Book cover of Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know

Mii maanda ezhi-gkendmaanh / This Is How I Know



Publisher & Publication Year

Groundwood Books, 2021

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Brittany Luby (Anishinaabe-kwe)

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Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Anishinaabe)



An Anishinaabe child and her grandmother explore the natural wonders of each season in this bilingual story-poem. The reader accompanies them through warm summer days full of wildflowers, bees and blueberries, and into fall, when bears feast before hibernation and forest mushrooms are ripe for harvest. Winter mornings begin in darkness as deer, mice and other animals search for food, while spring brings green shoots poking through melting snow and the chirping of peepers. In each season, the child and her grandmother take pleasure in the natural world and the familiar sights of its rhythms.

Notable Achievements

Winner, Indigenous Voices Award, 2022; Winner, Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, 2022; Short-listed, Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature, Illustrated Books, 2021; Nominee, First Nation Communities Read, 2022


Kirkus Reviews: "Luby draws on her Anishinaabe heritage and time as a child with elders as inspiration for this gentle intergenerational tale."

School Library Journal: "Inviting readers into a beloved locale, this book is recommended for all picture book collections, especially those seeking more titles highlighting Indigenous people, their languages, and their artwork."

Educator Guide

This guide, created by Groundwood Books, includes pre-reading questions as well as post-reading discussion prompts and activities.

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