On June 21st, we come together as Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. Although we can’t gather in person this year, at Telling Tales we know there’s still a great way to make connections—through stories. 

Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning author of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. Monique has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation. She communicates this important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages.

This fall, Monique will release her newest picture book, When We Are Kind. This book celebrates simple acts of everyday kindness and encourages children to explore how they feel when they initiate and receive acts of kindness in their lives. What a great way to recognize National Indigenous Peoples Day—through making connections with others.  We look forward to welcoming Monique to our online festival this year.

Cover Art for We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith

Although we have to wait a little longer for the publication of When We Are Kind, this is not the only book Monique has written that celebrates relationships. Today you can watch and listen to Monique read her picture book, You Hold Me Up. Make sure you enjoy the vibrant illustrations by celebrated artist Danielle Daniel! 

Take a moment to think about our diverse communities, and settle in with your little ones to discover simple ways we can show love and support for each other. 

Looking for more books for kids and teens by First Nations authors and illustrators. Visit the link below.

Hamilton Public Library
Canadian Children’s Book Centre
CBC Canada