I Hope / nipakosêyimon

  • Translated by: Dolores Greyeyes Sand
    Illustrated By: Gabrielle Grimard
  • Pages:32
  • Publisher:Orca Book Publishers
  • Themes:aspirations, goals, growth mindset, helping children flourish, self-reflection
  • Available:09/13/2022
  • Lexile:NP
  • Fountas & Pinnell Text Level Gradient:J
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Poignant words from award-winning Indigenous author Monique Gray Smith about all the hopes adults have for the young people in their lives.

The hopes we have for the children in our lives are endless. We want our young people to thrive and experience all that life has to offer, but we also feel protective of them. Using simple but powerful statements, Monique Gray Smith delivers a touching message about loving, nurturing and wishing the best for our children. Paired with Gabrielle Grimard's warm and enchanting illustrations, the message in I Hope will resonate with all parents, grandparents and caregivers.

Orca Book Publishers is proud to offer this picture book as a dual-language (English and Plains Cree) edition.

Praise for Monique Gray Smith:

★“Joyful and tender...celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections.”—School Library Journal, starred review for My Heart Fills With Happiness

“Smith's text is heartwarming!”—Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature for You Hold Me Up

“Gentle…Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.”—Publisher's Weekly for When We Are Kind

★“Smith tackles difficult and complex conversations with straightforwardness and compassion.”—School Library Journal, starred review for Speaking Our Truth

“Comforting, encouraging sentiments that adult readers and their little ones will appreciate.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The ingredients for happiness…A good platform to discuss children’s hopes, which is useful in both group and one-on-one settings.”
– Booklist
“Walks the line of cultural specificity and broad relatability, offering readers multiple ways to connect to the narrative…[An] excellent option for parents looking for something to read with their young children.”
– Quill & Quire
“Grimard’s artwork along with Gray Smith’s messages of hope create a synergy and context…Together they successfully teach intangible moments.”
– CM: Canadian Review of Materials
“A wonderful message and an opportunity to remind children how loved they are and that they will always have someone cheering them on and supporting them.”
– Children's Literature
“Simple but compelling...The poignant message in I Hope will resonate with parents, grandparents and caregivers as they seek all good things for the children within their realm.”
– Canadian Children's Book News
“Lovely and warm…The dual language text is important not only for those who speak Cree, but for all those who read it. It helps to remind children that Indigenous people are “still here” and retain their language and culture.”
– The Arts Fuse
“A hopeful read for audiences young and old finding themselves and their place in the world and leaving a positive impact while living whole-heartedly and joyfully.”
– Children's Literature
SYRCA Shining Willow Award   | 2023  |  Short-listed
CBC Teacher Favorites Award   | 2023  |  Winner
CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred   | 2023  |  Commended