When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo

When We Are Kind / Nihá’ádaahwiinít’íigo

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This dual-language beautiful picture book looks at how the simple act of being kind, to others and oneself, affects all aspects of a child’s life. In English and Diné.

"Notably centering Indigenous families and characters of color in personal and communal activities—and encouraging readers to evaluate their actions toward others.”—School Library Journal

When We Are Kind 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. Celebrated author Monique Gray Smith has written many books on the topics of resilience and reconciliation and communicates an important message through carefully chosen words for readers of all ages. Beautifully illustrated by artist Nicole Neidhardt, this book encourages children to be kind to others and to themselves.

About the Authors

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed-heritage woman of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry. She wrote When We Are Kind to prompt a dialog among young people, their care providers and educators about kindness and the importance of the connections children make with their friends, classmates and families. Monique's picture book My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was selected as the TD Grade One Giveaway Book for all first-grade students in Canada in 2019. She lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her family.

Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of the Kiiyaa'áanii Clan and is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has a BFA from the University of Victoria and is working on her MFA at OCAD University in Toronto. Nicole's Diné identity is the heart of her practice, which encompasses installation, illustration and large-scale murals. She currently lives in Toronto.

Mildred Walters is Diné (Navajo) from Torreon, New Mexico in Eastern Navajo Nation. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, a Master of Arts in Language, Reading, and Culture and a Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science. She currently works as a Librarian for a Tribal Public Library in Sandia Pueblo, New Mexico and has done so for 11 years. Mildred currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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