Book cover of My Heart Fills With Happiness

My Heart Fills With Happiness



Publisher & Publication Year

Orca Books, 2016

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Monique Gray Smith (Cree, Lakota, and Scottish)

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Julie Flett (Cree-Métis)



The sun on your face; the smell of warm bannock baking in the oven; holding the hand of someone you love. What fills your heart with happiness? This board book, with illustrations from artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for readers to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. This book celebrates the different ways happiness is found through connections with our family and with our cultures.

Notable Achievements

Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize Winner 2017; Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year 2017; Girls of Summer Reading List 2017; Global Read Aloud 2018; Indigenous Literature Award 2018 Shortlist


Publishers Weekly: “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.”

Kirkus Reviews: “Specific visuals ground this sweet celebration of simple pleasures.”

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Educator Guide

This guide, created by educator ​​Emily Rozitis and designed for special needs classrooms, includes accessible social, visual, and writing activities,

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