You Hold Me Up / Gimanaadenim (Dual Language (English & Anishnaabemowin))
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About the Author
DANIELLE DANIEL is an award-winning author and illustrator whose journey into artmaking and book publishing has gone hand in hand with all she has learned -- and continues to learn -- about her Indigenous ancestry and her relationship with the land. Danielle's picture books include Sometimes I Feel Like a Fox (winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and a Best 100 title at the New York Public Library) and Once in a Blue Moon. She has also illustrated You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith. She is the author of two novels -- Forever Birchwood for middle-grade readers and Daughters of the Deer for adults. Danielle holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia and lives on Manitoulin Island with her family.
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.
Margaret Noodin received an MFA in creative writing and a PhD in English and linguistics from the University of Minnesota. She is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she teaches Anishinaabemowin and also serves as the associate dean of the humanities. She is also cocreator of www.ojibwe.net and has published two bilingual collections of poetry in Anishinaabemowin and English.
"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