Gimanaadenim (You Hold Me Up)

The cover has two people standing with their foreheads touching, appearing to hold one another up. They are both wearing sweaters have black hair and pink cheeks.

Original story by Monique Gray Smith

Translated by Angela Mesic and Margaret Noodin

Illustrated by Danielle Daniel

Copyright: Orca Book Publishers 2021

Gimanaadenim (You Hold Me Up) is a book that teaches us how important it is to build meaningful relationships with others. Gimanaadenim teaches us apiitendimowin (respect), gizhewaadiziwin (generosity), and zaagidiwin (love).

Consultant, international speaker and award-winning author Monique Gray Smith wrote You Hold Me Up to prompt a dialogue among young people, their care providers and educators about reconciliation and the importance of the connections children make with others. With vibrant illustrations from celebrated artist Danielle Daniel, this is a foundational book about building relationships, fostering empathy and encouraging respect between peers, starting with our littlest citizens.

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