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I Hope / nipakosêyimon

by (author) Monique Gray Smith

illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard

translated by Dolores Greyeyes Sand

Orca Book Publishers
Initial publish date
Sep 2022
Values & Virtues, Parents, Emotions & Feelings
Indigenous characters
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2022
    List Price

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Key Selling Points

  • Simple, straightforward text outlines essential hopes that adults have for the young ones they love and asks young readers what hopes they have for themselves.
  • Monique Gray Smith in an award-winning, bestselling author and advocate for the mental health and well-being of all children.
  • Carefully constructed text addresses aspirations from a safe place to sleep to a life full of love.
  • The author’s When We Are Kind was a Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year, and My Heart Fills With Happiness won the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize.
  • The illustrator has been nominated for the Christie Harris Illustrated Children’s Literature Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
  • Also available in French and English editions.

About the authors

Monique Gray Smith is a mixed–heritage woman of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish ancestry and a proud mom of twins. Monique is an accomplished consultant, writer and international speaker. Her first novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lkwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. 

Monique Gray Smith's profile page


GABRIELLE GRIMARD a illustré plus de 30 albums, dontLes mots volés, Quand j’avais huit ans, Fatima et les voleurs de clémentines, Aujourd'hui peut-être... et les livres de la série Petit Gnouf. Elle est aussi l'auteure-illustratrice de l'album Lila et la corneille. Gabrielle habite aux environs de Montréal.


From the time she was little GABRIELLE GRIMARD loved art, dismaying her elementary school teachers by constantly drawing in class. Later Gabrielle studied art in high school and university. After her son was born, she began illustrating children’s books and has now created more than 25, including When I Was Eight (Quand j'avais huit ans), Stolen Words (Les mots volés) and Not My Girl (Où est ma fille?). Lila and the Crow (Lila et la corneille) is the first book she both wrote and illustrated. She uses watercolours, gouache and oil to create images of amazing warmth and depth. Gabrielle lives near Montreal, QC. Visit her at

Gabrielle Grimard's profile page

As a first-language speaker of Plains Cree (nêhiyawêwin), translator Dolores Greyeyes Sand has devoted her career to teaching and promoting Cree language and cultural literacy at every opportunity, proudly following the path laid by her late mother, Dr Freda Ahenakew CM, SOM.


Dolores Greyeyes Sand's profile page


  • Nominated, Saskatchewan Young Readers' Choice Awards - Shining Willow
  • Commended, Children's Book Council Teacher Favorites Award Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection
  • Commended, CCBC Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred
  • Short-listed, SYRCA Shining Willow Award
  • Winner, CBC Teacher Favorites Award

Editorial Reviews

“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

“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

“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

“The ingredients for happiness…A good platform to discuss children’s hopes, which is useful in both group and one-on-one settings.”


“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

“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

“Comforting, encouraging sentiments that adult readers and their little ones will appreciate.”

Kirkus Reviews

“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