My Heart Fills With Happiness Activities

This fall, Grade One children nation-wide will take home My Heart Fills With Happiness/sâkaskinêw nitêh miywêyihtamowin ohci (J’ai le cœur rempli de bonheur), written by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Julie Flett and published by Orca Book Publishers. In honour of 2019 being named the International Year of Indigenous Languages, both the English and French editions will include Plains Cree text (translated by Mary Cardinal Collins).

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 beautiful book reminds readers young and old to cherish the moments in life that bring us joy.

Since 2000, in cooperation with ministries of education, school boards and library organizations across Canada — the CCBC has given every Grade One child a free Canadian children’s book.

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