis)



Set in the Nicola Valley, British Columbia, in Canada’s westernmost province, a First Nations family goes on an outing to forage for herbs and mushrooms. Joined by Auntie Karen, Grand-uncle Chester, and Grand-auntie Susan, a grandmother—Yayah in their Indigenous language—helps her grandchildren learn and forage the plants that appear in the spring, thankful to Creator for feeding their family. Along the way, Yayah also teaches the children Nlaka’pamux words, providing pronunciation help within the text in addition to the glossary at the back of the book.

Notable Achievements

Finalist, BC Book Prize, 2018


Kirkus Reviews: "Campbell’s quiet story weaves botanical facts with respect for the natural world, naming the plants in the Nlaka’pamux language… With modern children learning an elder’s wisdom, this makes for a lovely day out."

Booklist: “Flett’s lovely collages add beauty and a fresh, contemporary tone, while the text captures the essence of the young learning from the old. Timeless values, such as gratitude for the earth, are seamlessly integrated.”

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