Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants


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$17.99  $16.73
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5.4 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.88 pounds

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About the Author

Monique Gray Smith is an award-winning, bestselling author and public speaker. Her books cover a broad spectrum of ages, topics and emotions. Woven into all of Monique's writing and her speaking engagements is the teaching that Love is Medicine. Her books include Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation, My Heart Fills With Happiness, You Hold Me Up, Lucy and Lola, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, When We Are Kind and I Hope. She has also created the young adult adaptation of Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Monique is Cree and Scottish. She lives with her family on the Traditional Territories of the Lək̓ʷəŋən and WSÁNEĆ Peoples.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. Her first book, Gathering Moss, was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for outstanding nature writing. Her writings have appeared in Orion, Whole Terrain, and numerous scientific journals. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.

Nicole Neidhardt is Diné (Navajo) of Kiiyaa'áanii clan. She grew up and now lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, on Tewa territory. She has a Master of Fine Arts and works in a variety of media, including book illustration, mylar stenciling, installation, and mural painting and design.


"A book that is entirely in a class of its own, this belongs in every collection for teens."--starred, School Library Journal

-- (12/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Smith smartly streamlines language while staying true to the narrative's core concepts by adding brief sidebars that explain featured terminology, pose reflection questions, and highlight important passages, inviting collaborative discussion and acting as a call to action."--starred, Publishers Weekly

-- (10/3/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Both an urgent, essential call to action and an uplifting love letter." -starred, Kirkus Reviews

-- (8/15/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"[F]illed with legends, reminiscences, bits of history, sidebars, drawings, and gentle challenges to readers, encouraging them to consider making changes in their actions, beliefs, and values. Truly, a lovely, calming addition for collections."--Booklist

-- (11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Urging a look toward history and tradition to teach us how to answer the questions of the future, Gray Smith adapts Wall Kimmerer's wisdom for a new, hungry audience."--Foreword Reviews

-- (9/26/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"This beautiful, imaginative revisioning is a gift to our children that teaches them how to follow the path of our ancestors."--Diane Wilson, author of The Seed Keeper

-- (5/31/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Gray Smith's adaptation makes this visionary exploration of Indigenous connections to the land, to plants and to storytelling and story-making accessible to a whole new readership and hopefully will inspire young people to rise to the challenges of the Climate Crisis." -Jeffrey Canton, Children's Book Columnist, The Globe and Mail

-- (5/31/2022 12:00:00 AM)

"Braiding Sweetgrass for Young Adults is my new favorite book! What a great way for young people (and anyone, really) to learn about our healing medicines. Chii miigwech!"--Angeline Boulley, #1 NYT Bestselling author of Firekeeper's Daughter

-- (5/10/2022 12:00:00 AM)