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About the 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'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 grade one students in Canada in 2019. Monique and her family are blessed to live on Lekwungen territory in Victoria, British Columbia.
Angela Mesic currently teaches the first year Anishinaabemowin course at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and provides online long-distance learning for Yale University. She obtained her bachelor's degree in the field of psychology at UWM and is currently working on a master of community psychology at Alverno College. Angela has a strong interest in research focused on the psychology of learning and curriculum development. Through the Electa Quinney Institute for American Indian Education at UWM, she assists the director, Dr. Margaret Noodin, in making significant revisions to language curriculum, and handles curricular queries from various internal and external partners, including Indian Community School, several colleges and universities throughout the United States, and tribal communities.
"You Hold Me Up is a gentle but effective way to introduce the topic of Reconciliation to students of all ages."--ETFO Voice
"You Hold Me Up is a welcome addition to the ongoing conversations around healing and rebuilding relationships...Gentle, relevant and never heavy-handed, this book serves both as a quiet lullaby and a starting point for discussions on empathy, community and wellness."--Canadian Children's Book News
"A seemingly simple picture book that conveys a valuable message for all ages...The distinctive and soft illustrations by Daniel enhance the positive message by Smith about the power of companionship, compassion, respect and togetherness…This quiet book has a deep beauty and a universal message. "--Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award Jury
"Ideal for early readers by themselves, for lap-sitting, or as a read-aloud."--Canadian Literature
"A strong and powerful message that even the youngest reader can understand...Very timely message indeed."--Youth Services Book Reviews
"Warm illustrations help to expand the brief text."--The Horn Book Online