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Pub Date: 04/Sep/2018
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This vibrant picture book, beautifully illustrated by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, encourages children to show love and support for each other and to consider each other's well-being in their every-day actions.

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about Reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. This is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

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

Canadian Literature - November 19, 2018
"Ideal for early readers by themselves, for lap-sitting, or as a read-aloud."
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Jury - September 6, 2018
"A seemingly simple picture book that conveys a valuable message for all ages…The distinctive and soft illustrations by Daniel enhance the positive message by Smith about the power of companionship, compassion, respect and togetherness…This quiet book has a deep beauty and a universal message. "
Canadian Children's Book News - May 1, 2018
"You Hold Me Up is a welcome addition to the ongoing conversations around healing and rebuilding relationships…Gentle, relevant and never heavy-handed, this book serves both as a quiet lullaby and a starting point for discussions on empathy, community and wellness."
ETFO Voice - March 26, 2018
"You Hold Me Up is a gentle but effective way to introduce the topic of Reconciliation to students of all ages."


CCBC Best Books  | 2018 | Commended
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award  | 2018 | Short-listed
CCBC Best Books   | 2018 | Commended
Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year starred selection  | 2018 | Commended
Quill & Quire's kidlit and YA Books of the Year  | 2017 | Commended
Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award  | 2018 | Short-listed
AICL's Best Books  | 2017 | Commended
Global Read Aloud   | 2018 | Commended
Resource Links The Year's Best   | 2017 | Commended