My Heart Fills With Happiness

My Heart Fills With Happiness

by Monique Gray Smith
  • baby-books
  • diversity
  • from-british-columbia
  • indigenous
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 board book, with illustrations from celebrated artist Julie Flett, serves as a reminder for little ones and adults alike to reflect on and cherish the moments in life that bring us joy. International speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote My Heart Fills with Happiness to support the wellness of Indigenous children and families, and to encourage young children to reflect on what makes them happy.


Monique Gray Smith, author

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 Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia. For more information, visit

Julie Flett, illustrator

Julie Flett studied fine arts at Concordia University in Montreal and Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. She received the Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize and was nominated for the Governor Genera's Award for Children's Literature for her book Owls See Clearly at Night (Lii Yiiboo Nayaapiwak lii Swer): A Michif Alphabet (L'alphabet di Michif). Julie is Cree-Métis and currently lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more information, visit Follow her on Twitter @julie_flett.


  • Joyful and tender, this board book celebrates the activities that bring gladness through family and cultural connections[...]. Flett’s quietly powerful gouache and digital collage illustrations emphasize the relationships between people[...]. The sweet family story has universal appeal. A first purchase for all libraries. - School Library Journal, starred review
  • A quiet loveliness, sense of gratitude, and—yes—happiness emanate from this tender celebration of simple pleasures, which features a cast of First Nations children and adults [...]. Short, first-person phrases [...] revel in both solitary and familial activities [...]. Flett’s crisp-edged paintings blend universal and culturally specific experiences. - Publishers Weekly, starred review


  • Winner, 2017 Christie Harris Illustrated Children's Literature Prize

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Orca Book Publishers



rights available: World

Additional Information

age range: Baby Books

number of pages: 24

publication date: 03/01/2016

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: finished book