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.
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; Smith dedicates the book, in part, "to the former Indian Residential School students and their families." Short, first-person phrases ("My heart fills with happiness when... I see the face of someone I love") revel in both solitary and familial activities, building to a direct address to readers: "What fills your heart with happiness?" Flett's (Little You) crisp-edged paintings blend universal and culturally specific experiences three children cluster around the oven as bannock bakes, while another boy spots a frog as he walks barefoot through the grass. Up to age 5.